GPNC logo

 

Upcoming Programs
at the Great Plains Nature Center


Up School Field Trips Scout Programs Teacher Resources Meetings Upcoming Programs

All programs are held at the Great Plains Nature Center unless otherwise indicated.
Some programs may require pre-registration!

Registration closes three days prior to a program!
Read "Reservation Information" on the Programs page.

CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS
Naturally Crafty
- Tuesdays at 10 AM - Noon
Story Time
- Wednesdays at 11 AM
Little Nature Lovers
- Thursdays, 9:30 - 10:30 AM

SCOUT PROGRAMS
- We have programs for outdoors and nature- oriented advancements for Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts as well as opportunities for service projects.

WEEKLY FLY TYING WORKSHOPS
Tie your own flies!
Friday afternoons, from 2:00 - 4:30 PM

FOR SENIORS
Senior Wednesday
- The next GPNC Senior Wednesday program will be on June 29.

BACKYARD BEEKEEPING WORKSHOPS
A new series is underway!

SECOND SATURDAY BIRD WALKS
Join members of Wichita Audubon for an informal look at the birds of Chisholm Creek Park. Meet at the main parking lot at 8:00 AM and bring your binoculars!
FREE
, no charge to participate.

April 9

SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMS!
Our Summer Program schedule is now available!

O.K. KIDS DAY!
Join us Saturday, May 7 for O.K.Kids Day!

NATURALIST IN THE KNOW
For all ages
Every Saturday afternoon from 1 - 4 PM

PASSPORT TO NATURE
The first annual fundraising event for the Friends of the GPNC was held on Thursday evening, April 7. Learn more here.

FAMILY PROGRAMS
Full Moon Walk
An evening stroll under the full moon
Creature Feature
First Monday of the month at 1:00 p.m.

Last revision: 05/02/2016

Top of page

bullet

NATURALLY CRAFTY
Every Tuesday, 10 a.m. – noon
FREE. All Ages. Registration not required.

We will provide the materials for you to make something to remember your visit to the GPNC! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Top of page

bullet

STORY TIME
Every Wednesday, 11 a.m.
FREE.  Age 0-6. Registration not required.

Join us inside the GPNC’s Koch Habitat Hall for story time. Mostly for little ones, but everyone is welcome.

Top of page

bullet

LITTLE NATURE LOVERS
Every Thursday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
FREE. Age 3-5, Registration not required.

Explore the world of nature through crafts, games and children’s literature. Lots of sensory experiences will develop understanding and enrich your child’s appreciation of the great outdoors. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Top of page

bullet

CREATURE FEATURE
First Monday of each month, 1 p.m.
FREE. All ages, Registration not required.

This program for home school families will feature one of our naturalists sharing their knowledge of and experiences with nature and wildlife in the Coleman Auditorium. Programs average 45 minutes.
For teaching parent families.

bullet

May 2: Flowers

Top of page

bullet Backyard Beekeeping Workshop Series
Saturday, May 21
All classes meet 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Fee: $45 member/$60 non-member
You may Register online
or you may register in person or over the phone at the Owl’s Nest Gift Shop

This series is intended to assist you in the decision to keep bees in your backyard. Reference material: "The Practical Bee-keeper" by Michael Bush. The book is available online, in print or digital form. The author plainly states that all the information in the book is available on his website: www.bushfarms.com

Top of page

bullet naTURALIST IN THE KNOW
For all ages
Every Saturday afternoon from 1 - 3 PM, come & go

Come join us for a fun, interactive experience at the GPNC!
A different topic is presented every week for the public to enjoy.
bullet April 30 - Junior Duck Stamp Awards (No NITK today!)
bullet May 7 - OK KIDS (No NITK today!)
bullet May 14 Snakes Alive
bullet May 21 - Ancient Animals
bullet May 28 - Foxes
bullet June 4 - Insects
bullet June 11 - Walk With Wildlife (No NITK today!)
bullet June 18 - Red Shouldered Hawk
bullet June 25 - Discovery Box

Top of page

PASSPORT TO NATURE
Thursday evening, April 7, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Twenty years ago when the GPNC opened, our naturalists could finally present a scheduled program, rain or shine. And they continue providing quality environmental education programming to youth and adults on the trails, in the Nature Center, and through community outreach.

The Passport to Nature celebrated the past, present and future of our essential educational work.

This 21-and-up event was an exciting evening with musical entertainment, food and beverages, a wine pull, and both a silent and live auction. The auction items reflected our dedication to providing positive, memorable experiences and winning bidders will experience unique “bucket list” adventures!


Radio station KMUW was our media sponsor and
we thank them for their support!

It's a wrap!
Our first Passport To Nature was a big success! We are so very grateful to the financial support from our sponsors and attendees, who made this such a great event. We look forward to our second one in 2017!

We would like to thank our food donors!
bullet

Molino's

bullet

Carrabba's

bullet

George's French Bistro

bullet

Sweetly Scrumptious

And our beverage donors!
bullet

Jacob's Liquor Exchange

bullet

House of Schwan

 

Top of page
 

WEEKLY FLY-TYING WORKSHOPS
Friday afternoons from 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.

The Great Plains Nature Center will host a weekly Fly Tying class on Fridays, starting February 12, from 2:00 - 4:30 PM. This class is for beginning and intermediate tiers. The Flatland Fly Fishers will provide the fly-tying vices, plus all of the tools and material needed for you to start tying your own flies. If you have tied flies in the past and have your own equipment, bring it with you to this class.

You do not need to be a fisherman to enjoy this great hobby!

For more information, call the Great Plains Nature Center at (316) 683-5499 or email Rick Brown at rickdbrown@msn.com

Top of page

Full Moon Walk
Saturday, May 21 @ 9 p.m.
Monday, June 20 @ 9 p.m.
Tuesday, July 19 @ 9 p.m.
Thursday, August 18 @ 8:30 p.m.
FREE: Please RSVP to Rachel@gpnc.org

Walk when the moon is full. Join us on an evening hike through Chisholm Creek Park under a rising full moon. Enjoy an evening under the stars, without the aid of a flashlight and experience nocturnal nature! Families with older children are welcome to attend. The hike will last approximately 45 minutes.
 

Top of page

bulletSENIOR WEDNESDAY
For Active Seniors
Light refreshments at 10, Program at 10:30
FREE: registration not required

Here is our 2016 schedule:
bulletWednesday, June 29 - Spiders Don't Get No Respect!
Dustin Hilgers, Biology professor at McPherson College, will present this program on a group of creatures too often feared and misunderstood.
bulletWednesday, August 30 - program tba
bulletWednesday, November 31 - program tba

Top of page

Questions or comments?  Send Email to Jim Mason Spidey
Or write us at: 
Great Plains Nature Center
6232 E. 29th Street North
Wichita, KS 67220-2200             Call:  316-683-5499            Fax:  316-688-9555