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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.

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

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

Six Saturday sessions, October - May

brownie Senses Badge Event
Brownie Girl Scouts come on out on
Saturday, November 1, from 2-4 PM!

Creature Feature
First Monday of each month, 2-3 p.m.

Big Read Finale!
Learn about the Maltese Falcon as well as real birds of prey on Saturday, November 8, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

“Bringing in the Greens” at GPNC
Start your holidays off with a Song!
December 5, 6 - 8 pm

Saturday, November 15, 9 AM - Noon

Senior Wednesday
- The next GPNC Senior Wednesday program will be on October 29. 

Last revision: 10/20/2014


Wednesdays from 11:00 - 11:30 AM
First grade and younger
FREE: registration not required

Join us in the lobby as we read stories about nature, wildlife and their friends.
Mostly for preschool age kids, but all ages are welcome.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Tuesdays, 10:00 AM - Noon
For all ages - Children must be accompanied by an adult
FREE: registration not required

We will provide the materials for you to make something to remember your visit to the GPNC!

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Thursdays, 9:30 - 10:30 AM
Programs are FREE: registration not required,
but please notify us if you are bringing a group so we can be adequately prepared.

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
For ages 3-5, with a caregiver.
bulletOctober: Harvest Time
bulletOct. 2 - Monarch Butterflies
bulletOct. 9 - Grasshoppers
bulletOct. 16 - Squirrels
bulletOct. 23 - Pumpkins
bulletOct. 30 - Spiders and Spider Webs
bulletNovember: Preparing for Winter
bulletNov. 6 - Turkeys
bulletNov. 13 - Fall Tree
bulletNov. 20 - Acorns and Oak Trees
bulletNov. 27 - Thanksgiving
bulletDecember: Nature at its Coldest
bulletDec. 4 - Animal Coats
bulletDec. 11 - Evergreens
bulletDec. 18 - Where do the animals go?
bulletDec. 25 - Christmas (GPNC closed)

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For teaching parent families
First Monday of each month, 2-3 p.m.
FREE. Registration not required.

This program for home school families and others will feature one of our naturalists sharing their knowledge of and experiences with nature and wildlife in The Coleman Auditorium. Programs average 45 minutes.
bulletNovember 3 – Who’s the Turkey?
bulletDecember 1 – TBA

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Big Read Finale!
Saturday, November 8, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
FREE. Registration not required.

The book for this year’s Wichita Big Read is “The Maltese Falcon”, and GPNC is hosting the Grand Finale event. We’ll have live raptors to look at as well as some 1920s-era antique cars! Enjoy live jazz music from the Roberto Bernadinello Quartet. And, we’ll have some puzzling nature mysteries for you to solve! Master Falconer Vanessa Avara will conclude the event with a talk on falcons in The Coleman Auditorium beginning at 2:30 p.m.


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All programs are on Saturday
October 18, 2014, 8:30 – 10:30 AM
January 17, 2015, 8:30 – 10:30 AM
February 21, 2015, 8:30 -10:30
March 21, 2015, 8:30 - 10:30 AM
April 18, 2015, 8:30 - 10:30 AM (this date is subject to change)
May 16, 2015, 8:30 – 10:30 AM
Cost: $60.00 ($45.00 for FGPNC members)
Register by calling the Owl's Nest Gift Shop at (316) 683-5499 x111

This workshop series is intended to assist you in the decision to keep bees in your back yard.
Reference material: "The Practical Beekeeper", 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:

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Saturday, November 15, 9 AM - Noon

Do you like working outside with other people who have a common goal? Then this is the event for you! Come enjoy nature as you lend nature a hand! We will host a workday in Chisholm Creek Park on Saturday November 15th, from 9 am - Noon. We provide your lunch — hot dogs, as well as sides and desserts — if you provide the labor.

If you can, please bring your own gloves (preferably leather), loppers and bow saws since we have a limited supply of these. We want to keep everyone busy so we can do great things in the park, and keep it a beautiful place to visit. Please RSVP to Heidi Bowen or 683-5499 ext 309 if you are planning to attend.

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bullet Bringing in the Greens” at GPNC
Start your holidays off with a Song!
Friday evening, December 5, 6 - 8 pm

Kick off the holiday season with an evening of music and family fun. Join the GPNC staff for caroling, bell ringing and decking the halls with boughs of cedars and homemade ornaments! Holiday cookie decorating will be in the classroom, winter nature videos will be shown in The Coleman Auditorium, and don’t forget to get your picture taken with Santa! The Owl’s Nest gift shop will offer a 15 percent discount on all purchases. We hope you will make your holidays bright with us at GPNC!

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For Active Seniors
Wednesday, October 29
Light refreshments at 10, Program at 10:30
FREE: registration not required

Dark Shadows! - We think the creatures associated with Halloween have got a bum rap!
Come learn the facts about bats, spiders and owls!

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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