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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
- Is on vacation for the summer

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

A new series will begin in October

Nature Adventures
Monday & Thursdays at 2 PM through July 30
Full Moon Walk
An evening stroll under the full moon

Every Saturday afternoon at the GPNC!

Summer is here and we have lots of fun programs and activities planned!
Check them out, and register online!

Senior Wednesday
- The next GPNC Senior Wednesday programs will be on July 29 and September 30.

Last revision: 07/27/2015


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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For all ages
Every Saturday afternoon from 1 - 4 PM

Come join us for a fun, interactive experience at the GPNC!
A different topic is presented every week for the public to enjoy.
bulletJuly 11 - Wetland Metaphor
bulletJuly 18 - Insects
bulletJuly 25 - Animal Relationships
bulletAugust 1 - Kansas Mammals
bulletAugust 8 - Owls
bulletAugust 15 - Snakes
bulletAugust 22 - Where Do They Live?
bulletAugust 29 - Turtles
bulletSeptember 5 - Jeopardy!
bulletSeptember 12 - Art On The Trail (no NITK this day)
bulletSeptember 19 - Dangerous Kansas Plants
bulletSeptember 26 - Prairie Pollinator Party (no NITK this day)
bulletOctober 3 - Skins, Skulls & Tracks
bulletOctober 10 - TBA
bulletOctober 17 - Beavers
bulletOctober 24 - Critters On The Move

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On vacation for the summer.  Check back in August for the fall schedule!

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For all ages.
Monday and Thursdays through July 30, at 2 p.m.
FREE. Registration not required.

Each week, one of our naturalists will share their knowledge of and experiences with nature and wildlife.  If you have questions we can try to answer them, too.  Get out of the heat and enjoy some cool stuff!
bulletJuly 6 & 9 - Scary Things!
bulletJuly 13 & 16 - TBA
bulletJuly 20 & 23 - What's All The Buzz About?!
bulletJuly 27 & 30 - TBA

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Full Moon Walk 
Friday, July 31 at 9:00 p.m.
FREE: Please RSVP to
Saturday, August 29 at 8:30 p.m.
FREE: Please RSVP to

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

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For Active Seniors
Light refreshments at 10, Program at 10:30
FREE: registration not required
bulletWednesday, July 29
James R. Mead
GPNC Director Jim Mason will discuss the life and times of one of Wichita’s founders, James R. Mead, who was also a pioneer naturalist.
bulletWednesday, September 30
Monarch Butterfly: International Traveler
GPNC Director Jim Mason will give an illustrated presentation about the monarch butterfly and its amazing annual migration to the mountains of central Mexico.

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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