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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.

CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS
Story Time
- Wednesdays at 11 AM
Naturally Crafty
- Tuesdays at 10 AM - Noon
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.

SCHOOL'S OUT NATURE DAY
- Friday, April 17, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Not in school today? Keep on learning and have fun while you do at the GPNC!

BACKYARD BEEKEEPING WORKSHOPS
Saturday sessions, October - May

FAMILY PROGRAMS
Creature Feature
First Monday of each month, 2-3 p.m.
Full Moon Walk
An evening stroll under the full moon

SPRING BREAK NATURE WEEK
We have fun activities every day of spring break!
Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 20

NATURALIST IN THE KNOW
Every Saturday afternoon at the GPNC!

FOR SENIORS
Senior Wednesday
- The next GPNC Senior Wednesday program will be on April 29, and it will focus on Kansas fish!

Last revision: 03/19/2015

 

bulletSTORY TIME
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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bulletNATURALLY CRAFTY
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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bullet NATURALIST IN THE KNOW
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.
bulletMarch 21 - Snakes Part I
bulletMarch 28 - Birds of Kansas
bulletApril 4 - Skins, Skulls and Tracks
bulletApril 11 - Owls
bulletApril 18 - Scout Program**
bulletApril 25 - Carnivores of Kansas
bulletMay 2 - Discovery Box
bulletMay 9 - OK KIDS**
bulletMay 16 - Insects
bulletMay 23 - Food Chains
bulletMay 30 - Frogs and Toads
bulletJune 6 - Snakes Part II
bulletJune 13 - Walk With Wildlife**
bulletJune 20 - Animal Homes
bulletJune 27 - Amphibian Life Cycles

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bulletLITTLE NATURE LOVERS
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.
bulletMarch The Seasons are Changing
bullet5 Cottontails
bullet12 Snow
bullet19 Signs of Spring
bullet26 Rainstorms
bulletApril Spring is Here!
bullet2 Frogs
bullet9 Spring Tree
bullet16 Birds and Blooms
bullet23 Wildlife Safari
bullet30 Plant a Flower

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bulletSCHOOL'S OUT NATURE DAY!
Friday, April 17, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
For kids in grades 1 through 5
FEE: $25 members/$30 non-members
Call 316-683-5499 x210 to enroll Space is limited

Spend a day exploring nature with hands-on activities, games, hikes, crafts, animal visitors and more.  Perfect for a child who is just starting to explore the outdoors or one that is already a nature nut!
Bring your lunch, outdoor shoes, and a sense of adventure!

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bulletCREATURE FEATURE
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.
bulletApril 6 Here Fishy Fishy!
bulletMay 4 - The Battle for Bats

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Full Moon Walk 
Saturday, April 4 at 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 2 at 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 2 at 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 2 at 9:00 p.m.
Friday, July 31 at 9:00 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 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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bulletBACKYARD BEEKEEPING WORKSHOP SERIES
All programs are on Saturday
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: www.bushfarms.com

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SPRING BREAK NATURE WEEK
We want you for NatureCorps!!!

Come enlist and participate in the daily trainings offered at the Great Plains Nature Center!
Training will be at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day during the week of spring break,
Monday, March 16-Friday, March 20. 
Tuesday and Thursday will have special animal presentations at noon.
FREE: Registration not required, just come on out and join the fun!

Monday March 16Explorer Training
Our mission is to explore this strange world, seek out new life in our own civilization .. and boldly learn what man is doing to nature!
Mascot Raccoon
Activity 10:30 & 2:30 Guided nature hike
Craft All Day - Cardboard tube binoculars
Tuesday March 17  Detective training - CSI Nature
What made this track? What built this nest? Whose poop is this?
Mascot Turkey Vulture
Activity 10:30 & 2:30 Searching for tracks and animal signs in the park.
Craft All Day - Detective notebook
Bonus activity noon - Turkey vulture presentation
Wednesday March 18 – Defense training
Get a black-belt in animal defenses!
Mascot Ornate Box Turtle
Activity 10:30 & 2:30 Presentation in the auditorium about animal defenses.
Game All Day - Camouflage game and the Koch Habitat Hall questionnaire.
Thursday March 19 – Physical training
Busy as a beaver...or a bee...the point is we are going to be busy!
Mascot Beaver
Activity 10:30 & 2:30 Try your luck at completing the challenge course.
Craft All Day - Make your own sweatband
Bonus Activity 12:00 - Beaver presentation
Friday March 20 – Brain training
A very bird-brained presentation!
Mascot Eastern Screech Owl
Activity 10:30 & 2:30 Presentation about the Eastern Screech Owl and other native birds.
Game All Day - Scavenger hunt

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bulletSENIOR WEDNESDAY
For Active Seniors
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Light refreshments at 10, Program at 10:30
FREE: registration not required

Where's the Fish?
Kansas is home to nearly 150 fish species, but even the most active angler will only see a few of them. Fisheries biologist Jessica Mounts will talk about all the other fish "hiding" in our streams and rivers.

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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