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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
Little Nature Lovers
- Will return September 4

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

KANSAS JUNIOR DUCK STAMP WINNERS AT KANSAS STATE FAIR
- The top 100 entries will be on display from September 5-14 at the Kansas State Fair!
Come see them at the Fish & Wildlife Service booth in the Eisenhower Building, west of the midway!

FAMILY PROGRAMS
Naturalist In The Know
Saturday afternoons through October 4

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

KENN KAUFMAN BIRDING WORKSHOP
- Wichita Audubon is celebrating their 60th anniversary this year.  Visit their website to register for Kenn Kaufman's birding workshop on Saturday, September 13, from 1-3 PM at the GPNC!
- Join Kenn for Sunday Morning Birding on Sep. 14 in Chisholm Creek Park. Meet in the main GPNC parking lot at 7 AM.

50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE WILDERNESS ACT
Saturday, August 30 – 7 p.m.

2ND ANNUAL HONEY BEE FESTIVAL
10 AM - 3 PM, Saturday, September 20

Last revision: 08/20/2014

 

STORY 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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NATURALLY 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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LITTLE NATURE LOVERS
- Little Nature Lovers will return Thursday, September 4, 9:30 AM
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.
September: Active Nature
Sep. 4 - Turtle Time
Sep. 11 - Summer Tree (leaf shapes)
Sep. 18 - Observing Bugs
Sep. 25 - Mini Meteorologists
October: Harvest Time
Oct. 2 - Monarch Butterflies
Oct. 9 - Grasshoppers
Oct. 16 - Squirrels
Oct. 23 - Acorns/Oak Trees
Oct. 30 - Pumpkins
November: Preparing for Winter
Nov. 6 - Turkeys
Nov. 13 - Fall Tree
Nov. 20 - Pine Cone Bird Feeders
Nov. 27 - Thanksgiving
December: Nature at its Coldest
Dec. 4 - Animal Coats
Dec. 11 - Evergreens
Dec. 18 - Where do the animals go?
Dec. 25 - Christmas (GPNC closed)

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NATURALIST IN THE KNOW
For all ages.
Saturdays, between 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., come and go as you please
FREE, Registration not required

Come join us for a fun, interactive experience at the Great Plains Nature Center. A different topic is presented every Saturday for the public to enjoy!.
August 23 - Kids Critter Book Reception
August 30 - Prairie Food Webs
September 6 - Let's Get Outside!
September 13 - Birds
September 20 - Honeybee Festival!
September 27 - Kansas Foxes
October 4 - Salamanders

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50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WILDERNESS ACT
Saturday, August 30 – 7 p.m.
FREE. Registration not required.

Join us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act: 1964-2014 with the showing of the movie, “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic For Our Time.” The first full-length documentary film ever made about legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold, Green Fire highlights Leopold’s extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement. Leopold remains relevant today, inspiring projects all over the country that connect people and land.

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2ND ANNUAL GPNC HONEY BEE FESTIVAL
Saturday, September 20
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
FREE. Registration not required.

Join us for a day of fun featuring our state insect, the honey bee. This should prove to “bee” a fun day for everyone!

Watch the award-winning film, “Vanishing of the Bees,” in the Coleman Auditorium and learn about colony collapse disorder.
Learn the differences between native bees and honey bees.
Engage in crafts and games designed just for kids!
Get up close and personal with honey bees in our outdoor hive and learn more about our introduction to Backyard Beekeeping Workshops.
Taste a variety of honey products, and purchase honey bee products in the Owls’ Nest gift shop.

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

Topic TBD

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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