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Upcoming Programs
at the Great Plains Nature Center


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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
Naturally Crafty
- Tuesdays at 10 AM - Noon
Story Time
- Wednesdays at 11 AM
Little Nature Lovers
- Thursdays, 9:30 - 10:30 AM, through May 19

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!

WALK WITH WILDLIFE
Our 32nd Annual Walk With Wildlife will be Saturday June 11!
Here is how to register for the Wichita Eagle Kids Fishing Clinic.

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.

June 11 (this one will be held on the west side of the park)

SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMS!
Click here to download a pdf version! Click the icon for our Summer Programs schedule! You can register online!

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: 05/16/2016

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The May Topic is: Let’s Go Explore!

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May 5 – Ladybugs

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May 12 – Take a Hike

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May 19 – Growing Beans

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May 26 – NO LNL – Summer Break begins! LNL will return in September

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CREATURE FEATURE
Is on vacation for the summer. Check back in August for our fall schedule!

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32nd ANNUAL WALK WITH WILDLIFE

ONE DAY ONLY!

Saturday, June 11, 2016 • 9 AM to 3 PM
Chisholm Creek Park
6232 E. 29th Street North
Admission Donation: $2 per person

How many times have you taken a hike in a wildlife area and not seen any wildlife?  Well, come on out Saturday June 11 and we'll bring the animals to you!  As you walk a 1/2 mile handicapped-accessible loop of our trail system here at Chisholm Creek Park, visit stations set up along the way and see dozens of species you may never have a chance to see otherwise!

ANIMALS, ANIMALS, ANIMALS !

bulletSee over 50 species of native Kansas wildlife up close and personal!
bulletTrained volunteers at every station to answer your questions.

GREAT FAMILY EVENT !

bulletBring the whole family for a fun day!
bulletFacilities are wheelchair accessible
bulletLunch concession available.

VIDEOS ALL DAY IN THE COLEMAN AUDITORIUM
Kick back in the Coleman Auditorium and watch one of the many fun and educational videos we will be showing that day!

KIDS FISHING CLINIC
Here is how to register for the Wichita Eagle Kids Fishing Clinic.

SEE THE DISPLAYS IN THE KOCH HABITAT HALL
Be sure to explore the hands-on displays interpreting the animals, plants and habitats of the Great Plains in the Koch Habitat Hall in the Great Plains Nature Center!

BARRY THE BISON !
Barry the Bison, the mascot of the Wichita Park & Recreation Department will be at the Walk  Come meet Barry and learn more about our Kansas state mammal!

MEET CURIOUS GEORGE !
Yes, PBS' Curious George will be at this year's event!  George will be circulating around the stations during the event and will be available for photo opportunities at 10:00 am, noon and 2:00 pm under the elm grove on the north side of the parking lot, just on your right as you begin the Walk With Wildlife!

SHOP THE OWL'S NEST GIFT SHOP
Find that outdoor book or unique gift you have been looking for in the Owl's Nest Gift Shop in our lobby!

The Wichita Eagle partners with us each year
to present the Walk With Wildlife.
We would like to thank them for working with us to create
this fun and educational event in Wichita!

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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

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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 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

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PASSPORT TO NATURE
Was held on 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!
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Molino's

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Carrabba's

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George's French Bistro

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Sweetly Scrumptious

And our beverage donors!
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Jacob's Liquor Exchange

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House of Schwan

 

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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

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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.
 

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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

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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