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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.

Naturally Crafty
- Tuesdays at 10 AM - Noon
Story Time
- Wednesdays at 11 AM
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.

Tie your own flies! Friday afternoons, starting February 12, from 2:00 - 4:30 PM

Senior Wednesday
- The next GPNC Senior Wednesday program will be on March 30, 2016.

A new series is underway!

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!
, no charge to participate.

Feb. 13 - March 12 - April 9

Bring the whole family and enjoy all the fun activities and programs we have planned during Spring Break!

The first annual fundraising event for the Friends of the GPNC will be on Thursday evening, April 7. Learn more here.

Full Moon Walk
An evening stroll under the full moon
Creature Feature
First Monday of the month at 1:00 p.m.

Last revision: 02/09/2016


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

Ms. Cathy will help us learn about the world around us through stories, finger-plays, puppets, and other movement activities. Mostly for preschool age kids, but all ages are welcome. Children must by 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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Friday afternoons, beginning February 12,
0 - 4:30 PM: FREE

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.
For more information call us at (316) 683-5499 or
email Rick Brown at

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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.
bulletFebruary: Animals in Winter
bullet4 – Owls
bullet11 – Hedgehogs
bullet18 – Winter
bullet25 – Polar Bears
bulletMarch: The Seasons are Changing
bullet3 – Cottontails
bullet10 – Snow
bullet17 – Spring Break Activities – NO LNL
bullet24 – Rainstorms
bullet31 – Signs of Spring
bulletApril: Spring is Here!
bullet7– Frogs
bullet14 – Spring Tree
bullet21– Birds and Blooms
bullet28– Wildlife Safari
bulletMay: Let’s Go Explore!
bullet5 – Ladybugs
bullet12 – Take a Hike
bullet19 – Growing Beans
bullet26 – NO LNL – Summer Break

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In 1996, the staff of the Great Plains Nature Center moved into their offices to begin providing environmental education experiences from the new facility. Twenty years later, we are excited to be celebrating this occasion with our first annual fundraising event - Passport to Nature - which will take place Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 6 – 9 p.m.

This landmark occasion will be a night to remember with local food vendors, a wine pull, outdoor recreation demonstrations, entertainment and both a silent and live auction. A limited number of individual tickets are available for $50 each and may be purchased online here. Sponsorship-level support is also an option, and those people and organizations who contribute $500 or more will receive special recognition.

See you on April 7!

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For teaching parent families
First Monday of the month, Program begins at 1:00 p.m.
FREE: registration not required

This program for home school families will feature one of our naturalists sharing their knowledge of and experiences with nature and wildlife in the Coleman Auditorium. Programs average 45 minutes.
bulletMarch 7 - Cave Wildlife Adaptations
bulletApril 4 - program tba
bulletMay 2 - program tba

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March 14-18, See times below
FREE: registration not required

Don’t sit at home inside all day during spring break… Come join the naturalists at the Great Plains Nature Center for Wildlife Week! Check out the schedule to tag along on our climb up through the food chain. We have crafts, hikes and programs planned for you to enjoy! 
Registration not required, just come on out and join the fun!

Monday March 14 Plant Life Day!
Crafts: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Hikes: @ 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Programs: @ 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Tuesday March 15  – Herbivore Day!
Crafts: 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Programs: @ 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Wednesday March 16Omnivore Day!
Crafts: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Hikes: @ 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Programs: @ 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Thursday March 17Top Dog Day!
Crafts: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Programs: @ 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Friday March 18Snail & Fungi Day!
Crafts: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Hikes: @ 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Programs: @ 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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bullet Backyard Beekeeping Workshop Series
Saturday, February 20
Saturday, March 19
Saturday, April 16 (This date subject to change)
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:

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Full Moon Walk
Monday, February 22 @ 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 23 @ 8 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 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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For Active Seniors
Light refreshments at 10, Program at 10:30
FREE: registration not required

Here is our 2016 schedule:
bulletWednesday, March 30 - California Condors
Laura Mendenhall, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist at McConnell Air Base, will describe her experience with the California Condor Recovery program, including detailed accounts of handling and tracking birds in the mountains of Southern California.
bulletWednesday, June 29 - program tba
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