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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.

31ST ANNUAL WALK WITH WILDLIFE
Join the fun Saturday June 13!

BACKYARD BEEKEEPING WORKSHOPS
A new series will begin in October

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

NATURALIST IN THE KNOW
Every Saturday afternoon at the GPNC!

SUMMER PROGRAMS
Summer is fast approaching and we have lots of fun programs and activities planned!
Check them out, and register online!

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

Last revision: 05/13/2015

 

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.
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.
bulletMay
bullet7 Ladybugs
bullet14 Take a Hike
bullet21 Growing Beans
bulletNo LNL - Schools out!

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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.
bulletMay 4 - The Battle for Bats

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Full Moon Walk 
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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31st ANNUAL WALK WITH WILDLIFE

ONE DAY ONLY!

Saturday, June 13, 2015 • 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 13 and we'll bring the animals to you!  As you walk a 1 mile handicapped-accessible loop of our trail system here at Chisholm Creek Park, visit stations set up along the way and see more critters than you can shake a stick at!

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
Look for the registration form in the Wichita Eagle!

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 new mascot of the Wichita Park & Recreation Department will be at the Walk between 10:00 AM and Noon.  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!

Spirit Aerosystems and the Wichita Eagle partner 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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bulletSENIOR WEDNESDAY
For Active Seniors
Wednesday, July 29
Light refreshments at 10, Program at 10:30
FREE: registration not required

Program to be determined.

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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