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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.

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

A new series will begin in October

Every Saturday afternoon at the GPNC!

Full Moon Walk
An evening stroll under the full moon

It's our 12th year for Art On The Trail!
Saturday, September 12, 11 am to 3 pm.

Join us as we celebrate honeybees, monarch butterflies and other pollinating insects at
our Prairie Pollinator Party on
Saturday, September 26!

Senior Wednesday
- The next GPNC Senior Wednesday program will be on September 30.

Last revision: 08/25/2015


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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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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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.
bulletAugust 29 - Turtles
bulletSeptember 5 - Jeopardy!
bulletSeptember 12 - Art On The Trail (no NITK this day)
bulletSeptember 19 - Dangerous Kansas Plants
bulletSeptember 26 - Prairie Pollinator Party (no NITK this day)
bulletOctober 3 - Skins, Skulls & Tracks
bulletOctober 10 - TBA
bulletOctober 17 - Beavers
bulletOctober 24 - Critters On The Move

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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.
bulletSeptember: What is Nature?
bullet3 – Discovering Nature
bullet10 – Animals in Nature
bullet17 – Ponds
bullet24 – Who lives in a Tree?
bulletOctober: Critters
bullet1 – Turtles
bullet8 – Busy Squirrels
bullet15 – Insects
bullet22 Nature’s Tricksters
bullet29 - Pumpkins
bulletNovember: Fall is Here!
bullet5 – Turkeys
bullet12 – Fall Tree/Leaves
bullet19 – Acorns and Oak Trees
bullet26 – No LNL – Thanksgiving
bulletDecember: Getting Chilly
bullet3 – Winter Cold
bullet10 – Animal Changes in Winter
bullet17 – Hibernation
bullet24 – No LNL – Christmas Eve

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Full Moon Walk 
Saturday, August 29 at 8:30 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 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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bullet Art On The Trail
Saturday, September 12, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Adult and youth artists seeking to participate can register online here!
This year will mark the 12th Annual Art on the Trail event at the GPNC. Art and nature come together in Chisholm Creek Park as talented, local en plein aire artists put the colors of fall on canvas, Saturday, September 12th from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Note the date change: We are having the event in September this year to hopefully have warmer/dryer weather for our artists.

Art on the Trail allows you to interact with working artists from the Wichita area. They will demonstrate their art form using a variety of media—watercolors, pastels and acrylics to name a few—along a half-mile loop of paved trail. We are also asking youth to join us again for the second year. Students aged 5-18 are welcome to come and paint, providing a wide age range of talent.

Inside the GPNC we will have free seasonal refreshments as well as a nature craft project for children. All the artists will be summoned to the lobby at 3 p.m. to have our friendly judging session and then announce this year’s postcard winner. All trails are accessible and the event is free to the public.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see nature through someone else’s eyes and experience first-hand how nature’s beauty can be captured on canvas.

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Saturday, September 26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
FREE: Registration not required

Join us for a day of fun featuring our state insect, the honey bee, and all its many buzzin’ cousins who help pollinate plants! We'll have bee films in the Coleman Auditorium and lots of fun crafts and activities both inside and outside.

There will be butterfly face painting, and at 1 p.m., GPNC Director Jim Mason will give a program on the migration of the Monarch butterfly as part of the 2015 Wichita Big Read. Information will be available for our Backyard Beekeeping Workshops, to be held later in the year. Taste a variety of honeys and honey products, which will be for sale in the Owls’ Nest gift shop and from local beekeepers.

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For Active Seniors
Light refreshments at 10, Program at 10:30
FREE: registration not required
bulletWednesday, September 30
Monarch Butterfly: International Traveler
GPNC Director Jim Mason will give an illustrated presentation about the monarch butterfly and its amazing annual migration to the mountains of central Mexico.

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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