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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
Read to the Animals
- Every day in January

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

Saturday sessions, October - May

Creature Feature
First Monday of each month, 2-3 p.m.
Full Moon Walk
Tuesday, February 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Backyard Bird Workshop
Saturday, February 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We have fun activities every day of spring break!
Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 20

Senior Wednesday
- The next GPNC Senior Wednesday program will be on April 29, 2015.

Last revision: 01/21/2015


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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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.
bulletJanuary: Frosty Fun!
bulletJan. 8 - The Mitten - Animals in Winter
bulletJan. 15 - Tea with Lady Sapphire: Birds in Winter
bulletJan. 22 - Pine Cone Feeders
bulletJan. 29 – Tracks in the Snow

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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.
bulletFebruary 2 – Facing Winter’s Challenge
bulletMarch 2 – Bats
bulletApril 6 – Here Fishy Fishy!

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bullet Read tO the Animals

January is Kansas Read Month and the animals at the GPNC invite your child to read to them. This is a special time for your child to practice reading with no correction from the audience. All month there will be three reading stations at the nature center. Bring your own book or choose from our selection, settle in and share a good story with one of the animals. Once you have read a good tale, get a free bookmark to take home.

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Full Moon Walk 
Tuesday, February 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 5 at 7:00 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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All programs are on Saturday
January 17, 2015, 8:30 – 10:30 AM
February 21, 2015, 8:30 -10:30
March 21, 2015, 8:30 - 10:30 AM
April 18, 2015, 8:30 - 10:30 AM (this date is subject to change)
May 16, 2015, 8:30 – 10:30 AM
Cost: $60.00 ($45.00 for FGPNC members)
Register by calling the Owl's Nest Gift Shop at (316) 683-5499 x111

This workshop series is intended to assist you in the decision to keep bees in your back yard.
Reference material: "The Practical Beekeeper", 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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bullet Backyard Bird Workshop
Hosted by Wichita Audubon Society
Saturday, February 21
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
FREE: Registration not required.

Do you enjoy watching birds in your yard? Want to know more about how to attract and care for them? How about building a free bird house? Find all that and more at the workshop on Saturday, February 21, at the Great Plains Nature Center.
There will be bird seed for sale. Materials, tools and helpers will be available so you can build your own wren house to be ready for spring.
Youngsters can make a pine cone bird feeder to hang in the yard for the birds. Plus, there will be lots of experienced people with lots of information on all aspects of backyard birds -- from housing to water to feeding to other wildlife.
Bring the whole family and have a good time regardless of the weather!

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We want you for NatureCorps!!!

Come enlist and participate in the daily trainings offered at the Great Plains Nature Center!
Training will be at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day during the week of spring break,
Monday, March 16-Friday, March 20. 
Tuesday and Thursday will have special animal presentations at noon.
FREE: Registration not required, just come on out and join the fun!

Monday March 16Explorer Training
Our mission is to explore this strange world, seek out new life in our own civilization .. and boldly learn what man is doing to nature!
Mascot – Raccoon
Activity – 10:30 & 2:30 – Guided nature hike
Craft – All Day - Cardboard tube binoculars
Tuesday March 17  – Detective training - CSI Nature
What made this track? What built this nest? Whose poop is this?
Mascot – Turkey Vulture
Activity – 10:30 & 2:30 – Searching for tracks and animal signs in the park.
Craft – All Day - Detective notebook
Bonus activity – noon - Turkey vulture presentation
Wednesday March 18 – Defense training
Get a black-belt in animal defenses!
Mascot – Ornate Box Turtle
Activity – 10:30 & 2:30 – Presentation in the auditorium about animal defenses.
Game – All Day - Camouflage game and the Koch Habitat Hall questionnaire.
Thursday March 19 – Physical training
Busy as a beaver...or a bee...the point is we are going to be busy!
Mascot – Beaver
Activity – 10:30 & 2:30 – Try your luck at completing the challenge course.
Craft – All Day - Make your own sweatband
Bonus Activity – 12:00 - Beaver presentation
Friday March 20 – Brain training
A very bird-brained presentation!
Mascot – Eastern Screech Owl
Activity – 10:30 & 2:30 – Presentation about the Eastern Screech Owl and other native birds.
Game – All Day - Scavenger hunt

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For Active Seniors
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Light refreshments at 10, Program at 10:30
FREE: registration not required

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