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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
Little Nature Lovers
- Will return September 4

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

Naturalist In The Know
Saturday afternoons through October 4

Senior Wednesday
- The next GPNC Senior Wednesday program will be on October 29. 

10 AM - 3 PM, Saturday, September 20

Last revision: 09/15/2014


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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- Little Nature Lovers will return Thursday, September 4, 9:30 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: Active Nature
bulletSep. 4 - Turtle Time
bulletSep. 11 - Summer Tree (leaf shapes)
bulletSep. 18 - Observing Bugs
bulletSep. 25 - Mini Meteorologists
bulletOctober: Harvest Time
bulletOct. 2 - Monarch Butterflies
bulletOct. 9 - Grasshoppers
bulletOct. 16 - Squirrels
bulletOct. 23 - Pumpkins
bulletOct. 30 - Spiders and Spider Webs
bulletNovember: Preparing for Winter
bulletNov. 6 - Turkeys
bulletNov. 13 - Fall Tree
bulletNov. 20 - Acorns and Oak Trees
bulletNov. 27 - Thanksgiving
bulletDecember: Nature at its Coldest
bulletDec. 4 - Animal Coats
bulletDec. 11 - Evergreens
bulletDec. 18 - Where do the animals go?
bulletDec. 25 - Christmas (GPNC closed)

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For all ages.
Saturdays, between 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., come and go as you please
FREE, Registration not required

Come join us for a fun, interactive experience at the Great Plains Nature Center. A different topic is presented every Saturday for the public to enjoy!.
bulletSeptember 27 - Kansas Foxes
bulletOctober 4 - Salamanders

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Saturday, September 20
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
FREE. Registration not required.
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Buzz on in to the GPNC for a day of fun featuring our state insect, the honey bee.
It will “bee” a fun day for everyone!
Help spread the word!  Click the icon for the event flyer!

Watch the award-winning film, “Vanishing of the Bees,” in the Coleman Auditorium and learn about colony collapse disorder.  The film will be shown at 1:30 and runs 90 minutes.
Shakespeare In The Park actors will "bee" on hand to provide bee-centric Shakespearean snippets!  Performances at 10:30 and 1:00.
A musical group, The Stagehands, will perform bee-utiful tunes bee-tween 11:00 and 1:00.
Members of Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever will have information on the importance of bees and other pollinators as well as the plants that are good choices for attracting pollinators. Presentations at 10:00 and 1:00.
Learn the differences bee-tween native bees and honey bees.
Enjoy an ice cream sundae topped with honey ($1)
Make a beeswax candle ($1)
Engage in crafts and games designed just for kids!
Get up close and personal with honey bees in our outdoor hive and learn more about our introduction to Backyard Beekeeping Workshops.
Purchase honey bee products in the Owls’ Nest gift shop.

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

Dark Shadows! - We think the creatures associated with Halloween have got a bum rap!
Come learn the facts about bats, spiders and owls!

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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