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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
- Every Wednesday at 11 AM
Little Nature Lovers
- Every Thursday through May 29 at 9:30 AM

CREATURE FEATURE
Join us the first Monday of the month at 2:00 PM for a special auditorium program.

SUMMER PROGRAMS!
We've got lots of fun in store for this summer!
Learn more here, then enroll online!

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

FOR SENIORS
Senior Wednesday
- The next GPNC Senior Wednesday program will be on April 30.  Join us then for a preview of our 30th Annual Walk With Wildlife!

FAMILY PROGRAMS
Full Moon Walk
8:30 PM, Wednesday, May 14
KAO Astronomy Day
Saturday, May 10, 8 - 10 PM
Observe the moon and planets from our parking lot!
Family Fishing Nights
Thursdays: May 8, June 12, July 10, August 7
Naturalist In The Know
Saturdays, March 22 - October 4

WALK WITH WILDLIFE
It's our 30th annual event!  Come on out for a great day of critters and fun activities!

OK KIDS!
A full day of outdoor activities for kids!
10 AM - 3 PM, Saturday, May 24

BACKYARD BEEKEEPING WORKSHOPS
Five sessions between Oct. 19 and May 17

Last revision: 04/15/2014

 

STORY TIME
Wednesdays at 11 a.m.
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.

LITTLE NATURE LOVERS
For ages 3 - 5 and a caregiver.
Thursdays, from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
FREE, Registration not required

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.
April - Finally - - - Spring!
April 3 - Cottontail Bunnies
April 10 - Signs of Spring
April 17 - The Spring Tree
April 24 - Fishing Fun
May - Let's Go Exploring

CREATURE FEATURE
First Monday of the month through May at 2 p.m. in the Coleman Auditorium
FREE: registration not required
May 5 - Animal Defenses

This program will be presented by one of our staff naturalists, who will share their experience and knowledge of different local animals. For homeschool families, but all are welcome to attend

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NATURALIST IN THE KNOW
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!.
April 19 - Birds
April 26 - Skunks
May 3 - Fish
May 10 - Animal Program
May 17 - Recycling
May 24 - OK KIDS
May 31 - Animal Program
June 7 - Predators and Prey
June 14 - 30th Annual Walk With Wildlife!
June 21 - October 4: Topics to be determined

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KAO –ASTRONOMY DAY
Saturday, May 10, 8 – 10 p.m.
Great Plains Nature Center parking lot
FREE. No registration required.

Join experts from the Kansas Astronomical Observers to celebrate Astronomy Day at the nature center! Participants will see Saturn rise as the Sun sets. Mars is still well positioned for viewing, and the Moon is between the first quarter and full. It will be a good time to see multiple objects in the heavens: Moon, Mars and Saturn.

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FAMILY FISHING NIGHTS
For all ages
Thursdays: May 8 / June 12/ July 10/ August 7
6-8 p.m.
FREE: Registration required; call Jessica at 683-8069
Minimum 3 families.
Open to the first 30 participants.

Fish with us at the Great Plains Nature Center! All fishing equipment and tackle provided, or bring your own. Children must be supervised by a responsible adult during the event, and each family will receive a free tackle box to take home. Meet in the GPNC Parking Lot at 6 p.m.; fishing will be at Island Pond.

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BACK YARD BEEKEEPING WORKSHOPS
Limit 12 participants,
Each session runs from 8:30 - 10:30 AM
AGE: Adults, Youth 16-18 allowed with written permission of parent or guardian (Parent or guardian may participate without additional fee)
FEE: Member/Non-Member - $60/$45 for the series 
Register through the Owl's Nest Gift Shop in person or with a credit card at 316-683-5499 x111

This workshop series is intended to assist you in the decision to keep bees in your own back yard. Reference material: The Practical Beekeeper by Michael Bush. The book is available online in print or digital form. The author plainly states all the information in the book is available on his website: www.bushfarms.com

Saturday, April 19, 2014*
*(This date subject to change)
Saturday, May 17, 2014

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30th ANNUAL WALK WITH WILDLIFE

ONE DAY ONLY!

Saturday, June 14, 2014 • 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 14 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 !

See over 50 species of native Kansas wildlife up close and personal!
Trained volunteers at every station to answer your questions.

GREAT FAMILY EVENT !

Bring the whole family for a fun day!
Facilities are wheelchair accessible
Lunch 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!

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!

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FULL MOON WALK
8:30 PM, Wednesday, May 14
FREE: Registration required,
Call Kristina Lewis at 316-683-5499 x 105

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!
The hike will last approximately 45 minutes.

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

“30th Anniversary of the Walk With Wildlife”
The Walk With Wildlife began 30 years ago in 1983!  We've got some special things planned for the anniversary on June 14 and this program will provide a preview of what all is in store.

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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