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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
Naturally Crafty
- Tuesdays, 10 AM - Noon
Story Time
- Wednesdays at 11 AM
Little Nature Lovers
- Thursdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

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

FLY TYING WORKSHOPS
Tie your own flies!
Friday afternoons, from 2:00 - 4:30 PM
Monthly on the 2nd Thursday from 6:00 - 9:00 PM

FOR SENIORS
Senior Wednesday
- The next GPNC Senior Wednesday program will be on November 30.
 - The annual Senior Wednesday Holiday Party will be at the Wichita Art Museum on December 7!

NATURALIST IN THE KNOW
For all ages
Every Saturday afternoon from 1 - 3 PM

SECOND SATURDAY BIRD WALKS
Join members of Wichita Audubon for an informal look at the birds of Chisholm Creek Park. Meet at the main parking lot at 8:00 AM and bring your binoculars!
FREE
, no charge to participate.

Oct, 8, Nov. 15, Dec. 10
2017 dates: Jan. 14, Feb. 11, March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, Aug. 12

GREENGRASS FILMS AT THE GPNC!
We are pleased to once again host the GreenGrass films from the Tallgrass Film Festival, this year on Friday October 14!

HOWL-LOWEEN!
Nocturnal critters will be our featured guests on
Saturday, October 22!

FAMILY PROGRAMS
Full Moon Walk
An evening stroll under the full moon
Creature Feature
First Monday of the month at 1:00 p.m.
 

Last revision: 09/28/2016

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NATURALLY CRAFTY
Every Tuesday, 10 a.m. – noon
FREE. All Ages. Registration not required.

We will provide the materials for you to make something to remember your visit to the GPNC! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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STORY TIME
Every Wednesday, 11 a.m.
FREE.  Age 0-6. Registration not required.

Join us inside the GPNC’s Koch Habitat Hall for story time. Mostly for little ones, but everyone is welcome.

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LITTLE NATURE LOVERS
Every Thursday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
FREE. Age 3-5, 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. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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October

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6 - Monarch butterflies

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13 - Squirrels

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20 - Acorns/Oak Trees

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27 - Pumpkins

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CREATURE FEATURE I
First Monday of each month from 1:00 - 2:00 PM in the Coleman Auditorium.
Topics to be announced.

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bullet naTURALIST IN THE KNOW
For all ages
Every Saturday afternoon from 1 - 3 PM, come & go

Come join us for a fun, interactive experience at the GPNC!
A different topic is presented every week for the public to enjoy.
bulletOctober:
1 – Monarchs/Butterflies
8 – Snakes
22 – Howl-loween today! - NO NITK
29 – Owls

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bulletGREENGRASS AT GPNC!
Three showings, plus panel discussion on Friday, October 14
Admission is free. Seating is limited to 185 persons.

The Great Plains Nature Center is pleased to host the GreenGrass films from this year's Tallgrass Film Festival. The GreenGrass films highlight environmental issues from around the world.
Here are this year's films. Follow the link for each film for more info.
bullet Well Grounded: Terra Firma Shorts - begins at 10:00 a.m., 105 minutes total
- Pork.0, 2016, Brett Kuxhausen, USA, 17m
- Pickle, 2016, Amy Nicholson, USA, 16m
- Grid Corrections, 2016, Gerco de Ruijter, Netherlands, 2m
- The LaRosh Harvest Legacy, 2016, Doug Armknecht, USA/Smith Center, KS, 8m
- Glass Bottled-Milk: Saving the Iwig Family Dairy, 2016, Benjamin Garner, USA/Lawrence, KS, 21m
- Water from Stone, 2016, Ben Masters, USA, 9m
- When the Well Runs Dry, 2015, Stephen Lerner, Reuben Aaronson, USA/Lawrence, KS, 32m
bullet Thirsty Land - begins at 12:15, 90 minutes
Thirsty Land is the story about extreme drought, agriculture, & the water crisis in the Western United States and how these challenges impact farmers, communities, and the environment. The depleted water resources in the American Southwest is one of the most urgent challenges of the 21st century facing agriculture and growing urban communities. The drought on this region has local, national, and global impacts not only for the present, but also for future generations.
- Director Conrad Weaver scheduled to attend.
bullet Pumped Dry: The Global Crisis of Vanishing Groundwater - begins at 2:00 p.m., 60 minutes
In places around the world, supplies of groundwater are rapidly vanishing. As aquifers decline and wells begin to go dry, people are being forced to confront a growing crisis. This documentary travels to Morocco, India, Peru, California and Kansas to tell stories of some of those most effected by this crisis and sounds the alarm as groundwater decline threatens food and water security in key agricultural regions around the world.
- Director Steve Elfers scheduled to attend
bullet3:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Post-film discussion on the day's films.

For more information about the Tallgrass Film Festival, see their website.

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bullet HOWL-LOWEEN AT GPNC!
Saturday, October 22, 4 to 8 PM

Join the naturalists at the GPNC for an evening of FREE crafts & activities focusing on nocturnal animals and their amazing adaptations! The event will include:
bulletCrafts to make and take home
bulletGlow in the dark games
bulletEvening guided hikes
bulletInformational presentations on nocturnal animal adaptations
bulletAnimal exhibits featuring native species
bulletFood trucks too! Including:
bulletFunky Monkey Munchies
bulletB.S. Sandwich Press
bulletKind Kravings

 

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WEEKLY FLY-TYING WORKSHOPS
Friday afternoons from 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Monthly on 2nd Thursday from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

The Great Plains Nature Center is hosting regular Fly Tying sessions with the Flatland Fly Fishers, who will provide the fly-tying vices, plus all of the tools and material needed for you to start tying your own flies. If you have tied flies in the past and have your own equipment, bring it with you.

You do not need to be a fisherman
to enjoy this great hobby!

For more information, call the Great Plains Nature Center at (316) 683-5499 or email Rick Brown at rickdbrown@msn.com

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Full Moon Walk
Saturday, October 15 @ 7:00 p.m.
Monday, November 14 @ 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 13 @ 6:00 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 an evening under the stars, without the aid of a flashlight and experience nocturnal nature! Families with older children are welcome to attend. The hike will last approximately 45 minutes.
 

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bulletSENIOR WEDNESDAY
For Active Seniors
Light refreshments at 10, Program at 10:30
FREE: registration not required
bulletWednesday, November 30
The Kansas Soundscape, by Rachel Roth
Why do birds sing at dawn? Was that trill a toad, an insect or a bird? Explore the voices of nature with one of the GPNC’s Naturalists.
bulletWednesday, December 7, beginning at 10:00 AM
Annual Senior Wednesday Holiday Party!
Come to the Wichita Art Museum for our annual Holiday Party. Enjoy tasty treats and learn the exciting upcoming spring programs from the ten Senior Wednesday venues. There will also be a raffle of special items from each venue. Dancer Courtney Cobin from Step Ahead Dance Studio will be the featured entertainment. See you there!

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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