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The Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center receives funding for general operational support from the City of Wichita.

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Welcome to the Great Plains Nature Center website.  
We hope you enjoy your virtual visit and you can come visit us
 in person sometime soon. Here are driving directions!  
Hours  Our Goals  Participating Agencies  Staff  Contact info

Our 2nd annual Howl-loween will be Saturday, October 21!
Come on out and enjoy the fun! Costumes encouraged!

The GPNC is one of the few sites in Kansas that distributes the National Park Passes.
They are available at our Gift Shop from 10 a.m. -4 p.m., Monday-Saturday.
The cost for a lifetime senior pass (age 62 and over) increased
from $10 to $80 on Monday August 28, 2017.
The passes may also be purchased online, and they are also available at most Corps of Engineers Project Lakes in the Kansas City District and Tulsa District.
Call ahead to make sure of availability.
All rain check orders from July-August have been processed. If you still have not received your pass, please let us know. Some addresses we were given were returned by the post office as invalid.

New! Annual passes for Seniors for $20.00. If you buy them for 3 years, you can trade them in for a lifetime pass for $20.00 in the fourth year.

- Do you have a Dillons Plus Card?  If so, you can help support the GPNC!

- We began making our own electricity with solar power on March 11, 2015. The data on our production can be seen online at our Sunny Portal!

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Faces of the Great Plains
"Backyard Wildlife"

Our latest educational poster features 27 different species, including mammals, birds, insects, reptiles & amphibians. You may pick up your copy free in our lobby.

Learn more about this and all our previous posters!

Kansas Spiders pocket guide coverA Pocket Guide to
Common Kansas Spiders

The 13th in our series of
GPNC Pocket Guides.

This Pocket Guide covers the many varied
and interesting spiders that live in our state

Find out how you can get a copy!


Our fourth Kansas Critters book features wetland critters!

Learn how to get a copy!

Birthday Parties for kids at the
Great Plains Nature Center !!

 Party !    YAY !    Honk !

Yes! We do Birthday Parties at the GPNC!
Click here for all the details!

The GPNC is a cooperative partnership between:


United States Department of the Interior - Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)


State of Kansas - Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT)


City of Wichita - Department of Park and Recreation


Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center

Special features of the GPNC include the Koch Habitat Hall, the Coleman Auditorium,
the Bob Gress Wildlife Observatory, the Owl's Nest Gift Shop, a classroom and an office wing.

We are open Monday - Saturday, 9 AM to 5 PM.
There is no admission charge.
We are closed Sundays and Holidays.

Upcoming Holiday closings for 2017
Monday, September 4 
|  Monday, October 9
Saturday, November 11 
| Thursday - Saturday, November 23-25 | Monday, December 25

We offer many scheduled programs and also host meetings for a variety of local wildlife, outdoors and environmental groups.  Visit our Programs section for that information.

The Region 3 office of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is located in our office wing.  Visit their page on this web site to learn more about their hours, operations and personnel.

Our Goals

1. Provide opportunities to the public to learn about natural resources, especially the wildlife and plant species, of the Great Plains Region.

2. Provide visitors with enjoyable educational experiences that impart the importance of wise stewardship of natural resources and the roles and responsibilities of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, and the Wichita Department of Park and Recreation.

3. Serve as community resource for conservation and related informational materials, with emphasis on the importance of urban habitats to wildlife and people.

4. Serve as a resource for environmental education with school district, youth organizations, colleges and universities, conservation organizations, and other groups and individuals interested in wildlife and the environment.

5. Provide environmental educational services for and accommodate the physically challenged, senior citizens and other special needs groups.

Our Staff

The Staff of the Great Plains Nature Center is drawn from four different organizations.

Jim Mason Director City of Wichita
Marc Murrell Manager Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism
Lori Jones, C.I.G. Visitor Services U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Alicia Oberg Naturalist U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Amanda Alessi, C.I.G. Naturalist Friends of the GPNC
Rachel Roth, C.I.G. Naturalist Friends of the GPNC
Todd Volkmann Naturalist Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism
Deb Williams, C.I.G. Naturalist Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism
Mike Leck Business Manager Friends of the GPNC
Cassie Standley Volunteer Coordinator/
Gift Shop Manager
Friends of the GPNC
Glynis Honomichl Gift Shop Friends of the GPNC
Connie Richardson Gift Shop Friends of the GPNC
Breanna Sayers Americorps Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism

Contact Information

Postal address
6232 E 29th Street North
Wichita, KS 67220-2200
Media contact: Marc Murrell  marc.murrell@ks.gov  
Programs:  Amanda Alessi Amanda@gpnc.org
Webmaster/General Information: Jim Mason Jim@gpnc.org

Link to 360Wichita.com  

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Send Email to Jim Mason
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