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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!  
For more info about us, click on any of the links or scroll on down this page!

Hours   Our Goals    Participating Agencies   Staff    Contact info

- Learn about Volunteering at the Great Plains Nature Center!

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Our fourth Kansas Critters book is out!

Learn how to get a copy!

Red Hills Wildflowers Pocket GuideA Pocket Guide to
Kansas Red Hills Wildflowers

The eleventh in our series of
GPNC Pocket Guides.

This Pocket Guide covers the
beautiful and charismatic flora
of the Kansas Red Hills

Find out how you can get a copy

Interagency Senior Pass If you are interested in obtaining a federal
Interagency Senior Pass or Interagency Access Pass,
they are both available at our Owl's Nest Gift Shop
between 10 and 4, Monday-Saturday.
Here's how to get them.
(Payment MUST be by cash or check only:
No credit cards.)

The GPNC does NOT distribute the
Annual Pass or the Volunteer Pass.

Birthday Parties 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 Parks and Recreation

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:
Noon Wednesday, December 24 - Friday, December 26

Thursday, January 1
| Monday, January 19 | Monday, February 16
Monday, May 25
| Friday, July 3 | Monday, September 7
Monday, October 12
| Wednesday, November 11 | Thursday-Saturday, November 26-27
Friday, 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 4 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.

Lorrie Beck Director USFWS
Marc Murrell Manager KDWPT
Jim Mason Naturalist City of Wichita
Amanda Alessi Naturalist Friends of the GPNC
Rebecca Matrow Naturalist Friends of the GPNC
Emma Shrack Naturalist Friends of the GPNC
Deb Williams Naturalist KDWPT
Rachel Roth Naturalist KDWPT
Kristen Remaly Naturalist Americorps/KDWPT
Todd Volkmann Naturalist Americorps/KDWPT
Mike Leck Business Manager Friends of the GPNC
Heidi Bowen Volunteer Coordinator Friends of the GPNC
Charlene Van Walleghen Gift Shop Friends of the GPNC
Christy Hanne Gift Shop Friends of the GPNC
Connie Richardson Gift Shop Friends of the GPNC

Contact Information

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

Link to 360Wichita.com  

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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