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

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The Great Plains Nature Center is a great place for your child to have a birthday party! 

All parties include 2 hours access to the classroom and will have
a nature education theme.  The activity will vary based on the season, weather and children.  Our naturalist will create the best experience possible, based on these factors.

Availability of our classroom can be limited.
Reservations MUST be made at least 7 days in advance.
Bookings are only available on Saturday & Sunday afternoons.

  To schedule your party contact Lori at (316) 683-5499 x107.
  Please provide your name, telephone number, Email address, child's name and age (as of the birthday) 
  Payment may be made over the phone with a credit card or you may mail in a check.  
  Your reservation is not confirmed until payment is received. 
  Parties may be booked on Saturdays and Sundays only, at 1 or 3 PM.

    

bulletPre-school Party (3-5 years olds)
- Sensory Activity: Our naturalist will conduct activities to show children how to use their senses to discover nature. 25-30 minutes.
- Look and See Animals: Our naturalist will show the children at least one live animal. The animal(s) used will be chosen by the naturalist based on the behavior and attentiveness of the children. 15-20 minutes.
bulletExplore and Discover (5-8 year olds)
- Nature Exploration Hike* Our naturalist will lead the children on a hike through Chisholm Creek Park. 20-25 minutes.
- Discover Animals: Our naturalist will present a program on native Kansas wildlife, including at least one special animal visitor. 20-25 minutes.

You may choose ONE of the following animals:
- Great Plains Toad
- Barred Tiger Salamander
- Turtle (which turtle is used will be determined by our naturalist)
- Snake (which snake is used will be determined by our naturalist)
bulletExplore and Learn (8-12 year olds)
- Nature Exploration Hike* Our naturalist will lead the children on a hike through Chisholm Creek Park to learn about one of the topics listed below. 20-30 minutes.

- Nature Class: Our naturalist will teach the children about the topic of your choice using at least one live animal representative (chosen by our naturalist). 20-25 minutes.
Topic Choices include:
- Backyard Birds
- Wetland Wonders
- Kansas Symbols
- Reptiles and Amphibians
- Prairie Plants
- Interesting Insects

*In case of inclement weather, Nature Exploration Hikes will be replaced by a guided tour or scavenger hunt in the Koch Habitat Hall, or a nature themed movie in our auditorium, focusing on your chosen topic.

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bulletParty Cost: $ 125, paid at the time of booking
Party is limited to 25 people (adults and children combined).
We Provide: Nature Classroom - 2 hours: Includes time for you to set-up and cleanup, serve refreshments, open presents, celebrate, and enjoy the 45-minute nature program!
For example: set-up - 20 min; refreshments & presents - 30 min; nature education program - 45 min; clean-up - 25 min. Our naturalist will lead nature activities for the birthday boy or girl and friends!
You Provide: Food, drinks, tableware, decorations and party favors.
The following items are not allowed due to the presence of sensitive, live critters:
balloons, noise makers, confetti, piņatas and silly string.
bulletCancellation Policy:
bulletThere is no cancellation fee if notice is given 48 hours in advance of the scheduled date/time.
bulletA 50% refund will be issued if notice is given 24-48 hours in advance.
bulletNO REFUND will be issued if notice is given less than 24 hours in advance.
bulletA fee of $50 will be charged if staff must stay longer than 2 hours, or if the classroom is not left in the condition in which it was found. We also reserve the right to charge for repairs if any damage occurs during your party.

Need Gift Ideas? Check out the Owl's Nest Gift Shop, located in our lobby!

PLEASE!!   Do not bring balloons to the nature center!
No Balloons Please!
They scare our birds and can get lost in our high ceilings.

  To schedule your party contact Lori at (316) 683-5499 x107
  After your party is scheduled, you will receive a registration form to complete and turn in.
  Parties may be booked on Saturdays and Sundays only, at 1 or 3 PM.

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Great Plains Nature Center
6232 E. 29th Street North
Wichita, KS 67220-2200             Call:  316-683-5499            Fax:  316-688-9555