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Become a Friend of the Great Plains Nature Center!

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As a Friend of the Great Plains Nature Center you will receive advance notice of all events at the GPNC through our newsletter, Prairie Reflections.  Plus, you'll receive a Friends-only discount in the Owl's Nest Gift Shop and invitations to special Friends-only events.  And you'll have the satisfaction of knowing your membership dollars are being used to support our educational mission.

The Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center
has 501(c)3 tax-exempt status. 

The supporting membership categories are:

bulletBison - $500 per year (limited edition wildlife art prints available for donors at this level)
bulletBald Eagle - $250 per year (limited edition wildlife art prints available for donors at this level)
bulletPronghorn - $100 per year

The family membership categories are:

bulletFamily of Educator (K-college) - $25 per year
bulletFamily of Senior (age 62+) - $25 per year
bulletFamily - $40 per year

The individual membership categories are:

bulletLife Member - $1,000 or more
(life members are recognized with a plaque on the donor wall in the lobby)
bulletIndividual - $25 per year
bulletEducator or Student - $15 per year
bulletSenior (age 62+) - $15 per year

Join online here.

Right click here to download the IRS 990 Form Click the icon for the most recent IRS Form 990 for the Friends of the GPNC.

You may also join by calling the Owls Nest Gift Shop during business hours (10-4, Monday-Saturday) and paying with a credit card.

Or, you can download and print the Friends brochure, which includes a membership form.  Right click here to download the brochure! [pdf file]
(On a Windows system, download the file by right-clicking on this link  and choose "Save Target As" to save it to your hard drive, then open it from there.   You will need Acrobat Reader to view this file.  If you don't have that software already, you can get it for free from Adobe.)
ill out the form and mail it along with your check made out to "FGPNC" to:

FGPNC Membership
6232 E. 29th Street North
Wichita, KS 67220-2200

Remember - Benefits of membership include:

bullet10% discounts on purchases at our gift shop (excluding sale or special-offer merchandise).
bulletInvitations to Friends-only events.


If you are interested in the natural history of the prairies of North America and want to support the efforts of the GPNC to provide public education in that area, please consider joining our Friends group!

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You can help support the FGPNC just by shopping at Dillons if you designate us as the recipient of the Dillons Community Rewards associated with your card.  It's easy, and if you chose us in 2016, your support will carry over to 2017!

  1. Register your Plus Card if you haven’t previously registered:
    - Go to
    - Click “Register” in the upper right hand corner
    - Enter the required information
  2. Add our organization:
    - Go to
    - Sign in to your Plus Card account if you are not currently signed in
    - Click the orange “Enroll Now” button
    - Enter our number 64512 into the search box, or you can find us by entering “Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center”
    - Click “Search”
    - Select our organization, click “Enroll” and you’re done!  Thank you!

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bulletThese are the members of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the GPNC for 2017.  
Board elections are in February.
bulletSusan Bowers : President
bulletTodd Lewis : President-elect
bulletJessica Mounts : Secretary
bulletKaren Montiel : Treasurer
bulletBob Gress : Vice President
bulletMike Leck : Business Manager
bulletHeather Bowman
bulletTonya Bronleewe
bulletTom Hein
bulletJim Marlett
bulletMarylee Ramsay
bulletDon Setchell
bulletMike Shockley
bulletJay Super
bulletJohn VanWalleghen
bulletLori Jones - ex officio for U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
bulletJim Mason - ex officio for Wichita Park & Recreation
bulletMarc Murrell - ex officio for Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism

Contact Mike Leck at:
(316) 683-5499 x 109 - phone - email

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

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