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The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) is responsible for ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the Great Plains Nature Center and its contents.  They also provided a large part of the funds to construct the exhibits in the Exhibit Hall.  The Region 3 office of KDWPT is located in the office wing of the Great Plains Nature Center.  The KDWPT continues its participation in the direction of the GPNC through the GPNC Steering Committee.  To learn more about KDWPT, visit their web site.

Marc Murrell, Todd Volkmann and Deb Williams have their offices in the GPNC end of the office wing
and directly support the educational mission of the GPNC.

Fish, wildlife and outdoor recreation are important to the quality of life for all Kansans and to the Kansas economy. As a public steward of the Kansas natural resources, the mission of the Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is to:


Conserve and enhance Kansas natural heritage, its wildlife and its habitats--to assure future generations the benefits of the state's diverse, living resources;


Provide the public with opportunities for the use and appreciation of the natural resources of Kansas, consistent with the conservation of those resources;


Inform the public of the status of the natural resources of Kansas to promote understanding and gain assistance in achieving this mission.

If you have any business to conduct with KDWPT, please call or drop by during business hours, which are Monday-Friday, 8:00 A.M.-4:45 P.M.  If you come by in person for KDWPT business, you may use the small parking lot on the south side of the building.

The regional office phone number is (316) 683-8069.

If you have any inquiries about the nature center itself, (such as scheduling a program) please use the GPNC phone number:   (316) 683-5499.

The regional fax number is (316) 683-4664.

Regional Office Services

bulletBoat Registration
bulletHunting and Fishing Licenses
bulletState Park permits
bulletScoring antler racks

Regional Staff

Name Title Contact
Alan Stark Regional Park Supervisor alan.stark@ks.gov
(316)  683-8069 x123
Craig Curtis Regional Wildlife Supervisor craig.curtis@ks.gov
(316) 683-8069 x128
Marc Murrell Building Manager marc.murrell@ks.gov
(316) 683-5499 x104
Charlie Cope Wildlife Biologist charles.cope@ks.gov
(316) 683-8069 x126
Andrew Schaefer Fisheries Biologist andrew.schaefer@ks.gov
(620) 459-6922
Scott Hanzlicek
Larry Hastings
Law Enforcement (316) 683-8069 x122
Paula Rudiger Regional Secretary paula.rudiger@ks.gov
(316) 683-8069 x133

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is the state sponsoring agency for Becoming an Outdoors-WomanClick here to learn more about upcoming workshops and how you can participate.

Other GPNC Partners:

bulletThe City of Wichita
bulletThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
bulletFriends of the Great Plains Nature Center

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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