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Upcoming Programs
at the Great Plains Nature Center


Up School Field Trips Scout Programs Teacher Resources Meetings Upcoming Programs

All programs are held at the Great Plains Nature Center unless otherwise indicated.
Some programs may require pre-registration!

Registration closes three days prior to a program!
Read "Reservation Information" on the Programs page.

 

CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS
Naturally Crafty
- Tuesdays, 10 AM - Noon
Story Time
- Wednesdays at 11 AM
Little Nature Lovers
- is on vacation until September 7

SCOUT PROGRAMS
- We have programs for outdoors and nature- oriented advancements for Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts as well as opportunities for service projects.

SUMMERTIME FAMILY FISHING NIGHTS !
Fun for the whole family! Three dates are available this summer. Visit this EventBrite website to learn more and reserve your spot!

FLY TYING WORKSHOPS
Tie your own flies!
Friday afternoons, from 2:00 - 4:30 PM
Monthly on the 2nd Thursday from 6:00 - 9:00 PM

SECOND SATURDAY BIRD WALKS
Join members of Wichita Audubon for an informal look at the birds of Chisholm Creek Park. Meet at the main parking lot at 8:00 AM and bring your binoculars!
FREE
, no charge to participate.

2017 dates:
July 8, Aug. 12

FOR SENIORS
Senior Wednesday
- The next GPNC Senior Wednesday program will be on August 30.

FAMILY PROGRAMS
Full Moon Walk
An evening stroll under the full moon
You MUST pre-register for the full moon walk!
 

Last revision: 06/23/2017

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NATURALLY CRAFTY
Every Tuesday, 10 a.m. – noon
FREE. All Ages. Registration not required.

We will provide the materials for you to make something to remember your visit to the GPNC! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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STORY TIME
Every Wednesday, 11 a.m.
FREE.  Age 0-6. Registration not required.

Join us inside the GPNC’s Koch Habitat Hall for story time. Mostly for little ones, but everyone is welcome.

 

WEEKLY FLY-TYING WORKSHOPS
Friday afternoons from 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Monthly on 2nd Thursday from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

The Great Plains Nature Center is hosting regular Fly Tying sessions with the Flatland Fly Fishers, who will provide the fly-tying vices, plus all of the tools and material needed for you to start tying your own flies. If you have tied flies in the past and have your own equipment, bring it with you.

You do not need to be a fisherman
to enjoy this great hobby!

For more information, call the Great Plains Nature Center at (316) 683-5499 or email Rick Brown at rickdbrown@msn.com

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PASSPORT TO NATURE
Thursday evening, April 27, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Twenty one years ago when the GPNC opened, our naturalists could finally present a scheduled program, rain or shine. And they continue providing quality environmental education programming to youth and adults on the trails, in the Nature Center, and through community outreach.

The Passport to Nature celebrates the past, present and future of our essential educational work.

This 21-and-up event was an exciting evening with musical entertainment, food and beverages, wine fishing, and both a silent and live auction. The auction items reflect our dedication to providing positive, memorable experiences and winning bidders will experience unique “bucket list” adventures!


Radio station KMUW was our media sponsor and
we thank them for their support!

This year's Passport To Nature
is a wrap! Thanks so much to all who came and helped support the GPNC!

We would like to thank our food donors!
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Molino's

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Carrabba's

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George's French Bistro

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Oklahoma Boy's BBQ

And our beverage donors!
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Jacob's Liquor Exchange

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Central Standard Brewing

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House of Schwan

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Mead's Corner

 

Full Moon Walk
 - July 8, 9:00 pm (Saturday)
 - August 7, 8:30 pm (Monday)
 - September 6, 8:30 pm (Wednesday)
 - October - December TBD

Make your reservation on Eventbrite.
Attendees for each walk must come with their reserved tickets on the app or printed. Tickets are open until the event starts, as long as there is still room available.
Questions? Contact Rachel@gpnc.org

Walk when the moon is full. Join us on an evening hike through Chisholm Creek Park under a rising full moon. Enjoy an evening under the stars, without the aid of a flashlight and experience nocturnal nature! Families with older children are welcome to attend. The hike will last approximately 45 minutes.
 

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bulletSENIOR WEDNESDAY
For Active Seniors
Light refreshments at 10, Program at 10:30
FREE: registration not required
bulletWednesday, August 30
The Beals Healthy Streams Initiative
Nature Conservancy freshwater specialist Heidi Mehl will discuss the new Beals Healthy Streams Initiative, which seeks to protect and preserve the water quality and security for Kansas communities, industry, and agriculture.
bulletWednesday, November 29
Program TBA

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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