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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.

The second annual fundraising event for the Friends of the GPNC
will be held on Thursday evening, April 27, 2017. Learn more here.


Naturally Crafty
- Tuesdays, 10 AM - Noon
Story Time
- Wednesdays at 11 AM
Little Nature Lovers
- Thursdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

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

- The Flatland Fly Fishers are once again bringing the F3T film series to Wichita, on Saturday May 4. The films will be shown in the Coleman Auditorium at the GPNC beginning at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at Zeiner's Bait Shop or at the door if seats are still available. More info here.

Senior Wednesday
- The next GPNC Senior Wednesday program will be on March 29, 2017.


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!
, no charge to participate.

2017 dates: March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, Aug. 12

Crafts, activities, animal programs & nature hikes every day March 20-24.

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

Full Moon Walk
An evening stroll under the full moon
You MUST pre-register for the full moon walk!
Creature Feature
First Monday of the month at 1:00 p.m.

Last revision: 03/24/2017

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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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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.

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Every Thursday through May 16, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
FREE. Age 3-5, Registration not required.

Explore the world of nature through crafts, games and children’s literature. Lots of sensory experiences will develop understanding and enrich your child’s appreciation of the great outdoors. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


2: Cottontails
9: Signs of Spring
16: Raccoons
23: Spring break, No LNL this week
30: Fishing Fun


6: Frogs
13: Robins
20: Birds and Blooms
27: Wildlife Safari


4: Ladybugs
11: Take a Hike
18: Water
25: Summer break begins: No LNL this week

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First Monday of each month from 1:00 - 2:00 PM in the Coleman Auditorium.
Topics to be announced.

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Exploring the Great Plains!

Don’t sit at home inside all day during spring break! Come join the naturalists at the Great Plains Nature Center as we adventure through different habitats in Kansas. Each day we'll create part of a mural of  Kansas, habitat by habitat! There will be crafty snacks to make, as well a craft to take home. There will be two short nature hikes and two animal presentations each day. Tag along for a chance to visit each habitat and meet the animals living there. We look forward to seeing you!
FREE: Registration not required, just come on out and join the fun!

Monday March 20Explore Prairie
Barry the Bison, the Wichita Park Department mascot, will make a special appearance today as we kick off our exploration of the Great Plains!

Activities ongoing 10:00 - 3:00
Program @ 10:30 & 1:00 | Ornate Box Turtle
Guided nature hike @ 11:30 & 2:00
Barry The Bison:  12:30 - 2:00

Tuesday March 21  – Explore Woodlands
Whooo lives in the woods? Come out and see!

Activities ongoing 10:00 - 3:00
Program @ 10:30 & 1:00 | Eastern Screech Owl
Guided nature hike @ 11:30 & 2:00

Wednesday March 22Explore Wetlands
Do you like mud? We do!

Activities ongoing 10:00 - 3:00
Program @ 10:30 & 1:00 | Barred Tiger Salamander
Guided nature hike @ 11:30 & 2:00

Thursday March 23Explore Underwater
Dive on in as we learn about the aquatic world!

Activities ongoing 10:00 - 3:00
Program @ 10:30 & 1:00 | Fish
Guided nature hike @ 11:30 & 2:00

Friday March 24Explore Deserts
Dry, but not lifeless, deserts are very special places!

Activities ongoing 10:00 - 3:00
Program @ 10:30 & 1:00 | Ord's Kangaroo Rat
Guided nature hike @ 11:30 & 2:00

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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

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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 will be an exciting evening with musical entertainment, food and beverages, a wine pull, 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 is our media sponsor and
we thank them for their support!

You may purchase tickets or become a sponsor of the Passport To Nature
on our secure website.

We would like to thank our food donors!





George's French Bistro


Oklahoma Boy's BBQ

And our beverage donors!

Jacob's Liquor Exchange


Central Standard Brewing


Full Moon Walk
 - April 10, 8:30 pm (Tuesday)
 - May 10, 8:30 pm (Wednesday)
 - June 9, 9:00 pm (Friday)
 - July 8, 9:00 pm (Saturday)
 - August 7, 8:30 pm (Monday)
 - September - 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

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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For Active Seniors
Light refreshments at 10, Program at 10:30
FREE: registration not required
bulletWednesday, March 29, 2017
The Last Wild Places in Kansas
Author George Frazier will talk about his recent book by that name, which chronicles three years he spent roaming the Sunflower State by car, canoe, and on foot visiting its remaining "wild places". Sites within an easy day's drive of Wichita will be featured!
bulletWednesday, May 31
Westar Energy Avian Protection Program
Westar biologist Eric Johnson will discuss how utilities are enhancing habitats and reducing electrocutions and bird strikes on power lines, thereby protecting birds and ensuring reliable service to customers.
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