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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.

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

 

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

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

FOR SENIORS
Senior Wednesday
- The next GPNC Senior Wednesday program will be on May 31.

33RD ANNUAL WALK WITH WILDLIFE!
We've moved up the date to Saturday May 20.
This year's event will help celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Chisholm Trail!

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:
May 13, June 10, July 8, Aug. 12

BUTTERBIKING FOR BUTTERFLIES
Kansas bicyclist Sara Dykman will give a program on the monarch butterflies Saturday April 29 at 1:00 pm. She is bicycling 10,000 miles this year as she follows the monarch migration. What an adventure!

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

FAMILY PROGRAMS
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: 04/25/2017

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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.

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LITTLE NATURE LOVERS
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.

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

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

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

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BUTTERBIKING FOR BUTTERFLIES
Kansas bicyclist Sara Dykman is migrating with the monarch butterflies this year,  a 10,000 mile round trip from Mexico to Canada and back to Mexico!
She will give a presentation on monarchs and her amazing journey Saturday afternoon April 29 in the Coleman Auditorium at the GPNC! If weather permits, she will also be leading a hike in the park to look for milkweed plants and monarch caterpillars.
To learn more about Sara and monarch butterflies, you can find videos, photos, blogs, and a daily progress map as she Butterbikes with the Butterflies at www.beyondabook.org !

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33rd ANNUAL WALK WITH WILDLIFE

 ONE DAY ONLY !

Saturday, May 20, 2017 • 9 AM to 3 PM
Chisholm Creek Park
6232 E. 29th Street North
Admission Donation: $2 per person

How many times have you taken a hike in a wildlife area and not seen any wildlife?  Well, come on out Saturday May 20 and we'll bring the animals to you!  As you walk a 1/2 mile handicapped-accessible loop of our trail system here at Chisholm Creek Park, visit stations set up along the way and see dozens of species you may never have a chance to see otherwise!

ANIMALS, ANIMALS, ANIMALS !

bulletSee over 50 species of native Kansas wildlife up close and personal!
bulletTrained volunteers at every station to answer your questions.

 LONGHORNS !

This year at the WWW we are helping celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the opening of the Chisholm Trail. As a special treat, we have arranged for some longhorn cattle to be here in addition to our regular array of wild critters! Come on out and see 'em!

For other Kansas events and activities related to the CT150, see their website!

GREAT FAMILY EVENT !

bulletBring the whole family for a fun day!
bulletFacilities are wheelchair accessible
bulletLunch concession available
- Chuck Wagon Style this year, courtesy Spirit AeroSystems!

VIDEOS ALL DAY IN THE COLEMAN AUDITORIUM
Kick back in the Coleman Auditorium and watch one of the many fun and educational videos we will be showing that day!

GO FISH !
Staff from Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism, members of the Flatland Fly Fishers and other volunteers will show kids how to fish at Island Pond! Catch a specially-tagged fish and win a prize!

SEE THE DISPLAYS IN THE KOCH HABITAT HALL
Be sure to explore the hands-on displays interpreting the animals, plants and habitats of the Great Plains in the Koch Habitat Hall in the Great Plains Nature Center!

CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG !
Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog from KPTS, Channel 8!

BARRY THE BISON !
Barry the Bison, the mascot of the Wichita Park & Recreation Department will be at the Walk.  Come meet Barry and learn more about our Kansas state mammal!

SHOP THE OWL'S NEST GIFT SHOP
Find that outdoor book or unique gift you have been looking for in the Owl's Nest Gift Shop in our lobby!

We thank Spirit AeroSystems for their sponsorship of the Walk With Wildlife and for providing the chuck wagon lunch!

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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 will be 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 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!
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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

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Creative Cookies by Kim

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Soul Sisters Fusion

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
 - April 10, 8:30 pm (Monday)
 - 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 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, 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