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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
- 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.

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

FOR SENIORS
Senior Wednesday
- The next GPNC Senior Wednesday program will be on November 29.

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:
Dec. 9

BRINGING IN THE GREENS
Join us to ring in the holidays Friday December 1!

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

BACKYARD BEEKEEPING WORKSHOP SERIES
For the beginning beekeeper.
Six sessions, November-May.

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

Last revision: 11/13/2017

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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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CREATURE FEATURE
For teaching parent families
First Monday of the month, Program begins at 1:00 p.m., Topics TBA
FREE: registration not required

This program for home school families will feature one of our naturalists sharing their knowledge of and experiences with nature and wildlife in the Coleman Auditorium. Programs average 45 minutes.

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LITTLE NATURE LOVERS
Every Thursday, 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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November  2 - Turkeys

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November 9 - TBD

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November 16The Moon

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November 23 – No LNL, Thanksgiving Break

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November 30 - TBD

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Backyard Beekeeping Workshop Series
DO YOU WANT TO BE A BEEKEEPER?

All programs are on Saturdays, from 9:00 – 11:00 AM

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November 4, 2017
Overview, hive types, hive site, build or buy, what to expect
- January 13, 2018
Progress on decision to become a beekeeper, where to get bees, tools, what to expect
- February 10, 2018
Order bees, building or buying progress, what to expect
- March 10, 2018
Your questions, bee arrival plans
- April 7, 2018, (this date is subject to change)
Receive and install bees
- May 12, 2018
Share experience to date, planning for honey harvest, equipment, South Central Kansas Honey Producers involvement

Cost: $60.00 for individual or family ($45.00 for FGPNC members)
Single workshop registration not available.
Workshops will not be held for fewer than five participants.
Register via the Owl's Nest Gift Shop at (316) 683-5499 x111 or online.


This workshop series is intended to assist you in the decision to keep bees in your back yard.
Reference material: "The Practical Beekeeper", by Michael Bush
The book is available online in print or digital form. The author plainly states that all the information in the book is available on his website: www.bushfarms.com

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bullet Bringing in the Greens” at GPNC
Start your holidays off with a Song!
Friday evening, December 1, 6 - 8 pm

Our theme this year is All I Want For Christmas - - Join us as we kick off the holiday season with an evening of music, family fun - and RODENTS! (who definitely want their two front teeth!) Join the GPNC staff for caroling, bell ringing and decking the halls with boughs of cedars and hand-made ornaments! Crafts in the lobby, critter programs and music in The Coleman Auditorium, and don’t forget to get your picture taken with Santa! The Owl’s Nest gift shop will offer a 15 percent discount on all purchases. We hope you will make your holidays bright with us at GPNC!!

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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, 2017, 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

 

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.

Full Moon Walk
December 3, 5:30 pm (Sunday)

2018 Schedule
January 1, 5:30 pm (Monday)
January 31, 6:30 pm (Wednesday) - Blue Moon!
March 1, 6:30 pm (Thursday)
March 31, 8:30 pm (Saturday) - Blue Moon!
April 29, 8:30 pm (Sunday)
May 29, 9:00 pm (Tuesday)
June 27, 9:00 pm (Wednesday)
July 27, 9:00 pm (Friday)
August 26, 8:30 pm (Sunday)
September 24, 7:30 pm (Monday)
October 24, 7:00 pm (Wednesday)
November 22, 5:30 pm (Thursday)
December 22, 5:30 pm (Saturday)

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

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bulletSENIOR WEDNESDAY
For Active Seniors
Light refreshments at 10, Program at 10:30
FREE: registration not required
bulletWednesday, November 29
When the Amber Waves were Blue
Mike Everhart, author of "Oceans Of Kansas", will take us back to the Age of Dinosaurs, when Kansas was covered by an inland sea, and describe the astounding creatures that lived here then. Copies of the book will be available to purchase and Mike will be happy to autograph them!

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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