United States Fish and Wildlife Service was a major partner in the initial
establishment of the Great Plains Nature Center. Land purchase, building
construction and design of the exhibit hall were paid for by this agency. The U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service continues its participation in the direction of the GPNC through
the GPNC Steering Committee.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a bureau within the Department of the Interior whose
mission, working with others, is to conserve, protect, and enhance fish and wildlife and
their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
Major responsibilities include: migratory birds,
endangered species, freshwater and anadromous fish, the National Wildlife Refuge System,
wetlands, protecting habitat, conserving coastal arteas, and environmental contaminants.
Lori Jones is
employee on staff at the Great Plains Nature Center.
She is also the Kansas coordinator for the Junior Duck Stamp
Click here to see who submitted the winning
entries for this year's Kansas Junior Duck Stamp contest and to find out how to get
an entry form for next year.
Learn more about the Junior Duck Stamp contest by clicking here.
NEW FOR 2017
America the Beautiful –
The National Parks and Federal Recreational
Lands Pass Series
One of these passes could be your ticket to more than 2000 Federal
Recreation sites! Each pass allows free entrance to national park sites
and national wildlife refuges as well as covering amenity fees at
national forest and grasslands, lands and waters managed by the Bureau
of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation, and day use fees at U.S.
Army Corps of Engineer sites. These passes cover the driver and
passengers in personal vehicles, and up to 4 adults at sites that charge
per person fees. Children 15 years and under are free.
January 3, 2017 the Access, Annual, 4th
Grade, Annual Military, and Senior Passes are available at the Great
Plains Nature Center by contacting Lori Jones at 316-683-5499 Ext. 107.
As of that date, these will no longer be issued from the Owl’s
Nest Gift Shop. Please call before you come as Lori is the only
staff member at the GPNC who can currently issue the passes. For more information
about the passes, go to:
https://store.usgu.gov/pass/general. From there you may click on any
of the passes to find out more information about the passes. You may
also order some of these passes online for a $10.00 processing fee.
Elsewhere in Kansas, these passes are also available at:
If you are interested in visiting one of the national wildlife refuges,
there are several within a day's drive of Wichita.
To learn more about these refuges and others across the nation
visit the National Wildlife Refuge Web Site.
To explore the regional web site for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service covering the
central and northern Great Plains, try the
Region 6 web site. For the southern Great Plains, try the Region 2 web site.
Visit the main web site for the U.S. Fish &
Other GPNC Partners:
Return to the GPNC home page
Questions or comments? Send Email to Jim Mason
Or write us at:
Great Plains Nature Center
6232 E. 29th Street North
Wichita, KS 67220-2200