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This Week at Great Plains Nature Center:

  • COVID Updates

  • The Great Plains Nature Center is open.

    We ask that all staff, volunteers, and visitors wear a mask while in the building, regardless of vaccination status.

  • In-Person Programs Suspended

    In the interest of community and staff safety, the Great Plains Nature Center is temporarily suspending our face-to-face programs and events this fall. We will re-evaluate as circumstances change, and hopefully be back doing live programs soon.
    If you have requested an in-person outreach or field trip date with GPNC for this Fall, staff will contact you to reschedule. Virtual alternatives will be available beginning October 15th. 

    Naturally Crafty & Outdoor Play will continue as take-home activities at their regularly scheduled times.
    CritterTales storytime is canceled for the time being.
    Creature Feature dates for October, November and December will be moved to virtual programs on Facebook Live.

    GPNC is not taking birthday party requests. We will resume hosting parties in Spring 2022.

  • Our Vision


    To inspire stewardship of the natural world through exceptional experiences to benefit future generations.

  • Our Mission


    The Great Plains Nature Center is a cooperative project between the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Kansas Wildlife & Parks, City of Wichita, and the Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center. These Partners share a common goal of providing opportunities for the public to investigate, understand and develop an appreciation for wildlife and the environment, while promoting sound stewardship of natural resources.

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Let's be friends.

Great Plains Nature Center depends on the generosity of our members and donors.

As a Friend of the Great Plains Nature Center, you receive our newsletter, 10% discount in the Owl's Nest Gift Shop, invitations to special Friends-only events, and discounts on some paid events. Most importantly, your membership dollars support our educational mission by paying for program costs, animal ambassador care, and many more essentials, so thank you for being our Friend!