• 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.

    As a federal facility in an area of high community transmission, The Great Plains Nature Center is following the updated guidance on Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People  issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

  • Program Update

    Due to concerns over the spread of the Delta variant, Great Plains Nature Center is not currently accepting in-person field trip or outreach requests for Grades K-8. Our staff is working to make virtual alternatives available as soon as possible.

    Creature Feature, CritterTales, and Outdoor Play, will continue as regularly scheduled outdoor events. Naturally Crafty will begin offering take-home crafts on Tuesdays beginning 9/21.

  • Event Cancellations

    Under advisement from our partner agencies, we have canceled our largest fall events in the interest of community safety. This includes: 
    • Pollinator Party (9/11)
    • Kids CAN (9/14-9/15, 9/21, 9/28)
    • Art on the Trail (10/2)
    • Howl-o-Ween (10/22)
    Thank you for your patience, and stay tuned to our Facebook & Instagram for updates!

  • Birthday Parties

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




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