• Park is open

    NO DOGS PLEASE! Dogs are welcome on the Bike Path (entrances at both our Woodlawn parking lot and the Oliver parking lot).

  • Building is open.

    Capacity in areas of the building is limited, and staff and volunteers will wear masks. We ask that you help us be a community health partner by doing the same, but masks are not required. If you notice that the building is crowded or reaching the posted capacity, help us out by coming back another time.

Reopening Precautions

The Great Plains Nature Center (GPNC) will open to the public on June 1st. However, we will not host any programs, field trips, activities, or non-agency meetings in the month of June. We plan to begin summer programming in July. We ask individuals who visit GPNC and who attend July programs to self-monitor, staying home if they feel sick, and making sure to adhere to recommended personal hygiene guidelines. Every effort will be made to ensure the health and safety of our visitors. There will be ample space to allow for social distancing.
The GPNC staff and volunteers will wear face masks in public areas for the near future. It would be appreciated, as a courtesy to others and GPNC staff, if visitors would wear masks, but this is not a requirement for participation in programming and activities. Entry areas and common contact points throughout the GPNC will be sanitized throughout the day for visitor safety. Visitors will be asked to stay 6 feet apart from others and move in a counterclockwise fashion through the Koch Habitat Hall.

Isolation Station: Learn from Home

Let's be friends.

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!




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Flora & Fauna