Meet up with nature

From Archery to Photography, Book Clubs, Wildflower Gardening, and More! We've got a club that's perfect for you.

Bring your family and friends to our unique, nature-themed events at the Great Plains Nature Center. Learn about the ecosystems, natural history, and wildlife of the Great Plains while enjoying the amenities of Wichita, KS.

Join the Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center and enjoy reciprocal benefits at over 150 nature centers and zoos across the USA and Canada.

Make a difference at the Great Plains Nature Center. Use your skills and enthusiasm for environmental conservation and education, and make new friends along the way!


This Week at the Great Plains Nature Center:

National Park Passes are now available on Mondays and Thursdays from 10am-4pm.

Please call before to make sure someone is there to help you. | Cash or Check Only

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Our environmental education and nature programs serve over 58,000 students of all ages, including 11,295 "at-risk" youth every year, free of charge. Supporters include these organizations and corporations. 

Thank You for changing lives and supporting nature conservation and education in Wichita, KS.

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We deliver nature education programs that align with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Invite our Naturalists and living Animal Ambassadors to be a part of your science adventure!

  • Our Mission

    The Great Plains Nature Center is a cooperative project between the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks, City of Wichita, and the Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center nonprofit organization. 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.

  • Our Vision

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