Friends of the GPNC

supporting our mission

Become a Friend: Membership

As a Friend of the Great Plains Nature Center, you will receive advance notice of all events at the GPNC through our newsletter, Prairie Reflections. Plus, you'll receive a Friends-only discount in the Owl's Nest Gift Shop and invitations to special Friends-only events. And you'll have the satisfaction of knowing your membership dollars are being used to support our educational mission.

Benefits of membership include:

  • 10% discounts on purchases at our gift shop (excluding sale or special-offer merchandise).
  • Invitations to Friends-only events.

If you are interested in the natural history of the prairies of North America and want to support the efforts of the GPNC to provide public education in that area, please consider joining our Friends group!

The Supporting Membership

Bison - $500 per year(limited ed. wildlife art prints available for donors at this level)

Bald Eagle - $250 per year(limited ed. wildlife art prints available for donors at this level)

Pronghorn - $100 per year

Family Membership

Family of Educator - $25 per year

Family of Senior (age 62+) - $25 per year

Family - $40 per year

Individual Membership

Life Member - $1,000 or more
life members are recognized with a plaque on the donor wall in the lobby

Individual - $25 per year

Educator or Student - $15 per year

Senior (age 62+) - $15 per year

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  • Search for "Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center" or enter our number 64512
  • Select our organization, click “Enroll,” and you’re done! Thank you!

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The Friends Board

These are the members of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the GPNC for 2021. Board elections are in February.

President: Tonya Bronleewe
President-elect: Cori Kohlmeier
Secretary: Heather Bowman
Treasurer: Caroline Gadbury
Vice President: Bob Gress
Vice President: Jim Mason
Vice President: Susan Bowers
Vice President: Lorrie Beck
Vice President: Charles Cope
Business Manager: Mike Leck

Sarah Shaffer
John Van Wallaghen
Marylee Ramsay
Don Setchell
Tanica Bradt
Brad Rice
Amy Fellows Cline
Todd Lewis
Kathy Frieze

Amanda Alessi - ex officio for City of Wichita Parks & Recreation
Lori Jones - ex officio for U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Tax Information

Our publicly-available tax information for the Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center.