The Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center is our nonprofit partner and offers our principal membership program.
Our Friends bring individuals and community-minded organizations together to support the vision of inspiring stewardship of the natural world through exceptional experiences to benefit future generations.

How You'll Make a Difference!

      • Bring nature education to over 58,000 students in central Kansas

      • Provide food and veterinary care for our animal ambassadors at the Great Plains Nature Center and Kansas Wildlife Exhibit in Riverside Park

      • Nurture one of the largest urban parks in Kansas

      • Support eight staff positions serving at the Great Plains Nature Center

2022 Impact

Support us with your Dillon's Plus card

  • Go to
  • Sign into your Plus Card account and click “Enroll Now”
  • Search for "Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center" or enter our number 64512. Once you have selected our organization, click “Enroll."
  • Dillons donates annually to participating organizations based on your percentage of spending as it relates to the total spending associated with all participating Dillons Community Rewards organizations.
  • We've received over $3,000 from Dillon's since 2014!

Beneficiary Designation Gifts

You can designate the Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center, Inc. as a beneficiary of your investment, life insurance policy, or retirement account.


Make a planned gift from your will or trust and support conservation and nature education, while reducing your family's tax burden.

IRA Charitable Rollover

A popular way you can support us during your retirement years is to make a regular gift directly from your IRA. It reduces your tax burden and is available to anyone over age 70 1/2.

The Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with an EIN of 48-1207926. Our address is 6232 E. 29th St. N. Wichita, KS 67220-2200. Please consult with your CPA, Attorney, or Professional Advisor when making planned gifts. 

Tax Information

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

The Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center, Inc. Board of Directors

Board elections are held each February.

President:Kathy Frieze

President-elect: Andy Adams

Secretary: Sarah Shaffer

Treasurer: Caroline Gadbury

Vice President: Bob Gress - ex officio

Vice President: Jim Mason - ex officio

Vice President: Lorrie Beck - ex officio

Vice President: Charles Cope - ex officio

Elizabeth Barker

Morgan Barnes

Tanica Bradt

Amy Fellows Cline

Laura Fent

Brittany French

Heather Haines

Mary Liz Jameson

Jon Myers

Brad Rice

Dan Thompson

Amanda Alessi - ex officio for City of Wichita Parks & Recreation

Emily Davis - ex officio for Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks

Victoria Burnett - ex officio for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service