Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center

About Us

The Great Plains Nature Center (GPNC) 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. The Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center is a nonprofit, 501c3 organization that actively supports the GPNC by:

  • Increasing awareness of the GPNC's mission
  • Promoting and sustaining the GPNC's programs and special events
  • Recruiting volunteers
  • Fundraising for the long-term health of the GPNC
  • Employing several fulltime and part-time staff members working at the GPNC

Membership Matters

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


Why Membership?

Becoming a Friend supports critical nature education programs, animal ambassador care, and capital improvement projects at the Great Plains Nature Center and Kansas Wildlife Exhibit. Each membership helps:
  • Bring nature education to nearly 50,000 students in central Kansas
  • Improve the Great Plains Nature Center amenities
  • Provide food and veterinary care for our animal ambassadors
  • Nurture one of the largest urban parks in Kansas
  • Employ several full-time and part-time staff members at the Great Plains Nature Center
  • As a Friend of the Great Plains Nature Center you will also be invited to participate in friends-only activities, including private tours and lectures, networking events, and other opportunities to experience nature in a deeper way.

Register or renew your membership in the Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center today!

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We couldn't do this without YOU! Your membership is making a difference.

Individual and Family Memberships

    Friend - $25/year

    Senior, Educator, Student, Military - $20/year

    Family - $50/year

    Senior Family - $25/year

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The Friends Board

These are the members of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the GPNC for 2022. Board elections are in February.

President: Tonya Bronleewe
President-elect: Kathy Frieze
Secretary: Sarah Shaffer                                            Treasurer: Caroline Gadbury
Vice President: Bob Gress
Vice President: Jim Mason
Vice President: Susan Bowers
Vice President: Lorrie Beck
Vice President: Charles Cope

Andy Adams                                                                                 Cori Kohlmeier                                                                              John Van Wallaghen
Marylee Ramsay
Mary Liz Jameson
Tanica Bradt
Brad Rice
Amy Fellows Cline
Laura Fent
Heather Haines                                                                            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 Serivce

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