Great Plains Nature Center

Great Plains Nature Center A Kansas wildlife habitat in the city. Bird watching. Paved hiking trails. Discovery programs. Indoor wildlife observatory. Connecting people with nature.

The Great Plains Nature Center is a cooperative project between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, and the City of Wichita Department of Park and Recreation. We offer experiences that connect people to the environment, wildlife and conservation measures. The adjacent 240-acre Chisholm Creek Park provides our outdoor classroom. More than two miles of wheelchair-accessible trails and boardwalks meander through riparian woodlands, prairies, streams and wetlands. An indoor wildlife observatory lets visitors relax in front of a stream of cattail-ringed wetland, where beaver, muskrat, ducks and graceful egrets make regular appearances.

These girl scouts helped us remove invasive plants from the grassland habitat in Chisholm Creek Park a few weekends ago....
07/19/2019

These girl scouts helped us remove invasive plants from the grassland habitat in Chisholm Creek Park a few weekends ago. Be like these young women and help keep homes for wildlife clean. Pick up trash whenever you see it, or contact us to figure out how you can organize a group project to help with invasive plant removal.

To all of those who call ahead to see if we allow dogs, to the ones who brought your dogs here then learned we don’t a...
07/18/2019

To all of those who call ahead to see if we allow dogs, to the ones who brought your dogs here then learned we don’t allow them and took them to another park, to the people who remind your friends that we don’t allow dogs so that the native animals can be safe and happy: we see you. We appreciate you. Help make Chisholm Creek Park a great home for wildlife. Take your dogs to the K-96 bike path around the perimeter, or to any of Wichita’s great dog-friendly parks. Thanks for protecting our local wildlife.

Do you know how to survive an apocalypse? We can teach you how.Join us on Aug. 3rd for our first Zombie Apocalypse Bootc...
07/18/2019

Do you know how to survive an apocalypse? We can teach you how.

Join us on Aug. 3rd for our first Zombie Apocalypse Bootcamp where you'll learn wilderness first aid, survival skill, how to feed yourself in the wild, and yes.. there will be zombies. Registration includes a fresh, wild meal, a t-shirt, survival certification and more.

Registration closes on Friday, July 26th so reserve your spot today!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zombie-apocalypse-bootcamp-tickets-58866392966

Not very many people get to experience Chisholm Creek Park after dark. On July 26th we'll open the park at night for a s...
07/17/2019

Not very many people get to experience Chisholm Creek Park after dark. On July 26th we'll open the park at night for a special event! Join us from 9-10:30pm next Friday for Moth Mania. We'll be celebrating National Moth Week at this come-and-go event with booths and blacklights (to attract the insects, not to party).

Naughty Nature is tonight from 7-8pm at Headshots Bar and Grill! Come by for this FREE program to learn about the naught...
07/16/2019

Naughty Nature is tonight from 7-8pm at Headshots Bar and Grill! Come by for this FREE program to learn about the naughtier side of nature with these nerds.

ZOMBIES ARE COMING! Not sure how to prepare, no worries, we've got you. Join us on Aug. 3rd to learn about how to surviv...
07/16/2019

ZOMBIES ARE COMING! Not sure how to prepare, no worries, we've got you. Join us on Aug. 3rd to learn about how to survive an apocalypse. We'll teach you:

archery
orienteering
how to capture and harvest wild game
identify edible plants
wilderness first aid
and so much more...

not to mention you'll get a t-shirt, an awesome wild-harvested meal, a certificate AND we'll have real* zombies running around!

Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zombie-apocalypse-bootcamp-tickets-58866392966

*we did not turn any people into zombies.. they're actors.

It's been a wet year, so naturally, the frog populations are exploding. Most of the time you'll hear them rather than se...
07/15/2019

It's been a wet year, so naturally, the frog populations are exploding. Most of the time you'll hear them rather than see them. Luckily, we can help you find them. Join us this Thursday from 9-10:30am for a Herp Hunt! Todd will lead you around the park in search of reptiles and amphibians. Sign up here: herphunt.eventbrite.com

07/15/2019
Last Saturday, we had a birthday party for Ella who was turning six. Instead of presents, she asked for donations to the...
07/12/2019

Last Saturday, we had a birthday party for Ella who was turning six. Instead of presents, she asked for donations to the Great Plains Nature Center and her friends and family delivered! $200 in cash and gift cards plus lots of miscellaneous items that we will be using for critter care, enrichment, and even some extra items to share with our friends at the Kansas Wildlife Exhibit.

Thank you Ella!

P.S. If you are interested in having a birthday party with us, see our website for more information: https://gpnc.org/birthday-parties/

07/09/2019
Zombie Apocalypse Bootcamp

Communications are down. Shops are pillaged. Civilization is collapsing. Will you be a survivor or join the horde of walking dead?? With our new bootcamp, the odds are in your favor. Learn orienteering, archery, wilderness first aid, wild plant and animal harvesting, and even filet fish and cook your own wild meal.

If you pass your final exam and outlast our horde of zombs, you’ll be a certified Zombie Apocalypse Survivor.

Program fee includes lunch and a t-shirt.
Saturday August 3
9am - 5pm
$20 non-members
$15 members

Register at:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zombie-apocalypse-bootcamp-tickets-58866392966

For more information, contact Rachel ([email protected]) or Lyndzee ([email protected])... they're the ones being chased by the zombies.

Our staff went through Archery Instructor Training last week! Speaking of archery, meetings have changed to every Monday...
07/08/2019

Our staff went through Archery Instructor Training last week! Speaking of archery, meetings have changed to every Monday evening from 6-8:30pm in order to beat the heat. Join all of our newly certified staff and volunteers and you'll always hit your target.

Inexperienced Kids: 6-7 p.m.
Experienced Kids and Adults: 7-8 p.m.
Adults Only: 8-8:30 p.m.

See you tonight!

UPDATE: Leo is a great kid and came by to clean it off. Thanks, Leo!Just a friendly reminder to keep an eye on your kidd...
07/05/2019

UPDATE: Leo is a great kid and came by to clean it off. Thanks, Leo!

Just a friendly reminder to keep an eye on your kiddos and be respectful of public property. This is also applicable to adults. Believe it or not, we've had more issues with adults than kids drawing graffiti on signs in the park.

We're glad you were here Leo, but next time you should check-in on Facebook instead.

07/03/2019

Friendly reminder that we'll be closed tomorrow for Independence Day. We'll resume regular business hours on Friday, July 5th. Stay safe, remember to clean up your trash, and have a great 4th!

We'd post a picture of nature's fireworks (butterfly milkweed) but... Facebook is slacking today.

07/02/2019
Want to show your support for the Great Plains Nature Center? Become a member and get invited to sweet events like Natur...
07/02/2019

Want to show your support for the Great Plains Nature Center? Become a member and get invited to sweet events like Natural History Murder Mystery. Join by this Wednesday, July 3 to receive an invite to this members-only event on July 11! Visit gpnc.org/membership or stop by the Owl’s Nest Gift Shop between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Nothing pleases Pleasing Fungus Beetles more than giant, plump, oozing fungus. Intrigued? More naughty natural tidbits  ...
07/01/2019

Nothing pleases Pleasing Fungus Beetles more than giant, plump, oozing fungus. Intrigued? More naughty natural tidbits coming at'cha tomorrow night at Naughty Nature, 7-8pm @ Headshots Bar and Grill. We'll cover anatomy and genital adaptations animals use to make sure they win the reproductive race.

06/27/2019
Regal fritillaries (pictured on this butterfly milkweed) reside ONLY in pristine tallgrass prairie containing the host p...
06/26/2019

Regal fritillaries (pictured on this butterfly milkweed) reside ONLY in pristine tallgrass prairie containing the host plant, prairie violets. However, much of that habitat nationally has been lost to development and agriculture and their numbers are declining. Fortunately, much of Kansas' tallgrass prairie remains, and good numbers of this species are still present.

06/25/2019
We're participating in Project MartinWatch this year! By monitoring our purple martin nests regularly we can see how suc...
06/25/2019

We're participating in Project MartinWatch this year! By monitoring our purple martin nests regularly we can see how successful the nests out on the lawn are while also contributing to a continent-wide citizen science project. Keep tuned for more hatchling updates.

06/25/2019
Flora and Fauna: TICKS SUCK

TICKS SUCK.
Flora and Fauna talk tips and tricks for ticks. These are the common techniques used for prevention but there are other alternatives. Get outside this summer and stay safe!

Naughty Nature is tomorrow night from 7-8pm at Headshots Bar and Grill. Join Lyndzee, Rachel, and Todd as they talk abou...
06/24/2019

Naughty Nature is tomorrow night from 7-8pm at Headshots Bar and Grill. Join Lyndzee, Rachel, and Todd as they talk about the R-rated side of nature. This week's program is called Game of Bones, and we'll talk about the different ways nature gets frisky.

Please note that this program is not suitable for children.

06/21/2019

SHOOTING PLANTS.

Yellow woodsorrel have seed pods that shoot their seeds out when touched by something! This is a common, low spreading plant with yellow flowers. Frequently found in yards, so get out there and make those seed pods fire away!

Anyone else feeling sluggish today or is it just this slug?
06/20/2019

Anyone else feeling sluggish today or is it just this slug?

Flora and Fauna will be back at it tomorrow afternoon talking about Slow Motion Movers. Join them from 1-2pm for this fr...
06/19/2019

Flora and Fauna will be back at it tomorrow afternoon talking about Slow Motion Movers. Join them from 1-2pm for this free, interactive program!

📷: John Frisch

06/19/2019

Who knew plants could move so fast!

Catclaw Sensitive Briar physical reacts to touch. Likely, to make itself appear small so it doesn't get eaten or damaged.

We are so honored to have been a part of this.
06/19/2019

We are so honored to have been a part of this.

What a beautiful day at our I Belong Project shoot! We met so many fun creatures at the nature center.

We’re so grateful to partner with Adopt Kansas Kids and Kansas Department for Children and Families to spend the day with these awesome kids!

Thank you to the many volunteers and Great Plains Nature Center for hosting us today!! Thanks to Chicken N Pickle - Wichita for donating lunch.

Check back with us to see the latest videos soon!
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Due to severe weather, Naughty Nature has been pushed back to next week so no one misses out on the goodies. Stay home, ...
06/18/2019
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Due to severe weather, Naughty Nature has been pushed back to next week so no one misses out on the goodies. Stay home, stay safe, we'll see you next week. Headshots Bar & Grill

Do you remember when we posted about that white slime mold about two weeks ago? THIS IS ANOTHER ONE. This is the dog vom...
06/14/2019

Do you remember when we posted about that white slime mold about two weeks ago? THIS IS ANOTHER ONE. This is the dog vomit slime mold (Fuligo septica), found growing on a bag of leaves in a garage.

We're seeing monarchs in the park! This photo was snapped last year while we were doing Monarch Watch.
06/13/2019

We're seeing monarchs in the park! This photo was snapped last year while we were doing Monarch Watch.

Is anybody else's vehicle being painted a different color? We have mulberries to thank for that.. and the birds that eat...
06/12/2019

Is anybody else's vehicle being painted a different color? We have mulberries to thank for that.. and the birds that eat them. Fun fact: mulberry trees won't start producing fruit until they're 10 years old!

Flora and Fauna are at it again this week covering songs. Everything from frogs, to bugs and even snakes. They'll be in ...
06/12/2019

Flora and Fauna are at it again this week covering songs. Everything from frogs, to bugs and even snakes. They'll be in the auditorium each Thursday this summer from 1-2pm. Great for all ages, so join them for a fun, interactive afternoon.

Here's the Wild Side segment Lyndzee did today. We hope you can come play some trivia with us this evening and join us f...
06/11/2019
Wildside: Great Plains Nature Center shows off Kingsnake

Here's the Wild Side segment Lyndzee did today. We hope you can come play some trivia with us this evening and join us for Naughty Nature next week!

https://www.ksn.com/news/local/wildside-great-plains-nature-center-shows-off-kingsnake/

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Lyndzee Rhine with the Great Plains Nature Center brought a Kingsnake to show on KSN News at Noon. The snake is not venomous and is native to Kansas. The snake eats a d…

S/O to our friends at KSN News for having us on today!
06/11/2019

S/O to our friends at KSN News for having us on today!

Myself and Bret Buganski had a special visitor on the air at noon! I was little scared but I did touch him 👀🐍. Thanks Lyndzee Rhine from Great Plains Nature Center ! KSN TV

Kansas Critters at the Kansas Wildlife Exhibit is every Friday from 11am-12pm. Join naturalists at the "Little Zoo" in R...
06/11/2019

Kansas Critters at the Kansas Wildlife Exhibit is every Friday from 11am-12pm. Join naturalists at the "Little Zoo" in Riverside to watch us feed the animals and view some of the more elusive (nocturnal) residents. Great for all ages.

Looking for something cheap and fun to do this week? We've got you covered. Join us tomorrow night from 6-8pm for Nature...
06/10/2019
Nature Trivia Night: Summer Edition | GPNC

Looking for something cheap and fun to do this week? We've got you covered. Join us tomorrow night from 6-8pm for Nature Trivia: Summer Edition. We’ll have six riveting rounds of trivia (written by our GPNC naturalists), with prizes given to the winning team. This event is FREE, great for all ages, and open to the public, so bring your friends.
We ask that you have teams with no more than 6 players.
https://gpnc.org/programs/nature-trivia-night/

June 11 6 – 8 pm FREE, registration not required Family-friendly! Put your nature knowledge to the test at this pun-filled event. We’ll have six riveting rounds of trivia (written by our GPNC naturalists), with prizes given to the winning team. This event is open to the public, so bring your fri...

GPNC Mushroom Club hit the (jelly ear) jackpot on Saturday! Auricularia americana, commonly called the jelly ear. One lo...
06/10/2019

GPNC Mushroom Club hit the (jelly ear) jackpot on Saturday!

Auricularia americana, commonly called the jelly ear. One look at these pics will give you the impression that you're looking at the missing part of a Van Gogh self portrait and give you an idea as to how this species of fungus got it's common name.

This might look like a turtle family, buttttttt it's not. Essentially, adult females will lay their eggs underground and...
06/09/2019

This might look like a turtle family, buttttttt it's not. Essentially, adult females will lay their eggs underground and leave them. When they hatch the young turtles are fully capable of being on their own and require no parental care. So when you see large and small turtles basking together like this, it's unlikely that they're related.

Have you seen any butterflies lately? Sometimes they're hard to see.
06/08/2019

Have you seen any butterflies lately? Sometimes they're hard to see.

Flora and Fauna have wayyy more to talk about than just baby animals. Join them each week on Thursday from 1-2pm for Flo...
06/07/2019

Flora and Fauna have wayyy more to talk about than just baby animals. Join them each week on Thursday from 1-2pm for Flora & Fauna's Interactive Guide to Natural Curiosities. Perfect for kiddos under 13 who like weird stuff as much as they do. Next week is all about songs from birds to bees and even some trees.

Someone really likes worms
06/06/2019

Someone really likes worms

06/06/2019

Flora and Fauna will be in the auditorium today from 1-2pm talking about their favorite things! Come to their FREE program to learn what it is. Perfect for kiddos under 13.

Kick off the official start of summer by going camping! Never been camping before? Don't have any equipment? Worried you...
06/05/2019
Camping 101 Overnight | GPNC

Kick off the official start of summer by going camping! Never been camping before? Don't have any equipment? Worried you'll get lost and never see another human being again? Fear not! We've got you covered.

This family-friendly event (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult), is a great way to experience camping if you haven't yet (and even if you have). We'll provide everything you need to camp overnight in Chisholm Creek Park, you just need to bring a sense of adventure. Check out our website for more info https://gpnc.org/programs/camping-101-overnight/

or go straight to the sign-up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/camping-101-tickets-59453123894

June 22 5pm – June 23, 10am $5 per person, or 5 people for $20 Camping 101 Overnight If you have never gone camping, here’s your chance to try it. Kick off the official start of summer with a VIP guided camping trip at Great Plains Nature Center! RSVP now and join us for an…

We've had a slight mix-up with the dates of the Kansas Critters at the Kansas Wildlife Exhibit program. Each one will ta...
06/05/2019

We've had a slight mix-up with the dates of the Kansas Critters at the Kansas Wildlife Exhibit program. Each one will take place weekly, on Friday from 11am-12pm. No registration is required to watch us feed the animals and catch a glimpse of some of the more elusive ones that call Kansas home. All ages are welcome. Our apologies for any confusion this may have caused.

Address

6232 E 29th St N
Wichita, KS
67220

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00

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(316) 683-5499

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