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Great Plains Nature Center

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Address: 6232 E 29th St N, Wichita, KS 67220-2200
Phone Number:
+1 316-683-5499
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

A Kansas wildlife habitat in the city. Bird watching. Paved hiking trails....

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 partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, and the City of Wichita Parks and Recreation Department. Together with the Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center (a 501(c)(3) organization), GPNC provides nature experiences to the community. Visit us to check out the Koch Habitat Hall exhibits with your grandchildren. Stop in for quiet reflection in the Bob Gress Wildlife Observatory. Or, pick up a Kansas critter memento in the Owl's Nest Gift Shop.

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Great Plains Nature Center

First time visit to the nature center. My wife and I really enjoyed ourselves and walked the longest path of 1.7 miles through the nature center. Need to plan on 1 to 2 hours... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Derby, Kansas
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Derby, Kansas
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

First time visit to the nature center. My wife and I really enjoyed ourselves and walked the longest path of 1.7 miles through the nature center. Need to plan on 1 to 2 hours and bring your camera for the nature views.

Thank CozumelVacation
Kansas City
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice setting. Several different trails. We saw lots of turtles, turkey, and of course geese. A very pleasant place for a walk.

Thank Silkey51
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Reviewed April 10, 2017 via mobile

Wonderful place to take kids to enjoy nature. Nice hikes, awesome education center for all ages. Best of all, it's free!

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Killeen, Texas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed April 10, 2017

This place is such a peaceful little piece of heaven right in the middle of Wichita! Wonderful walking trails, fish to feed and just so much beauty you will leave recharged. There is also a small museum inside that is really pretty cool and you can get free activities for the kids to complete while at the Nature Center to... More 

Thank Cherri B
Wichita, Kansas
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Reviewed April 6, 2017 via mobile

Nice place for young and old. Nice setting and good programs. Of course you can do the entire place at your own pace and there is also a nice walk of different lengths. Our grandchildren truly enjoy going here. They are anxious to go back when the bees are active in their honeycombs.

Thank Susan M
Hays, Kansas
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Reviewed March 22, 2017

I particularly enjoy the hiking trails. There is enough wandering room to keep you occupied for quite a spell. On a cold day, I like to sit in the observation room and watch birds come and go from the feeders.

Thank Henry A
Groveland, Florida
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Reviewed March 17, 2017

We were blessed to be here on a warm sunny day. Walking paths are all paved and benches available to take a break. Lovely views. Wild geese abound and show off their "ballet" skills in amusing ways! Also a mueum on the premises - free admission- with very interesting exhibits and information.

Thank Doris882
Wichita, Kansas
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Reviewed March 14, 2017

The hiking trails with their varied sights (ponds with duck, geese, and turtles; plains where buffalo roamed; dense forest, etc.) are a glorious place to enjoy nature, wholly apart from city bustle. The changing seasons are lovely here, and the peacefulness infusing the place makes this a fantastic spot to get private with your thoughts and simply breathe in the... More 

Thank evajess2017
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Reviewed February 28, 2017

The Great Plains Nature Center not only has exhibits inside, monthly full moon walks and children's programs, it has great trails to walk and enjoy Kansas nature

Thank Amanda G
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Reviewed December 17, 2016

I really enjoy walking at GPNC over the years, it is a magical place within the city that offers numerous walking trails. It has numerous creeks, tall grass areas, as well as wildlife. I occasionally see deer, blue herons, geese, turtles, ducks, hawks, and other occasional visitors. If you are looking for a fun spot to just go for a... More 

Thank Roger E

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