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Great Plains Nature Center

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Address: 6232 E 29th St N, Wichita, KS 67220-2200
Phone Number: 13166835499
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Really nice walking/running trails. The building was cool also. Peaceful place to relax or just take a stroll.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2016
Andrea T
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Meriden, Connecticut, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Very small, quite boring, auditorium there, stuffed bison, info on woods. There was a live owl and a snake. Big fish tank (floor to ceiling).

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Thank Jennifer Q
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

Really nice walking/running trails. The building was cool also. Peaceful place to relax or just take a stroll.

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Thank Andrea T
Mirabel, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016

Nice visitor center with displays and information. Great trail system for a stroll or jog, lots of wildlife to see (deer, birds, reptiles, fish). Nice picnic areas with shade and water fountains.

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Thank Guy L
Wichita, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

We love going through the trails here. They are beautiful. Plus, this place offers so many learning opportunities. The girls came here on a field trip one year and we have been coming back ever since.

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Thank Casey B
Kansas City, Missouri
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Wonderful free center with great educational exhibits. We enjoyed the indoor exhibits and learned a great deal about Kansas wildlife and wetlands. We took the blue trail for our walk and it was very peaceful. The turtles are very friendly and come near the observation platforms hoping for some food. The is food for sale in the visitor center and... More 

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Thank midwestcouple_12
Wichita, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

It is a great place to go to learn about local nature and informative about animals in general. The displays are really neat, it is very kid-friendly. The walking paths are very nice also.

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Thank Veronica K
Shawnee, Kansas
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

This is a beautiful city ran hiking trail and nature center. We took the Yellow Trail until it was blocked due to flooding, then took the green trail. If you like turtles this is the place for you we saw probably about 100 turtles in the ponds and streams. We also saw a family of geese and a turkey. They... More 

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Thank TaraMcConkey
Wichita, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016

I come here a lot. I love nature and am glad I can bring the kids somewhere in the city where they can experience nature. There are naturalists on staff, a little museum, turtles, birds, fish, etc in the water ways. Love their nature days! Want some nature in your city? Come here!

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Thank Jamie D
Kansas City, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016

We had several hours to kill, so we walked the trails along Chisholm Creek and it was great - a little escape into the woods in the middle of a very urban area.

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Thank John W
Wichita, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2016

This place is free to walk long trails is pet friendly outside as far as i know and inside is a great field trip for nature lovers they also have special events that are free also

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