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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.For Great Plains Nature Center and beyond, use our Wichita route builder website to get the most from your Wichita vacation.
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.
Great Plains Nature Center reviews
A lovely habitat to have in the city. We got off to a bad start as we couldn’t find the visitor center due to poor signage or us being blind, not sure which. We were then given a map in black and.... more
A lovely habitat to have in the city. We got off to a bad start as we couldn’t find the visitor center due to poor signage or us being blind, not sure which. We were then given a map in black and.... more »
Was here on a day they were doing a special event, so had to enter through a secondary entrance. Overall this place had amazing trails, many of which seem to be accessible. Lots of wooden bridges...
Was here on a day they were doing a special event, so had to enter through a secondary entrance. Overall this place had amazing trails, many of which seem to be accessible. Lots of wooden bridges... more »
This place is good for what it is. You feel like you've left the city through a tree line is all that separates you from the highway. It's located in a great area that is easily accessible. Admission is free and open. Kids will enjoy walking here and parents will enjoy the time out with the family to somewhere quiet and relaxing. Sometimes animals can be spotted but it depends on the season and time of day.
Our go to place for nature walks! There are multiple trail options and they are stroller/wagon friendly (although there are a few places you may have to lift the wheels up a bit to get up onto a bridge). The indoor area is free and has tons of info about Kansas plants and wildlife. We always see something neat every time we visit! There is a map at the entrance of the paths and also one you can download from their website. Super easy to follow and they all circle back to the parking lot one way or another. There is a large outdoor picnic area right next to the parking lot as well.
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