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There are 2 OK Kids events going on in Wichita on Saturday, May 19.  Join in the fun at one or both locations!  See this link for all the details.

#1.  OK Kids at the Great Plain Nature Center will be an outdoor adventure for all.  Saturday, May 19, 10a-2p!

Your Adventure at GPNC will include:

  • Live animals up close and personal
  • Building a fort
  • Fishing (sign up the day of event)
  • Target shooting
  • Building a bird house or bird feeder
  • Bird watching (win a pair of binoculars!)
  • Orienteering
  • Planting a tree (take home and plant)
  • Make a recycled toy

#2 OK Kids at the OJ Watson Park,  Saturday, May 19, 9a-noon.

Your Adventure at OJ Watson Park will include:

  • Fishing & water safety
  • Volleyball
  • Moon walk
  • Kayaks
  • Train rides, pony rides, mini-golf, pedal boats & concessions for a small fee.

Mark the calendar – March 31st

Have you been wanting to check out one of the Kansas State Parks?  On March 31, all state parks will host a Free Park Entrance Day, with open-house in the offices, allowing visitors to purchase park permits on the last day of lower off-season pricing.

Explore the beaches, scope out the campgrounds, walk the trails and more during this once-a-year free day at the parks!

http://www.kdwpt.state.ks.us/news/State-Parks

TGIF!  Celebrate Friday, 11/11/11, and the full moon with a walk lead by the naturalist at the Chaplin Nature Center.  Don’t fret about the weather; it will be in the 50s, comfortable coat, gloves and hat weather. 

NOVEMBER 11, FRIDAY, 7 – 8:30 p.m. MOON HIKE
Moon madness is upon us. Take a hike by the light of the moon to the Arkansas River. During this two mile hike, we’ll search for our moon shadow, do moon trivia and discover the strange effects of the moon.

Chaplin is a little over an hour south of Wichita.  Click here for directions. 

What a fun fall adventure for the family! 

Fish Tales storytime at the WATER Center! 

Tuesday November 8 from 10am-11am.  Join the WATER Center Staff for a free storytime and nature activity.  The program is designed for Pre-K aged children, but all are welcome to attend.

The WATER Center is located in Herman Hill Park on the corner of Pawnee and Broadway.  You can park in the lot by the playground or behind the WATER Center building.  The building has fountains out front.  Wander up the path towards the fountains and enter the building for storytime.  After storytime you can play in the museum or hike along the streamside paths towards the Arkansas River.

Come out to the Great Plains Nature Center to hike and watch Art on the Trail.
For all ages
Saturday, October 8, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
FREE, Registration not required

The Great Plains Nature Center’s 2011 Art on the Trail event will feature plein air (open air) artists as they work along the trails of Chisholm Creek Park. Refreshments will be served in the classroom. Scout troops and other groups are welcome.

Friday night from 7p-9p, head to the Kansas African American Museum to celebrate their newest exhibit  AND the brand new African American Walking Trail.  The downtown walking trails are Wichita’s newest addition to outdoor fun and health. 

Friday night’s event will feature T-Net’s special musical tribute to Hattie McDaniel. Hattie’s accomplishments in film, include being the first African American to win an Oscar.  However, her first love is music. In conjunction with the opening of the “Hattie Defined by Grace” exhibit and the opening of the African American Trail, there will be music on the trail and exciting entertainment in the museum.

Bring your walking shoes and get ready for an electrifying evening! 

On the African American Trail you will meet national leaders and pioneers in desegregation to poets, great musicians and aviators.  The trail goes right past Hattie McDaniel’s birth home.  The African American community in Wichita not only changed our community, but our country. Learn about their struggles and triumphs. Information on the Trail provided by the African American Museum.

Head out for some outdoor fun, music, culture and exercise!  Admission is free.

Have your kids been cooped up in a classroom most of the day?  Have you been stuck in the office or inside too?  Well bust out of those 4 walls and head to the Sedgwick County Extension Office Nature Trail.  We have a scavenger hunt hike that you can take on the .5 mile walk through the woods. 

Come into the office located on the corner of 21st and Ridge Rd just west of the Zoo.  Park by the flag pole and come in the main entry doors before 5pm and pick up the g2g Scavenger Hunt.  If you can’t make it before 5pm, simply click here (g2g scavenger hunt) to download a copy. 

Then head to the far back corner of the gravel parking lot – that is the entrace to the Riparian Nature Trail.  The Nature Trail is always open to walkers.  Be sure to wear tennis shoes, the trail is mulch and it’s annoying when the wood chips get stuck inside your flip-flops. 

Riparian refers to the area between land and water.  In the grasslands of Kansas riparian areas are easy to spot.  It’s where the trees grow and make a different plant and animal community next to our creeks and streams.

Take a walk today and get away from the stresses of work and school.  Especially if your kids have homework, BEFORE they sit down to do it, take a walk in nature and they will actually be able to concentrate and focus better.  This works for adults too.  So, if you’ve got a big project take a walk before sitting down to tackel it.

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