P1060125With the event at the Zoo last Saturday, g2g Outside is officially over. I want to thank all of you for your support and participation over the last five years! We have had a lot of fun exploring the outdoors in Sedgwick County with you! We hope you all will continue to enjoy our local resources to keep on exploring with your families.

The g2g Outside blog will continue to be here for the time being to provide the links and information that past staff members worked so hard to put up. You will also still be able to search all the past posts to find any ideas and articles that we posted way back when.

We hope to see you around and playing outside!


I can’t believe it is already October! I keep thinking that it is going to be September for another month. Our October g2g event had to be cancelled earlier this year, but I just wanted to remind all of you about that.

We still have 2 more g2g events coming up, one in November at the Great Plains Nature Center and one in December at the Zoo. Both of those will probably require RSVPs, so watch the blog or Facebook page for that information!

Sadly, the August 8th event that was scheduled at the WATER Center is cancelled. We always enjoy going creeking, but due to the recent rainfall, the river is up too high to hold the event this week. I don’t know if we will be able to reschedule this event or not. I will have information about our September event soon!


family of four sunset 3Tired of spending Friday nights in front of the TV? Get outside and enjoy the full moon with your friends at the Great Plains Nature Center

Walk with a nature guide on the trails of Chisholm Creek Park.  Enjoy the moon, stars, night air and the creatures that come out at night.  Call a few friends and join the adventure!

For all ages
Friday, December 28, 7 p.m.
FREE, Registration required – Contact Lee Ann at 683-5499 x 106 or lsack@wichita.gov


Check out the other great GPNC Programs HERE!

Take a different kind of walk with your family this week.  Try a COLOR WALK

IMG_20121210_164719Find a notebook and some crayons or markers.  On the left-hand side of the page, make a square for each color and leave room on the right for the kids to make tally marks.

While on your Color Walk have the kids tally as they see each color.  Tailor the number of colors to the age of the child.  The number of colors should be the same as their age.  After age 13 this rule no longer applies.  35 colors is too much for anyone to deal with 🙂

Before the walk have the kids predict which color they will find the most of, and which color they will find the least.  Keep your lists and do this in different seasons and find out how the colors change throughout the year.

Fall is such a wonderful time of year for nature walks. Whether it is a morning, afternoon or evening walk with the family, here are some great things to find on your next trek outside.
As you walk ask your kid(s) to find:

  • A leaf that is the most red
  • The biggest leaf
  • The smallest leaf
  • A leaf that has the most colors
  • A tree with less that 10 leaves still hanging on
  • A leaf that looks like your hand
  • A leaf that is round
  • A leaf that is the same color as your hair
  • A leaf with the  longest stem
  • A leaf with a shortest stem
  • The best leaf

Look for these things on one walk or take one walk just to look for one of these items.  Younger kids have a hard time looking for too many different things at one time.  Older kids can look for 4-6 of these on one walk.  Younger children should only be asked to look for 1-3 items per walk.

There are a few spots left for the g2g to the Zoo Event tomorrow, Tuesday at 5:30pm.  Registration required.  See below for details.

When:  Tuesday, Oct 16,  5:30pm – 6:30pm
Where: Sedgwick County Zoo
What:  Explore the Zoo like a VIP!  Zoo Staff are providing g2g participants with a special after hours guided tour of select Zoo animals this evening only.

Arrive ON TIME.  Doors will be locked and tours started by 5:35.  No late tours available.  Registration required.  Join the wild adventure by registering here.


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