THIS EVENT IS FULL! We’re sorry we could not accommodate a larger group. Please visit the Great Plains Nature Center to learn about other programs and opportunities they have available.

Our g2g Outside November event is just around the corner, and it will be a fun one! The Great Plains Nature Center is hosting a Night Hike/Full Moon Walk through Chisholm Creek Park. Enjoy an evening under the stars and experience nocturnal nature!

There are two important things you should know…

1. You MUST RSVP to attend.

2. Space is limited to 25 people.

This event is full, but it looks like they are going to do the hike again (not as part of g2g) on Wednesday, December 18th.

Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather, but you don’t need to bring anything else.

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Zoo LogoOur first g2g event of the year is just around the corner, and for this one you must RSVP! Here’s the details:

What: g2g Visits the Farms at the Sedgwick County Zoogoat

Families will learn about the critically important domestic animals at the Sedgwick County Zoo, and then go to the farms to learn how to care for the animals first hand! Please wear close-toed shoes and bring work gloves if you have them! We will be working with Tunis sheep, Arapawa island goats, Navajo churro sheep, Nigerian dwarf goats, Nankin chickens, and Dominique chickens.

When: Saturday, March 30th from 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Where: Meet at 3:30 p.m. at the Cargill Learning Center at the Sedgwick County Zoo.

If you want to visit the rest of the zoo first, you will have to pay admission. There will not be time to visit the rest of the zoo after the activities are over.

How do I sign up? Space is limited, so you must RSVP by Wednesday, March 27th to be able to attend. You must register all adults and children that will be attending! RSVP here: http://g2goutsideevents.eventbrite.com

bagsWe have almost all of our events for 2013 planned! The final details may change, so check back to the blog or Facebook page as the events get closer. Some of these events will require an RSVP, so watch for that as we get closer as well.

March 30, 3:30-5:00 p.m. – g2g at the Zoo (Farm Families program)

May 16, 6-7:30 p.m. – g2g goes Fishing at the Great Plains Nature Center

June 19, 5-6 p.m. – g2g Digs Into Books (near Central Library)

July 6, 10-11:30 a.m. – Icy Dino Dig at Exploration Place

August 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m. – g2g goes Creeking at the WATER Center

September TBD – Mock Camping at Lake Afton

October 2, 5-6:30 p.m. – g2g at Botanica (visit the Woodland Garden and learn about Tree Foods)

November 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Night Hike at the Great Plains Nature Center

December 14, 3:30-5:00 p.m. – Bird Watching in the Jungle Building at the Zoo

Tomato Day

Saturday, July 23, 2011 7am-12pm

Sedgwick County Extension Education Center

7001 W 21st N, Wichita, KS

Sponsored by Sedgwick County Extension Master Gardeners

 The 22nd Annual Tomato Day is coming up Saturday! The event will be held at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center at 21st and Ridge in Wichita on Saturday, July 23rd from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. This event features information on selecting, planting, maintaining, cooking with tomatoes.  Admission is free.

Bring your home grown tomatoes and enter them in a contest for Ugliest, Largest, Best Heirloom Specimen, Best Plate of 3 Standard tomatoes, Best Plate of 6 Cherry Tomatoes and more! The cooks in the family can enter Fresh or Preserved Salsa. Preserved salsa must meet USDA approved processing methods; this information is available at the Extension Office. For more information on contests, please visit http://tinyurl.com/TomatoDay2011.

**If you came to g2g Gardens in April, you can enter 6 cherry tomatoes from your plant in the Tomato Contests! The prizes are gift certificates to the Farmers’ Market!**

In 4-H Hall:

  • Enter Tomato & Salsa Contests
  • Get Plant Problem Diagnosis
  • Taste Fried Green Tomatoes & Salsa
  • Make Tomato Critters and Learn about Plants & Pizza with the Kids
  • Buy Garden Magazines
  • Buy Iris from the Wichita Iris Society
  • Eat a Tomato Brunch by La Familia Senior Community Center

Shop the Kansas Grown! Farmer’s Market in the parking lot for great local products. Donate your extra garden produce to Plant A Row for the Hungry for the Kansas Food Bank to help those in need.

Seminars in Demonstration Garden:

8:00   Composting Demonstration

8:30   Tomato Tour

9:00   Growing a Vertical Vegetable Garden

9:15   Tour of the Arboretum

9:30    Organic Pest Control for Vegetable Gardens – Mel Epp

10:00   Growing a Variety of Peppers

10:30   The Family of 4 Garden – Bounty in 100 Square Feet

11:00   Grafting Heirloom Tomatoes – Dr. Cary Rivard

11:30   Demystifying Local Food – Natalie Fullerton

Seminars in the Sunflower Room:

9:00   Making and Canning Salsa

10:30   Cooking with Tomatoes – Damian Lehman, executive chef of Wichita Country Club
See Contest Details and Rules at http://tinyurl.com/TomatoDay2011

Mark your calendar for these weekend events with an outdoor family focus!

Wichita Play Day Flyer
Saturday, September 19
1:00 – 4:00 pm
O.J. Watson Park
3022 S. McLean Blvd

This event is a celebration for our city’s status as a Playful City!  There will be numerous activities, games, and opportunities to have an afternoon of fun!

Fall Festival Parade Run Registration Form
Saturday, September 26
Run begins at 9:00 am
Valley Center, KS

Check in at Lyons Park, line up at All Saints parking lot, and end at Abilene Elementary.  Turn in your registration form by Sept. 15 for a free t-shirt.  Enter the run as a child/adult pair – what a great way to get exercise together!