Summer Activity Guide: Nature

04/10/2013 10:03 AM

08/06/2014 12:52 AM


701 N. Amidon


Butterfly House Grand Opening, Bugs and Balloons, butterfly and caterpillar crafts, butterfly education, tattoos for kids, funnel cakes and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 27 $7, $5 ages 3-12, members free.

Eco-Awareness Day, celebrate Mother Earth and learn how to take care of the environment. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 22. $7, $5 ages 3-12, members free.

Great Plains Nature Center

6232 E. 29th St. N.


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Full Moon Walk, learn about animals of the night, then go for a hike. April 27. All ages, free.

Herp Hunt, get wet and muddy in an off-trail hunt for snakes, frogs, turtles and toads. 9-11 a.m. May 23 or 24. Ages 8 and up, $8. Members $5.

Critter Goggles, learn how to test water quality and identify common living organisms found in water. 11:30 a.m. May 30. Ages 9 and up, $8. Members $5.

Incredible Bugs, learn about and find bugs living in Chisholm Creek Park. 11:30 a.m. June 4, 18. Ages 6-12, $8. Members $5.

Butterfly Hike, join staff naturalists to look for butterflies off-trail in Chisholm Creek Park. June 5, July 3, Aug. 1, 1-2:30 p.m. All ages, free.

Herp Day, learn about Kansas reptiles and amphibians. 9-11 a.m. June 6, 12. Ages 6-12, $8. Members $5.

Walk With Wildlife, view live Kansas wildlife: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects. Meet hawks, owls and a turtle. Concessions available. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 8. All ages, $2.

Encounter Ecology, combine field ecology with volunteer service. Each week students tackle projects in a different city park to learn about plants and animals, invasive species and more. 1-4 p.m. Mondays June 10-July 15. Middle high school students, $15. Members $12.

Naturally Crafty, make art project using natural materials. 1-3 p.m. June 11-July 18. Ages 6-11, $8. Members $5.

Making Sense of Nature, discover nature using all five senses. Activities cover science, music, art, literature and movement. Join one session or all four. June 12, 26, July 10, 24. Ages 4-7, $8. Members $5.

Orienteering 1 and 2, learn how to use a compass, read and use maps and find markers on a plotted course. Ages 9 and up. 9-11:30 a.m. Orienteering 1, June 19. Orienteering 2, June 26, $8. Members $5.

Sing-a-long With Nature, discover the musical quality of nature on a hike through Chisholm Creek Park and make a wind chime from natural materials. 9-11 a.m. June 20. Ages 6-11, $8. Members $5.

Full Moon Walk, a celebration of full moons and an evening stroll through Chisholm Creek Park looking at nature through the eyes of nocturnal creatures. 9-9:45 p.m. June 25. All ages. Free.

Naturally Netty, make and use a butterfly net. 11:30 a.m. July 2. Ages 6-11, $8. Members $5.

Animal Adaptations, hands-on activities about some of the unique adaptations that help animals survive. Registration required. 9-11 a.m. July 3. Ages 6-11, $8. Members $5.

Night with Wildlife, explore for nocturnal animals, call in owls and play games to test night vision. Registration required. 9:30 p.m.-midnight July 9. Grades 4 and up, $8. Members $5.

River Walk, nature walk down the middle of the Arkansas River. Register for details. 8:30-11:30 a.m. July 23. Grades 4 and up, $8. Members $5.

Kauffman Museum

27th and N. Main, North Newton


Earth Day Adventure, master naturalist Richard Rempel presents “Kansas Nocturnal Animals” followed by children’s crafts and bonfire popcorn. 7 p.m. April 19. All ages, free.

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