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CHAPLIN NATURE CENTER PROGRAMS

The following programs are for the whole family and are free. Exact times and dates may be subject to change. Please call ahead to verify at 620-442-4133.

AUGUST

AUGUST 25, 2018, SATURDAY, 8:30 -10 p.m.  MOON WALK/RUN
Beat the heat — get outdoors and get moving with this 2-mile moon fun run or walk. Individuals and families can go at their own pace along the edge of the Center’s tall grass prairie trail.  Along the way, they can stop to test their moon knowledge and be awarded glow sticks. This non-timed event will start at 9:00 pm, but you will want to arrive by 8:30 to get officially registered. Those who register by August 10th will receive a moon run t-shirt. Cost: $10.00 per person.

SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER 8, 2017, SATURDAY, 7:45 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. STAR PROGRAM
Are you curious about stars and constellations? If so, this is your opportunity to learn about the night sky with the Kansas Astronomical Observers.  The Kansas Astronomical Observers will be on-hand to share their knowledge and answer questions. Through the use of telescopes participants will view Saturn, double stars, and other deep sky objects. Participants are welcome to bring their own telescopes to join in on the fun.  

 

SEPTEMBER 22, 2018, SATURDAY, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. MONARCH TAGGING - NATURE DAY CELEBRATION
Don't miss this once a year opportunity to participate in the monarch butterfly migration. Families can learn about this unique migration and participate in on-going monarch research by helping to capture and tag the migrating butterflies. Leaders from the Wichita Audubon Society will be offering a variety of nature hikes throughout the day. Kids can try their hand at butterfly origami. Whether you like birds, butterflies, or reptiles there will be a little something for everyone to enjoy. Lunch will be available for purchase. Admittance is free.

OCTOBER

OCTOBER 19, 2018, FRIDAY, 7 - 9 p.m. FAMILY NIGHT HIKE AND CAMPFIRE
Take a twilight hike down to the sandy banks of the Arkansas River. Once at the river we will start our campfire the old fashioned way with flint and steel, then roast a few marshmallows, share some stories and play a few games. Afterwards the group will hike back through the woods without flashlights and listen for nature's sounds. No fee, but reservations required.

NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER 16, FRIDAY, 6:30 - 8 p.m. OWL PROWL
Why have owls traditionally been considered to be bad omens? Or why did some people in the southeastern United States take offf an article of clothng when they heard an owl? Find out the truth about owls and their many adaptations that have made them one of the most successful and mysterious nocturnal animals. A short indoor presentation on the owls of Kansas will be followed by an outdoor night hike to listen for their calls.  

JANUARY

JANUARY 26, 2019, SATURDAY, 10 a.m. - Noon BALD EAGLE HIKE
Mid-winter is an exciting time to view Bald eagles in Kansas. Searching for open water, many eagles migrate down to Kansas to spend the winter.  The program will start with a 15-minute introduction to the history and adaptations of the Bald eagle. Participants will then take a 1.5-mile hike down to the Arkansas River to search for over-wintering eagles.  If you have binoculars, bring them, if not then the Center can loan you a pair. 

FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY 2, 2019, SATURDAY, 10 a.m. - Noon BALD EAGLE HIKE
If you missed the first one, here is another chance to see the eagles!  

MARCH

MARCH 16, 2019, SATURDAY, 10 a.m. - Noon BALD EAGLE NEST VIEWING
Participants will visit a local nest to observe adult and young Bald Eagles. The young eaglets will be several weeks old, so we should see some good activity. Spotting scopes will be set up at distance as not to disturb them. Participants will meet at the Chaplin Nature Center parking lot and then take a 15-minute drive to a local park.

APRIL

APRIL 6, 2019, SATURDAY, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. SPRING CLEANUP
With Earth Day right around the corner why not get an early start and volunteer at the Chaplin Nature Center. The center needs your help with a variety of outdoor projects to help get the trails and facility in tip-top shape for school programs and visitors.  Be sure to wear old clothes and bring a pair of work gloves.  Soft leaf rakes and/or tree pruners needed. Call the center if you have questions.

JUNE

JUNE 1, 2019, SATURDAY, 7 - 9 p.m. EVENING KAYAK FLOAT
Take a 3.5-mile float trip down the Arkansas River to take in the scenery and search for wildlife. This trip is open to beginners and experienced kayakers. Participants should bring water, a complete change of clothes (including shoes), and be prepared to get wet and muddy. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. All proceeds help support the Chaplin Nature. Cost: $25.00 per person.

JULY

JULY 13, 2019, SATURDAY, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. ARKANSAS CITY BUTTERFLY COUNT
This is a citizen scientist survey of the Arkansas City area and all data collected is sent to the North American Butterfly Association. During the survey, we hike the trails of the Nature Center identifying and counting all butterflies we encounter. Close focus binoculars are used to aid in identification. You can join us for the full day or just a half day. Please call if planning to attend. For more information, call the Center.