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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.

SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER 24, 2016, SATURDAY, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. BUTTERFLY TAGGING - NATURE DAY CELEBRATION
Celebrate the wonders of nature by participating in the monarch migration. The butterfly tagging program is part of on-going research conducted by the University of Kansas. Participants will learn about the migration and be given an opportunity to capture and tag a monarch. Guided nature hikes will also be offered at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Lunch will be available for purchase.

OCTOBER

OCTOBER 22, 2016, SATURDAY, 7:30 - 9 p.m. PLANETS, CONSTELLATIONS AND SATELLITES
Join the Kansas Astronomical Observers at the Chaplin Nature Center for a night under the stars. Learn about the planets, constellations and other heavenly bodies.  Participants are welcome to bring their own telescopes to join the fun. Admission: Free.

NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER 6, 2016, SUNDAY, 2 - 3:15 p.m. INUKSUIT
Composed by John Luther Adams, this performance consists of percussion sounds and was meant to be played in a natural setting. “Inuksuit” is the word for stone markers that guide the Inuit people on journeys across the Arctic tundra. It also means “to act in the capacity of the human.” This is different than a traditional concert as musicians are dispersed over a large area.  It pushes the concept of “traditional music” —  sounds are given their natural time to assert themselves before they are overlapped with others that naturally grow from the earlier ones’ timbres and envelopes. The piece will be performed by the Southwestern College Percussion Ensemble. You can listen to the composer’s interpretation of the piece at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAk527M-INA

 

NOVERMBER 11, 2016, FRIDAY, 7 - 8:30 p.m. NIGHT HIKE - EYE SHINE
This is your chance to explore the woods of Chaplin Nature Center after dark. During this guided tour we will look and listen for nocturnal creatures. Using flashlights, we will search for what appears to be the glowing eyes of invertebrates and vertebrates. Bring a flashlight that has a narrow beam of light.

DECEMBER

DECEMBER 10, SATURDAY, 2016, 10 - 11 a.m. SCREECH OWL NEST BOX
Do you have an interest in owls or would you like to attract one to your backyard? Then come out to the Center and build a nest box. Screech Owls will commonly nest in towns and neighborhoods. We will supply all the materials. You just need a backyard with a mature tree. Cost: $5.00 per person. Pre-registration is required.

JANUARY

JANUARY 28, 2017, SATURDAY, 10 a.m. - noon BALD EAGLE HIKE
The winter months are the best times to view Bald Eagles. As things begin to freeze further north, they migrate into Kansas searching for open water. The program will start with a 15-minute indoor introduction on the history and adaptations of the Bald Eagle. We will then take a 1.5-mile hike down to the Arkansas River to search for over-wintering eagles.  

FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY 4, 2017, SATURDAY, 10 a.m. - noon BALD EAGLE HIKE
The eagles will be here all winter so if you missed the first one, here is your opportunity to join in on the fun.

MARCH

MARCH 3, 2017, FRIDAY, 7 - 8 p.m. NO FLASHLIGHT NIGHT HIKE
Finding your way down a trail at night without a flashlight is an interesting challenge. But it is not that difficult once you learn to use your other senses. As we navigate our way down the trail we will listen for nearby wildlife. Dress for cold weather and wear sturdy shoes.

APRIL

APRIL 1, 2017, SATURDAY, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. SPRING CLEAN-UP
The busy season is just around the corner. We have lots to do to get ready for school groups and visitors. Trails need to be cleared, leaves need to be raked and the Visitors Center needs a good cleaning. We need volunteers of all ages and skills. Additionally, you can help out by bringing a leaf rake and/or tree pruner. Call the Center for more information.


JUNE

JUNE 2, FRIDAY, and repeated on JUNE 3, SATURDAY, 7 - 9 p.m. TWILIGHT KAYAK TRIP
The slow moving water of the Arkansas River is perfect for people new to kayaking. During this 3.5-mile river float, we will look for wildlife and take in the scenery. The Center will provide life jackets, kayaks and paddles. 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 Center. Cost: $20.00 per person.

JULY

JULY 8, 2017, SATURDAY, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. ARKANSAS CITY BUTTERFLY COUNT
If you have a passion for butterflies or would like to learn how to identify common butterflies, then join us for our annual butterfly count. This is a citizen scientist survey 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.