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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 23, 2017, SATURDAY, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. BUTTERFLY TAGGING - NATURE DAY CELEBRATION
Here is a perfect opportunity for families to discover the butterflies, birds and plants in Kansas. Learn about the monarch butterfly migration and have an opportunity to capture and tag monarchs. In addtion to the tagging, nature hikes focusing on birds, plants and other wildlife are scheduled for 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Lunch will be available for purchase.

OCTOBER

OCTOBER 14, 2017, SATURDAY, 7:30 - 9 p.m. STAR PROGRAM
Members of the Kansas Astronomical Observers will be setting up telescopes in the Chaplin Nature Center parking lot for an evening of stargazing. The planet Saturn and other heavenly objects should be visible. Dress for the outdoors. Admission: Free.

NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER 3, 2016, FRIDAY, 6 - 8 p.m. SUNSET - MOONRISE HIKE
The sun will be setting at 6:28 p.m. and the almost full moon will be rising 7 minutes later. We will take a 3/4 mile hike down to the sandy shore of the Arkansas River to witness this celestial exchange. Afterwards we will hike back to the Visitor's Center by the light of the moon.

JANUARY

JANUARY 27, 2018, SATURDAY, 10 a.m. - noon BALD EAGLE HIKE
The combination of freezing temperatures and lack of tree foliage makes winter one of the best times to view Bald Eagles. After a 15-minute indoor presentation, the group will hike down to the Arkansas River to search for wintering eagles. Be sure to dress for winter hiking.

FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY 3, 2018, 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 17, 2018, FRIDAY, 10 a.m. - noon. BALD EAGLE NEST VISIT
The Bald Eagle nesting season is well underway in Kansas. We will set up spotting scopes at a safe distance from the nest to give participants a chance to see an eaglet or two. We will meet at the Chaplin Nature Center parking lot and then take a 15 minutes drive to a local park.

APRIL

APRIL 7, 2018, SATURDAY, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. SPRING CLEAN-UP
Volunteer to help get Chaplin Nature Center spruced up for the upcoming year. Help is needed in all areas, from building clean-up to trail maintenance. Light duty or heavy duty work is available. Bring soft leaf rakes and/or tree pruners if you can. Call the Center for more information.


MAY

MAY 19, 2087, SATURDAY, 10 a.m. - noon. EDIBLE PLANT WALK
Take a walk of the wild side and discover some of nature's natural bounty. We will hike along the trails and identify some of the more common edible plants and poisonous plants. Reservations required. Please call to reserve your space

JUNE

JUNE 8, FRIDAY, and repeated on JUNE 9, SATURDAY, 7 - 9 p.m. TWILIGHT KAYAK TRIP
Take a 3.5 mile float trip down the Arkansas River to take in the scenery and search for wildlife. This tris is open to beginners and experienced kayakers. 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: $25.00 per person.

JULY

JULY 14, 2018, SATURDAY, 8:30 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. 

AUGUST

AUGUST 25, 2018, SATURDAY, 8:30 -10 p.m. 2 - 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.