Chaplin Nature Center

Located near Arkansas City, KS, Chaplin Nature Center is owned and operated by the Wichita Audubon Society. The trails are open to the public at NO CHARGE from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week.

Visitor Center

The Visitor Center is open on Saturdays 9 am – 5 pm and Sundays 1 pm – 5 pm year round. It is closed Mondays and holidays.

September 1 – November 15, Tuesday – Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm
November 16 – March 15, closed weekdays
March 16 – June 30, Tuesday – Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm
July 1 – August 30, Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 2 pm

The Visitor Center is available for rental by reservation year round. For more information call Shawn Silliman, Naturalist, at 620-442-4133, or email

Click here for map of the trails


Programs are available at no cost, on and off-site, for children and adults.
Contact the Naturalist for details: Shawn Silliman, 620-442-4133 or email
Chaplin Nature Center also holds public programs throughout the year, as well as programs for home school children.

Getting to CNC


Address: 27814 27th Dr, Arkansas City, KS 67005

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Rules for visitors

Please be considerate by:

Other Rules