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Monarch Tagging Nature Day

Chaplin Nature Center 27814 27th Dr, Arkansas City

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 them as they migrate through Kansas. Guided nature hikes to the Arkansas River, live reptiles and a seldom seen bird egg collection are all …

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Free

Chaplin Moon Walk/Run (2K+)

Chaplin Nature Center 27814 27th Dr, Arkansas City

This 2k plus walk or run will take place along the edge of the Center’s tall grass prairie trail. Along the trail, stations will award glow sticks to those who choose to stop, and answer moon or nature questions related to the night. If you plan on running the trail be sure to bring a …

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Eye Shine at Chaplin Nature Center

Chaplin Nature Center 27814 27th Dr, Arkansas City

Oh, so, so many tiny eyes all around us. Bring your flashlight and search the woods for the gleaming eyes of spiders, moths, and possibly something even bigger.  Dress for the outdoors and bring a flashlight capable of producing a narrow beam of light.  

Free

Winter River Hike

Chaplin Nature Center 27814 27th Dr, Arkansas City

Take a leisurely hike through the forest to a sandbar along the Arkansas River. Along the way we will look for wildlife such as woodpeckers and other birds. If we are lucky we might even find a Bald Eagle or two down on the shallow banks of the river.  Total round-trip walking distance is 1.5 …

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Free

Bald Eagle Nest Viewing

Veteran's Memorial Lake, Arkansas City, KS 1401 S. Sixth St, Arkansas City

During this program we will visit one of the many Bald Eagle nests in Cowley County to give participants a chance to see adults and eaglets through spotting scopes. Nest sites are Federally protected so spotting scopes will be a safe distance from the nest.

Free

Chaplin Spring Clean-up

Chaplin Nature Center 27814 27th Dr, Arkansas City

Come celebrate spring at the Nature Center while lending a helping hand.  The Center needs your help to get the facility ready for visitors and school groups. Clearing trails of debris, raking up the area around the building, trimming trails and small repair projects will be on our to-do list.  No matter what your age, …

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Free

Twilight Kayak Float

Chaplin Nature Center 27814 27th Dr, Arkansas City

Enjoy 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 drinking 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 …

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$25