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Astronomy at Chaplin Nature Center

Chaplin Nature Center 27814 27th Dr, Arkansas City, KS

Join us at the Chaplin Nature Center for a night of star gazing. Volunteers of the Chaplin Nature Center and Kansas Astronomical Observers will be setting up telescopes to search for double-stars, galaxies, nebulas, and clusters. In addition, the common constellations will be pointed out. This is also an opportunity to learn about the many …

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Chaplin Nature Center Campfire – Night Hike

Chaplin Nature Center 27814 27th Dr, Arkansas City, KS

This is an opportunity to explore the trails at night. Participants will hike down to the sandy banks of the Ark River for some roasted marshmallows. Afterwards we will hike back to the Visitor Center without the use of flashlights. Dress for the cooler temperatures and wear hiking shoes.

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Chaplin Nature Center – Ark River Winter Bird Hike

Chaplin Nature Center 27814 27th Dr, Arkansas City, KS

This is a 1.5 mile hike to the Arkansas River. Along the way we will look for some familiar winter birds such as woodpeckers and wrens. Once at the river we’ll look for hawks and eagles. Dress for the cold and windy conditions.  If you don’t have binoculars, the Center has several pairs that can be …

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Chaplin Nature Center Owl Walk

Chaplin Nature Center 27814 27th Dr, Arkansas City, KS

Why have owls traditionally been considered to be bad omens?  Or why did some people in the southeastern United States take off an article of clothing 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 …

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Chaplin Nature Center Bald Eagle Nest Viewing

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

Bald Eagles have made a tremendous comeback since the 1970’s. Nesting activity in Cowley County has continued to grow over the many years. During this program we will visit one of the nest sites to give participants a chance to see adults and eaglets. Nest sites are Federally protected so spotting scopes will be set-up …

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Chaplin Nature Center Spring Clean-up

Chaplin Nature Center 27814 27th Dr, Arkansas City, KS

We are not fooling you, we need your help getting the facility cleaned-up for another year of schools and visitors. Trimming trails, fixing fences, and even cleaning windows, lots of little and big tasks need to be accomplished. Call the Center if you have additional questions.

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Chaplin Nature Center Wildflower & Butterfly Walk

Chaplin Nature Center 27814 27th Dr, Arkansas City, KS

Take a leisurely walk through the prairies and forest in search of these two wonders of the natural world. Close focus binoculars are useful for a getting good views of the butterflies. Plan on walking 1 to 2 miles.

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CNC Butterfly Count

Chaplin Nature Center 27814 27th Dr, Arkansas City, KS

This is a citizen-scientist survey of the Arkansas City area and all data collected is sent to the North American Butterfly Association. No butterfly experience is required so this is an opportunity to learn a few common butterflies. During the survey, we hike the trails of the Nature Center identifying and counting all butterflies we …

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