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Winter River Hike

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

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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Bald Eagle Nest Viewing

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

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.


Chaplin Spring Clean-up

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

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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Twilight Kayak Float

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

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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CNC Butterfly Count

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

Join the Chaplin Nature Center for its annual July Butterfly Count. Each year the Center takes one day to count as many butterflies as possible on the property. If you are a butterflyer or interested in learning more about our local species then you can participate. No butterfly experience needed, just helping spot them can …

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