Experience nature and develop an appreciation for the wild beauty and uniqueness of North America’s heartland while enjoying a 2-mile walk along a trail twisting through the 240-acre Great Plains Nature Center. Learn about native Kansas wildlife at Chisholm Creek Park, accessible through wetlands, prairie and riparian habitats.
The Great Plains Nature Center helps promote conservation while teaching visitors the importance of urban habitats. The Plains offer a unique environment because they are not surrounded by oceans or mountains, yet wildlife thrives on the available resources. In Kansas, grassland prairies make up the majority of the habitat for many animals and plant life.
So what kinds of animals call Kansas and Wichita home?
87 species of mammals
457 species of birds
67 species of reptiles
32 species of amphibians
15,000 species of insects
At the Great Plains Nature Center, visitors have the chance to see some of these species in action at Chisholm Creek Park, including egrets, muskrats, fish, deer and a vast array of wildflowers and grasses.
Inside the Great Plains Nature Center, you’ll find Koch Habitat Hall. This nature museum teaches visitors about the climate of the Great Plains and history of its great prairies, wildlife and plant life.
With a hands-on, interactive area, guests can learn about the rivers, lakes, riparian habitats and woodlands that make up the beauty of the Plains, as we know it. Check out the 2,200-gallon aquarium filled with fish life, or learn about the sounds native animals make.
Find out more about this museum and others focused on the history of Wichita here.