Do you like to walk? Know you should walk more to stay healthy? Wish you had a cool place to walk?

You can find all the above and get motivated to keep on walking at The Great Plains Nature Center. From dawn to dusk daily the week of Oct. 8-14, you can participate in “Walk for the Wild”, a self-guided 5K challenge at the Great Plains Nature Center’s Chisholm Creek Park. 

The walk is self-guided and is on paved trails and bridges. It will help you cover the 5K distance as  you observe the deer and other wildlife along the way. You can make a difference for your health and raise awareness of the importance of wildlife conservation at the same time.

Registration and participation are free! Go to the Great Plains website to register to participate.
Donations are optional.

The Great Plains Nature Center has provided nature education programs to thousands of kids every year with hands-on learning in the wetlands of the park and inside school classrooms for the past 23 years.

Kids experience the wonder of nature up close and meet animal ambassadors free of charge in nature education programs. In 2022 alone, Great Plains Nature Center served more than 58,000 students and 11,395 “at-risk” youth. 

Don’t forget to take and share photos as you participate in the 5K Challenge or enjoy a visit to the Great Plains Nature Center or National Wildlife Refuges in the State of Kansas. Be sure to tag the center, using  #WalkForTheWild and #WildlifeRefuge and #WichitaWildHabitat.

The mission of the Great Plains Nature Center is to provide opportunities for the public to investigate, understand and develop an appreciation for wildlife and the environment, while promoting sound stewardship of natural resources.

P.J. Griekspoor is a semi-retired veteran journalist with 55 years experience in writing and editing in Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina and Wichita.  She spent 18 years at the Wichita Eagle...