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Chaplin Nature Center is owned and operated by the Wichita Audubon Society. The trails are open AT NO CHARGE to the public from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week.


Detour to Chaplin Nature Center until Spring 2020

The Madison Bridge (HWY 166) that crosses the Arkansas River west of Ark City is closed, but if you are coming from I-35 you can still reach the Chaplin Nature Center the normal route. Just ignore all the detour signs for 166 East.  Continue on I-35 to exit 4, go east on 166 and go around any barricades until you get to our turn-off at 21st Road.

If you are coming from Arkansas City (HWY 77):

From the North: Take 152nd Road west towards Gueda Springs. Then turn south on 11th and then east on 272nd.  

From the South: Take 306th Road west (AKA Lovers Lane).  Stay on the paved road to HWY 166.  Go west to our turn-off at 21st Road 


The Visitor's Center has educational exhibits featuring changeable modules, so you can learn and enjoy new things with each visit!

The Visitor's Center is open on Saturdays 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. year round. It is closed Mondays and holidays.

September 1 - November 15, Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

November 16 - March 15 - closed weekdays

March 16 - June 30, Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

July 1 - August 30, Tuesday- Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Visitor's Center is available for rental and by group reservation year round from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Groups should make appointments in advance. For more information or to schedule a visit, call Shawn Silliman, the Naturalist, at 620-442-4133, or e-mail . Programs are available on and off site for children and adults.



Shawn Silliman

Visitor Center displays