U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

NEWS RELEASE


U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
134 UNION BOULEVARD
LAKEWOOD, COLORADO 80228

December 2, 1996

Dave Hilley 316-486-2393
Sharon Rose 303-236-7905

QUIVIRA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE WILL NOT CHARGE FEES; SPECIAL EVENT FEE PROGRAM TO START AT GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER IN WICHITA, KANSAS

To clarify an earlier report, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge will not charge an entrance fee or a fee for special events as indicated earlier. However, the Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita, Kansas, which is managed under the Quivira Refuge, will charge a fee (ranging from $2 to $10) for special events, beginning in May 1997. Fees charged at the Nature Center will be used to improve the interpretive exhibits, provide additional interpretive staff, and develop environmental education materials.

Currently, the Great Plains Nature Center is only partially open for environmental education programs and special events. Once the exhibits are completed, sometime in late February or early March, the building will be open to the public. The Center is operated through a three-way partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, and the City of Wichita.


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