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SPECIAL NATURE ATTRACTIONS



BURR OAK WOODS NATURE CENTER    235         
1¼ Miles N. off  I-70 on Highway 7
Blue Springs, MO
816-228-3766
ADMISSION: Free
HOURS: April-October
8am-8pm, the rest of the year 8am-5pm,
Nature Center Mon-Sat, 8am-5pm; Sun, Noon-5pm
Closed New Years Thanksgiving and Christmas

Over a thousand acres of forest, prairies, ponds and glades. Strolling through large oak and hickory forest, you can discover redbud, pawpaw and a blanket of wildflowers. Listen for gobbling turkeys and see white-tailed deer feeding in the fields at dawn or dusk. In the Nature Center, a 3,000 gallon aquarium is home to native fish and turtles. Hands on exhibits reveal natures wonders and secrets.

BURROUGH'S AUDUBON CENTER & LIBRARY    236         
Woods Chapel Road (Lake Jacomo)
Blue Springs, MO
816-795-8177
ADMISSION: Free
HOURS: Tuesday, Thursday,
Friday and Saturday, 12:30pm-4:30pm

The center provides one of the best collections of nature literature in the Midwest. From the viewing room, an interesting variety of birds may be seen at feeders. Exhibits are also features of the center. Bird sanctuary. Wild bird phone number .
816-342-BIRD

CAVE SPRING INTERPRETIVE CENTER    237         
8701 Gregory
Kansas City, MO
816-358-2283
ADMISSION: Adult $2
HOURS: Nature Center, Tuesday-Saturday Children $1
10am-4pm; Trails open Dawn to Dusk

Cave Spring is on the National Register of Historic Places. William M. Klein Park is a 36 acre nature preserve. A cave at this site contains a spring that was used by pioneers to fill their water barrels before they crossed into Kansas. By 1877, Solomon Young, Harry Truman's maternal grandfather, owned Cave Springs.

EWING AND MURIEL KAUFFMAN MEMORIAL GARDEN    238         
4800 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO
816-932-1200
ADMISSION: Free
HOURS: May-August, 8am-8pm
Sept-April, for groups of 10 or more call for information.

Beauty and serenity sweep along the Garden's brick pathways. Stone walls and elegant ironwork surround the garden and allow views of the beauty around the site. Sculptures, fountains, palladium and stained glass windows, teak benches
and ornamental furniture accent the design. Garden pavilions provide shade and places to relax.

LAKESIDE NATURE CENTER    239         
5600 E. Gregory Blvd.
Kansas City, MO
816-513-8960
ADMISSION: Free
HOURS: Tuesday-Saturday 9am-5pm

Here you will find native Missouri wildlife, exhibits and a teaching staff of fun ideas! Lakeside Nature Center is a place where learning goes beyond books and blackboards, or even reading and writing. Children and adults learn through involvement, and self discovery. Take a tour along a nature trail or attend one of the center's weekly mini-courses.

OVERLAND PARK ARBORETUM AND BOTANICAL    240         
179th and Antioch Street
Overland Park, KS
913-685-3604
ADMISSION: Free
HOURS: Daily year round, (April-Oct) 7am-8pm
(Nov-March) 7am-5pm; Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day

Tours and educational field trips are available. Now open is the Environmental Education/Visitor Center and 5 gardens. Future expansion will include a 16,000-square-foot conservatory under glass, woodland gardens, water gardens, discovery gardens, celestial gardens and a meadow area. Still in its early phase of development it is expected to take about 20 years.

POWELL GARDENS    241         
20 miles east of Lee’s Summit on US Highway 50
816-697-2600
ADMISSION: Adults-$5
HOURS: April-Oct, 9am to 6pm Seniors $4;
Children (5-12) $2 November-March, 9am-5pm

Powell Gardens is a 915 acre botanical garden dedicated to the promotion of horticulture, gardening and the environment. Gardens of annuals, perennials, native plants, ornamental grasses, daylilies and other seasonal plantings. An International vegetable garden, nature trails and year-round educational classes.
http://www.powellgardens.org/




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