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Heather's Art Garden - Winter Version
November 20th, 2016
Noon - 3:00pm
Join us for music and fun.  Learn about exotic instruments.  See some of Lakeside's animals up close.  Sing along with the band.  You can even learn a few words in American Sign Language.

Rally Mantis Jr is at Lakeside Nature Center.
Stop by the Center during normal visiting hours and pay your respects to the Praying Mantis who made history for the Kansas City Royals.

Pokemon at the Center.
Guess what!  The Pokemon critters have invaded Lakeside Nature Center.  There are at least three creatures to find inside the building.  Stop by and check them out.

Gates at the Center
There are gates at both entrances to the Nature Center.  Until March 2nd, they will be open from 9 am to 5 pm.  During the summer, the gates will open at 9 am and close at dusk.  If you would like to hike the rails when the Center is closed, park in front of the gates and walk around o the trails.

Center Hours

Tuesday through Saturday, 9 AM to 4 PM. 
Sunday, 11 AM to 3 PM (Starting 9/19/10)
Closed Monday


Hospital Hours
The hospital is staffed every day of the week.  You may bring animals
     Monday through Saturday from 8:30 to 4:30
     Sunday from 8:30 to 3:30


What to Do For Injured or Baby Animals
If you have a Missouri animal in need, please call the Center (816-513-8960) and leave a message.  You will contacted shortly and given instructions on what to do.  If you don't receive a call back or the animal is truly needs help, bring it to Lakeside Nature Center by 4:00 pm, (3:30 on Sunday and Monday), or after 9:00 a.m. the following day.

More info here.


Upcoming Events here

Mother Nature Reads

     Every Saturday at 10:00

          Jan, the volunteer who uses puppets to tell stories will
          be at the Center on the 22nd of October

Heather's Art Garden - Winter Version
     Sunday November 20th, 2016

     Noon to 3:00

Hike with a Naturalist Schedule here

     October 22 at 10:00 (last hike of the season)

We need bird seed for the feeders, dry & canned dog food, dry & canned cat food


Rehabber's Tales here
     Learn about our current patients here


What happens when you bring an animal to the Nature Center click here


Donations needed.
The  Nature Center  needs dog food (both dry and canned), cat food (both dry and canned),  black oil sunflower seed, raw peanuts, and Niger seed. Towels of all sizes are always needed in the hospital.  Please drop off your donations at the center. Check the wish list page for other items the center needs.


Click to see who's at the Feeders
Stop by the center and watch all the birds through our library windows.  We even have binoculars so you can see everything clearly!


Featured Animal


      Meet our Resident Raptors

    MDC Nest Box Plans
     Scavenger Hunt
     Lakeside Trail Map
     Fox Hollow Map
     Scat Rap
My First Bird List



Mudpuppy's Pond     

Animal Info


Critter Corner

MO Bugs


What's Blooming

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