Nature Center coordinates conservation activities and works
with partners on habitat restoration and waterway management.
Blue River Rescue In 1990 our Missouri Stream
Team #175 adopted 7 miles of the Blue River from 63rd Street
South to Bannister. But we didn’t stop there. For years,
we have continued our cleanup all the way along the Blue River
to Martin City. Each year in April, nearly 500 volunteers
gather to clean debris from the banks of the Blue and to plant
sapling trees to help stop erosion.
You can join in the fun on the first
weekend of April each year. Call
(816) 513-8960 after
the first of the year to register or
email us at
is a group of partners dedicated to conserving and restoring
natural habitats. Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation
manages four parks where restoration efforts have made tremendous
strides in preserving these unique places. They include Jerry
Smith Park Prairie Restoration, Rocky Point Limestone Glade
in Swope Park, Hidden Valley Park Natural Area, and Cliff
Drive Natural Area. Visit
for more information.
Landscaping at Lakeside Nature Center –
several of the areas around the Center are landscaped with
native wildflowers and grasses. A butterfly garden and prairie
grasses and wildflowers greet the visitors as they approach
the building. Along the trail behind the Center, the savanna
landscape borders the oak/hickory woodland, and the water
helps attract birds and other wildlife. Contact us if you’d
like to help us maintain these beautiful areas. Learn about
planting for wildlife in your yard by visiting Missouri Department
Check out some
suggestions for building your own backyard habitat.