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    Admitted - 2015


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Earth Day
April 23, 2016
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Our theme for 2016 is "Wildlife in Swope Park".  Come to the center to learn, watch a puppet show from StoneLion Puppets at 11:00 and 1:00, make something to take home, get a tattoo and see our wildlife stars. 

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

Run for the Raptors

     July 23, 8:00 am

Earth Day

     April 23, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm


Hike with a Naturalist Schedule here

     April 9 at 10:00

     April 23 at 10:00

     May 14 at 10:00


We need suet cakes for the bird feeders


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
White-tailed Deer


      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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