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Heather's Art Garden - Winter Version
December 20th, 2015
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.

Experience the wild world of nature in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri. Lakeside Nature Center, located in Swope Park, at 4701 East Gregory Blvd, exhibits wildlife native to the area, offers educational programs, coordinates community conservation projects, and is one of Missouri’s largest wildlife rehabilitation facilities.  Call us at (816) 513-8960 or email us at folnc@crn.org. If you have an orphaned/injured animal that needs care, please call us at (816) 513-8960 and leave a message.  You will be contacted shortly and given instructions on what to do.
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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

Heather's Art Garden, Winter Edition

     December 20th, noon to 3:00


Hike with a Naturalist

     Our hikes are completed for the year -- it's getting cold!


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
Missouri's Dinosaur


      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 of Mnth


Critter Corner

MO Bugs


What's Blooming

Supported by Friends of Lakeside Nature Center through volunteers and funding.  Become a member.
Owned and operated by City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department