Hike with a Naturalist
New Schedule here.

Join a Lakeside Nature Center Naturalist to explore the trails around the center.  Dress appropriately for the weather of the day and bring along a water bottle.  The trailhead for the hike will be determined based on weather forecasts and the condition of trail options.  Each hike starts at 10:00 in the morning.
Call (816) 513-8960 or e-mail us at folnc@crn.org for more information.
No fee

Puppet Shows
Once a month, Mother Nature Reads will include a puppet show.  Join us in the library to see what the puppet mistress has in store for you. 

Call (816) 513-8960 or e-mail us at folnc@crn.org
for schedule.

Heather's Art Garden - Solstice Version
December 21st, 2014
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.
Call (816) 513-8960 or e-mail us at folnc@crn.org for more information.

 

Eagle Days at Smithville Lake
It was cold, but fun.  See you next year
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Sunday, January 5th, 2014
10am - 2pm at Lakeside Nature Center
Lakeside's birds of prey are traveling to Smithville to be part of Eagle Days. The event will take place at  Paradise Point Golf Course Complex in Little Platte Park. 
Show times on Saturday are 9:30, 11:00, 12:30, and 2:00.  Sunday show times are 11:00, 12:30, and 2:00.  The viewing station location will be determined the day before the event. 
Call (816) 513-8960 for more information.  Feel free to e-mail us at folnc@crn.org.

 

Breakfast With The Beasts
We had lots of fun.  See you next year

Saturday, February 8, 2014
10am - 2pm at Lakeside Nature Center
Learn what the animals eat for breakfast and share their food.  Have your picture taken with an animal.  $5.00 per child; adults free.
Call (816) 513-8960 for more information.  Feel free to e-mail us at folnc@crn.org.

 

Fundraiser
We had lots of fun. 
We will do it again next year.
Sunday, March 9
2:00 - 6:00 at Lakeside Nature Center
Join us for fun, music, ice cream sundae bar, popcorn, soft drinks, baked goodies, wine, beer, art sale, scavenger hunt, animal interpretations and more. 
Admission is free, but there is a charge for food and drink. 
Call us at (816) 513-8960 or e-mail us at folnd@crn.org for more information.

Passport to Adventure Kickoff
We had lots of fun.  See you next year

Saturday, March 29
12:00 - 4:00 at Bass Pro, Independence
Learn about all the interesting sites in Kansas city, ranging from Powell Gardens to Lakeside Nature Center.  Come and see Lakeside's education birds up close.  You can even touch a snake.
Call (816) 513-8960 or e-mail us at folnc@crn.org for more information.

Project Blue River Rescue
Clean up the River!

Picked up LOTS of tires.  See you next year

You can sign up for 2014 after 1/1/14
Saturday, April 5, 2014
8am to noon at Lakeside Nature Center

Be part of Missouri's biggest one-day clean-up and help us clean the Blue.  Stop by the water testing stations and see concrete results.

Call (816) 513-8960 for more information. Feel free to e-mail us at folnc@crn.org to register..

Earth Day
We had lots of fun.  See you next year
Saturday, April 19, 2014
10am- 4pm at Lakeside Nature Center
Our theme for 2014 is "Wildlife in Swope Park".  Come to the center to learn, watch a puppet show from StoneLion Puppets, make something to take home and see our wildlife stars. 
Call (816) 513-8960 or e-mail us at folnc@crn.org for more information.

Celebrate Urban Birds
We learned a lot and we had fun.
Saturday, May 3, 2014
10am- 2pm at Lakeside Nature Center
How do birds survive in cities -- by using urban green spaces for food, resting sites and shelter.  Come and learn more.  Stroll the trail and find the birds.
Call (816) 513-8960 or e-mail us at folnc@crn.org for more information.

BUGS!
Bugs are awesome.  Come back next year
Saturday, June 7th, 2014
10am- 2pm at Lakeside Nature Center
How do bugs see?  What noises do they make?  What are their lives like?  Lots of cool stuff to see, hear and touch.
Call (816) 513-8960 or e-mail us at folnc@crn.org for more information.

Kids, Water, Bugs, Fish
See you next year!
July 26th, 2014
10:00am - 2:00pm
What do Fish Eat? 
Little Blue River Watershed Coalition and Heart of America Fly Fishers invite you to bring your children and learn all about the bugs in our streams, the fish that eat them and what they can tell us about the quality of the water.
Learn from the Heart of America Fly Fishers as they tie flys of those bugs and show you how to cast your fly to attract fish.
Call (816) 513-8960 or e-mail us at folnc@crn.org for more information.

Heather's Art Garden
We will do it again soon!
July 27th, 2014
Noon - 3:00pm
The first production from Heather’s Art Garden will be Sunday, July 27th from noon to three at the Center.  There will be music, story telling and some nature education.  She plans to video the event so it can be the first in a series of DVD’s offered for children, parents and teachers.  Check out the first recording: Heather Thornton & Friends - The Earth is a Beautiful Place.
Call (816) 513-8960 or e-mail us at folnc@crn.org for more information.

What's out at Night
Check us out again next year.
August 16th, 2014
10:00am - 2:00pm
Have you ever wondered what critters are out and about in your neighborhood when it's dark?  Learn about bats, owls, raccoons, opossums and some surprising species. Call (816) 513-8960 or e-mail us at folnc@crn.org for more information.

Wilma's Birthday Party
We will celebrate again in 2015.
September 13th, 2014
10:00am - 2:00pm
Wilma, the Ornate Box Turtle, is the oldest person at Lakeside Nature Center.  Her enclosure is one of the first things you see when you enter the Center.  Join us and learn about turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs and salamanders.  Make a take-home craft.  Get a tattoo. Call (816) 513-8960 or e-mail us at folnc@crn.org for more information.

Magic Woods
Check us out again next year.
Friday, October 10, 2014,  6pm-9pm
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 5pm-9pm

Take a walk on the wild side with Mother Nature and her friends. A safe, fun activity for the entire family. Walk our Nature Trail and listen to animal characters tell their stories. Enjoy this enchanted evening at Lakeside Nature Center.
folnc@crn.org for more information.

See actors from Coterie Theater.  Eric the Magician will mystify and amaze you.

$5.00 per person. Children under 3 are free.

 

 

Updated 11/02/14