Nature Centers and Natural History
Blue Springs, MO
Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center [Website]
1401 NW Park Road, Blue Springs, MO 64015 816-228-3766
Programs are designed to provide children and students the opportunity to learn about the natural world and the importance of conserving our fish, forests and wildlife. Programs offered for school groups and self-guided groups, with focus on kindergarten through 8th grade. A Missouri Department of Conservation facility.
Blue Springs, MO
Kemper Outdoor Education Center [Website]
8201 Jasper Bell (Fleming Park), Blue Springs, MO 64015 (816) 229-8980
Kansas City, KS
Mr. & Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Environmental Learning Center [Website]
4051 West Drive (Wyandotte County Lake Park) Kansas City, KS 66109 913-299-2384
Kansas City, MO
Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center - Urban Conservation Campus [Website]
4750 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64110 816-759-7300
The Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, through demonstration gardens and experiential student workshops, teaches urban citizens how valuable and necessary nature is to the city and to the people who live there. A Missouri Department of Conservation facility.
Lakeside Nature Center [Friends of Lakeside Nature Center] [KC Parks and Recreation Site]
4701 E Gregory Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64132 816-513-8960
Experience the wild world of nature in the heart of Kansas City. Lakeside Nature Center exhibits native wildlife, including snakes, hawks, owls, fish, turtles, and more. A Kansas City Parks and Recreation facility.
Kansas City Zoo [Website]
6800 Zoo Drive, Kansas City, MO 64132 816-513-5700
Powell Gardens [Website]
1609 NW US Highway 50, Kingsville, MO 64061 816-697-2600
Powell Gardens is a private, not-for-profit organization located just east of Kansas City, Missouri, with the mission of inspiring people to appreciate, beautify and conserve our natural environment. The Gardens’ peaceful setting on 915 acres provides opportunities for learning and reflection through a year-round education program, research and special events.
Prairie Oak Nature Center [Website]
14701 Mission Road, Leawood, KS 66224 913-681-0902 ext. 11
The center houses nature exhibits such as mounted animals, live reptiles, amphibians and a large fish aquarium. Our reference library is filled with books, magazines and a section on children's nature books. A variety of programs are offered for private parties, groups and organizations including the Ironwoods Cabins, available for overnight adventures.
Martha LaFite Thompson Nature Sanctuary [Website]
407 North Lafrenz Road, Liberty, MO 64068 816-781-8598
This is a private nonprofit nature sanctuary with 100 acres of land.
Overland Park, KS
Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens [Website]
179th & Antioch Road, Overland Park, KS 66225 913-685-3604
Located on 300 ecologically diverse acres in southern Johnson County, Kansas. So far, eight different biomes or ecosystems have been identified, many including rare or unusual plant species.
Ernie Miller Nature Center
909 N Highway 7, Olathe, KS 913-764-7759
St. Joseph, MO
Remington Nature Center [Website]
1502 MacArthur Drive, St. Joseph, MO 816-271-5499