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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
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New Operating Hours

Tuesday through Saturday, 9 AM to 4 PM. 
Sunday, 11 AM to 3 PM (Starting 9/19/10)
Closed Monday

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

Hike with a Naturalist

     November 3, 10:00 am
          This is the last walk of 2014
Magic Woods

     October 10 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
     October 11 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Rehabber's Tales here
     Learn about our current patients here

   Check out the release of a trumpeter swan here


Donations needed.
The  Nature Center desperately needs bird seed,  wild birdseed, black oil sunflower seed, raw peanuts, suet, millet, sunflower chips, and Niger seed. Large bath towels are urgently needed in the hospital.  Please drop off your donations at the center.  We also need lithium batteries, wicker laundry baskets, mesh laundry bags and Daisy mats.  The Center can also use a small chest freezer.  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!


Animal of the Month
Missouri's Dinosaur


      Mo Bugs - Pillbugs!
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