Habitat Hikes

Educational Programming > Habitat Hikes

Habitat Hike. Photo © Susie Harris

Lakeside Nature Center offers two different types of guided hikes. The first is a scheduled, fee-based, guided hike tailored for the audience. The information provided on the hike may be general in content and cover aspects of multiple habitats, or they may be focused to fit the needs of your group. For more information or to book a hike, fill out our Program Information Form or call (816) 513-8960. Some examples include:

General Habitat Hike: Visit multiple habitats and get a glimpse of the wildlife and plants that might live there.

Wetlands: Explore the nearby wetland habitat and learn what wildlife may inhabit it.

Glade: Hike through a limestone glade and learn what lives in this unique community.

Forest: Hike through an Oak Hickory Forest and discover the wildlife that lives there.

Prairie and Pollinator Gardens: Explore a native prairie; also learn about pollinators and native plants.

• Hikes lasts approximately one hour but can be shortened to accommodate needs.
• Hikes take place around the Nature Center and on the adjacent Fox Hollow Trail.
• Dogs are not allowed on guided hikes.
• Hike capacity is 20 (does not include chaperones)

Costs are based on group numbers
1-10 hikers: $50
11-20 hikers: $100
Payment may be made in the form of cash, check, money order, electronic credit or debit. Payment does not need to be made prior to program. All programs must be booked in advance, no deposit is required. In the event of cancellation, advanced notice is appreciated.

Fox Hollow Trail in Summer. Photo © Lakeside Nature Center

Free Hikes with a Naturalist

The second type of hike we offered is our free Hike with a Naturalist. These scheduled hikes are free and open to the public. The guided walk/hike, which focuses on habitats around the Nature Center, typically occurs on the upper Fox Hollow trail which is primarily covered with rock and accessible for most participants. However, depending on the naturalist and topic of the hike, another part of the Fox Hollow Trail might also be incorporated, which may be a little more challenging for some hikers.

• Hikes lasts approximately one hour.
• Hikes take place around the Nature Center and on the adjacent Fox Hollow Trail.
• Dogs are not allowed on guided hikes.

Go here to view the scheduled hikes and for more information.

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