Lakeside Nature Center

Lakeside Nature Center


Checklist of Birds found in Swope Park

Click here to see a printable checklist of birds found in Swope Park.

Lakeside Nature Trail
(open to public during daylight)
Behind Lakeside Nature Center is a graveled walking trail that runs roughly 1/3 mile. The trail is atop a limestone ridge that overlooks a valley below. Along the trail, signs provide information about the different areas. See a beautiful water garden, watch butterflies and hummingbirds visit the prairie flowers, see bluebirds catch insects in the savanna, enjoy the shade of the oak and hickory trees, and walk along the awesome Bethany Falls Limestone boulders. Need a trail map?

Fox Hollow Nature Trail
(open to public during daylight)
Nestled in the valley behind the Center, the trail meanders along limestone bluffs, beside the scenic Fox Hollow Creek, through old riparian forest, all the while exploring the colorful personality of a deep, primitive, wetland valley.  Please check with the Center to make sure the trail is open before you start your hike.
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Lakeside’s Marsh Trail
(open to public during daylight)
Behind the original Lakeside Nature Center at 5600 Gregory, a trail meanders around a marsh and to a bend in the Blue River. The trail is accessible except after heavy rains. The marsh acts as a sponge to hold the rain water and slowly allow it to run into the Blue River. Kingfisher, herons, toads, frogs, turtles, snakes, and various other birds, mammals, reptiles and invertebrates make this unique habitat their home.  Please check with the Center to make sure the trail is open before you start your hike,

Call (816) 513-8960 for information and prices or e-mail us.

Lakeside Nature Center’s Classroom.
The classroom at the Nature Center is available to rent for one to two hours during the day on Saturdays, during regular open hours. It is often used for children’s birthday parties. Prior to or following the party, the Naturalists can be scheduled to present a wildlife program for the group.  If you like, you can schedule your party to coincide with the Mother Nature Reads program.  Please let us know if you choose that option.

Lakewood Lodge
A rustic dining hall with full kitchen is located at nearby Camp Lake of the Woods. Facility is a great place for a family reunion, wedding reception or corporate retreat. Dining hall will seat about 100 people.

The Hogan has been used by Scout groups for many years. The octagon shaped building is a great indoor retreat and the surrounding grounds are perfect for tent pitching. The nearby fire ring and glade trail make it the perfect setting for an overnight.

(Updated: 03/25/17)

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