Lakeside Nature Center

Lakeside Nature Center


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 for more information.
No fee

Puppet Shows
Once a month, one of our volunteers uses puppets to tell the stories.  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
for schedule.

Upcoming Events for 2020

(Updated Flyers Coming)

Cash 4 Critters, our spring fundraiser, has been postponed.  Check back for more information on a new date.
Ca$h 4 Critters

Be sure to eat an ice cream sundae!
Sunday, March 22nd, 2020
1:00 - 5:00 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 for more information.


Project Blue River Rescue
Clean up the River!
Did you get muddy?
You can sign up for 2020 after 1/1/20
Saturday, April 4th, 2020
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 to register.


Earth Day
Saturday, April 18th, 2020
10am- 2pm at Lakeside Nature Center
Did you l
earn about the animals in Swope Park
Our theme for 2020 is "Wildlife in Swope Park".  Come to the center to learn, watch a puppet show from StoneLion Puppets, make something to take home, get a tattoo and see our wildlife stars. 
Call (816) 513-8960 or e-mail us at for more information.


Celebrate Urban Birds
Saturday, May the 16th, 2020
10am- 2pm at Lakeside Nature Center
Share your observations with Cornell

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.  Get a special bird tattoo.  Make a craft to take home.
Call (816) 513-8960 or e-mail us at for more information.

Saturday, June 13th, 2020
10am- 2pm at Lakeside Nature Center
ee the Luna Moth Caterpillars
How do bugs see?  What noises do they make?  What are their lives like?  Lots of cool stuff to see, hear and touch.  You can go on a scavenger hunt to identify bugs, get a bug tattoo and make a craft.
Call (816) 513-8960 or e-mail us at for more information

Kids, Water, Bugs, Fish
Saturday, July 18th, 2020
10:00am - 2:00pm
Did you get your lure?
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. Build a craft and get a tattoo.
Call (816) 513-8960 or e-mail us at for more information.


Run For the Raptors
Saturday, August 1st, 2020
7:30 am

We had a great turnout in 2018.  Make 2020 Better.

This race focuses on raising funds to help builds new and improved housing for Lakeside's educational raptors (birds of prey).  You will experience a challenging and beautiful 5K set in the wooded dirt track of the Swope Trails, designed and built by Heartland Outside.  During the run, you will encounter  limestone rocky outcroppings as you meander through a mature Oak/Hickory forest.  Give yourself a chance to explore one of the nicest trail systems in the city.
Register on-line here.  Call (816) 513-8960 or e-mail us at for more information.

What's out at Night
Owls and frogs and bugs and plants!
August 15th, 2020
10:00am - 2:00pm
Did you have fun?  We did!
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. Make an owl to take home and get an owl tattoo. 
Call (816) 513-8960 or e-mail us at for more information.

Wilma's Birthday Party
She doesn't look a year over 70! Sing Happy Birthday to her
September 12th, 2020
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 for more information.


These Events Have Passed in 2020

Eagle Days at Smithville Lake
See the eagles AND our birds
Saturday, January 4th, 2020
Sunday, January 5th, 2020
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

Updated 03/13/20


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