Kansas City's Lakeside Nature Center provides wildlife education programs for all ages! Your visit is FREE and includes a lovely hiking trail, picnic pavilion and native Missouri wildlife exhibit. Guest blogger and author Traci Angel paid a visit to the Nature Center.
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A sure springtime hit for little explorers is a visit to the Lakeside Nature Center, which sets back from busy Gregory Boulevard in Swope Park. This often overlooked learning center, with surrounding hiking trails, is a quiet getaway from the crowds of the nearby and ever-popular Kansas City Zoo. Inside is home to the glass aquariums and terrariums of regional amphibians, snakes and spiders. Natural light flows through the windows that highlight bald eagles, owls and hawks native to the Kansas City region that are perched on limbs within the outside cages. Exhibits throughout the center allow for educational opportunities. See your “wingspan” compared to an eagle’s. Watch a tarantula tiptoe amid its display.
Lakeside Nature center displays
Ongoing events, including Saturday morning story times, make it a perfect learning adventure for a rainy day. Or, peek at the inside animals before exploring the outside trails on foot that cut through prairie grasses, forest and a limestone glade. The trail offers a variety of terrain rare for such an urban hike. One of the most inspiring features of the Lakeside Nature Center is its dedication to wildlife rehabilitation. The center assists wild animals that have been injured or displaced. They also educate people on how to live in harmony with wildlife and what to do when animals live near our homes. Lakeside Nature Center is located at 4701 East Gregory Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64132.
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Traci Angel (@100ThingsKC) is an independent writer, longtime journalist and is the author of 100 Things to Do In Kansas City Before You Die from Reedy Press. Her favorite areas in KC are the River Market, West Bottoms and the 18th & Vine District. 
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