Lakeside Nature Center

The Lakeside Nature Center in Kansas City, MO, is truly an outdoor museum. It consists of 414 acres of forest, prairies, ponds, and wetlands. The area is home to over 200 species of plants, 50 species of fish, and 80 species of migratory birds. Deciduous trees comprise about 75% of the property’s foliage. 

There are five miles of hiking trails at Lakeside Nature Center. The trails have a 24-inch wide path with limestone screenings and gravel between the two paths. There is a fence in the back of the nature center that is about 10 feet tall, in order to keep out predators. In front of that is a smaller pen, which keeps smaller animals in. There are also 3 ponds that many animals call home, including beavers and turtles. 

There is an educational building with exhibits on the native wildlife of the area. There are photos of various species as well as information about them. Fish found in the ponds are kept in tanks for children to see up close. There is also a large, outdoor classroom with chairs and tables for children and adults to enjoy the outdoors. There is also an amphitheater that has been used for shows about nature and can seat up to 100 people. 

In addition, there are two buildings on site which residents of Kansas City may rent for events such as weddings or birthday parties.

The first building at Lakeside was a tiny cabin built-in 1916 when a group of men formed the Lakeside Recreation Association in order to create a place for public recreation. There was an area in Merriam Park that was donated by Samuel Lillard in 1918, and the cabin was moved there from where it had been on Main Street. This cabin served as a nature center until 1984 when the new building was completed.

There is a bird blind that was built in 1982 and is only used during the spring and fall bird migrations. The center also has a native plant garden around a water source on site. Lakeside Nature Center is home to over 400 species of plants found in the area, including wildflowers and trees.

All in all, Lakeside Nature Center is a great place for families to come and enjoy time with each other. Whether you are looking for a place to picnic, hike, or learn about nature, Lakeside is the place for you.

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Driving Direction To One Shot Water Heaters of Kansas City, MO:

One Shot Water Heaters of Kansas City is located at 4102 N Harrison Ave, Kansas City, MO 64116. From Lakeside Nature Center, Head west on Crest Dr toward E Gregory Blvd, Restricted usage road, then turn left onto E Gregory Blvd, Now turn right onto US-71 N. Keep left to stay on US-71 N, then continue straight to stay on US-71 N, now merge onto I-70 W/US-71 N, then continue onto US-71 N (signs for I-29 N/I-35 N/Saint Joseph/Des Moines), Keep moving onto I-29 N/I-35 N/US-71 N, then take exit 8A for Parvin Rd. Time to turn left onto NE Parvin Rd, take another left onto N Harrison Ave. Finally, The destination is here i.e. One Shot Water Heaters.


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