Partner & Affiliate Organizations

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Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center (MDC)

Discover ten acres of gardens, wetlands, walkways and wildlife that surround the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center building, located near the banks of Brush Creek at Troost Avenue in Kauffman Legacy Park.  The environmentally friendly building houses information and outreach services of the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Located in the heart of the urban core, the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center focuses its educational programs on helping urban children and adults appreciate the bounty and beauty of nature, and learn outdoor skills such as hiking, camping, wildlife viewing and growing native plants. Hunting and fishing permits, books, videos and educational materials highlighting the natural resources of Missouri can be purchased in the Missouri Outdoors Nature Shop.  The nature center hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; first and third Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., first and third Tuesday evenings until 9:00 p.m.  Closed all state holidays. 

Address:  4750 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, MO  64110

Phone:   816-759-7300


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Blue River Watershed Association

The Blue River Watershed Association is a nonprofit grassroots community organization that engages Kansas Citians in protecting and restoring the Blue River Watershed. Volunteer opportunities include mentoring students with water monitoring activities, participating in litter pick-up events, forming or joining an Adopt-A-Stream group in the KC metro area, installing and/or maintaining rain gardens.  All volunteer events are listed on the BRWA Event Calendar located on the BRWA website.

Mailing Address:  P. O. Box 7276, Kansas City, MO  64132

Street Address:  6601 Swope Parkway, KCMO  64132

Phone:  816-309-0980


Blue Springs Parks and Recreation

Blue Springs Parks and Recreation provides 596 acres of land space including 14 developed parks, an indoor recreational facility, a senior community center, an 18-hole golf course, 7 distinct walking/jogging trails, a dog park, several lakes and ponds which include 4 fishing areas, and several playgrounds, courts and fields for outdoor recreational use. Opportunities for Master Naturalist chapter members include program development and implementation, habitat development and restoration, community outreach, and support of special events such as interpretive hikes and stream education. 

Address:  The Blue Springs Fieldhouse, 425 NE Mock Ave, Blue Springs, MO 64015

Phone:  816-228-0266


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Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center (MDC)

The Missouri Department of Conservation’s Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area is in Jackson County, 20 miles east of downtown Kansas City on Highway 7 in Blue Springs. The area is composed of 1,071 acres of woodlands, fields, and ponds and includes a scenic portion of Burr Oak Creek. Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center features a collection of permanent and temporary conservation exhibits. It includes a 168-seat auditorium and a 3000-gallon aquarium displaying native fish. Special events and hands-on nature related programs are offered throughout the year.  Interpretive programs and hikes are available to teachers and group leaders upon advance request.  The nature center is open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Saturday hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Nature Center is closed on Sunday and Monday. The area is open 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST and 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. DST.

Address:  1401 N. W. Park Road, Blue Springs, MO  64015

Phone:  816-228-3766


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Burroughs Audubon Society of Greater Kansas City

Burroughs Audubon Society promotes the appreciation of birds, the enjoyment of nature, natural history education and conservation of habitat.  Volunteer opportunities include: field trip leader, board member, committees, campaigns, outreach events, newsletter, library staff, children's activities, etc.  The library is located in Fleming Park at Lake Jacomo.  Library is open five days a week 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed Monday and Wednesday.

Address:  7300 West Park Road, Blue Springs, MO  64015

Phone:  816-795-8177 (BAS Library)


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Cave Spring Historic Site and Nature Center

This historic site was once a rest stop on the Santa Fe Trail, the farm of Harry S. Truman's grandfather and is now a 36-acre nature park operated by Cave Spring Association, Inc.  On a visit to Cave Spring, you will find an interpretive center with changing exhibits, picnic area, hiking trails, wildlife pond habitat, butterfly garden and small cave.  Guided hikes and educational programs are available for school field trips and organized groups.  Interpretive Center hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hiking trails are open daily 9 a.m. to sunset.

Address:  8701 E. Gregory Blvd, Kansas City, MO  64133-6351

Phone:  816-547-9679 


Dunn Ranch (The Nature Conservancy)

Temperate grasslands are the least protected major habitat type on earth. In the entire Central Tallgrass Prairie Ecoregion, an area spanning 110,000 square miles and parts of six states, Dunn Ranch Prairie represents possibly the last chance to conserve a living landscape of tallgrass prairie on deep soil. Of the original 2,281-acre plot purchased by the Conservancy in 1999, more than 1000 acres have never been plowed. Today, Dunn Ranch Prairie is the anchor site of a 70,000-acre prairie restoration that extends into Iowa.

The Conservancy is working closely with the Missouri Department of Conservation, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and other partners to restore a functional tallgrass prairie. Controlled burning, conservation grazing, and woody reduction are being used on a large scale to abate the degradation of habitat caused by invasive species, such as fescue and Osage orange and locust trees. Dunn Ranch Prairie has become a hub for cutting-edge technology and research; more than a dozen studies, including bison (reintroduced in 2011) and prairie chicken tracking and pollinator health research, are ongoing at the site.

Missouri Master Naturalists assist at Dunn Ranch with native plant seed collection for redistribution on the site. Opportunities exist for assisting at the Prairie Days festival and serving as interpretive guides for visiting groups.

Address:  16970 W. 150th St., Hatfield, MO

Phone:  660-867-3866



George Owens Nature Park (City of Independence)

George Owens Nature Park is a wonderful community resource that has provided families with the opportunity to reconnect with their natural environment since 1977. The park is open year round and provides 86.5 acres of Oak-Hickory forest, mixed woodland, lakes, and wetlands. Three miles of hiking trails allow families to explore each natural area located in the park and view the wildlife and plants that thrive in these areas. Families are encouraged to visit the park often, as each season brings forth new opportunities for birding, wildflower identification and nature photography. Inside the nature center find touch tables, aquariums, and wildlife exhibits. The nature center, pavilion, and campground are available for rental.

Address: 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence, MO  64057-2065

Phone:  816-325-7951 


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Heartland Tree Alliance (Bridging The Gap)

Bridging The Gap, along with its partners, has created this nonprofit community forestry organization.  This organization serves the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area, working regionally in both Kansas and Missouri. 

Tree Keepers Workshops: Volunteer Training for a Healthy Community Forest is a comprehensive training class where participants learn everything from tree identification and species selection to urban soils and diagnosing tree problems.  The focus is on teaching the value of Kansas City’s community forest, training volunteers in tree planting and care, and creating opportunities for hands-on tree planting and care.

Address:  1427 W. 9th Street, Ste 201, Kansas City, MO  64101

Phone:  816-561-1061 ext. 115



Jackson County Parks and Recreation

Jackson County Parks and Recreation administers and maintains approximately 22,000 acres of parkland divided among 31 different park locations.  Regional park development has constituted the major thrust of Jackson County's park development in the last decade.  Regional parks are generally over 2,000 acres in size and include a major feature, providing a variety of recreational opportunities.  They attract users from surrounding counties as well as Jackson County.

Address:  Kemper Outdoor Education Center, 8201 Jasper Bell Road, Blue Springs, MO  64015

Phone:  816-229-8980


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Kansas City Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation currently oversees more than 212 parks, 132 miles boulevards and parkways, 49 ornamental fountains, 134 ball diamonds, 10 community centers, 105 tennis courts, five golf courses, five museums and attractions, 30 pools, 47 shelters, dozens of outdoor events, and more than 400 recreational and educational programs.  Opportunities for Master Naturalist chapter members exist at Jerry Smith, Rocky Point Glade in Swope Park, Lakeside Nature Center, and Hidden Valley Park.

Address:  4600 East 63rd Street, Kansas City, MO  64130-4629

Phone:  816-513-7523



Lakeside Nature Center (Kansas City Parks and Recreation)

Experience the wild world of nature in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri.  Lakeside Nature Center, located in Swope Park, exhibits wildlife native to the area, offers educational programs, coordinates community conservation projects, is one of Missouri’s largest wildlife rehabilitation facilities and is owned and managed by Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department.  

Address:  4701 E. Gregory Boulevard, Kansas City, MO  64132-1693

Phone:   816-513-8960



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Kansas City WildLands (Bridging The Gap)

Kansas City WildLands is a coalition of resource professionals, private conservation organizations and conservation minded citizens established to restore and manage the remnants of Kansas City's original landscape.  Relatively undisturbed prairie, glade, savanna and forest natural communities still exist on public lands in the metro area, but over time, many such communities have been overtaken by trees and brush, invaded by exotic plants and deprived of the natural processes that maintained them.  In addition to a lack of management, these natural communities also suffer from a lack of recognition and appreciation by the urban public.  An equally important dual goal of the WildLands coalition is to involve the citizens of the metro community in the care of these lands that represent Kansas City's natural heritage. 

Address:  1427 W. 9th Street, Ste 201, Kansas City, MO  64101

Phone:  816-561-1061 ext. 116


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Lincoln University Cooperative Extension

Kansas City Urban Impact Center  "An oasis to the neediest of the needy." 

The West Central Region 1890 Extension Programs are delivered through the Kansas City Urban Impact Center, which is located not far from the 12th Street Heritage District and the Historic Vine District.  The programs target limited resource audiences in the Greater Kansas City area by providing skills in the areas of sustainable agriculture, community development, workforce preparedness, youth-at-risk, money management, and personal health.

Address:  1028 Paseo Blvd., Kansas City, MO  64106

Phone:  816-841-3958


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Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge

Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge is located in northwestern Missouri within the historic Missouri River floodplain. The 7,415-acre refuge was established in 1935 as a resting, feeding, and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. Many of the original facilities were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Progress Administration in the late 1930s.

Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge offers something to everyone no matter the age. Explore the refuge via our 13-mile auto tour route, explore its Loess Hills on its three trails that offer sky views of the refuge below. Bring your children to the refuge to experience its Junior Naturalist program or after school program. Eagle Days are always the 1st weekend of December and offer the public views of our hundreds of Bald Eagles and hundreds of thousands of Snow Geese.

Address:  P. O. Box 158, Mound City, MO  64470

Phone:  660-442-5754

Website: (Friends of Squaw Creek)


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Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary

Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary is a private nonprofit nature organization with 100 acres of land and about 4 miles of trails through diverse habitats, including a trail side bird blind on the prairie. The Nature Sanctuary offers a wide variety of public programs for all ages.  It also offers private programs for birthday parties, scout groups, and school field trips.  A Nature Center with classrooms, a gift shop, nature library, bird viewing area, and exhibits (including live animals) is open Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during Daylight Savings Time and closed on Mondays through the winter. Trails are open daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during Daylight Savings Time and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. the rest of the year.  View map and get directions at the website.

Address:  407 N. La Frenz Road, Liberty, MO

Phone:  816-781-8598



Missouri River Relief

Celebrating its eleventh anniversary in 2012, Missouri River Relief has been teaming with communities up and down the Missouri River each year to clean up this wonderful natural resource.  As of 2011, they have held 68 clean-ups, bringing 14,208 volunteers down to the Big Muddy to haul 592 tons of solid waste from 667 river miles of banks.  They have participated in 22 learning festivals involving 11,898 students and conducted 41 away team clean-ups and 11 tree plantings.  The crew has also completed a 754 mile MegaScout journey mapping dumps and solid waste accumulations along the river.  Missouri River Clean-ups are a fun, muddy day of hard work, with a free boat ride and a chance to meet others that share your love for this river.

Address:  P. O. Box 463, Columbia, MO  65205

Phone:  573-443-0292




Platte County Parks and Recreation

The vision of Platte County Parks and Recreation is to enhance the quality of life for all of its citizens by providing one of the premier county parks systems in the region.

The County Commission and the Parks Department hope to achieve this vision by:

*  Knowing and responding to the needs of our citizens.
*  Preserving and enhancing our unique natural beauty and our county's rich history.
*  Developing multi-purpose land uses and programs.
*  Practicing the fiscal responsibility and environmental stewardship our citizens expect.

We will strive to utilize all of the resources in the county which can contribute to the success of our vision by aggressively pursuing partnerships, out-sourcing, and sponsorship opportunities.

Address:  415 Third Street, Platte City, MO  64079

Phone:  816-903-8191



Platte Land Trust

Platte Land Trust is an all-volunteer organization founded in 1998, registered as a 501(c)3 organization with the State of Missouri and a member of the Land Trust Alliance.  They hold 20 acres fee simple in Platte County and two conservation easements of about 300 acres each in Platte and Jackson Counties.  They work with property owners to achieve the dreams for their property.

Platte Land Trust is restoring the Sawyers property in southern Platte County, preparing it for outdoor education opportunities in the fall 2015 with trail building, invasive species control, grassland restoration, woodland protection, and natural resource inventories.  We also utilize natural resource volunteers and professionals when visiting with property owners and assessing their property.

Address: P. O. Box 901892, Kansas City, MO  64190-1892

Phone: 816-746-9351



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Powell Gardens

Powell Gardens is a private, not-for-profit botanical garden located just east of Kansas City, Missouri. Our mission: to be an experience that embraces the Midwest's spirit of place and inspires an appreciation for the importance of plants in our lives.  Set on almost 970 acres of lush, rolling hills, native prairie remnants, and windswept meadows, Powell Gardens offers breathtaking display gardens, interesting architecture, a 3.25 mile nature trail and a year-round calendar of special events and classes for the entire family. 

The Gardens receive support from foundations, corporations, individuals, the Friends of Powell Gardens and income generated through admissions, gift shop sales and rentals.  

Powell Gardens is known for its spectacular garden displays incorporating native plantings and its contemporary architecture by the architectural firm originally established by Fay Jones, now Maurice Jennings Architects. The Gardens can be rented for weddings, receptions, ceremonies and other private events. 

Address:  1609 NW Hwy 50, Kingsville, MO  64061

Phone:  816-697-2600



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