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Wildlife Watching Across KC!

Welcome to the heart of the Midwest, where the sprawling landscapes of the Kansas City region offer a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and leisure seekers alike. From the serene banks of the Missouri and Kaw Rivers to the lush expanses of its surrounding green spaces, this vibrant metropolitan area teems with opportunities to connect with nature's wonders. Whether you're an avid birder, a curious nature lover, or simply seeking a tranquil escape, Kansas City's diverse ecosystems promise a captivating wildlife watching excursion. Take a look at a few of our favorite regional outdoor offerings:

Kansas City, KS Mr. & Mrs. F. L. Schlagle Library is an interactive library and nature center offering educational, cultural and recreational opportunities and events, and is one of the only two public library environmental learning centers in the United States. The library is located on the west side of Wyandotte County Lake Park, which is home to 1,500 acres of wooded area and a 400-acre lake, perfect for birding, fishing and wildlife watching.

Liberty, MO Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary in Liberty, Missouri is a 100 acre preserve that includes the Missouri Department of Conservation's Rush Creek Conservation Area. At the Sanctuary, you'll find biodiversity of native plants and animals, opportunities for quiet reflection with the natural world, and educational programs for all ages. The current exhibit at the Nature Center is Dino-mite Dino Life that explores the world of dinosaurs during the Mesozoic Era. 


Grab your binoculars and head down one of the many miles of trails. You never know what wildlife you may find! 


Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary is located at 407 N La Frenz Road, Liberty, MO 64068


Find more information about trails, Nature Center programs, events and more online »

Leavenworth, KS The City of Leavenworth features over 424 acres of parks, grassy areas, and hiking trails. Several of the parks such as Leavenworth Landing Park, Three-Mile Creek Trail, Esplanade Park, VA Park, and Havens Park offer numerous opportunities to view wildlife and birds while hiking or walking along the trails. From the Eastern bluebirds, Eastern towhee, Eagles, many species of woodpeckers, and more to the loveable Groundhogs and squirrels, you won’t be disappointed with your hike and photo opportunities.  For more information on parks and recreation go to  or call 913-758-2948. 

Merriam, KS Explore the Turkey Creek Streamway Trail from the 75th Street access point north to Antioch Road for a diverse outdoor experience. Wander through wooded areas, pass through downtown Merriam, and enjoy encounters with local wildlife. Don't miss the pollinator garden and the various pocket parks along the way, offering moments of relaxation amidst nature's beauty. This nearly 4-mile paved trail is a great way to grab your steps, enjoy a sunset jog or bike ride, or take the kids on a suburban nature adventure!

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