Hiking

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Take a hike! Our conservation areas have miles of hiking and multiuse trails. Go to your favorite area and explore.

Great Places For Hiking

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Registration period: July 1 - July 20
Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2022 8:00 am - Wednesday, July 20, 2022 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Grab your hiking stick and join a guided hike at Graham Cave State Park (Montgomery County); 4 miles-easy/moderate. Meet at the Runge Nature Center or the trailhead. Some transportation is provided but carpooling may be necessary. Hike leaders will contact participants before the hike to give directions if needed. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and pack a lunch/snack. Registration required. Ages 18+
Registration period: June 1 - July 26
Date: Tuesday, July 26, 2022 6:00 pm - Tuesday, July 26, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (adults) Come along as we explore neighborhoods within the 49-63 Neighborhood Coalition just south of the Discovery Center. Covering roughly 2.5 miles, this moderately paced and hilly hike will utilize sidewalks to explore nature in these neighborhoods. During the hike we will discuss native and invasive plants, wildlife ID, hiking safety and other great urban hikes. The instructor will e-mail the exact meeting location to the participants the week prior to the hike. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: July 1 - July 30
Date: Saturday, July 30, 2022 8:00 am - Saturday, July 30, 2022 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Put on your hiking shoes and join us for a guided hike of Deer Run Trail at Onondaga State Park (Crawford County); 2.5 miles – moderate plus approximately one-half mile cave tour. Bring jacket or light coat for the cave tour. Meet at the Runge Nature Center or the trailhead. Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary. Hike leaders will contact participants before the hike to give directions if needed. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and pack a lunch/snack. Registration required. Ages 18+
Registration period: July 15 - August 3
Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2022 7:00 pm - Wednesday, August 3, 2022 8:30 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Hiking at dusk can transform even a familiar Runge trail into a new adventure. Join a naturalist to explore the world that comes alive when we are typically getting ready for bed! Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Registration required. All ages
Registration period: June 6 - August 7
Date: Monday, August 15, 2022 1:00 pm - Monday, August 15, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Warrenton Pool Park

Backpacking is an excellent way to exercise and enjoy nature!

Join us for Backpacking Basics to learn what and how to pack for a hiking adventure as well as what features to look for in a backpack, fun places to explore in Missouri and important planning procedures.

Registration period: August 1 - August 17
Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2022 8:00 am - Wednesday, August 17, 2022 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Grab your hiking stick and join a guided hike at Clifty Creek and Painted Rock Conservation Areas (Maries and Osage Counties); 4 miles-easy/moderate. Meet at the Runge Nature Center or the trailhead. Some transportation is provided but carpooling may be necessary. Hike leaders will contact participants before the hike to give directions if needed. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and pack a lunch/snack. Registration required. Ages 18+
Registration period: July 1 - August 14
Date: Saturday, August 20, 2022 2:00 pm - Saturday, August 20, 2022 4:00 pm
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve

Backpacking is an excellent way to exercise and enjoy nature!

Join us to learn what and how to pack for a hiking adventure as well as what features to look for in a backpack, fun places to explore in Missouri and important planning procedures.

Registration period: June 1 - August 23
Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2022 6:00 pm - Tuesday, August 23, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (adults) Grab your walking shoes and get ready for a leisurely stroll through the tree lined streets of Calvary, Forest Hill and Rose Hill cemeteries. Covering roughly two miles, this slow-paced hike will utilize cemetery roads and some sidewalks as we discover the beautiful trees of the area. During the hike we will discuss native and non-native trees and the threats to them, wildlife that rely on trees, hiking safety and other great urban hikes. The instructor will e-mail the exact meeting location to the participants the week prior to the hike. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: August 1 - August 27
Date: Saturday, August 27, 2022 8:00 am - Saturday, August 27, 2022 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Put on your hiking shoes and join us for a guided hike of Deer Run Trail at Rock Bridge State Park (Boone County); 3.5 miles – easy. Meet at the Runge Nature Center or the trailhead. Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary. Hike leaders will contact participants before the hike to give directions if needed. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and pack a lunch/snack. Registration required. Ages 18+
Registration period: August 1 - September 27
Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2022 6:00 pm - Tuesday, September 27, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (adults) Fall is here! Grab your walking shoes and get outside with our urban hike through historic NE Kansas City. Covering roughly 2.5 miles, this moderately paced hike will utilize sidewalks to explore nature in this older neighborhood. During the hike we will discuss native and invasive plants, wildlife ID, hiking safety and other great urban hikes in KC. The instructor will e-mail the exact meeting location to the participants the week prior to the hike. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: August 1 - October 22
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, October 22, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (adults) Fall is the perfect time to explore the city by foot. Our day-long thru hike will cover roughly seven miles from the Discovery Center through the Brookside and Waldo neighborhoods. This moderately paced hike will utilize sidewalks to explore nature in these older neighborhoods. During the hike we will discuss native and invasive plants, wildlife ID, hiking safety and other great urban hikes in KC. The instructor will e-mail the exact hike details to the participants the week prior to the hike. Lunch will be on your own at one of the area restaurants along our hike. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.