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Heather Shields

There are lots of fishing opportunities around the metro area for families to enjoy. Both Kansas and Missouri have several large lakes in the area, as well as many smaller lakes, streams and rivers with public access and good fishing. Read more

Best of KC

Our region is blessed with so many beautiful places that picking the best is a hard task. Near Downtown Kansas City is Richard l. Berkley Riverfront park. it offers a wide paved trail and a clear view of the river as it passes under the He... Read more

Best of KC

"The mind cannot forget what the hands have learned." (Jon Zahourek). This quote has become a favorite of mine and it applies well to enjoying nature. Truly, the best and most fun way to learn is to go and experience it first-hand. Our many... Read more

Best of KC

More than 125 hiking and walking trails trace the Kansas City metro, and fall is one of the best times to head out to enjoy them. Be sure to observe good trail etiquette: Take only pictures, leave only footprints and kill only time. Read more

Vacations

In our area, we are fortunate to have many places where we can learn about our native wildlife and appreciate the natural world around us. Read more

Best of KC

Fall and winter in Kansas City offer a wide variety of events and festivals that allow families to have fun in nature. Here are a few of my favorites to give you some ideas to try this year. Read more

Best of KC

Missouri and Kansas have a multitude of camping opportunities in their state parks. They offer a variety from primitive camping sites to deluxe accommodations with nearly all the comforts of home. Some even have yurts to camp in. Whether yo... Read more

Vacations

This time of year, people eagerly seek out the colorful foliage fall provides. While you enjoy the scenery, keep an eye out for fossils. The Midwest was once a sea, and the sediments at the bottom preserved many of these prehistoric creatur... Read more

Fall in KC

Lots of fishing opportunities can be found around the Metro area for families to enjoy. Both Kansas and Missouri have several large lakes in the area, as well as many smaller lakes, streams and rivers with public access and good fishing. Read more

Best of KC

Enjoy a view of some of the more elusive forest denizens, such as neotropcial bird immigrants, and ephemeral woodland flowers and waterways that are often clear of algae. What better time to take a picnic or do a little photography? Read more

Best of KC

Fall is a great time to take a hike. From state parks to city parks and natural areas to conservation areas and sanctuaries, there are many places to go and “get lost” in the woods. Read more

Best of KC

There are lots of fishing opportunities around the metro area for families to enjoy. Both Kansas and Missouri have several large lakes in the area, as well as many smaller lakes, streams and rivers with public access and good fishing. Read more

Summer

Float trips are a great source of summer family fun and memories. I know several people who still excitedly reminisce about the float trips of their youth. Plus, float trips can be reasonably priced for even the tighter family budget. Read more

Vacations

Watching birds is a great family activity that gives a lifetime of enjoyment. Discover great places for bird watching in Kansas City and ideas to create feeders for your feathered friends. Read more

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