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Summer Adventure Walks for 50 Plus Continue on July 11 & 19 with Trips to Watkins Mill and Martha LaFite
POSTED: 06/27/2007
Watkins Woolen Mill State Park near Lawson, Mo., and Martha LaFite Thompson Nature Sanctuary near Liberty, Mo.; are the next two destinations to be visited as part of Summer Adventure Walks being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. These walks are meant to give participants an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and make new friends while visiting interesting regional scenic trails, nature sanctuaries, and state parks. Participants can choose one or all of the five summer walks.

The Watkins Mill walk will take place on Wednesday, July 11 and will involve about three miles of walking on varied terrain. The Martha LaFite walk will take place on July 19 and will involve a three-mile walk on a smooth trail.

Adventure Walks are led by Instructor Sherry Hughes. All walks depart at 9 a.m. from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam. In case of rain, the walk will be rescheduled for the following week. The cost for each five-hour outing, including van transportation to the walk site, is $15 per person for Johnson County residents or $16 for nonresidents. Participants should bring a sack lunch. If the weather interferes with plans during the day of the walk, lunch will be at a local restaurant and participants will be responsible for this expense. Search for the keyword "adventure walks" to find these programs in the JCPRD's Activities Catalog and online listings.

The final summer adventure walk will take place on July 25 at the District's own Kill Creek Park in Olathe.

While the JCPRD's 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the District's Registration Department at (913) 831-3359, and if space is available without forfeiting the place of a person over 50, their registration can be taken.

The JCPRD's ACTIVITIES catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pick-up at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online and for updated program listings, visit the District's website at

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