|Fall Adventure Walks for 50 Plus Start Sept. 5 with Prairie Trip|
The tallgrass prairie near Cottonwood Fall, Kan., will be the first of five destinations to be visited this autumn as part of Fall Adventure Walks being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.
The prairie walk will take place on Sept. 5 and will give participants an opportunity to try out some new trails at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. Other Fall walk dates and destinations are: Oct. 3, James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area near Lee's Summit, Mo; Nov. 1, the Overland Park Arboretum; Nov. 7, the Kaw River trail in Lawrence, Kan., and Nov. 15, George Owens Nature Park, Independence, Mo.
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, which will all involve three plus miles of walking on varied terrain.
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 this program in the JCPRD's Activities Catalog and online listings.
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 www.jcprd.com