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Spring Hikes for 50 Plus continue on April 24 and 30
POSTED: 04/02/2008
The Parkville Nature Sanctuary and Missouri's Knob Noster State Park are the next two destinations to be visited as part of Spring Hikes being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. These hikes are meant to give participants an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and make new friends while following trails through state parks and natural treasures.

The Parkville hike will take place on April 24 and will give participants a chance to explore this natural area of Parkville located below the dam of Riss Lake which adjoins the State of Missouri’s White Alloe Conservation Area on the north side of the Park College campus. Visitors will enjoy a walking trail along White Alloe creek, views of beaver habitat and native vegetation and wildlife. The Knob Noster hike will take place on April 30 and will take participants to a facility considered to be an often overlooked gem of the Missouri state park system. Knob Noster State Park is an interesting mixture of prairie, savanna and forest. Both of these hikes are considered to require a moderate level of exertion.

All hikes 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 hike, lunch will be at a local restaurant and participants will be responsible for this expense. Search for the keyword "hiking" to find this program in the JCPRD's Activities Catalog and online listings.

The final spring hike this year will take place on May 14, and will take participants to the Overland Park Arboretum (moderate).

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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