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Overland Park Arboretum is site for final 50 Plus Spring Hike on May 14
POSTED: 04/16/2008
The Overland Park Arboretum is the final location to be visited for this year's 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 final spring hike this year will take place on May 14. Located on 300 ecologically diverse acres in southern Johnson County, the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanic Gardens includes eight different ecosystems including dry mesic prairie, oak savanna, riparian woodlands and wooded swales. Hiking trails wind their way throughout the arboretum. This hike will require a moderate level of exertion. Search for the keyword "hiking" to find this program in the JCPRD's Activities Catalog and online listings.

This hike will depart from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, at 9 a.m. In case of rain, the walk will be rescheduled for the following week. The cost for this 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.

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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