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Summer Adventure Walks for 50 Plus start June 18 with Trip to Watkin's Mill
POSTED: 05/21/2008
Watkins Woolen Mill State Park near Lawson, Mo., will be the first of four destinations to be visited this year 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 four summer walks.

The Watkins Mill walk will take place on Wednesday, June 18 and is expected to involve a moderate level of exertion.

Other summer walk dates and destinations are: July 2, Black Hawk Trail at Pomona Lake south of Topeka; July 10, Martha LaFite Thompson Nature Sanctuary near Liberty, Mo.; and July 16, Wallace State Park in Cameron, Mo. All of this summer's walks will involve two to three miles of walking over about 1.5 hours.

Adventure Walks are led by Instructor Tiffany Glaser. All walks depart at 9 a.m. from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam. The cost for each five-hour outing, including van transportation to the walk site, is $16 per person for Johnson County residents or $17 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

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