|Visit Ernie Miller Nature Center to participate in Passport to Adventure 2011 beginning March 26|
Passport to Adventure is a great way for area residents to experience nature, science, and history in their own backyard. The annual event is meant to encourage the public to visit area nature centers, museums and historic sites between March 27 and Oct. 31.
This year's event will kickoff from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 at the Olathe Bass Pro Shop, 12051 Bass Pro Drive, Olathe. Participants can pick up their 2011 passport, visit booths from participating facilities, see live animals, and participate in hands-on activities.
The Passport to Adventure program is free, although some sites charge a regular admission to their facilities. Participants can also obtain a passport at any of the sites below. Passport holders have until Oct. 31 to get their passport stamped at all 23 participating sites in order to be eligible for prizes. Everyone who does so will receive a special prize by mail. In addition, each participating site will offer a small complimentary gift for answering a question relating to the site at the time the passport is stamped.
Sites participating in the 2011 Passport to Adventure are:
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center 4750 Troost, Kansas City, MO (816) 759-7300
Beanstalk Children's Garden, 6917 Kensington, Kansas City, MO (816) 931-3877
Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center 1401 NW Park Road, Blue Springs, MO (816) 228-3766
Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead 138th & Switzer, Overland Park KS (913) 897-2360
Ernie Miller Nature Center 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe, KS (913) 764-7759
Fort Osage Historic Site 107 Osage St., Sibley, MO. (816) 650-3278
George Owens Nature Park 1601 South Speck Road, Independence, MO (816) 325-7115
1855 Harris Kearney House 4000 Baltimore, Kansas City, MO. (816) 561-1821
John Wornall House Museum 6115 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO (816)444-1858
Kansas City Museum 3218 Gladstone Blvd (816) 483-8300
Kemper Outdoor Education Center 8201 Jasper Bell Road, Blue Springs, MO (816) 229-8980
Lakeside Nature Center 4701 E. Gregory, Kansas City, MO (816) 513-8960
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site 1200 East Kansas City Road, Olathe, KS (913) 971-5111
Martha Lafitte Thompson Nature Center 407 N. LaFrenz Road, Liberty, MO (816) 781-8598
Missouri Town 1855 8010 E. Park Road, Lee's Summit, MO (816) 503-4860
National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame 630 N 126th St., Bonner Springs, KS (913) 721-1075
National Frontier Trails Historic Site 318 W. Pacific Ave., Independence, MO (816) 325-7575
Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens 8909 W. 179th St., Overland Park, KS (913) 685-3604
Oxford School House 147th & Mission Road, Leawood, KS (913) 339-6700 ext. 157
Powell Gardens 1609 NW, U.S. Highway 50, Kingsville, MO (816) 697-2600
Prairie Oak Nature Center 14701 Mission Drive, Leawood, KS (913) 681-0902
Prairie Park Nature Center, Lawrence 2730 SW Harper, Lawrence, KS (785) 832-7980
Wonderscope Children’s Museum 5700 King Street, Shawnee, KS (913) 267-8888
The Interpretive Site Coalition of Kansas City is a nonprofit organization made up of historical, natural, and cultural interpretive sites throughout the Kansas City area. The Ernie Miller Nature Center is owned and operated by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.
For more information about the Kickoff event or the Passport to Adventure Hunt, call the Ernie Miller Nature Center at (913) 764-7759.