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50 Plus program seeks Thrill Seekers for Knob Noster orienteering adventure
POSTED: 04/28/2014
Orienteering and staying overnight in Missouri’s Knob Noster State Park is the next adventure planned as part of the Thrill Seekers program being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Thrill Seekers offers opportunities for seniors to experience activities they’ve always wanted to try.

Knob Noster State Park is a 3,934-acre park located west of Warrensburg in Johnson County, Mo. near the town of Knob Noster. Indian legend relates that the two hills, or “knobs,” in the area were raised up as monuments to slain warriors. Settlers to the area later added the Latin word, noster, meaning “our.” The park includes a mixture of prairie, open woodland, and forest along both sides of the meandering Clearfork Creek. It is also nearby to Whiteman Air Force Base and a place aviation enthusiasts come to watch the B-2 Spirit bombers take off and land.

The thrill seekers’ adventures in the park will involve orienteering with Missouri State park staff. Participants will stay in designated cabins in the park. Camping supplies will be dropped off at the cabins so participants will not have to haul them.

This approximately 26-hour program will leave from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 10 and return around 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 11. The cost is $135 per person for Johnson County residents or $148 per person for nonresidents. This includes transportation to and from the destination, breakfast on Sunday morning, and a one-hour pre-activity meeting beginning at 1 p.m. on the Wednesday before the program (May 7) and a one-hour post activity meeting at 1 p.m. on the Tuesday after the activity (May 13). At the post-activity meeting, a 50 plus staff member will share photos they take during the event. Participants will also be asked for their feedback on the program and suggestions for future thrill seekers adventures.

Participants will need to bring a picnic lunch and a cooler of supplies for dinner on Saturday.

For more information about Thrill Seekers, contact 50 Plus Coordinator Jenny Smith at (913) 826-2859. To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 plus and then enrichment & special interests. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “adventure.”

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 Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. To register, call (913) 831-3359. For updated program listings, visit the district’s website at

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