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50 Plus Plans Adventure Walk to visit "Wild" exhibit at Powell Gardens on July 2
POSTED: 06/04/2014
Powell Gardens and its summer exhibit called "Gardens Gone Wild" is the destination for an adventure walk being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District on Wednesday, July 2.

Participants will visit Powell Gardens near Kingsville, Mo., for a chance to see the exhibit, which features 26 bronze animal sculptures by nationally-acclaimed artist Dan Ostermiller. Set in eight "adventure zones" representing animal habitats both familiar and exotic, the sculptures are meant to make art accessible and fun. Participants will meet a 12-foot elephant playing and spraying into the fountain garden, a pair of wrestling bears near a hollow log, a five-foot hen, and many more. Past visitors to the garden are already familiar with Ostermiller's work, as his work called "Close Quarters" featuring a pair of rabbits, has sat near the bridge to the island gardens since the early 1990s.

This outing is considered an easy walk. To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 plus and then under nature & outdoors. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “adventure walk.”

This program will leave from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, at 9 a.m. The cost for one eight-hour outing, including transportation, is $21 per person for Johnson County residents or $24 for nonresidents. Participants should bring a sack lunch.

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 pickup 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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