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Spring Nature Walks for 50 Plus Begin Feb. 28 with Trip to Little Blue Trace
POSTED: 01/31/2007
Little Blue Trace in south Kansas City will be the first of six destinations to be visited this year as part of Spring Nature 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 following trails through state parks and natural treasures. Participants can choose one or all of the six spring walks.

The Little Blue Trace walk is considered an easy walk and will take place on Feb. 28. This scenic hiking and biking trail follows the Little Blue River from Longview Lake north to Blue Mills Road.

Spring Walks are led by Instructor Sherry Hughes. All walks depart at 9 a.m. from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam. In case of rain, the walk will be rescheduled for the following week. The cost for each 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 walk , lunch will be at a local restaurant and participants will be responsible for this expense. Search for the keyword "nature walks" to find this program in the JCPRD's Activities Catalog and online listings.

Other spring walk dates and destinations are: March 14, Parkville, Mo.; March 28, Marais de Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge in Linn County, Kan.; April 11, Weston, Mo.; April 19, Knob Noster, Mo., and May 3, Osawatomie, Kan.

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 VOICE or (913) 831-3342 TDD. To register online and for updated program listings, visit the District's website at

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