beautiful Missouri weather, it’s only natural that you have a hankering to head
outside and explore. Missouri offers countless ways to spend time in the great
April 27, at Knob Noster State Park, immerse yourself in the splendor of spring during the Wildflowers Amongst the Trees guided hike. In the expert company of a naturalist, this
trek covers a one-mile section along the Clearfork Woodland Trail. Be sure to
take along a wildflower identification book, as you’re bound to see dozens of
a jump on these early days of spring, at the Spring Into Spring Hike, held at Crowder State Park.
The park, located about 10 minutes northwest of Trenton, hosts this three-mile
hike March 23. Return to Crowder State Park, April 21, to celebrate Earth Day;
activities include creating nature crafts using recycled materials, planting
seeds, and participating in guided nature hikes.
Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, your family encounters the wonders
of nature – right in the midst of Kansas City. This lovely, serene place
features 10 acres of wetlands, gardens, walkways and wildlife. Within the
visitor center building, learn many ways to appreciate nature. The center
frequently hosts educational programs on a variety of topics, including
wildlife viewing and growing native plants. Expand your own nature library with
a purchase from the Missouri Outdoors Nature Shop.
awaits you at Faust Park,
in Chesterfield. This attractive park boasts a variety of natural and
human-made attractions. Explore the Historic Village to discover what life was like in the latter half of the 19th
century. The village features 16 buildings and four homes illustrating the
architectural styles of the 1840s-1890s. Also in the park, tour Thornhill,
the majestic home of Frederick Bates, the second governor of Missouri. No trip
to Faust Park would be complete without a visit to the Sophia M.Sachs Butterfly House. The 8,000 square-foot glass conservatory glimmers
like a jewel; thousands of butterflies soar within.
some of Missouri’s most enchanting residents at the World Bird Sanctuary,
in Valley Park. Bird-watching enthusiasts are sure to be wowed by the owls,
eagles, hawks, vultures, parrots and falcons. Take a self-guided tour – and
don’t forget the binoculars.
inspired by the sky-high adventures of butterflies and birds? Treat yourself to
a view from the clouds, courtesy of Air Lake Aviation. For
a different perspective of the Lake of the Ozarks and nearby areas, Air Lake’s
professional pilots take you on an unforgettable airplane tour from Grand
Glaize Airport (in Osage Beach) and Camdenton Airports (in Camdenton).
Explore Missouri on
two wheels when you ride along the Katy Trail.
Stretching nearly statewide, this gorgeous trail attracts cycling enthusiasts
from around the world. Katy Trail winds past numerous campgrounds,
bed-and-breakfasts, wineries and shops. With 48 trailheads spaced along its
237+ miles, the Katy Trail offers cyclists the perfect opportunity to see the
diversity of Missouri’s great outdoors.