For Feet That Never Leave Asphalt

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Published on: Feb. 2, 2006

Last revision: Nov. 23, 2010

There are children living in Kansas City whose feet never leave asphalt. Imagine, for a moment, that you are one of them.

“You live your life within a few square city blocks. Outside, the sounds of traffic fill your ears. You connect with computers, video games and television more than nature. Your ideas about conservation have more to do with picking up litter or recycling than fish, forests and wildlife.

If you are this child, or if you care about the future of this child, you are the reason we built the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center right in the middle of Kansas City.

The Discovery Center is there to connect the urban person with nature. Visitors can learn new skills that will help them enjoy the outdoors for the rest of their lives.

Current outdoor enthusiasts can share their love of the outdoors as a volunteer. Here is a place to meet lots of other dedicated people who love and know the outdoors and who want to help beginners.

A Unique Location

The Discovery Center is located in the heart of Kansas City in Kauffman Legacy Park. It shares the home of one of Missouri’s largest charitable foundations: the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, named for the founder of Marion Laboratories and longtime owner of the Kansas City Royals.

The Kauffman Foundation contributes 8 acres of its Kauffman Legacy Park for use as the Urban Conservation Campus of the Discovery Center.

Kauffman Legacy Park connects to many walking routes that link up with the Brush Creek Corridor sidewalks. These, in turn, link several cultural and natural resources, such as Kauffman Memorial Gardens, Volker Park, Nelson-Atkins Art Museum, the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Rockhurst University and Stowers Institute. The Country Club Plaza shops and many fine restaurants are also within walking distance of the Discovery Center.

Hands-on Workshops

Each of these six workshops invites people inside with a department-store style glass front that features its theme. Weekday classes are reserved for school groups. The public is invited to paricipate on weekends.

Nature’s Bounty Workshop: Learn how and why we harvest living things from the wild. A unique room combines a demonstration kitchen, a fishing simulator and a Laser Shot hunting simulator.

Older children and adults can whet their appetite for fish, game and wild edibles. How about signing up to learn how to make a pizza with morel mushrooms, ground venison and wild greens?

Nature’s Garden Workshop: Develop gardening skills in a

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