Kansas City, Mo. – The 1964 Wilderness Act preserved America’s most unspoiled natural landscapes, including eight places in Missouri with names like Bell Mountain, Hercules Glades and Irish Wilderness. Many are in the rugged Ozarks. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will help celebrate 50 years of wilderness protection with three programs hosted at the Gorman Discovery Center in partnership with the Sierra Club.
Photographs from Missouri wilderness areas by Richard Spener and Toni Armstrong will be displayed at the Discovery Center May 6 to May 20. In addition, a slideshow will be on display chronically the wilderness protection movement in America. A reception to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the kickoff for the photo display will be held 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, at the Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave. in Kansas City.
John Hickey of the Missouri Sierra Club will give an overview of wilderness areas in the state at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, at the Discovery Center.
Missouri Wilderness Day will be observed at the Discovery Center 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 7. The day will feature special exhibits and talks. A two-mile Walk for Wilderness will cap events and is being held in partnership with the Heartland Chapter of the Sierra Club.
For more information, contact the Sierra Club at 816-517-5244 or the Discovery Center at 816-759-7300. All MDC programs connecting people with nature at the Discovery Center are free.