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Geo-Kids, June 25 and July 9

Ready to treasure hunt at the Arboretum? Geo-Kids, for kids ages 7-12, is a fun-filled class that shows kids how to use a compass, with a brief introduction to GPS devices and geo-caching. This is followed by a real treasure hunt using compasses and clues.

Tuesday, June 25 or Tuesday, July 9, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
$5 per person; no refunds.

Adult attendance and participation is required.

Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
8909 W. 179th Street, Overland Park, KS

Visit the Arboretum website for more information and registration.

While AHG has not yet developed a badge for geocaching, compass skills are a part of Outdoor Skills. Plus, geocaching is simply a fun way to get out in the field!

Red Cross Wilderness First Aid Course and Field Guides

The Red Cross Wilderness and Remote First Aid Course is designed for scouts and scout leaders, outdoor enthusiasts and anyone who works or spends time in remote environments, this course teaches advanced skills to be used in emergencies when help from professional first responders may be far away. Based on the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid Curriculum and Doctrine Guidelines, this course aligns with OSHA’s Best Practices for Workplace First Aid Training Programs.

Prerequisites: Must be at least 14 years old and hold current adult CPR/AED certification.
2 year certification

Course length: 16 hours
Topics include:

  • Primary and Secondary Assessments
  • Heat-Related Emergencies
  • Hypothermia
  • Altitude-Related Illnesses
  • Allergies and Anaphylaxis
  • Burns
  • Bone and Joint Injuries
  • Wounds and Wound Infection

Course listings may be found online; if a course is not available near you, course materials  may be purchased in print versions or downloaded for free.

First aid skills form requirements for Boating Safety, Camping, Emergency Prepardness, Fire Safety and Fire Building, Hiking, Outdoor Skills, and Swimming badges. In addition, this is sure to be a useful course for adult volunteers as well.

A Midsummer’s Night Cache, May 24

GeocachingA Mid-Summers Night Cache at Shawnee Mission Park

Looking for a way to get out in the field without committing to a weekend of camping?  Look no further!  This modern day scavenger hunt is a great way to get out of the house and get moving.  We will provide you the GPS device, an introductory how-to, and a new prize for each cache.  After the hunt, join us at the fire pit for hotdogs and S`mores. Participants registering as a family will receive one GPS unit per family. Those registering as individuals will each receive a GPS unit.

Register today by going to www.jcprd.com, and then follow the “Register for Activities” link and do a barcode search for 14687.  For more information call (913) 831-3359.

Friday, May 24, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Residents $10/person or $20/family (up to 4)
Non-Residents $11/person, $22/family (up to 4)

Shawnee Mission Park
7900 Renner Road, Shawnee Mission, KS

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks, Apr. 22-26

America’s Best Idea – the national parks – is even better when it’s free!

  • April 22-26 – National Park Week

Here’s a tip-265 of your 398 national parks NEVER charge an entrance fee. So start Planning Your Visit!

If you’re planning a trip that includes multiple national parks, you might consider the $80 annual pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands-more than 2,000 in all. This America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is offered free to all active duty military members and their dependents. Information on these and other pass options is available online.

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Some nearby ideas include:

Or visit the Find A Park page to find a destination suited just for you. Most Parks offer Junior Ranger programs just for kids, for both online and in-person exploration.

There are a number of badge opportunities available through the National Park System. Explore both the Heritage and Outdoor Skills Frontiers for ideas.

Kids’ Club 2013 Kickoff at Powell Gardens, April 13

Powell Gardens’ Kids’ Club hosts fun activities for children 5-12 spring through the fall. Monthly programs will feature guided walks and behind-the-scenes tours with plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with the plants and bugs that inhabit the Gardens’ natural world.

The Kids’ Club will meet from 10-11:30 a.m. on the second Saturday from April through October. Parents must accompany children ages 7 and under. New Kids’ Club members will receive a T-shirt. All members receive a great program, a kid’s e-newsletter and discounts in the gift shop on meeting days.

April 13: Buzz about Bees
Join our special guest, the Midwestern Bee Keepers group, for a special program on one of our favortie insects, the Honey Bee! Learn about bees and how important they are in the garden. Plus you’ll get a chance to taste some local honey.

May 11: Wild Edibles Hike
Back by popular demand! Join us for a guided hike on the Byron Shutz Nature Trail. We will look for native wild edibles and talk about their uses.

June 8: Nature Connects
Take a guided walk through the Nature Connects exhibit.

July 13: Staying Cool
July is hot so we are going to staying cool with an ice cream social. We will pick fresh berries from the garden and use them to top our ‘baggie’ ice cream. Come prepared to play in the fountain too!

August 10: Butterfly Express
Take advantage of your exclusive club membership with VIP treatment during the Festival of Butterflies. Show your club card and get an express pass into the Butterfly Conservatory and get a special tour of the butterflies.

September 14: Insect-o-mania
September is a great month to study and collect insects. We will learn about these incredible animals and the head into the gardens to catch some!

October 5: Fall for Color
This one will be the FIRST Saturday in October.
Plants and animals alike are preparing for winter. We will take a look at how plants prepare for the winter months. Plus, we will make a colorful fall craft to take home.

$70/year for non-Members,
$35/year for Members


Discover Nature: Women’s Spring Fling, April 26-28

Ladies! Join us for a girl’s weekend out at the beautiful Lake Doniphan Conference and Retreat Center in Excelsior Springs, MO. April 26-28 and learn a few new Outdoor Skills to boot! This event is geared toward women. Young ladies ages 14 and up may register with an adult mentor. Skills include canoeing/kayaking, archery, animal sign, outdoor cooking, fishing, camping/backpacking, orienteering with map and compass and GPS units, wild edible plants and so much more!

Courses are all rated for activity level (leisurely, moderate, strenuous) and you have a variety of sleeping arrangement options available, to make this course suitable for both beginners and advanced woods-women alike.

The program is free. Lodging and meals are provided for a low per person cost.

To get more information on this Spring Fling for Women check out the link below.