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Outdoor Education Classes

All Outdoor Education classes will be taught by our Outdoor Education staff at the Prairie Oak Nature Center located in Ironwoods Park (14701 Mission Road).

Learn to Fish | Muddy Buddies | A Bird's Life | Bats and Owls | Spiders | Snakes
Tales, Tails & Trails | Children's Garden | Camp Out with Dad | Camps

 

Learn to Fish

Ages 5 and up

If you have always wanted to give fising a try or just want to refresh the experience, this is the program for you! After a brief introduction to the basics of equipment and fundamentals, enjoy time at the pond "reeling them in".  Equipment and bait provided. Participants should be able to comfortably hold the weight of a cane pole/rod and reel (plus a fish, of course)!  An adult chaperone must accompany any child under the age of 12 years.  We practice "Catch and Release".  A fishing license is not required for our pond. One - 2 hour session.

Fee: $10 / Leawood Resident Discounted Fee: $8

Day / Time: Saturday, 10:00am-12:00pm

Dates: March 10
           April 14
           May 12
           July 14
           August 11

 

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Muddy Buddies
Ages 3-6 years

Children and their accompanying adults are introduced to nature in a safe, fun and creative environment.  Participants are encouraged to explore nature at their own pace, using a full range of senses, including tactile perception and fine motor skills, taste and smell.  Adults are encouraged to take the role of teacher to hep their children become comfortable with their natural environment, both personally and as part of a group.  May include hiking, stories and indoor / outdoor environmental discovery time. Nine - 1 hour sessions.

Fee: $70 / Leawood Resident Discounted Fee: $60

Day / Time: Tuesday, 9:30-10:30am

Dates: March 27-May 22

 

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A Bird's Life
Ages 6-9 years

Come "Tweet" with us!  Learn about different types of birds and why they are so special.  Enjoy age appropriate activities and a nature walk with binoculars, weather permitting.  All children 12 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult chaperone / participant.  One - 75 minute session.

Fee: $8 / Leawood Resident Discounted Fee: $6

Day /Date / Time: Saturday, April 7, 1:00-2:15pm

 

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Bats and Owls
Ages 4 and up

Spend an evening learning about these wonderful creatures and their significant role in the web of life.  Great for families and those interested in beginning or furthering their knowledge about our night time flying creatures.  Find out about the super powers possessed, the basics of flight and what makes these two groups significant to our environment.  A hike to locate potential habitats in Ironwoods Park may be included at the end of this program.  All children 12 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult chaperone / participant.  One - 45 minute session.

Fee: $9 / Leawood Resident Discounted Fee: $7

Day /Date / Time: Friday, April 20, 6:00-7:45pm

 

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Spiders and Spiders and Spiders, Oh My!
Ages 4 and up

Find out about these eight-legged creatures and how they play an integral part in our lives.  They aren't just bug trappers!  Activities and information will be age appropriate to the group.  All children 12 or younger must be accompanied by an adult chaperone / participant.  One - 45 minute session.

Fee: $8 / Leawood Resident Discounted Fee: $6

Day /Date / Time: Saturday, May 12, 2:00-2:45pm

 

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Snakes on the Plain
Ages 4  and up

Snakes are important to the midwest ecology.  Find out about common snakes in our region and why they should be "friended", not feared.  Age appropriate activities and information will be presented based upon the enrollees.  All children 12 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult chaperone / participant.  One - 45 miute session.

Fee: $8 / Leawood Resident Discounted Fee: $6

Day /Date / Time: Wednesday, May 23, 5:30-6:15pm

 

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Tales, Tails and Trails

Back by Popular Demand!

Ages 2-5 years
Parents or adult chaperones will enjoy a nature-themed story and related programming with your child or children.  Discover the wonders of nature while exploring through the eyes of a child.  We encourage full participation in the stories, crafts, hikes and exploration. Please dress for outside activities, weather permitting.

FREE!

Day /Date / Time: Friday, April 6-May 11, 10:00-11:00am

 

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Children's Garden

April 1 - September 31

Prairie Oak Nature Center will exhibit a small plot garden of fruits and vegetables from spring through early fall.

We encourage all families to visit the nature center to find out information on how families can enjoy their own small garden plot at home.

 

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3rd Annual Camp out with Dad

Camp under the stars at Ironwoods Park! Various, fun indoor / outdoor activities will be available for all campers. Dinner, smores and a light breakfast will be served.  Please provide your own tent and bedding. 

Saturday, June 16, 5:00pm to Sunday, June 17, 11:00am

Fee: $20 / Leawood Resident Discounted Fee: $15

 

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Summer Camps

Half-Day Nature Camp
Ages 5-10 years
Perfect for elementary age campers! Join us in a week filled with hiking, exploring, stories, songs, games and crafts. Camp is full of fun learning opportunities as we explore the meadows, woods, creek and pond.

Learn about flora and fauna in our Midwest environment and explore the many ways we can have a positive impact on the sustainability of our local, regional and world resources.

Campers will learn about the importance they bring to the world as individuals, how group interaction and cooperation can create dynamic changes for the future. Four - 4 hour sessions.

Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-1:00pm

Fee: $165 / Leawood Resident Discounted Fee: $135

June 4-7
June 11-14
June 18-21
June 25-28
July 9-12
July 16-19
July 23-26
July 30-August 2

 

Challenge Adventure Camp

Ages 9-14 years

Are your kids looking for new challenges?  Then Ironwoods Challenge Course's Challenge Adventure Camp should be your choice this summer!

Experience the Carolina T-Wall, Alpine Tower, Giant Swing and for the 12-14 year olds, the world's only Caribbean Course!

We offer a balance of climbing activities (knots, belaying, commands and technique), teambuilding challenges, survival skills, new fun games to play with friends, brain teasers and above all, just plain fun!  For returning campers ages 12-14, more advanced climbing techniques will be introduced.

 

Ages
Dates
Time
 
9-11 years
June 4-8
1:00-5:00pm
 
9-11 years
June 11-15
1:00-5:00pm
 
9-11 years
June 18-22
1:00-5:00pm
 
12-14 years
June 25-29
8:00am-12:00pm
 
9-11 years
July 9-13
8:00am-12:00pm
 
9-11 years
July 16-20
8:00am-12;00pm
 

 

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