More FYI about the event this weekend:
With Blue Valley Park Improvement Day coming up this Saturday, April 9, here are some reminders.
Our purpose in doing this event is to give minority children and families in Kansas City an opportunity experience nature and the outdoors like never before. Children will see live animals and learn about nature in exciting new ways. You will have opportunities to be a role model and mentor to those who know little about the outdoors. Please share your enthusiasm for preserving and protecting our natural environment for future generations. Help others appreciate the beauty around them!
The event is from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Blue Valley Park at 2301 Topping Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64129. Take 23rd Street west from I-435 and go up the hill past the ball fields to the second entrance on the left. Registration for various activities will begin at 7:45 a.m. at the main shelter at the northwest corner of the park.
From 8-12, we will be gardening, removing bush honeysuckle, and cleaning the park. Please wear sturdy shoes (no sandals) for all morning activities. If you have work gloves, please bring them. (We will have some spare gloves if you need them.) All equipment for honeysuckle removal and trash pick-up will be provided.
For those who wish to help plant the native garden, please bring any small garden tools you may have (trowels, transplanters, hand rakes, etc.). You may wish to write your name on them so they don't get mixed in with other tools.
We will break for a potluck lunch at about noon. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. (Plates, cups, eating utensils, beverages, etc. will also be provided.)
Afternoon hikes and fishing will begin immediately after lunch, probably around 1:00 p.m. and go until 4:30 p.m. Fishing will take place at Bales Lake, on the east side of the park. Nature hikes will depart from the area of the playground about every 15-20 minutes. Free frisbee golf instructions will be held in front of the main shelter from 1:30-4:30. Gardening will also likely continue into the afternoon until about 3:00 p.m.
Once lunch has been cleared off the picnic tables, we will use the picnic shelter for most of the afternoon classes which begin at 1:30 p.m. These include nature crafts, as well as classes on birds, insects, and amphibians & reptiles. The class schedule is below:
1:30-4:30: nature crafts (ongoing)
2:30-2:55: Amphibians & Reptiles
4:00-4:30: Amphibians & Reptiles
Thank you for your volunteer efforts. We look foward to seeing you on Saturday!
Note: The weather forecast is for partly cloudy skies with a high of 89 degrees. Please wear a hat and sunscreen to avoid getting sunburned.