MLK Jr. Nature Walk 

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Photo by Jill Erickson

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2020 Dr. MLK Jr. Nature Walk

Each year we gather our partners and the Kansas City community for a walk that elicits listening, reflecting, and honoring the words of Dr. King. His words resonate with us today and we use a walk to highlight them because for many, nature is a place of peacefulness, awe, and inspiration. We hope the walk can be restorative and provide a serene tradition for Kansas Citians. 


The event is filled with remarks from community leaders, hot beverages, and warm interactions as we walk along a community asset, Brush Creek. Brush Creek flows into the Blue River that then flows into the Missouri River where we source our drinking water in Kansas City. With this in mind we hold a litter cleanup along the creek in tandem with our walk, to enable the future usage of this asset, to have a positive impact on the Blue River Watershed in which we live, and recognize that we can work together to have cleaner drinking water for all.

This year will be our sixth annual MLK Nature Walk and will fall on Monday, January 20th, 2020. We will be starting our walk at MLK Jr. Square Park and heading to the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center. The 2.5 mile walk is partially paved and accessible for persons of all ages and abilities. For wheelchairs and strollers, begin walk at handicap parking (see map above).

When: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Where: MLK Jr. Square Park at Woodland Avenue and Swope Parkway

All ages and abilities are welcome.

Parking is available at the park and shuttles will be at our destination to take you back to MLK Jr. Square Park.

Event will take place rain or shine so dress accordingly.

RSVP and stay up to date at the Facebook event.

Visit Us:


Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center

4750 Troost Avenue

Kansas City, MO 64110

(816) 759-7305, ext. 1148

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