HCA 2020 Partnership Summit 

October 17 and 18, 2020

Nature is Essential 

Our Partnership Summit

Each fall we gather to celebrate our partners and the work being done throughout the Blue River Watershed at our Partnership Summit. This celebration is an essential event each year because community conservation work is a long-term process where successes, big and small, can get lost in the hustle to serve our communities. It is critical that we pause to acknowledge the hard-earned accomplishments of our partners to enable future successes. 


Our Summit is and always will be free as a part of our commitment to making conservation more inclusive and accessible to all of our partners. We have seen attendance and sponsorship triple since our first Partnership Summit in 2014.

Our mission is to proactively conserve, protect and restore natural lands and open space within the Kansas City region, benefiting the community and future generations by improving water quality, creating recreational opportunities, protecting life and property, and preserving our natural and cultural heritage. We do this by collaborating with a network of public and private organizations and agencies that share our goals, values and objectives; and through public outreach and education. We are on the ground, promoting and preserving vibrant, resilient rivers and stream corridors that protect from flooding and provide beautiful places to enjoy. Our greenways are revitalizing neighborhoods and connecting a regional trail network that benefits all of the residents of our region.  

2020 Partnership Summit

Nature is Essential

Nature is Essential.


This is the year of “essential.” As COVID-19 progressed into a global health crisis, we are reminded just how important it is to have access to nature. Join Heartland Conservation Alliance and our partners for a family-friendly, socially-distanced outdoor adventure on October 18.


For the past seven years, Heartland Conservation Alliance has hosted the Annual Partnership Summit to celebrate essential partners and collaborative efforts restoring and protecting nature in the Kansas City region. 


Come explore a 40-acre oak-hickory forest in the heart of the Blue River Watershed. To encourage social distancing, attendance will be limited, masks will be required and we are following all safety recommendations from the CDC. 


Attendance is free, but tickets are required. On sale now here! Sign up to visit at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. or 2 p.m.




Sunday, October 18:

Nature is Essential Partnership Fair and Community Panel -- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


Heartland Conservation Alliance is honored to work with many Alliance members across the metropolitan area. At our partnership fair, explore how our Alliance members are protecting, restoring and caring for our region's natural resources. Also, gain a deeper understanding of why nature is essential at our community panels held at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Local food trucks will be on-site serving food and beverages.


Tickets are available in two-hour windows to allow for social distancing. All CDC and local guidelines must be followed to attend.

  • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

  • 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit Us:


Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center

4750 Troost Avenue

Kansas City, MO 64110



(816) 759-7305, ext. 1148

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