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Education & Outreach Program Update

On Monday, January 17 join Heartland Conservation Alliance, KC Parks and Rec, and Missouri State Parks in the 8th Annual Martin Luther King 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. This year, we will be sent off in prayer by Reverend Antoine Lee, the pastor of Central Christian Church, followed by a restorative walk led by U.S. Fish and Wildlife's Nova Clarke. To learn more, visit the Facebook event or the HCA website.

The event is free, but please register here. If you have any questions, email Maddie Putman,

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man dedicated to service and it is our duty to follow his guidance and be of service to nature. It is through service to nature and others we can create a healthier future for all. Photo by HCA.

With funding from KC Water, HCA is hosting a series of Green Guard Stewardship training workshops in March and running through June. The series will focus on Water Quality and will be held on site at the Trailside Center at 99th and Holmes. Local conservation and environmental experts will introduce Stewards to Missouri Stream Teams and participants will have the opportunity to learn about native and invasive plants, stewardship, water quality and biodiversity. Each lesson will provide practical resources and information through hands-on learning. This is funded by KC Water.

If you are or know someone interested in improving water quality in Kansas City, register on our website. These workshops are free. Graduating Stewards will earn a stipend of $100 and become part of HCA’s Stream Team #5145. Register for the workshops here. If you have questions, please contact Sarah Benal,

The 2022 volunteer workdays have been scheduled. Visit the Renew the Blue website and join our teams working to improve the health of the Blue River.


In 2022, the Education & Outreach Work Group will meet on the second Thursday of odd months. The next meeting is scheduled for 3/10/22 at 10:00am.

In 2022, the new Exploring Roots/Outdoor Education Work Group will meet on the second Thursday of odd months, following Education & Outreach. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 3/10/22 at 11:00am.

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