March 1 is registration deadline for Sarpy County, Nebraska, regional trip for 50 Plus

Outdoor activities and enjoying wonderful wildlife exhibits are on the itinerary for a regional two-day trip to Sarpy County Nebraska being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Outdoor and Animal Adventures is the name of this trip, which will take place on May 2 and 3. The registration deadline for this travel opportunity is March 1.

Participants will travel to Omaha by motorcoach where they will start with lunch and a tour at the Offutt Air Force Base, including a demonstration by an armed forces member working with a security dog. In the afternoon, the group will visit the Wildlife Conservation Park in Ashland, Neb. Planned for the evening is a visit to the Sumter Amphitheater featuring alfresco dining and a fabulous variety show. After staying overnight at the Courtyard Marriott in Omaha, the second day of the trip will give participants a chance to explore Omaha's world-class Henry Doorly Zoo, including the Scott Aquarium, Desert Dome and Lied Jungle, where the group will enjoy lunch at Durham's Tree Top Restaurant. The trip back to Kansas City will include a stop at the Arbor Lodge State Historic Park and Arboretum in Nebraska City, where travelers can see more than 250 varieties of trees and shrubs, a lilac walk, Italian terraced gardens, as well as the 52-room mansion which belonged to the founder of Arbor Day.

The Outdoor and Animal Adventures trip will leave from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, and return the following day. The cost for this two-day trip, including transportation, lodging, entrance tickets, gratuities and a 50 Plus escort, is $289 per person based on double occupancy or $349 for single occupancy. To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 plus categories and then under travel. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “domestic trip.”

While the JCPRD's 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the District's Registration Department at (913) 831-3359, and if space is available without forfeiting the place of a person over 50, their registration can be taken.

The JCPRD's Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online and for updated program listings, visit the District's website at www.jcprd.com.

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