Visit Ernie Miller Nature Center to participate in Passport to Adventure 2013 beginning March 23

Gather your family and pick up your Passport to Adventure for the Interpretive Site Coalition of Kansas City’s seventeenth annual event at the Ernie Miller Nature Center or at any of 24 other sites in the metro area beginning March 23.

Passport to Adventure is a great way for area residents to experience nature, science, and history in their own backyard. The annual event is meant to encourage the public to visit area nature centers, museums and historic sites between March 23 and Oct. 31.

This year's event will kick off from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 at the Bass Pro Shop, 12051 Bass Pro Drive, Olathe. Participants can pick up their 2013 passport, visit booths from participating facilities, see live animals, and participate in hands-on activities. To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under fun for all and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “nature & outdoors.”

The Passport to Adventure program is free, although some sites charge regular admission to their facilities. Participants can also obtain a passport at any of the sites below. Passport holders have until Oct. 31 to get their passport stamped at all 25 participating sites in order to be eligible for prizes. Everyone who does so will receive a special prize by mail. In addition, each participating site will offer a small complimentary gift for answering a question relating to the site at the time the passport is stamped.

Sites participating in the 2013 Passport to Adventure are:

Alexander Majors House 8201 State Line Road KC, Mo. (816) 333-5556 Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center 4750 Troost, Kansas City, Mo. (816) 759-7300 Battle of Westport Visitor's Center 6601 Swope Parkway, Kansas City, Mo. (913) 345-2000 Beanstalk Children's Garden 6917 Kensington, Kansas City, Mo. (816) 931-3877 Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center 1401 NW Park Road, Blue Springs, Mo. (816) 228-3766 Ernie Miller Nature Center 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe, KS (913) 764-7759 F.L. Schlagle Library 4051 West Drive in Wyandotte County Lake Park, Kansas City, Kan. (913) 299-2384 Fort Osage Historic Site 107 Osage St., Sibley, MO. (816) 650-3278 George Owens Nature Park 1601 South Speck Road, Independence, MO (816) 325-7115 Grinter Place 1420 South 78th Street KC, KS (913) 299-0373 Harris Kearney House 1855 4000 Baltimore, Kansas City, MO. (816) 561-1821 John Wornall House Museum 6115 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO (816)444-1858 Kansas City Museum 3218 Gladstone Blvd (816) 483-8300 Kemper Outdoor Education Center 8201 Jasper Bell Road, Blue Springs, MO (816) 229-8980 Lakeside Nature Center 4701 E. Gregory, Kansas City, MO (816) 513-8960 Legler Barn Museum 14907 W. 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa, KS (913)492-0038 Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site 1200 East Kansas City Road, Olathe, KS (913) 971-5111 Martha Lafitte Thompson Nature Sanctuary 407 N. LaFrenz Road, Liberty, MO (816) 781-8598 Missouri Town 1855 8010 E. Park Road, Lee's Summit, MO (816) 503-4860 Oxford School House 147th & Mission Road, Leawood, KS (913) 339-6700 ext. 157 Powell Gardens 1609 NW, U.S. Highway 50, Kingsville, MO (816) 697-2600 Prairie Oak Nature Center 14701 Mission Drive, Leawood, KS (913) 681-0902 Prairie Park Nature Center, Lawrence 2730 SW Harper, Lawrence, KS (785) 832-7980 Trailside Center 9901 Holmes Road, KC MO (816) 942-3581 Wonderscope Children’s Museum 5700 King Street, Shawnee, KS (913) 267-8888

The Interpretive Site Coalition of Kansas City is a nonprofit organization made up of historical, natural, and cultural interpretive sites throughout the Kansas City area. The Ernie Miller Nature Center is owned and operated by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

For more information about the Kick off Event or the Passport to Adventure Hunt, visit www.facebook.com/kcpassport or call the Ernie Miller Nature Center at (913) 764-7759.

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