Discover Nature Schools

Photos by Bill Graham, Missouri Department of Conservation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Students from the Kansas City area were able to discover nature first hand yesterday and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is inviting other schools to get a similar experience.

According to a news release, fifth graders from EPiC Elementary School in Liberty visited the Platte Falls Conservation Area yesterday. The students fished, studied tadpoles, and went on hikes. Students were also taught the importance of rivers and water quality.

Other schools have the opportunity to take their students on similar trips. Free classroom material is available through MDC and grants are available to help cover the costs of field trips and study equipment.

These grants, which can be up to $1,000, require educators to take a six-hour training course to be eligible to receive the grant. A session will take place on Thursday, June 22 at Burr Oaks Woods Nature Center. More training sessions are being scheduled.

Fore more information on the grants, call Parrett or Education Consultant Ginger Miller at 816-759-7300. Discover Nature Schools information is at