Burr Oak Woods

There’s no other place quite like it.

At least that’s what says Lisa Lacombe, assistant manager  of of Burr Oak Woods says.
“It’s in a suburban area, so people can get back to nature without spending great amounts of time and money,” Lacombe said.

Burr Oak Woods gives Blue Springs residents a convenient escape from their daily lives. 

Visitors to the park can take advantage of 5 hiking trails, a jogging trail, an aquarium of native Missouri fish, and a solarium, which offers sightings of various wild animals of the area.

The park has a display of live snakes and other reptiles and amphibians as well as taxidermy displays of larger animals. This year, a Living With Wildlife exhibit is on display.

Outside, is an abundance of native wildlife. From white oak and black walnut trees to coyotes, turkeys, and white-tailed deer, the conservation area offers visitors a look at Missouri’s natural inhabitants.

Those who are interested can check out a full listing of online at www.mdc.mo.gov/areas/cnc/burroak.    

Little Acorns is a group of 3-6 year olds who meet once a month to learn about nature related subjects. The Conservation Club holds educational events once a month for those aged 7-13.

No Child Left Inside is a yearly event during which children 8 and up are tought outdoor skills. Parents are also invited to attend and take part in outdoor programs for adults. Go Wild takes place each July. Children are taught outdoor skills, and learn about habitats and backpacking.

Homeschoolers can also take advantage of events geared towards their own curriculum.
These educational activities, in the words of LaCombe, give visitors “a chance to experience nature in a safe way with someone else to lead.”

Various regulations are in place in order to maintain the beauty of the park. Pets and horses are not allowed on the premises, and bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, scooters, and motorized vehicles must remain on the paved roads.

The park is open year round. The conservation area hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, and the building is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

For more information call 816-228-3766.