The Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center is celebrating 10 years connecting people with nature in our classrooms and outdoor garden at 4750 Troost Ave.
As a person who grew up in Chicago, I understand barriers that can separate urban dwellers from the outdoors. The Discovery Center is unique because of its location in Kansas City’s urban core. For many visitors, it’s their first introduction to nature.
My goal is to help them find an “a-ha” moment, an instant when nature triggers wonder. Maybe it’s when they plant a wildflower, or perhaps it’s when they see a black bear, a mountain lion or an elk on display in our lobby. Our programs for school children and the general public are free. We’re mentoring the next generation.
I’m proud that each summer our staff takes teenage boys from urban neighborhoods on a three-day float trip on the Current River in the Ozarks. They overcome fears and develop a new appreciation for the outdoors.
Join us as the Missouri Department of Conservation celebrates Discovery Center’s first decade by offering nature activities 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on April 7. Maybe you’ll find your “a-ha” moment.
MDC Education Specialist