Ages 15-19 | Nature & Animals

Explore the habitats of sea creatures, along with conservation efforts to keep them safe at SEA LIFE Aquarium.  Walk through an underwater tunnel, view the behaviors of various animals and learn some curious facts about ocean animals.  You're tour will take you through more than 10 themed rooms that highlight the various types of sea animals that thrive in river and ocean areas.

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Explore SEA LIFE in KC:

  • The 360 degree tank in the Shoaling Room has a current that directs the fish in one direction - about 1000 fish will grow as they age so the tank will begin to look more crowded.
  • Stop at the indoor waterfall and learn about local fish from Missouri and Mississippi rivers.
  • The Harbor Room has animals that would be found in tide pools, bays and harbors - there's also a touch tank where you can hold sea stars and urchins.
  • Make sure to read the walls!  There are some crazy but interesting facts!
  • Great information about the turtle conservation efforts is located on display boards and television screens in the Harbor Room - learn how marine animals get to an aquarium.
  • Make sure to see the barracuda and the tank in the alcove area where you can catch some stingrays 'laying around'.
  • Visit the tanks in the Shipwreck Room - get a magnified look at the lion fish or crawl under one of the tanks for a different view.
  • You may want to stand in the Underwater Tunnel for a few minutes and see a shark or stingray swim over your head.
  • Take a few minutes at the jellyfish tank - make sure to read the fish facts about jellies!
  • Visit the tank in the Stingray Bay room - stand on the glass platform above the tank and see the stingrays and eels swim below.  There are 3 types of rays at the aquarium - these are cownosed rays and can be very active.
  • Seahorses are amazing to watch - and learn more about them on the display areas. 
  • Don't just rush thru the 'playzone' area - the little kids will be climbing but you should explore the two fish tanks in the room for a cool look.

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  •  Discover a number of ways we can Reduce our Ocean Footprint and help save marine animals.
  • "Hold Your Water! 68 Things You Need to Know to Keep Our Planet Blue" by Steven Creech discusses water preservation and conservation, along with some great facts about the water we have on our planet.

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Get up close with other animals in Kansas City - feed the bison and the elk at the Native Hoofed Animal Enclosure.

 


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Years ago, bison use to roam in large herds throughout the prairies of Kansas and Missouri.  You can still see these magnificent animals right here in Kansas City!  Visit the Native Hoofed Animal Enclosure, located in Fleming Park, where you can view and feed the bison and elk.

Before Your Visit:

  • You will enjoy feeding the animals so make sure to bring some small apples or long carrots (with the green on top).
  • Bring binoculars just in case the animals if they are near the back of the enclosure.
  • Make sure you have a camera or phone - there are likely to be some great photo ops!

Explore Native Hoofed Animals:

  • Many times, animals will be in the front of the enclosure and easy to see and feed.  If they are not, make sure to look near the trees and the lake, and also towards the back of the enclosure too. 
  • Park the car and get out to walk along the fenceline to get a better look.  Bison and elk can be found grazing or resting near the front of the enclosure and are more likely to approach the fence.
  • Be respectful of nature when you're visiting - don't scare the animals and please don't litter.

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Give your teen the opportunity to act like a kid again – feed baby goats, hike some trails, learn about how milk goes from cow to store shelves and see what a prairie town might have looked in the mid-1800’s.

Before Your Visit:

  • Don't forget a water bottle and some snacks for your visit.
  • If you want to avoid the crowds of younger kids, visit in the late afternoon or evening.
  • Need some volunteer hours?  The Farmstead has opportunities for teens to volunteer during special events and during daily operations.

Explore Deanna Rose:

  • NEW THIS YEAR:  The Educational Pavilion (located near the General Store) will host FREE public programs at 11am, 1pm & 3 pm daily.  Programs will highlight turn-of-the-century farmlife and be interactive for kids.
  • Bottle-feed the baby goats ($).
  • Go mining for gem stones ($).
  • Tour the Dairy Barn to see calves, watch a movie about milk and quiz yourself at the video stations.
  • Visit your favorite farm animal (piglets, bunnies, goats, horses, chickens, turkeys, etc.).
  • Hike the nature trails.
  • Explore the Kanza Indian Encampment and Schoolhouse.
  • Visit the prairie dog exhibit – these guys are cute and crazy diggers!
  • If the waterfall is running, cool off your feet a while.
  • Take a wagon ride ($).

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Looking for other places to explore history or native animals?  Try these:

  • Native Hoofed Animal Enclosure
  • Mahaffie Stagecoach & Farm


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Looking for a place to do some geocaching?  Or learn about plants, herbs and gardens?  Visit the Overland Park Arboretum to explore the various trails, gardens and sculptures.  Pick up a list of coordinates at the welcome center, bring a hand-held GPS and find the hidden caches throughout the gardens.

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Ready to get outside?  Visit Burr Oak Woods Nature Center – explore some trails, watch a nature movie in the theater, visit some of your favorite animals or register for one of the free classes in orienteering, outdoor skills and canoeing.

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Explore Burr Oak Woods:

  • Catch a nature film in the theater – different ones show throughout the day.
  • Go geocaching to locate one of the three caches on the grounds.
  • Take a hike on one of the nature trails.
  • Relax in the indoor or outdoor viewing area and watch the birds and other animals
  • Register for one of the activity programs, like survival skills, orienteering or archery.

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Think you've seen everything at the zoo?  Well, try a different perspective - maybe a skyride across Africa, or stepping inside a cage with the lorikeets.  Get up close to many of the animals with great viewing areas for the kangaroos, lions, and chimpanzees.  You can walk less and see more at the Kansas City Zoo.

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DVD – Bear Gryllis “Man vs Wild” Alaska episode produced by Discovery Channel

 

Online crossword puzzles on animal biology and current issues http://kids.nbii.gov/crosswords.html (ages 12-14, 15+)

 

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