KC Edventures Guide for Ages 9-11

Overland Park Arboretum

You can do a lot at the Overland Park Arboretum - hike some wooded trails, search for bugs and frogs, go geocaching and learn about gardens.  Search for the new Train garden that's being built, check out the different waterfalls and visit the Children's Garden too.

Before Your Visit:

  • If you want to hike the trails through the woods, wear good walking shoes as they are mulched and not paved.
  • Remember the rules - stay on the trails, no climbing rocks & trees, and don't pick the flowers.
  • The arboretum has geocahcing if you have a hand-held GPS.  Bring it along and purchase a geocaching guide for $1 at the Visitor's Desk. 

Explore OP Arboretum:

  • Explore the trails through the woods and around the lake.  You'll see some waterfalls and can probably spy some animals in the woods.
  • Walk through the vine tunnel or climb to the top of the Sky Watch and look around.
  • Take the path around the lake and look stop at the herb garden to smell some of the plants.
  • Visit the new lifesize railroad cars in the Train Garden.

Learn More:

"The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a classic story about friendships that bloom between 2 children in a 'magic' garden that has been lost and forgotten.

"Kids Garden: The Anytime, Anyplace Guide to Sowing and Growing Fun" by Avery Hart has many fun ideas and activities that kids will enjoy!

Discover More:

  • Visit the Beanstalk Children's Garden located in Swope Park - they are are open from June 13th thru October 19th and are participating in the Passport to Adventure program in 2012.


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Additional Info

  • Nature & Animals: Gardening, Going Green, Parks & Trails, Pond Habitats
  • Music, Theatre & Arts: Theater
  • Life Skills: Gardening

OP Arboretum hours









Regular admission is $3 Adults,  $1 Ages 6-12.



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