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National Trails Day

Image of a jogger's legs, a hiker's legs and a cyclist's legs, with a photo of a native planting in the background. Type reads: "MetroGreen Outdoors".Communities around the Greater Kansas City region are celebrating National Trails Day and National Prairie Day on Saturday, June 3, 2017, bringing together outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds to celebrate the natural heritage of the U.S. trail system, and the value of our native grassland ecosystems. MetroGreen Outdoors honors both trails and prairies by bringing information about area celebrations together in one listing.

Traditionally held each year on the first Saturday in June, National Trails Day was established to recognize the value of recreational trails and the people involved in building and maintaining them. Local cities and municipalities mark National Trails Day by holding public events such as walking and biking activities, trail openings, family entertainment and educational seminars.

Also held on the first Saturday in June, National Prairie Day was founded by the Missouri Prairie Foundation in 2016. For 50 years, the foundation has worked to restore, protect and raise public awareness about the value of prairie ecosystems. Learn more at nationalprairieday.org.
 

2017 REGIONAL EVENTS


National Trails Day Walk

8 a.m., Sportsfield and Havens Park (20th and Ottawa, Leavenworth, Kansas
Support National Trails Day with a three-mile trail walk starting at Sportsfield trailhead. Sponsored by the Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Department.


Party on the Prairie

9 a.m, Jerry Smith Park, Prospect Avenue at East 135th Street, Kansas City, Missouri
Celebrate National Trails and Prairie Day with KC Parks! Jerry Smith Park in south Kansas City is the only remnant prairie in Jackson County. Enjoy the beauty of nature in this serene setting with a one-mile trail walk, family- and environmentally-friendly activities, music, food, and more! Learn more»
 

Hike through History on the Indian Creek Trail

9 a.m., Roe Park, 10400 Roe Blvd., Overland Park, Kansas
A community gathering celebrating new interpretive signs along the Indian Creek Trail. This event will give residents and visitors a chance to see new historical signs along the hike and bike path that show Overland Park and Johnson County’s historical roots. Learn more»
 

A Day in the Park

Shawnee Mission Park (7904 Renner Road, Shawnee, Kansas) and Kill Creek Park (11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe, Kansas)
Kick off the summer with a ”daycation“ in Shawnee Mission Park and Kill Creek Park. As always, you’ll find a fun-filled variety of facilities and activities to choose from, and on this special day all of them are free! This event coincides with Johnson County Parks and Recreation District’s annual free fishing weekend, when both state and district fishing and boating permits are waived (excludes Trout). Free canoe/kayak and paddleboat rental at both park marinas, visit with a Park Police officer and explore a patrol vehicle, checkout GPS units for geocaching and trail exploration along the North Shore and Mill Creek Streamway trails, sailboat rides and demonstrations by the Johnson County Sailing Society on Shawnee Mission Park Lake and more! Visit website for event hours and details.
 

Leawood Parks and Recreation National Trails Day

10 a.m., Ironwoods Park, 14701 Mission Road, Leawood, Kansas
Join the Leawood Parks & Recreation Department to celebrate National Trails Day for this FREE event. Stop by the Prairie Oak Nature Center between 10 a.m.–5 p.m. to pick up a trail map and participate in a Nature Scavenger Hunt! In case of inclement weather, call the inclement weather line at 913-982-2433 to check the status of the event. Learn more»
 

Trail Decoration

10 a.m., Lions Park Trails, 300 W. Morse Ave., Bonner Springs, Kansas
Help us celebrate National Trail Day by making our trails look extra festive! This FREE event will take place on our trails in Lions Park. You bring your creativity and we will bring the sidewalk chalk.
 

Jump, Jive, & Trail

10:30 a.m., Pleasant Hill Depot, 100 Wyoming St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri
The first band, local sweetheart Little Rachel kicks off the festivities at 10:30 a.m. We will have a Rock Island Trail bike ride starting at 11:30 am. After returning around 2 p.m., the second band, a St. Louis favorite, Loot Rock Gang will perform. Learn more»
 

Platte County Parks National Trails Day

3 p.m., South Park, 1147 NW Shore Drive, Lake Waukomis, Missouri
Come celebrate National Trails Day at the newly finished South Park trail. Bring a blanket, enjoy the picnic atmosphere and take a walk on the freshly paved trail. The city of Lake Waukomis is partnering with Platte County Parks to make this event possible! Learn more»
 

Related Social Media

Twitter: use the hashtag #TrailsDayKC and/or #nationalprairieday.

Flickr: You can join the MetroGreen Flickr group when posting photos from your community’s National Trails Day event, and your photos will appear in that album online. More on the MetroGreen Flickr pool»
 

Participating Local Governments

These local governments have historically participated in National Trails Day.

Clay County, Missouri

Gladstone, Missouri

Harrisonville, Missouri Parks and Recreation

Independence, Missouri

Jackson County, Missouri Parks and Recreation

Kansas City, Missouri

Leavenworth, Kansas Parks & Recreation

Leawood, Kansas

Johnson County, Kansas Parks and Recreation District

Merriam, Kansas Parks & Recreation

Platte County, Missouri Parks and Recreation