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National Get Outdoors Day is this Saturday. Here’s how you can spend it.

On Saturday, June 8, National Get Outdoors Day celebrates the season of outdoor recreation and how getting outside is a way to connect with nature, exercise, spend quality time with loved ones, and make memories.

At the first signs of summer, many of us start itching for an outdoor adventure. Here’s how to make the most of Kansas City’s great outdoors.

Explore local hiking trails

Mark the occasion by exploring a new hiking trail in the area. Kansas City has many easy-to-accesss dirt and paved trails for walking.

Check out Take a Hike, KC for inspiration and local trail recommendations.

Since it launched in 2021, Take a Hike, KC has become one of Kansas City’s most popular trail guides. Girl Scout Lizzie Place started the Take a Hike, KC website to create a comprehensive guide to trails across Kansas City with the goal of making hiking destinations accessible to everyone.

Visit local gardens

The Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is celebrating National Get Outdoors Day by offering buy one, get one free admission on June 8.

The 300-acre park includes botanical gardens, open prairie, woodlands, and ponds including six miles of paved and wood chip hiking areas. The trails cross Wolf Creek, a tributary of the Blue River.

Powell Gardens will also be open on Saturday including its hiking trails, public gardens, and local exhibits.

Local exhibits currently include Painted Garden until June 16 and Fortopia, a playful outdoor exhibit with awe-inspiring forts for the kids.

Enjoy lakes, rivers, & streams

Get out on the water at one of many of Kansas City’s waterways for a refreshing outing.

Popular local lakes for recreation include:

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