Summer walks connect with nature

A group of older adults walk together on a path

This summer, Johnson County aging adults are invited to enjoy nature while squeezing in steps for the day with Johnson County Park and Recreation District 50 Plus by walking along paved and natural trails adorned with butterflies, birds and blooms.

After exploring, they can lunch together at a restaurant or bring along a sack lunch when designated. If time allows, participants will stop for ice cream on the way back.

Transportation to the trails for all walks and nature programs are provided by JCPRD 15- passenger buses that depart from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Rd., Merriam. Food purchases are at the expense of the traveler for all nature trips unless otherwise noted. Walks and dates with departure times include:

  • “Lakeside Nature Center and Trail” - Walk along the two-mile Fox Hollow Nature Trail in Swope Park. This trail runs along the limestone bluffs and has the feel of a primitive wetland setting. Lunch at Waldo Pizza. Friday, July 15, at 9 a.m. $31 residents/ $33 nonresidents. (Moderate activity level: Natural or paved trail with elevation changes and variety of terrain. Recommended for participants with good balance and experience on nature trails.)
  • “Festival of Butterflies” - Enjoy the day at Powell Gardens with the beauty and whimsical nature of brightly colored pollinators at the annual Festival of Butterflies. Tuesday, July 26, at 8:15 a.m. $49 residents/ $51 nonresidents. Cost includes box lunch. (Easy activity level: Smooth even trail with slight elevation increases.)
  • “Cedar Niles Park” - Enjoy a self-paced walk along the newly opened Cedar Niles Park in Johnson County, featuring streams, tree-lined paved trails and diverse plant life. Tuesday, July 29, at 10:30 a.m. $18 residents/ $20 nonresidents. Please bring a sack lunch. (Easy activity level: Smooth even trail with slight elevation increases.)

Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register by phone, call registration at 913-831-3359. To enroll online, visit the nature walks page at