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Toddler Town

Children under the age of 5 enjoy visiting our indoor playground

in the gymnasium at the Sermon Center. This program is

designed to build socialization skills with other children and promote

parent/child interaction. Play stations with slides, tunnels

and ladders, ball pits, and building blocks are some of the activities.

Parents as Teachers, a program of the Independence School

District, helps provide educational activities for participants.

Parents are required to remain with their children.

Any day public schools are closed due to inclement weather,

Toddler Town will also be canceled. During the holidays, Toddler

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

1/child at the door


Lake Jacomo
Total Lake Area: 970 acres
Total Beach Area: none
Location: Fleming Park
Map: Download PDF

Jacomo Marina 795-8888
7401 West Park Road
Blue Springs, MO 64015

Set sail on Jackson County Parks and Recreation's Lake

Jacomo where windsurfers and sailors abound. This breathtaking 970-acre lake is located in the heart of Fleming Park, one of Jackson County Parks and Recreation's premier recreational areas. Enjoy colorful sailboat regattas, while pontoon boaters take a leisurely cruise across the lake! Lake Jacomo's limited-horsepower regulation affords a relaxing outing for the water enthusiast.

Lake Jacomo's marina provides boat rental, concessions, lakeside gasoline, tackle, bait and dock fishing. For convenience, Lake Jacomo boasts three boat ramps for easy access. Popular among the fishermen, you'll find Crappie, Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Carp, Catfish, Hybrid Striped Bass and Walleye while fishing at Lake Jacomo.

Boat and motor permits are required.


Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead
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The Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, located at 13800 Switzer in the Overland Park Community Park, has been a recreational resource in the southern Johnson County area since 1976, and currently provides more than 250,000 people annually with relaxing family fun.

The farmstead was established in 1976 and dedicated in memory of Deanna Rose, an Overland Park police officer killed in 1985.

The farmstead is eight acres of family fun and entertainment. Designed to depict a turn-of-the-century farm, the Farmstead includes a petting zoo, a silo with slides, a 'tot-lot' for the younger children, a farmhouse, and picture-box gardens.

A Farm would not be complete without all the animals that live there. Every farm animal imaginable can be found throughout the area. Each spring, visitors come to enjoy being entertained by the newborn babies with their playful antics and eagerness to drink from bottles.

Farmstead petting zoo

Farmstead petting zoo

Bluefeather, the Farmstead bison, and her sidekick, Tex the Longhorn, are popular attractions for children. The Farmstead houses five different species of birds of prey including the golden eagle and red tailed hawk. Each year new arrivals join the petting zoo. Our mother "Fainting" goat, Almond Joy, continues to bless the Farmstead with her babies each year. Of course, everyone has fun following the Farmstead's traditional baby naming contest.



In addition to its old-fashioned attractions, visitors enjoy the modern conveniences of a concession stand and picnic area.

Wagon rides run 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday.
Rides cost $2.00; children under 1 ride free.

The Johnson County Extension Master Gardeners have demonstrations of various crops commonly found on farms including milo, wheat, corn and vegetables. Also visitors may view an array of flowers, shrubs and trees which may help them plan their own garden.

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The Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead is a seasonal attraction. The Farmstead is open from April 1st through October 31st. Please call for details, 913-895-6350.

Admission is free; donations accepted. One-hour tours for groups of 20 - 30 are available. Interested parties should call the Farmstead Information Line at (913) 895-6350 for details. The tour includes:

Sack lunch
Horse drawn wagon rides
Food for the animals

Visitors of all ages can enjoy an old-fashioned hayride for a small fee. Rides run 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon - 4 p.m. Sunday. Reservations not required.

Map to the Farmstead

Educational Opportunities

Education will be a priority in the future of the Farmstead. The intention is to create an environment where people of all ages can experience a bit of early 1900's farm life. Because the family farm is quickly disappearing from modern culture, it is especially important that today's children have an opportunity to learn about this rich heritage.

Educational opportunities will be built into the design of the Farmstead expansion. New facilities will be designed for interactive learning and many will feature hands-on activities.

To foster an appreciation of 1900's farm life, the Farmstead will allow visitors to get involved in the daily activities of the farm. From morning chores like milking the cows, to seasonal activities like harvesting a crop, various demonstrations and hands-on activities will enable visitors to walk away with a greater understanding of what farm life was all about.

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Area links:

small pdf image Interpretive Programs Guide for Teachers and
Group Leaders

Building Map
small pdf image Checklist of the Birds of Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
The Nutshell Newsletter
Trails Map

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Welcome to the Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center!

The Missouri Department of Conservation invites you to explore our new Nature Center web pages. If you have any questions about where things are, just go to the navigation area at the bottom of the page. These pages will be updated periodically so check back soon. And let us know how we are doing-- we would love to hear from you!


Burr Oak Woods
Conservation Nature Center

Missouri Department of Conservation
1401 NW Park Road
Blue Springs, MO 64015
Telephone (816) 228-3766

Building Hours: Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and NOON to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
The building is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Area Hours: Area is open to vehicles from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily during Daylight Savings Time and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Standard Time.
The area is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Directions: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center is located one mile north of I-70 on Hwy 7, then one mile west on Park Road.
Regulations: Pets, horses, hunting, fishing, collecting, littering, fires and alcoholic beverages are not permitted on the area. Mushroom collecting is permitted for personal use. Bicycles and motorized vehicles are restricted to paved roads.



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