Category Archives: Habitat Restoration

Lakeside Nature Center has 185 new trees thanks to Stream Team volunteers

When nine adults and six kids came to the habitat restoration event this April, they left the Lakeside Nature Center transformed, with 185 new trees in the ground:

  • 10 redbud
  • 50 deciduous holly
  • 50 wild plum
  • 25 smooth sumac
  • 50 witch hazel

It looks like a lot of work, but we suspect they were having some fun as well. Lookit those smiles!

Good luck to all those baby trees. May you have healthy, productive lives. And a huge thank-you to the volunteers who came out and Larry O’Donnell of the Little Blue River Watershed Coalition for hosting this 25th Anniversary event!

Go read about the efforts of our 25+ events on the Events Page.


24th Annual Project Blue River Rescue Results

Saturday, April 5, was a record-breaker for Project Blue River Rescue. The project’s director, Vicki Richmond, says they gained new high numbers for nearly every measure!

  • 1,200 volunteers
  • 34 work sites (with 14 brand-new leaders at work sites!)
  • 4,000 trash bags (about 60 tons of trash)
  • 822 tires
  • 300 riparian forest trees and shrubs planted in a teasel-infested marsh behind Lakeside Nature Center
  • 3 acres of invasive, non-native honeysuckle removed and treated with herbicide

By all accounts, Vicki says, it was a great day. New leaders rocked their socks off, lunch operations were smooth and as litter-free as possible, and the project took on a new site, where a concerned landowner simply asked if PBRR could help. Could they ever: “That one site gave up 100 tires by ten in the morning,” Vicki says. She estimates it will take PBRR at least three years to fully scour that location, which they’re calling “Sorenson’s Creek.”

Here’s just a sample of the variety of landscapes and trash along the Blue River this year:

Photos keep rolling in from volunteers and leaders, so check back on PBRR’s Facebook page for more! You can also read about the day on KCTV Channel 5.

Mark your calendars: Next year–PBRR’s 25th Anniversary–the cleanup will take place on March 28, 2015.

Learn more: How Project Blue River Rescue has put on massive cleanups for nearly half a century.


25th-ST_Logo-Color-FinalThe 24th Annual Project Blue River Rescue cleanup was part of “25 Days of Stream Team,” a series of events celebrating our 25th year of citizens caring for Missouri streams. Join the fun and learn how to earn prizes with the Passport Program!

Restore Habitat with Native Plants April 19

Photo by Flickr user Putneypics

Logo-LittleBlueActivities: Plant native bushes and trees to feed wildlife
Date: Saturday, April 19, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Place: Lakeside Nature Center, 4701 E Gregory Kansas City, MO

What to expect: Little Blue River Watershed Coalition (ST 2428) and Friends of Lakeside Nature Center (ST 175) will be planting native food source bushes and trees, such as deciduous holly, wild plum, and Ozark witch hazel. These food-bearing species will replace invasive Asian bush honeysuckle that has been removed along the trail at the Nature Center. Join us as we discuss why bush honeysuckle is disruptive to the watershed and help us plant native replacements as a wildlife food source.

The theme of this year’s Earth Day celebration at Lakeside Nature Center is ‘Wildlife in Swope Park’.

What to bring: Come prepared for working outside in dirty, possibly muddy, places. Dress for the weather. Otherwise, shovels and other equipment will all be provided!

For more information: Call Larry O’Donnell at (816) 679-7772 or visit

From I-435 take Gregory Blvd. exit and travel about 1.5 miles west. From 71 Hwy. take Gregory Blvd. exit and travel about 1.0 mile east. Ample parking is available, but carpoolers are appreciated!
25th-ST_Logo-Color-FinalThis habitat restoration event  is part of “25 Days of Stream Team” and counts as a stamp on your stream team passport if you submit an activity report. Learn more about all 25+ events and the passport program