May 24 – September 4, 2023
Included in general admission
Fortopia, a playful outdoor exhibition comprised of awe-inspiring forts, invites explorers of all ages to discover Powell Gardens. This vibrant addition to summer in Kansas City encourages outdoor discovery and taps into the nostalgia of childhood fort building.
After opening a public request for proposals in 2022, a jury comprised of educators, architects, horticulturalists, and fabricators selected eight fort designs for inclusion in the exhibition. Designed to inspire an appreciation of the natural landscape, Powell Gardens is excited for visitors to experience its beauty through the variety of creative perspectives represented in the chosen forts.
2023 Fortopia Submissions
Submission Process: To submit a fort proposal, all required information, materials, references and designs must be submitted to email@example.com by Monday, November 28, 2022. The design criteria and requirements of submitting a proposal are available in the attached 2023 Fortopia Request for Proposal.
Information Sessions: Those considering submitting a proposal are encouraged to attend one of two information session hosted by knowledgeable Powell Gardens staff.
- Virtual Session: Tuesday, September 29, 2022 -1 pm (email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP)
- On-Site Session: Saturday, October 8, 2022 -10 am (at Powell Gardens)
Know Before You Go
Powell Gardens is a place for outdoor discovery. As with all outdoor experiences, we recommend that all garden goers come prepared to enjoy their visit by wearing comfortable protective clothing, shoes, sunscreen and bug spray.
All visitors should follow signage to stay on designated paths, walkways and trails to avoid poison ivy and ticks. With no shortage of pollen and pollinator friends we recommend those with allergies take their medication prior to arrival and to carry their epidural pen at all times in the event of an emergency.
Bring everything you need for the day or stop in the Marketplace to snag what you forgot before you head outdoors. First aid supplies, food and beverages can be purchased in the Visitor Center. Drinking fountains are also located in the Visitor Center.
Come prepared to have fun, while staying safe!