Redbud in bloom


Don't miss these special opportunities to explore the trees, flowers, and wildlife of the Midwest with Powell Gardens' Director of Horticulture Alan Branhagen. Our tree walks and nature hikes are excellent for those interested in learning more about native plants, as well as those looking for invigorating exercise in beautiful settings.

All nature hikes and tree walks are $15 for non-members, $13 for Powell Gardens members. Registration is required. Register online or contact Linda by email or at 816-697-2600 x306 to register. Each walk covers about 2 - 4 miles, so be prepared with appropriate footwear and dress for the weather. Waterproof footwear, binoculars, bottled water and sunscreen are all recommended.

Nature Hikes

The nature hike series takes place out on our Byron Shutz Nature Trail. This 3.25 mile trail is a haven for birds, deer, and a multitude of wildlife that thrive in the various habitats you'll encounter, including a lotus pond, impressive stands of osage orange trees, and sweeping prairie remnants. Each season offers a unique view of our local flora and fauna - expect something different each time you join us! 

January 15th Winter Hike, 1-4 p.m.: Please note, this hike has been rescheduled for January 22nd due to forecasted icy conditions. Discover the beauty of the Midwestern winter landscape! Experience the sights and sounds of winter - the striking, almost lightning-like form of bare tree branches reaching out to a clear winter sky, the subtle beauty of a sea of dried prairie grasses, the quick flurry of native birds alighting in an evergreen tree. 

February 19th Bird Count Hike, 1-4 p.m.: This hike is for the birds! Take part in a unique event that helps our feathered friends - The Great Backyard Bird Count! In addition to spotting the earliest blooming bulbs in the Gardens, you'll count the birds you see as you hike, which helps scientists determine the health and resilience of worldwide bird populations. Don't forget your binoculars! If you wish, you may also RSVP to attend the morning bird count from 9 a.m. - noon, where teams will gather in the Visitor Education Center to count the birds at the feeders right outside the building.  Register here.

March 19th Early Spring Hike, 1-4 p.m.: Enjoy the blossoming of a new season on our first spring hike! Experience nature as it comes alive before your eyes. What are your favorite first signs of spring? See them all and discover some new favorites. Register here.

Tree Walks

Our popular tree walk series is back! For this series, Alan Branhagen has located the most impressive trees in the Kansas City area. Join him on a journey of discovery that takes you to a brand new setting for each walk. Learn about tree species that thrive our climate, and see some amazing specimens in some beautiful parks, history-rich cemeteries and other fascinating locations. Check back soon for more details on each event.

April 20th, 1-3 p.m.: Mount Washington Cemetery (Independence, MO)

This historic cemetery was designed by George Kessler, the renowned father of Kansas City's parks and boulevards. In this peaceful setting, you'll discover the finest collection of mature trees in any of the major historic cemeteries in the metro. Register here.

April 23rd, 1-3 p.m.: The Dogwoods and Magnolias of Powell Gardens

This walk highlights our fabulous collection of ornamental and native trees growing in the terrace gardens and along the Dogwood and Magnolia Walks. Our nationally-recognized collection of magnolias and fine collection of dogwoods will be the primary focus, with some special extras thrown in. Learn more about the very best specimens for your own gardens and landscape. Register here.

June 22nd, 1-3 p.m.: KC Art Institute, Southmoreland Park and the Nelson-Atkins Musem of Art

June 25th, 1-3 p.m.: Ward Parkway (Park at the Plaza and meet in the median of Roanoke Parkway and Ward Parkway)

August 24th, 1-3 p.m.: Olathe Cemetery (Olathe, KS)

August 27th, 1-3 p.m.: National Cemetery and Mount Muncie Cemetery (Leavenworth/Lansing, KS)

October 26th, 1-3 p.m.: Lakeside Nature Center (Swope Park)

October 29th, 1-3 p.m.: Powell Gardens in the Fall