We’re excited to celebrate Pride Month by bringing LGBTQ+ people together to explore the beauty and fun of Kansas City’s WildLands! We believe that nature is a place for healing and connection, a place to celebrate our diversity and to honor our interdependence with each other and with the earth. We invite the queer community to join Bridging The Gap for a hike led by and for LGBTQ+ folx on Sunday, June 27, 9-11 AM at Hidden Valley Natural Area. The hike will be approximately 1.5 – 2 miles on a primitive trail. To protect the trails, the event will be limited to 15 participants and registration is required. Register here to reserve your spot!
The second annual Pride on the WildLands hike will be led by Britt, a member of BTG’s Green Stewards Team, and Ami, BTG’s Volunteer Program Manager. We will explore the Hidden Valley Natural Area, which lies in the southern portion of Hidden Valley Park. This 82-acre Natural Area contains old growth and old second-growth forest with a rugged and deeply dissected topography on deep loess soil. The deeply shaded northern exposures of the area provide a moist environment for ferns – a total of eight species are found here including the rare Goldie’s fern – a species of conservation concern in Missouri. Showy spring wildflowers and beautiful fall colors are other highlights of this area.