Explore eight acres of gardens, including a pond, walkways, and watchable wildlife.


Mon - Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., open until 7 p.m. on the 1st & 3rd Tues. of every month, open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the 1st & 3rd Sat. of every month, closed all state holidays.

Admission is free.

School and youth group programs are by reservation. Email dcprograms@mdc.mo.gov for more information.

Contact Information

4750 Troost Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone: 816-759-7300

Location Type

Natural Area
Walking Tours

Site Info

Hiking Trails
Wheel Chair Accessible

Just a 10-minute walk from the Plaza shopping area, the Discovery Center is a unique, hands-on, urban conservation education center located on eight acres in the heart of Kansas City.

Native-plant gardens demonstrate urban landscaping options, including small versions of upland and lowland forests, prairies, and wetlands. Specialty planting areas include hummingbird, butterfly, wildflower, and water gardens.

Energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly building that shows how you can save water, energy, and resources at home.

Visitors will also see a butterfly garden, bird feeding garden, and Grow Native demonstrations including prairie wildflowers, wetland, water garden, and manicured upland and lowland forests.

The Discovery Center offers a variety of hands-on learning experiences and workshops. There are also tours of the building and grounds showing environmentally friendly ways to build an urban environment in harmony with nature.


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