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Posted on: June 27, 2018

Next Wednesday Walk for 50 Plus takes participants to KU Field Station on July 18

50 Plus Hike

The biological field station of the University of Kansas is the destination for the next  monthly Wednesday Walks being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

The program is called Summer Strolling and the next outing on July 18 will take participants to the 1,800-acre KU Field Station, located northeast of downtown Lawrence. Established in 1947, the field station's mission is to foster scholarly research, environmental education, and science-based stewardship of natural resources. It is situated within North America's grassland/forest transition zone, where the eastern deciduous forest and tallgrass prairie biomes meet. Participants will choose from a variety of trails through the field station, which includes forest and prairie. This walk is expected to require a moderate level of exertion.

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under nature & outdoors. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “Wednesday walks.”

True to the name of the program, this outing will take place on a Wednesday and will depart at 9 a.m. from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam. The cost for this six-hour outing, including van transportation to the walk site, is $19 per person for Johnson County residents or $21 for nonresidents. Participants should bring a sack lunch for a picnic after the walk,  and a few dollars in case we decide to stop for ice cream. Bringing a water bottle is also recommended, and use of hiking boots and walking sticks is optional. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. Or register online at

While JCPRD’s 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the 50 Plus Department at (913) 826-3030 for space availability.

The My JCPRD Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.