Mission Statement:

We facilitate experience-based connections to nature for people of all ages from around the world bringing self-empowerment, better outcomes for physical and mental health, awareness of inner humanity and a healthy thriving community and earth.

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What We Do:

Restore, Explore, and Create.

The overall theme of what we do is connection with the Earth. That which sustains us. This is done through a myriad of ways. To distill it down, it is done through, awareness, presence, earth-based living skills and play. Blue River Forest Experience offers various types of Nature Connection Experiences. This includes Forest Therapy Walks, Nature Camps for kids and adults, Food Classes/Dinners, Mentoring Sessions, Permaculture Education, Earth Art Camps, Earth-based Living Skill Classes, Luminary Walks, YOGA Experiences and various events held in the form of Donation-based Gatherings (Solstice, Moon phase, Potluck, Fire gatherings).

Where We Are:

The Blue River Watershed

The Blue River Forest Experience is located on the edge of the valley by the headwaters of the Blue River where Coffee creek and Wolf creek come together to form the beginning of Blue River. The area is rich in history and was the main campgrounds of the Black Bob Chief, a Native American Shawnee Chief and the last reservation to close in Kansas. The Native Americans believed that where two rivers converge it was a good place to pray and let the sacred water carry good intentions down the river for the healing of the world. The Blue River comprises the largest watershed in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. It goes through the Kansas City Zoo and turns into a large concrete ditch to serve the industrial growth of the city before it flows into the Missouri River. Before industrialization it was a favorite recreation area for families in the Kansas City area. Our Blue River Forest School will be in a film created by the Heartland Conservation Alliance on ways to save the Blue River in the Urban area and preserve the biodiversity that remains at the headwaters of the river. Our intention is to help save the Blue River and bring awareness to the importance of rejuvenating rivers that run through urban areas. Through collaboration with the Heartland Conservation Alliance we are connecting with land owners to preserve the southern portion of the river in a natural healthy wild state. Our intention is to preserve the diverse life the river supports through educational experiences we facilitate to bring awareness and deeper connection to the land. We want to do our part here locally to insure that the water is clean to drink and play in for future generations. We understand that without water, we cannot survive.. In the Lakota language this is known as Mni Wiconi - “Water is Life.”

Map of the water Way. Where does the water go? Coffee creek > Blue River > Missouri River > Mississippi River > Gulf of Mexico

“My Kids just love being out in Nature. Since we live in such a busy environment here in KC, this is the perfect place to reconnect to nature as an adult, and teach kids how to respect and connect to nature themselves. I love love love this program.”
— Kezia Shine