Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.”
In this spirit, Heartland Conservation Alliance is leading a nature walk on Monday, January 18, to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from 1-3 p.m. Led by a community naturalist, the walk will begin with remarks and a prayer from a local pastor at the Brush Creek Community Center and conclude with refreshments at Martin Luther King, Jr., Square Park. Kansas City participants will be joined by hundreds of thousands across the country celebrating MLK Jr. Day.
Local residents are invited to participate in the casual, family-friendly walk for reflection and to honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy of peaceful demonstrations. The walk will take place on a paved trail and is appropriate for walkers of all ages and abilities. The 1.5-mile nature walk will begin at 1 p.m. at the Brush Creek Community Center, 3801 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., and conclude at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Square Park, a Kansas City, Mo., park. Walkers are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for outdoor weather, including hats and gloves. There is adequate parking, but no indoor facilities or restrooms will be available.
The walk is hosted by Heartland Conservation Alliance and its presenting partners Kansas City, Missouri, Parks and Recreation; the Missouri Department of Conservation; Hy-Vee; and Kansas City Environmental Professionals of Color (EPOC). Dedicated to conserving natural areas, convening community members, and connecting people to nature, the Heartland Conservation Alliance is a nonprofit that works collaboratively throughout the Kansas City area.
“This is a great opportunity to enjoy fresh air and sunshine while focusing on the legacy of Dr. King,” said Heartland Conservation Alliance Partnership Coordinator Brianna Leiker. “It is important to keep in mind Dr. King’s commitment to working together and we hope this event will help build relationships to expand the problem solving capacity of the community.”