Location: SwopePark, south of west end of swinging bridge at the Lagoon in the Kansas City Zoo
Description: A limestone monument with imbedded marble plaque 3 feet 6 inches by 2 feet 3 inches and two limestone walls projecting 10 feet each way outward from the sides. A stone bench, located below the marble plaque, is part of the monument.
Mr. Albert E. Shirling was an instructor of Biology in the Kansas CityHigh Schools and a naturalist. The monument was located in this natural setting in memory of his work. Inscribed on the marble plaque is the following:
This tract is preserved in its natural state in memory of
ALBERT ELWOOD SHIRLING
Teacher and Naturalist – 1875-1947. Here among the trees, flowers, and wild creatures of this woodland, he inspired an appreciation of nature, unspoiled and undisturbed.
Burroughs Nature Club