Kemper Outdoor Education Center
Nestled in the Fleming Park Nature Preserve
on the east side of Lake Jacomo, the Kemper Outdoor Education Center is a haven for nature lovers and educators.
8201 Jasper Bell
Blue Springs, MO 64015
Find it on the map.
April 1 - May 31
- 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Closed Memorial Day
June 1 - August 7
Closed to the public on weekdays while the Jacomo Summer Camp is in session.
August 10- September 25
- 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Closed Labor Day
Nature Center & Nature Trails
Inside the Nature Center you’ll find rock and fossil exhibits, a natural resource library, mounted examples of native wildlife. The grounds feature nature trails, butterfly and water gardens, wildlife viewing areas, an arboretum, a shelter house, large pond and a day camp site.
The Outdoor Classroom offers a valuable resource for hands-on environmental education. Hikers on the Habitat Trail can explore a variety of ecology: wetland, prairie, woodland and cactus glade. Self-guided tours are free of charge.
Kemper Outdoor Educational Field Trips
The Kemper Outdoor Education Center staff offers guided interpretive programs for classrooms, youth groups and organizations. In April, May, August and September, the field trip program offers multi-station outdoor education for 1st to 5th grade classrooms. The interpretive staff conducts programs on Snakes, Bats, Skins and Skulls, Fishing, Recycling, Nature Hikes and much more.
The Kemper Outdoor Education Center also offers Educational Workshops throughout the year for all ages. Click here to view and register for our upcoming Workshops.
The Kemper Outdoor Education Center plays host to the popular Dogtober Fest event, now in its 27th year.
Jacomo Summer Camp
The Kemper Outdoor Education Center is also home to the Jacomo Summer Camp
for ages 6 to 13. This outdoor education/outdoor recreation program promises kids a summer they'll never forget. Activities include swimming, canoeing, kayaking, archery, hiking, camping skills, nature study, field trips, arts and crafts, sports and games.
Weddings and Special Events
The grounds, water gardens and shelter house are available to rent for picnics, family reunions, pool parties and weddings. Click here for wedding rental details.