Kemper Outdoor Education Center

kids bird watching
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.


Fleming Park
8201 Jasper Bell
Blue Springs, MO 64015
Phone: 816-229-8980


Find it on the map.


April 1 - May 31

  • Monday-Friday
  • 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

  • Monday-Friday
  • 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Closed Labor Day

Nature Trails

The grounds feature nature trails, butterfly and water gardens, wildlife viewing areas, an arboretum, a shelter house, large pond and a day camp site.

Outdoor Classroom

outdoor classroom
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.

X-stream Green 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. 

Educational Workshops

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.

Special Events

The Kemper Outdoor Education Center plays host to the popular Dogtober Fest event.  

Kids ages 2 to 15 show off their angling skills at the Annual Kid's Fishing Derby.

Jacomo Summer Camp

kids swimming at 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.