The Parkville Nature Sanctuary is a wildlife preserve and educational site developed and maintained by the City with the help of a group of extraordinary volunteers. It is a 115 acre natural outdoor area made accessible by nearly three miles of hiking trails. Daily operations of the sanctuary are overseen by a part-time director. Call Nature Sanctuary Director Kristen Bontrager at (816) 741-7676 with questions about the sanctuary.
The main entrance of the Parkville Nature Sanctuary is at 12th Street off Highway 9, down the hill from the Platte County Health Department.
- Open every day, sunrise to sunset
- NO dogs or other pets allowed on the trails
- Stay on trails
- Put trash in proper receptacles
- No unauthorized vehicles (including bicycles, skateboards, etc.)
- No fires
- No hunting, fishing, or trapping
- No picking, collecting, or digging
- No firearms
- No camping
- No weddings
The Shelter (known as the Girl Scout Cabin) can be reserved in three-hour increments in the Nature Sanctuary. There is no vehicle access nor utilities available at the shelter. All nature sanctuary rules must be followed. Shelters can be reserved by completing the Shelter Reservation Permit below and emailing it to Nature Sanctuary Director Kristen Bontrager for approval.
- Nature Camp: June 16-18 (Flyer)
- Pumpkin Carving for Ghost Stories: Thursday, October 23
- Ghost Stories: Saturday, October 23
- Trek with Santa (TBD)
Checks may be made out to the Parkville Nature Sanctuary and can dropped off or mailed to Parkville City Hall 8880 Clark Avenue, Parkville, MO, 64152. All donations are tax deductible.
Click to here to make a donation via credit card. Please note that this link will take you to an external payment processing page. All donations are tax deductible.
2021 Volunteer Work Day Opportunities
If you are interested in participating in a volunteer work day from 9 a.m. to noon on the dates below, please contact Kristen Bontrager in advance by Thursday of that week.
- Saturday, July 17: Stream Team #907 Water Quality Monitoring
- Saturday, August 14: Stream Team #907 Water Quality Monitoring
- Saturday, September 25: Stream Team #907 Water Quality Monitoring
Note: The minimum age for the volunteer events is 13 years old.
If you are a Scout and are looking to complete an Eagle Scout Service Project, please contact Kristen Bontrager at (816) 741-7676.
Volunteer Meeting Schedule
Volunteer meetings are held prior to large Parkville Nature Sanctuary Events. All dates subject to change due to COVID-19. This page will be updated regularly, for more information contact Kristen Bontrager at (816) 741-7676.
Friends of Parkville Nature Sanctuary
In 2015, the Friends of Parkville Nature Sanctuary (FOPNS) was founded as a 501(c)(3) to raise funds for projects at the Sanctuary. In the fall of 2018, the group launched its website: friendsofpns.org where visitors can view projects, purchase items or make a donation.
Memorial Tree Grove
Would you like to honor the memory of a special person in your life by planting a tree in their name? The Parkville Nature Sanctuary is creating a Memorial Tree Grove where such remembrances are established. For $750, you can choose from a list of available native species, and write the text that will be placed on a 6” x 6” cast bronze plaque that identifies your tree. Contact PNS Director Kristen Bontrager at 741-7676 or visit the FOPNS website <friendsofpns.org> for more information.
Robert Fluchel Memorial Butterfly Garden Commemorative Bricks
Friends of Parkville Nature Sanctuary is selling commemorative bricks that will be placed around the Robert Fluchel Memorial Butterfly Garden at the entrance to the sanctuary.
Application (PDF link)
2018 Photo Contest Note Cards
Friends of Parkville Nature Sanctuary created 5×7 inch note cards using images from the 2018 photo contest. The cards are blank inside with a short script on the back explaining the Sanctuary, the FOPNS group and the cover photo. Visit the FOPNS Store to purchase these cards.