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Get Outdoors Lenexa

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Saturday, June 13 - Friday, June 20

Join us for an at-your-leisure event in Lenexa parks

In order to keep families safe, we will host this event a little differently this year. We will suggest activities that your family can enjoy together, and an opportunity for everyone to participate in a fishing derby.

Below you will find three family-friendly activities that you can enjoy in Lenexa parks.

In the meantime, sign up the whole family for a week-long, on-your-own fishing derby. We also encourage you to download the free I Like Lenexa App to have all the most up-to-date parks and recreation opportunities in your hands. 

This event is held in conjunction with National Get Outdoors Day, which encourages you to seek out healthy, active outdoor lives and embrace our parks, forests and other public lands and waters.

I Like Lenexa IconEarn points for checking in via the I Like Lenexa App during Get Outdoors Lenexa.  

Fishing Derby

We welcome all ages to participant in an on-your-own fishing derby this year — from Saturday, June 13–Friday, June 20. You will have a full week to visit multiple Lenexa parks and try out different favorite fishing spots. 

We will send participants rules on how to submit proof of catching a fish during the allotted time frame and confirm that it was caught in a Lenexa park. Registration deadline is noon on June 13, 2020.

Register for fishing derby 

We will randomly draw names for all who participate and submit a photo, and give away some fun I Like Lenexa prizes!

Family Activities 

Scavenger Hunts

Who doesn't like a great scavenger hunt? Each of the hunts below can be completed at any outdoor location and have been chosen so every family member can participate and be challenged. Print off the hunt checklists that work for you and get out to visit Lenexa Parks.

Ages 3-6 (PDF) Ages 7+ (PDF)

Public Art Photo-bombing Contest (through July 31) 

Ready to photo-bomb some art pieces? Visit Lenexa’s outdoor public art sculptures, take creative selfies of yourself and/or your family members photo-bombing or being photo-bombed by the public art pieces, and then submit your photo(s) for your chance to win a prize.

Learn more about the photo-bombing contest

Birding in Lenexa

Discover beautiful birds that live in Lenexa in our parks and in your own backyard! View and print off a checklist of birds found in Lenexa using the link below, plus find great resources to help you begin your adventure in birding.
Birding in Lenexa (PDF)

Story Walk (through July 5)

From June 12–July 5, there will be an interactive story available along the soft surface trail of Black Hoof Park (south side of Lake Lenexa). Visitors will start the story just south of the dam and walk toward the Monticello Road bridge. The story, "A Log's Life" by Wendy Pfeffer and Robin Brickman.

Park at the Oak Shelter at Black Hoof Park go to the trail head that is east of the shelter. Walk towards the dam and follow the signs to the Story Walk, it is approximately a half mile from the parking lot to the beginning of the walk. The first sign will start just south of the dam as the woods begin. The story will end closer to Monticello Road. To get back to your vehicle, you will want to cross the Monticello Bridge. Once you cross the bridge you can veer to the right to take the trail the rest of the way around the lake or you can walk on the sidewalk along the road to go back to the parking lot. The total walk is approximately 2 miles, you can take a stroller on the trail but the trail is not easily accessible by wheelchairs.

story walk map


Event Sponsors

  • Bath Fitter
  • Kiewit

Sponsorship opportunities

Contact Information and Cancellations

Jenny Doty, 913.477.7132,

To stay notified of event cancellations, call our notification line at 913.477.7170.