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Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Just a 10-minute walk from the Plaza shopping area, the Discovery Center is a unique, hands-on, urban conservation education center located on eight acres in the heart of Kansas City.

Cost Per Girl: N/A 
Cost Per Adult: N/A

Registration Requirements:  All girls participating as a Girl Scout in these activities must be registered Girl Scout members. If attending as a troop, all volunteers also need to be registered members and/or have completed and approved background checks. If non-registered individuals (adults or tags) are allowed to participate in this activity supplemental insurance is required. Use the Insurance Purchase Form to purchase insurance at least 3 weeks prior to the event. Completed forms can be emailed to

Additional Information: Please note that the Discovery Center can only do scheduled activities for Missouri Troops due to funding regulations.

Questions/How to Register: Call 816-759-7300 

Additional Information: Typically these workshops are scheduled the first Tuesday evening of each month.  Occasionally Saturday’s can work, depending on the Discovery Center calendar. Call or email to set your visit.



WOW! Wonders of Water Workshop


The Discovery Center is a natural location for Brownie’s to come visit as they work their way through WOW! Wonders of Water!  Come and experience a hands-on demonstration of our watershed model and take a tour of our buildings water conservation features including the living machine, bioswales and rain gardens. A watershed is the land that drains into a river or other body of water. The watershed model shows how land use impacts water quality. Discovery Center is a green building incorporating several water conservation practices. The building has a biological wastewater treatment system called the living machine. It mimics the processes that clean water in a natural wetland. The reconditioned water is reused to flush toilets in the building. In the parking lot, see bioswales which absorb parking lot runoff to water plants rather than going to the sewer. There are several rain gardens which temporarily hold water after a rain to control flooding.


Sow What?


The Discovery Center is a great place for Senior’s to visit as they work their way through Sow What? The facility offers a seed library and has a wide variety of native plants. Come learn the art of seed saving. Learn how to keep seeds from plants this season for growth next season. A thirty minute add on program provides girls the opportunity to plant seeds to create their own urban garden with both food and native seeds.