Friends of Lakeside Nature Center, Inc.
4701 E Gregory Blvd.
Kansas City MO 64132
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 513-8960
Fax 816- 513-8964
Mission Statement

Friends of Lakeside Nature Center, Inc., (FOLNC) is the support group for Lakeside Nature Center (LNC) in Swope Park. Lakeside Nature Center provides educational and recreational activities focusing on environmental awareness and conservation of native Missouri plants and animals and their habitats. Conservation activities include environmental education, habitat restoration and urban waterway management. Wildlife rehabilitation is a key component of LNC's mission. Programs are designed to meet the social, cultural, and physical needs of our diverse and changing community for today and for the future. FOLNC has continued in this mission since 1983.

CEO/Executive Director Dan Haus
Board Chair Mr Daniel Haus
Board Chair Company Affiliation Haus Law firm
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1986
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
You can mail a tax-deductible donation  to FOLNC, 4701 E. Gregory, KC, MO 64132 
We are always happy to accept volunteers for rehab of injured Missouri wildlife or support our Conservation Projects and Educational programs.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

Friends of Lakeside Nature Center, Inc., (FOLNC) is the support group for Lakeside Nature Center (LNC) in Swope Park. Lakeside Nature Center provides educational and recreational activities focusing on environmental awareness and conservation of native Missouri plants and animals and their habitats. Conservation activities include environmental education, habitat restoration and urban waterway management. Wildlife rehabilitation is a key component of LNC's mission. Programs are designed to meet the social, cultural, and physical needs of our diverse and changing community for today and for the future. FOLNC has continued in this mission since 1983.

Background Statement Friends of Lakeside Nature Center, Inc. (FOLNC) was organized in 1983, as a group of volunteers who act to support Lakeside Nature Center, an environmental wildlife facility that is a section of the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department. Lakeside Nature Center (LNC) educates the public concerning flora and fauna, and also accepts injured wildlife for rehabilitation purposes. LNC maintains injured and imprinted live specimens of Missouri wildlife on display for educational purposes. FOLNC rehabilitates injured wildlife brought in by area residents. After becoming self-sufficient, these animals are released back into their natural habitat. Friends of Lakeside Nature Center volunteers support Lakeside Nature Center through a broad base of volunteer commitment in all areas of education, conservation, and wildlife rehabilitation. New volunteers are trained on a regular basis for a consistent volunteer base.
Impact Statement
Top Accomplishments for 2018
  • We Continue to offer educational events monthly for area residents at no charge.           
  •  Breakfast with the Beast           
  •  Cash for Critters (fundraiser 
  •  Earth Day --
  •  Celebrating Urban Birds
  •  Wilma's Birthday Party
  •   Bugs Extravaganza--
  •   Kids, water, bugs, fish
  •   What’s out at night
  •   We also train rehab volunteers with extensive hands on mentoring and classroom instruction.
  •    We develop our own instructional materials for rehabilitation and training volunteers.
Top goals for 2019/2020
  • Each year our mews become more important for our aging educational birds of prey as the current mews are falling into disrepair. These birds make a huge impact on our visitors who have rarely - if ever- seen an eagle, barn owl or barred owl up close.  They are a major educational component of Lakeside Nature Center. Learning about these birds of prey gives greater understanding to the visitors who may be sharing their backyards with some of these important creatures. We teach thousands of visitors annually about how we must treasure and save these valued birds of prey so important to our environment. These birds of prey must have a safe environment at Lakeside.  In 2019 and 2020  FOLNC has committed to raising funds to build these mews with community help such as KCPL/Westar and Draw Construction plus many donated volunteer hours to help to construct the mews. FOLNC will need to raise considerable funds to support this important project. We continue to look for fundraising opportunities.
  • Continue to increase our support for Missouri wildlife in need of rehabilitation.
  • We now have additional fundraiser events for the public which brings awareness to area citizens
  •  Events for public participation increase knowledge to visitors.
  • Increase our level of partnership with StoneLion puppets which adds benefit to our Education Program.
  • We increased our participation with KCEEN - Kansas City Environmental Educators Network.
  • We have increased our partnership with the Interpretive Sight Coalition which also benefits our public Educational Programs.
  • FOLNC financed replacing old habitat for reptiles to increase visitor appreciation along with improving enrichment of habit for the caged reptiles.
  • Increased injured wildlife  patients accepted into Lakeside's hospital for rehabilitation required medication and food.  FOLNC continues to support that mission.
  • Critical needs for new housing ( mews) for our educational birds of prey have demanded our commitment to financial support of this major project. This is an urgent mission.
  • FOLNC continues to provide educational opportunities monthly for families to increase their knowledge and appreciation of our wildlife neighbors and their habitats that support them.
  • FOLNC offers training programs four times a year in our continuing quest to train new volunteers to support our mission of Education, Conservation, and Wildlife Rehabilitation.
Needs Statement
  • Funds are desperately needed to help build the mews to house our educational birds of prey living full-time at Lakeside Nature Center. We must have funding for these mews as our birds are of major interest to the visitors.  Where else can you see a hawk or owl up close and learn about how they survive in the wild?  The current mews are in terrible disrepair and must be replaced soon. We just funded new reptile enclosures so they can live in an improved environment.  Families love learning about non-venomous and venomous snakes and their importance in our environment.  Educational programs at Lakeside are far-reaching as we strive to educate families about the wildlife we love to watch and must learn how to cohabitate with in our neighborhoods.
  • Funds for medical supplies for rehabilitated animals.
  • Funds for formula and food to rehabilitate nearly 3,000 injured native wildlife/raptors at Lakeside Nature Center.
  • Financial support for our very important annual education events: Magic Woods, Breakfast with the Beasts, Earth Day,Celebrating Urban Birds, Bugs Extravaganza, Kids, Water, Bugs, Fish, and What’s out at Night.
  • Medicines and medical supplies along with animal food is an ongoing expense supported by Friends of Lakeside Nature Center. These expenses increase each year as more animals are brought into the hospital for care. Medicines and food are continually in need.
  • Educational materials are created to give to the public visiting the center or bringing in injured wildlife.
  • All donations are tax deductible.
Service Categories
Animal Protection & Welfare
Environmental Education
Single Organization Support
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Lakeside Nature Center becomes increasingly important as our natural world decreases. Habitat destruction causes more animals to come in contact with humans. Education concerning native wildlife is critical. Seeing a live eagle, owl, or snake up close to understand its habits and habitats causes a better understanding of our natural world. Hopefully the result will increase appreciation of the value of our native wildlife and its preservation now and for future generations.
Lakeside Nature Center (LNC) is a unique facility located in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri in partnership with the city of KCMO, the MO department of Conservation, and the Department of Natural Resources. Using live educational animals, families have the unique opportunity of seeing these creatures up close. Friends of Lakeside Nature Center (FOLNC) supports LNC as a 501(c )(3)organization in its mission of education, conservation, and wildlife rehabilitation. FOLNC supports the Center through volunteer hours surpassing 22,000 annually. Monthly events bring additional families to the center. 
  • Our goals for this year include improvements in our reptile displays at Lakeside as well as upgrading bird mews for the educational birds of prey kept as permanent residents. We continually strive to improve the gardens and grounds of Lakeside Nature Center.
  • A major accomplishment this year has been the completion of a songbird aviary for the rehabilitation of injured songbirds brought into Lakeside. Working with the Eagle Scouts programs, this important structure was built to successfully raise and release native songbirds.

One of our most important missions is the rehabilitation of injured native MO wildlife. Local and statewide residents bring injured wildlife to Lakeside. The injured birds of prey remain at Lakeside for rehabilitation, but songbirds, mammals, and reptiles are rehabilitated at the homes of trained wildlife rehabilitators. Extensive training is required for volunteers for this special opportunity. FOLNC also provides staff support by answering the telephones during hours the Center is closed. This provides an additional opportunity for FOLNC volunteers to respond to questions by the public. The LNC experience is very important for inner-city youth and families. As our natural world shrinks due to habitat destruction, the environmental opportunities at LNC become even more important and critical to the appreciation of the natural world.

Major annual Blue River Rescue clean-up event supported by hundreds of area volunteers and organizations such as Missouri Department of Conservation, Honeywell, and Department of Natural Resources.This important event originated in the early 1990's with the removal of tons of tires, appliances, furniture, and even cars out of the Blue River. It makes a direct impact on the environment and involves city services to aid in the disposition of all these discarded items by uncaring citizens who choose to dump their items illegally in our rivers and streams.Currently, we do receive grants from Honeywell,  Bayer and the city of Kansas City to support this important environmental project.
The FOLNC Conservation efforts also include affiliations with "Friends of the Big Muddy", "Little Blue Watershed", and "Missouri River Relief".  Volunteers come from all over the city - including entire families!
Category Environment, General/Other Water Pollution Control
Population Served Adults
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Ongoing annual decrease of cars, refrigerators, tires, and other large appliances that are removed from the river.
Long-Term Success Our goal is to maintain a clean environment of the Blue River so area residents can enjoy a pollutant-free river with their families.
Program Success Monitored By Team leaders are assigned to sections of the Blue River to direct volunteers cleaning that area. A monitoring of each section and recording of trash retrieved will reveal effects of our program.
Examples of Program Success Ongoing annual decrease of cars, refrigerators, tires, and other large appliances that are removed from the river. Trash dumping is a huge problem throughout the city, but our PBRR project is making a difference in the environment. It's an ongoing issue.
Earth Day is an annual event at Lakeside along with Bug Extravaganza where we see nearly 1,000 people.  Eagle Days also allows us to connect  with 1,000 people or more. Combined with the weekly Mother Nature Reads program, FOLNC provides all printed materials for these events with crafts such as face-painting, coloring books, and educ. resource information. Additional programs such as Celebrating Urban Birds; Kids, Water, Bugs, and Fish; Breakfast With the Beasts; and Bugs Extravaganza, and What’s Out at Night. FOLNC support provides materials needed to supply crafts and games. Financial support to aid in additional printing costs would greatly enhance these educ. programs. Our annual Cash for Critters allows us to team up with a community musician (Heather Thornton) to entertain and bring in families for the purpose of raising additional money for our programs.
Our program goals are to reach more children and their families throughout the Metro area. Understanding habits and habitat is important in our ever-increasing loss of habitat. Every year we see increased attendance at these events, so we know we are making a difference. Every event is attended with enthusiasm and most are provided free of charge.
Program Budget $5,000.00
Category Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Families
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Our short term success equates to increased public awareness of native Missouri wildlife needs and how the public can engage and help the native wildlife and our environment.  We measure this through increased attendance as well as an increase in our volunteer applications.
Long-Term Success

Long term success from these programs equates to an increased number of participants at events which indicates more metro area children are exposed/educated to the importance of maintaining our wildlife habitats and how the environment impacts everyone. Urban children often have little understanding or interaction with their environment.  Having the opportunity to be in a safe outdoor setting or indoors at Lakeside with live wildlife they rarely - if ever- have seen is an important aspect of their "life enrichment".

Program Success Monitored By The success of the programs are in part measured/monitored by the numbers of wildlife in need of rehabilitation that are brought to the center by a more aware public and successfully released. Monitoring of volunteer applications, number of volunteers who successfully complete our in house training classes and numbers of volunteers that continue to assist for 2 or more years.
Examples of Program Success
Please see Program Description for statistics supporting each of these programs.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Dan Haus
Term Start Jan 2017
Experience The Executive Director is the FOLNC Board President, a volunteer elected by the membership.  None of the volunteers are paid. Term is two years then can be re-elected by the membership.
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 90
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No


  • Missouri Master Naturalists
  • Stone Lion Puppets
  • Kansas City Parks and Recreation
  • Missouri Department of Conservation
  • Dept. of Natural Resources
  • US Fish and Wildlife
  • Bridging the Gap
Environmental Achievement AwardKansas City Environmental Management Commission2011
Keep Kansas City BeautifulBridging the Gap2005
Parks and Recreation AppreciationKansas City Parks and Recreation2004
Award of Honorable MentionAmerican Institute of Architecture1996
Adult Awareness Stream Team # 175 Friends of Lakeside Nature CenterRivers and Streams Conference1995
Environmental Achievement AwardEnvironmental Management Commission of Kansas City2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments The organization is led by the Board President who is elected by the membership every two years.The FOLNC Board consists of Board Chairpersons that are heads of the working committees. We developed a Code of Ethics policy for our ever-changing volunteer base which coordinates with the city of Kansas City's policy as well as any anti-discrimination policy.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr Daniel Haus
Company Affiliation Haus Law firm
Term Jan 2016 to
Board Members
Ms. Debby BarkerCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Denise BarrCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Diane ClarkCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Sharon GoffCommunity Volunteer
Ms Carla Grantcommunity volunteer
Mr. Dan HausLawyer
Ms Debbie Hausretired
Mr. Bill HoelzelCommunity Volunteer
Mrs. JoAnne KelleyCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Larry O'DonnellO'Donnell Painting Co.
Ms Erin ScottCommunity Volunteer
Mrs. Mindy Sidwellcommunity volunteer
Ms. Mary Smeadcommunity volunteer
Ms Cindy WilliamsCommunity Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 8%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Community Outreach / Community Relations
CEO Comments The organization is led by the Board Chairman instead of an Executive Director. The FOLNC Board consists of Board Chairpersons that are actually heads of the committees that make the organization work such as: Wildlife Rehabilitation, Business Development, Education,Conservation, Marketing, and Publications. These chairpersons actually do the work of the organization supported by the membership.  Then this working Board meets six times a year to report on progress and set new goals.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $45,000
Projected Expenses $39,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.    
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$50,208$61,424$54,709
Administration Expense$1,893$741$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.461.260.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses96%99%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$136,068$112,036$95,609
Current Assets$136,068$111,225$94,057
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$136,068$112,036$95,609
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments FOLNC has completed the rehabilitation flight pens for our injured raptors who are in their last stage of rehabilitation before release (which does include eagles). This was a $50,000 commitment from our meager budget.  Our next goal is to build new mews for Lakeside's educational birds of prey.  Their current mews are barely adequate and  very challenging for their comfort/maintenance in winter/summer months. This goal is still our #1 priority, and we are looking at grant opportunities for funding.  The Center has suffered from severe city budget cuts and loss of staff and FOLNC has been asked to support the wildlife hospital budget almost entirely. This increased strain on our budget is supported only by donations from the public bringing in injured animals for rehabilitation purposes. The FOLNC budget remains steady as we receive donations from the public through our Nature's Window quarterly publication and also from the public bringing injured wildlife in for treatment in Lakeside's hospital. Additional expenses  included achieving our goal of upgrading the reptile displays and now we must build the resident bird of prey mews. 
Other Documents
Organization Name Friends of Lakeside Nature Center, Inc.
Address 4701 E Gregory Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64132
Primary Phone (816) 513-8960
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Dan Haus
Board Chair Mr Daniel Haus
Board Chair Company Affiliation Haus Law firm
Year of Incorporation 1986