Friends of Lakeside Nature Center, Inc.
4701 E Gregory Blvd.
Kansas City MO 64132
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
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 2015/2016:  
  • We now welcome the public to an almost monthly educational event at LNC. We had 10 events in 2015. Those include: 
            --Breakfast with the Beasts
            --Cash for Critters (fundraiser)
            --Earth Day
            --Celebrating Urban Birds
            --Bugs Extravaganza
            --Kids, water, bugs, fish
            --What’s out at night
            --Wilma’s BD Party
            --Magic Woods
            --Heather’s Art Garden
  • We also developed rehab volunteers with extensive hands on mentoring and classroom instruction.
  • We now also develop our own instructional materials for rehabilitation volunteers.
Top goals for 2016/2017: 
  • Build a new education mews habitat for our educational birds of prey that live full-time at Lakeside Nature Center. 
  • Continue to increase our support for Missouri wildlife in need of rehabilitation.
  • We now have several additional fund raiser events for the public
  • Increase donations from public.
  • Added events for public participation.
  • 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.
Needs Statement
  • Funds to help build the mews to house our educational birds of prey living full-time at Lakeside Nature Center.
  • 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.
  • New exhibits are needed at Lakeside for additional educational wildlife exhibits.
  • 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.
  • FOLNC wishes to replace and improve the reptile displays for the exhibit snakes and turtles enjoyed by visitors.
  • Educational materials are created to give to the public visiting the center or bringing in injured wildlife.
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.

Magic Woods is an annual event presented by FOLNC/LNC since the early 90's.  Children learn about wildlife and by learning about their habits and habitats, they can understand these creatures and not feel threatened.   The Coterie Theater Comedy Kids began a partnership with FOLNC by portraying wildlife characters in 2006. They have continued each year through 2017 and have brought an increased attendance from throughout the metropolitan area. Their participation has also broadened their educational backgrounds while having fun talking to the families about the animal they portray. These costumed wildlife characters greet the visitors along the trail assisted by "guides" who direct them to each animal station. Later they are met by "Eco Elvis" who gives his important ecological message through portraying Elvis...very entertaining for the children and families. Inside Lakeside, children progress through different crafts tables and activities teaching them more about native wildlife.
Program Budget $1,000.00
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Wildlife Preservation & Protection
Population Served Families, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
We hope to have a 5% increase in attendance this year vs. last year's total of 800. The opportunity to complete a survey shows us if they are enjoying the experience and learning about the wildlife characters that are portrayed. We continue to see additional visitors from the Kansas City area that are new to Lakeside Nature Center.  They are always so excited to discover this new educational opportunity that is free to the public.
The increase in attendance allow for more revenue that directly supports the feeding and rehabilitation support of native Missouri wildlife. More importantly increases our visibility in the Kansas City metro area and serves as an educational tool for children. 
Long-Term Success Our goal is to inform and educate visitors in a creative format about native Missouri wildlife. Children have little experience or understanding about the world in which they live and are often afraid of things they don't understand. By teaching them about wildlife and providing an opportunity for the children to visit live exhibit animals inside Lakeside Nature, they will become less fearful and have more understanding of the animals that are in their yards and nearby prairies.
Program Success Monitored By
Each child is given a survey as they enjoy treats after going through the "Magic Woods". They tell which animals they like and don't like and also choose a favorite. They list information they learned about the creature. Surveys continue to show increased interest and learning opportunities. 
- Increased number of participants at Magic Woods
- Increased number of return participants 
Examples of Program Success By using a survey, we are able to evaluate the program and presentations. 99% of the time the children and their families enjoy learning about the wildlife characters and always learn something. Most say they are not afraid of them anymore. They also choose their favorite - which is usually the skunk!
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 and has continued through 2017,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.
CEO Comments Magic Woods is a unique and fun event that has been enjoyed by visitors since the early 1990's. By increasing participation of area students as costumed characters, we are able to broaden our educational base. Since many repeat visitors attend, we need to add characters to our "Magic Woods" stations. Additional costumes would provide for more characters and more participation. We also need microphones so the characters's voices can reach the large crowds standing near them. Treats and treat bags for the kids after the event would improve our program.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Dan Haus
Term Start Jan 2015
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.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 90
Paid Contractors 0
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 Dec 2018
Board Members
Ms. Debby Barker Community Volunteer
Ms. Denise Barr Community Volunteer
Ms. Diane Clark Community Volunteer
Ms. Sharon Goff Community Volunteer
Mr. Dan Haus Lawyer
Ms Debbie Haus retired
Mr. Bill Hoelzel Community Volunteer
Mrs. JoAnne Kelley Community Volunteer
Mr Glen McMillian community volunteer
Mr. Larry O'Donnell O'Donnell Painting Co.
Ms Erin Scott Community Volunteer
Ms Mindy Sidwell community volunteer
Ms. Mary Smead community volunteer
Ms Cindy Williams Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 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, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $45,000
Projected Expenses $39,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.    
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$54,709$49,533$41,082
Administration Expense$0$11,710$10,116
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.951.151.15
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%81%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$95,609$98,174$89,016
Current Assets$94,057$95,558$82,677
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$95,609$98,174$89,016
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Bayer Crop Science $5,000Individual Donor $10,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --City of Kansas City, Missouri $5,000City of Kansas City, Missouri $5,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Individual Donor $5,000
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 will include achieving our goals of upgrading the reptile displays and the resident bird of prey mews. 
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