Kansas City WildLands Long Johns & Loppers at Jerry Smith Park
Saturday, 2/29/20, 1-4 PM

Event Information

Join Bridging The Gap's Kansas City WildLands team and layer up for the 17th Annual Long Johns & Loppers Ecological Restoration Workday! We invite you to join us out on Jackson County's only remnant prairie as we work together to restore its health and resiliency - all while enjoying the beauty of winter on the prairie! During this event, volunteers will work alongside restoration experts to cut and treat invasive woody plants from beautiful, natural communities in the region, helping native flowers and grasses flourish again in these stunning wild areas. No prior experience necessary! Note: There will be a 1/3 mile or more walk to get to the work area. 

Training, tools, gloves and supplies will be provided. Please wear long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes.

Jerry Smith Park Prairie is one of two sites for this year's Long Johns & Loppers event. Learn more about the Blue River Glades workday here.

Volunteer Qualifications

  • You must register online in advance for this workday.
  • You must sign a liability waiver. If 18 or over, you will electronically review and sign during registration. If under 18, you must bring a hardcopy of the waiver signed by a parent/guardian. Click here for a printable waiver if you are under 18.
  • You must bring a water bottle and wear long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes (no sandals). A long-sleeve shirt, layers of clothing, and a hat are also recommended.
  • You must be physically able to walk on rough terrain and bend or kneel.
  • Minimum ages: Individuals aged 11-14 years old must volunteer with engaged adult supervision, 15 or older may volunteer independently. All groups with youth aged 11-17 must have adult supervision.

Contact Information

Please provide a cell phone number that we can text or call in case of cancellation


I am aware that working as a volunteer for a Kansas City WildLands (KCWL) work day is a potentially dangerous activity. I warrant that I have no physical or psychological medical conditions that would create risk(s) for myself or others in connection with this volunteer activity. The volunteer work I may perform will take place in a natural environment with inherent dangers that include, but aren't limited to, exposure to noxious plants, such as poison ivy, snake or insect bites, falls due to uneven ground, stumps, roots, loose footing, etc., and the effects of weather conditions, including high heat and/or humidity, sun, cold, wind, snow, rain or ice. In the event my volunteer activities take place through the use of an automobile or other motorized vehicle or in an office or other setting I understand that there are certain additional and different risks that arise in such atmospheres and this waiver and assumption of risk is intended by me to include any and all such risks. Therefore, I assume any and all risks directly or indirectly associated with working as a KCWL volunteer. I understand that I am solely responsible for my own safety both on the premises and in traveling to and from KCWL work sites.

Being aware of the above facts, and in consideration of being allowed to contribute to the habitat restoration efforts as a volunteer for KCWL, I hereby for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators or anyone else who might claim on my behalf, covenant not to sue, and do release KCWL, Bridging The Gap, Missouri Department of Conservation, and all other KCWL Partnership members including the Land Manager of the site(s) work takes place on, and their representatives, successors or assigns, from any and all claims or liability for death, personal injury or property damage of any kind or nature whatsoever arising out of, or in the course of, my participation as a KCWL or as a Bridging The Gap volunteer.

Additionally, I understand that photos may be taken during the event I am participating in, and I hereby grant Bridging The Gap the right to use and publish photographs of me, or in which I may be included, without compensation, for editorial, trade, promotional, and any other purpose and in any manner and medium and to copyright the same. I hereby release Bridging The Gap from all claims and liability relating to said photographs.

This Waiver of Liability and Assumption of Risks extends to all claims of every kind or nature whatsoever, foreseen or unforeseen, known or unknown.

Revised 3/30/11

Thanks for signing up to help conserve, protect, and restore Kansas City's wild lands. 

Do you have questions? Contact Linda Lehrbaum at linda@bridgingthegap.org or 816-561-1089.