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Tall Oaks Conference Center


The Tall Oaks Conference Center is a year round camp/retreat center owned by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Greater K.C. located on 340 acres of mostly riparian forest 30 miles west of downtown Kansas City.

Over 300 groups use Tall Oaks each year ranging from mostly youth groups in the summer, including 15 Disciples camps, to adult usage the rest of the year. Other groups who make Tall Oaks home for a short period are:

Seven special needs camps during the summer include: NAI (Muscular Dystrophy), ADA (Diabetes), 3 autism/Asperger camps, sickle cell anemia youth, foster children and children coping with grief issues.

Craft Groups:   Many adult groups for quilting, scrapbooking, photography, and creative painting workshops have found a home at Tall Oaks.

Educational Groups: Many public school and college groups use Tall Oaks for field trips and experiential learning.

Tall Oaks boasts two of the best educational and recreational programs in the area – our OAKS Program and Equestrian program.

The OAKS Program(Outdoor Adventure Kansas). It is an experiential program challenge course which uses three different levels of activities to teach teamwork, bonding, problem solving and leadership. It incorporates physical activity and communicative cooperation. The first level is ground games which are activities that groups do out on a lawn or in a meeting room space. The second level has over 15 low challenge course elements that are done on low apparatus and do not take special safety equipment. Then there is the high challenge. The zip line and 2 line bridge are up in the trees and use harness, belaying ropes and helmets.

The Tall Oaks Equestrian program is an education experience with horses. These activities range from grooming experiences and/or pony rides for the youngest riders, to arena training events of several levels, to trail rides on our beautiful woodland trails.

Whether it be a meditative walk through our labyrinth or wandering our wooded trails, Tall Oaks has many outdoor areas for communing with nature and God and it is considered “Holy Ground” for many who come here whether using the site for a religious retreat or other type of event.

Tall Oaks has an excellent food service staff that can meet the needs of about any type of group request as well as special menu needs. Holiday banquets are our specialty in November and December.