The Nature Trails are OPEN 8 AM – 5 PM | NO PETS PLEASE

407 N. La Frenz Rd.
Liberty, MO 64068

A place for wildlife and you for 45 years

Be a Friend of the Sanctuary

To help Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary with a personal donation, become a member.

Be a Part Of

Our Mission

The mission of the Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary is to provide:

  • engaging hands-on environmental and natural science education for all ages;
  • biodiversity of native plants and animals through wise management of our natural resources;
  • understanding that all Earth’s inhabitants are part of complex, interdependent ecosystems, and;
  • opportunities for quiet reflection with the natural world.

Happening Now!

Martha Lafite Thompson opened her heart and her Nature Sanctuary for everyone to enjoy. Now open her journal to experience the legendary woman behind the legacy in an immersive exhibit chronicling her extraordinary life.  Please help support Martha Lafite and this exhibit with a donation to the Annual Giving Fund. Click here or on image above to donate now.
Arbor Day Photo

Arbor Day with Daranya and Opal

Saturday, April 29, 2023
10 am to 3 pm with a Tree Hike at 2 pm.
Family fun with live animals, vintage games and crafts!

yellow flowers

Martha's May Day

Saturday, May 6, 2023
10 am to 3 pm with a Wildflower Hike at 2 pm. Plant a wildflower and take it home, while supplies last. Family fun with live animals, vintage games and crafts!

Your Journey

Experience Nature

Experience Nature photo

The area is open for hiking, nature study, birding, photography, sketching and relaxing in the beauty of the natural world.

A Place in Time

History and Pictures

MLTNS has an incredible history that begins with Martha Lafite, extends from the 1996 Center expansion to the enjoyment of nature and programs that are found here today.

1911 – 1975

Martha Lafite Thompson

Leave only footprints,
take only memories

Martha grew up in Liberty and graduated from Liberty High School. She married Omar Thompson, who owned and operated a greenhouse and nursery. In 1954 the Thompsons purchased 53 acres of land, which is now the west section of the Nature Sanctuary.

They enlisted the aid of Audubon members to begin restoration of the property and Martha worked with local attorney, Conn Withers, to establish her vision of the Nature Sanctuary.

For more info on Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary and MLTNS History, click here.

Thank You to our Sponsors

Please help Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary with a personal donation.