The naturist philosophy is simple: being nude is natural! Naturists believe that clothing restricts the enjoyment of many activities, yet we are not opposed to wearing them. There are many valid reasons for naturists to wear clothes, such as weather or safety while working. Naturists are not, as some people believe, always nude. To state it simply, the naturist philosophy is "clothed when practical, unclothed when possible."

History of Heartland Naturists

The Heartland Naturists organization has a rich history which started in February of 1982, when thirty local naturists, mainly from the Topeka and Lawrence area, gathered at the home of Webb Garlinghouse to form KNS, or Kansans for a Natural Society. KNS was formed by a group of friends who had skinny dipped at Boy Scout Lake, a former clothes-free swimming area near Lawrence, Kansas before it was closed to the public. KNS was formed with the dual objective of keeping this group of friends together and looking for a new place to sunbathe and skinny dip. In 1997, KNS adopted a new name in order to better reflect the broadened nature of its membership’s geographical area, hence the current name: Heartland Naturists.

Today, the majority of our members live in Kansas City and the surrounding metro area communities. Members are of all ages and backgrounds and are welcomed without discrimination. You will find singles, couples, and families with children at our events.

Our Organization

As a naturist organization we do require nudity, though exceptions to this rule are permitted on a case-by-case basis for women and children. It is our hope that you will be ready to enjoy the freedom of naturism, and that you will feel safe among some of the friendliest people you will ever meet.

Heartland Naturists is a non-landed organization, which means that our organization does not own any land or facilities. Members and guests meet once or twice a month (sometimes more) for nude events, activities, or social gatherings at members' homes or in a facility that we rent for an event. On occasion, Heartland Naturists will travel to other nearby resorts and clubs.

Heartland Naturists is open to all individuals regardless of race, age, handicap, religion, marital status or sexual orientation. All we ask of our visitors and prospective members is that they conduct themselves in a family-friendly manner. Our organization is NOT a sex, swinger, or hook-up club. If this is what you are looking for, please go elsewhere. Sexual conduct of any form will result in a permanent ban from our organization.

Naturists are ordinary people who observe ethics and laws. The only difference is that naturists prefer to be nude when and where it is appropriate. Heartland Naturists is a family-oriented organization. The environment that we wish to encourage at our events is one of safety, comfort, respect, and acceptance where all present (men, women, and children) can relax in a non-threatening environment and participate without fear of inappropriate or unwanted behaviors.

We are always happy to help others discover the exhilaration and freedom that can be found when one loosens the restraints of society and clothing and breaks free from the shackles of body shame.

We appreciate your interest in our organization and we look forward to meeting you. If you have any questions please contact us.

Our Current Board:

  • President - Mark
  • Vice President - George
  • Treasurer - Ray
  • Membership Officer - Janet
  • PR/Media - Michael

Our Constitution shows what we are about.

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