Events

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 09:30 am - Sep 17, 2016 02:30 pm

Walk-in (all ages) Missouri Prairie Foundation will be on site
for Monarch Mania to offer a native plant sale. Missouri Wildflowers Nursery will be providing a variety of native flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees to purchase. If you wish
to preorder your choices, contact Missouri Wildflowers Nursery at 573-496-3492 or mowldflrs@socket.net. A percentage of proceeds from plant sales will benefit prairie conservation in Missouri.

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 17, 2016 11:00 am

Walk-in (ages 3–8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other
magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 11:00 am - Sep 17, 2016 12:00 pm

Walk-in (ages 3–8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other
magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 01:00 pm - Sep 17, 2016 02:00 pm

Walk-in (ages 3–8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other
magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 01:00 pm - Sep 17, 2016 03:00 pm

Registration required with one adult for every six scouts (any scout group with ages 7-17) Calling all scouts! Jump into nature fun with this amazing program series. Meet a Naturalist to learn about careers in conservation, see live animals up-close and learn about endangered and extinct species. This month, we will focus on bugs and aquatic animals. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Sep 15, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Sep 20, 2016 04:00 pm - Sep 20, 2016 08:00 pm

Registration required (Scouts) Scout leaders, are you lacking expertise or equipment to complete conservation badges? Bring your troop to the Discovery Center and education staff will provide a program to help Scouts with rank achievement. All Missouri Scout groups of 10-24 participants are welcome to schedule a free program. Please contact Steve Jacobsen at 816-759-7305 ext. 1146 or steve.jacobsen@mdc.mo.gov to learn more about how we can help and to schedule a program.

Reserve by Sep 18, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center Pond, Blue Springs
Date: Sep 20, 2016 05:30 pm - Sep 20, 2016 07:30 pm

Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish-Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, participants will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 or 4. For reservations, please call (816) 622-0900. For more information on Discover Nature – Fishing, please visit http://mdc.mo.gov/node/27175

Reserve by Sep 15, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Sep 20, 2016 06:30 pm - Sep 20, 2016 08:30 pm

Registration required beginning August 16 by calling 816-759-7300 (adults)Bushytails, bass and bluegill will be on the menu with dishes being prepared by Chef Martin Heuser of “Affäre Restaurant” and Chef Calvin Davis of “Soil Collective.” Learn how to skin a squirrel and fillet a fish to take advantage of some of the most common game in Missouri. A $20.00 per person refundable deposit is required to hold your spot.

Reserve by Sep 19, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Sep 21, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 21, 2016 01:00 pm

Registration required by calling 816-759-7300 (home school students ages 8+) It’s been a long, hot summer; let’s spend a
cool day on the river! Join us as we explore the wonders of a local stream. We will try our luck at bank fishing, dip netting for aquatic invertebrates and hiking the floodplain forest. We’ll wrap it all up with lunch on the gravel bar;
we’ll provide hotdogs and s’mores, and you provide your own sides. Bring your old shoes, bug spray/sunscreen and a water bottle… the rest will be provided.

Reserve by Sep 18, 2016
Location: James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area, Picnic Pavilion, Lees Summit
Date: Sep 22, 2016 06:00 pm - Sep 22, 2016 07:30 pm

Cleaning fish is easy with the right tools and a little practice. Learn how to take your catch from the lake to the table using electric fillet knives. Ages 15 and older with an adult. Class will be held at the picnic pavilion near the old headquarters building at James A. Reed MWA. Space is limited. Call 816 622-0900 to register.

Reserve by Sep 19, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Sep 22, 2016 06:30 pm - Sep 22, 2016 08:00 pm

Registration required (7-13) Who lives in a pond? Fish, frogs and even insects all call ponds home. Join us as we discover the wild communities in the Burr Oak Woods pond. We will be fishing, frogging and using nets to catch aquatic insects and other invertebrates. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Sep 19, 2016
Location: James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area, Prairie Hollow Lake, Lees Summit
Date: Sep 23, 2016 06:00 pm - Sep 23, 2016 07:30 pm

Have you always wanted to learn how the pros use one of these rods and reels? Come to this clinic to learn how to set a bait caster and spinning reel. We will teach you the basics of casting without the backlashes. Ages 12 and up (children ages 12-15 must be accompanied by an adult). Space is limited. Call 816-622-0900 to register.

Reserve by Sep 20, 2016
Location: Lake City Range
Date: Sep 24, 2016 08:00 am - Sep 24, 2016 11:30 am

Registration required. (Ages 18+) This course continues where the Basic Pistol course ends. The topics of discussion include purchasing and owning a firearm, ammunition facts, cleaning and storage of your firearm. We also will work more on your marksmanship skills on the range. To register or for more information, call 816-249-3194.

Reserve by Sep 16, 2016
Location: James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area, Lees Summit
Date: Sep 24, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 24, 2016 03:00 pm

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day with Missouri Department of Conservation and Ducks Unlimited at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area. Learn how to fish and watch a fly tying demo, explore the duck wing maze, see retriever dogs in action, practice archery, atlatl, air rifle and shotgun skills, touch real animal furs, test your wildlife identification skills and much more. All ages are welcome. Activities are free. No advance reservations needed; just follow the signs when you arrive to register and pick up a map. For more information, call 816-622-0900.

Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Sep 24, 2016 11:00 am - Sep 24, 2016 12:00 pm

Walk-in (ages 2+) Join us for story hour as we venture on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Sep 24, 2016 01:00 pm - Sep 24, 2016 02:00 pm

No registration required (all ages) Box turtles, red-eared sliders and snapping turtles, OH MY! We will see them all and learn some fascinating facts about each of them. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Location: Parma Woods Range
Date: Sep 25, 2016 09:00 am - Sep 25, 2016 04:00 pm

FALL TURKEY HUNTING WORKSHOP
SEPTEMBER 25 / SUNDAY / 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Registration required (Ages 11+; ages 11-17 must be accompanied by an adult)
The month of October offers hunters a crack at harvesting their own turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, but few turkey hunters take advantage of the opportunity. Turkey habits change throughout the year making fall turkey hunting much different than spring turkey hunting. Attend this clinic to learn the differences and what it takes to get your turkey dinner. You may register by phone at 816-891-9941

Reserve by Sep 24, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Sep 27, 2016 01:00 pm - Sep 27, 2016 03:00 pm

Registration required (adults) Discover pawpaws, persimmons and other native fruits. We will take an identification hike and then learn to prepare delicious dishes from nature’s bounty. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Sep 22, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center Pond, Blue Springs
Date: Sep 27, 2016 05:30 pm - Sep 27, 2016 07:30 pm

Lesson 4: Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 or 4. For reservations, please call (816) 622-0900. For more information on Discover Nature – Fishing, please visit http://mdc.mo.gov/node/27175

Reserve by Sep 22, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 01, 2016 02:30 pm

Walk-in (all ages) Quack! Quack! Honk! Honk! Join us for a day
of learning about the upcoming waterfowl migrations and hunting seasons. Bring your duck and goose calls to practice and get advice from experienced hunters. Learn how to set a spread
of decoys to
get those birds
in close. Watch
trained dogs from
the Kansas City
Hunting Retriever
Club demonstrate
their skills and
learn how to train
your dog to be a more effective retriever.
You can also learn some of the waterfowl
hunting opportunities available in Missouri
and how to manage a wetland to attract and
benefit waterfowl.

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 01, 2016 11:00 am

Walk-in (ages 3–8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other
magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 11:00 am - Oct 01, 2016 12:00 pm

Walk-in (ages 3–8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other
magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 12:00 pm - Oct 01, 2016 04:00 pm

Join the Discovery Center staff at the Harvest Moon Festival located on Troost Avenue between 31st and Linwood. This
family friendly street fair will feature live entertainment, arts, crafts and storytelling. The Discovery Center staff will be at the festival from noon until 4 p.m. so stop by,
and try out the fun activity we will have.

Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 12:00 pm - Oct 01, 2016 07:30 pm

Matinee · Noon-3:30 PM (final matinee tour departs at 3:30 PM)
Meet & Greet · 4:30-5 PM
Evening · 6-7:30PM (final evening tour departs at 7:30 PM)
No registration required (all ages) Strange things are happening in the forest. We’ve heard unusual sounds coming from the Missouri Tree Trail and something that looks like a space ship just landed! Let’s check it out. You never know what or who we might find! Join us in celebrating the forest with many of your favorite Star Wars characters along the trail such as Hans Solo, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader as we discover all the important jobs that trees do on this planet! For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 01:00 pm - Oct 01, 2016 02:00 pm

Walk-in (ages 3–8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other
magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

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