Events

Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 03:00 pm - Oct 29, 2016 03:30 pm

Walk-in (all ages) Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday. The snakes will be fed every other Friday (Oct 14 & 28). For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Location: Parma Woods Range
Date: Oct 07, 2016 06:00 pm - Oct 08, 2016 11:30 am

INTRODUCTION TO FIREARMS
OCTOBER 7 / FRIDAY / 6:00-9:00 PM and OCTOBER 8 / THURSDAY / 8:30-11:30 AM
Registration required (Ages 11+; ages 11–17 must be accompanied by an adult)
Staying safe around firearms requires the appropriate level of knowledge and skill combined with a positive attitude. Join our certified firearms instructors as we explore the fun of shooting in a safe and controlled environment. This course will cover all major types of firearms and will include live fire. You may register at 816-891-9941

Reserve by Oct 06, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 08, 2016 12:30 pm - Oct 08, 2016 03:30 pm

Required Orientation
October 8 · Saturday · 12:30-3:30 PM
Registration required beginning Sept 1 by calling 816-228-3766(women and girls 14-17 when accompanied by an adult women participant) This orientation is a prerequisite to attend the Intermediate Backpacking Trip on Oct. 15 & 16, 2016. Participants must attend and complete a test hike which includes a one-hour backpack hike up and down small hills on a natural trail. You may check out equipment if needed. First come, first served. Learn what to bring and what to expect.
Intermediate Backpacking Trip
October 15 & 16 · Saturday & Sunday · 7 AM-6 PM
Orientation attendance and completion of test hike required
Embark on an amazing journey to a land of dolomite glades, rock bridges, karst and sinkholes…also known as the Missouri Ozarks. We will hike a seven mile backpack loop that is rated as moderate in difficulty. This trip involves carrying a 30 lb. backpack up and down hills across rocky terrain.

Reserve by Sep 29, 2016
Location: Parma Woods Range
Date: Oct 09, 2016 01:00 pm - Oct 09, 2016 07:00 pm

DISCOVER NATURE — FAMILY SQUIRREL HUNTING CLINIC
OCTOBER 9 / SUNDAY / 1:00-7:00 PM
Registration required (All Ages)
Hunting squirrels is a time honored tradition and rite of passage for many youths. It is also a great way to spend time as a family and provide meat for the table. Join our team of experienced hunters as we teach you everything you need to know to find success hunting squirrels. We’ll talk about regulations, equipment, how to find squirrels, and what to do if you take a few. This class does involve an actual hunting experience, so all participants must meet any legal requirements for hunting. You may register at 816-891-9941

Reserve by Oct 08, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 11, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 11, 2016 11:00 am

Registration required (0-36 months with an adult) Don’t miss the fun! Hike out with your little one to the Bethany Falls Trail, voted #1 in Kansas City! “Falls” refer to the unique limestone boulders that we will explore. We’ll stop to play and take pictures. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Oct 07, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 12, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 12, 2016 11:00 am

Registration required (3-5 with an adult) Big snakes, little snakes, fast snakes and slow. How are they different? What do they have in common? Join us to learn more! For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Oct 10, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 12, 2016 06:30 pm - Oct 12, 2016 08:00 pm

Registration required (7-13) Have you ever wandered through the woods? Come out for an evening of forest exploring! We will explore the plants and animals that thrive in the forest, observe the forest layers and learn about how foresters measure trees to study them. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Oct 10, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 13, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 13, 2016 11:00 am

Registration required (3-5 with an adult) Big snakes, little snakes, fast snakes and slow. How are they different? What do they have in common? Join us to learn more! For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Oct 11, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Oct 14, 2016 06:00 pm - Oct 14, 2016 09:00 pm

Walk-in (all ages) HOWLoween is back and we want you to
join the fun! Discovering nature’s creepy creatures is just part of the nighttime fun. Take a hike on the Wild Side Walk to get up close with some of Missouri’s nocturnal wildlife. Kids will have a howling good time exploring nature stations like Track or Treat, The Bone Yard, The Bat Cave and more. It will be a howling fun, free and unforgettable event for the entire family.

Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 15, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 15, 2016 03:00 pm

Registration required (11+; youngsters 11-15 must be accompanied by an adult) Have you thought about hunting, but just don’t know where to start? Deer hunting is a challenging, yet exciting Missouri tradition. Come out to Burr Oak Woods and learn the basics of pursuing white-tailed deer. We will cover everything from scouting locations to hunting methods and processing your own deer and more. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Oct 13, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Oct 18, 2016 06:00 pm - Oct 18, 2016 07:30 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 Oct 16, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Oct 18, 2016 06:30 pm - Oct 18, 2016 08:30 pm

Registration required beginning September 20 by calling 816-759-7300 (adults) October is for the birds! Learn how to clean a wild turkey and a Canada goose. Then learn the best ways to prepare these two delicious birds as Alex Pope and Matt Kafka of “The Local Pig” demonstrate their skills in turning honks and gobbles into yummy morsels! A $20.00 per person refundable deposit is required to hold your spot.

Reserve by Oct 17, 2016
Location: Parma Woods Range
Date: Oct 19, 2016 06:00 pm - Oct 19, 2016 10:00 pm

CREATING CARTRIDGES: METALLIC RELOADING BASICS
OCTOBER 19 / WEDNESDAY / 6:00-10:00 PM
Registration required (Ages 11+; ages 11-17 must be accompanied by an adult)
Reloading cartridges is a great way to enjoy your firearms even after the season is over. Whether your goals include squeezing out additional accuracy or shooting more for less money, this class will give you the foundation needed to start making safe cartridges right away. You may register at 816-891-9941

Reserve by Oct 18, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 22, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 22, 2016 11:00 am

Registration required (3-5 with an adult) Big snakes, little snakes, fast snakes and slow. How are they different? What do they have in common? Join us to learn more! For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Oct 20, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Oct 25, 2016 06:30 pm - Oct 25, 2016 08:00 pm

October 25 & November 1 · Tuesday · 6:30–8 PM (pre-trip training)
November 5–6 · Saturday–Sunday · All Day (backpacking trip)
Registration required by calling 816-759-7300 (adults)Backpacking is an outdoor skill that allows you to experience the beauty and peace of nature. The Discovery Center staff will be offering an introduction to backpacking program that will teach you the skills needed to backpack, what is needed and how to pack. There will be two required pre-trip programs followed by a weekend backpacking trip where you will experience the colors of fall from the trail.

Reserve by Oct 23, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 27, 2016 06:00 pm - Oct 27, 2016 08:00 pm

Registration required (adults) The autumn leaves and the boundless stars will be our only canopy. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable experience as we savor the bounty of a wild autumn harvest, sip warm and wild native teas, and then sit back to listen to wild tales around the campfire. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Oct 25, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 29, 2016 11:00 am - Oct 29, 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: Oct 29, 2016 01:00 pm - Oct 29, 2016 03:00 pm

Registration required (adults; youth are welcome when accompanied by a participating adult) It is deer season, and for many Missourians, that means fun, outdoor adventure and a freezer full of venison! Join us as we dig in to some great recipes including sausage, jerky, and other tasty treats. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Oct 27, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Nov 15, 2016 06:30 pm - Nov 15, 2016 08:30 pm

Registration required beginning October 18 by calling 816-759-7300 (adults) Deer season is underway and tonight is the night to learn how to skin and butcher a whitetail deer. We’ll turn the best cuts over to Chef Jasper Mirabile of “Jasper’s Ristorante”, and Chefs Rick Mullins and Mickey Priolo of “Soil Collective.” They will show you how to take backstrap and shoulder roasts to a whole new, scrumptious level. A $20.00 per person refundable deposit is required to hold your spot.

Reserve by Nov 14, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Dec 20, 2016 06:30 pm - Dec 20, 2016 08:30 pm

Registration required beginning November 15 by calling 816-759-7300 (adults) Learn how to pluck a duck and break it down to manageable pieces. Then Chef Martin Heuser of “Affäre Restaurant” will be preparing our birds in delectable ways that will make you want to learn how to use a duck call! A $20.00 per person refundable deposit is required to hold your spot.

Reserve by Dec 19, 2016

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