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Reservation required; visit https://www.deeprootskc.org/2020series to reserve your tickets (adults) The purple coneflower is a brilliant example of an easy-to-infuse native plant for home gardens. Learn how to introduce even more local species by utilizing the "Right Plant, Right Place" strategy and boost your garden beds into powerhouses of dynamic beauty, functionality and habitat for wildlife. Join Erin Goss, Designer and Landscaper for Wallflower Design, in St. Louis and start planning your spring gardens.

Native Plants

Registration required (ages 21+) The Discovery Center and Crane Brewing are partnering to bring you a unique experience. This program will begin by focusing on how to collect sap and process it into syrup. Crane Brewing will then demonstrate how syrups have been used in traditional German beers to enhance the flavor and balance. This program will include an opportunity to enjoy small glass tastings. This program will take place at Crane Brewing, 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, MO 64133.

Discover Nature

Registration required (ages 8+; ages 8-15 must be accompanied by a participating adult) The Midwest is home to many plants that lend themselves readily for use as natural cordage which can be woven or braided. Some of our more destructive non-native invasive plants (such as bush honeysuckle) can be removed and used in this way. Learn the basics of making cordage, and work along with the weaving demonstration to make and take a small foraging basket home.

Discover Nature

Registration required (ages 8+; ages 8-15 must be accompanied by a participating adult) The Midwest is home to many plants that lend themselves readily for use as natural cordage which can be woven or braided. Some of our more destructive non-native invasive plants (such as bush honeysuckle) can be removed and used in this way. Learn the basics of making cordage, and work along with the weaving demonstration to make and take a small foraging basket home.

Discover Nature

Walk-in (all ages) Discover HOOO's hiding in your backyard. Secrecy and stealth plus the cover of darkness keep most owls out of sight. Discover which owls might be your neighbors and take home a recycled work of owl art using common discarded junk!

Birds

Walk-in (all ages) Woodcraft is defined as knowledge of the woods, especially in reference to camping, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. Join us in learning useful outdoor skills like how to light a campfire with flint and steel, make a Swedish log fire, swing an axe to split firewood, make rope from native plant cordage and tap a backyard tree for syrup. We will be flipping homemade pancakes with real maple and walnut syrup! Stop by for a sample!

Special Event

Registration required with Mid-Continent Public Library https://www.mymcpl.org/events/61747/introduction-nature-writing (adults 18+)
Poet, essayist, and University of Kansas professor, Megan Kaminski, leads participants through the complexities of nature writing in this workshop. Hosted at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, this unique opportunity helps writers sharpen their skills while deepening their connection with nature. This event is in celebration Aldo Leopold Weekend.

Meetings/Special Use

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 3–5 with an adult)
What is their true name? Do they really eat wood? Do they whistle? Find out the answer to these questions and more as we uncover the interesting adaptations of one of Missouri’s infamous yard diggers.

Little Acorns

Registration required (adults) With a new year comes a new program at the Discovery Center. Good Morning Nature is for all you early risers. This program will meet on the second Friday of each month and will include various nature topics as well as opportunities to learn from each other. February will be all about sap collection and the process to make syrup. There will be ample time outdoors at the Discovery Center as we check the sap buckets and learn about trees that can be tapped.

Trees

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.

Little Acorns

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