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Date: Saturday, January 4, 2020 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday.

Register by January 24

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Many of the top deer hunters scout for deer throughout all the seasons. Winter is one of the best times to scout for several reasons. Join our staff of experienced deer hunters and scouters to learn a few tips that will help you notch your deer tag next season.

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Join 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail hiker, Lisa Richter, to discover some great backpacking trails in Missouri! Learn how to carry everything you need for a multi-day trip on your back. Program will include hands-on activities outside, weather permitting.

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Learn how to light up a dreary winter night with a homemade ice globe. We will use various molds like buckets and balloons combined with natural objects like leaves and pinecones to create beautiful winter luminaries to brighten our nighttime winter landscape.

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)
Join us for story hour as we lead you 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 fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Fish, forests and wildlife are important resources in Missouri. Walk-in anytime to learn about these resources and create some cool wearable art on fabric you bring or use paper provided. Every half hour, join the naturalist for a hike to look for tracks and signs of winter wildlife (as weather allows).

Register by January 29

Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Beavers, otters, mink, and muskrats are common furbearers that are seldom seen due to their habits and habitats. Beavers, otters, and muskrats can also cause a lot of damage to lakes and ponds if left unchecked. Learn the basics of setting traps to catch these animals in this seminar.

Date: Friday, January 31, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive snakes enjoy their feast every other Friday.

Register by January 31

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Ice fishing is a fun way to get outdoors and enjoy a cold winter day. Join us for an ice fishing lesson and a couple hours out on the ice catching fish.

We'll start the morning off at the Kansas City Regional Conservation Office where we will learn about ice fishing equipment and techniques as well as ice fishing and winter fishing safety. Then we'll head down to Prairie Hollow Lake for a fishing opportunity out on the ice.

Missouri Department of Conservation will provide equipment, bait, and fishing coaches. Dress warm and bring your own snacks and drinks to help you keep warm.

Fishing permits are not required to fish during this program.

Safe ice will be necessary for this program. In the event that weather and ice conditions are not acceptable for this program participant will be contacted.

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

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.

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Owls are without a doubt some of the most fascinating raptors we have the experience to observe in Missouri! Discover the mysteries of these regal birds as you observe live animal exhibits and participate in hands-on activities. Dissect an owl pellet to look for the treasures that lie within. Special live animal guests will be joining us from Lakeside Nature Center throughout the day. Whoooo knows, you may learn to speak their language! It'll be a hoot!

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Missouri River Bird Observatory staff and Burr Oak Woods partner in an on-going project to identify and track the birds that come to our feeders each winter. From the resident chickadees and cardinals to the migrating juncos and sparrows, we capture, apply colored bands and release these fascinating creatures. Once banded and recorded, you will be able to track individual birds through this and future seasons. This program is weather permitting.

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

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.

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

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.

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 3:00pm to Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

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.

Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

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. Presented in partnership with Deep Roots. Advance tickets are required.

Register by February 3

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Paracord weaving has become very popular in the past few years. Have you ever wanted to make your own key fob or survivor bracelet? This class will show you the basics of paracord weaving; we supply a variety of colors and beads to make your own creation, then take it with you!

Date: Friday, February 7, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Do you have questions on how to utilize and care for native plants on your landscape? The Discovery Center Landscape Specialists will be available to answer your questions and provide education on various aspects of working with native plants.

Register by February 7

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Animals leave tracks everywhere they go. It takes a keen eye to notice them and a little knowledge to know what they are. Visit Parma Woods as we take a closer look at animal tracks and the animals that leave their footprints in Missouri. We will make some tracks of our own and then go find some animal tracks, so dress for the weather.

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The details in what nature offers in winter is beautiful. Take some time to appreciate those details while creating a Valentine's card for someone special using materials that nature provides. Or create a piece of seed paper you can give to your loved one to plant with local native seed. A gift that keeps on giving. We will supply seeds, leaves and other bits of nature, you provide the creativity.

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
It’s almost time for wildlife babies again! What would happen if before picking up the phone or moving an animal you knew whether it really needs our help. Come learn some tips on determining if that baby animal requires “rescuing” or not. (Baby Season Part 2, Saturday, March 21, 2020, 10 AM-2PM)

Register by February 8

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 11:00am to Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 10:30am

Location: Fountain Buffs Sports Complex

Come out and learn all about winter trout fishing.

This will be a two part program with a trout fishing lesson at the Liberty Mid Continent Library 1000 Kent St, Liberty, MO 64068, and a trout fishing opportunity at one of the Fountain Bluff Sports Complex fishing ponds, 2200 Old State Hwy 210, Liberty, MO 64068.

The library lesson will begin at 11:00 am, Saturday February 8th in the Liberty
Mid Continent Library meeting area. Lesson instructors will share information about trout fishing equipment, methods, favorite techniques and winter fishing safety.

The second part of this program will be a fishing opportunity at Fountain Bluff Sports Complex, (Saturday February 15th, 8:00am - 10:30am) where
we will try our hands a catching some winter trout.

Missouri Department of Conservation will provide all necessary equipment, bait, tackle and fishing coaches.

Dress for the current weather conditions.

Fishing permits are not required to fish during this program as long as participants DO NOT plan to keep fish. If participants DO plans to keep their fish they will need a valid Missouri trout fishing permit.

The library trout fishing lesson will take place regardless of weather conditions but in the event of bad weather on the day of the fishing opportunity at Fountain Bluff that part of the program may be postponed. Participants will be contacted if changes are made.

Register by February 11

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children ages 6–13)
Join us to discover the mysterious world of owls. Owls have incredible adaptations that make them awesome nocturnal hunters. We will learn about these amazing birds, dissect some owl pellets and even go outside and call to find out just WHOOOO lives at Burr Oak Woods.

Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Nature Center Visitors
Burr Oak Woods nature center and state office will be closed for the state holiday on observance of the
Holiday-Lincoln Day. The area and trail will be available for your enjoyment 7 AM-6 PM daily.

Register by February 14

Date: Friday, February 14, 2020 - 7:00am to 9:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

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.

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