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Register by February 13

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

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

This is a Women's ONLY class. Instructors will provide information on the different types of firearms, ammunition, marksmanship skills and care and cleaning, pus much more. There will be a live-fire session; bring your own firearm or use ours!

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

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!

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

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
What does it take to work for the Missouri Department of Conservation? We’ll explore what this agency does and why it is important and fun. Gain insight and knowledge on how to get involved and attain the “dream” job you’ve been waiting for.

Date: Saturday, February 15, 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 15, 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 15, 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.

Register by February 18

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

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.

Register by February 18

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

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.

Register by February 18

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 5:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Register by February 19

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

With literally thousands of options, it can sometimes be difficult to choose the right scope for you. In this seminar, we will talk about how to go about selecting the right optic for you, options for mounting it, and how to mount it. Then we'll discuss how to bore sight and zero your new scope.

Register by February 21

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Crane Brewing

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.

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

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!

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
In our culture of a supermarket in every neighborhood, it is almost magical and spectacular to be able to make something delicious to eat out of some liquid flowing out of a tree. Savor this wonder of nature by learning how to tap trees, collect sap and make delicious syrup from native trees.

Date: Friday, February 28, 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 February 28

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Looking for shed deer antlers is a great way to spend time outdoors with your family. Attend this session for a few tips and tricks when searching for antlers. We'll briefly cover deer biology and what you should be looking for. Afterwards we'll head out for a shed hunt of our own so dress accordingly.

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
The Eastern bluebird is the state symbol and a symbol of conservation success in Missouri. Join us as we look at the bluebird’s history, success and future in Missouri. Plus, learn how you can attract these ‘patriotic’ birds to your backyard.

Register by February 26

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

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.

Date: Saturday, February 29, 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.

Register by February 29

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

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.

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 3:00pm to Saturday, March 28, 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.

Register by March 6

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: MDC Kansas City Regional Office

Learn everything you need to know about catching winter trout.

Join us for a winter trout fishing lesson at the Kansas City Regional Conservation Office where we'll learn how to catch and clean winter trout. After the lesson we'll head down to Plover Lake and spend a couple hours trying our luck at catching some hungry trout.

Dress for the weather and bring your own snacks and drinks. Missouri Department of Conservation will provide equipment, tackle, bait and fishing coaches.

Fishing permits are not required to fish during this event as long as participants DO NOT plan to keep the trout that they catch. If participants would like to keep their trout they WILL need a trout permit.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

In the event of bad weather on the day of this program we will go ahead with the inside fishing lesson but the outdoor fishing opportunity may be postponed. Participants will be contacted if changes are necessary.

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The state bird of Missouri is often associated with cheerfulness! Some say it's song sounds like "Cheer Cheerful Charmer." Perhaps that is why the Eastern bluebird is commonly thought of as a symbol of happiness. Join us at the Discovery Center as we learn to identify, foster and monitor Missouri's beautiful state bird!

Register by March 7

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 10+) Bluebirds are year-round residents in Missouri. They usually begin nesting the first half of March. Perfect timing for this project! Would you like to help increase the local bluebird population while having many hours of enjoyment watching our beautiful state bird? Register for this session and you will build a bluebird house of your own!

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

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.

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Mushrooms are a delight for animals and people alike! Explore the realm of the fungi and learn what role they play in our environment and which may be a good addition to your dinner plate. We will be joined by Kansas City Mycological Society President, Brittany Martinez. Foray hike in the woods of Burr Oak Woods to follow presentation (bring bag suitable for mushroom collecting if attending hike).

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