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Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (adults) If you're a new homeowner, beginning gardener or just "native-plant curious" - this is the workshop for you! We'll cover the basics: importance of native plants in your garden, tried and true favorite species and simple garden templates you can try at home. Once you get your feet wet you'll never look at your yard the same again!

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 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, March 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Many signs are popping up to let us know spring is just around the corner: frogs are calling, turtles are active and birds are nesting. Going on a hike is a great way to experience the sights and sounds of spring. Come and make a hiking stick to take with you on your next adventure. Classes to create them will begin at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Class size is limited and kids must be with an adult, no registration is required. Come take a hike with us outside or enjoy one of our other spring-time activities inside!

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 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, March 3, 2018 - 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: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (adults) Come and learn a great way to deal with that water logged spot in your yard and do your part for storm water management, or just create a special spot in your yard for more water tolerant plants. Rain gardens are great for the environment and a new way to garden. Learn everything from arrangement to plant selection.

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (adults) Are you a hunter or curious about how to prepare game birds like quail, turkey and pheasant if you were to try hunting? Then this program is for you. Hank Shaw, 2013 James Beard Award winner and author of four best-selling wild game cookbooks, will present a colorful program on getting the most out of your small game, including upland birds, rabbits, squirrels and even furbearers. From properly handling the animal in the field to getting the best tasting dishes out of every morsel, Hank captures it all. Copies of his books will be on sale the evening of the event.

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 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 its 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!

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 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, March 17, 2018 - 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, March 17, 2018 - 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: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (adults) How do you keep your great native landscape looking fantastic? How is native landscape maintenance different from other gardening? Learn the do's and don'ts for maintaining your native garden. Topics covered include: How will the landscape change over time? When to cut back dead heads? Which plants can get an early trim to grow shorter? And easier maintenance begins with good design.

Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 3:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Missouri Prairie Foundation will be on site to offer a native plant and seed sale. Vendors will be available to offer a variety of native plants and seeds for purchase. A percentage of proceeds from plant sales will benefit prairie conservation in Missouri.

Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Join us for a celebration of nature as seen through the eyes of area students. View student artwork portraying nature in their different neighborhoods, talk with some of the artists, then stick around for the awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) For Kansas City, the peak bloom of spring wildflowers happens in April. At the Discovery Center, the native gardens will be bursting with the blooms. Discover what's blooming with guided wildflower walks, nature art and insider information on where to go to see Kansas City's best wildflower displays.

Date: Monday, June 4, 2018 - 8:30am to Friday, June 8, 2018 - 4:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 9-12) Before and after care available beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. Camp and the extended care are both free of charge. Becoming an urban xplorer is as simple as taking a step outdoors. In our summer camp you will xplor the wonders of nature by learning outdoor skills, doing outdoor cooking, visiting an urban cultural site and utilizing nature within art. Field trips will be a part of the xploring where you will get to canoe, fish, hike and xplor a stream. Make plans now to become an urban xplorer this summer. Applications will be available April 2 at the Discovery Center and on our website, https://mdc.mo.gov/discoverycenter. Applications will be accepted through April 23. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by May 1.

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