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Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: MDC Kansas City Regional Office

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day with Missouri Department of Conservation and Ducks Unlimited at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area. Learn how to fish, practice archery and air rifle skills, touch real animal furs, test your wildlife identification skills, take a picture with Smokey Bear to celebrate his 75th birthday, and much more. All ages are welcome. Activities are free. No advance reservations needed; just follow the signs when you arrive to register and pick up a map. For more information, call 816-622-0900.

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) There are many native plants whose fiber can be used to weave rope or cordage. We will experiment with this primitive technology to make ropes and bracelets by braiding fibers of cedar, dogbane, cattails, rattlesnake master and yucca. In a wilderness survival situation this new-found skill will enable you to make fishing lines, bows and arrows and shelters.

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 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, September 28, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Come and try your shotgun skills on the Huntsman! What a challenging way to get ready for bird season!

Register by September 27

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 1:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Hunting squirrels is a time-honored tradition and rite of passage for many youth. 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 including licensing and Hunter Education, if required.

Register by September 30

Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing rod, parts of a fishing rod, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. Equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Ages 5 and above. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Fishing permits are not required to fish during this program.

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 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 October 2

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 2: How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure bait on hooks. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Ages 7 and above. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Register by October 5

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Cane poles are primitive but they are also fun and easy for anyone to use. Especially young children who aren't sure of rod and reel combos yet. Almost anyone can master a cane pole in just a few minutes.

Come out to Prairie Hollow Educational Lake and try your luck with this trusty old equipment that's been catching big fish for thousands of years. All ages are welcome and adults are encouraged to grab a pole and fish along with kids.

We'll help every child build their own cane pole then they can take it home for more fishing adventures after the program.

Poles, tackle, bait, coaches and a basic cane pole fishing lesson will be provided.

Fishing permits are not required for anyone fishing during this program.

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

NATIONALLY AWARD WINNING
SPECIAL EVENT:
An on-the-trail performance of:
Superheroes and the Curse of the Alien Invaders
Walk-in (all ages)
If you listen carefully, you may hear the incredible story of the war between the Superheroes and the Alien Invaders! Meet the Incredible Hulk, Batman, Aqua Girl, Spiderman, Captain Marvel and even Superman along the trail as they battle against the Alien Invaders of Burr Oak Woods! Activities, crafts, prizes and refreshments included! Experts will also be available to discuss some of these troublesome exotic species. There will be something for everyone! Registration is not necessary, but you may pick up tickets for your selected time at the nature center prior to OR on the day of the performance. Trail performances begin approximately every 15 minutes from 4 PM to 7 PM. Each will last 45 minutes. The 8 PM performance will be held in the auditorium. Tickets are limited.

Register by October 7

Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish-Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, participants will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 or 4.

Register by October 8

Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-5 with an adult)
Eww! What’s that smell? Dinner! Come in and learn about one of Missouri’s most overlooked wild animals, the turkey vulture. Using a keen sense of smell, these birds are well adapted to a job that many take for granted. Dress to be outside for a portion of the program.

Register by October 8

Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-5 with an adult)
Eww! What’s that smell? Dinner! Come in and learn about one of Missouri’s most overlooked wild animals, the turkey vulture. Using a keen sense of smell, these birds are well adapted to a job that many take for granted. Dress to be outside for a portion of the program.

Register by October 8

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 4: Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 or 4.

Register by October 7

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: West Platte Fire Station

Come join the Missouri Department of Conservation and the National Wild Turkey Federation for an evening of Free information and services available to landowners. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Topics will include:
• Weston/Iatan Migratory Bird Flyway
• Wildlife Habitat Management in Platte County
• Forest Management Plan Walk-through
• Invasive Species
• Tree Care
• NWTF Presentation

Registration closes 10/6/2019 - Registration may be received by calling Burr Oak Woods Nature Center Tuesday-Friday 8a-4:30p at 816-228-3766.

Register by October 9

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children ages 6–13)
Spiders, snakes, bugs and bats, oh my! Some people are afraid of the creepy critters that live here, but that is mostly because they believe myths that just aren’t true. Join us as we explore these interesting “creepies”. We will bust some myths, meet some critters up close then head out onto the trail to find some in their own habitat. Dress to be outside for a portion of the program.

Date: Friday, October 11, 2019 - 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 week.

Register by October 10

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Registration Required (Women 18+) This program is a safe and fun way for women to enjoy a day of shooting in a friendly, safe environment. This all-day event will cover everything from rifles and pistols to shotguns and archery. It is a great way to introduce you and others to the sport of shooting and to the different shooting disciplines offered. The one-on-one coaching offered by Lake City staff will give you the support needed to obtain the skills of a basic shooter and give you a better understanding of what the shooting sports can offer you. LUNCH WILL NOT BE PROVIDED, SO PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH/SNACKS. Refreshments will be provided.

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
There are more than 300 species of spiders in Missouri. These eight-legged critters can be found in every habitat in Missouri and provide a valuable service to all. Join us as we creep into the eight-legged world of spiders. We will learn about them inside then head out on a trail to see who is hanging around.

Register by October 6

Date: Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Duck Horn Lodge

Participants activities will include instruction in Wing shooting , Duck Calling, and Hunting strategies. Clinic participants will be invited to waterfowl hunt sometime during the youth or regular Duck Season. For More information call 660-885 6981

Register by October 15

Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (babes under 36 months)
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. Meet at the nature center. Dress to be outside. You will hike a ½ mile hike across the Prairie Connector Trail (all-terrain strollers are recommended).

Register by October 17

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 8:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

This class is for Women ONLY!

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Have you ever wondered, why opossums hang around dumpsters, know when trash day is and do they really hang upside down with their naked tails? Discover the answers to those questions and more interesting facts about Missouri’s only marsupial.

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 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 October 19

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond

Fish or Treat - Halloween Fishing for Families - wear your Halloween costume and spend a little family time fishing this Halloween season. Fishing, games and prizes for biggest fish of the day and scariest costume.

Rods, tackle, bait and fishing coaches will be provided.

No fishing permit required to fish during this event.

Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

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