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Register by April 5

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (adults) Experience the health and wellness benefits of Shinrin-Yoku, the Japanese practice of experiencing the forest and its health benefits. Commonly know as "forest bathing," this health practice has been growing since the 1980's in Japan and more recently in the U.S. Forest bathing is the immersion into nature by slowing down and being mindful experiencing all of one's senses and the interconnection with natural environment. This relaxing walk around the Discovery Center grounds is approximately 2.5 hrs. and is being offered by Michael Beezhold, certified forest therapy guide. For more information on the practice visit https://www.natureandforesttherapy.org or read the recent article in the February 2019 Missouri Conservationist: Good Medicine from the Great Outdoors. This program will take place rain or shine so wear appropriate clothing, bring a cushion, mat or small tripod stool to sit on and water.

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 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, April 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Cluck, Purr, GOBBLE! The wild turkey is our largest native bird and the sounds of tom turkeys gobbling is a sure sign of spring. Join us as we learn about the history of turkey populations in Missouri and the work that has been done to restore their populations. Bring your turkey calls and learn how to use them with some expert callers. Learn about hunting methods and safety precautions that will help you in the turkey woods. Children can make some turkey art using real turkey feathers.

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 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, April 6, 2019 - 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, April 6, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
What’s perching on that road sign? It’s a red-tailed hawk! Although much smaller than the bald eagle, hawks are one of the most skilled flying hunters in Missouri. Come on in and learn about these aerial critter controllers.

Register by April 9

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line for youngster only (ages 3–5 with an adult)
We all know the bald eagle but what about Missouri’s other raptors? Hawks are smaller than eagles but play a much larger role in the food web. Join us to learn about the fascinating hawks that call Missouri home. Dress to be outside for hawk hike.

Register by April 9

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line for youngster only (ages 3–5 with an adult)
We all know the bald eagle but what about Missouri’s other raptors? Hawks are smaller than eagles but play a much larger role in the food web. Join us to learn about the fascinating hawks that call Missouri home. Dress to be outside for hawk hike.

Register by April 9

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Register by April 8

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Bring the shotgun you want to pattern and your favorite load.

Register by April 10

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line for each family member attending (families with children ages 6+)
Experience the songs of nature in the spring. Frogs are performing every night here at Burr Oak Woods, join us for an exciting evening of amphibious music. We will learn to identify Missouri frogs by their own unique songs and visit several ponds to enjoy their concerts. Dress to be outside.

Date: Friday, April 12, 2019 - 3:00pm to Friday, April 26, 2019 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration requied (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive snakes enjoy their feast every other week. April 10 & 24.

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 8:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Warsaw Comm. Building Habor Room

Registration required. CALL 660-530-5500 TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BEGINS MARCH 5. Participants 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Only open to first time participants.
Participants will learn about conservation efforts with paddlefish, techniques for snagging and go out snagging on Lake of the Ozarks for 2-hours. For more information email Trish.Yasger@mdc.mo.gov

Register by April 10

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Warsaw Comm. Building Habor Room

Registration required. CALL 660-530-5500 TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BEGINS MARCH 5. Participants 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Only open to first time participants.
Participants will learn about conservation efforts with paddlefish, techniques for snagging and go out snagging on Lake of the Ozarks for 2-hours. For more information email Trish.Yasger@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
“They’ll be blooming around the…forest…when they bloom!” Join a naturalist to enjoy the floral delights of the J. Ernest Dun Jr. Discovery Trail with dutchman’s breeches, may apples, trilliums and more. If inclement weather occurs, enjoy a power-point presentation with some beautiful photos of our native wildflowers.

Register by April 12

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line for all family members attending (families with children ages 8+)
Archery and bow hunting are increasing in popularity! Discover the fun of this family activity as parents and kids learn the basics together. We will help you to improve your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately. Dress to be outside. This program will be at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by April 12

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line for all family members attending (families with children ages 8+)
Archery and bow hunting are increasing in popularity! Discover the fun of this family activity as parents and kids learn the basics together. We will help you to improve your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately. Dress to be outside. This program will be at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by April 13

Date: Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

For many anglers fly-fishing can seem intimidating, but with an understanding of the basics you will see that it’s truly not that bad. Join our experienced staff to learn more about what it takes to get started fly fishing today. Instructors will provide an overview of the equipment and casting techniques and allow some time to practice your skills.

Register by April 15

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (adults)
By including a few spring flowers in your recipes, you will add essential nutrients and appealing color to your meals. Discover which edible native wildflowers you can include in your salads, pastries and even ice cubes. Weather permitting a hike is included.

Register by April 16

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line for youngster only (babes under 36 months)
Smell, sight, sound, touch and sometimes taste enable us to explore nature. Help enhance your little ones’ outdoor joy by focusing on one sense at a time. Dress to be outside.

Register by April 17

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 6:00pm to Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 8:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Register by April 17

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 8:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Women Only

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 9:30am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF) will be on site to offer a native plant sale. Grow Native! vendors will be on hand with a wide selection of native flowers, grasses, sedges, shrubs and trees for a variety of growing conditions. Vendors will contribute a percentage of plant sale proceeds to benefit MPF's prairie conservation in Missouri. Visit https://moprairie.org for participating vendors and information about preordering.

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 9:30am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Join us for a day of learning about the wide variety of native plants that can suit your landscaping needs. You will learn about and make a "seed ball" to get an easy head start on planting native seeds of grasses and flowers. You can also learn about native trees and how they can add long-lasting value and beauty to your landscape. We will be giving away free native plant and tree seedlings for you to take home and plant. We will offer guided landscape tours along with opportunities to ask experts for advice on how to improve your landscape with native plants. There will activities for the whole family!

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