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Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Enhance your landscapes with native plants. Green Thumb Gardens and Missouri Wildflowers Nursery will be on site with native plants for sale while supplies last.

Register by March 19

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 8:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

This is a novice class for people who have little or no experience in handling and shooting a handgun. Topics covered include safety in the home, types of handguns, different parts of the handgun, calibers, ammunition and marksmanship. Class includes range time. You may bring your own firearm or use ours.

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Does that baby animal need help? Join us as we continue learning about animal moms and their babies. This month special guests from Wild Souls Rehab & Rescue share some tips on determining if that baby animal requires “rescuing” or not.

Date: Saturday, March 21, 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.

Register by March 23

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
As you prepare for foraging in nature for those delicate spring wildflowers and early greens, discover tips to build your plant identification skills.

Register by March 24

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 12-18)
It’s an eat or be eaten world out there and everything in nature has a job to do. We will investigate how all things living are a part of nature’s dynamic food web. Plus, we will learn about our role and how our actions effect the cycles of life.

Register by March 24

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 6-8)
It’s an eat or be eaten world out there and everything in nature has a job to do. We will investigate how all things living are a part of nature’s dynamic food web. Plus, we will learn about our role and how our actions effect the cycles of life.

Register by March 24

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 3-5 with an adult)
Spring is the busiest baby season for wildlife! Throughout the year, when we look outside, we may see critters here and there, but right now animals seem to be everywhere! Let’s meet a few!

Register by March 24

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 9-11)
It’s an eat or be eaten world out there and everything in nature has a job to do. We will investigate how all things living are a part of nature’s dynamic food web. Plus, we will learn about our role and how our actions effect the cycles of life.

Register by March 24

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 6-8)
It’s an eat or be eaten world out there and everything in nature has a job to do. We will investigate how all things living are a part of nature’s dynamic food web. Plus, we will learn about our role and how our actions effect the cycles of life.

Register by March 24

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 9-11)
It’s an eat or be eaten world out there and everything in nature has a job to do. We will investigate how all things living are a part of nature’s dynamic food web. Plus, we will learn about our role and how our actions effect the cycles of life.

Register by March 24

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 3-5 with an adult)
Spring is the busiest baby season for wildlife! Throughout the year, when we look outside, we may see critters here and there, but right now animals seem to be everywhere! Let’s meet a few!

Register by March 24

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 5:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Date: Friday, March 27, 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 week.

Register by March 20

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 8:00am to 1:00pm

Location: UCM Shooting Range

Activities will include Shotgun Patterning, Crossbow, Hunting Techniques , and Fishing. Participants in the clinic are also eligible to participate in a mentored hunt during youth weekend ( limited availability) Registering for the clinic does not automatically register you for the hunt! After registering for the clinic contact Scott Brandt @ 660-238-2994 to check availability and register for the Hunt.

Register by March 26

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Patterning your shotgun is a very important part of hunting that is overlooked by many hunters. We will discuss the principles of how to use different ammunition and chokes to achieve the most effective pattern for your shotgun.

Date: Saturday, March 28, 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 March 26

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each attending (all ages)
Butterflies are important and amazing creatures in the web of life. Enjoy an indoor obstacle course and craft as you learn about a butterflies’ life cycle and the cool species that call Missouri home. First 12 families that arrive for each session will receive a free live plant.

Register by March 26

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each attending (all ages)
Butterflies are important and amazing creatures in the web of life. Enjoy an indoor obstacle course and craft as you learn about a butterflies’ life cycle and the cool species that call Missouri home. First 12 families that arrive for each session will receive a free live plant.

Register by March 29

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Bass Pro Shop

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2020 - 8:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Warsaw Comm. Building Habor Room

Registration required. CALL 660-530-5500 TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BEGINS MARCH 10 at 8am. 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 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Warsaw Comm. Building Habor Room

Registration required. CALL 660-530-5500 TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BEGINS MARCH 10 at 8am. 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, June 20, 2020 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

MDC is accepting applications for a free, one-day Discover Nature Youth Camp on Saturday, June 20 in Lee’s Summit at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. This camp is aimed at teaching youth ages 11 to 15 how to explore Missouri’s diverse outdoors using skills such as fishing, firearms safety, shooting, and water safety. Space is limited to the first 16 girls and 16 boys that submit completed and signed applications. Participants accepted to attend must complete the first portion of MDC’s hunter education class online and submit results to MDC prior to the camp. The final portion of hunter education will be completed during camp. The deadline to apply is May 1.

To request an application or for more information, contact Conservation Agent Brian Bartlett at 816- 835-6087, brian.bartlett@mdc.mo.gov or call the Kansas City Regional Office at 816-622-0900. Applications may be picked up at MDC public offices in the Kansas City area.

Register by July 22

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Platte Ridge Park

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. 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 July 29

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

Location: Platte Ridge Park

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.
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 & 4.

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