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Date: Saturday, July 20, 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, July 20, 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.

Register by July 22

Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
Summer is a time of plenty for people and nature! Discover how to share in the bounty by learning to make jellies and how to pickle summer’s wild harvest.

Register by July 23

Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 9–11)
Whether you live in the country or the city, bugs are never far away. Join us as we take a closer look into the life of insects and other creepy crawlies and how they help in our everyday lives. Dress to be outside, use insect repellant and sun screen and bring a water bottle.

Register by July 24

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 12–18)
Get ready to put down the worm and bobber and jump into the world of fishing with artificial lures. There are many types, from spinners and divers to spoons and jigs. There are different lures for different fish and different locations to catch them. Join us as we learn the lure types and try to catch some fish. Dress to be outside, use insect repellant and sun screen and bring a water bottle. This program is presented at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by July 24

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Making and shooting slingshots is a fun way for the family to enjoy an afternoon outdoors. With practice a slingshot can also be a useful tool for the taking of small game. Join us for an afternoon as we explore the history of slingshots, some of the different ways to make them and the safe use of them. We’ll also provide some tips on marksmanship and allow a little time to practice.

Register by July 25

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Bethany Falls Pavillion

No registration required (all ages)
Join me to cool off and explore Burr Oak Creek at the same time. We will look closely at one of Missouri’s unique creek dwellers, the crayfish! Bring water bottles and towels. Do not wear a swimsuit. Wear closed-toed shoes (no aqua socks). Program starts at the Bethany Falls parking lot.

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

No registration required (all ages) The Discovery Center's backyard is a six-acre urban oasis for native plants and wildlife. Join the naturalist for a one-hour interpretive walk around our trails. We'll meet the wild and native trees, flowers and animals that make a living right here in the middle of Kansas City!

Date: Saturday, July 27, 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, July 27, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

No registration required (all ages) The Discovery Center's backyard is a six-acre urban oasis for native plants and wildlife. Join the naturalist for a one-hour interpretive walk around our trails. We'll meet the wild and native trees, flowers and animals that make a living right here in the middle of Kansas City!

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

No registration required (all ages) The Discovery Center's backyard is a six-acre urban oasis for native plants and wildlife. Join the naturalist for a one-hour interpretive walk around our trails. We'll meet the wild and native trees, flowers and animals that make a living right here in the middle of Kansas City!

Register by July 30

Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 5:30pm to Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 8:30pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Registration required (Ages 11+; ages 11–17 must be accompanied by an adult)
This program includes firearms safety, operation, shooting fundamentals, maintenance, and safe storage. Equipment and ammunition will be provided; you may bring your own firearm and ammunition to the live-fire session.

Register by August 1

Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Would you like to improve your wing shooting skills using non-toxic shot? Join us in learning the proper way to select the best ammunition and choke combination for different migratory and upland game bird hunting. We will discuss the latest technology on non-toxic shotgun ammunition, how to judge distances and properly pattern your shotgun.

Date: Saturday, August 3, 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, August 3, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Hot weather can slow down the fishing. Cast your luck with us as we explore the art of nature printing. Gyotaku is the traditional Japanese method of printing fish, a practice which dates back to the mid-1800's. This form of nature printing was used by fishermen to record their catches, but has also become an art form of its own. We will use replica fish, textile ink and recycled fabric and t-shirts to create wearable works of art.

Date: Saturday, August 3, 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, August 3, 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.

Register by August 5

Date: Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Registration required (adults) Get outdoors and discover new outdoor skills at Parma Woods Shooting Range. This program will take you back to your childhood as you make your own sling shot and test your shooting skills. Participants will also get to spend time on the shooting range learning how to target shoot .22 caliber rifles. Participants will need to provide their own transportation.

Register by August 9

Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 3:00pm to Friday, August 16, 2019 - 12:00pm

Location: Shawnee Bend Shelter #1

This Clinic is designed for individuals who would like to catfish on Truman Lake, particularly with juglines and trotlines, but need assistance getting started. Each participant will be provided with the materials to make two juglines. Participants will learn about the management of catfish on Truman Lake, how to build juglines and trotlines, get hands-on experience setting and running juglines and trotlines, learn how to clean catfish and get a basic overview of techniques for rod and reel fishing Truman Lake. This clinic will be completed by noon on Friday, participants are encouraged to use the rest of the weekend to catfish on their own. Materials to make additional juglines and trotlines can be purchased in Warsaw, we will assist participants who wish to build additional juglines or trotlines at the conclusion of the clinic.

Participants will be fishing from MDC boats. Everyone attending must possess a valid Missouri fishing license. Personal flotation devices will be provided and must be worn while on the boats.

Chris Brooke 660-885-6981
Mark Miller 660 530 5500

Register by June 21

Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Missouri River Celebration!
August 24, 2019

Many of us drive over the Missouri River daily without giving it a second thought. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to join in on an exploration of Missouri’s most magnificent natural and cultural resource in a canoe, kayak or on a powered pontoon? Join us for one of these floats to celebrate this incredible masterpiece in our own backyard! (Adults only)

Join the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) on the 4th annual Missouri River Masterpiece
MDC will provide canoes, kayaks, paddles, PFD’s, shuttle service and boat lights for the evening float. Reservations required online at: https://mdc.mo.gov/ and hover over the events tab. Search for events in Kansas City.
You must choose both 1 orientation time and 1 float.
August 15 Canoe Orientation at Burr Oak Woods Education Pond: Burr Oak Woods 1401 NW Park Road Blue Springs, MO 64015 (choose one) Wednesday 4:00 – 5:30, 5:30 – 7:00 or 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Attend an orientation at the Burr Oak Woods Education Pond to learn about Missouri River navigation and to brush up on our canoe strokes before we head out on the river. We will prepare you for your choice of the upcoming floats. Must attend to participate in any of the floats.
August 24
The Day Dawns Bright 6:00 am – 9:00 am
It is magic on the river as the sun peeks over the horizon. We will set out in canoes on an 8-mile float trip on the Missouri River from Platte Landing to Kaw Point. Please dress for the weather and bring water and a good flashlight. Bring a simple breakfast to enjoy out on the river.

Day Float on the Wide Missouri 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
We will set out in canoes on a 15-mile float trip on the Missouri River from Kaw Point to LaBenite Park. Please dress for the weather and bring a hat, water and sunscreen. Bring a simple lunch to enjoy out on the river.

A Missouri River Sunset 3:30 – 8:00 pm
This float embarks on a 14-mile float from LaBenite Park to Ft Osage. Experience the warm breezes on your face and the sound of quaking cottonwood leaves during this journey. As the sun lowers in the sky, the Missouri River will take your breath away at sunset! Please dress for the weather and bring a hat, water and sunscreen. Please dress for the weather. Bring bug spray, water and a good flashlight. Bring a simple dinner to enjoy out on the river.

Register by August 16

Date: Friday, August 16, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
Do you have questions and want to learn more about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)? Join the Missouri Department of Conservation, in partnership with the Quality Deer Management Association and the Missouri Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers for a CWD Symposium with Questions & Answers with guest speakers Jason Sumners, MDC Resource Science Division Chief and Kip Adams, QDMA Director of Conservation.
registration now on line or email
Missouri@backcountryhunters.org

Date: Saturday, August 17, 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, August 17, 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, August 17, 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.

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