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Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2023 2:00 pm - Monday, January 30, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Tuesday and Friday. The snakes are fed on the second and fourth Wednesday (January 11 & 25).
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2023 3:00 pm - Tuesday, March 7, 2023 5:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Cost: Free

Pre-registration required (ages 10-18)

Engage in hands-on nature experiences and behind-the-scenes animal care action through a series of programs including outdoor skills, captive animal care and wildlife science.

Spring session is four weeks starting March 20th and ending April 15th.

Must commit to attending a minimum of one weeknight per week plus at least one of the two Saturdays.

First come, first serve with a waiting list utilized.

Pre-register by completing a qualification form and sending it to e-mail burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov or drop off in person at Burr Oak Woods.

Qualification form due by March 7th.

Registration confirmation e-mail will be sent by March 10th. Questions? Call 816-228-3766.

Week 1 · Live Animals and Future Careers

March 20 · Monday · 4:30PM - 6PM OR March 23 · Thursday · 6:30PM - 8PM

Saturday #1 · Outdoor Cooking and Geocache Hunt

March 25 · Saturday · 12:30 - 2PM

Week 2 · Indoor Air Rifles and Animal Care

March 27 · Monday · 4:30PM - 6PM OR March 30 · Thursday · 6:30PM - 8PM

Week 3 · Bushcraft Survival Shelters & Live Animals

April 3 · Monday · 4:30PM - 6PM OR April 6 · Thursday · 6:30PM - 8PM

Week 4 · Project-New Native Garden & Animal Care

April 12 · Wednesday · 4:30PM - 6PM OR April 13 · Thursday · 6:30PM - 8PM

Saturday #2 · Archery, Kayaking and S’mores

April 15 · Saturday · 6:30PM - 8:30PM

Registration period: January 28 - February 25
Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2023 11:30 am - Sunday, February 26, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, call 816-249-3194 for details

Have you just bought a new pistol and want to become more familiar with it? Do you need some help getting started as a new shooter or haven’t shot for a while and want to get back into it? Is there a technique that you want to learn or improve upon? This one-on-one instruction is for you! Participants must provide their own pistol and 100 rounds of ammunition.

Registration period: January 26 - February 23
Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2023 11:30 am - Sunday, February 26, 2023 2:30 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, call 816-249-3194 for details

Shotgun shooting is fun and exciting. If you want to learn about the shotgun fundamentals from the very beginning or improve your skill at skeet, trap or 5-stand, this one-on-one shotgun instruction course is for you! Our instructors will help you get started and work with you on the basics to prepare you for moving on to each discipline. Participants must provide their own shotgun and two (2) full boxes of shells. The shells must be # 7.5, 8 or 9 shot. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Registration period: December 15 - February 23
Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2023 11:30 am - Sunday, February 26, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, call 816-249-3194 for details

The Lake City Shooting Range wants to help you sight in your rifle...for FREE! The instructors will help you get ready for this year’s upcoming deer season, fine-tune your scope or improve on your shooting skills. If you are preparing for a hunt, bring the rifle and ammunition you plan to use during the hunt.

Registration period: December 15 - February 3
Date: Friday, February 3, 2023 1:00 pm - Friday, February 3, 2023 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 14+) February is a great time to gear up for spring planting. Bed prep, plant choice and layout design are all very important to the success of native plant gardens. Visit with our native landscape specialists to get tips on how to prep for spring. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Date: Friday, February 3, 2023 2:00 pm - Tuesday, February 28, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday. The snakes are fed every other week.
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, February 4, 2023 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (ages 3-6) Discovering the amazing natural world is as easy as opening a book! This volunteer naturalist led story program is ideal for preschool - kindergarten children and will take them on journeys to learn about wildlife, habitats and more. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, February 4, 2023 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (all ages) It seems like there are very few animals outside this time of year...learn more about what happens to animals in the winter. Do they hide? Do they leave? Come investigate and find out! If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: January 4 - February 1
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, February 4, 2023 11:30 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
Owls have always been an animal of mystery so how can we learn more about them? The best way is by dissecting an owl pellet! We will learn about this nocturnal creature’s secrets and participants will be able to keep the pellet contents if they wish.
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023 11:30 am - Saturday, February 4, 2023 12:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (ages 3-6) Discovering the amazing natural world is as easy as opening a book! This volunteer naturalist led story program is ideal for preschool - kindergarten children and will take them on journeys to learn about wildlife, habitats and more. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: November 4 - February 6
Date: Monday, February 6, 2023 2:00 pm - Monday, February 6, 2023 3:30 pm
Location: Clinton MDC Office

Our ancestors utilized many parts of deer they harvested. Many products such as candles, skin moisturizing heel balms, soaps, fire starters, etc. can be made from deer fat (tallow). Come learn how to convert deer fat into a soothing heel balm and candles!

At this 1.5 hr. hands-on workshop, you will bring and work with frozen deer fat from deer you or your classmates have harvested this season. We will have fat available to demonstrate techniques and you will take home a sample of heel balm, a candle, and a fire starter. A handout with recipes and directions for heel balm, body butter, candles, and fire starters will be provided.

Wear old clothes and bring a rubber apron, if you have one. A heavy trash bag can be used in place of an apron. Bring along the fat from your harvested deer to add to the melting pot in class. After harvesting and skinning your deer, remove the hard, waxy fat from the back of the deer and around the kidneys and freeze. We will not be using the soft fat from around the meat and bones for this class.
Registration period: November 4 - February 6
Date: Monday, February 6, 2023 5:30 pm - Monday, February 6, 2023 7:00 pm
Location: Clinton MDC Office

Our ancestors utilized many parts of deer they harvested. Many products such as candles, skin moisturizing heel balms, soaps, fire starters, etc. can be made from deer fat (tallow). Come learn how to convert deer fat into a soothing heel balm and candles!

At this 1.5 hr. hands-on workshop, you will bring and work with frozen deer fat from deer you or your classmates have harvested this season. We will have fat available to demonstrate techniques and you will take home a sample of heel balm, a candle, and a fire starter. A handout with recipes and directions for heel balm, body butter, candles, and fire starters will be provided.

Wear old clothes and bring a rubber apron, if you have one. A heavy trash bag can be used in place of an apron. Bring along the fat from your harvested deer to add to the melting pot in class. After harvesting and skinning your deer, remove the hard, waxy fat from the back of the deer and around the kidneys and freeze. We will not be using the soft fat from around the meat and bones for this class.

Registration period: November 4 - February 6
Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 10:30 am - Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00 pm
Location: Lost Valley Hatchery

Our ancestors utilized many parts of deer they harvested. Many products such as candles, skin moisturizing heel balms, soaps, fire starters, etc. can be made from deer fat (tallow). Come learn how to convert deer fat into a soothing heel balm and candles!

At this 1.5 hr. hands-on workshop, you will bring and work with frozen deer fat from deer you or your classmates have harvested this season. We will have fat available to demonstrate techniques and you will take home a sample of heel balm, a candle, and a fire starter. A handout with recipes and directions for heel balm, body butter, candles, and fire starters will be provided.

Wear old clothes and bring a rubber apron, if you have one. A heavy trash bag can be used in place of an apron. Bring along the fat from your harvested deer to add to the melting pot in class. After harvesting and skinning your deer, remove the hard, waxy fat from the back of the deer and around the kidneys and freeze. We will not be using the soft fat from around the meat and bones for this class.

Registration period: November 4 - February 6
Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 1:00 pm - Tuesday, February 7, 2023 2:30 pm
Location: Lost Valley Hatchery

Our ancestors utilized many parts of deer they harvested. Many products such as candles, skin moisturizing heel balms, soaps, fire starters, etc. can be made from deer fat (tallow). Come learn how to convert deer fat into a soothing heel balm and candles!

At this 1.5 hr. hands-on workshop, you will bring and work with frozen deer fat from deer you or your classmates have harvested this season. We will have fat available to demonstrate techniques and you will take home a sample of heel balm, a candle, and a fire starter. A handout with recipes and directions for heel balm, body butter, candles, and fire starters will be provided.

Wear old clothes and bring a rubber apron, if you have one. A heavy trash bag can be used in place of an apron. Bring along the fat from your harvested deer to add to the melting pot in class. After harvesting and skinning your deer, remove the hard, waxy fat from the back of the deer and around the kidneys and freeze. We will not be using the soft fat from around the meat and bones for this class.

Registration period: January 26 - February 9
Date: Thursday, February 9, 2023 6:00 pm - Thursday, February 9, 2023 8:00 pm
Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range
With literally thousands to choose from, choosing the right firearm for you can seem like a daunting task. Our range staff is often asked what gun is the best to buy. The answer generally given is, “it depends.” Join our certified firearms instructors as we take you through a systematic approach to choosing the right gun for you.
Registration period: January 5 - February 10
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, February 11, 2023 11:30 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
Animal tracks tell a story about where an animal has been and where it is going. How do you know what animal made which footprint? Join us as we put on our detective caps and create notebooks to learn about different animal tracks.
Registration period: December 15 - February 11
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, February 11, 2023 11:30 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 8+) Winter is full of wonder and processing tree sap into syrup is one of those wonders. This program will cover the basics of tree selection, collection and processing to turn that watery sap into delicious syrup. A portion of this program will be outdoors so dress for the weather and be ready to get sappy. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: December 15 - February 11
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2023 12:30 pm - Saturday, February 11, 2023 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 8+) Winter is full of wonder and processing tree sap into syrup is one of those wonders. This program will cover the basics of tree selection, collection and processing to turn that watery sap into delicious syrup. A portion of this program will be outdoors so dress for the weather and be ready to get sappy. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: January 27 - February 13
Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2023 10:00 am - Tuesday, February 14, 2023 11:00 am
Location: Lost Valley Hatchery
Nothing beats the cold like a warm, comforting mug of tea. Join us for a sip of tea on the wild side! We will learn how to find, identify, harvest and prepare teas and other wild edibles, including white pine, sumac, spicebush, and elderflower. We will have shagbark hickory and maple syrup available to sweeten things up.
Registration period: January 27 - February 13
Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2023 1:00 pm - Tuesday, February 14, 2023 2:00 pm
Location: Lost Valley Hatchery
Nothing beats the cold like a warm, comforting mug of tea. Join us for a sip of tea on the wild side! We will learn how to find, identify, harvest and prepare teas and other wild edibles, including white pine, sumac, spicebush, and elderflower. We will have shagbark hickory and maple syrup available to sweeten things up.
Registration period: January 27 - February 13
Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2023 10:00 am - Wednesday, February 15, 2023 11:00 am
Location: Clinton MDC Office
Nothing beats the cold like a warm, comforting mug of tea. Join us for a sip of tea on the wild side! We will learn how to find, identify, harvest and prepare teas and other wild edibles, including white pine, sumac, spicebush, and elderflower. We will have shagbark hickory and maple syrup available to sweeten things up.
Registration period: January 27 - February 13
Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2023 1:00 pm - Wednesday, February 15, 2023 2:00 pm
Location: Clinton MDC Office
Nothing beats the cold like a warm, comforting mug of tea. Join us for a sip of tea on the wild side! We will learn how to find, identify, harvest and prepare teas and other wild edibles, including white pine, sumac, spicebush, and elderflower. We will have shagbark hickory and maple syrup available to sweeten things up.
Registration period: December 15 - February 16
Date: Thursday, February 16, 2023 12:00 pm - Thursday, February 16, 2023 1:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required by visiting https://deeproots.org/native-plants-at-noon/ (adults) Tour the native landscape at MDC's Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by Native Landscape Specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, this program features a live look at native plants of interest throughout the year plus landscaping tips and tricks. This program is a partnership with Deep Roots.
Registration period: January 26 - February 17
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2023 8:30 am - Saturday, February 18, 2023 12:30 pm
Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range
This class covers the basic equipment, materials, and techniques needed to reload ammunition and customize the loads to your firearms. We will demonstrate the process and then give you some hands-on experience reloading ammunition. All equipment and materials are provided.