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Date: Friday, September 2, 2022 2:00 pm - Friday, September 30, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
Registration period: September 1 - September 29
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022 8:30 am - Saturday, October 1, 2022 10:30 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
Just in time for hunting season! In this seminar we will discuss how to select the right optic, options for mounting it and how to mount it. Then we’ll discuss how to bore sight and zero your new scope.
Registration period: August 16 - October 1
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, October 1, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (all ages) Did you know your own backyard is home to a variety of wildlife? Discover characteristics and fun facts about backyard wildlife. Then make your own wildlife identification field guide to help you explore your own backyard. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: August 16 - October 1
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, October 1, 2022 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.
Registration period: September 8 - October 1
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, October 1, 2022 1:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond

Join us for a morning of fishing fun to celebrate Burr Oak Woods Nature Center's 40th birthday. We'll do a short fishing lesson and then we'll spend a couple hours fishing. We'll also have some fishing themed games, lots of prizes and a drawing for a fishing rod and tackle box. This program is appropriate for adults and families with children of all ages. Equipment, bait and fishing coaches will be provided. Participants DO NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program.

This morning fishing program will end just in time for participants to join in and enjoy other anniversary celebration activities that will be taking place at the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center through our the afternoon.

Due to limited space, each participant mush register this fishing program separately. Email the instructor for assistance with registration.

Registration period: September 23 - October 25
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022 11:00 am - Sunday, October 30, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
The Lake City Shooting Range wants to help you sight in your hunting rifle...for FREE! The instructors will help you ready to hunt, 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. THIS CLASS IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! Please call 816-249-3194 to make an appointment.
Registration period: September 9 - October 28
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022 11:00 am - Sunday, October 30, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
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! THIS CLASS IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! Participants must provide their own pistol and 100 rounds of ammunition. For more information or to make an appointment, call 816-249-3194.
Registration period: September 9 - October 30
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022 11:00 am - Sunday, October 30, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
Shotgun shooting is fun and exciting. Whether you want to learn about the shotgun fundamentals from the very beginning or improve your skills on the skeet, trap or 5-stand ranges, 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. THIS CLASS IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! Please call 816-249-3194 to make an appointment. You must provide your 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: August 16 - October 1
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022 11:30 am - Saturday, October 1, 2022 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.
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022 2:00 pm - Saturday, October 1, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)

Come one, Come all! Join us as we celebrate Burr Oak Woods Nature Centers 40th anniversary with a conservation carnival. For the last four decades we have helped the people of this community learn about and explore nature. Come out and enjoy some fun carnival style games, enjoy fair food at the food trucks, or test your skills at such events as archery, air rifles and atlatl. You will also be able to check out some animal oddities and be on the lookout for costumed critters walking around!

Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 2:00 pm - Monday, October 31, 2022 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 the second and fourth Wednesdays. (12th and 26th)
Registration period: August 16 - October 4
Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 6:00 pm - Tuesday, October 4, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (all ages) Whether you are a painter or like to admire artwork at the Discovery Center come join us for the culmination of the Brush Creek Art Walk! Starting at 6:00 p.m. awards will be handed out to the hardworking artists followed by a meet and greet. Artwork will be on display through the end of October. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: September 1 - October 4
Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2022 10:00 am - Wednesday, October 5, 2022 11:30 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
Don’t miss the fun! Hike out with your little one to the Bethany Falls Trail, voted #1 in Kansas City! The “Falls” refer to the unique limestone boulders that we will explore. We’ll stop to play and take pictures.
Registration period: September 19 - October 6
Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022 10:00 am - Thursday, October 6, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Lost Valley Hatchery
The environment around us is full of materials that can be used to make things. Knowing how to turn natural materials into tools can be useful in a variety of wilderness situations. In this class we will learn how to create cordage, or rope. We will learn what qualities makes a plant a good choice for cordage and will transform dried plant material into rope. Time and weather permitting, we will gather and prepare plant material for you to take home and dry to make rope. Dress to go outside in tall grass and get dirty.
Registration period: September 19 - October 6
Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022 1:00 pm - Thursday, October 6, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Lost Valley Hatchery
The environment around us is full of materials that can be used to make things. Knowing how to turn natural materials into tools can be useful in a variety of wilderness situations. In this class we will learn how to create cordage, or rope. We will learn what qualities makes a plant a good choice for cordage and will transform dried plant material into rope. Time and weather permitting, we will gather and prepare plant material for you to take home and dry to make rope. Dress to go outside in tall grass and get dirty.
Registration period: August 16 - October 7
Date: Friday, October 7, 2022 1:00 pm - Friday, October 7, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 14+) Blooms begin to shift into striking seedheads as fall begins to settle in. Join our native landscape specialists for a walk around the grounds of the Discovery Center where we will appreciate the shapes and textures of fall landscapes and discuss maintenance techniques for native gardens. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: September 15 - October 6
Date: Saturday, October 8, 2022 8:00 am - Saturday, October 8, 2022 10:30 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
This program is designed for those who have had some experience with shotguns. We’ll cover safety, appropriate firearms and ammunition, rules of the game, etiquette on the field, and field layout. Firearms and ammunition will be provided, or you may bring your own.
Registration period: August 16 - October 8
Date: Saturday, October 8, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, October 8, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (all ages) Different songbirds have different feeding habitats. Join us as we lean about the feeding habitats of songbirds in Missouri and how to plan a bird-feeding station. By choosing the right seed for your bird-feeding station and landscaping with plants that furnish cover and additional food, you can enjoy watching birds in your backyard all year long! Each family participating will be able to make a platform birdfeeder. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: September 8 - October 7
Date: Saturday, October 8, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, October 8, 2022 11:30 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
Archery and bow hunting continue to grow in popularity! During this beginner’s archery class, we will teach and practice the basics and help you perfect your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately. All equipment is provided.
Registration period: September 28 - October 10
Date: Monday, October 10, 2022 10:00 am - Monday, October 10, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Lost Valley Hatchery

Join us for some fishing fun at Lost Valley Hatchery’s Education Pond on Columbus Day from 10-Noon. The pond is stocked with channel catfish and hybrid sunfish. The event is open to all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

All equipment and bait will be provided or you are welcome to bring your own fishing equipment and any baits not carried in water. This event is catch and release only. Staff and volunteers will be on site to assist anglers. Inclement weather may cancel the event.

Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2022 2:30 pm - Tuesday, October 11, 2022 4:30 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
Enrich your life by nature immersion to reduce stress, boost immunity, lower blood pressure, improve sleep and many more possible health benefits. Bathe in the dappled sunlight and inhale the complex aroma of the forest in autumn! “Hug” a tree, learn how many ways trees and forests help people and enjoy five sensory stations to experience the forest in a new way.
Registration period: August 17 - October 10
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2022 5:30 pm - Tuesday, October 11, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range
The crossbow is not a new technology, but it is a very effective hunting tool that can now be utilized by nearly anyone who would like to give crossbow hunting a try. This class is designed to complement the growing trend of crossbow use. Our instructors will provide some basic safety instruction, crossbow facts, and give everyone a chance to try a crossbow.
Registration period: September 1 - October 11
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 10:00 am - Wednesday, October 12, 2022 11:30 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
Don’t miss the fun! Hike out with your little one to the Bethany Falls Trail, voted #1 in Kansas City! The “Falls” refer to the unique limestone boulders that we will explore. We’ll stop to play and take pictures.
Registration period: September 13 - October 13
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022 1:00 pm - Saturday, October 15, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Lost Valley Hatchery

Paracord bracelets are not only fashionable, but can be useful survival tools in the outdoors. Join us as we walk you through each step of making your own paracord survival bracelet. All materials will be provided. Class is limited to those ages 10 and up.

Registration period: August 16 - October 15
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022 5:00 pm - Saturday, October 15, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (all ages) HOWLoween is back and we want you to join the fun! The Discovery Center and KCPD along with several neighborhood partners will provide nighttime fun for all ages. Take a hike on the Wild Side Walk to get up close with some of Missouri's nocturnal wildlife. Kids will have a howling good time exploring nature stations like Track or Treat, The Bone Yard, Buggy Bistro, Operation Wildlife and much more. It will be a howling fun, free and unforgettable event for the entire family. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.