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Registration period: December 6 - February 27
Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2024 9:30 am - Wednesday, February 28, 2024 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
Enrich your life by nature immersion! Warm up with some coffee or tea indoors and enjoy the relaxing sights and sounds of our winter bird visitors. Then, weather permitting, join the Naturalist on an optional birding hike out on the trail. Nature Rx topics to look forward to this year include: archery, atl atl, kayaking, craft and learn and work and learn style programs and more!
Registration period: January 18 - February 29
Date: Thursday, February 29, 2024 6:00 pm - Thursday, February 29, 2024 8:30 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Learn how to get your trusty fishing reels in tip top shape before spring weather arrives.

Learn how to maintain and make minor but common repairs to spincasting, spinning and bait casting reels.

During this program we'll learn how to disassemble, clean, lubricate and make some common repairs on these three common types of fishing reels.

This program is appropriate for adults and children over the age of 9. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Each participant must register separately for this program.

Email the instructor for assistance with registration.

Date: Friday, March 1, 2024 1:00 pm - Friday, March 1, 2024 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (ages 12+) See early signs of spring with a walk around the native gardens at the Discovery Center. Guided by Native Landscape Specialist Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, Outdoor Program Manager with Deep Roots KC, this program features a live look at native plants and seasonal maintenance tips. This program is in partnership with Deep Roots KC. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: January 18 - March 1
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2024 8:00 am - Saturday, March 2, 2024 11:30 am
Location: MDC Kansas City Regional Office

Learn all about catching feisty winter trout and catch a few for dinner.

We'll start the morning off with a trout fishing lesson in the class room at the Kansas City Regional Conservation Office where we'll learn how to catch and clean trout. Then we'll head down to Honker Pond to try our luck catching some hungry trout.

Dress for the weather but if you get cold while you are fishing you can take a break to warm up by the fire and enjoy some hot chocolate.

Only children can fish at Honker Pond but parents and family are welcome to attend and learn along with the kids.

Missouri Department of Conservation will provide all of the equipment, bait, fishing coaches, hot chocolate and a warm fire.

Children do not need a trout permit to fish at this event as long as they plan to release their fish, if they would like to keep the trout that they catch they will need a trout permit. Permits will not be available at this event but they can be purchased online here https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/permits

or at any permit vendor.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

If bad weather is forecast the day of this event it may be postponed. You will be contacted if any changes are necessary.

Dress appropriately for the weather.

Each child that attends the program must be registered separately. Contact instructor for assistance with registration.
Registration period: February 1 - February 29
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2024 8:30 am - Saturday, March 2, 2024 10:30 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Whether you are an experienced turkey hunter or just starting, this class has information that is invaluable to all. We will discuss scouting techniques, setting up your site, how to place decoys, calling turkeys in, shot placement, and so much more. Come join this informative, fun class!

Registration period: January 9 - March 1
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2024 9:00 am - Saturday, March 2, 2024 12:30 pm
Location: J.N. Turkey Kearn Memorial Wildlife Area

Participants will learn about burn equipment, burn line installation, safe weather parameters, ignition operations, and other techniques to safely conduct a prescribed burn. A demonstration burn will be conducted if weather allows, so please dress accordingly with safety glasses, leather boots, leather gloves, and a long sleeve shirt and pants made of natural fibers such as cotton or wool, or ideally, flame-resistant Nomex material. Water and snacks will be provided.

Upon registration, participants are given a link to the virtual/online portion of the prescribed burn course. The online course is a mandatory prerequisite and there is a $25 charge to a third-party host (not MDC). The online course can be completed in approximately 2 – 4 hours. Please bring your certificate of completion and mileage sheet to the Demonstration Field Day.
Registration period: February 2 - March 1
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2024 10:00 am - Saturday, March 2, 2024 11:30 am
Location: Online only
Registration required (adults) Cold, quiet days are a great time to dream of what's in store for your gardens this spring. Have you heard of "right plant, right place"? Understanding our natural plant communities and a little bit of planning can go a long way to create a successful native plant garden. Join us virtually to learn various stages of native landscape design including where to draw inspiration from, how to select the right plants for your space and designing with intent. This program is in partnership with Deep Roots KC.
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2024 10:00 am - Saturday, March 2, 2024 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: February 2 - March 1
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2024 10:00 am - Saturday, March 2, 2024 11:30 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
Turtles are a fascinating and beneficial part of Missouri’s ecosystems! Join The Turtle Ladies, Cindy McManis and Crystal Parson, as they share about a variety of native land and aquatic turtles. Gain insight into the habitats, life cycles, survival skills and specialized structures of these amazing, shelled reptiles. You will have an opportunity to meet 10 different species of turtles, including Missouri’s smallest turtle, the stinkpot and Wilson, the eastern snapping turtle!
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2024 11:30 am - Saturday, March 2, 2024 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.