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Registration period: October 27 - December 3
Date: Friday, December 3, 2021 1:00 pm - Friday, December 3, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 14+) Native plants are crucial for wildlife as they prepare for winter. Native plants are not only food sources for birds and mammals, but they also provide overwintering habitat for most of our native insects. Join our native landscape specialists for a walk around the grounds to observe some of these plant/insect relationships. Bring your questions about your own native plantings and learn how you can help the wildlife in your own yard during the winter months. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: October 27 - December 4
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, December 4, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) What's left to identify trees when we no longer have the luxury of examining their leaves? Trees in winter still have many distinguishing features, including bark, buds and leaf scars. We'll trek the Discovery Center's grounds with dichotomous keys in hand to learn how these features vary from one Missouri tree species to the next. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: October 27 - December 4
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 12:30 pm - Saturday, December 4, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) What's left to identify trees when we no longer have the luxury of examining their leaves? Trees in winter still have many distinguishing features, including bark, buds and leaf scars. We'll trek the Discovery Center's grounds with dichotomous keys in hand to learn how these features vary from one Missouri tree species to the next. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: October 27 - December 9
Date: Friday, December 10, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, December 10, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Online only
Registration required (ages 8+) No other birds can do exactly what they can! Join Paige with the Missouri River Bird Observatory to learn how woodpeckers are built for excavating cavities. You won't want to miss out on these amazing adaptations. We will also discuss how to identify the different species of woodpeckers in Missouri and where you can find them.
Registration period: October 27 - December 11
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, December 11, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 9+) If you are interested in becoming a part of the growing world of citizen science, then join us for Citizen Science Saturday. You will start by reviewing how to use iNaturalist, eBird other other bird identification apps. We will then blend technology and our natural habitats to learn how to record encounters with wildlife, connect to specialist in the science world and help gather wildlife data for one of the area winter bird counts. iPhones, iPads, Android phones or tablets are recommended. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: October 27 - December 11
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 12:30 pm - Saturday, December 11, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 9+) If you are interested in becoming a part of the growing world of citizen science, then join us for Citizen Science Saturday. You will start by reviewing how to use iNaturalist, eBird other other bird identification apps. We will then blend technology and our natural habitats to learn how to record encounters with wildlife, connect to specialist in the science world and help gather wildlife data for one of the area winter bird counts. iPhones, iPads, Android phones or tablets are recommended. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021 12:00 pm - Thursday, December 16, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Online only

Every third Thursday at 12pm, we’ll tour the native landscape at MDC’s Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, this monthly series features a live look at native plants of interest throughout the year, This program is a partnership with Deep Roots.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED THROUGH THE DEEP ROOTS WEBSITE: https://deeproots.org/native-plants-at-noon/
Registration period: October 27 - December 16
Date: Friday, December 17, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, December 17, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only
Registration required (ages 3-6) Discovering the amazing natural world is as easy as opening a book! This naturalist led virtual story program is ideal for preschool and kindergarten children and will take them on journeys to learn about wildlife, habitats and more.
Registration period: October 27 - December 18
Date: Saturday, December 18, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, December 18, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) Thinking of making the holidays a little greener this season? Join us for one of the Discovery Center's favorite holiday traditions. Discover how to decorate using native plants and trees. Fashion a festive holiday swag or wreath to hang using red cedar, prairie grasses, wild nuts, berries, seed pods, game bird feathers and your imagination. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: October 27 - December 18
Date: Saturday, December 18, 2021 11:30 am - Saturday, December 18, 2021 12:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) Thinking of making the holidays a little greener this season? Join us for one of the Discovery Center's favorite holiday traditions. Discover how to decorate using native plants and trees. Fashion a festive holiday swag or wreath to hang using red cedar, prairie grasses, wild nuts, berries, seed pods, game bird feathers and your imagination. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: October 27 - December 18
Date: Saturday, December 18, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, December 18, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) Thinking of making the holidays a little greener this season? Join us for one of the Discovery Center's favorite holiday traditions. Discover how to decorate using native plants and trees. Fashion a festive holiday swag or wreath to hang using red cedar, prairie grasses, wild nuts, berries, seed pods, game bird feathers and your imagination. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: December 2 - January 6
Date: Friday, January 7, 2022 10:00 am - Friday, January 7, 2022 10:30 am
Location: Online only
Registration required (ages 3-6) Discovering the amazing natural world is as easy as opening a book! This volunteer naturalist led virtual story program is ideal for preschool and kindergarten children and will take them on journeys to learn about wildlife, habitats and more.
Registration period: December 1 - January 7
Date: Friday, January 7, 2022 1:00 pm - Friday, January 7, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 14+) Find peace and beauty in the many textures, colors and forms in the native plant garden. Join our native landscape specialists for a tour of our resilient and dramatic plantings. Bring your questions and get advice on how and what to add to your garden in spring to gain some winter beauty in your own yard.
Registration period: December 2 - January 8
Date: Saturday, January 8, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, January 8, 2022 11:30 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 5-8) Animal footprints can tell a fantastic story about where animals have been and what they have been doing! Let's explore the snow and see what may be revealed about an animal's journey through the challenges of winter. Tell your own story about a Missouri animal with artwork that takes us along as we follow your animal's footprints through the snow.
Registration period: December 2 - January 8
Date: Saturday, January 8, 2022 12:30 pm - Saturday, January 8, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 5-8) Animal footprints can tell a fantastic story about where animals have been and what they have been doing! Let's explore the snow and see what may be revealed about an animal's journey through the challenges of winter. Tell your own story about a Missouri animal with artwork that takes us along as we follow your animal's footprints through the snow.
Registration period: December 2 - January 15
Date: Saturday, January 15, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, January 15, 2022 11:30 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 8+) Can you identify the tools birds possess and the way they use them to survive in their native habitats? Join us as we learn about the specialized structures and adaptations that help our feathered friends survive January's wintery chill surrounding us in Kansas City! Participate in the hands-on exploration and investigation of different types of skulls and beaks. Dissect an owl pellet and look for the secrets that rest within.
Registration period: December 2 - January 15
Date: Saturday, January 15, 2022 12:30 pm - Saturday, January 15, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 8+) Can you identify the tools birds possess and the way they use them to survive in their native habitats? Join us as we learn about the specialized structures and adaptations that help our feathered friends survive January's wintery chill surrounding us in Kansas City! Participate in the hands-on exploration and investigation of different types of skulls and beaks. Dissect an owl pellet and look for the secrets that rest within.
Date: Thursday, January 20, 2022 12:00 pm - Thursday, January 20, 2022 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
Registration required by visiting https://deeproots.org/native-plants-at-noon/ (adults) Every third Thursday at 12 p.m., we'll tour the native landscape at MDC's Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, this monthly series 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: December 2 - January 20
Date: Friday, January 21, 2022 10:00 am - Friday, January 21, 2022 10:30 am
Location: Online only
Registration required (ages 3-6) Discovering the amazing natural world is as easy as opening a book! This volunteer naturalist led virtual story program is ideal for preschool and kindergarten children and will take them on journeys to learn about wildlife, habitats and more.
Registration period: December 2 - January 22
Date: Saturday, January 22, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, January 22, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 10+) Spring is still weeks away but it's never too early to start thinking about adding native prairie plants to your home landscape and habitat. We'll take a winter cruise around the Discovery Center trails, learn to identify dormant winter plants and trees in the landscape and collect seeds to sow in recycled plastic containers. All participants will take home a "mini greenhouse" of native prairie plants to start growing for a spring planting. Dress appropriately for an outdoor walk.
Registration period: December 2 - January 22
Date: Saturday, January 22, 2022 11:30 am - Saturday, January 22, 2022 12:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 10+) Spring is still weeks away but it's never too early to start thinking about adding native prairie plants to your home landscape and habitat. We'll take a winter cruise around the Discovery Center trails, learn to identify dormant winter plants and trees in the landscape and collect seeds to sow in recycled plastic containers. All participants will take home a "mini greenhouse" of native prairie plants to start growing for a spring planting. Dress appropriately for an outdoor walk.
Registration period: December 2 - January 22
Date: Saturday, January 22, 2022 1:00 pm - Saturday, January 22, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 10+) Spring is still weeks away but it's never too early to start thinking about adding native prairie plants to your home landscape and habitat. We'll take a winter cruise around the Discovery Center trails, learn to identify dormant winter plants and trees in the landscape and collect seeds to sow in recycled plastic containers. All participants will take home a "mini greenhouse" of native prairie plants to start growing for a spring planting. Dress appropriately for an outdoor walk.
Registration period: December 2 - January 28
Date: Saturday, January 29, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, January 29, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Online only
Registration required (adults) Subtle colors and bold textures stand out in the landscape this time of year. Join our native landscape specialist to discuss the beauty and benefits of native plants in winter. We'll focus on plants that provide food and habitat for wildlife as well as create visual winter interest in your own backyard.
Registration period: December 2 - January 29
Date: Saturday, January 29, 2022 2:00 pm - Saturday, January 29, 2022 3:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (adults) Bundle up and join our native landscape specialist to discuss the beauty and benefits of native plants in winter while walking the grounds of the Discovery Center. We'll focus on plants that provide food and habitat for wildlife as well as create visual winter interest in your own backyard.