KANSAS CITY, Mo. – You don’t have to visit Oz to find a night forest full of enchantment and wonder. Especially when your tour guides along the trail are characters from Oz who happen to be nature experts serving adventurers on behalf of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). A free Into the Land of Oz event will be offered by MDC 3:30 to 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, in Blue Springs.
Each autumn, the staff and volunteers at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center find ways to talk about critters, plants, and ecosystems that entertain as well as educate. A guide leads groups along one of the center’s hiking trails through the woods. Along the way, they will perhaps encounter personalities such as Dorothy, Scarecrow or Cowardly Lion talking about topics such as forests and streams, and creatures that ecosystems sustain. They will explain nature’s niches and how people fit within.
Visitors of all ages are welcome. Registration is required. Performances will leave from the Nature Center building every 15 minutes from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and from 6-8:30 p.m.
To register, call 816-228-3766. For information about Burr Oak Woods, visit http://mdc.mo.gov/burroakwoods.