MDC offers text updates for activities at Nature Centers

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Kansas City, Mo. – Everything is up to date in Kansas City, including how the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) provides updates about events and happenings at the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center and the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center. Both MDC sites are now offering text message alerts. Subscribers will receive up to six texts a month to remind them of free events, or perhaps to note interesting nature tidbits, such as frost flowers appearing in winter or rare bird sightings in summer.

   To sign up for Discovery Center texts, text the words “MDC Discovery” to 468311. The Center at 4750 Troost Ave. in Kansas City offers educational programs year round for all ages. Many visitors enjoy strolling on the short trail loops in the outdoor garden to enjoy wildlife, native wildflowers, prairie grasses, flowering native shrubs and native trees. The Center has a natural play area for children. For more information, call 816-759-7300 or visit

   To receive notices from Burr Oak Woods, text the words “MDC Woods” to 468311. Burr Oak Woods at 1401 N.W. Park Road in Blue Springs offers educational programs, indoor nature exhibits, hiking trails, a natural play area for children and a large aquarium with native Missouri fishes. For more information, call 816-228-3766 or visit

   Information about conservation and programs at Burr Oak Woods, Discovery Center, Lake City Shooting Range and Parma Woods Shooting Range is also available in the KC Nature & You newsletter. The newsletter is available by regular postal mail or via e-mail. To subscribe, visit

   MDC connects people with nature, and as spring arrives, it’s a great time to visit Nature Centers and conservation areas in the Kansas City area.