Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center is offering the following programs in July. The Nature Center is located at 1401 N.W Park Road in Blue Springs. All activities are free, but registration is required, unless otherwise noted. Call 816-228-3766.
• What's for Dinner, for all ages, 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Discover what Burr Oak Woods feeds its captive amphibians, fish and turtle. The snakes will be fed July 11 and 25. Walk-ins welcome.
• Water World, for ages 6 and older, 10 to 11:30 a.m. July 5. It's a whole other world beneath the surface of a pond or stream. Learn about the mysterious and wondrous things that lay beneath the surface as we sample a stream to discover what thrives there.
• Cooking Wild: Pan Fish, for adults, 1 to 2:30 p.m. July 12. A panfish is any fish, including bluegill, redear sunfish, crappie and many others that fit into a frying pan. Learn about catching, cleaning, cooking and eating these wonderful fish.
• Wild Ones: Discover Purslane, for adults, 1 to 3 p.m. July 15. Discover purslane at the Grable Farm in Sibley. Get to know this nutritious wild plant during a tour of a Missouri River bottom garden. Purslane is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids!
• Intermediate Canoeing, for ages 10 to 18, 6 to 8 p.m. July 16. You learned how to canoe at the Burr Oak Woods Outdoor Skills Camp, so use those skills for some fun. We'll meet at Prairie Hollow Lake at James A. Reed Wildlife area to polish up your canoeing skills, plus learn what to do if your canoe should capsize. Your child must have participated in 2014 Outdoor Skills Camp.
• Family Fishing, for families, 9 to 11 a.m. July 19. You'll learn some fishing basics, and the equipment and worms will be provided. Kids who attend will be entered in a drawing at the end of the summer for a new fishing pole and tackle box.
• Turtle Trek, for ages 5 and older, 1 to 2:30 p.m. July 19. We often think of turtles as water creatures, but all turtles must lay their eggs on land and some never go in the water at all. We will take an optional hike to see if we can spot any turtles in the wild. No registration required.
• Down by the Pond, for ages 5 and older, 10 to 11:30 a.m. July 26. Well gather by the pond for a morning of exploring. Learn which wild animals call this pond home and what role does the pond play in nature. No registration required.
• Rockin' & Readin' Nature Tales, for ages 2 and older, 11 a.m. to noon July 26. Walk-ins welcome.