Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center is offering the following programs in September. 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 or email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov.

• 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 Sept. 5 and 19. Walk-ins welcome.

• Hidden Nature, for all ages, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 6. Discover the smaller plants and animals that are hidden right under our noses. No registration required.

• Babes in the Woods: Creek Crawling, for babes under 36 months, 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 9. We will take a short hike to Burr Oak Creek to splash and experience this watery world.

• Conservation Kids Club: Gone Fishin', for ages 7 to 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 9. Learn how to land the big one, how to filet your catch, cook it, then eat it.

• Little Acorns: Caterpillar Craze, for ages 3 to 5, 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. Sept. 10. Learn about these magically transforming insects up close.

• Home School: Metamorphosis, 10 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 6-8, 9-11, 12-18 or 1 to 2:30 p.m. for ages 6-8, Sept. 10. From caterpillar to butterfly and from tadpole to frog, some animals undergo tremendous changes during their life cycle.

• Family Archery, for families with children ages 8 and older, 1 to 2:30 p.m. or 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sept. 13. We’ll help you perfect your stance to shoot consistently and accurately during this fun-filled program.

• Family Fishing, 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 20. We’ll teach some fishing basics, provide equipment and worms, then let you and your family try your luck at fishing.

• Monarch Tagging, for families with children age 4 and older, 10 to 11 a.m. or 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 20. Monarch butterflies are now migrating to their winter home in central Mexico, and we are ready to tag them Become a scientist for a day by capturing, tagging and releasing these unique butterflies.

• Women's Backpacking Trip, for adult women; girls ages 14-17 are welcome when accompanied by a participating adult, Sept. 20 and 21. We’ll hike a seven mile backpack loop in the Missouri Ozarks that is rated as moderate in difficulty. This trip involves carrying a 30 pound backpack up and down hills in rocky terrain. Participants must attend and complete a test hike and orientation on Sept. 11.

• Outdoor Cooking, for adults, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 24. Discover some easy, but delicious recipes, that will make you want to go camping just so you can cook outdoors.

• Rockin' & Readin' Nature Tales, for ages 2 and older, 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 27. Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures. Walk-ins welcome.

• In Search of Spiders, for all ages, 1 to 2 p.m. Sept. 27. Learn about some of the more than 300 species that reside in Missouri as we search for and observe these unique eight-legged creatures in their natural habitat. No registration required.

• Wild Ones: Pickin' up Pawpaws, for adults, 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 27. Learn how to identify pawpaw and persimmon trees and how to prepare their fruit to create delicious and nutritious treats.

– Jillayne Ritchie