Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center is offering the following activities for the month of November. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.mdc.mo.gov/burroakwoods.
Snake & Critter Feeding Schedule: For all ages. – Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast from 3 to 3:30 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday. The snakes will be fed Nov. 10 and 22. Walk-ins welcome.
Little Acorns – Turkeys: For ages 3 to 5 with an adult, 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 8 and 9. Gobble gobble! It’s turkey time again! Learn how to walk, talk and gawky like a wild turkey just in time for the big holiday.
Home School – Hiding in Plain Sight: 10 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 6-8, 9-11, 12-18; 1 to 2:30 p.m. for ages 6-8, 9-11, Nov. 8. Now you see me, now you don’t. Many of Missouri’s wild animals use camouflage to hide from predators or from their prey. They use different colors, patterns and even behaviors to blend in. Join us for a look around to see what is hiding right in front of us.
Babes in the Woods – Fall Scavenger Hunt Hike: For babes under 36 months, 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 14. Fall can be a great time to explore the forest. Bring your little one to a fun scavenger hike in the colorful fall forest of Burr Oak Woods.
Late Autumn Wild Edibles Discovery Hike: For adults, 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 14. It’s November, can there still be wild edible plants out there? Let’s discover what delicious gifts of nature we can still find before the snow begins to fly.
Conservation Kids – Fall Forest Bounty: For ages 7 to 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 14. The autumn forest provides a bounty of edible nuts and fruits. Come out to learn about how to identify some of these native plants. Best of all, we will then gather together to taste a few of these native treats.
Soaring Eagles: For all ages, 1 to 2 p.m. Nov. 18. Some bald eagles stay in Missouri year-round, but many more come to our state during the cold winter months to find food. Find out more about this powerful force in nature and discover where you can go to see bald eagles in the wild. No registration required.
Missouri, Wild and Wonderful with Matt Miles: For all ages, 3 to 4 p.m. Nov. 18. Don’t miss out on the chance to meet this amazing photographer and have him sign your own personal copy of his book! From bluebirds and black bears to copperheads and white-tailed deer: from tall-grass prairies and vistas atop the Ozark Plateau to lowland swamps and the depths of clear streams–Missouri, Wild and Wonderful displays the work of award winning wildlife photographer Matt Miles. No registration required.
Whooo Knows about Owls?: For all ages, 1 to 2 p.m. Nov. 25. Winter is coming and many of Missouri’s owls will be out hunting after dark over snowy fields and forests. Learn more about these remarkable nocturnal predators and their important role in the ecosystem. No registration required.
Rockin’ & Readin’ Nature Tales: For ages 2 and older, 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 25. Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits. No registration required, walk-ins welcome.
– Jillayne Ritchie