Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center is offering the following activities for the month of December. 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. 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 Dec. 8 and 22. Walk-ins welcome.

Holiday Nature Crafts: For all ages, 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 2. Come by anytime between 9 a.m. and noon and stop by our craft tables to create a special native nature craft for the holiday season. Give as a gift or keep for yourself. You decide! Walk-ins welcome. No registration required.

Backyard Bird Basics: For all ages, 10-11 a.m. Dec. 9. Come sit in our warm and cozy solarium and learn how attracting a variety of backyard birds to your yard can be a rewarding and fun way to make those winter blues flutter away.

Little Acorns: Backyard Birds: For ages 3-5 with an adult, 10-11 a.m. Dec. 13 and 14. No matter how big or small your backyard is, you can provide something for our feathered friends and make their winter food struggles a little easier. Learn about Missouri’s birds and make a feeder to take home with you.

Navigating with Map & Compass: For ages 10+, ages 10-16 must be accompanied by a participating adult, 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 16. Put away the smartphones, tablets and GPS receivers to learn to navigate through the woods the old school way…and have some real fun! This program will present the basics of topographic maps, a baseplate compass and how to use both tools to travel from point to point.

Nature Film Festival: For all ages, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 23. Join us once again for an end of the year film festival! This year we are featuring the wonderful fish, forests and wildlife found right here in Missouri. We will also be showing other nature movies and short documentaries throughout the day. Sit back and enjoy these spectacular films. Walk-ins welcome. No registration required.

Rockin’ & Readin’ Nature Tales: For ages 2 and older, 11 a.m.-noon Dec. 30. 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. Walk-ins welcome. No registration required.

Slithering Snakes: For all ages, 1-2 p.m. Dec. 30. Slither in and discover the wonderful world of Missouri’s snakes. These legless, scaly reptiles are often misunderstood, but are beneficial to us and the environment. Join us as we untangle snake myths, learn who lives around us, and meet some live snakes up close. No registration required.

– Jillayne Ritchie