Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center is offering the following activities for the month of March. 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 March 2, 16, 30. Walk-ins welcome.
Behind the Scenes – Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project: For all ages, 10-11 a.m. March 3. Did you know the world’s fastest animal calls Kansas City home? Come learn about the amazing peregrine falcon and the Missouri Department of Conservation’s efforts in restoring their population. Experience what goes on high in the sky with exclusive behind the scenes video clips of nature’s sky speedsters. No registration required.
Introduction to Turkey Hunting: For ages 11+; ages 11–15 must be accompanied by an adult participant, 10 a.m.-noon March 10. Spring is here and the toms are strutting. That can only mean one thing to some people: spring turkey season is here! For more than 50 years, Missourians have enjoyed pursuing these large elusive birds. Join us as we explore the basics of turkey hunting, including locations, equipment, techniques and more.
Conservation Kids – Geocaching: For ages 7-13 March 13. Geocaching is a great way to combine technology and nature while looking for hidden items. Come out for an evening of fun as we grab our GPS units and head out to explore nature and find those treasures.
Little Acorns – Wily Coyotes: For ages 3-5 with an adult, 10-11 a.m. or 1-2 p.m. March 14. Coyotes are masters at adaptability. Come learn all about the role they play in nature and leave with a way to track them.
Home School – Hunters in the Sky: 10-11:30 a.m. for ages 6-8, 9-11, 12-18 or 12:30 p.m. for ages 6-8, 9-11, March 14. Explore life at the top of the food chain with a bird’s eye view of the world of raptors. We will soar through vulture culture, hawk talk and owl prowls as we learn about the behaviors and adaptations of fascinating birds.
Naturescaping & Native Plant Sale: For adults, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. workshop; native plant sale, 1-4 p.m. while supplies last, March 17. Beautify your landscape with some of Missouri’s best natural resources, native plants! Learn how to save time, money and create wildlife habitat with educational sessions on native plants. The Missouri Wildflowers Nursery will be on site with native plants for sale for workshop participants before the public plant sale at 1 p.m. Walk-ins welcome.
Pine Needles, Dandelions & Early Greens Oh My!: For adults, 1-3 p.m. March 20. Plants have been used as medicinals since ancient times. What did our ancestors know that we have almost forgotten today? Let’s get back to our roots as we discover the lore and the medicinal value of these common native or naturalized plants.
Babes in the Woods – Pine Forest Exploration: For babes under 36 months, 10-11 a.m. March 21. The pine forest is a magical place to romp and discover nature with your little one. From the sweet smells to the softly muted sounds, you and your child will delight in these unique outdoor sensations.
Planting for Butterflies: For families, 2-3 p.m. March 24. Can you imagine a world without butterflies? Although monarchs are getting all the press, many butterfly populations are in decline. Watching these flying jewels flitter and float helps to calm the mind and warms the heart. Please join us to learn about Missouri butterflies and how you can help them. Each family will take home a native wildflower plant and seed packet.
Rockin’ & Readin’ Nature Tales: For ages 2 and older, 11 a.m.-noon March 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.
Spring Spotlight – Baby Animals: For families, 1-2 p.m. March 31. Spring is recognized by warmer weather, spring flowers and baby wild animals. Join us as we learn more about baby wildlife and how they are not as helpless as you think.
– Jillayne Ritchie