Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center is offering the following activities for the month of April. 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 April 13 and 27. Walk-ins welcome.

Spring Slithering: For all ages, 1:30-2:30 p.m. April 7. With spring weather, plants begin to flower, and snakes begin to slither. Native snakes play a major role in Missouri’s pest control. Come on in and learn how to identify our native snakes and discover their special adaptations. No registration required.

Conservation Kids: Insect-O-Mania: For ages 7 to 13, 6:30-8 p.m. April 10. From the majestic monarch to the creepy cockroach, insects are a diverse and amazing group of animals. Join us as we crawl into the world of these six-legged wonders. We will start inside learning about them then head out to see what insects we can catch.

Little Acorns – Jump Like a Frog: For ages 3 to 5 with an adult, 10-11 a.m. or 1-2 p.m. April 11. One of the best signs of spring is the sound of frogs and toads calling. These amazing amphibians eat lots of insects and are a very important part of the ecosystem. We will hop like frogs and toads as we go on a short hike to try to hear them calling in the wild.

Stream Team: For families with children ages 8 and older, 12:30 p.m. April 14. Have you ever wondered what Missouri Stream Teams are all about? Join us for a hands-on program sampling our own Burr Oak Creek. We will check water chemistry, look for macroinvertebrates and explore the stream bed and surrounding watershed. It’s fun and science in a wet and wild way.

Babes in the Woods – Super Senses: For babes under 36 months, 10-11 a.m. April 18. Smell, sight, sound, touch and sometimes taste enable us to explore nature. Help enhance your little one’s outdoor joy by focusing on one sense at a time.

Archery: For families with children ages 8 and older, 1-2:30 p.m. or 2:30-4 p.m. April 21. Archery and bow hunting are becoming more popular sports! Discover the fun of this family activity as parents and kids learn together. We will teach and practice the basics and help you perfect your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately.

What’s Blooming: For adults, 1-3 p.m. April 24. Put some beauty, color and nutrition into your meals, by adding native flowers to your salads, pastries and teas.

Night in the Woods: For all ages, 6:30-9 p.m. April 27. Enjoy a spectacular evening hike under the nearly full moon as you experience Burr Oak Woods at night. Visit stations along the way to learn how nocturnal animals use their unique adaptations to help them survive in the forest after dark. The nature center will be transformed into a night experience in a way you haven’t seen it before. Don’t miss the live owl and opossum presentations at 7 and 8 p.m. with Lakeside Nature Center. Be sure to bring a flashlight and your sense of adventure! No registration required, walk-ins welcome.

Citizen Scientist Saturday – iNaturalist: For families, 1-2:30 p.m. April 28. Do you want to contribute to science but not sure how? Join us for a new monthly series for 2018: Citizen Scientist Saturdays! We will start with iNaturalist. We will blend technology and the outdoors as we learn how to record encounters with wildlife, connect with experts in identification and help resource managers gather wildlife data.

– Jillayne Ritchie