Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center is offering the following activities for the month of June. The Nature Center is located at 1401 N.W. Park Road in Blue Springs. All activities are free, but registration is required online at www.mdc.mo.gov/burroakwoods, unless otherwise noted. For information, call 816-228-3766 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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 June 8 and 22. Walk-ins welcome.
• Nature’s Clean-up Crew: For all ages, 1-2 p.m. June 2. Turkey vultures are nature’s flying clean-up crew. They find and eat dead animals most of us would not touch. Soar in to learn more about these unique birds and discover how their unusual habits are beneficial to us all. No registration required.
• Fish Print Art: For all ages, noon-3 p.m. June 9. It’s Free Fishing Weekend (June 9 and 10)! Dive into this fun method of recording your fishy catch! Using rubber fish and water-based paints, artists of all skill levels can create a Gyotaku (Japanese fish rubbing) to take home. Walk-ins welcome.
• Wild Edible Series: For adults, 9-11 a.m. June 16. Meet Me Down by the Little Blue Trace. We will sharpen our identification skills as we forage along the Little Blue River. Bring your cameras, smart phones, ID books and water bottles.
• Cooking Wild – Catfish: For ages 8 and older; ages 8-15 must be accompanied by a participating adult, 1-3 p.m. June 16. Celebrate summer by cooking one of our most tasty and bountiful fish, the catfish! Catfish are found nearly everywhere in Missouri. They can grow large and are fun to catch. Join us as we learn how to catch, clean and cook these whiskered fish.
• Busy Beavers: For all ages, 1-2 p.m. June 30. Trotlines, jug lines, bows and gigs have been used to catch fish in Missouri throughout the generations. But what are they and how do you use them? Join us as we explore some of these different methods of catching fish. We will learn how to set and run checks on lines that have been set in the education pond.
• Rockin’ & Readin’ Nature Tales: For ages 2 and older, 11 a.m.-noon June 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.
– Jillayne Ritchie