1. Pollinator sculpture installed at Powell Gardens – This new sculpture, designed to highlight the importance of pollinators, is modeled after electron microscope images of enlarged pollen grains. The sculpture, unveiled in tandem with the opening of the Festival of Butterflies that runs through Aug. 12, is designed to allow visitors the opportunity to experience the world from the perspective of a pollinator. During the festival, visitors can immerse themselves in a display of hundreds of tropical butterflies and a jungle of nectar and host plants. For hours and admission fees, visit powellgardens.org or call 697-2600.
2. Movies in the Park – “The Incredibles” will be shown Friday at Rotary Park, 600 N.W. Vesper St., Blue Springs. Activities start at 7:30 p.m., with the movie shown at dusk. It's free. Grab a blanket or a lawn chair. For questions, call 228-0137.
3. Run For the Raptors – A 5K set in the wooded dirt track of the Swope Trails begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Lakeside Nature Center, 4701 E. Gregory Blvd., Kansas City. This race focuses on raising funds to help build new and improved housing for Lakeside's educational raptors (birds of prey). Runners will encounter limestone rocky outcroppings and a mature oak/hickory forest. Register online at https://runsignup.com/Register/?raceId=30780here. For questions, call 513-8960 or e-mail us at email@example.com.
4. Sign up now for online Master Gardener training – This new course begins Aug. 19 and will be taught by MU Extension regional horticulture specialist Sarah Denkler. Topics include basic botany, soils and plant nutrition, vegetable gardening, fruit production, insects and diseases, landscaping and landscape plants, turf management, and pesticide safety. Also, a minimum of 30 hours of volunteer service is required. Registration deadline: Aug. 12. The course also may be taken for personal enrichment only, with no volunteer requirement, for a higher fee. For more information or to register, visit extension.missouri.edu/mg.
5. Become a conservation agent – The Missouri Department of Conservation is accepting online applications from through Sunday for its next class of conservation agent trainees. To apply, and for more information including salary range, duties and responsibilities, degree requirements, qualifications, and special-ability requirements, visit short.mdc.mo.gov/ZcS. Applicants can also go to the MDC homepage at mdc.mo.gov and search “careers.” Then click on job openings on the careers page. For more information, contact Cheryl Fey at 573-522-4115, ext. 3819 or Cheryl.Fey@mdc.mo.gov or Travis McLain at 573-522-4115, ext. 3261 or Travis.McLain@mdc.mo.gov.
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