Listing of upcoming Outdoors events

THIS WEEK
MAY 31: Family Fishing – 10 a.m. to noon for ages 5 and older at Burr Oak Woods educational pond in Blue Springs. Learn the basics of fishing, provide equipment and worms, then your family can try their luck. Attendees ages 16 to 64 must have a valid fishing license, which are available at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center. Call 816-228-3766 to register.
MAY 31: Dutch Oven Cooking 101 – 10-11:30 a.m. for ages 16 and older at Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area in Blue Springs. Learn the basics of Dutch oven cooking. Selecting equipment and how to season and care for your ovens will be discussed. Also learn how and what to cook and taste a Dutch oven dish. Call 816-228-3766 to register.
MAY 31: Lewis & Clark Day of Discovery – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for all ages at Missouri Department of Conservation Discovery Center (4750 Troost Ave.) in Kansas City. Learn about wildlife and plants that Lewis and Clark discovered on their journey and experience their activities along with members of the Corps of Discovery in costumes. A wide variety of crafts and activities are available. There is no need to register. Call 816-759-7300 for more information.
JUNE 1: Don’t Bug Me! – 1-2:30 p.m. for families with children ages 5 and older at Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area in Blue Springs. Learn about the insects that live in this area and use a sweep net on the prairie to see what you can find. Please dress to be outside and use bug spray. Call 816-228-3766 to register.
JUNE 4, 11, 18 & 25: Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Archery Instruction Classes – 1-3 p.m. each day for boys and girls ages 10-14 at Pink Hill Park (2715 NW Park Road) in Blue Springs. Four-week session. Instruction and equipment provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Adult volunteers are needed. Cost is $10 per person. For information or to register, call the Parks office at 228-0137, visit the office at City Hall (903 Main Street), or visit the Web site at www.bluespringsgov.com.
COMING UP
JUNE 7: National Trails Day – All day for all ages at Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area in Blue Springs. National Trails Day is a day set aside to celebrate America’s trails. From 9 a.m. to noon will be a trail clean-up (gloves and trash bags provided). Noon to 1 p.m. is a picnic lunch and prize drawing. A guided hike on the Bethany Falls Trail is scheduled for 1-2:30 p.m., and learn about the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail 3-4:30 p.m. from naturalist Lisa Richter, who hiked it from Georgia to Maine last year. No registration required. Call 816-228-3766 for more information.
JUNE 7: Mighty Missouri – One-hour sessions starting at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. for ages 9 and older at Missouri Department of Conservation Discovery Center (4750 Troost Ave.) in Kansas City. Learn about the Missouri River with interactive models and displays. There is no need to register. Call 816-759-7300 for more information.
JUNE 8: Discover Nature Women: Canoeing – 5-7 p.m. for women ages 18 and older and daughters ages 14-17 at Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area in Blue Springs. Program just for women teaches canoe skills. Learn the basic strokes, problem–solving tips, solo strategies and how to plan river trips. Sunscreen and bug spray recommended. Dress for the weather. Call 816-228-3766 to register.
JUNE 13: Night Hike: Fireflies – 8-9:30 p.m. for families with children ages 4 and older at Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area in Blue Springs. As the sun sets, learn the natural history about this group of insects: the firefly, lightning bug, or glowworm. Dress for the weather. Wear bug repellent. No flashlights, please. Call 816-228-3766 to register.
JUNE 14: Squirrels of Missouri – 10-11:30 a.m. for ages 9-11 at Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area in Blue Springs. Join naturalist Justin Whitman for an introductory course on the squirrels of Missouri. Learn how to identify different squirrels and learn about their way of life. Then proceed outside to look for squirrels and their homes. Dress for the weather Call 816-228-3766 to register.
JUNE 14: Mighty Missouri – One-hour sessions starting at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. for ages 9 and older at Missouri Department of Conservation Discovery Center (4750 Troost Ave.) in Kansas City. Learn about the Missouri River with interactive models and displays. There is no need to register. Call 816-759-7300 for more information.
JUNE 18: Bird Watchers: Lower Hickory Grove Service Road – 8:30-10 a.m. for adults ages 20 and older at Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area in Blue Springs. From beginners to advanced, all birding levels are welcome. This month explore a service road that is off the beaten track. Meet in the Bethany Falls parking lot and set out from there. Call 816-228-3766 to register.
JUNE 21: Wild Ones: Little Blue River Wild Edibles Hike – 9-11:30 a.m. for adults ages 20 and older at Little Blue Trace Trail. From beginners to advanced, all birding levels are welcome. Meet volunteer naturalist Frances Mathews on the Little Blue Trace Trail for a wild edibles hike. Each participant is asked to bring a favorite wild edible recipe to share. Please bring water bottle and wear sturdy shoes. Call the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center for directions. Call 816-228-3766 to register or for more information.
JUNE 30: Bullfrog and Green Frog Hunting Season Opens – The bullfrog and green frog hunting season opens in Missouri and runs through Oct. 31. Daily limit is eight and possession limit is 16. Season opens at sunset on June 30. For regulations, see the Missouri Wildlife Code online at www.mdc.mo.gov/seasons/.

t ONGOING
RAYTOWN BASS CLUB: Local fishing club is seeking new members. For more information, call Dennis Mitchell at 913-787-5810 or visit the www.raytownbassclub.com Web site.
BURR OAKS FEEDING TIME – 3 p.m. on Sundays and Wednesdays at the Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area in Blue Springs. Help feed the animals on display at the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center. No registration is required. Please call 816-228-3766 for more information.
LAKE CITY SHOOTING HOURS: Hours for public shooting are Wednesday through Sunday at Lake City Range and Training Center near Blue Springs. Shooters are required to provide own eye and ear protection. Booth fees are $3 per hour. 229-4448.
MISSOURI BOW HUNTERS ASSOCIATION: Organization dedicated to bow hunting, bow fishing and archery in the area and the state. For more information on the organization and how to join, call or write Dave Williams 816-578-4966, 69 V Street, Lake Lotawana, Mo. 64086) or Jeff Burnett (816-690-8105, 816 SE 19th Street, Oak Grove, Mo. 64075).
MISSOURI DEER HUNTERS CLUB: For more information on the organization and how to join, call 636-285-0893; write to P.O. Box 441, Dittmer, Mo. 63023; send e-mail to: deerhunt@brick.net; or visit the Web site at: ww.modeerhunter.com.