Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center is offering the following activities for the month of May. 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 visit http://mdc.mo.gov/node/280.
• What’s for Dinner, for all ages, 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their. The snakes will be fed May 13 and 27. No registration required.
• Mighty Missouri River Workshop, for adults, 6 to 8 p.m. May 4. Orientation: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to join in on an exploration of the Mighty Missouri River? Then this workshop is for you! On May 4 you'll brush up on your canoe strokes before we head out on the Missouri River. We will prepare you for the two upcoming floats. This workshop is led by an MR 340 finisher and American Canoe Association certified instructor. Day Float: On May 21 from noon to 5 p.m. We'll set out on a 10 mile float trip on the Missouri River from LaBenite Park to Cooley Lake Access. Overnight Float: June 11–12. Missouri River Overnight – time and location to be determined. To register, call Lisa LaCombe at 816-655-6263, ext. 1332, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Amphibian Friends: Frog Edition, for all ages, 1 to 2 p.m. May 7. Enjoy a live animal program with Missouri native frogs and toads. Learn fun frog facts and test your tadpole knowledge. No registration required.
• Little Acorns: Frog Hop, for ages 3 to 5, 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. May 11, or 11 a.m. to noon May 12. Big frogs, little frogs, old frogs and young, we will catch them all and have a hopping good time.
• Home School: Life in a Pond, 10 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 6-8, 9-11, 12-18 or 1 to 2:30 p.m. for ages 6-8, 9-11, May 11. Who lives in a pond? Fish, frogs and even insects call ponds home. Join us as we discover the wild communities in the education pond. We will be fishing, using nets to find macroinvertebrates and hiking to explore the watershed surrounding the pond.
• Discover Nature Family Fishing, 9 to 11:30 a.m. May 14. We'll teach some fishing basics; provide equipment and worms and then your family will try their luck fishing. Kids who attend will be entered in a drawing at the end of the summer for a new fishing pole and tackle box. Lessons 1 and 2 of the Discover Nature Fishing program are included in this class.
• Atlatl for Families, for families with children 8 and older, noon to 2 p.m. May 14. An atlatl is a hunting tool that has been around for thousands of years and is still being used in Missouri today. It is fun for target practice too! Bring your family for some outdoor fun as we learn this primitive skill and test our atlatl abilities.
• Babes in the Woods: Pond Play, for babes under 36 months, 10 to 11 a.m. May 17. Little ones love the water. It’s a great way to experience nature on a warm day. Join Naturalist Kathleen at the education pond for some splashing with your babe.
• What’s Blooming, for adults, 1 to 3 p.m. May 17. Jazz up your spring meals with beauty, color and nutrition by adding a few tasty wild edible spring wildflowers.
• Conservation Kids Club: Take Your Parent Camping Night, for ages 7 to 13 and a parent, 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. May 20 and 21. Kids, have you always wanted to go camping? Whether you are an old hand at camping or you have always wanted to try it, this campout is for you. Don’t miss out on this special evening under the stars. Activities include canoeing, fishing, stories and songs around the campfire. To register, call Lisa LaCombe at 816-655-6263, ext. 1332, or e-mail email@example.com.
• Scouting Wildlife Adventure Series: Feathers and Forests, for Scout groups with ages 7-17, one adult for every 6 scouts, 1 to 3 p.m. May 21. Scouts, jump into nature fun with this amazing series of programs. Each program will include meeting with a Naturalist to learn about careers in conservation, seeing live animals up-close and learning about endangered and extinct species. Birds and forest plants will be focused upon and we’ll also head out on the trail for spontaneous nature discoveries!
• Rockin’ & Readin’ Nature Tales, for ages 2 and older, 11 a.m. to noon May 28. Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures. Our imaginations are the only limits. Walk-ins welcome.
• Archery for Families, for families with children ages 8 and older, 10 a.m. to noon May 28. Discover the fun at this family activity as parents and kids learn together. We'll teach and practice the basics, helping you perfect your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately.
– Jillayne Ritchie