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 email@example.com. Visit www.mdc.mo.gov/burroakwoods.
• Snake & Critter Feeding, for all ages, 3 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday. The snakes are fed every other week, April 14 and 28. Walk-ins welcome.
• All About Trees, for all ages, 10 to 11 a.m. April 1. Are you thinking about adding a tree to your landscape? How do you pick one? Let’s learn the basics about trees, from how they grow to how to plant, prune and maintain them. This program will focus on native Missouri trees. A free tree seedling will be available in honor of Arbor Day. No registration required.
• Bird Watching on Water, for all ages, 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 8. We will hike to a small cattail pond and the Burr Oak Woods Education pond to watch for birds that like to be near water. Binoculars are available to borrow. Moderate hiking off trail will be involved. No registration required.
• Babes in the Woods: Splash Like a Frog, for babes under 36 months, 10 to 11 a.m. April 11. We’ll gather to experience how frogs and toads grow up. Water is an important part of that process. We will play, splash and learn!
• Conservation Kids Club: Amphibian Survey, for ages 7 to 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 11. Frogs and toads create a beautiful spring chorus that scientists can use to determine which species live in a particular habitat. We will learn some amphibian calls and then head outside to discover who lives at Burr Oak Woods.
• Little Acorns: Important Pollinators, for ages 3 to 5, 10 to 11 a.m. April 12 and 13. Learn what your life would be like without pollinators in this hands-on, interactive program.
• Stream Team for Families, for families with children ages 8 and older, 12:30 to 3 p.m. April 15. 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 is all fun and science in a wet and wild way.
• Paper for Pollinators, for all ages, 1 to 2 p.m. April 22. Bees, butterflies and many other insects pollinate native flowers. Celebrate Earth Day and walk in anytime between 1-2 p.m. to make a recycled paper decoration with native seeds that you can plant to grow pollinator-friendly flowers. No registration required.
• Tasty Blooms, Blossoms and Flowers, for adults, 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 25. Come explore some of the many uses of and ways to enjoy these remarkable spring treats.
• Rockin’ & Readin’ Nature Tales, for ages 2 and older, 11 a.m. to noon April 29. Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! Our imaginations are the only limits. No registration required.
• Amazing Amphibians, for all ages, 1 to 2 p.m. April 29. They have moist skin, no claws and they lay eggs in the water. They are amphibians! Frogs, toads and salamanders display wonderful adaptations to living their lives both in and out of the water. Hop in and splash around as we uncover these coldblooded critters. No registration required.
– Jillayne Ritchie