March events at Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs, 816-228-3766. Registration for these events can be done online at www.mdc.mo.gov/burroakwoods or by calling 816-228-3766.
Critter Feeding: 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Watch the amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast. The snakes are fed at 3 p.m. every other Friday (March 13 and 27). Walk in for all ages.
Mushroom Hunting 101: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 7. Enjoy the realm of the fungi. The President of the Kansas City Mycological Society, Brittany Martinez, will present information on mushrooms. After the presentation, participate in a forage hike in the woods. (Bring a bag suitable for mushroom collecting.) No registration required. All ages.
Families Xplore Caves: 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 10. Registration is required and this program is for families with children ages 6 through 13. Enjoy hands-on activities to discover the hidden world in the Burr Oak Woods portable cave.
Snake Awareness: 10 to 11 a.m., March 11. Registration required. This program is for children under the age of 36 months. You and your child will be introduced to snakes and will learn some of the facts and myths about these creatures.
Naturescaping Workshop: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 14. Beautify your landscape with some of Missouri’s native plants. Learn how to save money and time while creating a wildlife habitat with educational sessions on these plans, landscape designs and other facts. The Native Plant Sale is open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for workshop participants.
Native Plants Sale: 1 to 4 p.m. March 14. Walk in for all ages.
Baby Season Part 2: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 21. Continue learning how to determine whether a baby animal really needs help. Special guests from Wild Souls Rehab and Rescue will share tips about rescuing animals. Walk-in all ages
Bird in the Hand: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 21. Help the on-going project to identify and track the birds who come to Burr Oak feeders each winter. You will be able to watch the professionals catch and band the birds and you may be able to touch a bird or help the professionals release birds back into the wild. You will then be able to track the individual birds as they move around. Walk-in. All ages.
Plant identification and hike: 1 to 2:30 p.m. March 24. Registration is required. This class is for adults. Prepare to forage in nature for spring wildflowers and early greens. Get tips to build your plant identification skills.
Nature’s Little Ones: 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. March 25. Registration required. This class is for children, ages 3 through 5, with an adult. Baby animals seem to be everywhere. Come and meet a few.
Home School, The Cycle of Life: 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m., March 25. Learn how all the living things in this world are part of nature’s dynamic food web. Learn our role and how our actions impact the cycles of life. Registration required. These classes are designed for ages 6 through 18.
Rockin’ & Readin’ Nature Tales: 11 to noon March 28. Walk-in for all ages. Enjoy fantastic nature stories. Our imaginations are the only limits.
The Butterfly Olympics: 1 to 2 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m., March 28. Registration required. All ages. Enjoy an indoor obstacle course and craft as you learn about the life cycle of butterflies. The first 25 families that arrive receive a free live plant.