Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center is offering the following activities for the month of January. 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 burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov. Visit www.mdc.mo.gov/burroakwoods.

Snake & Critter Feeding Schedule: For all ages. – Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast from 3 to 3:30 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday. The snakes will be fed Jan. 5 and 19. Walk-ins welcome.

Bird in the Hand: For all ages, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 6. Missouri River Bird Observatory staff and Burr Oak Woods partner in an on-going project to identify and track the birds that come to our feeders each winter. From the resident chickadees and cardinals to the migrating juncos and sparrows, we capture, apply colored bands and release these fascinating creatures. Once banded and recorded, you will be able to track individual birds through this and future seasons. Walk-ins welcome.

Conservation Kids – Slithering Snakes: For ages 7-13, 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 9. They slide along on their belly, searching for something yummy to eat. Snakes are a very important part of nature in Missouri, plus they are pretty cool too! Join us as we explore the scaly world of snakes. We will find out what makes snakes special then meet some live snakes up close!

Little Acorns – Deer in Winter: For ages 3 to 5 with an adults, 10-11 a.m. or 1-2 p.m. Jan. 10. Some animals are hibernating during the winter, but the white-tailed deer are out searching for food, even in the snow! Come learn more about how these large mammals survive during the cold winter months.

Home School – Extinct, Endangered and Recovered: 10-11:30 a.m. for ages 6-8, 9-11, 12-18 or 1-2:30 p.m. for ages 6-8, 9-11 on Jan. 10. Missouri is home to some amazing plants and animals. Unfortunately, some of them are in danger of disappearing forever, and for a few it is already too late. Join us as we look at some endangered and extinct species. We will also find out about some of the success stories of recovered species right here in Missouri.

Track Clues: For all ages, 1-2:30 p.m. Jan. 13. Even though it is cold outside, many wild animals must spend the winter searching for food and shelter. Join us on a hike as we look for tracks and other clues to figure out what the wild animals at Burr Oak Woods have been doing this winter. No registration required.

Babes in the Woods – Winter Animals: For babes under 36 months, 10-11 a.m. Jan. 17. Brrrr! Shiver on in to the nature center to enjoy some indoor fun as we learn about animals that stay active throughout the long winter chill.

Weird Wildlife: For all ages, 1-2 p.m. Jan. 20. Did you know there is an animal that doesn’t have a mouth? How about one with no eyes or ears? Missouri is home to some interesting, strange and unusual animals. Even some of our well-known wildlife have unusual traits. Join us as we uncover some of the odd critters that call our state home. No registration required.

Rockin’ & Readin’ Nature Tales: For ages 2 and older, 11 a.m.-noon Jan. 27. Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits. Walk-ins welcome.

Wearable Mammal Tracks: For all ages, 1-2 p.m. Jan. 27. Every single element of our surroundings has something to tell us. Learn the basics of tracking and bring a T-shirt or handkerchief to paint using realistic wildlife stamps.

– Jillayne Ritchie