1 Weird Wildlife – 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. Learn about some of the odd critters that call our state home between 1 and 2 p.m. Saturday, at the Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. All ages are welcome, and no registration required. For questions, call 228-3766.
2 Online Master Gardener training class – A new session of online core training to become a certified Master Gardener begins Monday. David Trinklein, state horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension, and MU Extension regional horticulture specialist Sarah Denkler teach the 14 online sessions. Subjects include basic botany, soils and plant nutrition, vegetable gardening, fruit production, insects and diseases, landscaping and landscape plants, turf management, and pesticide safety. Core training is the first step toward Master Gardener certification. Trainees must also complete a minimum of 30 hours of volunteer service. The registration deadline is Monday. For more information, including registration instructions, go to extension2.missouri.edu/missouri-master-gardener-core-training . The course also may be taken for personal enrichment only (no volunteer requirement) for a higher registration fee. For details, visit extension2.missouri.edu/courses/horticulture-for-the-homeowner.
3 Sign up for Discover Nature: Squirrel – The Missouri Department of Conservation is holding this two-day, field to your dinner plate, event in February. There will be an orientation from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Feb. 3, at the Lake City Shooting Range, 28505 E. Truman Road, Buckner. Orientation, which is required to go on the squirrel hunt, includes firearm safety, squirrel hunting basics, scouting and a chance to learn new skills by target shooting. The hunt will be from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 10, and you'll meet at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Blue Springs. A mentor and equipment will be provided. Hunters ages 16 and up need to be either hunter education certified or purchase a Apprentice Hunter Authorization and a small game hunting license. You'll learn how to skin, prepare and cook your game from noon to 2 p.m. that afternoon. This event is open to adults and ages 11 and older when accompanied by a participating adult and hunter education certified. To register, call 228-3766 or email email@example.com .
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