Burr Oak Woods, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs, 816-228-3766, has a full schedule of activities for October.
• Tuesday-Saturday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
• Closed Sunday, Monday and all state holidays.
Registration is required unless otherwise indicated. To register, call 816-228-3766 or go to https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/link/burr-oak-woods-nature-center-events. If you do not have access to a computer, you may register by calling 800-283-0364, Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
• Critter Feeding: 3 p.m., Wednesdays and Saturdays. Amphibians, fish and turtles are fed every week. Snakes will be fed on Oct. 11 and 25.
• Superheroes and the Curse of the Alien Invaders: 4-8 p.m., Oct. 5. Meet the Incredible Hulk, Batman, Aqua Girl, Spiderman, Captain Marvel and Superman on the trail as they battle the Alien Invaders of Burr Oak Woods. Experts will be available to discuss some of the alien invader species. Crafts, prizes and refreshments will be provided. Performances begin approximately every 15 minutes. Each performance lasts 45 minutes. Registration is not required. You may pick up tickets for your selected time at the nature center before the event or on the day of the performance. Tickets are limited.
• Little Acorns: Sky Scavengers, 10-11 a.m. or 1-2 p.m., Oct. 9. (ages 3-5 with adult caretaker) Learn about Missouri’s turkey vulture. Using a keen sense of smell, these birds are well adapted to a job that many take for granted. Dress to be outside for a portion of the program.
• Families Xplor, Scary Nature: 6:30-8 p.m., Oct. 10. (families with children ages 6-13) Explore interesting “creepy crawlies,” meet some critters up close and then head out to the trail to find some in their own habitat. Dress to be outside for a portion of the program.
• Land Stewardship, Non Operating Landowner Workshop: 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Oct. 12. Registration for this program should be through https://www.eventbrite.com/e/managing-agricultural-lands-for-the-property-owner-tickets-65040416637. If you own investment or recreational land that includes rented farmland, this workshop takes a look at how to maintain profitability. Attendees will have the opportunity to view a rainfall simulator and interact with other soil health related activities.
• Spiders of Missouri: 10-11:30 a.m., Oct. 12. This program is for all ages; no registration is required. There are more than 300 species of spiders in Missouri. Learn about spiders inside and then head out to the trail to see who is hanging around.
• Babes in the Woods, Backdoor to Bethany Falls Trail: 10-11 a.m., Oct. 16. (babies under 36 months) Hike out with your little one to the Bethany Falls Trail. “Falls” refers to the unique limestone boulders that we will explore. We will stop to play and take pictures. Meet at the nature center and dress to be outside. You will hike a ½ mile across the Prairie Connector Trail. All-terrain strollers are recommended.
• Awesome Opossum: 10-11 a.m., Oct. 19. (All ages, no registration required.) Do opossums hang around dumpsters, know when trash day is, and hang upside down with naked tails? Discover the answers to those questions and more interesting facts about Missouri’s only marsupial.
• Rockin’ & Readin’ Nature Takes: 11a.m.-noon, Oct. 19. (No registration required, ages 2+). Join us for story hour as we meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures. Our imaginations are the only limits.
• Soup and Fable: 6-8 p.m., Oct. 24. (adults) The autumn leaves and boundless stars will be our only canopy. We will sample and savor the bounty of a wild autumn harvest, share warm and wild native teas and listen to stories (weather permitting) around the campfire.