Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, a Missouri Department of Conservation center, is at 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs. For events requiring advance registration, go to www.mdc.mo.gov/burroakwoods. For additional information, call 816-228-3766 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Critter feeding schedule: 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Watch as captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their food. Snakes will be fed on Jan. 3, 17 and 31. No registration is required.
Bird in the Hand: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 4. Burr Oak Woods tracks and identifies all the birds that come to the feeders each winter. Observe as staff captures and bands the birds. Once banded and recorded, the birds are released and can be tracked. Visitors may hold and release some birds, depending upon weather. No registration is required. All ages are welcome.
Little Acorns, Winter Waterfowl: 10 to 11 a.m. Jan. 8. Learn why ducks and geese migrate and learn to identify them by sight and sound. Learn how their feathers help them survive even the coldest weather. Registration required. This event is designed for children ages 3 to 5, accompanied by an adult.
Missouri’s Burrowing Badgers: 10 to 11 a.m. Jan 11. Learn about how badgers got their fearless reputation and why they burrow underground. No registration required. This event is for all ages.
Prescribed Burning: 10 to 11 a.m., Jan. 18. Learn how fire can be used and controlled for a variety of purposes. No registration required. This event is for all ages.
Families Xplore, Mammals: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 21. Missouri mammals can dig and climb, and some can fly. Learn about the characteristics that set mammals apart from other animals. Registration is required. This program is designed for families with children ages 6 to 13.
Backpacking in Missouri: 9:30 to 11 a.m. Jan. 25. Appalachian Trail hiker Lisa Richter teaches how to carry everything you need for a multi-day trip. Weather permitting, there will be hands-on activities outside. No registration is required. This program is for all ages.
Rockin’ & Readin’ Nature Tales: 11a.m. to noon Jan. 25. This is a story hour for children ages 2 and older. Learn about birds, mammals and all sorts of creatures.
Nature Prints and Hike: 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 25. Learn about the fish, forests and wildlife of Missouri and create some cool, wearable art on fabric you bring, or use paper provided. Guided hikes every half hour to look for tracks and signs of winter wildlife. No registration is required, and all ages are invited.