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Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2022 2:00 pm - Tuesday, May 31, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Tuesday and Friday. The snakes are fed on the second and fourth Wednesday (May 11 & 25).
Registration period: May 2 - May 28
Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2022 1:30 pm - Sunday, May 29, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
The Lake City Shooting Range wants to help you sight in your rifle...for FREE! The instructors will help you ready to hunt, fine-tune your scope or improve on your shooting skills. If you are preparing for a hunt, bring the rifle and ammunition you plan to use during the hunt. THIS CLASS IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! Please call 816-249-3194 to make an appointment.
Registration period: May 2 - May 28
Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2022 1:30 pm - Sunday, May 29, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
Shotgun shooting is fun and exciting. Whether you want to learn about the shotgun fundamentals from the very beginning or improve your skills on the skeet, trap or 5-stand ranges, this One-on-One Shotgun Instruction course is for you! Our instructors will help you get started and work with you on the basics to prepare you for moving on to each discipline. THIS CLASS IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! Please call 816-249-3194 to make an appointment. You must provide your own shotgun and two (2) full boxes of shells. The shells must be # 7.5, 8, or 9 shot. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Registration period: April 11 - May 19
Date: Thursday, May 19, 2022 12:00 pm - Thursday, May 19, 2022 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
Registration required by visiting https://deeproots.org/native-plants-at-noon/ (adults) Tour the native landscape at MDC's Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, this program features a live look at native plants of interest throughout the year plus landscaping tips and tricks. This program is a partnership with Deep Roots.
Registration period: April 21 - May 20
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 8:00 am - Saturday, May 21, 2022 9:30 am
Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range
This program includes archery safety, operation, shooting fundamentals, maintenance, and safe storage. You may bring your own equipment to this program; however, equipment will be provided.
Registration period: April 15 - May 19
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 8:00 am - Saturday, May 21, 2022 10:30 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
This is a novice class for people who have little or no experience in handling and shooting a handgun. We will discuss safety, types of handguns, different parts of the handgun, the variety of calibers, ammunition and marksmanship. Class includes range time.
Registration period: April 5 - May 21
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, May 21, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach anglers basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn how to properly and safely cast a spin cast fishing rod, parts of a fishing rod, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided.

All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Participants do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program. All participants must register for this program separately. Email the instructor for assistance with registration.

Lesson 1 is part of the four lesson Discover Nature-Fishing series. Lesson 1 is appropriate for adults and families with children 7 years of age and older.

Registration period: April 11 - May 7
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, May 21, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (ages 3-6) Discovering the amazing natural world is as easy as opening a book! This volunteer naturalist led story program is ideal for preschool - kindergarten children and will take them on journeys to learn about wildlife, habitats and more. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: April 11 - May 21
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, May 21, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) For prairie wildflower hikers and photographers, the last week of May and the first week of June is go time to see Missouri prairies in full bloom. Join a naturalist for a walk around the Discovery Center gardens where we will showcase some of the early stars of the summer bloom. Bring your phone and we'll practice a few photo tips for getting the best wildflower shots. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: April 11 - May 7
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 11:30 am - Saturday, May 21, 2022 12:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (ages 3-6) Discovering the amazing natural world is as easy as opening a book! This volunteer naturalist led story program is ideal for preschool - kindergarten children and will take them on journeys to learn about wildlife, habitats and more. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: April 11 - May 21
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 11:30 am - Saturday, May 21, 2022 12:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) For prairie wildflower hikers and photographers, the last week of May and the first week of June is go time to see Missouri prairies in full bloom. Join a naturalist for a walk around the Discovery Center gardens where we will showcase some of the early stars of the summer bloom. Bring your phone and we'll practice a few photo tips for getting the best wildflower shots. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: April 11 - May 21
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 1:00 pm - Saturday, May 21, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) For prairie wildflower hikers and photographers, the last week of May and the first week of June is go time to see Missouri prairies in full bloom. Join a naturalist for a walk around the Discovery Center gardens where we will showcase some of the early stars of the summer bloom. Bring your phone and we'll practice a few photo tips for getting the best wildflower shots. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: May 3 - May 20
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 1:00 pm - Saturday, May 21, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages; ages 12 and under must be accompanied by a participating adult)

Archery and bow hunting continue to grow in popularity! During this beginner’s archery class, we will teach and practice the basics and help you perfect your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately. All equipment is provided.

Registration period: April 12 - May 24
Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2022 6:00 pm - Tuesday, May 24, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (adults) Grab your walking shoes and get a jump on summer with an urban hike through historic Parkville. Covering roughly 2.5 miles, this moderately paced and hilly hike will utilize sidewalks and a few short road segments to explore nature in this older neighborhood. During the hike we will discuss native and invasive plants, wildlife ID, hiking safety and other great urban hikes in KC. The hike will start and end at English Landing Park. The instructor will e-mail the exact meeting location to participants the week prior to the hike. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: April 21 - May 24
Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 6:00 pm - Wednesday, May 25, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range
This program includes rifle safety, operation, shooting fundamentals, maintenance, and safe storage. Equipment and ammunition will be provided; you may bring your own firearm and ammunition to the live-fire session.
Registration period: April 5 - May 26
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022 6:00 pm - Thursday, May 26, 2022 8:30 pm
Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 2: How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure bait on hooks. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided.

All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Participants do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program.

All participants must register separately. Please email the instructor for assistance with registration.

Lesson 2 is part of the Discover Nature-Fishing Lesson series. Lesson 2 is appropriate for adults and families with children ages 7 and older.

Registration period: April 12 - May 28
Date: Saturday, May 28, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, May 28, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (ages 5+) Pollination is a two-way beneficial process between plants and animals. Bees and other pollinators move from flower to flower dropping old pollen and picking up new pollen. This important process is called cross-pollination. Join the fun at the Discovery Center as we become bees and explore how bees transfer pollen from flower to flower. Are you ready to do the bee buzz? If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: January 8 - May 28
Date: Saturday, May 28, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, May 28, 2022 4:00 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
All military personnel shoot for free ALL DAY! Thank you for your service!
Registration period: March 3 - April 30
Date: Saturday, May 28, 2022 11:00 am - Saturday, May 28, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)

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.
Registration period: May 3 - May 26
Date: Saturday, May 28, 2022 2:00 pm - Saturday, May 28, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
Registration period: January 8 - May 29
Date: Sunday, May 29, 2022 10:00 am - Sunday, May 29, 2022 4:00 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
All military personnel shoot for free ALL DAY! Thank you for your service!
Registration period: April 21 - May 30
Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2022 8:00 am - Tuesday, May 31, 2022 4:00 pm
Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, call 816-891-9941 for details

If you are a new handgun owner and you’re not sure how to safely use your new firearm, give us a call to set up a 1 hr. appointment with one of our trained and certified shooting instructors. We’ll help get you started out right. You must provide your own firearms and 100 rounds of ammunition.

Registration period: May 29 - June 28
Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2022 10:30 am - Thursday, June 30, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
The Lake City Shooting Range wants to help you sight in your rifle...for FREE! The instructors will help you ready to hunt, fine-tune your scope or improve on your shooting skills. If you are preparing for a hunt, bring the rifle and ammunition you plan to use during the hunt. THIS CLASS IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! Please call 816-249-3194 to make an appointment.
Registration period: May 29 - June 28
Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2022 10:30 am - Thursday, June 30, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
Have you just bought a new pistol and want to become more familiar with it? Do you need some help getting started as a new shooter or haven’t shot for a while and want to get back into it? Is there a technique that you want to learn or improve upon? This One-on-One instruction is for you! THIS CLASS IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! Participants must provide their own pistol and 100 rounds of ammunition. For more information or to make an appointment, call 816-249-3194.
Registration period: May 29 - June 28
Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2022 10:30 am - Thursday, June 30, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
Shotgun shooting is fun and exciting. Whether you want to learn about the shotgun fundamentals from the very beginning or improve your skills on the skeet, trap or 5-stand ranges, this One-on-One Shotgun Instruction course is for you! Our instructors will help you get started and work with you on the basics to prepare you for moving on to each discipline. THIS CLASS IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! Please call 816-249-3194 to make an appointment. You must provide your own shotgun and two (2) full boxes of shells. The shells must be # 7.5, 8, or 9 shot. We look forward to seeing you soon!