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Calendar of Events

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Please Note: Most programs require advance registration. Call 816-781-8598.

Members can save up to $5 on programs and can attend some programs for free! Spread the word about memberships!

Celebrate a birthday on the wild side!

Come visit the Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary and see the baby blue birds on the live birdcam! We’ve fitted a camera into one of the houses on site so you can witness the growth of these little cuties up close! Watch as Mom and Dad Bluebird come in with a big juicy caterpillar and as the little birds develop feathers and start to open their eyes. The babies are growing every day, so be sure to come in before they’re gone!

WINTER HOURS EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1 - MARCH 31
Interpretive Center - Tuesday-Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm
Sanctuary and Trails Open Daily, 8 am - 5 pm


May 2020

May 2
MLTNS Grounds Works/L&R Workday
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ages: 14 and up

Come see how we maintain MLTNS and participate in this work day to help keep the wildlife habitats wild and healthy. (Get volunteer service hours.) Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

May 2
RUSH CREEK CLEAN-UP
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Ages: Family
Fees: Free
Help us clean up trash along Rush Creek. Call early if you can be a team leader and do a pre-cleanup site evaluation. Bring your lunch for an after cleanup luncheon (12:00 - 1:00 pm) at the picnic shelter. Please call to register.

May 2
GIRL SCOUTS: Wonders of Water Workshop: Creek Commotion
Saturday, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Rank: Brownies

Fees: $5/child w/ adult; members $3/child w/ adult
Spend the afternoon splashing in Rush Creek as we learn about various aspects of the water system around us. Girls will learn about and assist in different techniques for measuring water quality. We’ll explore the creek and discover the diverse wildlife that calls the creek home. Our naturalists will also discuss with the girls ways that they can help to protect our lakes, rivers and streams. Girls may get knee deep in the creek so please wear appropriate clothing and closed toed footwear. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

May 2, 9, 16, 23
SATURDAY STORYTIME
Saturday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Ages: 3 and up

Fees: Donations are appreciated
On Saturdays, come hear a naturalist read a tale about an exciting animal. Afterwards, we’ll make a fun craft to take home. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

May 6
HOMESCHOOLERS: Slithering Snakes
Wednesday, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Ages: 6 and up

Fees: $5/child, $10/family; members $3/child, $5/family
Learn about the many snakes that dwell in Missouri. We’ll take a hike, meet real live snakes, and make a snake craft to take home!

May 6
ASTRONOMY: The ETA Aquarids Meteor Watch
Wednesday, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Ages: 6 and up

Fees: $5/1 adult and 1 child, or $10/family; $3/adult and 1 child, or $5/family
Observe the moon and watch for the meteor shower in Aquarius. Limit 25. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

May 8
PRESCHOOLERS: Slithering Snakes
Friday, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Ages: 3-6 years

Fees: $5/child, $10/family and accompanying adult; $3/child, $5/family and accompanying adult
Learn about the many snakes that dwell in Missouri. We’ll take a hike, meet real live snakes, and make a snake craft to take home! Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

May 9
NORTHLAND WOOD CARVERS - Here every month on the Second Saturday
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Watch and talk to local wood carvers as they show off their talents!  Each month they will come out on the second Saturday just for you to see their work.  If you are careful, you might even learn something.

May 9, 16, 23
SATURDAY STORYTIME
Saturday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Ages: 3 and up

Fees: Donations are appreciated
On Saturdays, come hear a naturalist read a tale about an exciting animal. Afterwards, we’ll make a fun craft to take home. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

May 9 & 23 LIVE ANIMAL FEEDING
Saturday, 3 p.m. until they're done
Fees: Free! Give a donation to help with animal care costs.
Come watch our snakes, turtles and other animals do what comes natural: eating! See what you can do to help with their care.

May 14 SPRING STROLL GUIDED HIKE
Thursday, 4:00 p.m.
Ages: All

Fees: $5 recommended donation/hiker
Relax, stretch and hike for exercise and fun on the trails at MLTNS led by a knowledgeable staff naturalist. Meet at the Nature Center unless instructed otherwise. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

May 16, 23
SATURDAY STORYTIME
Saturday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Ages: 3 and up

Fees: Donations are appreciated
On Saturdays, come hear a naturalist read a tale about an exciting animal. Afterwards, we’ll make a fun craft to take home. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

May 16, 23 LIVE ANIMAL FEEDING
Saturday, 3 p.m. until they're done
Fees: Free! Give a donation to help with animal care costs.
Come watch our snakes, turtles and other animals do what comes natural: eating! See what you can do to help with their care.

May 23 SATURDAY STORYTIME
Saturday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Ages: 3 and up

Fees: Donations are appreciated
On Saturdays, come hear a naturalist read a tale about an exciting animal. Afterwards, we’ll make a fun craft to take home. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

May 23
LIVE ANIMAL FEEDING
Saturday, 3 p.m. until they're done
Fees: Free! Give a donation to help with animal care costs.
Come watch our snakes, turtles and other animals do what comes natural: eating! See what you can do to help with their care.

May 28
WOODLAND WILDFLOWER WALK
Thursday, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Ages: Family

Fees: $5/person; members Free
Spring ephemerals and woodland trees are blooming. For the educational hike on the trail, wear good hiking shoes and bring your camera for this identification program. Limit 25. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

June 2020

June 3
HOMESCHOOLERS: Fossil Find
Wednesday, 10-11:30 a.m.
Ages: 6 and up

Fees: $5/child, $10/family; members $3/child, $5/family
Enjoy some prehistoric fun as we learn about fossils! Get hands on with real fossils and go on an actual fossil hunt in Rush Creek! Call to register: 816-781-8598.

June 5
PRESCHOOLERS: Fossil Find
Friday, 10-11 a.m.
Ages: 3 - 6 years

Fees: $5/child, $10/family; members $3/child, $5/family
Enjoy some prehistoric fun as we learn about fossils! Get hands on with real fossils and go on an actual fossil hunt in Rush Creek! Call to register: 816-781-8598.

June 6
MLTNS Grounds Works/L&R Workday
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ages: 14 and up

Come see how we maintain MLTNS and participate in this work day to help keep the wildlife habitats wild and healthy. (Get volunteer service hours.) Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

June 6, 13, 20
and 27
SATURDAY STORYTIME
Saturday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Ages: 3 and up

Fees: Donations are appreciated
On Saturdays come hear a naturalist read a tale about an exciting nature related topic. Afterwards, we’ll make a fun craft to take home. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

June 8-12
First Week of All the Kids EGADS SUMMER CAMP
Ages: 6-14 years
Splash into Summer

June 11
SUMMER STROLL GUIDED HIKE
Thursday, 5 p.m.
Ages: All

Fees: $5 recommended donation/hiker
Relax, stretch and hike for exercise and fun on the trails at MLTNS led by a knowledgeable staff naturalist. Meet at the Nature Center unless instructed otherwise. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

June 13
NORTHLAND WOOD CARVERS - Here every month on the Second Saturday
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Watch and talk to local wood carvers as they show off their talents!  Each month they will come out on the second Saturday just for you to see their work.  If you are careful, you might even learn something.

June 13, 20, 27
SATURDAY STORYTIME
Saturday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Ages: 3 and up

Fees: Donations are appreciated
On Saturdays come hear a naturalist read a tale about an exciting nature related topic. Afterwards, we’ll make a fun craft to take home. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

June 13 & 27
LIVE ANIMAL FEEDING
Saturday, 3 p.m. until they're done
Fees: Free! Give a donation to help with animal care costs.
Come watch our snakes, turtles and other animals do what comes natural: eating! See what you can do to help with their care.

June 13 SUMMER NIGHT, STARS SO BRIGHT
Saturday, 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Ages: 6 and up
Fees: $5/1 adult and 1 child, or $10/family; members $3/1 adult and 1 child, or $5/family
Join us for our monthly astronomy program. We will consider the topic of stellar magnitude or brightness. For example, if one star has a magnitude of 1.0 and another of 2, which one is brighter and by how much? Also, what do the color of stars and their distance from earth have to do with stellar magnitude? During this program we'll take a look at the stars Arcturus and Spica and learn the constellations Virgo and Arcturus. Limit 25. Please call to register. 816-781-8598.

June 15-19 Second Week of All the Kids EGADS SUMMER CAMP
Ages: 6-14 years
Habitat Heroes

June 15-19
First Week of Discoverers EGADS SUMMER CAMP
Ages: 3-6 years
Slither, Soar, Swim

June 20, 27 SATURDAY STORYTIME
Saturday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Ages: 3 and up

Fees: Donations are appreciated
On Saturdays come hear a naturalist read a tale about an exciting nature related topic. Afterwards, we’ll make a fun craft to take home. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

June 22-26 Third Week of All the Kids EGADS SUMMER CAMP
Ages: 6-14 years
Pond Pandemonium

June 22-26
Second Week of Discoverers EGADS SUMMER CAMP
Ages: 3-6 years
Stream Stompers

June 27
FAMILY FOSSIL FIND -
EGADS Single Day Camp Experience
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Ages: 4 and up

Fees: $50 for 4/family; members $35 for 4/family; $5 additional family member
Learn to find and identify fossils of Missouri. Everyone will be able to take home a fossil they make! Closed-toe tennis shoes or boots are required footwear. Please bring a sack lunch. Limit 20. Please call to register 816-781-8598.

June 27
SATURDAY STORYTIME
Saturday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Ages: 3 and up

Fees: Donations are appreciated
On Saturdays come hear a naturalist read a tale about an exciting nature related topic. Afterwards, we’ll make a fun craft to take home. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

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