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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!

February 2017

Feb. 2
Children (6 and up) and Homeschoolers: Mad Science
Thursday, 10-11:30 a.m.
Ages: 6 and up
Fee: $5 child or $10 family; members $3 child or $5 family
Kids can participate in fun, hands-on science demonstrations. They learn about the scientific method and how scientists use it to predict and observe what happens in experiments. Also we will use science to make a slimy craft. Limit 20. Please call to register.

Feb. 4
MLTNS Grounds Work/L&R Workday
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 12 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.)

Feb. 4
Children (6 and up) and Homeschoolers: Mad Science
Tuesday, 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Ages: 6 and up
Fee: $5 child or $10 family; members $3 child or $5 family
Kids can participate in fun, hands-on science demonstrations. They learn about the scientific method and how scientists use it to predict and observe what happens in experiments. Also we will use science to make a slimy craft. Limit 20. Please call to register.

Feb. 4, 11, 18,
25
StoryTime
Saturday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Ages: 3 and up
Fee: 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.

Feb. 10
Preschoolers: Mad Science
Friday, 10 - 11 a.m.
Ages: 3-6 years
Fee: $5 child; members $3 child
Come watch and participate cool science demonstrations. We will make predictions about what we will see in each experiment and will use science to make a fun green slime as a craft. Limit 15. Please call to register.

Feb. 10
Winter Stargazing
Friday, 6-7:30 p.m.
Ages: 6 and up
Fee: $8/1 adult and 1 child, or $10/family; members $3/1 adult and 1 child, or $5/family
Become a pro at identifying a few stars, planets and constellations with our monthly astronomy program! Take a close look at the constellations Gemini and Canis Major as well as the stars Sirius, Castor and Pollux. The Eclipse peaks at 6:43pm. Limit 25. Please call to register.

Feb. 11
Preschoolers: Mad Science
Saturday, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Ages: 3-6 years
Fee: $5 child; members $3 child
Come watch and participate cool science demonstrations. We will make predictions about what we will see in each experiment and will use science to make a fun green slime as a craft. Limit 15. Please call to register.

Feb. 11, 18,
25
StoryTime
Saturday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Ages: 3 and up
Fee: 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.

Feb. 11, 25
Live Animal Feeding
Saturday, 3 p.m. until they're done
Fees: Free! Give a donation to help with animal care costs.
Watch our snakes, turtles and other animals do what comes natural: eating! Would you like to help with their care?

Feb. 14
All Ages: Animal Valentines
Tuesday, 10-11 a.m.
Ages: All Ages
Fees: $5/child or $10/family; members $3/child or $5/family
In this program we look at how animals attract each other in nature. Some animals use fancy appearances, gift-giving, dancing, singing, and pleasant smells to communicate with each other. We’ll go in search of some examples.

Feb. 16
Cub Scouts: Super Science
Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m.
Rank: Bears
Fees: $5 child w/ adult; members $3 child w/ adult
Put your lab coat on and perform a variety of exciting experiments as we complete the Super Science adventure!

Feb. 17-20
Great Backyard Bird Count
Friday, 1-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Sunday & Monday hike and count on your own - Nature Center closed, grounds open
Ages: Family
Fees: $1/person or $3/vehicle donation please
Come out to the Sanctuary to help us count birds for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society! Sit in the comfort of the Nature Center to count birds at our viewing station or take a hike with a naturalist to the bird blind. Kids can enjoy a bird craft. Please call to register. See gbbc.birdcount.org for more information.

Feb. 18, 25
StoryTime
Saturday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Ages: 3 and up
Fee: 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.

Feb. 25
Girl Scouts: Get Moving Workshop: Energy in Nature
Saturday, 10-12 p.m.
Rank: Juniors
Fee: $5 child w/ adult; members $3 child w/ adult
Our naturalist will teach the girls about how energy makes its way through the many paths of nature. We’ll learn about trophic levels and meet some animals to see where they fit into these levels. Girls will create their own nature sanctuary food web. Lastly, we’ll take a hike and see the flow of energy at work in nature.

Feb. 25
StoryTime
Saturday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Ages: 3 and up
Fee: 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.

March 2017

Mar. 1, 8, 15,
22, 29
Community Gardening
Wednesday afternoons through March and April; time will be set by class participants
Ages: Adult
Fee: $20 month or $65 for the whole 2017 season
Get started with community gardening from planning, to harvest, and winter resting. Each month we will have programs and discussions appropriate to the time of the season followed by practical application. Meetings and gardening will be held at Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary. New gardeners may join us anytime during the season. Please call to register. Registration must be completed by March 1st.

Mar. 3, 4, 10,
11 (dates are
subject to
change)
Woodcock Watch
Friday and Saturdays, 6-7:30 p.m. (runs late)
Ages: 6 and up
Fee: $3 suggested donation
Join us as we observe the mating ritual of the American Woodcock. We'll start off with some background on what we will (hopefully) be seeing when we head outside to watch for their aerial displays. Bring your binoculars and lawn chairs if you have them. The courtship of the American Woodcock can only be witnessed in the month of March. We try to pick a good day for viewing them, and with any wildlife viewing there is no guarantee our intended wildlife will show, but we've had some really good viewing in recent years. Limit 25. Please call to register.

Mar. 4
MLTNS Grounds Work/L&R Workday
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 12 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.)

Mar. 4
Children (6 and up) and Homeschoolers: Fabulous Frogs
Tuesday, 1-2:30 p.m.
Ages: 6 and up
Fee: $5 child or $10 family; members $3 child or $5 family
This time of year the Nature Sanctuary is starting to “hop” with frogs and toads. We'll meet some amphibious friends, take a hike to listen to their calls, and make a froggy craft!

Mar. 4, 11, 18,
25
StoryTime
Saturday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Ages: 3 and up
Fee: 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.

Mar. 7
Children (6 and up) and Homeschoolers: Fabulous Frogs
Tuesday, 1-2:30 p.m.
Ages: 6 and up
Fee: $5 child or $10 family; members $3 child or $5 family
This time of year the Nature Sanctuary is starting to “hop” with frogs and toads. We'll meet some amphibious friends, take a hike to listen to their calls, and make a froggy craft!

Mar. 8, 15,
22, 29
Community Gardening
Wednesday afternoons through March and April; time will be set by class participants
Ages: Adult
Fee: $20 month or $65 for the whole 2017 season
Get started with community gardening from planning, to harvest, and winter resting. Each month we will have programs and discussions appropriate to the time of the season followed by practical application. Meetings and gardening will be held at Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary. New gardeners may join us anytime during the season. Please call to register. Registration must be completed by March 1st.

Mar. 10, 11
(dates are
subject to
change)
Woodcock Watch
Friday and Saturdays, 6-7:30 p.m. (runs late)
Ages: 6 and up
Fee: $3 suggested donation
Join us as we observe the mating ritual of the American Woodcock. We'll start off with some background on what we will (hopefully) be seeing when we head outside to watch for their aerial displays. Bring your binoculars and lawn chairs if you have them. The courtship of the American Woodcock can only be witnessed in the month of March. We try to pick a good day for viewing them, and with any wildlife viewing there is no guarantee our intended wildlife will show, but we've had some really good viewing in recent years. Limit 25. Please call to register.

Mar. 11
Girl Scouts: 3 Cheers for Animals Workshop
Saturday, 1-3 p.m.
Rank: Daisy
Fee: $5 child w/adult; members $3 child w/ adult
Girls will learn about animal care inside and outside at the Sanctuary and meet some of our animals up close! They will also learn about caring for wildlife in their daily lives with the aid of recycled materials.

Mar. 11, 25
Live Animal Feeding
Saturday, 3 p.m. until they're done
Fees: Free! Give a donation to help with animal care costs.
Watch our snakes, turtles and other animals do what comes natural: eating! Would you like to help with their care?

Mar. 11
Woodcock Watch
Saturday, 6-7:30 p.m. (runs late)
Ages: 6 and up
Fee: $3 suggested donation
Join us as we observe the mating ritual of the American Woodcock. We'll start off with some background on what we will (hopefully) be seeing when we head outside to watch for their aerial displays. Bring your binoculars and lawn chairs if you have them. The courtship of the American Woodcock can only be witnessed in the month of March. We try to pick a good day for viewing them, and with any wildlife viewing there is no guarantee our intended wildlife will show, but we've had some really good viewing in recent years. Limit 25. Please call to register.

Mar. 15
Preschoolers: Happy Hoppers
Wednesday, 1-2 p.m.
Ages: 3-6 years
Fees: $5 child w/ adult; members $3 child w/ adult
This time of year the Sanctuary is starting to “hop” with frogs and toads. We’ll learn about our webbed-footed friends, take a hike to listen to their calls, then make a froggy craft!

Mar. 15, 22,
29
Community Gardening
Wednesday afternoons through March and April; time will be set by class participants
Ages: Adult
Fee: $20 month or $65 for the whole 2017 season
Get started with community gardening from planning, to harvest, and winter resting. Each month we will have programs and discussions appropriate to the time of the season followed by practical application. Meetings and gardening will be held at Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary. New gardeners may join us anytime during the season. Please call to register. Registration must be completed by March 1st.

Mar. 17
Spring 'N Stars
Friday, 7-8:30 p.m.
Ages: 6 and up
Fees: $8/ 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. During this program we'll take a look at the planet Saturn and learn the constellations Canis Major, Leo and Cassiopeia. Limit 25. Please call to register.

Mar. 18
Preschoolers: Happy Hoppers
Wednesday, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Ages: 3-6 years
Fees: $5 child w/ adult; members $3 child w/ adult
This time of year the Sanctuary is starting to “hop” with frogs and toads. We’ll learn about our webbed-footed friends, take a hike to listen to their calls, then make a froggy craft!

Mar. 18, 25
StoryTime
Saturday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Ages: 3 and up
Fee: 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.

Mar. 18
Cub Scouts: Paws on the Path
Saturday, 2-3:30 p.m.
Rank: Wolf
Fee: $5 child w/adult; members $3 child w/ adult
Take a hike with our naturalist and learn about how to be prepared while out walking in the wilderness as we complete the Paws on the Path adventure!

Mar. 25
Lunch with the Birds
Saturday, 12-1:30 p.m.
Fee: Free, donations welcome to help feed the birds
Bring your lunch and sit in the bird viewing area to watch and discuss birding. Today’s topic: Bluebirds.

Mar. 25
StoryTime
Saturday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Ages: 3 and up
Fee: 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.

Mar. 25
Bluebird Box Workshop
Saturday, 2-3:30 p.m.
Ages: Family
Fee: $21 nest box; members $15 nest box
Bring your lunch and sit in the bird viewing area to watch and discuss birding. Today’s topic: Bluebirds.

Mar. 25
Candlelight Night Hike / Earth Hour 2017
Saturday, 8:30-9:30 p.m.
Ages: Family
Fee: Donations are appreciated
Turn off your lights and come out to the Nature Sanctuary for a candlelight night hike. Bring an earth friendly candle.

Mar. 29
Community Gardening
Wednesday afternoons through March and April; time will be set by class participants
Ages: Adult
Fee: $20 month or $65 for the whole 2017 season
Get started with community gardening from planning, to harvest, and winter resting. Each month we will have programs and discussions appropriate to the time of the season followed by practical application. Meetings and gardening will be held at Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary. New gardeners may join us anytime during the season. Please call to register. Registration must be completed by March 1st.

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