All About Owls, December 21

Classic Owl FridayWhoo’s In Your Backyard? Discover how to identify owls by their calls, shapes and field markings. Put your owl knowledge to work as you create your own recycled owl and apply your scientific skills as you investigate an owl’s food chain. After learning about owls, test your knowledge by challenging a friend to our Owl-ology game. 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Eyes On Owls. Join us as for a hooting good time as we bring to you a live owl presentation from our friends at Lakeside Nature Center. A naturalist will share information unique to owls and allow you to get a closer look at one of our fascinating birds. 1 – 2 p.m.

No registration required for either event; suitable for all ages.

Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
4750 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64110

Consider this for a portion of Our Feathered Friends.


Nature Film Festival, December 28

Join us once again for an end of the year
film festival! This year we are featuring
the wonderful fish, forests and wildlife
found right here in Missouri. We will also
be showing other nature movies and short
documentaries throughout the day. Sit back
and enjoy these spectacular films.

Saturday, December 28, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m

No registration required; suitable for all ages

Volunteer at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center

Do you have a love of nature and
want to share it with others? If so,
Burr Oak Woods is looking for you!
We will host a volunteer training
course beginning in February 2014.
This 30-hour class will help prepare
you to assist with many different
opportunities at Burr Oak Woods
including interpretive programs,
special events, outdoor skills,
animal care, native landscaping and

We are currently accepting
applications for the 2014 training
course for adults and for the youth
volunteer program open to ages
14 and up. To apply, please stop by
Burr Oak Woods or contact Rebecca
Miller at 816-228-3766 no later than
Dec. 31, 2013.

Art Cart At The Spencer, Weekends In December

It’s a new month and that means there’s a new Art Cart activity at the Museum. The Art Cart is a drop-in activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum’s galleries. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends. The theme for December’s Art Cart is “Marvelous Minatures”.
University of Kansas, Lawrence
Find more information on the museum calendar
This is a great activity for Artastic.

Kids Craft Day, December 14

Kids Craft Day is a great way to make the holidays special. Make one-of-a-kind natural gifts to give to the people you love this holiday season. Don’t forget to create your own gift wrap before you leave!

Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m – 1 p.m.

No registration required; suitable for all ages.

Consider this activity for Artastic #2.

Eagle Days, December 7 & 8

Eagle with an attitudeIf you’ve never seen a bald eagle in the wild, then what are you waiting for? You don’t need to go to Alaska or the Great Lakes. Missouri is the winter home to thousands of bald eagles migrating from northern states. Open waterways for fishing and a taste for migrating waterfowl make our state a winter haven for eagles. Special activities and spotting scopes will be set up for your eagle viewing pleasure.

See a live eagle up close presented by Dickerson Park Zoo on the hour Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge is located 90 miles north of Kansas City near Mound City, Mo. Find more information, including a map of the refuge, on the Squaw Creek Eagle Days flyer.