There’s all sort of fun here. Learn what makes a cheetah so fast, or what makes for a great sled dog. Race across Mongolia, or box with kangaroos. Plenty of videos, too. If you’re working on anything animal-related, this is a site worth checking for ideas.
Next time you’re trying to drum up some enthusiasm for a nature walk or hike, why not consider turning it into a photo safari? It appeals to their techno-saavy selves, encourages both close observation and creativity, helps them spread their enthusiasm, and so much more.
Read more about it on the Children and Nature site.
Many common trees are relatively easy to identify in the summer when they have all their leaves. As winter approaches these leaves fall off and the trees look different. Attend this hands-on workshop to learn the tricks to tree identification throughout the seasons.
Registration required by December 8 – call 816-891-9941. Ages 11 and up.
Parma Woods Outdoor Education Center, Parkville, MO.
Sunday, December 9, 2 – 4 p.m.
This could be a good introduction to the skills needed for Nature & Wildlife #12 for Pioneers and Patriots.
One of the positive aspects of colder weather is waterfowl migrating south to warmer waters — bringing bald eagles with them! Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Mound City, Missouri typically hosts hundreds of eagles each winter, and their December Eagle Days are a wonderful opportunity to get to know these majestic birds.
Visitor Center and Eagle Displays are open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and include videos and brochures. Be sure to pick up a free eagle print for your group.
Live Eagle Programs are given each hour on the hour.Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m, Sunday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Eagle Viewing Station and Refuge Auto Tour are open from sunrise to sunset. Spotting scopes are set up as you enter the refuge and staff will be ready to help you see an eagle in the wild.
You can follow current bird counts on the Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge Facebook page.
Learn more about the Refuge on their website.
If you are discussing conservation in either Zoology or Nature & Wildlife badges, consider shaking things up a bit with a field trip to a local big cat conservatory — Cedar Cove in Louisburg, KS.
Still need to get in a fall outdoor adventure, but thinking it’s too cold to camp? Consider an overnight at the Kansas City Zoo. You get to sleep in the zoo education building, so weather isn’t a factor. They are willing to select themed activities around a variety of badges, and with at least 25 paid participants, your overnight can be exclusive to your Troop. Give them a call today!