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Out and About, February 2016

A collection of different events around the Kansas City area that we think may be of interested to AHG families. Some are useful for meeting badge requirements, some are good for encouraging a fledgling interest, some are just plain fun for families.

(Please note that where we have listed applicable badges, it is only our best guess. We have no way to be certain that the program in question will meet specific badge requirements. Use your own best judgment — and have fun with it!)

Please let us know what you think!

February 5

Jazz Storytelling at the American Jazz Museum, Kansas City MO. A monthly event that introduced children to new music and cultures. Free. All ages, no registration. Consider Music Appreciation. 10-11am.

February 6

Archery at Schlagle Library, Kansas City KS. Come join us for an archery session – whether you are new to the sport or have been doing it for years it will be a great time. We will learn about safety precautions as well as proper shooting techniques before shooting several rounds. Free; registration required (This program is popular and fills quickly, so sign-up soon!) Ages 8 and up. Archery. 10-11:30am.

Winter Hike at Burr Oak Woods, Blue Springs MO. Let’s get out, stretch our legs and see what nature is doing. We will start at the nature center and take the “backdoor” to the Bethany Falls Trail loop then return. Total hike is three miles moderately strenuous. Dress for hiking and the weather. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov. Ages 12+; no registration required. Hiking. 1-2:30pm.

Urban Woodsman at Anita B. Gorman Discover Center. Are you uncomfortable trying to light a campfire or swinging a hatchet or maul to split firewood? These are a few of the basics every guy and gal should know for surviving even the toughest urban winter. Spend a day mastering useful outdoor basics like knot tying, fire-starting, water purification, shelter building, wood splitting and how to tap a maple tree for syrup. All ages; no registration required. Outdoor Skills. 10am-2:30pm.

February 7

Archeology Dig at Ernie Miller Nature Center, Olathe KS. Become an archeologist and discover who was here before us. Excavate real artifacts during a simulated dig. Then explore how archeologists reconstruct the culture of ancient societies and tell the “story” of those who came before us. For more information call (913) 764-7759. $3 per person including adults (Ages 2 & under are free). Our Heritage. 2-3pm.

February 9

Conservation Kids Club at Burr Oak Woods, Blue Springs MO. We use our five senses every day to navigate the world around us. For wild animals, alert senses can mean the difference between finding a meal and becoming a meal. Come learn about some of the unique sensory adaptations animals use to survive in nature. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov. Ages 7-13; registration begins 02/02. Register by calling 816-228-3766. Nature & Wildlife. 6:30-8pm.

February 14

Day in the Life: Gas Warfare at the National WWI Museum (Liberty Memorial), Kansas City MO. The Living History Volunteer Corps will be on site to share stories of the Great War era and make history come to life! The Living History volunteers will focus on gas warfare during the war. Free to the public. Freedom’s Heroes. 10am-5pm.

Snakes Alive at Ernie Miller Nature Center, Olathe KS. Why is it that these creatures seem so terrifying? Could all the stories you have heard about snakes be true? See Kansas snakes as we explore the facts and fallacies of these legless wonders of the natural world. For more information call (913) 764-7759. $3 per person including adults (Ages 2 & under are free) Paid at site. Nature and Wildlife. 2-3pm.

February 19

Third Friday Art Walk at Englewood Station, Independence MO. A monthly event featuring local and regional artists, galleries, and street performers. Free. All ages, no registration. Artastic. 5:30-9pm.

February 20

Scavenger Saturday for Families at the Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City MO. Hone your art detective skills and discover something new about contemporary art.. Children with adults may pick up a self-guided activity at the Visitor Services Desk and follow the clues on this “ART-astic” adventure. When finished with the activity, children may pick up a take-home, art-making activity kit. Free. All ages, no registration required. Artastic. 10am-3pm.

Spencer Art Cart at the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. Learn about musical instruments in the Watkins Museum’s collection and create your own musical work of art. 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. Free. All ages, no registration required. Artastic. Saturday February 20, 10am-4pm.

Wildlife Survival: Raptors of Missouri at Anita B. Gorman Discover Center. Possessing the right tools is the key to survival for raptors as the wintry chill of February surrounds us in Kansas City! Come learn about the specialized structures and adaptations that help raptors survive in their native habitats. Participate in the hands-on exploration and investigation of different types of skulls and beaks. Dissect an owl pellet to look for the secrets that rest within. Join us for a live raptor presentation with Meagan Duffee-Yates, permitted falconer, at 11:00 and 1:00. Raptors stay very busy during the winter, come by and learn what they’re up to! All ages; no registration required. Nature and Wildlife or Our Feathered Friends. 10am-2:30pm.

February 21

Wildlife Webs at Ernie Miller Nature Center, Olathe KS. This presentation will feature live animals and reveal the mysteries of the food chain. Children of all ages will enjoy discovering the importance and habits of each animal and its place in nature. For more information call (913) 764-7759. $3 per person including adults (Ages 2 & under are free). Nature and Wildlife. 2-3pm.

February 28

Nature Photography Fun at Ernie Miller Nature Center, Olathe KS. Photographing plants, animals and landscape can be a wild adventure! What makes a good photograph? Discover how to compose beautiful works of art and memories that will last a lifetime and beyond. Learn from a nature photographer and see amazing photos from the Nature Center, Kansas City Zoo, Yellowstone, Africa, and more. This hour-long session will focus on basic skills for beginner photographers. Bring your camera to take a picture of an owl! Recommended for ages 8 and up.  $3 per person including adults (Ages 2 & under are free). Photography. 2-3pm.

Saturdays and Sundays in March

Weekend Family Activities at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City MO. Ask a museum guide for the “What’s On” list to discover all the ways you and your family can engage with art. Activities for March include exploring objects from the World War I and the Rise of Modernism exhibition, learning about Marcel Duchamp and the concept of Dadaism, and building and decorating your own mini paper version of this work, inside and out, with images that represent your family. Free; all ages. Artastic and History’s Canvas. Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4pm.

Know of an activity we missed? Please share in the comments below!
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Scout Day at Anita Gorman Discovery Center

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Saturday, January 16, 2016, 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Come out for a day of hands-on activities designed for fun and life skill enhancement (badgework material!). There will be  stations set up for you to learn new skills and achieve conservation badge requirements. Explore the life of animals and plants that call Missouri home. Try your hand at a new skill such as tree identification, knot tying, fire starting, compass orienteering and more. Both individual Scouts and troops are welcome. Don’t miss out on the fun this Scout Discovery Day! All are welcome to attend.

Making Tracks, January 4

Every single element of our surroundings
has something to tell us. Learn the basics of
tracking animals and bring a t-shirt to paint
using realistic wildlife stamps

Saturday, January 4, 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Registration required beginning December
27. Call 816-228-3766 to register.

Suitable for adults & families with children ages 6+.

Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center 1401 NW Park Road, Blue Springs, MO 64015

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks, Nov. 9-11

America’s Best Idea – the national parks – is even better when it’s free!

  • November 9-11 – Veterans Day weekend

Here’s a tip-265 of your 398 national parks NEVER charge an entrance fee. So start Planning Your Visit!

If you’re planning a trip that includes multiple national parks, you might consider the $80 annual pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands-more than 2,000 in all. This America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is offered free to all active duty military members and their dependents. Information on these and other pass options is available online.

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Some nearby ideas include:

Or visit the Find A Park page to find a destination suited just for you. Most Parks offer Junior Ranger programs just for kids, for both online and in-person exploration.

There are a number of badge opportunities available through the National Park System. Explore both the Heritage and Outdoor Skills Frontiers for ideas.

Free Entrance Day in the National Parks, Sept. 28

America’s Best Idea – the national parks – is even better when it’s free!

Here’s a tip-265 of your 398 national parks NEVER charge an entrance fee. So start Planning Your Visit!

If you’re planning a trip that includes multiple national parks, you might consider the $80 annual pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands-more than 2,000 in all. This America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is offered free to all active duty military members and their dependents. Information on these and other pass options is available online.

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Some nearby ideas include:

Or visit the Find A Park page to find a destination suited just for you. Most Parks offer Junior Ranger programs just for kids, for both online and in-person exploration.

There are a number of badge opportunities available through the National Park System. Explore both the Heritage and Outdoor Skills Frontiers for ideas.