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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


October 2018

Oct. 4
Cub Scouts (Wolf): Diggin in the Past
Thursday, 6 - 7:30 pm
Rank: Wolf
Fee: $5/scout
Learn about the ancient creatures and paleontology as we complete the Digging in the Past adventure! Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

Oct. 6
MLTNS Grounds Work/L&R Workday
Saturday, 9 am - 1 pm
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.

Oct. 10
Cub Scouts (Webelos): Earth Rocks
Wednesday, 6 - 7:30 pm
Rank: Webelos
Fee: $5/scout
Learn about the geology of Missouri as we complete the Earth Rocks adventure! Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

Oct. 13
Live Animal Feeding
Saturdays, 3 pm until they're done
Fee: Free! Give a donation to help with animal care costs
Come watch our snakes, turtles and other animals do what comes natural -- eating!

Oct. 17
All Ages: Creepy, Crawly & Cool
Wednesday, 10 - 11 am
Age:Family
Fee: $5/per person or $10/family; members $3/person or $5/family
Celebrate Halloween early by learning about the creepy, crawly things in nature that are also super cool! We'll meet some of them in person and make a creepy, crawly craft. Limit 15. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

Oct. 19-21
33rd Annual Fairy Tale Forest
Friday-Sunday, 5:30 - 8 pm
Ages: All (especially for little ones)
Fee: $8/person; members $5/person; children under 2 are free; $25 for a family pass. Please call or visit the nature center to purchase before Saturday, October 15.
This non-scary Halloween event is sure to delight you and your little ones! Walk through a quarter-mile trail lit with over 100 jack-o-lanterns carved by local students. Meet fantastically fun native animal characters and a few goofy fairy tale folk who are more than willing to give away some treats and maybe a trick or two. Afterwards, go inside the Nature Center to meet real live animals, enjoy our educational exhibits, and make a cool “spooky” craft. Proceeds of this special event benefit the Nature Sanctuary and its education programming. Registration is not required. Click here for additional information.

Oct. 27
Live Animal Feeding
Saturdays, 3 pm until they're done
Fee: Free! Give a donation to help with animal care costs
Come watch our snakes, turtles and other animals do what comes natural -- eating!

November 2018

Nov. 12 thru
Apr. 7
Project Feederwatch
Starting Saturday, November 12 2018, through Friday, April 7, 2019
Help track bird populations at feeders all over North America! Think you need to be an ornithologist to help out bird populations? Think again! Project FeederWatch is an effort to help track bird populations at bird feeders all over North America using individuals just like you. We are a FeederWatch site and could use some help from volunteers who have at least basic feeder bird identification skills to come and count the birds at our feeders. The project runs through the winter until April. Call us for the best times to come and count!

Nov. 8
Children and Homeschoolers: Hello, Habitats!
Thursday,10 - 11:30 am
Ages: 6 and up
Fee: $5/child or $10/family; members $3/child or $5/family
Take a closer look at the places animals call home. We’ll visit several of the habitats here at the Sanctuary. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

Nov. 9
Winter Stargazing
Friday, 6:30 - 8 pm
Ages: 6 and up
Fee: $5/adult or $10/family; members $3/adult or $5/family
Another exciting installment of our monthly astronomy program! This month we'll start to get a good look at the winter sky. New constellations coming into view include Pleiades, Taurus and Auriga. Limit 25 people. Please call to register. 816-781-8598.

Nov. 10
Children and Homeschoolers: Hello, Habitats!
Saturday,11 am - 12:30 pm
Ages: 6 and up
Fee: $5/child or $10/family; members $3/child or $5/family
Take a closer look at the places animals call home. We’ll visit several of the habitats here at the Sanctuary. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

Nov. 10
Live Animal Feeding
Saturdays, 3 pm until they're done
Fee: Free! Give a donation to help with animal care costs
Come watch our snakes, turtles and other animals do what comes natural -- eating!

Nov. 14
Preschoolers: Hello, Habitats!
Wednesday, 10 - 11 am
Ages: 3 - 6 years old
Fee: $5/child or $10/family; members $3/child or $5/family
Take a closer look at the places animals call home. We’ll visit several of the habitats here at the Sanctuary. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

Nov. 14
Owl Prowl
Wednesday, 6:30 - 8 pm
Ages: Family
Fee: $6/per person, $12/family; members $4/person, $8/family
Come out and join us for a “hooting” good time! During this evening program we'll hike the trail and hoot for owls. We'll conclude with dissecting owl pellets (one pellet per child or individually paid person). Remember to dress for the weather. Limit 25 people. Please call to register. 816-781-8598.

Nov. 17

Preschoolers: Hello, Habitats!
Saturday, 11 am - 12 pm
Ages: 3 - 6 years old
Fee: $5/child or $10/family; members $3/child or $5/family
Take a closer look at the places animals call home. We’ll visit several of the habitats here at the Sanctuary. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

Nov. 17
Girl Scouts (Juniors); Get Moving Workshop: Energy in Nature
Saturday, 1 - 3 pm
Rank: Juniors
Fee: $5/girl
Our naturalist will teach the girls about how energy makes its way through the many paths of nature. Please call to register. 816-781-8598 Untitled event.

Nov. 21
All Ages: Let's Talk Turkey
Wednesday, 10 - 11 am
Ages: All Ages
Fee: $5/child or $10/family; members $3/child or $5/family
Turkeys are more than just a Thanksgiving meal! The turkey was once suggested as our national symbol instead of the bald eagle. Come learn about the turkey, try your luck at a turkey call, take a hike to look for turkey signs and make a turkey craft – just in time for Thanksgiving! Limit 20 children. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

Nov. 22
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!
The Nature Center will be closed for the holiday, but the grounds and trails will be open to enjoy a hike or walk off some extra turkey! The Center will be open on Friday as usual.

Nov. 24
Live Animal Feeding
Saturdays, 3 pm until they're done
Fee: Free! Give a donation to help with animal care costs
Come watch our snakes, turtles and other animals do what comes natural -- eating!

December 2018

Dec. 1
Children and Homeschoolers: Winter Wonders
Saturday, 11 am - 12:30 pm
Ages: 6 and up
Fee: $5/child or $10/family; members $3/child or $5/family
Animals may be hibernating, but we’re not and there’s plenty to explore as we investigate the events of the season. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

Dec. 4
Owl Prowl
Tuesday, 6:30 - 8 pm
Ages: Family
Fee: $5/child or $10/family; members $3/child or $5/family
Barred and Great Horned owls start calling for mates during December. For this prowl we'll concentrate on the owls native to Missouri. We'll also hike a trail and hoot for some owls. Don't forget to dress for the weather. Limit 25 people. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

Dec. 6
Children and Homeschoolers: Winter Wonders
Thursday, 10 - 11:30 am
Ages: 6 and up
Fee: $5/child or $10/family; members $3/child or $5/family
Animals may be hibernating, but we’re not and there’s plenty to explore as we investigate the events of the season. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

Dec. 7
Preschoolers: Winter Wonders
Friday, 10 - 11 am
Ages: 3-6 years
Fee: $5/child or $10/family; members $3/child or $5/family
Animals may be hibernating, but we’re not and there’s plenty to explore as we investigate the events of the season. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

Dec. 8 Preschoolers: Winter Wonders
Saturday, 11 am - 12 pm
Ages: 3-6 years
Fee: $5/child or $10/family; members $3/child or $5/family
Animals may be hibernating, but we’re not and there’s plenty to explore as we investigate the events of the season. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

Dec. 8
Live Animal Feeding
Saturdays, 3 pm until they're done
Fee: Free! Give a donation to help with animal care costs
Come watch our snakes, turtles and other animals do what comes natural -- eating!

Dec. 8
Winter Wreath Workshop
Saturday, 10 am - 12 pm
Ages: 12 and up
Fee: $20/wreath; members $12/wreath
There's nothing like the smell of a natural winter wreath! Bring your favorite decorations or use some of ours to create the perfect holiday wreath. We will supply the wreath frame, cedar boughs, ribbons and natural decorations like holly, pine cones and acorns. Limit 20 wreaths. Please call to register. 816-781-8598.

Dec. 12
All Ages: Christmas Critters
Wednesday, 10 - 11 am
Ages: Family
Fee: $5/child or $10/family; $3/child or $5/family
What is a partridge and why is it in a pear tree? Do all reindeer have antlers? Join us as we learn about some of the animals found in the songs and stories of Christmastime. Limit 15 children. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

Dec. 15-16

ELVES' WORKSHOP
Saturday & Sunday, 1 - 5 pm
Ages: Able to shop without Mom or Dad
Fee: $3/child; members $2/child
Celebrate the holidays with a visit to the Elves' Workshop! Children are invited to visit the Nature Center for face painting, treats, crafts, Santa and more! The Elves’ Holiday Store will be open for children only. Parents, please provide a list of gift recipients and shopping money. The Elves will help your child choose the perfect gift for friends or family members. Gifts are priced from less than $1.00 up to $10.00, and are wrapped and labeled compliments of the Elves. While the children are shopping, adults can browse in our gift shop, relax in the exhibit area, and snack on holiday treats. Read More

Want to help prepare for this event? Look around your house for new, nearly new and slightly used, re-giftable items to donate. We need gifts for children to purchase for their family members of all ages and for their pets. Donations will be accepted from now until December 10th.

Dec. 22
Live Animal Feeding
Saturdays, 3 pm until they're done
Fee: Free! Give a donation to help with animal care costs
Come watch our snakes, turtles and other animals do what comes natural -- eating!

Dec. 25 and
Jan. 1
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
The Nature Center will be closed for these holidays, but the grounds and trails will be open for you to enjoy a hike or walk off some extra desserts!

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