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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


March 2019

Mar. 1, 2, 8 & 9
Woodcock Watch
Friday & Saturday, 6-7:30 p.m. (runs late); dates are subject to change
Ages: 6 and up
Fee: $5/per person
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, 816-781-8598
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Mar. 2
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. 2, 9, 16, 23
Saturday Story Time
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. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.


Mar. 5
Members exclusive early registration begins for EGADS Summer Camp
Click here for information and registration!


Mar. 6 Homeschoolers: Geology Rocks!
Wednesday, 1-2:30 p.m.
Ages: 6 and up
Fee: $5/child or $10/family; members $3/child or $5/family
Delve deep into the history of the earth as we take a look at rocks, minerals, and the geologic processes that have shaped them.
Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

Mar. 8
Preschoolers: Geology Rocks!
Wednesday, 1-2:30 p.m.
Ages: 3-6 years
Fee: $5/child or $10/family; members $3/child or $5/family
Delve deep into the history of the earth as we take a look at rocks, minerals, and the geologic processes that have shaped them.
Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

Mar. 8 & 9
Woodcock Watch
Friday & Saturday, 6-7:30 p.m. (runs late); dates are subject to change
Ages: 6 and up
Fee: $5/per person
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, 816-781-8598
.

Mar. 9
Girl Scouts: 3 Cheers For Animals Workshop
Saturday, 1-3 p.m.
Rank: Daisies
Fee: $5/child w/ adult; member $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. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.


Mar. 9, 16, 23 Saturday Story Time
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. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.


Mar. 9 & 23

Live Animal Feeding
Saturdays, 3 p.m. 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! See what you can do to help with their care.

Mar. 15
Spring 'n Stars
Friday, 7-8:30 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
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, 816-781-8598.


Mar. 16, 23
Saturday Story Time
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. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.


Mar. 16 Cub Scouts: 3 Paws on the Path
Saturday, 2-3:30 p.m.
Rank: Wolf
Fee: $5/child w/ adult; member $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! Please call to register, 816-781-8598.


Mar. 20 Springtime Tea Party
Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Ages: Family
Fee: $25/parent w/ 1 child, or $10/each additional person; members $20/parent w/ 1 child
Description: Join us for a special spring break teatime! Springtime Teatime will feature an assortment of snacks, crafts, games, story time, and tea, of course! Please call (816)781-8598 to register. Limit 16 people. Click here for flyer.

Mar. 21 Springtime Lure Tying and Fishing
Thursday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., stay later if the fishing is good
Ages: Family
Fee: $10/parent w/ 1 child; members $8/parent w/ 1 child
Learn to tie a basic lure and the use your lure to catch creek fish during the 2hr special spring break class. Please call (816)781-8598 to register. Limit 16 people. Click here for flyer.

Mar. 23 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 then go on a birding hike.


Mar. 23 Saturday Story Time
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. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.


Mar. 30 Passport to Adventure Kickoff
Saturday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Ages: Family
Be sure to stop by and say hello at the Passport to Adventure Kickoff at the Bass Pro Shop in Independence, 18001 Bass Pro Dr, Independence, MO 64055


Mar. 30 Candlelight Night Hike/Earth Hour
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. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.


April 2019

Apr. 2

Open Registration for EGADS Summer Camp
Click here for information.

Apr. 3
Homeschoolers: Fabulous Frogs
Wednesday, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Ages: 6 and up
Fee: $5/child, $10/family; members $3/child, $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! Please call to register, 816-781-8598
.

Apr. 5
Preschoolers: Fabulous Frogs
Friday, 1-2 p.m.
Ages: 3-6 years
Fee: $5/child, $10/family; members $3/child, $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! Please call to register, 816-781-8598
.

Apr. 6
Girl Scouts: Daisy Petal Workshop
Saturday, 3-5 p.m.
Rank: Daisy
Fee: $5/child w/adult
Come learn ways to make the world a better place and use resources wisely. We’ll also talk more on how to respect ourselves and others. Girls will help make a shelter for small animals to use as a den, explore the exhibits in the nature center, and reuse what many might consider trash to be a bird feeder. Finally, the girls will meet an animal up close. We’ll also discuss how to treat both animals and people respectfully. Please call to register 816-781-8598.


Apr. 5 Astronomy - Spring 'n Stars
Friday, 7:30-9 p.m.
Ages: 6 and up
Fee: $5/1 adult and 1 child, or $10/family; members $3/1 adult and 1 child, or $5/family
During this program we'll take a look at the stars Regulus, Sirius and Arcturus, learn the constellations Virgo and Bootes, and look at the “Beehive” Cluster. Limit 25. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.


Apr. 6
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.)
.

Apr. 6, 13, 20,
27
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. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.


Apr. 13
Big Bunny Bash Liberty Easter Egg Hunt at Liberty Hospital
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Age: Family
Spend the morning hunting for eggs at this event put on by the City of Liberty in partnership with Liberty Hospital. Visit our booth and meet our Easter bunny!


Apr. 13, 20,
27
Saturday Story Time
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. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.


Apr. 13, 27
Live Animal Feeding
Saturdays, 3 p.m. 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! See what you can do to help with their care.

Apr. 20
Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Ages: 3 and up
Fee: Donations are appreciated
Come and get a free tree or attend our Garden Seed Starting Program at 11:00 to 12:00 for everyone, bring a recyclable container and dirt to make a homemade planter. We will also have other Earth Day exhibits around the Nature Sanctuary.


Apr. 20, 27
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. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.


Apr. 20 Cub Scouts: Into the Wild
Saturday, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Rank: Webelos
Fee: $5/child w/ adult; member $3/child w/ adult
It’s going to be wild as we learn about the animals that inhabit the world around us! Along the way we’ll complete the requirements for the Into the Wild adventure.


Apr. 27 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. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.


Apr. 27 Live Animal Feeding
Saturdays, 3 p.m. 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! See what you can do to help with their care.

Apr. 27 Woodland Wildflower Walk
Saturday, 4-5 p.m.
Ages: Family
Fee: $5 donation recommended/person; members free
Spring ephemerals and woodland trees are blooming. For the educational hike on the trail, wear good hiking shoes and bring your camera if you would like. Limit 25. Please call to register. (No picking flowers or collecting at The Sanctuary, please)


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