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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 2017

Oct. 5 & 7
Homeschoolers and Children (6 & up): Fall Finds
Thursday, 10-11:30 am
Ages: 6 and up
Fee: $5/child or $10/family and accompanying adult
This time of year the leaves have begun to fall and the wind grows cold. We’ll look at the wonders and happenings of fall. From nuts and acorns to the colors of leaves, there’s plenty to see! Please call to register. 816-781-8598

Oct. 5
Cub Scouts: Digging 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. 7 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.)

Oct. 7
Homeschoolers and Children (6 & up): Fall Finds
Saturday, 11 am - 12:30 pm
Ages: 6 and up
Fee: $5/child or $10/family and accompanying adult
This time of year the leaves have begun to fall and the wind grows cold. We’ll look at the wonders and happenings of fall. From nuts and acorns to the colors of leaves, there’s plenty to see! Please call to register. 816-781-8598

Oct. 7
Girl Scouts: Daisy Petal Workshop
Saturdays, 1-3 pm
Rank: Daisies
Fee: $5/Daisy
Come learn ways to “make the world a better place” and “use resources wisely. We’ll also talk more on how to “respect myself 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 discuss how to treat both animals and people respectfully. Please call to register. 816-781-8598.

Oct. 10
Cub Scouts: Earth Rocks
Tuesday, 6-7:30 pm
Rank: Webelos
Fee: $5/scout
Learn about the geology of Missouri as we complete the Earth Rocks adventure!.

Oct. 13 & 14
Preschoolers: Fall Finds
Friday, 10-11 a.m.; Saturday 11 am - 12 pm
Ages: 3-6 years
Fee: $5/child or $10/family and accompanying adult
This time of year the leaves have begun to fall and the wind grows cold. We’ll look at the wonders and happenings of fall. From nuts and acorns to the colors of leaves, there’s plenty to see!

Oct. 14
Live Animal Feeding
Saturday, 3 pm
Fee: Free, donations welcome to support animal care
Come watch our snakes, turtles and other animals do what comes natural -- eating!

Oct. 18
All Ages: Creepy, Crawly & Cool
Wednesday, 10-11 am
Ages: Family
Fee: $5/per person or $10/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. 20-22
32nd Annual Fairy Tale Forest
Friday-Sunday, 5:30-8 pm
Ages: All (especially for little ones, non-scary fun evening of make believe)
Fee: $8/person; members $5/person; children under 2 are free
Family Tickets: $25 per family if purchased prior to October 15, 2017 (click here); afterwards individual tickets will be sold at the gate for $8/person. Call for the MLTNS member discount, $15/family, 816-781-8598.

Please remember this is a fundraiser for our Wildlife Sanctuary. To buy a membership with a free ticket for the family join NOW at the Monarch Level - $125.00. Thank you for your support.

Please call 816-781-8598 to help as a volunteer for the event, we need characters, guides, pumpkin carvers, face painters and more general help.

Oct. 28
Storytime
Saturday, 1:30-2:30 pm
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

November 2017

Nov. 2 & 4
Children Homeschoolers: Let' Talk Turkey
Thursday, 10-11:30 am; Saturday, 11 am - 12:30 pm
Ages: 6 and up
Fee: $5/child or $10/family and accompanying adult
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. 8 & 11
Preschoolers: Let's Talk Turkey
Wednesday, 10-11 a.m.
Ages: 3-6 years
Fee: $5/child or $10/family and accompanying adult
Join us as we learn about wild turkeys, try your luck with a turkey call, and make a Thanksgiving craft. Limit 15. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

Nov. 10 Winter Stargazing
Friday, 6:30-8 pm
Ages: 6 and up
Fee: $5/adult, $10/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. 11
Preschoolers: Let's Talk Turkey
Saturday, 11 am - 12 pm
Ages: 3-6 years
Fee: $5/child or $10/family and accompanying adult
Join us as we learn about wild turkeys, try your luck with a turkey call, and make a Thanksgiving craft. Limit 15. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

Nov. 11 & 25
Live Animal Feeding
Saturdays, 3 pm
Fee: Free, donation welcome to support animal care
Come watch our snakes, turtles and other animals do what comes natural -- eating!

Nov. 12 thru
April 7, 2018
Project Feederwatch at Martha Lafite
Tuesdays and Wednesdays
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! 816-781-8598.

Nov. 15
Owl Prowl
Wednesday, 6:30 - 8 pm
Ages: Family
Fee: $6 person, $12/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. 18
Girls Scouts Get Moving Workshop: Energy in Nature
Saturday, 1-3 pm
Rank: Junior
Fee: $5/girl
Our naturalist will teach the girls about how energy makes its way through the many paths of nature.

Nov. 23
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. 25
Live Animal Feeding
Saturdays, 3 pm
Fee: Free, donation welcome to support animal care
Come watch our snakes, turtles and other animals do what comes natural -- eating!

UPCOMING EVENT

Dec. 16 & 17
Elves' Workshop
Anytime from 1 - 5 pm
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.

Age: Able to shop without Mom or Dad.  Fee: $3/child

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.

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