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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


February 2018

Feb. 1
Children and Homeschoolers: Mad Science
Thursday, 10-11:30 am
Ages: 6 and up
Fee: $5/child or $10/family; members $3/child or $5/family
Kids can participate in fun, hands-on science demonstrations. They learn about the scientific method and how scientists use it to predict and observe what happens in experiments. Also we will use science to make a slimy craft. Limit 20. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

Feb. 3
Grounds Work/L&R Workday
Saturday, 9 am - 12 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.)

Feb. 3
Children and Homeschoolers: Mad Science
Saturday, 11am - 12:30 pm
Ages: 6 and up
Fee: $5/child or $10/family; members $3/child or $5/family
Kids can participate in fun, hands-on science demonstrations. They learn about the scientific method and how scientists use it to predict and observe what happens in experiments. Also we will use science to make a slimy craft. Limit 20. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

Feb. 3
Touchstone Crystal Valentine's Day Fundraiser Event
Saturday, 4-6 pm (may run late)
Ages: Adult program and beverages
Come out to see all the pretty Swarovski crystal jewelry.  All jewelry will be shipped just in time for Valentine’s Day on the 14th!  Some snacks will be provided at this event, bring your favorite beverage to share.

Feb. 3, 10, 17,
24
StoryTime
Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 pm
Age: 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.

Feb. 8
Cub Scouts: Super Science
Thursday, 6-7:30 pm
Rank: Bears
Fee: $5/child w/ adult; members $3/child w/ adult
Put your lab coat on and perform a variety of exciting experiments as we complete the Super Science adventure! Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

Feb. 9
Winter Stargazing
Friday, 6-7:30 pm
Age: 6 and up
Fee:$8/1 adult and 1 child, or $10/family; members $3/1 adult and 1 child, or $5/family
Become a pro at identifying a few stars, planets and constellations with our monthly astronomy program! Take a close look at the constellations Gemini and Canis Major as well as the stars Sirius, Castor and Pollux.Limit 25. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

Feb. 10

Preschoolers: Mad Science
Saturdays, 11 am - 12 pm
Age: 3 - 6 years
Fee: $5/child; members $3/child
Come watch and participate cool science demonstrations. We will make predictions about what we will see in each experiment and will use science to make a fun green slime as a craft. Limit 15. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

Feb. 10, 17, 24
StoryTime
Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 pm
Age: 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.

Feb. 10 & 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!

Feb. 14
All Ages: Animal Valentines
Wednesday, 10-11 am
Age: All Ages
Fee: $5/child or $10/family; members $3/child or $5/family
In this program we look at how animals attract each other in nature. Some animals use fancy appearances, gift-giving, dancing, singing, and pleasant smells to communicate with each other. We’ll go in search of some examples. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

Feb. 16-19
Great Backyard Bird Count
Friday, 1-5 pm; Saturday, 9 am - 12 pm; Sunday & Monday hike and count on your own -- Nature Center closed, grounds open.
Age:Family
Fee: $1/person or $3/vehicle donation please
Come out to the Sanctuary to help us count birds for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society! Sit in the comfort of the Nature Center to count birds at our viewing station or take a hike with a naturalist to the bird blind. Kids can enjoy a bird craft. Please call to register. See gbbc.birdcount.org for more information.

Feb. 17
Girl Scouts; Get Moving Workshop: Energy in Nature
Saturday, 10 am - 12 pm
Rank: Juniors
Fee: $5/child w/ adult; members $3/child w/ adult
Our naturalist will teach the girls about how energy makes its way through the many paths of nature. We’ll learn about trophic levels and meet some animals to see where they fit into these levels. Girls will create their own nature sanctuary food web. Lastly, we’ll take a hike and see the flow of energy at work in nature. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

Feb. 17, 24
StoryTime
Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 pm
Age: 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.

Feb. 24
Purple Martin Gourd House Workshop
Saturday, 2-3:30 pm
Age: All ages
Fee: $10/gourd house; members $7/gourd house
Help the beautiful purple martin by making an easy-to-create and decorate house from gourds grown by our wonderful volunteers. All materials are included in the program fees. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Limit 15 participants. Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

Feb. 24
Live Animal Feeding
Saturday, 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!

March 2018

Mar. 2-3, 9-10
dates are
subject to
change
Woodcock Watch
Friday-Saturday, 6-7:30 pm (runs late)
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. 3
Grounds Work/L&R Workday
Saturday, 9 am - 12 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.)

Mar. 3
Children and Homeschoolers: Slithering Snakes
Saturday, 11am - 12:30 pm
Ages: 6 and up
Fee: $5/child or $10/family; members $3/child or $5/family
Learn about the many snakes that dwell in Missouri. We’ll take a hike, meet real live snakes, and make a snake craft to take home! Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

Mar. 3, 10, 17,
24
StoryTime
Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 pm
Age: 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. 6
Members only early registration begins for
EGADS summer
camp
Click here for more information and registration form.

Mar. 8
Children and Homeschoolers: Slithering Snakes
Thursday, 1-2:30 pm
Age: 6 and up
Fee: $5/child or $10/family; members $3/child or $5/family
Learn about the many snakes that dwell in Missouri. We’ll take a hike, meet real live snakes, and make a snake craft to take home! Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

Mar. 9-10
dates are
subject to
change
9
Woodcock Watch
Friday-Saturday, 6-7:30 pm (runs late)
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. 10

Girl Scouts: 3 Cheers for Animals Workshop
Saturday, 1-3 pm
Rank: Daisy
Fee: $5/child w/adult; members $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. 10, 17,
24
StoryTime
Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 pm
Age: 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. 10 & 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!

Mar. 14
Preschoolers: Slithering Snakes
Wednesday, 1-2 pm
Age: 3-6 years
Fee: $5/child or $10/family; members $3/child or $5/family
Learn about the many snakes that dwell in Missouri. We’ll take a hike, meet real live snakes, and make a snake craft to take home! Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

Mar. 16
Spring 'n Stars
Friday, 7-8:30 pm
Age: 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. 17
Preschoolers: Slithering Snakes
Saturday, 11 am - 12 pm
Age: 3-6 years
Fee: $5/child or $10/family; members $3/child or $5/family
Learn about the many snakes that dwell in Missouri. We’ll take a hike, meet real live snakes, and make a snake craft to take home! Please call to register, 816-781-8598.

Mar. 17, 24
StoryTime
Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 pm
Age: 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. 17
Cub Scouts: Paws on the Path
Saturday, 2-3:30 pm
Rank: Wolf
Fee: $5/child w/ adult; members $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. 24
Bunny Bash Liberty Easter Egg Hunt at Liberty Hospital
Saturday, 10 am - 12 pm
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!

Mar. 24
Passport to Adventure Kickoff
Saturday, 11 am - 3 pm
Age: 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. 24
StoryTime
Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 pm
Age: 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. 24
Live Animal Feeding
Saturday, 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!

Mar. 24
Candlelight Night Hike/Earth Hour 2018
Saturdays, 8:30-9:30 pm
Age: 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.

Mar. 31
Lunch with the Birds
Saturday, 12-1:30 pm
Fee: Free, donations welcome to help feed the birds
Bring your lunch and sit in the bird viewing area to watch and discuss birding. Today’s topic: Bluebirds.

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