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Walnut and sugar maple syrup jars
MDC's Urban Woodsman program was held Feb. 22 at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City. Visitors tasted homemade maple and walnut syrup on pancakes, learned about woodcraft and firewood splitting, made cordage from plant fibers, and learned about how people can use and enjoy wood, nuts, or fruit from trees.
Photo by Bill Graham, Missouri Department of Conservation

MDC Urban Woodsman event held on Feb. 22 in Kansas City

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Kansas City
Feb 25, 2020

Kansas City, Mo. – The blue buckets hanging on the maple and walnut trees were a hint that a sweet treat was coming. Sure enough, homemade maple syrup and walnut syrup was served on camp stove-cooked pancakes when the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center held the annual Urban Woodsman event on Feb. 22 in Kansas City.

Visitors learned about making cordage from plant fibers, tree lore, firewood splitting techniques and safety. They tasted dessert treats made with pawpaw fruit. The program was all about trees and the ways people can use and enjoy them. Plus, they tried their hand at lighting a campfire using primitive skills such as flint and steel. The event drew more than 400 visitors.

For information about other upcoming programs at the Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave., call 816-759-7300, or visit http://mdc.mo.gov/discoverycenter.

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An MDC staff member cooks up some pancakes at the Urban Woodsman event.
Pancake cooking
MDC's Urban Woodsman program was held Feb. 22 at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City. Visitors tasted homemade maple and walnut syrup on pancakes, learned about woodcraft and firewood splitting, made cordage from plant fibers, and learned about how people can use and enjoy wood, nuts, or fruit from trees.

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An MDC staff member teaches a little girl how to make cordage from plant fibers.
Cordage making
MDC's Urban Woodsman program was held Feb. 22 at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City. Visitors tasted homemade maple and walnut syrup on pancakes, learned about woodcraft and firewood splitting, made cordage from plant fibers, and learned about how people can use and enjoy wood, nuts, or fruit from trees.

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