Nature Centers

Missouri's nature and interpretive centers help you and your family connect with nature in a variety of ways.

  • Take a walk on an interpretive trail or nature trail.
  • Learn about wildlife through live exhibits.
  • Attend workshops or classes on a multitude of topics, including outdoor skills.

Nature Center Events

Register by March 13

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 12-18)
Explore life at the top of the food chain with a bird's eye view of the world of raptors. We will soar through vulture culture, hawk talk, and owl prowls as we learn about the behaviors and adaptations of fascinating birds. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Register by March 13

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-5 with an adult)
It is a good thing Missouri is home to the wily coyote. Coyotes are masters at adaptability. Come learn all about the role they play in nature and leave with a way to track them. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Register by March 13

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 9-11)
Explore life at the top of the food chain with a bird's eye view of the world of raptors. We will soar through vulture culture, hawk talk, and owl prowls as we learn about the behaviors and adaptations of fascinating birds. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Register by March 13

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 6-8)
Explore life at the top of the food chain with a bird's eye view of the world of raptors. We will soar through vulture culture, hawk talk, and owl prowls as we learn about the behaviors and adaptations of fascinating birds. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join Volunteer Naturalist Joyce Tolliver as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your 2-6 year olds. Please no organized groups. Ages 2-6. No registration required.

Register by March 13

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-5 with an adult)
It is a good thing Missouri is home to the wily coyote. Coyotes are masters at adaptability. Come learn all about the role they play in nature and leave with a way to track them. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Register by March 13

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 9-11)
Explore life at the top of the food chain with a bird's eye view of the world of raptors. We will soar through vulture culture, hawk talk, and owl prowls as we learn about the behaviors and adaptations of fascinating birds. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Register by March 13

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (age 6-8)
Explore life at the top of the food chain with a bird's eye view of the world of raptors. We will soar through vulture culture, hawk talk, and owl prowls as we learn about the behaviors and adaptations of fascinating birds. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

As the cold winter wind subsides and the sun warms the forest, nature knows it’s time to wake up! Learn more about the signs of spring and make a craft to take home. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Please no organized groups.

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

As the cold winter wind subsides and the sun warms the forest, nature knows it’s time to wake up! Learn more about the signs of spring and make a craft to take home. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Please no organized groups.

Register by March 15

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 1 (ages 12+)
Have you ever wondered how exotic or invasive plants can affect Missouri’s natural habitats or even your own backyard? Invasive non-native plants consume wildlife habitat and compete with crops. This program will help you identify some of the 25 most common invasive plants in Missouri.

Register by March 16

Date: Friday, March 16, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Parents, grandparents, and adult mentors, bring your youngster(s) to learn a new skill and spend time practicing. You don’t have to be a hunter to become a skilled archer. No experience is necessary and archery equipment will be provided. This program takes place on the archery range which is not ADA accessible. Ages 10 and up with an adult mentor.

Register by March 16

Date: Friday, March 16, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Parents, grandparents, and adult mentors, bring your youngster(s) to learn a new skill and spend time practicing. You don’t have to be a hunter to become a skilled archer. No experience is necessary and archery equipment will be provided. This program takes place on the archery range which is not ADA accessible. Ages 10 and up with an adult mentor.

Register by March 15

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required began February 1 (adults)
Beautify your landscape with some of Missouri's best natural resources - native plants! Learn how to save time, money and create wildlife habitat with educational sessions on native plants. Missouri Wildflowers Nursery will be on site with native plants for sale for workshop participants before the public plant sale. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Register by March 17

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Explore Devil’s Backbone Wilderness with Volunteer Naturalist Pat Stritzel. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is approximately five miles and rated moderate in difficulty. Ages 18-adult.

Register by March 17

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Adults)
Reservations begin March 3.
Gardens are blooming with fun that attracts visitors both big and small. Join us as we learn about native plants while adding style to your outdoor experience by creating artwork to be displayed in your landscape.

Register by March 14

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Create a unique wearable work of art while using a deer shed to make a set of earrings, necklace pendant, ring or brooch. Join us as we examine deer antlers and shed hunting as you craft your jewelry. This will be a hands-on class during which participants will make their own jewelry. Ages 16 and up. Reservations required. Limited class size.

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The state bird of Missouri is often associated with cheerfulness! Some say its song sounds like "Cheer Cheerful Charmer." Perhaps that is why the Eastern bluebird is commonly thought of as a symbol of happiness. Join us at the Discovery Center as we learn to identify, foster and monitor Missouri's beautiful state bird!

Register by March 17

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Wild animals can be some of the best carpenters! See what it takes for some animals to make a place called home. We will get a chance to see some real wild animal homes, so please dress for the weather.
Ages 3-6. Registration begins March 1.

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Register by March 17

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 1 (ages 7-11)
Everything tastes better when it's cooked outside. Have you ever heard or said this phrase before? Try your hand at cooking on a fire using tin foil and all the fixings; one of the best ways to fix lunch or dinner and have very little clean up.

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Register by March 17

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Wild animals can be some of the best carpenters! See what it takes for some animals to make a place called home. We will get a chance to see some real wild animal homes, so please dress for the weather.
Ages 3-6. Registration begins March 1.

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Register by March 17

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Call to make your reservation.
Ages 8 years and older, children accompanied by adult) Get ready for spring turkey season. Learn about hunting methods, clothing, scouting, and wild turkey biology. 573.526.5544

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