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 September 18

Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-6 years).
In a single bound, you can see them leap a tall fence, flash white in the blink of an eye, snort, grunt, and stamp their feet. Calling all little “dears” to learn about the life of a white-tailed deer.

Register by September 18

Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Seeds are amazing! Some fly, some stick, while others roll; all are hoping for a nice spot to grow. In this program, we will explore how seeds get from place to place.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins September 1.

Register by September 14

Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (families with children 6+)
It’s time for a wet and wild adventure at Burr Oak Woods! Come with us and take a walk in Burr Oak Creek to see what animals live there. Streams are a very important part of our forest ecosystem and a fun place to explore. All family members participating must register. Participants will meet at the Bethany Falls pavilion, dress to get wet and muddy (no swimsuits or opened toed shoes). Bring a towel and/or change of clothes.

Register by September 14

Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

A $20.00 REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT IS REQUIRED FOR THIS CLASS AND REGISTRATION IS NOT COMPLETE UNLESS WE RECEIVE THE DEPOSIT WITHIN ONE WEEK OF REGISTRATION.
Registration required began on August 15 (adults) Bushytails, bass and bluegill will be on the menu with dishes being prepared by Chef Jasper Mirabile of "Jasper's Ristorante" and Chef Brett Atkinson of "Wilma's Real Good Food." Learn how to skin a squirrel and fillet a fish to take advantage of some of the most common game in Missouri. Registration is not complete until we receive your $20.00 refundable deposit.
Deposits should be made out to MISSOURI CONSERVATION HERITAGE FOUNDATION. Please deliver them to the Discovery Center at 4750 Troost, Kansas City, MO 64110. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor confirming your reservation within two working days of receiving your deposit.

Register by September 19

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+).
Meet at the nature center and drive to Knob Noster State Park, in Johnson County. Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary. Bring lunch, water, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and dress for the weather. Trail Length: 6 miles. Terrain: Moderate with rocks and/or roots.

Register by September 18

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line. (age 9-11)
Who lives in a pond? Fish, frogs and even insects call ponds home. Join us as we discover the wild communities in the Burr Oak Woods pond. We will be fishing, using nets to find macroinvertebrates and hiking to explore the watershed surrounding the pond. Participants will check in at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond prior to the program start time. Sunscreen and bug spray are recommended.

Register by September 18

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line. (age 12-18)
Who lives in a pond? Fish, frogs and even insects call ponds home. Join us as we discover the wild communities in the Burr Oak Woods pond. We will be fishing, using nets to find macroinvertebrates and hiking to explore the watershed surrounding the pond. Participants will check in at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond prior to the program start time. Sunscreen and bug spray are recommended.

Register by September 18

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

You and Me under the Canopy: Pollinators
September 19th • Wednesday • 10am-11am
(Ages 3 to 6)
Reservations begin September 5th. Come see the topic we are exploring this month. Families, meet in the nature center lobby for a “nature” adventure. Everyone will hike with the naturalist to a special place in the forest and enjoy a nature story under the tree canopy. Siblings are welcome.

Register by September 18

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line. (age 6-8)
Who lives in a pond? Fish, frogs and even insects call ponds home. Join us as we discover the wild communities in the Burr Oak Woods pond. We will be fishing, using nets to find macroinvertebrates and hiking to explore the watershed surrounding the pond. Participants will check in at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond prior to the program start time. Sunscreen and bug spray are recommended.

Register by September 19

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (ages 3–5 with an adult)
Snakes are superheroes! Even without arms or legs they search out and catch prey using their super sensitive tongues. Come on in and learn what it’s like to be a snake! Registration required for attending youngster only.

Register by September 19

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 10–15)
When plants and animals die, they sure don’t go to waste! A team of decomposers step up and help recycle all the nutrients. Uncover the mysteries of these decomposers through hands-on investigation.

Register by September 18

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line. (age 6-8)
Who lives in a pond? Fish, frogs and even insects call ponds home. Join us as we discover the wild communities in the Burr Oak Woods pond. We will be fishing, using nets to find macroinvertebrates and hiking to explore the watershed surrounding the pond. Participants will check in at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond prior to the program start time. Sunscreen and bug spray are recommended.

Register by September 18

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line. (age 9-11)
Who lives in a pond? Fish, frogs and even insects call ponds home. Join us as we discover the wild communities in the Burr Oak Woods pond. We will be fishing, using nets to find macroinvertebrates and hiking to explore the watershed surrounding the pond. Participants will check in at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond prior to the program start time. Sunscreen and bug spray are recommended.

Register by September 18

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (ages 3–5 with an adult)
Snakes are superheroes! Even without arms or legs they search out and catch prey using their super sensitive tongues. Come on in and learn what it’s like to be a snake! Registration required for attending youngster only.

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required. Squirrels scoot, scurry, and scamper all year long, but are especially busy in fall. Learn what they are up to while scampering around. Please, no organized groups.

Register by September 20

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 6-10)
When plants and animals die, they sure don’t go to waste! A team of decomposers step up and help recycle all the nutrients. Uncover the mysteries of these decomposers through hands-on investigation.

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 18+).
What’s a frugivore? Find out the answer to this and other unique facts about the rose-breasted grosbeak, the subject of our September block. Come for the quilting or just to enjoy the program.

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required. Squirrels scoot, scurry, and scamper all year long, but are especially busy in fall. Learn what they are up to while scampering around. Please, no organized groups.

Register by September 20

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 6-10)
When plants and animals die, they sure don’t go to waste! A team of decomposers step up and help recycle all the nutrients. Uncover the mysteries of these decomposers through hands-on investigation.

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 18+).
What’s a frugivore? Find out the answer to this and other unique facts about the rose-breasted grosbeak, the subject of our September block. Come for the quilting or just to enjoy the program.

Register by September 20

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (For this program, you need one child in the 0-2 age range AND one child in the 3-6 age range).
In a single bound, you can see them leap a tall fence, flash white in the blink of an eye, snort, grunt, and stamp their feet. Calling all little “dears” to learn about the life of a white-tailed deer.

Register by September 20

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 10-adult. Online registration begins September 1. Join avid outdoorsmen Volunteer Specialist Don Brink and special guest Richard Donaldson for an introduction to backpacking. Learn about the types of equipment, things beginners should know, and places to go in the Ozarks. After attending this program, you’ll be ready to venture out on your own.

Register by September 22

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 10+ years, children 10-15 accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adult must also register). Join us for an evening of hunting preparation and how-to’s! Runge naturalists will teach you the basics of pre-season prep, including how to scout for an optimal hunting location, what to pack, whitetail behavior, climbing stands, and tracking. Then we will test your new skill sets on an interactive hike geared towards seeking out whitetail!

Register by September 22

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 14+)
Join us as we hike two small areas in Cape Girardeau. These locations have been set aside due to their biological richness. Hike is ~2 miles and rated moderate with some rugged terrain. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome.

Notes:
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

Register by September 22

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 14+)
Join us as we hike two small areas in Cape Girardeau. These locations have been set aside due to their biological richness. Hike is ~2 miles and rated moderate with some rugged terrain. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome.

Notes:
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

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