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

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 11:00am

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.

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!

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.

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

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

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Missouri Wildflowers Nursery and Green Thumb Gardens will be on site with native plants for sale while supplies last. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Register by March 17

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 1 (ages 12+)
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 - 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 20

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

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.

Register by March 20

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am

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.

Register by March 17

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
Plants have been used as medicinals since ancient times. What did our ancestors know that we have almost forgotten today? Let's get back to our roots, so to speak as we discover the lore and the medicinal value of these common native or naturalized plants. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (adults) How do you keep your great native landscape looking fantastic? How is native landscape maintenance different from other gardening? Learn the do's and don'ts for maintaining your native garden. Topics covered include: How will the landscape change over time? When to cut back dead heads? Which plants can get an early trim to grow shorter? And easier maintenance begins with good design.

Register by March 20

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 0-36 months)
The pine forest is a magical place to romp and discover nature with your little one. From the sweet smells to the softly muted sounds, you and your child will delight in these unique outdoor sensations. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Register by March 21

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Workshop includes pond construction, fish management and aquatic plant management.

You can also register by phone at 573-796-0286 ext. 4284

Register by March 21

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Workshop will cover pond construction, fish management, aquatic plant management and pond wildlife.
You can also register by phone at 573-796-0286 ext. 4284

Register by March 22

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Black bears are an exciting part of Missouri’s natural history, and they’re making a comeback in the southern part of the state. Learn how to Be Bear Aware, stay safe in bear country, and keep our bears wild. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids. Ages 7-12.

Register by March 24

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Do you know what lives underground? Are they cute and fuzzy or creepy crawly? Discover who lives underground with your little one as we enjoy underground activities. Ages 0-2. Registration begins March 1.

Register by March 24

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Do you know what lives underground? Are they cute and fuzzy or creepy crawly? Discover who lives underground with your little one as we enjoy underground activities. Ages 0-2. Registration begins March 1.

Register by March 22

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families)
Can you imagine a world without butterflies? Although monarchs are getting all the press, many butterfly populations are in decline. Watching these flying jewels flitter and float helps to calm the mind and warms the heart. Please join us to learn about Missouri butterflies and how you can help them. Each family will take home a native wildflower plant and seed packet. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Register by March 28

Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 1 (ages 10–15)
Missouri is home to many beautiful spring flowers. Practice your identification skills while we hit the trail. We will also be making a plant press.
Dress for the weather.

Register by March 29

Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 1 (ages 6–10 )
Missouri is home to many beautiful spring flowers. We will learn some of the more common flowers growing on the trail and make a pressed flower craft to take home. Dress for the weather.

Register by March 29

Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 1 (ages 6–10 )
Missouri is home to many beautiful spring flowers. We will learn some of the more common flowers growing on the trail and make a pressed flower craft to take home. Dress for the weather.

Register by March 30

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

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Our book club meets every other month to discuss a book related to the natural world. This month we will be discussing Farley Mowat’s book, “Never Cry Wolf”, the amazing true story of life among artic wolves.

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