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Hiking Events

Register by June 21

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins June 1 (ages 12+)
Come with us as we hike General Watkins Conservation Area. Please pack a lunch, bring water, and dress for the weather. Youth ages 12 and older welcome with an adult.
Notes:
If riding with us, please select that option.
If driving on own, please select that option. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if raining.

Register by June 21

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins June 1 (ages 12+)
Come with us as we hike General Watkins Conservation Area. Please pack a lunch, bring water, and dress for the weather. Youth ages 12 and older welcome with an adult.
Notes:
If riding with us, please select that option.
If driving on own, please select that option. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if raining.

Register by June 21

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Volunteer Naturalist Pat Stritzel leads this six-mile hike at Bennett Spring State Park. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is rated moderate to difficult. Ages 18-adult. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by July 13

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (8+ years, children accompanied by a registered adult).
Join us for the short trip to Columbia’s Shooting Star Trail at Rock Bridge State Park. This is the second of our Four Seasons Hikes. Although stormy weather cancelled our springtime visit, we expect this trail to be lovely in summer with a shady canopy and gently flowing creek. Bring your camera to capture the beauty! The hike is about 2.5 miles, with some moderate inclines. Dress for the weather and bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and insect repellent.

Register by July 17

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (18+ ages).
Bothwell State Historical Site, Pettis County
Bring a water bottle, lunch, and dress for the weather.
Terrain: Moderate
Length: 3 miles

Register by July 27

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (18+ years old).
Meet at the nature center and drive to Onondaga Cave State Park in Crawford County. We will be hiking the Deer Run Trail in the morning, and then cool down with a tour of beautiful Onondaga Cave (there will be a small fee for the cave tour). Bring a water bottle, lunch, and dress for the weather.
Terrain: Easy
Length: 2.5 miles

Register by July 27

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 8:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Hike at Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area with Volunteer Naturalist Brian Conry. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is four miles and rated moderate in difficulty. Ages 18-adult. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by July 27

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

When the sun sets you won’t believe how wild it gets here at the nature center! Join staff for a 1.5-mile after-hours adventure on the nature center trails. All ages are welcome for this group hike but be aware that our trails are hilly and can be challenging for some. Please bring a flashlight and suitable shoes. Program is free.