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Hiking Events

Register by September 29

Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+).
Meet at the nature center and drive to Bennett Springs State Park to hike the Natural Tunnel Trail. Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary. Bring lunch, water, insect repellent, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and dress for the weather. Trail Length: 7.5 miles. Terrain: Moderate with rocks and/or roots.

Register by September 28

Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 8:15am to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 18-adult. Online registration begins September 1. Explore the Homesteaders Trail on the Henning Conservation Area with Volunteer Naturalist Sandy Vaughn. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is approximately four miles and rated moderate to difficult.

Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required. Enjoy a naturalist-guided hike on the nature center trails. Learn about the wildlife and habitats found on the nature center area.

Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required. Enjoy a naturalist-guided hike on the nature center trails. Learn about the wildlife and habitats found on the nature center area.

Register by October 9

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 8+ years, children 8-15 accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adult must also register). Malissa Briggler, State Botanist, joins us as we hike the beautiful Prairie Garden Trust in search of mushrooms and plants growing along the trail. Enjoy the fall colors as we hike this 2-mile trail.

Register by October 15

Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Come spend a beautiful Fall afternoon hiking the Busch Fallen Oak Trail enjoying the beautiful fall foliage. We talk about how animals prepare for winter as we hike the 1-mile trail. You will also see how “Wise Use” has transformed the area over the past 50 years.

Register by October 17

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+).
Meet at the nature center, drive to Castlewood State Park, in St. Louis County, and hike one or two of the best trails. Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary. Bring lunch, water, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and dress for the weather. Trail Length: 3.2 miles. Terrain: Moderate with hills and/or rocks.

Register by October 17

Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Come spend a beautiful Fall afternoon hiking in Rockwoods Reservation enjoying the beautiful fall foliage. We will also talk about how animals prepare for winter as we hike. You will also see how “Wise Use” over the past 80 years has transformed Rockwoods into a wonderful place. Participants should be able to do a 1 ½ mile hike.

Register by October 19

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Adults – Age 16 and up
Reservations begin October 5
Join us for an 8.3-mile hike through the forests at the Weldon Spring Conservation Area. The Missouri River overlooks offer panoramic views of the floodplains and varying fall colors that you don’t want to miss!

Register by October 27

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+).
Meet at the nature center, drive to Big Buffalo Creek Conservation Area in Benton County, and hike one or two of the best trails. Join us as we explore the Big Buffalo Creek Fen Natural Area. Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary. Bring lunch, water, insect repellent, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and dress for the weather. Trail Length: 5 miles. Terrain: Moderate

Register by October 26

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 18-adult. Online registration begins October 1. Explore Piney Creek Wilderness with Volunteer Naturalist Carmen Steketee. 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.

Register by November 2

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

IMPORTANT: Do NOT meet at Rockwoods Reservation. You will meet at the LaBarque Creek Conservation Area parking lot. --
Discover the glades, woodlands and sandstone formations of one of Missouri’s most pristine natural areas. Be prepared for a 3-mile trek including creek crossings, elevation changes, and uneven terrain. -- Registration is required. --
For more information about LaBarque Creek Conservation Area, visit https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places/labarque-creek-ca.

Register by November 16

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

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Join us for an invigorating mid- November hike of the Turkey Ridge Trail. As we progress along the trail we will talk about the habitat, food, habits,
and calls of wild turkeys. If we are really lucky we may even see or hear some wild turkeys. (Effort = Moderate 2.0 miles with hills) -- Registration is required.

Register by November 16

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Listen for the howls of coyotes or the calls of a few owls during a moderate hike at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area. We will hike the Busch Hiking/Biking Trail which is approximately 3 ½ miles in length.

Register by February 15

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come with us as we hike along the bluffs and through the forest at Seventy-Six Conservation Area. We’ll get a wonderful view of the river on our 3-mile hike. Hike difficulty is rated as moderate with some steep slopes. 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. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is free.

Register by February 15

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come with us as we hike along the bluffs and through the forest at Seventy-Six Conservation Area. We’ll get a wonderful view of the river on our 3-mile hike. Hike difficulty is rated as moderate with some steep slopes. 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. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is free.

Register by March 1

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us as we visit explore the upper loop of the Whispering Pines Trail at Hawn State Park. Hike is ~6 miles and rated rugged, moderate to difficult. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center are free.
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.
Prepare for water crossings and wear appropriate shoes.
Bring water, a lunch, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

Register by March 1

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us as we visit explore the upper loop of the Whispering Pines Trail at Hawn State Park. Hike is ~6 miles and rated rugged, moderate to difficult. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center are free.
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.
Prepare for water crossings and wear appropriate shoes.
Bring water, a lunch, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.