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Hiking Events

Register by March 30

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

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+).
Meet at the nature center and drive to Three Creeks Conservation Area in Boone County. We will hike the Turkey Creek Interpretive Trail (3 miles), and time permitting another loop (3 miles). Bring a water bottle, lunch, and dress for the weather.
Terrain: Moderate
Length: 3-6 miles

Register by April 13

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

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (8+ years, children accompanied by a registered adult).
Meet at Runge and carpool to Binder Lake where we will discover some of the flowers, migrating birds and other signs of spring. If we are lucky we may even find some 4-leaved trillium! Dress for the weather and bring water, snacks, and binoculars.

Register by April 12

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

See the spectacular scenery of Ha Ha Tonka State Park. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is five miles and rated moderate to difficult. Ages 18-adult. Register online or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by April 17

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

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+).
Meet at the nature center and drive to Myron & Sonja Glasburg Conservation Area in Jefferson County. Trail: Moderate, 5 miles.

Register by April 19

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Come spend a beautiful spring afternoon hiking in Rockwoods Reservation. We should be able to see and identify many native wildflowers. You will also see how “Wise Use” over the past 81 years has transformed Rockwoods into a wonderful place.

Register by April 24

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 2 (ages 12+)
Join a nature center volunteer for a walk at Seventy-Six Conservation Area to see wildflowers blooming at this unique area. 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.
Held rain or shine. If cancelled due to severe weather, participants will be called 1 hour prior to leaving. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is free.

Register by April 24

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 2 (ages 12+)
Join a nature center volunteer for a walk at Seventy-Six Conservation Area to see wildflowers blooming at this unique area. 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.
Held rain or shine. If cancelled due to severe weather, participants will be called 1 hour prior to leaving. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is free.

Register by April 26

Date: Friday, April 26, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Enjoy an evening outside with your significant other, best friend, or family member. Warmer weather and longer days make for great hikes, join a Naturalist for a guided hike on the Rock Quarry Trail- Long Loop(Moderate difficulty, 2.2 miles).

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 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 Ha Ha Tonka State Park in Camden County. We will be hiking the Devil's Kitchen and Spring Trails. Bring a water bottle, lunch, and dress for the weather.
Terrain: Moderate
Length: 4 miles

Register by April 26

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:30am to 10:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Spring welcomes many migratory birds to our state, but learning to identify these feathered visitors can be tricky. Learn about spring migrants, then hike our trails to try and find them. Bring field guides and binoculars if you have them. This program is for women only. Ages 14-adult. Girls 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult female.

Register by May 1

Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 15 (ages 12+)
Join a nature center volunteer for a walk at Trail of Tears State Park to see the early blooming wildflowers of spring. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water, a snack, and sunscreen (camera and binoculars are optional). Held rain or shine, but canceled due to severe weather. Participants will be called 1 hour prior to leaving if canceled.

Register by May 10

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Start Mother's Day weekend hiking through the woods looking for and enjoying wildflowers provided by Mother Nature. Hike the full 3.5 mile loop or turn back at overlook; trail difficulty is moderate, proper shoes required, bring water and other essentials to enjoy the hike. Please meet at the Glassberg parking lot.

Register by May 15

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 1 (ages 12+)
Join a nature center volunteer for our last walk of spring at Maintz Willdlife Preserve. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water, a snack, and sunscreen (camera and binoculars are optional). Held rain or shine, but canceled due to severe weather. Participants will be called 1 hour prior to leaving if canceled.

Register by May 31

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 15 (ages 12+)
Come enjoy a naturalist lead hike at two of Missouri’s beautiful natural areas in honor of National Trails Day! We’ll see waterfalls, unique rock features, and interesting plants along the way. Hike is 3.5 miles and rated moderate. Ages 12-17 with adult supervision. Pick this option if you are following us from the Nature Center or meeting us there. Must dress appropriately for the weather and must wear sturdy shoes. Please bring water, lunch, and any comfort items (insect repellant, hat, binoculars, sunscreen, etc.). Will be canceled if severe weather is in the area.

Register by May 31

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 15 (ages 12+)
Come enjoy a naturalist lead hike at two of Missouri’s beautiful natural areas in honor of National Trails Day! We’ll see waterfalls, unique rock features, and interesting plants along the way. Hike is 3.5 miles and rated moderate. Ages 12-17 with adult supervision. Pick this option if you are riding with us from the Nature Center. Must dress appropriately for the weather and must wear sturdy shoes. Please bring water, lunch, and any comfort items (insect repellant, hat, binoculars, sunscreen, etc.). Will be canceled if severe weather is in the area.

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Spend a couple of hours hiking and testing your nature knowledge to celebrate National Trails Day! Trek our trails and answer nature-related questions along the way. Stop by the nature center between 9-4 to pick up your question sheet and then return to check your answers and claim your prize. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Register by June 21

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins June 1 (ages 10+)
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.

Register by June 21

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins June 1 (ages 10+)
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.