Nature Viewing

Nature viewing in Missouri can be as close as your backyard or neighborhood park, but conservation areas and natural areas are excellent places to spend time in nature. Take a driving tour, hike though a forest or glade, or just sit and listen to the sounds of nature.

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Nature Watching Events

Register by November 1

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 8:00am to Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 11:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Powder Valley Photo Contest
Powder Valley wants to see what our visitors love about discovering nature! This photo contest is for amateur photographers (all ages). It is free and open to all visitors of Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, Emmenegger Nature Park & Possum Woods, and Claire Gempp Davidson Memorial Wildlife Area. Deadline for all entries will be November 1, 2018. Winners will be announced in the Conservation Connections Newsletter and displayed at Powder Valley in February 2019. For more details and an entry form, please contact Shelly Colatskie at shelly.colatskie@mdc.mo.gov , 314-301-1506 ex 4222 or stop by and pick one up at the front desk.

Date: Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 3:00am to Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages) Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday.

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Start your weekend feeling refreshed and inspired. Nature provides so many ways to rejuvenate yourself. We will start with 60 minutes of yoga lead by Nella Yoga instructors, followed by a naturalist lead walk through the gardens to experience the birds and native plants that call the Discovery Center home. Participants should meet at the shelter on the south side of the Discovery Center.

Register by July 21

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us as we head on out to Amidon Memorial Conservation Area. We’ll hike the short Cedar Glade Trail and then head on over to a swimming spot to snorkel and examine the animals that live in the river. Afterwards, we’ll dry off as we scoop insects near a grassland. Children ages 12-17 accompanied by a registered adult are welcome.

Notes:
- Participants need to dress appropriately for the weather and bring:
an appropriate swimsuit, a towel, shoes to hike in, shoes to swim in (no bare feet in the water), lunch, and water.
- Will be cancelled if raining.

Date: Saturday, July 21, 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.

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Celebrate with us the beauty, life cycle, and habitats of moths for National Moth Week. This event will include a kid’s craft, Missouri moth collection display and a moth program at 1:00. We will have something for “Moth-ers” of all ages

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Summer camp isn't just for kids, today it's for the whole family. Spend the day participating in all the fun activities summer camp would offer: kids and adults will practice camp games, atlatl, fire starting, nature art and more. Then cool off exploring the wonderful world of mussels. Learn how these small, fresh water animals are important for healthy rivers, streams and ponds. Come enjoy being outdoors to celebrate a fun summer.

Date: Saturday, July 21, 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.

Date: Saturday, July 21, 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 July 21

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 8-adult. Online registration begins July 1.
Art instructor and nature enthusiast Hing Wah Hatch will increase your powers of observation as she demonstrates, step-by-step, how to capture the essence of local plants and animals through Chinese-style painting. Participants will go home with more nature knowledge and their own artistic masterpiece.

Register by July 21

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 2:45pm to 4:15pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 8-adult. Online registration begins July 1.
Art instructor and nature enthusiast Hing Wah Hatch will increase your powers of observation as she demonstrates, step-by-step, how to capture the essence of local plants and animals through Chinese-style painting. Participants will go home with more nature knowledge and their own artistic masterpiece.

Register by July 24

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us at the nature center as we find a nice shady spot to enjoy a good story together. After a volunteer reads a story or two, parents will have follow along activities to help explore nature together.

Register by July 24

Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters (ages 3-5 with an adult)
Flutter on over to learn why ladybugs and butterflies are two of our favorite insects. We will learn how they both go through a magical change and how each has a special job in the garden. We may even get to meet some! Participants meet at the nature center.

Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
Kids, slither in and get up close and personal with nature’s most misunderstood reptile. Please no organized groups.

Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
Kids, slither in and get up close and personal with nature’s most misunderstood reptile. Please no organized groups.

Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Before books, traditional peoples used stories to teach their youth understanding and respect for their fellow creatures and the places we all share. These ancient stories from all continents still have the power to teach - and they're fun to hear! Fran Stallings combines these stories with modern songs to double the fun. Lively songs and audience participation will keep the whole family enthralled. This program is co-sponsored by the National Storytelling Network.

Register by July 26

Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 7-12. Online registration begins July 1.
Summer is the perfect time for lizards, and the nature center is one of the best places to spot them. Learn about Missouri’s thirteen species of lizards, and make a lizard craft to take home. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids.

Register by July 25

Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Many animals are only active at night. Find out what you can expect to see and hear before we head out to enjoy the trails after dark. Our focus for the evening will be to black-light for nocturnal insects but you never know what else you might find. So be sure to wear suitable shoes for the hike.

Date: Friday, July 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
The droning sound of male cicadas provide background music to summers in the Ozarks. Spend some time learning about these fascinating and loud insects before they quietly disappear. Please no organized groups.

Date: Friday, July 27, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
The droning sound of male cicadas provide background music to summers in the Ozarks. Spend some time learning about these fascinating and loud insects before they quietly disappear. Please no organized groups.

Date: Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Have you ever wondered what environmental scientists do every day? Then stop in at the nature center to explore our displays, booths, and demonstrations to learn more about these amazing projects in your area. We will also have games, crafts, and a photo booth set up for you to take your picture with Smokey Bear. If you would like to try your hand at being a biologist, help us with our Bio Blitz by collecting sightings of plants and wildlife around the nature center grounds.

Date: Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Here is a safe way to learn about plants that you should avoid. Enjoy a discovery table to find out how common each of these plants are and what to do if you touch them.

Date: Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
The droning sound of male cicadas provide background music to summers in the Ozarks. Spend some time learning about these fascinating and loud insects before they quietly disappear. Please no organized groups.

Date: Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required.
Here is your chance to see a ruby-throated hummingbird up close! Join master hummingbird bander Sarah Driver to learn more about this winged jewel while attempting to capture some for banding.

Register by July 31

Date: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6 and up) Ladybugs are familiar and fun, and we love them because both larval and adult ladybugs eat aphids (tiny insects that that are harmful to plants). Come help us celebrate these lovable little predators with interactive discussion, activities and crafts. Note: We will be using acrylic paint.

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