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.

Nature Watching Events

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Red, orange, yellow, and pink. Flowers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. We’ll learn how flowers grow, what a flower is, and we’ll take a stroll to find some. Ages 0-2.

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 19

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 1 (ages 16+)
Create a unique, wearable work of art while using a deer shed to make a set of earrings, necklace pendant, 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.
Registration ends April 19th at 11:30 pm.

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Bring your favorite little ones and learn egg-sactly how and why animals begin their lives in these wonderful little packages.

Register by April 25

Date: Friday, April 26, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Come and learn lots of neat things about snakes like how they move, smell, hear and eat. There will be live snakes found in Missouri to looks at and even touch. We will also go outside and try to find some snakes in their natural habitat.

Register by April 26

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

Location: Pershing State Park

Please register if you plan to attend. If you have questions you may call Adam Brandsgaard at 660-646-6122.

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 April 27

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 30 (Ages 0–2)
Putt, putt, putt and gobble, gobble, gobble goes the turkey. Who is doing all the talking and what are they trying to say? Strut on in to gab like a turkey and find out more with your little one.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (families)
Join us as we learn about the French-American ornithologist, naturalist and painter, John James Audubon, and his contributions to natural history. We will then head out on the stroller friendly trails for one of Audubon’s favorite activities, a bird hike of course! Dress for the weather. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair from us.

Register by April 26

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Snakes and Lizards are really amazing reptiles. Come and discover many incredible things about snakes and lizards that live in Missouri. We will also go outside and try to find some snakes in their natural habitat.

Register by April 27

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 30 (Ages 0–2)
Putt, putt, putt and gobble, gobble, gobble goes the turkey. Who is doing all the talking and what are they trying to say? Strut on in to gab like a turkey and find out more with your little one.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)
Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.

Register by April 30

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Invasive species come into an area, grow vigorously in their new home, and crowd out many native species. How can they out-compete species that are already so well adapted to this environment? We’ll consider some general reasons and some detailed examples. We’ll also play some games, make a craft and (weather permitting) go outdoors and pull up invasive plants. Please dress for the weather and for going off the trail.

Register by April 16

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Wild Edibles:
Making Jellies with Spring Wildflowers
April 30 • Tuesday • 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
(Ages 18 and up)
Reservations begin April 1
Learn to use wildflowers and other spring plants such as violet, Eastern redbud, and dandelion to make wonderful jellies. Learn the processes and make your own jelly. We will have acorn and cattail flour biscuits to try with prepared jellies.

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.

Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 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 (the May 8 feeding will be Tuesday, May 7 3-3:30 PM).

Register by May 1

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Celebrate Migratory Bird Day by learning to identify migrating warblers. Many species of warblers don’t stay, so enjoy the passing birds now with guest Naturalist Bo Brown. Program will include thirty minutes indoors followed by a guided trail hike. Bring field guides and binoculars if you have them. Ages 10-adult.

Register by May 3

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Celebrate Migratory Bird Day by learning to identify migrating warblers. Many species of warblers don’t stay, so enjoy the passing birds now with guest Naturalist Bo Brown. Program will include thirty minutes indoors followed by a guided trail hike. Bring field guides and binoculars if you have them. Ages 10-adult.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) It is time to swap your plants! All plants must be potted, labeled and in good health-no wilted plants allowed. Please consult invasive plant species of MO lists and do not bring invasive species. Herbs, vegetables, annuals, flowers, biennials, perennials, vines, shrubs, trees, fruit bearing seeds and extra garden tools you don't need are permissible. Trade five plants you bring for five new ones-no limits on amount you can bring. Check in at the sign in desk to have your plants checked for approval to trade. Plants that are not approved do not receive trade credit, please understand our rules and abide by them. It is best to pot the plants up at least two weeks prior to the event. Experienced gardeners may be able to bring wilted plants back to life, but many coming don't have those talents. Let's get some dirt under our nails.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Strange armored creatures have invaded Missouri! Why are they here? Where did they come from? Join us to learn about the environmental role that nine-banded armadillos play.

Register by May 3

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 10+) Missourians welcome the energetic and exuberant house wren each spring. This small summer resident is a common backyard bird and will utilize abandoned woodpecker holes, bird boxes and other cavities for its habitat. Building your own wren box is a rewarding nature experience. Make plans to take part in this woodworking session where you will construct your own wren box and learn where to place it in your backyard.

Register by May 4

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin April 20
Gardens are blooming with beauty that attracts visitors both big and small. Learn about native plants while adding style to your own outdoor experience when you create a stepping stone to be displayed in your landscape.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 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, May 4, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Ann Ingalls is a local children's author with over three dozen books in print or forthcoming. She will present one of her new books, Why Should I Walk? I Can Fly! All of Ann's life, she dreamed she could fly. The closest she has ever come is to ride a zipline. A little bird, a big sky and the first time out of the nest! A fledgling robin's first flight is a gentle reminder about what we can accomplish if we just keep trying. Ann sums it up this way, "All young creatures take risks, which is one of the reasons I think this story holds appeal for children-they take risks every day." Come join us to learn a bit about flying! Books will be available from Rainy Day Books for purchase.

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