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

Register by May 3

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Fantastic Frogs and Terrific Toads
May 4 • Saturday • 6:30–8:30 p.m.
(Ages 8 and up, ages 8–15 must be accompanied by an adult)
Reservations begin April 4
Calling all croakers! Join us as we explore our region’s common frogs and toads, their calls, and what they can tell us about the health of our environment. Afterward, enjoy an evening stroll to our pond to listen for and identify frogs and toads by their calls.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Amphibians are a fun and important group that scientists study to determine the health of an ecosystem. Learn how to identify frogs by their calls and create a froggy craft to take home. We will walk to a pond to listen for and maybe even catch a few frogs!

Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

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 she attempts to capture some for banding. All ages.

Register by April 30

Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

A $20.00 REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT IS REQUIRED FOR THIS CLASS AND REGISTRATION IS NOT COMPLETE UNLESS WE RECEIVE THE DEPOSIT WITHIN ONE WEEK OF REGISTRATION.
Registration required beginning April 1 (adults)
The spring flora and fauna will be our backdrop for this unique dining experience as we savor the bounty of a wild spring harvest, sip wild native tea and enjoy a sweet wild edible dessert. Join us for an evening of fun learning more about the habitats around us that provide delicious culinary opportunities. Registration is not complete unless we receive your $20.00 refundable deposit within one week of registration.
Deposit should be made out to MISSOURI CONSERVATION HERITAGE FOUNDATION. Please deliver it to the Discovery Center at 4750 Troost, Kansas City, MO 64110. You will receive an e-mail confirming your reservation after we have received your deposit.

Register by May 8

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin April 25
It’s always a perfect time to enjoy nature. Join us for a stroller walk outdoors. Discover how nature appeals to our senses no matter what our age.

Register by May 8

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin April 25
It’s always a perfect time to enjoy nature. Join us for a stroller walk outdoors. Discover how nature appeals to our senses no matter what our age.

Register by May 9

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngster only (ages 3-5 with an adult)
“What was that!?” Jump straight up to Burr Oak Woods for some facts about Missouri’s armored invader! Nine-banded armadillos dig through the dirt, eating lots of insects along the way. Come on in and learn what it means to be an armadillo.

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Many wild animal mothers take special care of their young by feeding, cleaning, and protecting their babies, but many do not. Discover which of these “other mothers” are most like our own!

Register by May 9

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngster only (ages 3-5 with an adult)
“What was that!?” Jump straight up to Burr Oak Woods for some facts about Missouri’s armored invader! Nine-banded armadillos dig through the dirt, eating lots of insects along the way. Come on in and learn what it means to be an armadillo.

Date: Friday, May 10, 2019 - 3:00pm to Friday, May 24, 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 snakes are fed every other week (May 10 & 24).

Register by May 10

Date: Friday, May 10, 2019 - 6:00pm to Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

May 10 • Friday • 6-10 PM and
May 11 • Saturday 8 AM-2 PM
Registration begins April 15 (ages 18+)
Make a beautiful cork decoy to use for waterfowl hunting or as unique art. Learn duck identification, duck ecology and decoy history as you sculpt and paint your own decoy. Cost for materials is $15. To complete registration, mail or bring a check to the Nature Center made out to MCHF (Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation).
Please wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty or getting paint on. This is not a good activity for those with asthma or other respiratory difficulties.

Register by May 11

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Online registration begins April 20 (ages 3-6)
Have you ever noticed that every type of plant has a unique type of flower? Pretty wild, isn’t it? We’ll talk about some different types of wildflowers and the animals that might visit them. We’ll go on a short hike to see what wildflowers we can identify.

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 11

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Online registration begins April 20 (ages 3-6)
Have you ever noticed that every type of plant has a unique type of flower? Pretty wild, isn’t it? We’ll talk about some different types of wildflowers and the animals that might visit them. We’ll go on a short hike to see what wildflowers we can identify.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Many wild animal mothers take special care of their young by feeding, cleaning, and protecting their babies, but many do not. Discover which of these “other mothers” are most like our own!

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Stop by the nature center from 1-3 and check out our discovery table. Learn about some of the migratory birds that pass through Missouri. We’ll have a table of information you can take home and some migratory bird activities! Youth and adult groups welcome.

Register by May 11

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Celebrate your mother (or mother figure) while you sip and nibble on teas and treats made from native plants. We’ll stroll the grounds to point out native edibles and make a spring-related craft. All ages. Adult supervision required for ages 0-17.

Register by May 14

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Online registration begins April 20 (ages 3-6)
Have you ever noticed that every type of plant has a unique type of flower? Pretty wild, isn’t it? We’ll talk about some different types of wildflowers and the animals that might visit them. We’ll go on a short hike to see what wildflowers we can identify.

Register by May 14

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Online registration begins April 20 (ages 3-6)
Have you ever noticed that every type of plant has a unique type of flower? Pretty wild, isn’t it? We’ll talk about some different types of wildflowers and the animals that might visit them. We’ll go on a short hike to see what wildflowers we can identify.

Register by May 14

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
Did you know that you can create delightful natural teas from leaves collected just outside your door? Come in and enjoy a cup of tea as you learn how to identify, harvest and dry these delicious leaves for later use. Hike included weather permitting.

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

No registration required (ages 10+)
Tom Milligan as Jay N. “Ding” Darling visits from his 11th floor office at the Des Moines Register, where he worked from 1906-1943. Beginning with his early years in Sioux City, where he became aware of the natural world around him, as well as his developing skills as an editorial cartoonist, he reflects upon his remarkable life journey. His story continues to include two Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoons for the Register, and a remarkable career as a nationally known conservationist. From the introduction of the duck stamp to the creation of the National Wildlife Federation, Darling’s influence was felt, not only through his cartoons, but through his actions as well. Considered by many to be one of the most influential members of the modern conservation movement in the first half of the 20th century, the impact of his work is still felt today.

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, June 7, 2019 - 8:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

No reservations required
Trail Tales features a children’s book along the trail. Read, move, and play as you visit and engage in suggested activities at each stop. Both children and adults will love to play in nature this way!

Register by May 15

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin May 1
Come see the topic we are exploring this month. Families, meet in the nature center lobby for a “nature” adventure. Everyone will hike with the naturalist to a special place in the forest and enjoy a nature story under the tree canopy. Siblings are welcome. This program will be canceled in the case of inclement weather.

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join Ms. Ladybug as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your child. Please no organized groups. Ages 2-6.

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.

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