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Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, September 28, 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.

Register by September 17

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come learn about one of Missouri’s most interesting flyers—owls! How can these cool birds find food in the dark? We’ll learn why these lucky owls get to stay up past our bedtimes. It’ll be a hoot!

Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, November 15, 2019 - 5:00pm

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! Check it out on Broken Ridge Trail.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Enjoy a fun-filled morning of monarch butterfly-themed activities and crafts as we celebrate their migration during the Native Plant Sale. Stop by any time to view caterpillars and butterflies; participate in citizen science as we catch and tag butterflies on their journey to Mexico. Play a game, go on a butterfly scavenger hunt, and make a monarch headband. Learn more about their incredible migration and conservation efforts to help stop their declining populations during a program from 10 –10:30 A.M. in the Shoal Creek classroom. Enjoy festival activities before and after the program.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 9:30am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The Missouri Prairie Foundation will be on site for Monarch Mania to offer a native plant sale providing a variety of native seeds, flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees to purchase. If you wish to preorder your choices for pick-up visit https://moprairie.org for specific vendor information. A percentage of proceeds from plant sales will benefit prairie conservation in Missouri.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 9:30am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The monarch is without a doubt one of the most remarkable insects we have the opportunity to enjoy in Missouri. Discover the majesty of this butterfly through various hands-on activities that will leave you in a state of "Monarch Mania." There will be monarchs to tag and release, milkweed giveaways and much more for all ages. Join the mania at this annual event and learn how you can help the population of the monarch butterfly.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

(All ages, best for 5 and above)
No registration required.

Learn more about the life cycle and migration of these beautiful butterflies before they quietly flutter away to their winter hibernaculum in Mexico. Enjoy monarch festival activities before and after the program.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Trees are beautiful when changing colors, but they are not alone. Some of Missouri’s very own mammals change their colors too. Come on in and learn about the colors of fall, mammal style!

Date: Saturday, September 21, 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, September 21, 2019 - 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, September 21, 2019 - 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 September 24

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Learning about nature from a young age is good for kids and for the environment. Every month, join Rockwoods naturalists for an outdoor adventure with your little one. The entire class is presented outside, so please dress to be in the water, wear sunscreen, and bring bug spray. Siblings are welcome, but please note this class is designed for ages 3–6.

Register by September 24

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngster only (ages 3–5 with an adult)
Hey, where did all these black and orange butterflies come from? Where are they going? Monarchs are one of Missouri’s prettiest insects; but did you know this famous migrant is born without wings? Discover the amazing life cycle of the monarch butterfly.

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

The black bear population is growing in the Ozarks. Join us as we learn about these amazing animals. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required.

Register by September 24

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 12–18)
What animals live at Burr Oak Woods? Join us as we go sleuthing to solve this riddle by looking for evidence that animals leave behind. Who knows, the answer could even show us how animals interact with each other and even us! Dress to be outside for a portion of the program.

Register by September 24

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 6–8)
What animals live at Burr Oak Woods? Join us as we go sleuthing to solve this riddle by looking for evidence that animals leave behind. Who knows, the answer could even show us how animals interact with each other and even us! Dress to be outside for a portion of the program.

Register by September 24

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 9–11)
What animals live at Burr Oak Woods? Join us as we go sleuthing to solve this riddle by looking for evidence that animals leave behind. Who knows, the answer could even show us how animals interact with each other and even us! Dress to be outside for a portion of the program.

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Trees provide food and shelter for many kinds of wildlife, but that's not all they do. Bring your tots and find out why trees are so terrific.

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

The black bear population is growing in the Ozarks. Join us as we learn about these amazing animals. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required.

Register by September 24

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 6–8)
What animals live at Burr Oak Woods? Join us as we go sleuthing to solve this riddle by looking for evidence that animals leave behind. Who knows, the answer could even show us how animals interact with each other and even us! Dress to be outside for a portion of the program.

Register by September 24

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 9–11)
What animals live at Burr Oak Woods? Join us as we go sleuthing to solve this riddle by looking for evidence that animals leave behind. Who knows, the answer could even show us how animals interact with each other and even us! Dress to be outside for a portion of the program.

Register by September 24

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngster only (ages 3–5 with an adult)
Hey, where did all these black and orange butterflies come from? Where are they going? Monarchs are one of Missouri’s prettiest insects; but did you know this famous migrant is born without wings? Discover the amazing life cycle of the monarch butterfly.

Register by September 25

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Waste not, want not! Reusing items we already have saves our natural habitat. We will learn how to take an old feed bag and make it into a jazzy tote bag. Machine sewing skills necessary. Please bring your own machine if you have one.

Register by September 24

Date: Friday, September 27, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: MDC Discovery Room Missouri State Fairgrounds

Registration required by contacting Cory Gregg rather than online:
cory.gregg@mdc.mo.gov or 573-796-0286 ext. 4285

This training is geared towards the ‘do-it-yourself’ landowners interested in managing their woodlots via forest thinning, harvesting, and wildlife habitat improvement projects that require the use of a chainsaw. MDC recognizes the safety hazards that are associated with chainsaw use, and work to ensure the well-being of landowner cooperators who are improving Missouri’s forest, fish, and wildlife resources.

Instructor Joe Glenn is nationally known in the field of chainsaw training and competition. He uses the world-recognized “Safety and Woods Worker” (SAWW) training program, which utilizes combined learning environments of the classroom, workshop, and the field, to educate participants in the safest and most efficient techniques for maintaining and operating a chainsaw.

The training will place special emphasis on protective equipment, proper saw maintenance, proper sharpening techniques, safe felling techniques for a variety of circumstances as well as bucking and limbing hazards.

Required participant materials include: Properly operating chainsaw, chainsaw chaps, leather boots, leather gloves, hearing protection, and eye protection.

Date: Friday, September 27, 2019 - 3:00pm to 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 enjoy their feast every other week.

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