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Register by May 8

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (adults) Missouri is home to 167 species of native trees and over 50 of them are represented right here in the Discovery Center's native landscape gardens. Join us for a treemendous tour of the grounds where we will collect leaves of your favorites and use them to create a wearable work of art using recycled tee shirts and fabric ink.

Register by May 6

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Tower Grove Park-New Comfort Station

(Ages 7-16)
Celebrate Migratory Bird Day by learning all about some of Missouri’s different birds. We will learn how to ID some of our common visitors, take a look at adaptations, and see if we can survive the Great Migration Challenge! After the program, test your new skills in the bird garden.

For the safety of participants and our staff, participants will be asked to maintain social distance from staff and other participants, and follow St. Louis City mask mandates. Parents are encouraged to stay with their child/ren during this program.

Register by May 8

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (adults) Missouri is home to 167 species of native trees and over 50 of them are represented right here in the Discovery Center's native landscape gardens. Join us for a treemendous tour of the grounds where we will collect leaves of your favorites and use them to create a wearable work of art using recycled tee shirts and fabric ink.

Register by May 7

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

A key to successful vegetable gardening is pest control and pollination, and beneficial native insects do both! In this class you will learn about common garden pests, their beneficial bug counterparts, the native garden food chain, and companion planting. Attendees with receive a potted plant to take home.

Register by May 8

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 8+) Missouri is home to 167 species of native trees and over 50 of them are represented right here in the Discovery Center's native landscape gardens. Join us for a treemendous tour of the grounds where we will collect leaves of your favorites and use them to create a wearable work of art using recycled tee shirts and fabric ink.

Register by May 6

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families)
Global Big Day is an opportunity to observe and share what birds live around you. Your observations help us better understand global bird populations. Join us and be a part of a global citizen science project. Binoculars and smart phone or mobile device is recommended.

Register by May 8

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join Naturalist Jordi Raos as we scour the Nature Center trails to learn more about wild edible plants growing in our area. We will point out which plants are good to eat, when best to harvest, and give the basics on how they can be used. Comfortable shoes, insect repellant, and sunscreen are recommended as we will walk over a mile on hilly trails. Please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Recommended for ages 10-adult.

Register by May 7

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Amphibians are a fun and important group that scientist’s 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!

Register by May 11

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Join us for our regular virtual program series where you can ask the naturalist questions about nature topics. Learn about some amazing amphibians, the frogs of Missouri, with Naturalist Morgan Wyatt followed by a live Q&A session. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Recommended for all ages.

Register by May 11

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Magical moments in nature are waiting for you! Go on an adventure with a Naturalist to make amazing discoveries as you explore on a trail close to the nature center.
Notes: Dress for the weather. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and/or there is more than light rain program will be cancelled.

Register by May 11

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

Registration required (ages 16+) Kansas City artist, Dee Roof, shares the inspiration behind her large-scale patterned installation piece currently on display in the lobby of the Discovery Center. Learn more about the vital importance of native plants which provide critical habitat for native pollinators and how you can help.

Register by May 11

Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:15am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Bring your baby to explore the Nature Center trails with Naturalist Jordi Raos. We will let baby touch and see new things. Bring a trail-ready stroller or baby carrier as we'll be walking the hilly Nature Center trails. Please also bring a small blanket for you and baby to sit on when we stop to look at things. Adults, please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 0-2.

Register by May 12

Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Do you want to learn more about invasive, non—native plants through hands on experiences? Powder Valley staff are offering a plant removal day on the Powder Valley grounds where you will not only learn to identify plants such as garlic mustard, beefsteak, and bush honeysuckle, but you will also participate in removing these plants from Tanglevine and Hickory Ridge Trails.

This program will have a limit of 50 people with use of mask and social distancing practices. All ages are welcome and every person that will be in attendance needs to be registered for the program.

Be sure to wear long pants, work/hiking boots, gloves, water, and bring insect repellent if needed, as we will be in the woods for a good portion of the program.

In the case of inclement weather, the date will be postponed.

We will meet at the staging area (pavilion) off of Tanglevine Trail.

Register by May 12

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Up for a bit of birding? The Springfield Conservation Nature Center is a great place to see and hear a variety of bird species. Please bring binoculars if you have them. No birding experience required. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 18-adult.

Register by May 13

Date: Friday, May 14, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Hike the Homesteaders Trail at the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area near Branson. Meet at the parking lot on the north end of the area (from the intersection of Highway 248 and Shepherd of the Hills Expressway in Branson, take Highway 248 north 3.70 miles, then Sycamore Log Church Road south 3.40 miles to a gravel parking lot). Bring water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is four miles and rated moderate to difficult. Please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 18-adult.

Register by May 14

Date: Friday, May 14, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (adults) Are you interested in becoming part of the growing world of Citizen Science but aren't sure how to get started? Join us for our first Citizen Science Friday! Let's start by learning how to use the iNaturalist and Seep Apps. We will blend technology and our natural habitats to learn how to record encounters with native plants, connect to specialists in the science world and help gather data we can share as we walk the trail at Rocky Point Glade in Swope Park. It is recommended to bring iPhones, iPads or Android phones and to have the iNaturalist and Seek Apps downloaded to your device before the program. The instructor will e-mail the exact meeting location to participants prior to the hike. This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.

Register by May 7

Date: Friday, May 14, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 14+) In the native plant world, April showers bring May flowers. Join our native landscape specialists for a walk around the grounds in the middle of spring. Bring your spring native gardening questions and get a tour of the blooms adorning our landscape.

Register by May 15

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 8+) Are you interested in becoming part of the growing world of Citizen Science but aren't sure how to get started? Join us for our next Citizen Science Saturday! Let's start by reviewing how to use the iNaturalist app, learn how to record encounters with native plants through the Seek! app, connect to specialists in the science world and help gather data we can share. It is recommended to bring iPhones, iPads or Android phones.

Register by May 12

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Virtual

Registration required (adults)
This will be the second Missouri Butterfly Monitoring Network training for the Kansas City area! Learn more about 25 beautiful, common species of butterflies, how surveys are conducted and complete one of the three requirements in order to do surveys. Link to virtual program will be sent by email prior to program.

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Stop in and meet Kansas City artist, Dee Roof, while you experience her large-scale patterned installation piece currently on display in the lobby of the Discovery Center. Learn about the native plants and bees that inspired her work in this informal setting.

Register by May 15

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 3-8) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other nature related places as they read stories, play a game or two and participate in a nature related activity. All this fun while enjoying the great outdoors! This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.
REGISTRATION NOTE: ONE ADULT SHOULD REGISTER TO REPRESENT THE FAMILY AND THEN E-MAIL STEVE.JACOBSEN@MDC.MO.GOV TO COMMUNICATE HOW MANY WILL BE ATTENDING.

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 11:00am to 1:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (adults) Native plants beautify landscapes and help support songbirds and other cherished wildlife. Buy native wildflowers, grasses, shrubs, trees, vines, sedges and native seed from Grow Native! professional members Gaylena's Garden, Ozark Soul, Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, Allendan Seed Company, Colonial Gardens, City Roots, LLC and Green Thumb Gardens. Vendors will have plants available for your perusal and purchase. You may, however, wish to contact the vendors before the sale to pre-order and pre-pay for your plants and have them ready for you to pick up at the sale. This is a partner program with the Missouri Prairie Foundation. Note that each vendor is a separate business and may have different arrangements and requirements for ordering. Volunteers will be available to load plants into your car if you need assistance.

GALLENA'S GARDEN: View the plant list here and email your order to gaylenasgarden@gmail.com by Thursday, May 13. After ordering, they will send an invoice for the purchase.

OZARK SOUL: Order via email or phone by noon on Friday, May 14: natives@ozarksoul.com; 816-809-4062, Please visit https://www.ozarksoul.com/availability.php for a current availability list. In your email or voicemail, please include your phone number and note the date and location. After your order has been placed, Ozark Soul will email you to give you the payment details.

MISSOURI WILDFLOWERS NURSERY: Order by calling 573-496-3492, by email at mowldflrs@socket.net, or online here by Wednesday, May 12: https://mowildflowers.net/

ALLENDAN SEED COMPANY: Please email allendan@allendanseed.com to request current prices and available mixes.
https://www.allendanseed.com/

COLONIAL GARDENS: More information coming soon. Visit https://colonialgardenskc.com/

CITY ROOTS, LLC: Order online by Thursday, May 13: https://www.cityrootsnursery.com/plants-for-sale

GREEN THUMB GARDENS: Order and pay online by Thursday, May 13: https://store.dtekc.com/

Register by May 15

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 3-8) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other nature related places as they read stories, play a game or two and participate in a nature related activity. All this fun while enjoying the great outdoors! This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.
REGISTRATION NOTE: ONE ADULT SHOULD REGISTER TO REPRESENT THE FAMILY AND THEN E-MAIL STEVE.JACOBSEN@MDC.MO.GOV TO COMMUNICATE HOW MANY WILL BE ATTENDING.

Register by May 15

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 8+) Are you interested in becoming part of the growing world of Citizen Science but aren't sure how to get started? Join us for our next Citizen Science Saturday! Let's start by reviewing how to use the iNaturalist app, learn how to record encounters with native plants through the Seek! app , connect to specialists in the science world and help gather data we can share. It is recommended to bring iPhones, iPads or Android phones.

Register by May 15

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 3-8) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other nature related places as they read stories, play a game or two and participate in a nature related activity. All this fun while enjoying the great outdoors! This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.
REGISTRATION NOTE: ONE ADULT SHOULD REGISTER TO REPRESENT THE FAMILY AND THEN E-MAIL STEVE.JACOBSEN@MDC.MO.GOV TO COMMUNICATE HOW MANY WILL BE ATTENDING.

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