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Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, November 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: Friday, November 9, 2018 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, November 21, 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 snakes enjoy their feast every other week.

Register by November 13

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (ages 3-5 with an adult) We bundle up in the fall and winter, but did you know animals also put on winter coats? Come in and discover some of Missouri’s critters who can add a layer of protection from the elements. Some run, some jump and some even fly! Registration required for youngster only.

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join Volunteer Naturalist Joyce Tolliver as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your 2-6 year olds. Please, no organized groups. No registration required.

Register by November 16

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins November 1 (ages 12+)
Enjoy the splendors of November and celebrate National Take a Hike Day by hiking through multiple different habitats at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. What better way to relieve stress than go hiking through Southeast Missouri’s backyard. Children ages 12 and up must have an adult.
We won’t be going into areas where hunting on the refuge is taking place, however, please bring blaze orange to wear as safety precaution during hunting season. Also, bring a sack lunch, water, and any other personal items (insect repellant, sunscreen, etc.).

Register by November 17

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Missouri is a great place to visit and these winter visitors could not agree more. We’ll learn about the birds that migrate to our state in the winter and learn why they come here. Ages 0-2. Registration begins November 1.

Register by November 17

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Missouri is a great place to visit and these winter visitors could not agree more. We’ll learn about the birds that migrate to our state in the winter and learn why they come here. Ages 0-2. Registration begins November 1.

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Kestrels, falcons and red-tailed hawks are some of the most fascinating raptors we will ever have the opportunity to experience in Missouri! Discover the mysteries of these regal birds as you observe live animal exhibits and participate in hands-on activities. Special live animal guests will be joining us from Lakeside Nature Center throughout the day.

Date: Saturday, November 17, 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, November 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages) Fur is an important part of survival for Missouri’s mammals. It can insulate, camouflage or even send a message. During this program you will get to see and touch the pelts of many different mammals (no live animals will be present).

Register by November 16

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Missouri is home to a wide array of animals and therefore habitats. This class will explore the main habitats of Missouri and how our wildlife uses them to survive, this class will also include a short hike to visit some habitat types around Rockwoods Reservation (Partial Lime Kiln Trail Hike, Difficulty: Easy)

Date: Saturday, November 17, 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, November 17, 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 November 17

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins November 1 (ages 12+)
Discover the many different plants you can harvest through the year to make jams and jellies. You will get a chance to make and take home some jams and jellies. Adult supervision is required for ages 12-17.

Register by November 20

Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin November 6.
Pressing flowers and leaves is a great way to preserve the beauty of summer and fall. Create greeting cards and an ornament for the holidays using some Missouri plants. We will also learn more about how you can grow them at your own homes.

Register by November 20

Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Camouflage is used in nature by animals in predator/prey relationships. Learn all about how wildlife uses camouflage and mimicry to help animals survive in nature. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids. Ages 7-12.

Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (adults) Join award-winning wildlife photographer Matt Miles for a presentation of "Behind the Lens." Matt has backpacked, floated, snorkeled and explored virtually every county in Missouri to photograph wildlife and wild lands for more than 20 years. Matt will describe many of the rare and dramatic moments he has captured with his camera - images that are now featured in his new photo book: MISSOURI, WILD and WONDERFUL. His entertaining presentation also includes fascinating facts about our natural world. An opportunity to purchase signed copies of MISSOURI, WILD and WONDERFUL will follow the presentation.

Register by November 20

Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (babes under 36 months) Fall can be a great time to explore the forest. Bring your little one to a fun scavenger hike in the colorful fall forest of Burr Oak Woods. A portion of the program will be outside, dress for the weather. Registration required for youngster only.

Date: Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

The wild turkey is one of Missouri’s most popular game birds. In honor of Thanksgiving, stop by our display to learn more about the bird that almost became our national symbol.

Register by November 21

Date: Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Make holiday treasures for your family or one-of-a-kind handmade gifts for the holidays from the abundance of natural objects this season has to offer. The Twin Pines staff will show you how to use items such as twigs, pine needles, acorns, buckeyes and seed pods to create wreath, reindeer and miniature tree ornaments. Designed for ages 12 and up, this program has a class limit of 20. Reservations are required. For further information, call 573-325-1381. Reservations can be made on line at www.mdc.mo.gov\twinpines or by calling 888-283-0364.

Date: Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Stop by to see members of the Ozark Whittlers and Woodcarvers transform wood into treasures. All ages. No registration required.

Date: Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages) One of Missouri’s largest birds, the wild turkey, is fun to watch and popular with hunters. They are common here now, but at one time there were very few turkeys in the state. Join us as we take flight with this colorful, magnificent bird. We will also uncover some turkey myths along the way.

Register by November 27

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6-16)
Badgers digging in the prairies, otters playing in the rivers, minks hunting in the lowlands –what do they have in common with each other? Learn how these interesting predators in the weasel family have different adaptations that help them live in such different parts of the habitat.

Register by November 28

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 8:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin November 14.
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. Please dress for the weather; however, this program will be canceled due to inclement weather.

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Raccoons are clever nighttime animals. Bring your favorite Big Person and learn more about these critters. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required.

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