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Register by November 1

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 8:00am to Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 11:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Powder Valley Photo Contest
Powder Valley wants to see what our visitors love about discovering nature! This photo contest is for amateur photographers (all ages). It is free and open to all visitors of Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, Emmenegger Nature Park & Possum Woods, and Claire Gempp Davidson Memorial Wildlife Area. Deadline for all entries will be November 1, 2018. Winners will be announced in the Conservation Connections Newsletter and displayed at Powder Valley in February 2019. For more details and an entry form, please contact Shelly Colatskie at shelly.colatskie@mdc.mo.gov , 314-301-1506 ex 4222 or stop by and pick one up at the front desk.

Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, May 30, 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. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Friday, May 11, 2018 - 3:00pm to Friday, May 25, 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 Friday.

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. Ages 7-adult. Late spring and early summer are busy times for birds. Volunteer Naturalist Myra Scroggs will help find common nesting birds, as well as some that are not so easy to spot, during this indoor and outdoor program.

Register by May 24

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 1 (ages 18+)
Native bees are responsible for pollinating most of our food crops and flowers. They, like honey bees, have declining populations. Join us in making a beehouse that is both functional and beautiful that you can place on your property.

Register by May 24

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Online registration begins May 1. Ages 7-12. Special guest Sarah Driver will join us for a look at Missouri’s smallest and most energetic bird-the ruby-throated hummingbird. Learn how you can attract this winged jewel to your backyard during this humdinger of a program. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids.

Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 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. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Register by June 1

Date: Friday, June 1, 2018 - 6:00pm to Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 3 (ages 14+)
Must attend both days.
Friday evening at the nature center property owner, Paul Breitenstein, will discuss the process he has undertaken over the years to turn his landscape from old pastures to a diverse habitat teeming with wildlife. Saturday, everyone will go on a hike at Paul’s to see how these best practices have improved the property while identifying a wide variety of plants, along the way.
Directions will be emailed to those who register.

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. All ages. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act with a hike. Learn about our National Historic and Scenic trails, how to take care of your local trails, and test your knowledge about trails and the Trails Act on a family trivia hike.

Register by June 1

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 8:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Online registration begins May 15. Ages 18-adult. Hike at Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area with Volunteer Naturalist Pat Stritzel. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring water and snacks and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is three miles and rated moderate in difficulty.

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Help celebrate National Trails Day and enjoy the wonders of nature at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center. Hike the trails at the center that roam through a variety of natural Ozark settings, scout for signs of animals that have passed through, do some birding and check out the wildflowers as you wander along. You never know what awaits you at trails end. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Spend a couple of hours hiking and testing your nature knowledge to celebrate National Trails Day! Trek our trails and answer nature-related questions along the way. Stop by the nature center between 9-4 to pick up your question sheet and then return to check your answers and claim your prize. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Date: Saturday, June 2, 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, June 2, 2018 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Nature Artisan Series
Watercolors and Nature with Lee Walter
June 2nd• Saturday • 10am to 1pm
(All Ages)
No registration required
Come and enjoy some demonstrations of beautiful artwork and even take home your own nature art.
Lee Walter believes that we experience nature every time we walk outside. Her watercolor paintings highlight nature close to home. Instead of using a brush to create her work, she pours six or more layers of paint on the paper. In between each pour, she masks out areas to resist paint. This results in layered glazes of watercolor after she removes the masking.

Date: Saturday, June 2, 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, June 2, 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.

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages) Turkey vultures are nature’s flying clean-up crew. They find and eat dead animals most of us would not touch. Soar in to learn more about these unique birds and discover how their unusual habits are beneficial to us all.

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 3:00pm to Saturday, June 30, 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: Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. All ages. 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 attempting to capture some for banding.

Register by June 5

Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 3-6) 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.

Please register each child attending the program.

Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ever wonder what it takes to keep all of the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Thanks to some amazing animal care volunteers, they are fed a delicious smorgasbord of crickets, worms, minnows, and more! Drop by to visit with the volunteers and staff as they feed the hungry critters. Youth and adult groups welcome

Register by June 7

Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Our native flora is really quite dazzling. After learning about some of our lovelier plants, we will explore the basics of flower arranging. Bring a small vase and you will create your own small, but unique arrangement to take home.

Register by June 7

Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The native trees of Missouri are some of the prettiest woods found. We will be discovering how beautiful trees are on the inside. Tree cookies are thin slices of tree branches or trunks revealing the rings and lines that can tell a story. After learning about how to read tree rings we will use the cookies to create a trivet or unique piece of wall art.

Date: Friday, June 8, 2018 - 3:00pm to Friday, June 22, 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 friday.

Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. Ages 3-6. Everyone loves flowers and spring is a great time to see them. Join us for a short hike (weather allowing) as we learn what special jobs flowers do. We’ll make a “flowery” craft to take home. Please no organized groups.

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