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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, April 4, 2018 - 3:00pm to Saturday, April 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. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Friday, April 13, 2018 - 3:00pm to Friday, April 27, 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 are fed every other week. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Register by April 24

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults) Put some beauty, color and nutrition into your meals, by adding native flowers to your salads, pastries and teas. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Register by April 25

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 3 (ages 12+)
Join a nature center volunteer for a walk at Seventy Six Conservation Area to see wildflowers blooming at this unique area.
Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water, a snack, sunscreen, (camera and binoculars optional). . Held rain or shine. If cancelled due to severe weather, participants will be called 1 hour prior to leaving.

Register by April 25

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 3 (ages 12+)
Join a nature center volunteer for a walk at Seventy Six Conservation Area to see wildflowers blooming at this unique area.
Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water, a snack, sunscreen, (camera and binoculars optional). . Held rain or shine. If cancelled due to severe weather, participants will be called 1 hour prior to leaving. You can follow us from the Nature Center or call to meet us at the area.

Register by April 26

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Online registration begins April 3. Ages 7-12. Like birds, toads and frogs are often noticed first by their mating calls. They fill the day and night with peeps, trills, and snores. Learn about their habits and how to identify their calls during this month’s meeting. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids.

Date: Friday, April 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. Ages 0-2. Bring your children ages 0-2 for a guided walk with Volunteer Naturalist Dana Tideman. Bring a stroller.

Date: Friday, April 27, 2018 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Enjoy a spectacular evening hike under the nearly full moon as you experience Burr Oak Woods at night. Visit stations along the way to learn how nocturnal animals use their unique adaptations to help them survive in the forest after dark. The nature center will be transformed into a night experience in a way you haven’t seen it before. Don't miss the live owl and opossum presentations at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. with Lakeside Nature Center. Be sure to bring a flashlight and your sense of adventure! For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 3 (ages 12+)
Spring is a great time to view many species of plants emerging and blooming. However, on this trip we are going to investigate the special trees that live in the wetlands of Southeast Missouri by canoe. By the end of the trip, you all will be budding dendrologists!

All canoes and life jackets will be provided. You must use our canoe, but you can bring your own personal life jacket. This will be an all-day program so bring a sack lunch. There is the possibility to get wet while canoeing so bring extra dry clothes. We will have free transportation available for 12 participants, and canoe space for 4 participants who wish to meet us there.
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event.
if you have questions regarding transportation you can email Dustin or call the nature center at 573-290-5218.

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 3 (ages 12+)
Spring is a great time to view many species of plants emerging and blooming. However, on this trip we are going to investigate the special trees that live in the wetlands of Southeast Missouri by canoe. By the end of the trip, you all will be budding dendrologists!

Registration begins April 3 (ages 12+)
Spring is a great time to view many species of plants emerging and blossoming. However, on this trip we are going to investigate the special trees that live in the wetlands of Southeast Missouri by canoe. By the end of the trip, you all will be budding dendrologists!

All canoes and life jackets will be provided. You must use our canoe, but you can bring your own personal life jacket. This will be an all-day program so bring a sack lunch. There is the possibility to get wet while canoeing so bring extra dry clothes. We will have free transportation available for 12 participants, and canoe space for 4 participants who wish to meet us there.
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event.
if you have questions regarding transportation you can email Dustin or call the nature center at 573-290-5218.

Register by April 28

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Red, orange, yellow, pink. Flowers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. We'll learn how flowers grow, what a flower is, and we’ll take a stroll to find some. Registration begins April 3. Ages 0-2

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Registration required (families, ages 8 and up)
This outdoor hike will connect you to the history of the White River and how our large area lakes were formed. The ¼ mile trail is very flat and easy to walk. Dress for the weather, bring a bottle of water, and wear shoes for walking off the trail.

Register by April 28

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Red, orange, yellow, pink. Flowers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. We'll learn how flowers grow, what a flower is, and we’ll take a stroll to find some. Registration begins April 3. Ages 0-2

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. Ages 0-2. Bring your children ages 0-2 for a guided walk with Volunteer Naturalist Dana Tideman. Bring a stroller.

Register by April 21

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Taste samples of nature’s bounty throughout the seasons. This program includes information on plant identification, preparation and cooking techniques. We will be taking a short hike around the center, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Open to ages 12 and up.

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families) Do you want to contribute to science but not sure how? Join us for a new monthly series for 2018: Citizen Scientist Saturdays! We will start with iNaturalist. We will blend technology and the outdoors as we learn how to record encounters with wildlife, connect with experts in identification and help resource managers gather wildlife data. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov.

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

Register by May 2

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Online registration begins April 15. Ages 10-adult. Celebrate Migratory Bird Day by learning to identify migrating warblers. Many species of warblers don’t stay, so enjoy these passing birds now with guest Naturalist Bo Brown. Program will include thirty minutes indoors followed by a guided trail hike. Bring field guides and binoculars if you have them.

Date: Friday, May 4, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Rock your nature center with Emmy® Award winning singer and songwriter, WildHeart! Get ready for toe-tapping, wild-wiggling tunes chock full of fun facts on wild critters. Plan to rock with reptiles and roll with the fun as we sing and learn together about animals and their habitats. Critters Rock! Held inside if there is inclement weather. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Register by May 4

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Online registration begins April 15. Ages 10-adult. Celebrate Migratory Bird Day by learning to identify migrating warblers. Many species of warblers don’t stay, so enjoy these passing birds now with guest Naturalist Bo Brown. Program will include thirty minutes indoors followed by a guided trail hike. Bring field guides and binoculars if you have them.

Register by May 5

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Online registration begins April 15. Ages 12-adult. Bring your camera and take a closer look at nature photography with Volunteer Naturalist Dan Liles. We’ll take photos of plants, birds, and insects. Afterwards we will discuss tools and techniques and review photos.

Register by May 4

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Missouri Spring Wildflower Walk
May 5th• Saturday • 9:30–11:30 a.m.
(All Ages)
**Please register each person individually.
Reservations begin April 21.
Spring ephemerals consist of several species of wildflowers that only come up for a short period during the spring. Come join me on a hike on Hickory Ridge Trail as we enjoy a beautiful spring hike looking not only for these spring ephemerals but also birds and other wildlife. Hickory Ridge Trail is 1.2 miles in length and consists of steep hills. If there are mobility considerations, please let us know (shelly.colatskie@mdc.mo.gov) so accommodations can be made.

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The ruby-throated hummingbird is one of Missouri's most intriguing birds! Would you like to learn how to attract these summer visitors by providing food sources for them in your yard or garden? Join us as we learn about the native plants, sweet nectar and insects loved by this tiny creature, also known as nature's helicopter!

Date: Saturday, May 5, 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.

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