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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: 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: 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: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. Ages 3-6. Summer evenings will be filled with magic and fun when your little ones discover fireflies with Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Ryan. Please no organized groups.

Register by June 19

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us at the nature center as we find a nice shady spot to enjoy a good story together. After a volunteer reads a story or two, parents will have follow along activities to help explore nature together.

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. Ages 3-6. Summer evenings will be filled with magic and fun when your little ones discover fireflies with Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Ryan. Please no organized groups.

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (adults) Let's get outside for a fun filled sunny summer night of outdoor skills adventure! Discover the fun in learning to use a spear-thrower called an atlatl. Test your archery and fire starting skills and participate in other outdoor skills that will enhance your experiences in nature. Make plans to join us for our second annual 'Ladies Night Out' at the Discovery Center!

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. All ages. Fireflies have intrigued and fascinated children and adults on countless summer evenings. Join Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Ryan to learn everything you ever wanted to know about nature’s “flashlights.” Bring your flashlight and join the fun.

Date: Thursday, June 21, 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.

Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

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.

Date: Friday, June 22, 2018 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Groups of ten or more please call (314) 301-1500 to reserve a place for your group.
Participants will visit the different stations at their own pace. Indoor and outdoor activities are available.
After a morning of fun, cool off from the summer heat while enjoying a nature film at 1pm.

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Missouri is home to a variety of mammals. Stop by this display to learn more about our furry neighbors. There will be no live animals.

Register by June 23

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Who is buzzing around those flowers? A bee! Come learn about the buzzy bees and why they’re so busy. We’ll head out to our front garden to see bees in action. Ages 0-2. Registration begins June 1.

Register by June 23

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Who is buzzing around those flowers? A bee! Come learn about the buzzy bees and why they’re so busy. We’ll head out to our front garden to see bees in action. Ages 0-2. Registration begins June 1.

Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 8:30am to 1:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. All ages. Do your trees have disease or insect problems? Bring infected twigs (at least 12” long), branches, or leaves to Urban Foresters for identification and a solution to your tree problems. Stop by anytime.

Register by June 26

Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 9:00am to Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Early registration begins May 15 (ages 7-11) Registration will be -ONLINE-
Child must attend both days.
Are you curious about the outside world? Come see if you have what it takes to be a naturalist! We’ll explore the plants and animals of Missouri as we do fun outdoor activities. Join us for a nature adventure and hone your naturalist skills!

Register by June 28

Date: Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 9:00am to Friday, June 29, 2018 - 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Early registration begins May 15 (ages 7-11) Registration will be -ONLINE-
Child must attend both days.
Are you curious about the outside world? Come see if you have what it takes to be a naturalist! We’ll explore the plants and animals of Missouri as we do fun outdoor activities. Join us for a nature adventure and hone your naturalist skills!

Register by June 28

Date: Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 8:00pm to 9:15pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Online registration begins June 1. Ages 7-12. Those tiny specks of light that spark our imagination every summer are back! Bring your flashlight for some games and join the action for a special look at nature’s own “festival of lights” with Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Ryan. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids.

Date: Friday, June 29, 2018 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Groups of ten or more please call (314) 301-1500 to reserve a place for your group.
Participants will visit the different stations at their own pace. Indoor and outdoor activities are available.
After a morning of fun, cool off from the summer heat while enjoying a nature film at 1pm.

Register by June 29

Date: Friday, June 29, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

June 28 •Friday • 6:30-8:30 (Ages 18 and up) Enjoy an evening outside with your significant other, best friend, or family member. Warmer weather and longer days make for great hikes, join a Naturalist for a guided hike on the Lime Kiln Loop Trail (Moderate difficulty, 3.2 miles). Registration begins June 1.

Register by June 29

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

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Enjoy rustic décor? What better way to add that special piece to your home than to make it yourself. Join Twin Pines volunteer, Linda Strauch and make a stool using caning and weaving techniques common in the Missouri Ozarks. Materials are provided. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Date: Saturday, June 30, 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.

Register by June 30

Date: Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Insects can fly and hover on amazing wings. After discovering how these wings help with flight and identification of species, we will create a piece of jewelry by imbedding a wing in resin. Due to curing time you will have to return to pick up your piece later and finish it at home with instructions.

Date: Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

You don’t have to leave the city to enjoy exploring the outdoors. You can do it in your own neighborhood! Come on down to Indian Park in downtown Cape Girardeau to try your hand at some fun outdoor activities you can do at home. Learn how to put up a tent in a tent race so you can camp in your own backyard. Meet and learn about some wild animals that live near you. Practice your casting and catch “fish” in our casting game, so you can fish the Mighty Mississippi later. Make a birdfeeder with us to attract birds to your house or apartment so you can watch their antics. There’s so much you can do, right near you!

Register by June 29

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

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages) Trotlines, jug lines, bows and gigs have been used to catch fish in Missouri throughout the generations. But what are they and how do you use them? Join us as we explore some of these different methods of catching fish. We will learn how to set and run checks on lines that have been set in the education pond. I wonder what we will catch. Program participants: arrive at the Nature Center 10 minutes prior to the program start time to get checked in.

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