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Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, July 12, 2019 - 8:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

No reservations required
Trail Tales features a children’s book along the trail. Read, move, and play as you visit and engage in suggested activities at each stop. Both children and adults will love to play in nature this way!

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 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: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 8:30am to 1:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Do your trees have disease or insect problems? Bring infected twigs (at least 12 inches long), branches, or leaves for Urban Foresters to identify and suggest a solution for your tree problems. All ages. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

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. Ages 7-adult. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by June 25

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Learning about nature from a young age is good for kids and for the environment; every month join Rockwoods naturalists for an outdoor adventure with your little one. The entire class is presented outside so please dress for the weather, wear sunscreen, and bring bug spray. Siblings are welcome but please note this class is designed for ages
3 –5.

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Summer evenings will be filled with magic and fun when your little ones discover fireflies with Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Ryan. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Learn all about the lives of these very busy mammals and the many special ways they are made to live in the water.

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Summer evenings will be filled with magic and fun when your little ones discover fireflies with Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Ryan. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

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. All ages. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (families with all ages)
How does a bug make light? Battery acid? Alien soda? Perhaps its glow-in-the dark slime! “Lightning Bugs” are synonymous with a good time on those warm summer nights. Come on in to find out why & what fires up the beetles you see at night.

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Calling all Scouts!
Come and join us for a day of hands on activities that will go towards badge requirements. Activities will include archery (9 and up), fishing and fish identification, mammal and bird studies and much more. This event is free and open to all Scouts, including Scouts, Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girls. The event will be held at August A. Busch Conservation Area on June 29th, 2019 from 10am to 2pm. For any further information or questions, contact Shelly Colatskie at Shelly.Colatskie@mdc.mo.gov or 314-301-1506 ext. 4222.

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Blinking and dancing in the evening sky, the magic and beauty of fireflies is breathtaking. Use this evening to learn more about these favorite insects, how you could register your own backyard for Firefly Watch (a fun citizen science program) and make a cool firefly craft. We will then hike into the darkening forest to watch the fireflies appear.

Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The Friends of Parkville Nature Sanctuary bring together and celebrate the conservation community and photography with a juried exhibit of photos by amateur photographers. Eighteen wildlife and landscape photographs of the Parkville Nature Sanctuary will be on display from July 1 through August 16. Come and meet the visiting artists at an opening reception while enjoying cookies and punch. For more information visit https://www.friendsofpns.org.

Register by June 30

Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required beginning June 1 (adults) Trees are one of the most important natural resources. Do you know the names of the trees in your yard? In your neighborhood? We'll take a hike around the Discovery Center's big backyard and meet some basic Missouri trees. After collecting leaves from our newfound friends, we'll head to the art studio to create some beautiful hand printed leafy t-shirts with a red, white and blue palette ready to wear for the holiday weekend!

Date: Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 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, July 5, 2019 - 3:00pm to 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.

Date: Saturday, July 6, 2019 - 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, July 6, 2019 - 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, July 6, 2019 - 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 July 6

Date: Saturday, July 6, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Enjoy learning about fish while we practice the traditional art of Japanese fish printing. Each participant will make 1-3 prints during this short class which will cover the basic techniques of this beautiful art. Ages 12 to 17 welcome with an adult mentor. Program is free.

Date: Sunday, July 7, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Primitive skills specialists Don Brink and Roin Green demonstrate how to weave plant fibers into cordage. Try your hand at this age-old skill and learn about the plants primitive man used to make cordage. Stop by anytime. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Invasive plants are often non-native species and their aggressive nature outcompetes many of our native plants. Volunteer Naturalist Myra Scroggs will teach you how to identify common invasive plants found in the Springfield area and then lead a short hike to see some of the culprits up close. Ages 12-adult. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join MDC Furbearer Biologist Laura Conlee as she presents information on black bear research, management, nuisance issues, and the Black Bear Management Plan. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback about black bears and the management plan following the presentation. Ages 10-adult. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by July 9

Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngster only (ages 3–5 with an adult)
Flutter on over to learn why ladybugs and butterflies are two of our favorite insects. We will learn how they both go through a magical change and how each has a special job in the garden. We may even get to meet some!

Register by July 11

Date: Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 9:00am to Friday, July 12, 2019 - 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Thursday, July 11 and Friday, July 12 9 AM-4 PM
Registration begins June 15 (ages 12-15)
Come explore the waterways of Southeast Missouri with our naturalists. From tiny trickling streams to the mighty Mississippi, we’ll discover what lives in and around the water. Must attend both days from 9 am- 4pm. Program is free.

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