Discover Nature Events

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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, August 1, 2018 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, August 29, 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, August 3, 2018 - 3:00pm to Friday, August 31, 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.

Register by August 21

Date: Tuesday, August 21, 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.

Register by August 21

Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018
Ages 3 to 6
930am to 11am
**Register each child and adult separately**

Remember the fun days of sand boxes and mud pies? Here is the chance to relive some of the joys of our childhood with your own children. We'll provide the dirt; you bring the clean clothes for the ride home! Adults, separate from the children, will learn about the importance of unstructured play and nature exploration for the healthy development of young children. At the same time, our naturalists will take the children to the nature play area where they use their imaginations to get down and dirty in our big pile of dirt!

Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
Roadrunners…beep, beep! Greater roadrunners are more than just a cartoon, so run in and learn about this really cool bird. Beep, beep! Please no organized groups.

Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
Roadrunners…beep, beep! Greater roadrunners are more than just a cartoon, so run in and learn about this really cool bird. Beep, beep! Please no organized groups.

Register by August 24

Date: Friday, August 24, 2018 - 7:30pm to 10:30pm

Location: Emmenegger Nature Park

Join us at Emmenegger Nature Park to learn all about bats. We will attempt at catching bats in a mist net, check for general health and identification tags before releasing them again. Bring a camp chair and flashlight or headlamp. Please dress for the weather. In case of inclement weather (50% chance or greater for rain) or flooding, this program will NOT be rescheduled at this time.

* please register each individual separately for this program**

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 7:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us for a rugged hike at Ketcherside Mountain Conservation Area. We’ll hike along Royal Gorge Natural Area and stop by Taum Sauk Mountain (Missouri’s highest point). Hike is 4 miles and rated moderate to difficult. Adult supervision required for ages 12-17.
Ask if you need transportation from the nature center sign up under "ride with us' event. Participants MUST dress appropriately for the weather and MUST wear sturdy shoes. Bring water, lunch, and any comfort items (insect repellant, hat, binoculars, and sunscreen). For specific questions, registrants may contact Dustin.. Will be canceled if severe weather or severe heat.

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 7:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us for a rugged hike at Ketcherside Mountain Conservation Area. We’ll hike along Royal Gorge Natural Area and stop by Taum Sauk Mountain (Missouri’s highest point). Hike is 4 miles and rated moderate to difficult. Adult supervision required for ages 12-17.
Ask if you need transportation from the nature center sign up here. If caravanning with your own vehicle, sign up under "drive yourself" event. Participants MUST dress appropriately for the weather and MUST wear sturdy shoes. Bring water, lunch, and any comfort items (insect repellant, hat, binoculars, and sunscreen). For specific questions, registrants may contact Dustin.. Will be canceled if severe weather or severe heat.

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

A discovery table will feature live turtles, lizards, and snakes to see and touch. The two-headed western (black) ratsnake will be available to touch. There will be a few replica snakes to help you learn which Missouri species are venomous.

Register by August 25

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 12-adult. Online registration begins August 1.
Try your hand at woodcarving with members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists as they teach carving techniques and show how to transform wood into works of art.

Register by August 25

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 10-adult. Online registration begins August 1.
Join Volunteer Naturalist Dana Tideman to learn about monarch butterfly conservation, their life cycle, and how to rear and tag them.

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required.
Visit with members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists as they share information with the “wood-be” carver, demonstrate carving techniques, and show works in progress.

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
What was that!? I think it was a bat! Nature has its own insect exterminators. One bat can eat around 1000 per night! Missouri’s bats play an important role in those memorable summer nights you enjoy. Come learn about these essential little winged critters.

Date: Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required.
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.

Date: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 5:00am to 8:00am

Location: Carrollton YMCA

Come check out the FREE outdoor skills and general conservation information table at the Missouri Department of Conservation event. There will be an archery station, fishing pole casting, mammal pelts to feel, and a live snake to check out if you desire. The event is FREE to anyone that comes.

Date: Saturday, September 1, 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, September 1, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Humans have been fascinated with the arrival and departure of beautiful birds for thousands of years. Come learn how to identify the most common migrating birds in our area. We'll explore the Great Missouri Birding Trail and the opportunities for birding close to the city. Learn to use binoculars and a field guide as we take a birding hike on our trails.

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

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
There are more than 300 fascinating species of spiders in Missouri! They can be camouflaged, furry or even brightly colored. Join us as we creep into the eight-legged world of spiders. We will learn about them inside then head out on a trail to see who is hanging around.

Date: Saturday, September 1, 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, September 1, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us in celebrating vultures! Often overlooked or misunderstood, the vulture is an important player in human health! Stop by to enjoy our display and make a craft as you learn more about these helpful birds. Youth and adult groups welcome. We will not have a live bird.

Register by September 5

Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Howls in the night, tracks in the mud . . . could it be a wolf? Missouri has far more coyotes and foxes, but a few wolves have been confirmed in Missouri. Researchers continue to learn more about how large predators can benefit Missouri and how to avoid conflicts with them. Conservation Department Wildlife Damage Biologist Tom Meister is joined by Regina Mossotti, Director of Animal Care and Conservation, and Brian Chrysler, Director of Education with the world-renowned Endangered Wolf Center, to share fascinating information on the latest wolf research and findings.

Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
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.

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