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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: 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 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 - 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 - 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.

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

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required. We are partnering with the Missouri Mycological Society Springfield Chapter to bring Taylor Lockwood for a program covering highlights of his 34-year mushroom adventure career. See his new photos and animations of beautiful and bioluminescent mushrooms. He is the author of two books and several video programs including two popular educational mushroom DVDs The Mushroom Identification Trilogy and The Good, The Bad, and the Deadly. A book signing opportunity will follow his presentation.

Register by September 11

Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Taylor Lockwood comes to Powder Valley Nature Center tour with an interesting show covering highlights of his 34- year mushroom adventure career with wonderful photos and animations of beautiful and bioluminescent mushrooms.
He is the author of two books, Treasures from the Kingdom of Fungi and Chasing the Rain and several video programs including two popular educational mushroom DVDs, The Mushroom Identification Trilogy, and The Good, the Bad, and the Deadly.

He has been published by: The US Postal Service, New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, National Wildlife Federation Magazine, Scholastic, Scientific American, and many more. For more information go to http://www.taylorlockwood.com/aa_tl_pages/about.php

Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 2-6. No registration required. Join Volunteer Naturalist Joyce Tolliver as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your 2-6 year olds. Please, no organized groups.

Register by September 13

Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

It’s always a perfect time to enjoy nature
outdoors. Join us to explore mud, sand,
and water as we discover nature appeals
to our senses no matter what our age..

Register by September 13

Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 12+ - 17 need an adult))
Cooler weather is welcome relief in the fall. We are also glad for the many fruits and nuts nature offers in the autumn. We will learn how to identify, prepare, and use native fruits and nuts. We will also learn what wildlife use the same food sources.

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 9:30am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The monarch is without a doubt one of the most remarkable insects we have the opportunity to enjoy in Missouri. Discover the majesty of this butterfly through various hands on activities that will leave you in a state of "Monarch Mania." There will be monarchs to tag and release, milkweed giveaways and much more for all ages. Join the mania at this annual event and learn how you can help the population of the monarch butterfly.

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 9:30am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Missouri Prairie Foundation will be on site for Monarch Mania to offer a native plant sale providing a variety of native seeds, flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees to purchase. If you wish to preorder your choices for pickup on the 15th, visit https://moprairie.org for specific vendor information. A percentage of proceeds from plants sales will benefit prairie conservation in Missouri.

Date: Saturday, September 15, 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.

Register by September 15

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Seeds are amazing! Some fly, some stick, while others roll; all are hoping for a nice spot to grow. In this program, we will explore how seeds get from place to place.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins September 1.

Register by September 15

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Flap your wings on down to the nature center to explore the fluttering world of Missouri’s Monarch butterflies. Discover how butterflies live their life in Missouri and throughout North America. Afterwards, join the naturalists in tagging wild butterflies to collect data on their migration.
Registration begins September 1 (ages 7-11)

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 11:00am to 11:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required. Have you ever heard of a mudbug? Come and learn about these “crusty” creatures, also known as crayfish, and see some up close. Please, no organized groups.

Date: Saturday, September 15, 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.

Register by September 15

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Seeds are amazing! Some fly, some stick, while others roll; all are hoping for a nice spot to grow. In this program, we will explore how seeds get from place to place.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins September 1.

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