Discover Nature Events

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Register by July 10

Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 9:00am to Wednesday, July 11, 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!

Date: Friday, July 13, 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 July 14

Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Alligators, stinkpots, and sliders, oh my! There are many shapes and sizes of turtles in Missouri. Crawl or swim on over to get an up-close look at our shelled friends.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins July 3.

Register by July 14

Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Alligators, stinkpots, and sliders, oh my! There are many shapes and sizes of turtles in Missouri. Crawl or swim on over to get an up-close look at our shelled friends.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins July 3.

Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Drop by our lobby between 1-3 pm today to visit with Bollinger County photography Darlene Revell. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required.
You’ve heard the tales about them, now’s your chance to learn the truth. We’ll explore the myths and realities of Missouri’s misunderstood pit vipers.

Register by July 14

Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Native plants are an important part of our ecosystem. Besides that they are so pretty and useful. Several different techniques can be used to preserve flowers and foliage for later use. We will practice a few and then everyone will make their own flower press to take home.

Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required.
Come see live specimens of Missouri’s venomous snakes on display courtesy of Finley Valley Serpentarium. Stop by anytime.

Register by July 14

Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
Jelly, pickle, and preserve your way through nature’s summer bounty. You have identified and collected the plants. Now what? How do you process plants from field to plate? Join us as we demonstrate methods to preserve your harvest.

Register by July 17

Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Alligators, stinkpots, and sliders, oh my! There are many shapes and sizes of turtles in Missouri. Crawl or swim on over to get an up-close look at our shelled friends.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins July 3.

Register by July 17

Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Alligators, stinkpots, and sliders, oh my! There are many shapes and sizes of turtles in Missouri. Crawl or swim on over to get an up-close look at our shelled friends.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins July 3.

Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (adults) From Henry Schoolcraft two hundred years ago to the writers of today, literary minds have been trying to capture the landscape of the Ozarks in words. Sometimes those efforts succeed, and sometimes they fall prey to the stereotyping and mythologizing that so often characterizes portrayals of the people of the Ozarks. Novelist and literary critic Steve Wiegenstein, himself a fifth-generation Ozarker, looks at the efforts through the years to depict the forests, caves, springs and rivers of the Ozarks, admiring the successes and acknowledging the missteps. This program is presented in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. with the program starting at 6:30 p.m.

Register by July 16

Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Jerry Smith Park

Registration required began June 18 (adults) The magic of a mid-summer evening on a wild prairie will be the focus of our walk at Jerry Smith Park prairie in south Kansas City. Discover what's blooming while learning some simple nature photography tips to capture that magic. Bring your camera or use one of ours to capture the beauty of the prairie. A minimum of five participants is needed for the program to take place.

Register by July 18

Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 3–6)
*Please register each child.

Reservations begin July 3.
Come see the topic we are exploring
this month. Families, meet in the nature
center lobby for a “nature” adventure.
Everyone will hike with the naturalist to
a special place in the forest and enjoy
a nature story under the tree canopy.
Siblings are welcome. Please dress for
the weather.

Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 11-adult. No registration required.
Volunteer Naturalist and outdoor photographer Bob Ball shares his personal experiences of photographing nesting birds from his own backyard to birds in the field.

Date: Friday, July 20, 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 July 21

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us as we head on out to Amidon Memorial Conservation Area. We’ll hike the short Cedar Glade Trail and then head on over to a swimming spot to snorkel and examine the animals that live in the river. Afterwards, we’ll dry off as we scoop insects near a grassland. Children ages 12-17 accompanied by a registered adult are welcome.

Notes:
- Participants need to dress appropriately for the weather and bring:
an appropriate swimsuit, a towel, shoes to hike in, shoes to swim in (no bare feet in the water), lunch, and water.
- Will be cancelled if raining.

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Start your weekend feeling refreshed and inspired. Nature provides so many ways to rejuvenate yourself. We will start with 60 minutes of yoga lead by Nella Yoga instructors, followed by a naturalist lead walk through the gardens to experience the birds and native plants that call the Discovery Center home. Participants should meet at the shelter on the south side of the Discovery Center.

Date: Saturday, July 21, 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, July 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Summer camp isn't just for kids, today it's for the whole family. Spend the day participating in all the fun activities summer camp would offer: kids and adults will practice camp games, atlatl, fire starting, nature art and more. Then cool off exploring the wonderful world of mussels. Learn how these small, fresh water animals are important for healthy rivers, streams and ponds. Come enjoy being outdoors to celebrate a fun summer.

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Celebrate with us the beauty, life cycle, and habitats of moths for National Moth Week. This event will include a kid’s craft, Missouri moth collection display and a moth program at 1:00. We will have something for “Moth-ers” of all ages

Date: Saturday, July 21, 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 July 21

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 8-adult. Online registration begins July 1.
Art instructor and nature enthusiast Hing Wah Hatch will increase your powers of observation as she demonstrates, step-by-step, how to capture the essence of local plants and animals through Chinese-style painting. Participants will go home with more nature knowledge and their own artistic masterpiece.

Date: Saturday, July 21, 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.

Register by July 21

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 2:45pm to 4:15pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 8-adult. Online registration begins July 1.
Art instructor and nature enthusiast Hing Wah Hatch will increase your powers of observation as she demonstrates, step-by-step, how to capture the essence of local plants and animals through Chinese-style painting. Participants will go home with more nature knowledge and their own artistic masterpiece.

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