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Register by May 1

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Celebrate Migratory Bird Day by learning to identify migrating warblers. Many species of warblers don’t stay, so enjoy the passing birds now with guest Naturalist Bo Brown. Program will include thirty minutes indoors followed by a guided trail hike. Bring field guides and binoculars if you have them. Ages 10-adult.

Register by May 3

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Celebrate Migratory Bird Day by learning to identify migrating warblers. Many species of warblers don’t stay, so enjoy the passing birds now with guest Naturalist Bo Brown. Program will include thirty minutes indoors followed by a guided trail hike. Bring field guides and binoculars if you have them. Ages 10-adult.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) It is time to swap your plants! All plants must be potted, labeled and in good health-no wilted plants allowed. Please consult invasive plant species of MO lists and do not bring invasive species. Herbs, vegetables, annuals, flowers, biennials, perennials, vines, shrubs, trees, fruit bearing seeds and extra garden tools you don't need are permissible. Trade five plants you bring for five new ones-no limits on amount you can bring. Check in at the sign in desk to have your plants checked for approval to trade. Plants that are not approved do not receive trade credit, please understand our rules and abide by them. It is best to pot the plants up at least two weeks prior to the event. Experienced gardeners may be able to bring wilted plants back to life, but many coming don't have those talents. Let's get some dirt under our nails.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 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, May 4, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Strange armored creatures have invaded Missouri! Why are they here? Where did they come from? Join us to learn about the environmental role that nine-banded armadillos play.

Register by May 3

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 10+) Missourians welcome the energetic and exuberant house wren each spring. This small summer resident is a common backyard bird and will utilize abandoned woodpecker holes, bird boxes and other cavities for its habitat. Building your own wren box is a rewarding nature experience. Make plans to take part in this woodworking session where you will construct your own wren box and learn where to place it in your backyard.

Register by May 4

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin April 20
Gardens are blooming with beauty that attracts visitors both big and small. Learn about native plants while adding style to your own outdoor experience when you create a stepping stone to be displayed in your landscape.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Ann Ingalls is a local children's author with over three dozen books in print or forthcoming. She will present one of her new books, Why Should I Walk? I Can Fly! All of Ann's life, she dreamed she could fly. The closest she has ever come is to ride a zipline. A little bird, a big sky and the first time out of the nest! A fledgling robin's first flight is a gentle reminder about what we can accomplish if we just keep trying. Ann sums it up this way, "All young creatures take risks, which is one of the reasons I think this story holds appeal for children-they take risks every day." Come join us to learn a bit about flying! Books will be available from Rainy Day Books for purchase.

Register by May 3

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 10+) Missourians welcome the energetic and exuberant house wren each spring. This small summer resident is a common backyard bird and will utilize abandoned woodpecker holes, bird boxes and other cavities for its habitat. Building your own wren box is a rewarding nature experience. Make plans to take part in this woodworking session where you will construct your own wren box and learn where to place it in your backyard.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 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 May 3

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Fantastic Frogs and Terrific Toads
May 4 • Saturday • 6:30–8:30 p.m.
(Ages 8 and up, ages 8–15 must be accompanied by an adult)
Reservations begin April 4
Calling all croakers! Join us as we explore our region’s common frogs and toads, their calls, and what they can tell us about the health of our environment. Afterward, enjoy an evening stroll to our pond to listen for and identify frogs and toads by their calls.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Amphibians are a fun and important group that scientists study to determine the health of an ecosystem. Learn how to identify frogs by their calls and create a froggy craft to take home. We will walk to a pond to listen for and maybe even catch a few frogs!

Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

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 she attempts to capture some for banding. All ages.

Register by April 30

Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

A $20.00 REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT IS REQUIRED FOR THIS CLASS AND REGISTRATION IS NOT COMPLETE UNLESS WE RECEIVE THE DEPOSIT WITHIN ONE WEEK OF REGISTRATION.
Registration required beginning April 1 (adults)
The spring flora and fauna will be our backdrop for this unique dining experience as we savor the bounty of a wild spring harvest, sip wild native tea and enjoy a sweet wild edible dessert. Join us for an evening of fun learning more about the habitats around us that provide delicious culinary opportunities. Registration is not complete unless we receive your $20.00 refundable deposit within one week of registration.
Deposit should be made out to MISSOURI CONSERVATION HERITAGE FOUNDATION. Please deliver it to the Discovery Center at 4750 Troost, Kansas City, MO 64110. You will receive an e-mail confirming your reservation after we have received your deposit.

Register by May 8

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin April 25
It’s always a perfect time to enjoy nature. Join us for a stroller walk outdoors. Discover how nature appeals to our senses no matter what our age.

Register by May 8

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin April 25
It’s always a perfect time to enjoy nature. Join us for a stroller walk outdoors. Discover how nature appeals to our senses no matter what our age.

Register by May 9

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngster only (ages 3-5 with an adult)
“What was that!?” Jump straight up to Burr Oak Woods for some facts about Missouri’s armored invader! Nine-banded armadillos dig through the dirt, eating lots of insects along the way. Come on in and learn what it means to be an armadillo.

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Many wild animal mothers take special care of their young by feeding, cleaning, and protecting their babies, but many do not. Discover which of these “other mothers” are most like our own!

Register by May 9

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngster only (ages 3-5 with an adult)
“What was that!?” Jump straight up to Burr Oak Woods for some facts about Missouri’s armored invader! Nine-banded armadillos dig through the dirt, eating lots of insects along the way. Come on in and learn what it means to be an armadillo.

Date: Friday, May 10, 2019 - 3:00pm to Friday, May 24, 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 snakes are fed every other week (May 10 & 24).

Register by May 10

Date: Friday, May 10, 2019 - 6:00pm to Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

May 10 • Friday • 6-10 PM and
May 11 • Saturday 8 AM-2 PM
Registration begins April 15 (ages 18+)
Make a beautiful cork decoy to use for waterfowl hunting or as unique art. Learn duck identification, duck ecology and decoy history as you sculpt and paint your own decoy. Cost for materials is $15. To complete registration, mail or bring a check to the Nature Center made out to MCHF (Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation).
Please wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty or getting paint on. This is not a good activity for those with asthma or other respiratory difficulties.

Register by May 10

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Start Mother's Day weekend hiking through the woods looking for and enjoying wildflowers provided by Mother Nature. Hike the full 3.5 mile loop or turn back at overlook; trail difficulty is moderate, proper shoes required, bring water and other essentials to enjoy the hike. Please meet at the Glassberg parking lot.

Register by May 11

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Online registration begins April 20 (ages 3-6)
Have you ever noticed that every type of plant has a unique type of flower? Pretty wild, isn’t it? We’ll talk about some different types of wildflowers and the animals that might visit them. We’ll go on a short hike to see what wildflowers we can identify.

Register by May 11

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Online registration begins April 20 (ages 3-6)
Have you ever noticed that every type of plant has a unique type of flower? Pretty wild, isn’t it? We’ll talk about some different types of wildflowers and the animals that might visit them. We’ll go on a short hike to see what wildflowers we can identify.

Register by May 11

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Celebrate your mother (or mother figure) while you sip and nibble on teas and treats made from native plants. We’ll stroll the grounds to point out native edibles and make a spring-related craft. All ages. Adult supervision required for ages 0-17.

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