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Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Slither in and get up close with nature’s most misunderstood reptile. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Slither in and get up close with nature’s most misunderstood reptile. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

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Join us as we partner with the Joplin Public Library (at the library) for their summer reading program. Learn all about Missouri’s nighttime creatures and the many special ways they are able to survive in darkness.

Register by July 20

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

This program starts just before dark at Twin Pines, which is the best time to explore the “night shift” of nature. What is the “night shift?” It is more than owls and bats. Many animals are active only at night. Learn what you can expect to see and hear, then we will head out on the trail to enjoy the Missouri Ozarks after dark. Suitable shoes are recommended. This program is suitable for all ages. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or go on line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines . For further information, please call 573-325-1381.

Register by July 27

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 8:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Hike at Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area with Volunteer Naturalist Brian Conry. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is four miles and rated moderate in difficulty. Ages 18-adult. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by July 27

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Insects live in every Missouri habitat! Discover what it takes to be an insect, meet some live insects, and play some insect games. Program is free.

Register by July 27

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Insects live in every Missouri habitat! Discover what it takes to be an insect, meet some live insects, and play some insect games. Program is free.

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

No registration required (all ages) The Discovery Center's backyard is a six-acre urban oasis for native plants and wildlife. Join the naturalist for a one-hour interpretive walk around our trails. We'll meet the wild and native trees, flowers and animals that make a living right here in the middle of Kansas City!

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)
Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

No registration required (all ages) The Discovery Center's backyard is a six-acre urban oasis for native plants and wildlife. Join the naturalist for a one-hour interpretive walk around our trails. We'll meet the wild and native trees, flowers and animals that make a living right here in the middle of Kansas City!

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

No registration required (all ages) The Discovery Center's backyard is a six-acre urban oasis for native plants and wildlife. Join the naturalist for a one-hour interpretive walk around our trails. We'll meet the wild and native trees, flowers and animals that make a living right here in the middle of Kansas City!

Register by July 27

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Many people feel that cell phones are damaging our relationship with nature. It is disturbing to see people walking along with their head down, missing all the beauty along the trail. Smart phone apps can enhance your family’s experience in nature. We are going to take a look at a couple of apps and how they can help you learn more about nature. Program is free.

Register by July 27

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

When the sun sets you won’t believe how wild it gets here at the nature center! Join staff for a 1.5-mile after-hours adventure on the nature center trails. All ages are welcome for this group hike but be aware that our trails are hilly and can be challenging for some. Please bring a flashlight and suitable shoes. Program is free.

Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Slither in to find out more about this fascinating reptile, see some up close, and make a snake craft to take home.

Register by July 31

Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation 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 program which will cover the basic techniques of this beautiful art. Ages 10-adult. Ages 10-17 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, August 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Slide on in and have a turtle-tastic time at the Nature Center as we learn all about these fun little reptiles. Missouri has 17 kinds of turtles and they’re all fantastic! Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, August 2, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Slide on in and have a turtle-tastic time at the Nature Center as we learn all about these fun little reptiles. Missouri has 17 kinds of turtles and they’re all fantastic! Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, August 2, 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.

Register by August 2

Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us on a walk in Missouri’s forests to discuss the trees that live here, test your tree identification, and learn forest management tidbits. This hike will take place outside on Ridgetop Trail behind the Nature Center, so please dress accordingly. Youth and adult groups are welcome. Program is free.

Date: Saturday, August 3, 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, August 3, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Hot weather can slow down the fishing. Cast your luck with us as we explore the art of nature printing. Gyotaku is the traditional Japanese method of printing fish, a practice which dates back to the mid-1800's. This form of nature printing was used by fishermen to record their catches, but has also become an art form of its own. We will use replica fish, textile ink and recycled fabric and t-shirts to create wearable works of art.

Date: Saturday, August 3, 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, August 3, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Slide on in and have a turtle-tastic time at the Nature Center as we learn all about these fun little reptiles. Missouri has 17 kinds of turtles and they’re all fantastic! Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by August 3

Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Participants will be guided through how to draw a colorful Cardinal shiner from start to finish. Think “Joy of Painting” with colored pencils and fish instead of landscapes.
Participants will be provided paper and can borrow colored pencils if needed. Program is free.

Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Summer breezes lift butterflies, moths, and skippers up into the sunlight. The ponds are a buzz with dragonflies. Join us to learn about some of the insects that dance on our skies. Free, family fun for everyone. Activities will include an insect zoo, information on attracting butterflies to your yard, and arts and crafts. Kids, if you have wings or antennae, wear them! No registration required. Families and groups are welcome.

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