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Register by September 1

Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (adults) Missouri is home to 167 species of native trees and over 50 of them are represented right here in the Discovery Center native landscape gardens. Join us for a treemendous tour of the grounds where we will collect your favorite leaves and use them to create a wearable work of art using recycled tee shirts and fabric ink.

Register by September 1

Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 18+) Do you have what it takes to be crowned a Nature Trivia Champion? Can you name the country that monarchs migrate and overwinter in? What is altitudinal migration? Come answer these questions and more at our first ever monthly trivia night! Come individually or bring some friends for a night full of fun and carefree competition. A mobile device is required so you or your team can buzz in your answers. Trivia Tuesday will happen on the first Tuesday of every month and will take place outdoors...so bring your chairs, blankets, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks and come fight for the title of Trivia Champion and the awesome prize that comes with it.

Register by September 4

Date: Friday, September 4, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Between enjoying the large variety of blooms and battling weeds and other maintenance issues, summer can be bittersweet in your gardens. Join our native landscape specialist to talk about tips and tricks to help you keep your summer garden looking and functioning it's best. Bring your questions about pruning, weeding and maintaining order in your summer garden.

Register by September 4

Date: Friday, September 4, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Between enjoying the large variety of blooms and battling weeds and other maintenance issues, summer can be bittersweet in your gardens. Join our native landscape specialist to talk about tips and tricks to help you keep your summer garden looking and functioning it's best. Bring your questions about pruning, weeding and maintaining order in your summer garden.

Register by September 5

Date: Saturday, September 5, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

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 walk around our trails. We'll meet the wild and native trees, flowers and animals that make a living right here is the middle of Kansas City!

Register by September 5

Date: Saturday, September 5, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

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 walk around our trails. We'll meet the wild and native trees, flowers and animals that make a living right here is the middle of Kansas City!

Register by September 5

Date: Saturday, September 5, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

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 walk around our trails. We'll meet the wild and native trees, flowers and animals that make a living right here is the middle of Kansas City!

Register by September 8

Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Tagging monarchs is a large-scale citizen science effort that began in 1992 across North America to understand the dynamics of the fall migration. You will have the opportunity to join the 2020 tagging effort at the Discovery Center. Participants will learn about the value of tagging and use nets to capture, tag and release monarchs.

Register by September 8

Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join us for a new regular virtual program series where you can ask the naturalist questions about nature topics. Learn about fall bird migration with Naturalist Liz Altic followed by a Q&A session. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Recommended for all ages. Call 417-888-4237 for more information. Select the blue "Register" button in the top right corner to register.

Register by September 8

Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Tagging monarchs is a large-scale citizen science effort that began in 1992 across North America to understand the dynamics of the fall migration. You will have the opportunity to join the 2020 tagging effort at the Discovery Center. Participants will learn about the value of tagging and use nets to capture, tag and release monarchs.

Register by September 9

Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Are you interested in attracting monarchs and other pollinators to your own yard? Join the native landscape specialists for a walk around the Discovery Center gardens to see monarchs in action on some of their favorite plants. Monarchs need milkweed as a host plant for their caterpillars, but they also need to feed on native blooms all throughout their migration. Find out what pollinator friendly plants would work in your own yard.

Register by September 11

Date: Friday, September 11, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Tagging monarchs is a large-scale citizen science effort that began in 1992 across North America to understand the dynamics of the fall migration. You will have the opportunity to join the 2020 tagging effort at the Discovery Center. Participants will learn about the value of tagging and use nets to capture, tag and release monarchs.

Register by September 11

Date: Friday, September 11, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Tagging monarchs is a large-scale citizen science effort that began in 1992 across North America to understand the dynamics of the fall migration. You will have the opportunity to join the 2020 tagging effort at the Discovery Center. Participants will learn about the value of tagging and use nets to capture, tag and release monarchs.

Date: Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

(Drive thru event only) 10 AM-1 PM OR UNTIL THE PLANTS ARE GONE. The monarch is without a doubt one of the most remarkable insects we have the opportunity to enjoy in Missouri. Discover how you can attract this butterfly to your yard with native plants. This drive thru event will allow you to go home with pollinator and milkweed plants. Join the mania and learn how you can help the population of the monarch butterfly. 10 AM-1 PM OR UNTIL THE PLANTS ARE GONE.

Register by September 15

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Butterflies go through amazing changes as they grow. Learn more about these incredible insects in this virtual program. Ages 3-6. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Call 417-888-4237 for more information. Select the blue "Register" button in the top right corner to register.

Register by September 18

Date: Friday, September 18, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (babes under 36 months with a care-giver) Your little ones waddle, crawl and eventually run. Insects have various ways to move too. Spend time learning and sharing the experience of insects and arachnoids. This hands-on program is designed for you to interact with your little ones in nature. You and your little ones will need to be dressed to be outside. A stroller for non-walkers is advised. Please meet at the front door to the Discovery Center.

Register by September 22

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join us for a new regular virtual program series where you can ask the naturalist questions about nature topics. Learn about some of the wild edibles to harvest in our state with Naturalist Jordi Raos followed by a Q&A session. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Call 417-888-4237 for more information. Select the blue "Register" button in the top right corner to register.

Register by September 23

Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Are you interested in attracting monarchs and other pollinators to your own yard? Join the native landscape specialists for a walk around the Discovery Center gardens to see monarchs in action on some of their favorite plants. Monarchs need milkweed as a host plant for their caterpillars, but they also need to feed on native blooms all throughout their migration. Find out what pollinator friendly plants would work in your own yard.

Register by September 24

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Tagging monarchs is a large-scale citizen science effort that began in 1992 across North America to understand the dynamics of the fall migration. You will have the opportunity to join the 2020 tagging effort at the Discovery Center. Participants will learn about the value of tagging and use nets to capture, tag and release monarchs.

Register by September 24

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Tagging monarchs is a large-scale citizen science effort that began in 1992 across North America to understand the dynamics of the fall migration. You will have the opportunity to join the 2020 tagging effort at the Discovery Center. Participants will learn about the value of tagging and use nets to capture, tag and release monarchs.

Register by September 24

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Many people have heard the soft coo of doves along the edges of fields and forests in Missouri during early mornings or in the evening. These quiet, eerie calls lend the name “mourning” to these birds. However, they are not the only dove in our state. In this virtual program you will learn about three common species of dove that can be found in Missouri. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Recommended for all ages. Call 417-888-4237 for more information. Select the blue "Register" button in the top right corner to register.

Register by September 26

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Let's pause and enjoy the season of change and beauty, a family scavenger hunt made for a crew or even just one. Stop in at the Discovery Center to get your instructions and your set of challenges. You'll be looking inside and out for some of nature's treasures.

Register by September 26

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Let's pause and enjoy the season of change and beauty, a family scavenger hunt made for a crew or even just one. Stop in at the Discovery Center to get your instructions and your set of challenges. You'll be looking inside and out for some of nature's treasures.

Register by September 26

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Let's pause and enjoy the season of change and beauty, a family scavenger hunt made for a crew or even just one. Stop in at the Discovery Center to get your instructions and your set of challenges. You'll be looking inside and out for some of nature's treasures.

Register by September 26

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Let's pause and enjoy the season of change and beauty, a family scavenger hunt made for a crew or even just one. Stop in at the Discovery Center to get your instructions and your set of challenges. You'll be looking inside and out for some of nature's treasures.

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