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Register by August 16

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Deer browse through the leaves, muskrats munch on reeds, and our lawnmowers chop our lawns, but plants have a surprising number of ways to fight back. Learn how plants protect themselves from predators with thorns and chemical weapons. Program is free.

Date: Saturday, August 17, 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.

Register by August 17

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Summer is a great time to go camping! There are lots cool critters you might see when you go camping. You might spot some of these critters during the day, but others are only out at night. Come discover some of the animals that may visit your campsite! Program is free.

Register by August 17

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Bring your camera and take a closer look at insect photography with Volunteer Naturalist Dan Liles. We’ll review macro photography and walk the trails to take photos of bugs and insects. Afterwards we will discuss tools and techniques and review photos. Ages 10-adult. Register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Saturday, August 17, 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.

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (families)
Raising butterflies from caterpillars can be a fun way to learn about native butterflies, their lifecycle and importance in the natural world. From where to find larvae to housing and food, you will learn how you can be a part of this magical process at home.

Register by August 17

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Insects are an incredibly diverse and beautiful class of animals. Learn how to identify the more common orders of insects as we practice proper collection and curation of our very own specimens to take home. Program is free.

Register by August 19

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
In this fast-paced world, we go to big box stores to buy everything from medicines to cleansers. Slow down, get back to your roots and imagine if we could create medicinal salves, soaps and tonics from native plants in our own backyard.

Register by August 20

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Summer is a great time to go camping! There are lots cool critters you might see when you go camping. You might spot some of these critters during the day, but others are only out at night. Come discover some of the animals that may visit your campsite! Program is free.

Register by August 19

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Pollinator Party!
August 20 • Tuesday • 10–11:30 a.m.
(Ages 3–6)
Reservations begin July 20
You can bee and feel amazing while learning about our native pollinators! Come and learn how invertebrates such as bees and butterflies pollinate plants. Then see bees, butterflies, and other invertebrates up close and personal as we go searching for these amazing creatures.

Register by August 20

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Summer is a great time to go camping! There are lots cool critters you might see when you go camping. You might spot some of these critters during the day, but others are only out at night. Come discover some of the animals that may visit your campsite! Program is free.

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Dragonflies are dazzling creatures. Learn about this fun and fascinating insect. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Dragonflies are dazzling creatures. Learn about this fun and fascinating insect. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Slide right in to learn about our slithering friends! Snakes don’t have legs, and they don’t even need them! That’s right, they move along on their bellies. Discover more about these fascinating reptiles that live in our area. Program is free.

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Kissing a frog won't turn them into a prince and touching a toad won't give you warts! Frogs and toads are our most common amphibians and are fascinating creatures. Let's learn about all the different species in Missouri, then go out to the pond to see if we can find some.

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Do you wish you could get away and enjoy a little time as a family? Join the Twin Pines staff as we host our annual Family Fishing Day. Enjoy grilled hot dogs and lemonade. Compete to see who can catch the most or the biggest fish. Let the kids try their hand at making a fish print tee shirt or other craft. Try your luck at our free prize drawing. Or you can just relax in the shade of one of Missouri’s pines. For this event only, no Missouri fishing license is required. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Slide right in to learn about our slithering friends! Snakes don’t have legs, and they don’t even need them! That’s right, they move along on their bellies. Discover more about these fascinating reptiles that live in our area. Program is free.

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
It’s summer and beneficial bees are buzzing but so are those pesky blood thirsty mosquitos! Everyone knows them, but what do we really know about them? Why do they have a taste for blood and what is their role in Missouri’s food web?

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Try your hand at woodcarving with members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists as they teach carving techniques and show how to transform wood into works of art. Ages 12-adult. Register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

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. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join Volunteer Naturalist Dana Tideman to learn about monarch butterfly conservation, citizen science opportunities, monarch life cycle, and how to rear and tag them. Ages 10-adult. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Discover the many different plants you can harvest through the year to make jams and jellies. You will get a chance to make and take home some jams and jellies. Adult supervision is required for ages 12-17. Program is free.

Register by August 28

Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The alligator gar is called the “king” of fish. He is a wonder to behold. Not only does he have impressive teeth but scales that are like chain mail. Historically, the scales have been used for arrow heads, tools, and jewelry. We will learn some amazing facts about this “monster” and use their scales in a couple of projects. Program is free.

Date: Friday, August 30, 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.

Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 3 & up)
No reservations
Get the family outdoors for some Tree-mendous fun! Learn about trees and animal tracks, then create wearable art take home, using those leaves and tracks. Please bring you own all-cotton shirt to decorate and we will provide the rest. Children under 7 will need adult help and supervision. Come while supplies last.

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