Discover Nature Events

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Register by July 24

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us at the nature center as we find a nice shady spot to enjoy a good story together. After a volunteer reads a story or two, parents will have follow along activities to help explore nature together.

Register by July 24

Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters (ages 3-5 with an adult)
Flutter on over to learn why ladybugs and butterflies are two of our favorite insects. We will learn how they both go through a magical change and how each has a special job in the garden. We may even get to meet some!

Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
Kids, slither in and get up close and personal with nature’s most misunderstood reptile. Please no organized groups.

Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
Kids, slither in and get up close and personal with nature’s most misunderstood reptile. Please no organized groups.

Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Before books, traditional peoples used stories to teach their youth understanding and respect for their fellow creatures and the places we all share. These ancient stories from all continents still have the power to teach - and they're fun to hear! Fran Stallings combines these stories with modern songs to double the fun. Lively songs and audience participation will keep the whole family enthralled. This program is co-sponsored by the National Storytelling Network.

Register by July 26

Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 7-12. Online registration begins July 1.
Summer is the perfect time for lizards, and the nature center is one of the best places to spot them. Learn about Missouri’s thirteen species of lizards, and make a lizard craft to take home. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids.

Date: Friday, July 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
The droning sound of male cicadas provide background music to summers in the Ozarks. Spend some time learning about these fascinating and loud insects before they quietly disappear. Please no organized groups.

Date: Friday, July 27, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
The droning sound of male cicadas provide background music to summers in the Ozarks. Spend some time learning about these fascinating and loud insects before they quietly disappear. Please no organized groups.

Date: Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Have you ever wondered what environmental scientists do every day? Then stop in at the nature center to explore our displays, booths, and demonstrations to learn more about these amazing projects in your area. We will also have games, crafts, and a photo booth set up for you to take your picture with Smokey Bear. If you would like to try your hand at being a biologist, help us with our Bio Blitz by collecting sightings of plants and wildlife around the nature center grounds.

Date: Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
The droning sound of male cicadas provide background music to summers in the Ozarks. Spend some time learning about these fascinating and loud insects before they quietly disappear. Please no organized groups.

Date: Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required.
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 attempting to capture some for banding.

Date: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 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 amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday.

Date: Friday, August 3, 2018 - 3:00pm to Friday, August 31, 2018 - 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 every other Friday.

Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Next to birds, turtles are the most abundant and diverse wildlife species found at the Discovery Center. If you love turtles like we do, come join the party! We will have various species on display for a totally turtle meet and greet. Learn a lot with fun facts and a craft.

Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
Hey! Who is hurrying, scurrying, and weaving in and out of the leaf litter? It’s Big Daddy Longlegs! Hurry in to find out some amazing facts about these long-legged forest creatures. Please no organized groups.

Register by August 4

Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ever wonder what lies beneath the water’s surface? Join us as we dive on in to learn more about our aquatic habitats and animals that call them home.

Register by August 4

Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Buzz by the nature center this month and explore the world of bees! You’ll have a honey of a good time as you discover how bees work together to take care of the hive.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins August 1.

Date: Saturday, August 4, 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, August 4, 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 August 4

Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Buzz by the nature center this month and explore the world of bees! You’ll have a honey of a good time as you discover how bees work together to take care of the hive.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins August 1.

Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Drop by our lobby between 1-3 pm today to visit with Jackson artist Vicki Outman as she demonstrates pastel painting techniques. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Date: Saturday, August 4, 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 August 7

Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Buzz by the nature center this month and explore the world of bees! You’ll have a honey of a good time as you discover how bees work together to take care of the hive.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins August 1.

Register by August 7

Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Buzz by the nature center this month and explore the world of bees! You’ll have a honey of a good time as you discover how bees work together to take care of the hive.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins August 1.

Date: Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 2-6. No registration required.
Join Volunteer Naturalist Joyce Tolliver as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your 2-6 year olds. Please no organized groups.

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