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Register by March 14

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 1 (ages 6–10)
Celebrate our state bird by providing it with a place to raise its young. Discover what it takes to be a successful bluebird parent and learn how we can help the eastern bluebird. Each signed-up participant will get to build and take home a bluebird house.

Register by March 13

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each family member attending (families with children 6+)
They jump, fly, dance, and make strange noises. The American woodcock may be an odd-looking bird, but it puts on a fantastic springtime display. Join us to learn about some of the incredible adaptations of this little bird. We will venture outside and with luck have a chance to view the woodcock’s special dance. Please dress to be outside.

Register by March 15

Date: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Migratory song birds will soon be finding their way back to Missouri. While some will stay to nest, others will pass through on their way to northern breeding grounds. Join Volunteer Naturalist Myra Scroggs for an introductory program and then walk the trails to look for birds. Bring field guides and binoculars if you have them. Ages 7-adult.

Register by March 15

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required beginning February 1 (adults)
Beautify your landscape with some of Missouri’s best natural resources, native plants! Learn how to save time and money and create wildlife habitat with educational sessions on native plants, landscape design and many more.

Register by March 15

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Naturally resilient Missouri native plants are great for home landscaping. They solve common gardening problems and attract a variety of wildlife. Come and learn about what natives might work best in your gardens. We’ll even get you started with some seedlings to take home in time for spring planting.

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Missouri River Bird Observatory staff and Burr Oak Woods partner in an on-going project to identify and track the birds that come to our feeders each winter. From the resident chickadees and cardinals to the migrating juncos and sparrows, we capture, apply colored bands, and release these fascinating creatures. Once banded and recorded, you will be able to track individual birds through this and future seasons. This program is weather permitting.

Register by March 16

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Trot on over to the nature center and find out about the opossum! Where do opossums live? What do they do with their tails? What makes them so special? Find out the answers to these questions as well as many others!

Date: Saturday, March 16, 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.

Register by March 16

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

In honor of March Mammal Madness, we’ll be learning about some of Missouri’s most unique mammals! There are a lot of mammals that call Missouri home. Can you think of any? Come learn about mammals that fly, mammals with thumbs, and Missouri’s only marsupial.

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The state bird of Missouri is often associate with cheerfulness! Some say it's song sounds like "Cheer Cheerful Charmer." Perhaps that is why the Eastern bluebird is commonly thought of as a symbol of happiness. Join us at the Discovery Center as we learn to identify, foster and monitor Missouri's beautiful state bird!

Register by March 15

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin March 2
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.

Register by March 13

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required beginning February 1 (ages 10+) Bluebirds are year-round residents in Missouri. They usually begin nesting the first half of March. Perfect timing for this project! Would you like to help increase the local bluebird population while having many hours of enjoyment watching our beautiful state bird? Register for this session and your will build a bluebird house of your own! Please register only those planning to build a bluebird house. Children must be ages 10+ to register and must be accompanied by an adult. We request a one adult to every four registered children ratio. If you have any questions about registration, please call 816-759-7300.

Date: Saturday, March 16, 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, March 16, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Missouri toads are colorful, harmless, vocal, and valuable. We’ll have fun learning about these “toad”-ally cool creatures. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by March 16

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Trot on over to the nature center and find out about the opossum! Where do opossums live? What do they do with their tails? What makes them so special? Find out the answers to these questions as well as many others!

Register by March 13

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required beginning February 1 (ages 10+) Bluebirds are year-round residents in Missouri. They usually begin nesting the first half of March. Perfect timing for this project! Would you like to help increase the local bluebird population while having many hours of enjoyment watching our beautiful state bird? Register for this session and your will build a bluebird house of your own! Please register only those planning to build a bluebird house. Children must be ages 10+ to register and must be accompanied by an adult. We request a one adult to every four registered children ratio. If you have any questions about registration, please call 816-759-7300.

Register by March 16

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Try your hand at the ancient art of origami. We will continue our celebration of the “Year of Fish” by folding an origami fish and fishbowl. All supplies will be provided.

Date: Saturday, March 16, 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 March 19

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Trot on over to the nature center and find out about the opossum! Where do opossums live? What do they do with their tails? What makes them so special? Find out the answers to these questions as well as many others!

Register by March 19

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Trot on over to the nature center and find out about the opossum! Where do opossums live? What do they do with their tails? What makes them so special? Find out the answers to these questions as well as many others!

Register by March 15

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

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 February 1 (adults) The paddlefish a.k.a. "spoonbill" is one of the most unusual and delicious fish that swim the waters of Missouri. Learn about their peculiar habits and the efforts to conserve their populations as well as learn how to clean them to make the best use of their firm, boneless meat. Chef Kara Anderson of "The Sundry" and chef Brent Gunnels of "Cult of Pi" will prepare dishes and serve small plate samples of paddlefish meat prepared in unique and delicious ways. 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 from the instructor confirming your reservation within two working days of receiving your deposit.

Register by March 19

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Help solve the puzzle of why animals become endangered. Learn about the role people play in this problem, and what you can do to help before it’s too late. Please only one adult per group of kids and no younger siblings. Ages 7-12.

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Missouri toads are colorful, harmless, vocal, and valuable. We’ll have fun learning about these “toad”-ally cool creatures. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by March 19

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 6-8)
Digging, tunneling, crawling and sliding are all good ways to get around if you live underground. Find out who is living under your feet and how they have uniquely adapted to their subterranean life. Dress to be outside for this program.

Register by March 19

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (age 12-18)
Digging, tunneling, crawling and sliding are all good ways to get around if you live underground. Find out who is living under your feet and how they have uniquely adapted to their subterranean life. Dress to be outside for this program.

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