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Register by September 1

Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Bears are the big, beautiful beasts of Missouri! Come learn more about the Black bear and become bear aware. Ages 0-2. Registration begins September 1.

Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

No registration required (all ages)
Find out what animals and plants are causing issues for us in Missouri in this display including Asian carp, didymo, honeysuckle, and feral hogs. We will show you what you can do to help keep them under control.

Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 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.

Register by October 1

Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Claire Gempp Davidson Memorial Wildlife Area

Citizen Science Opportunity: Turtle and Crayfish Survey at Clair Gempp Davidson Memorial Wildlife Area
October 2nd • Tuesday • 930am to 12pm
(Ages 3 and up)
Reservations begin September 18th.
Want to learn how to become a citizen scientist? Want to assist with research on turtle and crayfish abundance? Come join us for a brief survey of the turtles and crayfish that live in the pond at Gemp Memorial Conservation Area! We will count turtles and crayfish as well as measure and weigh some. Bring clothes you don’t mind getting wet and muddy. Please register each person separately.

Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Enjoy an evening of great art with this reception of 'Plein Air' paintings of the Brush Creek area followed by an awards ceremony for the artists.

Register by October 3

Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 6:30pm to Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 15+) This is a 3 day class and attendance for all days will be required to finish your longbow.
Explore the history of archery in North America from raw material harvest to bow design and performance. Then, using only hand tools and patience, craft your own hickory longbow work of art. Cost for materials is $100 payable in advance with a check made out to MCHF.Woodworking skills recommended. This program requires stamina and upper arm strength. Lists of references and resources for making future bows on your own will be provided.

Register by October 5

Date: Friday, October 5, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 12-adult. Online registration begins September 15. Local musician Bo Brown is well known for his musical talent but many may not know about his birding prowess. Drawing from his background in music, field biology, and primitive skills instructing, Bo will weave together a program featuring music, stories, images, and musings about birds, nature, and other outdoor pursuits.

Register by October 5

Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 8:00am to 4:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 15 (ages 14+)
Join us as we visit the glades and forest of Buford Mountain Conservation Area. We’ll enjoy views of the surrounding hills and see special habitats as we hike this challenging trail. Hike is ~7.5 miles and rated moderate to difficult with rugged terrain. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome.

Notes:
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, lunch, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

Register by October 5

Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 8:00am to 4:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 15 (ages 14+)
Join us as we visit the glades and forest of Buford Mountain Conservation Area. We’ll enjoy views of the surrounding hills and see special habitats as we hike this challenging trail. Hike is ~7.5 miles and rated moderate to difficult with rugged terrain. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome.

Notes:
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, lunch, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required. Enjoy a naturalist-guided hike on the nature center trails. Learn about the wildlife and habitats found on the nature center area.

Register by October 6

Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 12-adult. Online registration begins September 15. Bring your camera and take a closer look at nature photography with Volunteer Naturalist Dan Liles. We’ll take photos of plants, birds, and insects. Afterward we will discuss tools and techniques and review photos.

Date: Saturday, October 6, 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, October 6, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Frosty mornings are here and the forest is full of fall bounty. Come sample our harvest table of wild fruits and nuts including pawpaws, persimmons, wild grapes, hickory nuts, chestnuts and so much more.

Date: Saturday, October 6, 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.

Date: Saturday, October 6, 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.

Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required. Enjoy a naturalist-guided hike on the nature center trails. Learn about the wildlife and habitats found on the nature center area.

Register by October 8

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Emmenegger Nature Park

Fall Bird Hike at Emmenegger Nature Park
October 9th • Tuesday • 9am to 11am
(Ages 7 and up)
Reservations begin September 25th.
Birding is a fun activity that all ages can enjoy! Join us for a hike to discover some early fall birds including migrants at Emmenegger Nature Park. Trail will be approximately a 1-mile hike and moderately difficult on natural surfaces. In case of inclement weather, the hike will be canceled. Binoculars and field guides will be available upon request. Please register each person individually.

Date: Wednesday, October 10, 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.

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Ever wonder what it takes to keep all the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Thanks to some amazing animal care volunteers, they are fed a delicious smorgasbord of crickets, worms, minnows, and more! Drop by to visit with the volunteers and staff as they feed the hungry critters. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Register by October 12

Date: Friday, October 12, 2018 - 6:00pm to Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins October 2 (ages 10+)
Make a beautiful cork decoy to use for waterfowl hunting or as unique art. Learn duck identification, duck ecology and decoy history as you sculpt and paint your own decoy. Cost for materials is $15. Please make $15 check to MCHF or we can do a credit card transaction. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or getting paint on. May not be the best class for those with asthma or breathing difficulties. An adult must attend with children younger than 16.

Register by October 16

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

It’s never too early to learn about the world around you. Every month, infants and toddlers will learn about different nature related topics. We will be outside for part of the class so please dress for the weather.

Register by October 18

Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us as we turn old kitchen items into garden art. As we work, we will discuss native flowers.

Date: Friday, October 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) HOWLoween is back and we want you to join the fun! Discovering nature's creepy creatures is just part of the nighttime fun. Take a hike on the Wild Side Walk to get up close with some of Missouri's nocturnal wildlife. Kids will have a howling good time exploring nature stations like Track or Treat, the Bone Yard, the Bat Cave and much more. It will be a howling fun, free and unforgettable event for the entire family.

Date: Friday, October 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

SPECIAL EVENT!

Ever wonder about the purpose of a mosquito or a spider? Discover a new outlook on the unexpected and unappreciated wildlife that helps make Missouri a great place. Come for a presentation on the owls of Missouri at 6 p.m. Experience “Charlotte’s Web of Life” through a character encounter presentation along one of our trails every fifteen minutes, starting at 7 p.m. Go batty exploring cave life, go wild exploring our nature center at night, and much more! Bring the family as you explore creatures that go bump in the night. Come dressed as your favorite animal!

Register by October 13

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Learn about the Ozark River system, how it evolved from being used to float tie rafts during the timber boom to a recreational area and the tradition of gifting a sassafras paddle. Then get creative as you paint or wood burn a river scene onto a paddle of your own. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

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