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Register by March 19

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

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (age 9-11)
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 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Babes in the Woods – Trees
March 20 • Wednesday • 10–11 a.m.
(Ages 0-3)
Reservations begin March 1.
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 March 19

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

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 3-5 with an adult)
Winter is coming to an end; the weather is getting warmer and nature seems brand new. From baby critters to budding trees, March is a month of transition for Missouri’s creatures and plants big and small. Come on in! Let’s go spring peepin’! Dress to be outside, weather permitting a portion of the program will be outside.

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 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 19

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (age 9-11)
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 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 3-5 with an adult)
Winter is coming to an end; the weather is getting warmer and nature seems brand new. From baby critters to budding trees, March is a month of transition for Missouri’s creatures and plants big and small. Come on in! Let’s go spring peepin’! Dress to be outside, weather permitting a portion of the program will be outside.

Register by March 19

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (age 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 21

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Pinecones are not just holiday décor. Create your own springtime wreath using pinecones cut into flowers, painted, and attached to small grapevine wreaths. All supplies will be provided including wreaths.

Register by March 23

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Our first hike of spring will be to Tywappity Lake. The trail loops the lake crossing a few creeks. We may be able to see some signs of wildflowers. Hike is ~2.5 miles and rated moderate. 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, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

Register by March 23

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Our first hike of spring will be to Tywappity Lake. The trail loops the lake crossing a few creeks. We may be able to see some signs of wildflowers. Hike is ~2.5 miles and rated moderate. 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, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Planting for Butterflies
March 23 · Saturday · 2-3 PM
No registration required (families with all ages)
Can you imagine a world without butterflies? Although the Monarch gets all the press, many butterfly populations are in decline. Watching these flying jewels flitter and float helps to calm the mind and warm the heart. Please join us to learn about Missouri butterflies and how you can help them. Families will take home a native wildflower plant and seed packet as long as supplies last.

Register by March 25

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
Let’s kick off this season’s wild edible programs with the basics of plant identification. Learn just what plant taxonomy is and why you should practice it. Weather and plants permitting, this program will include a hike.

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Take a musical journey into the lives of Ozark settlers that describes a way of life surrounded by virgin forests, abundant wildlife, and crystal-clear rivers. Michael Fraser, author of “Fiddles and Forests,” is joined by Tenley Hansen as they recreate authentic mountain music while weaving a narrative about living in the Ozarks before the arrival of electricity during the timber boom of the late 1800s.

Date: Friday, March 29, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Each spring Missouri is visited by a group of very beautiful birds, the warblers. Their bright colors shine through the trees almost as boldly as their beautiful songs ring out. Fly on over to learn more about these brilliant birds, take a short hike to look for them, and make a craft to take home. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, March 29, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Each spring Missouri is visited by a group of very beautiful birds, the warblers. Their bright colors shine through the trees almost as boldly as their beautiful songs ring out. Fly on over to learn more about these brilliant birds, take a short hike to look for them, and make a craft to take home. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by March 30

Date: Friday, March 29, 2019 - 6:00pm to Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

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 bring or send a check to the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center made out to MCHF. Please wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty or getting paint on. This is not a good activity for those with asthma or respiratory difficulties.

Register by March 29

Date: Friday, March 29, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Natural History of Missouri Prairie Orchids
Mar 29 • Friday • 7–8:30 p.m.
(All ages welcome)
Reservations begin February 1
The public is invited to hear Dr. David Ashley (Professor Emeritus of Biology, MWSU) discuss the natural history and biology of two state-endangered native wildflowers, the eastern and western white-fringed prairie orchids. He will also discuss population trends and seasonal phenology on the only Missouri prairies where they are still known to exist.

Register by March 30

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Pups, kittens, and ducklings, too. Spring is the season to discover who’s new! There are many wild animal babies born in the spring. Learn about these young, their parents, and why it’s important to let them stay wild.

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

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (families)
Spring has sprung at Burr Oak Woods! Let’s head out on the trails (will be stroller friendly) to explore how creatures great and small wake up when the season changes. From wildflowers blooming to birds singing we are sure to find lots of natural happenings. Dress for the weather. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair from us.

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Join us to learn more about the snakes, turtles and lizards of Missouri. Live animals will be available for up close viewing. Participants will have the opportunity to touch a live non-venomous snake.

Register by March 30

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Pups, kittens, and ducklings, too. Spring is the season to discover who’s new! There are many wild animal babies born in the spring. Learn about these young, their parents, and why it’s important to let them stay wild.

Register by March 30

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join photographer Dan Liles as he teaches you how to take photos of different types of wildlife. We will start in the classroom and then hit the trails to take photos, so bring your camera or cell phone. Ages 12-17.

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Emerald Ash Borer, or EAB, is an invasive small metallic green beetle that is responsible for the loss of millions of ash trees in North America, including Missouri. Join Community Forester Jennifer Behnken to learn more about this insect, how to look out for it, what it means for your ash trees, and what you can do about it.

Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Join us for a celebration of nature as seen through the eyes of area students. View student artwork portraying nature in their different neighborhoods, talk with some of the artists then stick around for the awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

Register by April 1

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Stretch your creative limits and make something special for yourself or a friend using antlers as the base for jewelry. Sara Bradshaw will be the guest presenter for this unique class and will teach you the techniques needed to produce a one-of-a-kind treasure. Materials will be provided. Class size limit of 15. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. To make a reservation, register on-line or call 888-283-0364. For further information, you can call 573-325-1381.

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