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Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 7:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us for a rugged hike at Ketcherside Mountain Conservation Area. We’ll hike along Royal Gorge Natural Area and stop by Taum Sauk Mountain (Missouri’s highest point). Hike is 4 miles and rated moderate to difficult. Adult supervision required for ages 12-17.
Ask if you need transportation from the nature center sign up here. If caravanning with your own vehicle, sign up under "drive yourself" event. Participants MUST dress appropriately for the weather and MUST wear sturdy shoes. Bring water, lunch, and any comfort items (insect repellant, hat, binoculars, and sunscreen). For specific questions, registrants may contact Dustin.. Will be canceled if severe weather or severe heat.

Register by August 25

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 12-adult. Online registration begins August 1.
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.

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required.
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.

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
What was that!? I think it was a bat! Nature has its own insect exterminators. One bat can eat around 1000 per night! Missouri’s bats play an important role in those memorable summer nights you enjoy. Come learn about these essential little winged critters.

Register by August 25

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 10-adult. Online registration begins August 1.
Join Volunteer Naturalist Dana Tideman to learn about monarch butterfly conservation, their life cycle, and how to rear and tag them.

Date: Sunday, August 26, 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: Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us in celebrating vultures! Often overlooked or misunderstood, the vulture is an important player in human health! Stop by to enjoy our display and make a craft as you learn more about these helpful birds. Youth and adult groups welcome. We will not have a live bird.

Register by September 15

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Did you know that a butterfly holds one of the records for the longest migration? If not, spread your wings and flutter on down to the nature center to learn about Missouri’s Monarch butterflies. You can also learn how to help scientists monitor Monarch populations each year from your home by playing tag with a butterfly.

Register by September 18

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

You and Me under the Canopy: Pollinators
September 19th • Wednesday • 10am-11am
(Ages 3 to 6)
Reservations begin August 29th.
Come see the topic we are exploring this month. Families, meet in the nature center lobby for a “nature” adventure. Everyone will hike with the naturalist to a special place in the forest and enjoy a nature story under the tree canopy. Siblings are welcome.

Register by September 28

Date: Friday, September 28, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Enjoy a night of celebrating Missouri nature at Nature's Got Talent: Variety Show at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center!

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