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Register by September 30

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

Registration begins September 1 (12+)
Fall is a fantastic time for foraging. We’ll discuss some yummy forest finds as well as the importance of ethical, informed collecting. Then, we will make something sweet to eat! While you won’t be able to taste our treats, we’ll show you how to make your own, step by step.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends two hours before program begins.

Register by October 2

Date: Friday, October 2, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Milkweed has adapted to every habitat there is in Missouri. Colors can vary from green to purple. These amazing plants have a relationship not only with Monarchs but with many other insects as well. There can be an entire community living on a single milkweed plant. We will explore what makes this such a remarkable plant. (ages 12+)

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by October 2

Date: Friday, October 2, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) The transition from summer to fall is taking place. Join our native landscape specialist to talk about tips and tricks to help you enjoy your fall blooms and get your beds ready for winter. Bring your questions about pruning, weeding and maintaining order in your fall garden.

Register by October 2

Date: Friday, October 2, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) The transition from summer to fall is taking place. Join our native landscape specialist to talk about tips and tricks to help you enjoy your fall blooms and get your beds ready for winter. Bring your questions about pruning, weeding and maintaining order in your fall garden.

Register by October 3

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Fall is the finest time to forage for fruits and nuts of the forest. Come experience our harvest table of wild mushrooms, hickory nuts, walnuts and fruits like pawpaws and persimmons. There will be taste tests and a few wild recipes to try. Dress for the weather. We will be outside for a beautiful crisp fall day!

Register by October 3

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Fall is the finest time to forage for fruits and nuts of the forest. Come experience our harvest table of wild mushrooms, hickory nuts, walnuts and fruits like pawpaws and persimmons. There will be taste tests and a few wild recipes to try. Dress for the weather. We will be outside for a beautiful crisp fall day!

Register by October 3

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Fall is the finest time to forage for fruits and nuts of the forest. Come experience our harvest table of wild mushrooms, hickory nuts, walnuts and fruits like pawpaws and persimmons. There will be taste tests and a few wild recipes to try. Dress for the weather. We will be outside for a beautiful crisp fall day!

Register by October 6

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Virtual

Fall is coming! With it's cooler temperatures plants and animals will be starting to change and prepare for the next of our Missouri seasons. Join us for a few 30-minute virtual programs hosted by our Runge Naturalists, each exploring a different aspect of our natural world.
*Registration is requested (All ages)

Register by October 6

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 5:00pm to 5:45pm

Location: Virtual

Sometimes nature can get downright slimy! Come join us as we virtually explore all things ooey, gooey, squishy and squirmy in this hands-on experience. Students will be provided with a materials list prior to the program if they wish to play along at home. This is a virtual program viewable on a mobile device or home computer.
Complete instructions for joining will be emailed several days prior to the program date. Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address. (ages 7-11)

Register by October 6

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 18+) Do you have what it takes to be crowned a Nature Trivia Champion? What are the two venomous spiders in Missouri? Do centipedes really have 100 legs? Come answer these questions and more at our second monthly trivia night! Come individually or bring some friends for a night full of fun and carefree competition. A mobile device is required so you or your team can buzz in your answers. Trivia Tuesday will happen on the first Tuesday of every month and will take place...outdoors so bring your chairs, blankets, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks and come fight for the title of Trivia Champion and the awesome prize that comes with it.

Register by October 6

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 0-36 mon)
Don’t miss the fun! Hike out with your little one to the Bethany Falls Trail, voted #1 in Kansas City! “Falls” refer to the unique limestone boulders that we will explore. We’ll stop to play and take pictures.

Register by October 8

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

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! Meet a few of our captive critters and observe them eating during this live, virtual program. (all ages)

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by October 8

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Reduce, recycle, repurpose, reuse are important strategies for becoming more sustainable. The upcoming holidays offer the opportunity to start to practice sustainability and calm some of the craziness. This class will explore one of the many ways to reuse magazines. Old Conservationist magazines will be transformed into colorful beads. These could make a great bracelet or necklace for the holidays. (ages 12+)

Masks are required, and participants will social distance. Each participant will have their own materials and tools to reduce contact.

Register by October 8

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Virtual

(All Ages)
Sometimes animals must be sly as a fox in order to survive. Join us as we explore animals that can weasel out of danger and seem to always have something up their paws. Discover how nature inspires people to create crafty innovative solutions to make life easier.

Please provide an email in your profile so a program link can be sent.
Please check your spam folder for the email with the WebEx link if you do not receive one after 5:00pm the day before the program.

*Please note that this is a virtual program*

Register by October 9

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
A seed that stops the heart, a leaf that sheds poisonous daggers, while enjoying Missouri’s great outdoors it is good to know what plants to avoid. Join us for a fun look at Missouri’s plants behaving badly.

Register by October 10

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 8+) Nature provides incredible inspiration and one-of-a-kind art supplies. Join us as we explore the native habitats at the Discovery Center and gather stems, leaves, berries, nuts, grasses, feathers and other treasures from Fall. Step back inside and use your creative side as you create your own unique nature art!

Register by October 10

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 8+) Nature provides incredible inspiration and one-of-a-kind art supplies. Join us as we explore the native habitats at the Discovery Center and gather stems, leaves, berries, nuts, grasses, feathers and other treasures from Fall. Step back inside and use your creative side as you create your own unique nature art!

Register by October 13

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 3-5 with an adult)
When we think about autumn colors, we often think of leaves changing from green to red. However, did you know leaves are not the only color changes that happen during fall? Come with us on a colorful exploration of our forever changing natural realm!

Register by October 12

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 3-5 with an adult)
When we think about autumn colors, we often think of leaves changing from green to red. However, did you know leaves are not the only color changes that happen during fall? Come with us on a colorful exploration of our forever changing natural realm!

Register by October 12

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Virtual

Missouri, a.k.a. the Cave State, is second in number of caves in the United States, with over 7,500 known caves (and more being discovered each year). Come and join us as we discuss the caves and cave life of Missouri, why we need to protect this unique ecosystem, and how you can become involved. This will be an hour-long virtual program that will include a question and answer session.
*You will receive a Webex email invite from our Event Management System 24 hours in advance of the program. Be sure to check your junk email for this link if you do not receive it in your inbox. Please register each person attending individually, even if you all will be on one computer.

Register by October 14

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Everyone loves a good story, and we have plenty of them here at the nature center! You and your little one can watch and listen as our Naturalists read a couple nature stories. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age but is open to all ages.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Register by October 14

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Slither on in to learn more about these savvy super survivalists. Missouri is home to over 40 species of snakes, all of which are important. Why? Attend this virtual program to find out. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Recommended for all ages. Call 417-888-4237 for more information. Select the blue "Register" button in the top right corner to register.

Register by October 14

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Everyone loves a good story, and we have plenty of them here at the nature center! You and your little one can watch and listen as our Naturalists read a couple nature stories. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age but is open to all ages.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins,.

Register by October 15

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

Missouri once had millions of Ozark chinquapin trees which are a relative of the American chestnut. Today, few people know what they are or that they are almost gone. But something is being done to save this tree. Learn more about the value of this
tree and what you can do to help save this American treasure. (ages 12+)
Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by October 15

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Virtual

A seed is a promise, a promise of spring. The life cycle of plants is largely the same, but the seeds and how they are dispersed can be very different. Learning all about seeds and what they need to grow will help your efforts at collecting and propagating.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

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