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Date: Saturday, February 3, 2018 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

CALL 417-888-4237 TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BEGINS FEBRUARY 1. Volunteer Naturalist Sandy Vaughn leads this six-mile hike at Bennett Spring State Park. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is rated as moderate to difficult. Ages 18-Adult.

Register by February 24

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

What’s black and white and smells all over? Skunks! These well-known furry mammals have more to say than just spray. Bring your little one in to hear all about skunks through a puppet show and activities.

Register by February 24

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

What’s black and white and smells all over? Skunks! These well-known furry mammals have more to say than just spray. Bring your little one in to hear all about skunks through a puppet show and activities.

Date: Saturday, February 24, 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. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

This is our annual event that features the incredibly unique vultures in our area. Here is your opportunity to see one of the largest winter roosts of vultures in the state. The event includes hourly presentations featuring “Alice” a live turkey vulture from the Springfield’s WOW museum. There will also be indoor games, trivia, and activities. Outdoors you will get to see wild vultures roosting near the hatchery. Staff and volunteers will help you view the vultures with spotting scopes. The last presentation begins at 4 pm

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Stop on by to learn about the importance of milkweed species in Missouri. Milkweed is a host for a multitude of wildlife, most notably Monarch butterflies. Let’s dive into the bug-eat-plant kind of world that milkweed is a part of.

Register by January 16

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required beginning January 2 (all ages)
In our culture of a supermarket in every neighborhood, it is almost magical to make something delicious to eat out of liquid flowing out of a tree. Savor this wonder of nature by learning how to tap trees, collect sap, and make syrup from native trees. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Lori O’Dell began photographing nature around ten years ago as a hobby. A seminar by a National Geographic photographer lit a fire in her to get more into photography. Photographing the Missouri Ozarks is one of her obsessions. Besides working for MDC, Lori volunteers for the National Park Service at the Ozark National Scenic Riverways (Van Buren) in the interpretation division.

Date: Friday, March 2, 2018 - 3:00pm to Friday, March 30, 2018 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive snakes are fed every other week on Mar. 2, 16. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Register by March 2

Date: Friday, March 2, 2018 - 6:00pm to Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

March 2 • Friday • 6-10 PM and March 3 • Saturday 8 AM-2 PM (must attend both sessions)
Registration begins February 15 and ends February 27. Cost for materials is $15. (registration is not complete until a check is received at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center made out to Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation) (ages 8+)
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. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or getting paint on. May not be best activity for those with asthma or respiratory difficulties.

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Many signs are popping up to let us know spring is just around the corner: frogs are calling, turtles are active and birds are nesting. Going on a hike is a great way to experience the sights and sounds of spring. Come and make a hiking stick to take with you on your next adventure. Classes to create them will begin at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Class size is limited and kids must be with an adult, no registration is required. Come take a hike with us outside or enjoy one of our other spring-time activities inside!

Register by March 3

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE FROM 2/24 TO 3/3 DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

(Ages 7 and up)
Reservations begin February 10.
*Register each participant**

Stop by Powder Valley to become a great fur trapper! Capture “furbearers”, barter with the post staff, and learn about the importance of fur trapping in Missouri. Learn why conservation pays by enriching our economy and quality of life. Program will take place both indoor and outdoor.

Date: Saturday, March 3, 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, March 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Did you know the world's fastest animal calls Kansas City home? Come learn about the amazing peregrine falcon and the Missouri Department of Conservation's efforts in restoring their population. Experience what goes on high in the sky with exclusive behind the scenes video clips of nature's sky speedsters. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Saturday, March 3, 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.

Register by March 3

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Online registration begins February 15. Ages 12-adult.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, March 3, 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, March 3, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. All ages. 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.

Register by March 6

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Online registration begins March 1. Ages 8-adult. At dusk in early spring, the American woodcock (aka timberdoodle) does its strange courtship dance which is one of the most interesting bird spectacles of spring. With luck, we’ll be watching. Dress warmly and wear hiking shoes as Volunteer Naturalist Dan Liles leads you on this three-mile hike.

Register by March 8

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 0–3)
*Please register each child.

Reservations begin Feb 22.
It’s always a perfect time to enjoy nature. Join us for a stroller walk outdoors. Discover how nature appeals to our senses no matter what our age.

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

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

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

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

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Ever wonder what it takes to keep all of 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.

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 8:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Online Registration is not available, please call 573-290-5218 to get form emailed to you. Workshops will include information on naturescaping best practices, propagating native plants, creating a wildlife habitat, and the importance of pollinators. Gardeners and property owners alike will learn how to create a better habitat for wildlife.

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