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Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, November 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.

Date: Friday, November 9, 2018 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, November 21, 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 enjoy their feast every other week.

Register by November 20

Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (babes under 36 months) Fall can be a great time to explore the forest. Bring your little one to a fun scavenger hike in the colorful fall forest of Burr Oak Woods. A portion of the program will be outside, dress for the weather. Registration required for youngster only.

Date: Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

The wild turkey is one of Missouri’s most popular game birds. In honor of Thanksgiving, stop by our display to learn more about the bird that almost became our national symbol.

Register by November 21

Date: Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Make holiday treasures for your family or one-of-a-kind handmade gifts for the holidays from the abundance of natural objects this season has to offer. The Twin Pines staff will show you how to use items such as twigs, pine needles, acorns, buckeyes and seed pods to create wreath, reindeer and miniature tree ornaments. Designed for ages 12 and up, this program has a class limit of 20. Reservations are required. For further information, call 573-325-1381. Reservations can be made on line at www.mdc.mo.gov\twinpines or by calling 888-283-0364.

Date: Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages) One of Missouri’s largest birds, the wild turkey, is fun to watch and popular with hunters. They are common here now, but at one time there were very few turkeys in the state. Join us as we take flight with this colorful, magnificent bird. We will also uncover some turkey myths along the way.

Date: Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Stop by to see members of the Ozark Whittlers and Woodcarvers transform wood into treasures. All ages. No registration required.

Register by November 27

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6-16)
Badgers digging in the prairies, otters playing in the rivers, minks hunting in the lowlands –what do they have in common with each other? Learn how these interesting predators in the weasel family have different adaptations that help them live in such different parts of the habitat.

Register by November 28

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 8:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin November 14.
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. Please dress for the weather; however, this program will be canceled due to inclement weather.

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Raccoons are clever nighttime animals. Bring your favorite Big Person and learn more about these critters. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required.

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Raccoons are clever nighttime animals. Bring your favorite Big Person and learn more about these critters. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required.

Register by November 30

Date: Friday, November 30, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Nature’s Nook Book Club
Nov 30 • Friday • 9:30–11 a.m.
(Adults)
Reservations begin October 30.
This month we will be discussing Merlin Tuttle’s Book The Secret Lives of BATS. This book tells Tuttle’s adventures with the world’s most misunderstood mammal.

Register by November 30

Date: Friday, November 30, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Join us for an evening with Noppadol Paothong, photographer for the Missouri
Department of Conservation. Nop’s amazing photography has been featured in the
Conservationist and Xplor Magazines, and many others including National Audubon,
Ranger Rick, BBC, and the Nature Conservancy. He’ll be talking about his experiences
photographing monarchs, sharing photos and technical information, and speaking
to the importance of all pollinators. He’ll also talk about the development of habitat
to benefit pollinators, much of what you can do even in your backyard.
Monarchs are a well-known and loved creature in the pollinator world. Few animals
inspire as much devotion and study as the monarch butterfly. Its 3,000 mile migration
from Canada to Mexico and back to the Gulf Coast states in the spring has served as a
symbol of beauty and mystery. Now, National Geographic says monarch populations
are declining at an alarming rate, due to illegal logging in Mexico, wildfires, drought,
and a drastic loss of their crucial milkweed habitat in the United States.

Register by December 1

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 8:30am to 1:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Nestled in the hills near Hawn State Park and Pickle Springs Natural Area lies Hickory Canyons, a small but significant natural area. We’ll hike the two short trails to see beautiful stone outcroppings, moss, and ferns. Hike is ~2 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 December 1

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 8:30am to 1:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Nestled in the hills near Hawn State Park and Pickle Springs Natural Area lies Hickory Canyons, a small but significant natural area. We’ll hike the two short trails to see beautiful stone outcroppings, moss, and ferns. Hike is ~2 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 December 1

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins November 15 (ages 18+)
Deck the halls with boughs of holly…the holidays are just around the corner and we’re in the mood to decorate! We’ll use nature’s resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (you choose the size and shape you want), and we’ll provide everything else to do your decorating.
Sessions are 1.5 hours long. Tools will be provided (pruners, pliers and wire cutters). Some gloves will be available but you may want to bring your own leather or garden gloves. You may bring your own tools if you wish. Participants need to bring their own grapevine wreath.

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The fall goose migration is in full swing! Canada, white front and snow geese fly over our skies and into the rivers, lakes, marshes and fields across Missouri. Learn about each species and their unique characteristics as we explore their goosey world. We'll make some goose art using goose feathers and learn how to use goose calls and decoys to get their attention and bring them in close.

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Members from the Kansas City Fiber Group will be hosting hands-on fiber activities and demonstrations of different fiber techniques. Diverse techniques such as felting, crochet, weaving, hand stitching, collage, surface design and encaustic to create works reflecting on the environment will be demonstrated. You will also have an opportunity to meet the artists and discover the beauty of this unique exhibit.

Date: Saturday, December 1, 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.

Register by December 1

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins November 15 (ages 18+)
Deck the halls with boughs of holly…the holidays are just around the corner and we’re in the mood to decorate! We’ll use nature’s resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (you choose the size and shape you want), and we’ll provide everything else to do your decorating.
Sessions are 1.5 hours long. Tools will be provided (pruners, pliers and wire cutters). Some gloves will be available but you may want to bring your own leather or garden gloves. You may bring your own tools if you wish. Participants need to bring their own grapevine wreath.

Date: Saturday, December 1, 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 December 1

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins November 15 (ages 18+)
Deck the halls with boughs of holly…the holidays are just around the corner and we’re in the mood to decorate! We’ll use nature’s resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (you choose the size and shape you want), and we’ll provide everything else to do your decorating.
Sessions are 1.5 hours long. Tools will be provided (pruners, pliers and wire cutters). Some gloves will be available but you may want to bring your own leather or garden gloves. You may bring your own tools if you wish. Participants need to bring their own grapevine wreath.

Date: Saturday, December 1, 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.

Register by December 1

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins November 15 (ages 18+)
Deck the halls with boughs of holly…the holidays are just around the corner and we’re in the mood to decorate! We’ll use nature’s resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (you choose the size and shape you want), and we’ll provide everything else to do your decorating.
Sessions are 1.5 hours long. Tools will be provided (pruners, pliers and wire cutters). Some gloves will be available but you may want to bring your own leather or garden gloves. You may bring your own tools if you wish. Participants need to bring their own grapevine wreath.

Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Many birds fly south seeking warmer weather in the winter, but not Missouri’s wonderful woodpeckers. Fly on in to learn more about these “hardheaded” birds and how to attract them to your yard during the cold winter months. Please, no organized groups.

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