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Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, September 13, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

No reservations required
Trail Tales features a children’s book along the trail. Read, move, and play as you visit and engage in suggested activities at each stop. Both children and adults will love to play in nature this way!

Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 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.

Register by August 28

Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The alligator gar is called the “king” of fish. He is a wonder to behold. Not only does he have impressive teeth but scales that are like chain mail. Historically, the scales have been used for arrow heads, tools, and jewelry. We will learn some amazing facts about this “monster” and use their scales in a couple of projects. Program is free.

Date: Friday, August 30, 2019 - 3:00pm to 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.

Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 3 & up)
No reservations
Get the family outdoors for some Tree-mendous fun! Learn about trees and animal tracks, then create wearable art take home, using those leaves and tracks. Please bring you own all-cotton shirt to decorate and we will provide the rest. Children under 7 will need adult help and supervision. Come while supplies last.

Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Insects are beneficial and an amazing part of the natural world. Grab a net and discover the insects that call the Discovery Center home. You will learn identification tips and even discover if any insects are edible! There will be activities for all ages to enjoy and the opportunity to post your insect discovery on our iNaturalist page.

Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 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.

Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Smokey Bear is celebrating his 75th birthday this year. We want to congratulate him on the many years he has helped us prevent wildfires. The nature center is having a pre-party on August 31st from 1-3 pm. You are invited to come make your own Smokey Bear t-shirt, enjoy bear crafts and make birthday cards to give to Smokey at his party during the SEMO fair on Sunday, September 8th at 5 pm. Please join Smokey and some of his local friends like Rowdy Redhawk at the Fair Conservation Pavilion while they dance the hokey pokey and enjoy a free cupcake.

Date: Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The art exhibit of Mary Ann Foster, MDC volunteer, will be on display the last half of August and all of September. This is your chance to meet her in person. Her work displays the beauty of nature in mixed media of all kinds. "My art work is seeing and depicting nature in Missouri. As sitting in a field of thistles at Nell Lake and watching the gold finch feed on the thistles." As a former art teacher Mary Ann's work includes very detailed drawings of sunflowers, succulent spring plants and impressionistic paintings in acrylics or watercolor. Make plans to visit with Mary Ann Foster and learn how she brings nature alive through art.

Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 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.

Register by September 4

Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Enjoy learning about fish while we practice the traditional art of Japanese fish printing. Bring a plain t-shirt, bandana, or other cotton textile to create a wearable work of art. We will make up to 3 prints. You supply the textiles. Ages 10-adult. Adult supervision required for ages 10-17.

Register by September 6

Date: Friday, September 6, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6 -16) When we think about intelligent animals, we don’t often think about birds. However, crows are remarkably clever. They learn quickly, solve problems easily, and can even make and use tools! We will celebrate these abilities with discussion, videos, activities and a craft. Come prepared to “be a crow” as we act out several experiments that highlight the cleverness of crows.

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Meet us at the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center’s gazebo (next to the building) for a September stroll along the Wildcat Park trails while we hunt for natural objects in a scavenger hunt. The walk will be a little more than a mile and is rated easy. Please bring strollers for toddlers.

Register by September 6

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Join us for a 2 mile hike along the rocky Turkey Ridge Trail. We will explore a stand of towering pines, the remnants of old limestone mining, and seasonal flora and fauna. Meet at the Rockwoods Reservation Visitor Center at 10 a.m. where you will follow the guides to the trail head.

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 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, September 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 9+) Are you interested in becoming part of the growing world of Citizen Science but aren't sure how to get started? Join us for our first Citizen Science Saturday. Let's start by learning to use iNaturalist and Monarch SOS. We will blend technology and our natural habitats to learn how to record encounters with wildlife, connect to specialist in the science world and help gather wildlife data we can share. iPhones, iPads, Android phones or tablets are recommended.

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 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.

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 9+) Are you interested in becoming part of the growing world of Citizen Science but aren't sure how to get started? Join us for our first Citizen Science Saturday. Let's start by learning to use iNaturalist and Monarch SOS. We will blend technology and our natural habitats to learn how to record encounters with wildlife, connect to specialist in the science world and help gather wildlife data we can share. iPhones, iPads, Android phones or tablets are recommended.

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Learn more about the snakes, turtles, and lizards that call Missouri home with the opportunity to see live specimens. A discovery table and craft will be available after the program.

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 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 September 10

Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (babes under 36 months)
Flutter like a butterfly and learn about how the Monarch butterfly makes its magical trek to Mexico every fall. Dress to be outside for a portion of this program.

Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join Ms. Ladybug as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your child. Please no organized groups. Ages 2-6. No registration required.

Register by September 12

Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin August 29
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.

Register by September 12

Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin August 29
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.

Register by September 7

Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Get ready for the twelfth block of our prairie themed quilt! This month features the coneflower. Glade, pale purple, purple, yellow and gray headed, this member of the daisy family starts showing its colors starting in May and continues its show through October. Unfortunately, those colors are threatened by harvest for the medicinal herb market. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, you can call 573-325-1381.

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