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Register by October 26

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Bat wakes up when the sun sets and goes to sleep when it rises. Flap on in to discover how fluttering bats stay busy all night and learn how to be a friend to bats.

Register by October 25

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Late October is the perfect time to see the brilliant colors of fall. Join Rockwoods naturalists for a guided hike on the Lime Kiln trail and learn about how and why leaves changes colors. Please bring water and any other hiking essentials you may need Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult.

Date: Saturday, October 26, 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, October 26, 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.

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Bats are one of the most misunderstood animals in nature. Go batty as we learn the truth about bats, how they survive at night, and why they are so important. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required.

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Bats are one of the most misunderstood animals in nature. Go batty as we learn the truth about bats, how they survive at night, and why they are so important. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required.

Register by November 16

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 5:00pm to 11:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 8+ years, children accompanied by registered adult).
Join us as we travel to the Missouri River Bird Observatory near Arrow Rock and try to capture and band the smallest owl species in
Missouri, the Northern saw-whet owl. Banding takes place on clear nights with a slight north wind. Due to the specific weather conditions required, this will be a short-notice program that may be any night of the week. Participants will be contacted as early as possible on the day of the program with more details.

Date: Friday, November 1, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Landscapes and Birds of Missouri, September hallway exhibit by Joseph Parish

The exhibit is multimedia, with the various works being done in classic water color, opaque water color (French Gouache), acrylic, oils, and photography. Most of the artwork consists of birds of Missouri, including common songbirds, water fowl, and raptors. In addition, the exhibit includes a few Missouri landscapes, which may be familiar to you, presented in different styles and media. Typically, a work is inspired from original photographs taken by myself right here in Missouri ranging from my own backyard to the Mississippi Flyway.

I like birds for perhaps all the usual reasons that you do, but as an artist, I am intrigued by the variety of striking plumage pattern and color, yet commonly maintaining a similarly simple shape that is easy to capture. I appreciate the wide variety of ecosystems that birds inhabit, which adds to the challenge and pleasure of integrating classic landscape art, but in a way, that will enhance and not distract from the subject.

Date: Friday, November 1, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Junior Duck Stamp: Best of Show Exhibit

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic arts curriculum that teaches wetlands and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. Students complete a Junior Duck Stamp design as their visual “term papers”. The Junior Duck Stamp *Best of Show* pieces are displayed throughout the United States from May until April the following year. The artwork will be exhibited at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center during the month of November 2019.

Date: Friday, November 1, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Do you have questions on how to utilize and care for native plants on your landscape? The Discovery Center Landscape Specialists will be available to answer your questions and provide education on various aspects of working with native plants.

Register by November 1

Date: Friday, November 1, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Fall brings the annual migration of waterfowl to our area lakes from their breeding grounds in the north. Some will stay with us all winter and others will rest and continue on their way farther south. After an indoor program we will walk to the lake and look for waterfowl. Ages 10-adult.

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Do you want to plant native plants at the lowest cost possible? With a little time, planning and patience you can grow your own garden with pocket change. We will share some species-specific techniques for successful seed germination and tips on taking care of your seedlings until they’re ready to plant. As long as supplies last, each family will take home a tray of freshly-sown native plant seed pots.

Register by November 2

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Hawn State Park

Late autumn is a great time to see the splendor of the Mississippi River bluffs. There could be some color left on the trees. This hike is rated easy but does have uneven terrain and hills. Please wear good hiking shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Bring a refillable water bottle and snack if you wish.

Date: Saturday, November 2, 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, November 2, 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 November 2

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Registration required. (Ages 5 and up)
Watching birds at feeders is a fun activity for the family and a great way to engage children in nature. Learn more about which birds are commonly seen in Missouri’s backyards in the winter and how you can attract them. Each family will receive one hanging platform feeder to assemble and take home to help begin your birdwatching adventures.

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Use all your amazing mammalian senses as we learn about both common and rare species of mammals in Missouri. View the outdoors from their point of view as we head out on the trail in search of mammal signs. We will create and taste test something that only mammals can make!

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, November 30, 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 November 6

Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The forest provides a feast for wild animals. Did you know we can eat some of the same wild things? Want to devour some weeds like a duck? Bite some bark like a beaver? How about sip from a stream like a skunk? Let’s learn about the food the forest provides for us and all the animals

Register by November 7

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The forest provides a feast for wild animals. Did you know we can eat some of the same wild things? Want to devour some weeds like a duck? Bite some bark like a beaver? How about sip from a stream like a skunk? Let’s learn about the food the forest provides for us and all the animals.

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Scamper on in to play like a squirrel as we learn more about the squirrely antics of these climbing creatures. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6.

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Scamper on in to play like a squirrel as we learn more about the squirrely antics of these climbing creatures. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6.

Register by November 7

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The forest provides a feast for wild animals. Did you know we can eat some of the same wild things? Want to devour some weeds like a duck? Bite some bark like a beaver? How about sip from a stream like a skunk? Let’s learn about the food the forest provides for us and all the animals.

Register by November 6

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Winter is coming and so is wildlife looking for new homes to stay warm. Are they planning on taking yours over? Don’t lose the battle! This program will offer tips and suggestions for homeowners on how to keep or stop nuisance wildlife from entering your house and the common entry points they use. Learn about the different types of wildlife that commonly cause problems and what you can do to keep wildlife in the wild. (Reservations begin October 7th).

Date: Friday, November 8, 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 every other week on Friday.

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