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Date: Saturday, October 6, 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, October 6, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required. Enjoy a naturalist-guided hike on the nature center trails. Learn about the wildlife and habitats found on the nature center area.

Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 3:30pm to 9:15pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

SPECIAL EVENT: Into the Land of Oz

Registration is required by calling 816-228-3766 to reserve your guided tour time.

The forest is one of nature’s niches that is full of enchantment and wonder. There are always new and interesting things to learn about if you’re open to the magic of the forest. Join in on the fun as we meet Dorothy and all your favorite Wizard of Oz characters out on the trail to learn about what a niche is and how plants or animals make each complete. What is your niche? How do you fit in?

PERFORMANCE TOURS:
Performances leave every 15 minutes from 3:30-5:30 pm and from 6:00-8:30 pm. Event concludes at 9:15 pm.

AT THE NATURE CENTER:
During the event don't forget to complete your experience by strolling through the nature center to discover just what a niche is through crafts and activities and meet some live wild animals that play an important role in the forest niche at Burr Oak Woods.

Register by October 8

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Emmenegger Nature Park

Fall Bird Hike at Emmenegger Nature Park
October 9th • Tuesday • 9am to 11am
(Ages 7 and up)
Reservations begin September 25th.
Birding is a fun activity that all ages can enjoy! Join us for a hike to discover some early fall birds including migrants at Emmenegger Nature Park. Trail will be approximately a 1-mile hike and moderately difficult on natural surfaces. In case of inclement weather, the hike will be canceled. Binoculars and field guides will be available upon request. Please register each person individually.

Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 2-6. No registration required. Join Volunteer Naturalist Joyce Tolliver as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your 2-6 year olds. Please, no organized groups.

Register by October 10

Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (ages 3–5 with an adult)
Burr Oak Woods is home to many animals, but they don’t all live in the same place. Whether in a tall tree, under a rock or even underwater, find out who lives here and what makes each habitat unique. Registration required for attending youngster only.

Register by October 11

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin September 27.
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, October 11, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required. The black bear population is increasing. These interesting animals represent all things that are wild in the Ozarks. Join us as we learn about these amazing animals. Please, no organized groups.

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

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required. The black bear population is increasing. These interesting animals represent all things that are wild in the Ozarks. Join us as we learn about these amazing animals. Please, no organized groups.

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
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! Drop by to visit with the volunteers and staff as they feed the hungry critters. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Register by October 10

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (families with children 6+)
What can you find in the forest? Wonders abound when we stop and take a closer look. Join us as we use clues to find out what’s hiding in the forest. We will also search for interesting and unusual colors, shapes, and textures that exist all around us. All attending family members must register and dress to be outside for a portion of the program.

Register by October 12

Date: Friday, October 12, 2018 - 6:00pm to Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins October 2 (ages 10+)
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. Cost for materials is $15. Please make $15 check to MCHF or we can do a credit card transaction. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or getting paint on. May not be the best class for those with asthma or breathing difficulties. An adult must attend with children younger than 16.

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
The Gross-ology Lab is dedicated to showing how AWESOME some of the most ‘disgusting’ animals in our state can be. In this hands-on lab we will explore the world of the Vomit Munchers, Blood Slurpers, Scat Lovers and Creatures of the Night.

Register by October 13

Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 10:30am to 6:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Learn to quilt with a purpose. That purpose? It’s to learn not only quilting techniques but about Missouri prairies by designing a quilt block based on that theme. The quilt block and topic for this month is buffalo. By attending all twelve of the monthly sessions you will be able to complete an entire “prairie- based” quilt. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Attendees under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Class size limit of 15. Reservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling 888-283-0364 or on-line. For further information, call Twin Pines CEC at 573-325-1381.

Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The Environmental Humanities Public Talk Series examines critical environmental issues from a humanities perspective. This event will highlight environmental justice issues, activism and community development as seen locally in Kansas City, Missouri. Kristin Riott, Executive Director of Bridging the Gap and Diane Hershberger, Healthy Marlborough Program Director/Past Vice President, Marlborough Community Coalition, will be our guest speakers at this event. This program presented in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. with the program starting at 6:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Breaking ground next spring on a new garden at your school, park or neighborhood plot? Monarch waystations, pollinator plantings and outdoor learning laboratories add interest and value for the community while providing essential habitat for wildlife. Start your project off on the right foot with an evening of inspiration and lessons learned from those managing successful school and community gardens. We'll discuss planning ahead for maintenance, watering, organizing volunteers and more. This program is presented in partnership with the Kansas City Native Plant Initiative.

Register by October 16

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

It’s never too early to learn about the world around you. Every month, infants and toddlers will learn about different nature related topics. We will be outside for part of the class so please dress for the weather.

Register by October 16

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (babes under 36 months)
Hike with your little one to discover the Bethany Falls Trail, voted #1 in Kansas City! The “Falls” refer to the unique limestone boulders that we will explore. We’ll stop to play and take pictures. Registration requied for attending youngster only. Meet at Nature Center for a moderate walk across our prairie connector trail: ½ mile mowed grass each way to play at the limestone outcroppings.(larger stroller recommended, umbrellas strollers won’t work well). Bring a camera for photo opportunities.

Register by October 18

Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us as we turn old kitchen items into garden art. As we work, we will discuss native flowers.

Date: Friday, October 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required. 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.

Date: Friday, October 19, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required. 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.

Date: Friday, October 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) HOWLoween is back and we want you to join the fun! Discovering nature's creepy creatures is just part of the nighttime fun. Take a hike on the Wild Side Walk to get up close with some of Missouri's nocturnal wildlife. Kids will have a howling good time exploring nature stations like Track or Treat, the Bone Yard, the Bat Cave and much more. It will be a howling fun, free and unforgettable event for the entire family.

Date: Friday, October 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

SPECIAL EVENT!

Ever wonder about the purpose of a mosquito or a spider? Discover a new outlook on the unexpected and unappreciated wildlife that helps make Missouri a great place. Come for a presentation on the owls of Missouri at 6 p.m. Experience “Charlotte’s Web of Life” through a character encounter presentation along one of our trails every fifteen minutes, starting at 7 p.m. Go batty exploring cave life, go wild exploring our nature center at night, and much more! Bring the family as you explore creatures that go bump in the night. Come dressed as your favorite animal!

Register by October 19

Date: Friday, October 19, 2018 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Online registration required (ages 6-adult)
This annual event includes a guided night hike with stations about Missouri wildlife and will help you see they are not so scary.

Register by October 13

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Learn about the Ozark River system, how it evolved from being used to float tie rafts during the timber boom to a recreational area and the tradition of gifting a sassafras paddle. Then get creative as you paint or wood burn a river scene onto a paddle of your own. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

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