Discover Nature Events

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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 - 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.

Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

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 September 7

Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

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.

Date: Friday, September 13, 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.

Date: Friday, September 13, 2019 - 8:30pm to Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 3:00pm

Location: Dunn Ranch Headquarters

- Friday night the 13th a prairie movie will be aired at dusk at the Dunn Ranch Headquarters building.

- Saturday morning will have a sunrise birding hike at nearby Pawnee Prairie hosted by Audubon society members.

-The main event of Prairie Days will take place at an adjacent field Saturday from 8 am to 3 pm. There will be bison viewing tours along with many other prairie themed events.

E-mail TJ Peacher with questions or for information.
thomas.peacher@mdc.mo.gov.

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Like to paint? Like to be outdoors? Consider signing up for the 8th Annual Brush Creek Art Walk, a "Plein Air" painting competition which runs September 13-15. Join some of the region's best artists as they compete along the entire four mile stretch of Brush Creek Parkway; a nearly continuous trail of lush tree lined walks, fountains, sculptures and parks, including the Discovery Center. On Sat., Sept. 14 registered artists will participate in a three hour quick paint competition on the Discovery Center grounds starting at 10 a.m. Whether you are a painter, like to watch artists create or just like to admire artwork at the Discovery Center, the Brush Creek Art Walk has an opportunity for you. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/BrushCreekArtWalkFoundation or contact this year's director, Alex Hamil at alexpaints@kc.rr.com.

Register by September 14

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come learn about one of Missouri’s most interesting flyers—owls! How can these cool birds find food in the dark? We’ll learn why these lucky owls get to stay up past our bedtimes. It’ll be a hoot!

Register by September 14

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

A common roadside sight, armadillos are one of Missouri’s newest animal residents. Join us to learn how these unusual mammals have made their way from south of the border to our backyards in record time! Activities will include crafts, games, and information about this strange shelled critter.

Register by September 14

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come learn about one of Missouri’s most interesting flyers—owls! How can these cool birds find food in the dark? We’ll learn why these lucky owls get to stay up past our bedtimes. It’ll be a hoot!

Register by September 13

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
It is harvest time! September is a bountiful month not only for pawpaw’s but for persimmons and other fall fruits in Missouri. Take a hike with us and learn how to prepare delicious treats from native fall fruits. The program is presented at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Join us for an afternoon of fun as we learn about the monarch butterfly and its magical trek to Mexico. You will also get a chance to become a citizen scientist by catching and tagging monarchs and then tracking their journey.

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Snakes are often feared because they’re misunderstood. Do you wish you knew more about these secretive reptiles? Here’s your chance! Come meet some of the nature center snakes, learn some common snake ID, and how to tell venomous from nonvenomous. We’ll also talk about the ecological benefits of having snakes around.

Register by September 17

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come learn about one of Missouri’s most interesting flyers—owls! How can these cool birds find food in the dark? We’ll learn why these lucky owls get to stay up past our bedtimes. It’ll be a hoot!

Register by September 17

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come learn about one of Missouri’s most interesting flyers—owls! How can these cool birds find food in the dark? We’ll learn why these lucky owls get to stay up past our bedtimes. It’ll be a hoot!

Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, November 15, 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! Check it out on Broken Ridge Trail.

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