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Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Reservations not required; Participants are free to come and go).

What is a naturalist? Test your knowledge and understanding of some things found in nature. See where your naturalist knowledge is ranked. After completing the fun quiz, explore Powder Valley with a photo scavenger hunt to discover more.

Register by June 9

Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

What's as cute as a kitten, as slippery as an eel, and can bite through a tough shell? Why an otter, of course! Slip and slide on over for some otter fun and games. Ages 3-6. Early registration begins May 15.

Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. Ages 3-6. Everyone loves flowers and spring is a great time to see them. Join us for a short hike (weather allowing) as we learn what special jobs flowers do. We’ll make a “flowery” craft to take home. Please no organized groups.

Register by June 9

Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

What's as cute as a kitten, as slippery as an eel, and can bite through a tough shell? Why an otter, of course! Slip and slide on over for some otter fun and games. Ages 3-6. Early registration begins May 15.

Register by June 12

Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 9:00am to Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Early registration begins May 15 (ages 7-11) Registration will be -ONLINE-
Child must attend both days.
Are you curious about the outside world? Come see if you have what it takes to be a naturalist! We’ll explore the plants and animals of Missouri as we do fun outdoor activities. Join us for a nature adventure and hone your naturalist skills!

Register by June 14

Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 9:00am to Friday, June 15, 2018 - 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Early registration begins May 15 (ages 7-11) Registration will be -ONLINE-
Child must attend both days.
Are you curious about the outside world? Come see if you have what it takes to be a naturalist! We’ll explore the plants and animals of Missouri as we do fun outdoor activities. Join us for a nature adventure and hone your naturalist skills!

Register by June 14

Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 0–3)

Reservations begin May 31.

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: Friday, June 15, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. All ages. Let’s get physical as you see what it takes for wildlife to build a home out of stones, pebbles and rocks as we team with the Springfield-Greene County Library during their summer reading program, Libraries Rock! Bring your entire family and enjoy indoor/outdoor activities, stories, crafts and more as we rock to the symphonies of nature. Drop by anytime and plan on spending at least an hour. The Mobile Library will be present during the program so bring your library card.

Date: Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Start your weekend feeling refreshed and inspired. Nature provides so many ways to rejuvenate yourself. We will start with 60 minutes of yoga led by Nella Yoga followed by a naturalist led walk through the gardens to experience the birds and native plants that call the Discovery Center home. Participants should meet at the shelter on the south side of the Discovery Center.

Date: Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Created in Japan as a method for fisherman to record their catch, gyotaku or "fish printing" is an ancient art form still practiced today. We'll use rubber fish and textile inks to create beautiful wearable works of art of Missouri fishes. Recycled t-shirts will be provided or bring one of your own.

Date: Saturday, June 16, 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.

Date: Saturday, June 16, 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.

Date: Saturday, June 16, 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: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. Ages 3-6. Summer evenings will be filled with magic and fun when your little ones discover fireflies with Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Ryan. Please no organized groups.

Register by June 16

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Ever wonder what it takes to keep our reptiles happy? Join the naturalist as she feeds our hungry critters. This program is designed for ages 8 to 15.

Register by June 19

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us at the nature center as we find a nice shady spot to enjoy a good story together. After a volunteer reads a story or two, parents will have follow along activities to help explore nature together.

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. Ages 3-6. Summer evenings will be filled with magic and fun when your little ones discover fireflies with Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Ryan. Please no organized groups.

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (adults) Let's get outside for a fun filled sunny summer night of outdoor skills adventure! Discover the fun in learning to use a spear-thrower called an atlatl. Test your archery and fire starting skills and participate in other outdoor skills that will enhance your experiences in nature. Make plans to join us for our second annual 'Ladies Night Out' at the Discovery Center!

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. All ages. Fireflies have intrigued and fascinated children and adults on countless summer evenings. Join Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Ryan to learn everything you ever wanted to know about nature’s “flashlights.” Bring your flashlight and join the fun.

Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. Ages 3-6. Everyone loves flowers and spring is a great time to see them. Join us for a short hike (weather allowing) as we learn what special jobs flowers do. We’ll make a “flowery” craft to take home. Please no organized groups.

Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. Ages 3-6. Everyone loves flowers and spring is a great time to see them. Join us for a short hike (weather allowing) as we learn what special jobs flowers do. We’ll make a “flowery” craft to take home. Please no organized groups.

Date: Friday, June 22, 2018 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Groups of ten or more please call (314) 301-1500 to reserve a place for your group.
Participants will visit the different stations at their own pace. Indoor and outdoor activities are available.
After a morning of fun, cool off from the summer heat while enjoying a nature film at 1pm.

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Missouri is home to a variety of mammals. Stop by this display to learn more about our furry neighbors. There will be no live animals.

Register by June 23

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Who is buzzing around those flowers? A bee! Come learn about the buzzy bees and why they’re so busy. We’ll head out to our front garden to see bees in action. Ages 0-2. Registration begins June 1.

Register by June 23

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Who is buzzing around those flowers? A bee! Come learn about the buzzy bees and why they’re so busy. We’ll head out to our front garden to see bees in action. Ages 0-2. Registration begins June 1.

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