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Date: Saturday, March 3, 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.

Register by March 6

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

At dusk in early spring, the American woodcock (aka timberdoodle) does its strange courtship dance which is one of the most interesting bird spectacles of spring. With luck, we’ll be watching. Dress warmly and wear hiking shoes as Volunteer Naturalist Dan Liles leads you on this three-mile hike. Ages 8-adult.

Register by March 8

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 0–3)
*Please register each child.

Reservations begin Feb 22.
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, March 8, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Missouri toads are colorful, harmless, vocal, and valuable. We’ll have fun learning about these “toad”-ally cool creatures. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Please no organized groups.

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Missouri toads are colorful, harmless, vocal, and valuable. We’ll have fun learning about these “toad”-ally cool creatures. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Please no organized groups.

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Ever wonder what it takes to keep all of 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.

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 8:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Online Registration is not available, please call 573-290-5218 to get form emailed to you. Workshops will include information on naturescaping best practices, propagating native plants, creating a wildlife habitat, and the importance of pollinators. Gardeners and property owners alike will learn how to create a better habitat for wildlife.

Register by March 10

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us as we hike the rugged trail at Magnolia Hollow Conservation Area. Enjoy the views along the Mississippi River bluffs and the surrounding forest as we explore the area. Hike is 4 miles and rated moderate to difficult. This program is for women only. Girls ages 14-17 accompanied by an adult female are welcome.
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

Register by March 10

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us as we hike the rugged trail at Magnolia Hollow Conservation Area. Enjoy the views along the Mississippi River bluffs and the surrounding forest as we explore the area. Hike is 4 miles and rated moderate to difficult. This program is for women only. Girls ages 14-17 accompanied by an adult female are welcome.
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

Register by March 9

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Registration required (families, all ages)
Now is the time to welcome our state bird to begin nesting. This is your chance to build your own FREE bluebird nesting box. The program will also give you tips on how to encourage birds to nest in your box and ways to maintain the box. Each family MUST make their own reservation. Each family will make only one box. Bring a hammer.

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

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Explore ecosystems and food webs during this month's Scout Discovery Table. The Scout Discovery Table is a way to help Boy and Girl Scouts earn a portion of a badge relating to nature and wildlife. This month, scouts will discover how food webs relate to ecosystems, what an ecosystem is, and what types of ecosystems can be found in Missouri. They will also learn about ways that they can improve their local ecosystem. Scout Discovery Tables are open to scout groups and the general public.

Register by March 10

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Wildlife Signs and Tracking
March 10th• Saturday • 1:00pm – 3:00pm.
(Ages 7 and up)
Reservations begin February 24th.
Many animals are often seldom seen, however, their signs are everywhere! Join us as we explore various animal sign identification techniques including scat identification, skull identification, and track identification (including making our own wildlife tracks). We will also take a hike to see if we can spot some evidence of wildlife ourselves.

Register each participant individually

Register by March 13

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Migratory song birds will soon be finding their way back to Missouri. While some will stay and nest here, others will be just passing through on their way to northern breeding grounds. Join Volunteer Naturalist Myra Scroggs for an introductory program and then walk the trails to look for birds. Bring field guides and binoculars if you have them. Ages 7-adult.

Register by March 13

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Take a stroll on the trails for a close look at wildflowers. Ages 8-adult.

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (adults) Are you a hunter or curious about how to prepare game birds like quail, turkey and pheasant if you were to try hunting? Then this program is for you. Hank Shaw, 2013 James Beard Award winner and author of four best-selling wild game cookbooks, will present a colorful program on getting the most out of your small game, including upland birds, rabbits, squirrels and even furbearers. From properly handling the animal in the field to getting the best tasting dishes out of every morsel, Hank captures it all. Copies of his books will be on sale the evening of the event.

Register by March 13

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 9-11)
Explore life at the top of the food chain with a bird's eye view of the world of raptors. We will soar through vulture culture, hawk talk, and owl prowls as we learn about the behaviors and adaptations of fascinating birds. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Register by March 13

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 6-8)
Explore life at the top of the food chain with a bird's eye view of the world of raptors. We will soar through vulture culture, hawk talk, and owl prowls as we learn about the behaviors and adaptations of fascinating birds. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Register by March 14

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 3–6)
Reservations begin February 28.
Come see the topic we are exploring this month. Families, meet in the nature center lobby for a “nature” adventure. Everyone will hike with the naturalist to a special place in the forest and enjoy a nature story under the tree canopy. Siblings are welcome. Please dress for the weather.

Register by March 13

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 12-18)
Explore life at the top of the food chain with a bird's eye view of the world of raptors. We will soar through vulture culture, hawk talk, and owl prowls as we learn about the behaviors and adaptations of fascinating birds. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Register by March 13

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-5 with an adult)
It is a good thing Missouri is home to the wily coyote. Coyotes are masters at adaptability. Come learn all about the role they play in nature and leave with a way to track them. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

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

Register by March 13

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 9-11)
Explore life at the top of the food chain with a bird's eye view of the world of raptors. We will soar through vulture culture, hawk talk, and owl prowls as we learn about the behaviors and adaptations of fascinating birds. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Register by March 13

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (age 6-8)
Explore life at the top of the food chain with a bird's eye view of the world of raptors. We will soar through vulture culture, hawk talk, and owl prowls as we learn about the behaviors and adaptations of fascinating birds. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Register by March 13

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-5 with an adult)
It is a good thing Missouri is home to the wily coyote. Coyotes are masters at adaptability. Come learn all about the role they play in nature and leave with a way to track them. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

As the cold winter wind subsides and the sun warms the forest, nature knows it’s time to wake up! Learn more about the signs of spring and make a craft to take home. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Please no organized groups.

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