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

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.

Register by March 15

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 1 (ages 12+)
Have you ever wondered how exotic or invasive plants can affect Missouri’s natural habitats or even your own backyard? Invasive non-native plants consume wildlife habitat and compete with crops. This program will help you identify some of the 25 most common invasive plants in Missouri.

Register by March 15

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required began February 1 (adults)
Beautify your landscape with some of Missouri's best natural resources - native plants! Learn how to save time, money and create wildlife habitat with educational sessions on native plants. Missouri Wildflowers Nursery will be on site with native plants for sale for workshop participants before the public plant sale. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Register by March 17

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Explore Devil’s Backbone Wilderness with Volunteer Naturalist Pat Stritzel. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is approximately five miles and rated moderate in difficulty. Ages 18-adult.

Register by March 17

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Adults)
Reservations begin March 3.
Gardens are blooming with fun that attracts visitors both big and small. Join us as we learn about native plants while adding style to your outdoor experience by creating artwork to be displayed in your landscape.

Register by March 17

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Wild animals can be some of the best carpenters! See what it takes for some animals to make a place called home. We will get a chance to see some real wild animal homes, so please dress for the weather.
Ages 3-6. Registration begins March 1.

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The state bird of Missouri is often associated with cheerfulness! Some say its song sounds like "Cheer Cheerful Charmer." Perhaps that is why the Eastern bluebird is commonly thought of as a symbol of happiness. Join us at the Discovery Center as we learn to identify, foster and monitor Missouri's beautiful state bird!

Date: Saturday, March 17, 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, March 17, 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.

Register by March 17

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Wild animals can be some of the best carpenters! See what it takes for some animals to make a place called home. We will get a chance to see some real wild animal homes, so please dress for the weather.
Ages 3-6. Registration begins March 1.

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Missouri Wildflowers Nursery and Green Thumb Gardens will be on site with native plants for sale while supplies last. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Saturday, March 17, 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 20

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Wild animals can be some of the best carpenters! See what it takes for some animals to make a place called home. We will get a chance to see some real wild animal homes, so please dress for the weather.
Ages 3-6. Registration begins March 1.

Register by March 20

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6 and up) Rodents are mammals that range in size from tiny little field mice to great big beavers. Rabbits are not rodents, but they are like them in many ways. We will have fun learning about these familiar herbivores and seeing how they can share the same ecosystem by using different resources within the habitat. Come prepared to enjoy interactive discussion, activities, games and crafts.

Register by March 20

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Wild animals can be some of the best carpenters! See what it takes for some animals to make a place called home. We will get a chance to see some real wild animal homes, so please dress for the weather.
Ages 3-6. Registration begins March 1.

Register by March 17

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
Plants have been used as medicinals since ancient times. What did our ancestors know that we have almost forgotten today? Let's get back to our roots, so to speak as we discover the lore and the medicinal value of these common native or naturalized plants. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Register by March 20

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Want to attract more native pollinators to your property? Want to attract more birds to your property? Learn how to consider our native flora and fauna as you landscape. Explore some of the many choices Missourians have in the way of native trees, shrubs, and flowering plants. Take home some free native Missouri seeds to start your garden!

**Please register each participant.

Register by March 20

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 0-36 months)
The pine forest is a magical place to romp and discover nature with your little one. From the sweet smells to the softly muted sounds, you and your child will delight in these unique outdoor sensations. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Register by March 22

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Black bears are an exciting part of Missouri’s natural history, and they’re making a comeback in the southern part of the state. Learn how to Be Bear Aware, stay safe in bear country, and keep our bears wild. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids. Ages 7-12.

Register by March 24

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Do you know what lives underground? Are they cute and fuzzy or creepy crawly? Discover who lives underground with your little one as we enjoy underground activities. Ages 0-2. Registration begins March 1.

Register by March 24

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Do you know what lives underground? Are they cute and fuzzy or creepy crawly? Discover who lives underground with your little one as we enjoy underground activities. Ages 0-2. Registration begins March 1.

Register by March 22

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families)
Can you imagine a world without butterflies? Although monarchs are getting all the press, many butterfly populations are in decline. Watching these flying jewels flitter and float helps to calm the mind and warms the heart. Please join us to learn about Missouri butterflies and how you can help them. Each family will take home a native wildflower plant and seed packet. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Register by March 28

Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 1 (ages 10–15)
Missouri is home to many beautiful spring flowers. Practice your identification skills while we hit the trail. We will also be making a plant press.
Dress for the weather.

Register by March 29

Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 1 (ages 6–10 )
Missouri is home to many beautiful spring flowers. We will learn some of the more common flowers growing on the trail and make a pressed flower craft to take home. Dress for the weather.

Register by March 29

Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 1 (ages 6–10 )
Missouri is home to many beautiful spring flowers. We will learn some of the more common flowers growing on the trail and make a pressed flower craft to take home. Dress for the weather.

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