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Register by October 10

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin September 26
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 10, 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 October 7

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: West Platte Fire Station

Come join the Missouri Department of Conservation and the National Wild Turkey Federation for an evening of Free information and services available to landowners. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Topics will include:
• Weston/Iatan Migratory Bird Flyway
• Wildlife Habitat Management in Platte County
• Forest Management Plan Walk-through
• Invasive Species
• Tree Care
• NWTF Presentation

Registration closes 10/6/2019 - Registration may be received by calling Burr Oak Woods Nature Center Tuesday-Friday 8a-4:30p at 816-228-3766.

Register by October 9

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children ages 6–13)
Spiders, snakes, bugs and bats, oh my! Some people are afraid of the creepy critters that live here, but that is mostly because they believe myths that just aren’t true. Join us as we explore these interesting “creepies”. We will bust some myths, meet some critters up close then head out onto the trail to find some in their own habitat. Dress to be outside for a portion of the program.

Date: Friday, October 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

From tadpoles to adult bullfrogs, we’ll learn the life changes of frogs and why they are such good leapers. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, October 11, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

From tadpoles to adult bullfrogs, we’ll learn the life changes of frogs and why they are such good leapers. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, October 11, 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.

Register by October 12

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Lincoln University- Busby Farm

Local MDC Forester Cory Gregg will explain when and how to execute TSI practices in order to have desired benefits for forest health, wildlife, and timber value.

Weather-permitting, the workshop will include a field visit to show TSI scenarios in nearby forests, so dress appropriately.

For any questions, please feel free to email the instructor by using the button to the right.

Register by October 12

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Some people might be scared of these web-making arachnids, but they’re not that spooky! We’ll talk about what spiders to keep an eye out for and learn why they’re good to have around.

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
There are more than 300 species of spiders in Missouri. These eight-legged critters can be found in every habitat in Missouri and provide a valuable service to all. Join us as we creep into the eight-legged world of spiders. We will learn about them inside then head out on a trail to see who is hanging around.

Register by October 12

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Some people might be scared of these web-making arachnids, but they’re not that spooky! We’ll talk about what spiders to keep an eye out for and learn why they’re good to have around.

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us on the nature center lawn to create beautiful works of art using sticks, rocks, flowers, leaves, and other found pieces of nature. We can create our own masterpieces or work together to make one really big, totally spectacular work of genius.

Register by October 12

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come howl at the moon as we celebrate all things lunar. A night hike through the forest will reveal how Missouri’s nocturnal creatures prepare themselves for the cooler months ahead. We will end the night with a campfire and treats.

Register by October 15

Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Some people might be scared of these web-making arachnids, but they’re not that spooky! We’ll talk about what spiders to keep an eye out for and learn why they’re good to have around.

Register by October 15

Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Some people might be scared of these web-making arachnids, but they’re not that spooky! We’ll talk about what spiders to keep an eye out for and learn why they’re good to have around.

Register by October 15

Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (babes under 36 months)
Don’t miss the fun! Hike out with your little one to the Bethany Falls Trail, voted #1 in Kansas City! “Falls” refer to the unique limestone boulders that we will explore. We’ll stop to play and take pictures. Meet at the nature center. Dress to be outside. You will hike a ½ mile hike across the Prairie Connector Trail (all-terrain strollers are recommended).

Register by October 16

Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Autumn leaves have some of the most spectacular colors! It is hard to think they could be any prettier. We are going to add just a little bit of paint to make them even more beautiful. We will learn about why fall leaves are so colorful then pick up a paint brush and add some of our own color to some pressed leaves.

Register by October 18

Date: Friday, October 18, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6-16) If you walk outdoors near woods or trees, the mammals you are most likely to see are squirrels. In spite of the playfulness that makes them fun to watch, squirrels face the same challenges in their lives as any other kind of wildlife. Learn more about these lively little mammals as we celebrate their lives with activities and crafts. Please dress for the weather because if possible we will go outside to look for squirrels.

Register by October 18

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(NOTE: This program takes place at Forest 44 Conservation Area.) Have you ever seen a stream disappear? Join MDC naturalists to discover this and other wonders at Forest 44 Conservation Area in St. Louis County. As we hike the 2.5 mile Dogwood Ridge Trail, we will explore the fascinating cultural and natural history of the area. Dress for the weather and bring a water bottle. Directions: Near the intersection of I-44 and Highway 141, take Meramec Station Road west 1 mile, then left on Hillsboro Road 1/2 mile to the area entrance. We will meet in the parking lot. Questions? Call Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center at 314-301-1500.

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Have you ever wondered, why opossums hang around dumpsters, know when trash day is and do they really hang upside down with their naked tails? Discover the answers to those questions and more interesting facts about Missouri’s only marsupial.

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)
Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come celebrate the cool fall air at the Nature Center! Warm cider, S’mores, fall games and activities are just the beginning. Come dressed in your costume and walk our Trek N’ Treat Trail to meet some of our night time creature characters. They may seem spooky at first, but once you get to know these animals you’ll see they are just misunderstood and love to give out treats! This event is perfect for all ages.

Register by October 22

Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Learning about nature from a young age is good for kids and for the environment. Every month, join Rockwoods naturalists for an outdoor adventure with your little one. The entire class is presented outside, so please dress for the weather, wear sunscreen, and bring bug spray. Siblings are welcome, but please note this class is designed for ages 3–6.

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Register by October 23

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
The autumn leaves and the boundless stars will be our only canopy. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable experience as we sample and savor the bounty of a wild autumn harvest, share warm and wild native teas and listen to stories (weather permitting) around the campfire.

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