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Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
Roadrunners…beep, beep! Greater roadrunners are more than just a cartoon, so run in and learn about this really cool bird. Beep, beep! Please no organized groups.

Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
Roadrunners…beep, beep! Greater roadrunners are more than just a cartoon, so run in and learn about this really cool bird. Beep, beep! Please no organized groups.

Register by August 24

Date: Friday, August 24, 2018 - 7:30pm to 10:30pm

Location: Emmenegger Nature Park

Join us at Emmenegger Nature Park to learn all about bats. We will attempt at catching bats in a mist net, check for general health and identification tags before releasing them again. Bring a camp chair and flashlight or headlamp. Please dress for the weather. In case of inclement weather (50% chance or greater for rain) or flooding, this program will NOT be rescheduled at this time.

* please register each individual separately for this program**

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 7:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us for a rugged hike at Ketcherside Mountain Conservation Area. We’ll hike along Royal Gorge Natural Area and stop by Taum Sauk Mountain (Missouri’s highest point). Hike is 4 miles and rated moderate to difficult. Adult supervision required for ages 12-17.
Ask if you need transportation from the nature center sign up here. If caravanning with your own vehicle, sign up under "drive yourself" event. Participants MUST dress appropriately for the weather and MUST wear sturdy shoes. Bring water, lunch, and any comfort items (insect repellant, hat, binoculars, and sunscreen). For specific questions, registrants may contact Dustin.. Will be canceled if severe weather or severe heat.

Register by August 25

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 12-adult. Online registration begins August 1.
Try your hand at woodcarving with members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists as they teach carving techniques and show how to transform wood into works of art.

Register by August 25

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 10-adult. Online registration begins August 1.
Join Volunteer Naturalist Dana Tideman to learn about monarch butterfly conservation, their life cycle, and how to rear and tag them.

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required.
Visit with members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists as they share information with the “wood-be” carver, demonstrate carving techniques, and show works in progress.

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
What was that!? I think it was a bat! Nature has its own insect exterminators. One bat can eat around 1000 per night! Missouri’s bats play an important role in those memorable summer nights you enjoy. Come learn about these essential little winged critters.

Date: Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required.
Here is your chance to see a ruby-throated hummingbird up close! Join master hummingbird bander Sarah Driver to learn more about this winged jewel while attempting to capture some for banding.

Date: Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us in celebrating vultures! Often overlooked or misunderstood, the vulture is an important player in human health! Stop by to enjoy our display and make a craft as you learn more about these helpful birds. Youth and adult groups welcome. We will not have a live bird.

Date: Thursday, September 6, 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.

Register by September 13

Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 12+ - 17 need an adult))
Cooler weather is welcome relief in the fall. We are also glad for the many fruits and nuts nature offers in the autumn. We will learn how to identify, prepare, and use native fruits and nuts. We will also learn what wildlife use the same food sources.

Register by September 15

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Flap your wings on down to the nature center to explore the fluttering world of Missouri’s Monarch butterflies. Discover how butterflies live their life in Missouri and throughout North America. Afterwards, join the naturalists in tagging wild butterflies to collect data on their migration.
Registration begins September 1 (ages 7-11)

Register by September 15

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Seeds are amazing! Some fly, some stick, while others roll; all are hoping for a nice spot to grow. In this program, we will explore how seeds get from place to place.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins September 1.

Register by September 15

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Seeds are amazing! Some fly, some stick, while others roll; all are hoping for a nice spot to grow. In this program, we will explore how seeds get from place to place.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins September 1.

Register by September 18

Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Seeds are amazing! Some fly, some stick, while others roll; all are hoping for a nice spot to grow. In this program, we will explore how seeds get from place to place.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins September 1.

Register by September 18

Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Seeds are amazing! Some fly, some stick, while others roll; all are hoping for a nice spot to grow. In this program, we will explore how seeds get from place to place.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins September 1.

Register by September 18

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

You and Me under the Canopy: Pollinators
September 19th • Wednesday • 10am-11am
(Ages 3 to 6)
Reservations begin September 5th. 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.

Register by September 19

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 10–15)
When plants and animals die, they sure don’t go to waste! A team of decomposers step up and help recycle all the nutrients. Uncover the mysteries of these decomposers through hands-on investigation.

Register by September 20

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 6-10)
When plants and animals die, they sure don’t go to waste! A team of decomposers step up and help recycle all the nutrients. Uncover the mysteries of these decomposers through hands-on investigation.

Register by September 20

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 6-10)
When plants and animals die, they sure don’t go to waste! A team of decomposers step up and help recycle all the nutrients. Uncover the mysteries of these decomposers through hands-on investigation.

Register by September 22

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 14+)
Join us as we hike two small areas in Cape Girardeau. These locations have been set aside due to their biological richness. Hike is ~2 miles and rated moderate with some rugged terrain. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome.

Notes:
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 September 22

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 14+)
Join us as we hike two small areas in Cape Girardeau. These locations have been set aside due to their biological richness. Hike is ~2 miles and rated moderate with some rugged terrain. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome.

Notes:
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 September 26

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(Ages 8 and up)
Birding is a fun activity that all ages can enjoy! Learn about the basics of birding and the birds you might find at Rockwoods Reservation this fall. Then join us for a hike to find some of our feathered friends.

We will supply binoculars and field guides; however, you may bring your own if you prefer. Dress comfortably for a 1 mile hike and bring bug repellent.

For this class, please register all adults and children who will be attending.

Register by September 27

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 12+)
Enjoy learning about fish while we practice the traditional art of Japanese fish printing. Each participant will make 1-3 prints during this short class which will cover the basic techniques of this beautiful art.

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