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Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Some of your favorite super heroes make a surprise visit to the nature center and come to the rescue in this action-packed Halloween-style hike. Expect a few surprises, learn a conservation fact or two, and laugh out loud as these unlikely characters save the day. Guided hikes will be led on a first-come, first-served basis with the last hike leaving at 9 pm. Other activities will take place in the building. It’s sure to be insightful, not frightful. All ages. No registration required.

Register by October 22

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin October 1
Join us for some fall fun as we use inspiration from nature to create a Jack-O’-Lantern. Choose one of our carving stencils to add Missouri’s wildlife to your fall decor. For the little ones we have simple and unique no-carve pumpkin ideas, too!!

Register by October 18

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Myths and superstitions abound concerning Halloween and its traditional seasonal icon, the owl. See Barred, Great Horned and Screech owls from the Dickerson Park Zoo and lay those myths and superstitions to rest. The 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM programs are for schools and the 6:00 PM program is for the public. This program is for all age groups and reservations are required. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by October 18

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Myths and superstitions abound concerning Halloween and its traditional seasonal icon, the owl. See Barred, Great Horned and Screech owls from the Dickerson Park Zoo and lay those myths and superstitions to rest. The 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM programs are for schools and the 6:00 PM program is for the public. This program is for all age groups and reservations are required. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Date: Friday, October 25, 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 18

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Myths and superstitions abound concerning Halloween and its traditional seasonal icon, the owl. See Barred, Great Horned and Screech owls from the Dickerson Park Zoo and lay those myths and superstitions to rest. The 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM programs are for schools and the 6:00 PM program is for the public. This program is for all age groups and reservations are required. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by October 25

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

October 25 • Friday • 6-10 PM and
October 26 • Saturday 8 AM-2 PM
You must attend both days.
Registration begins October 1 (ages 18+)
Make a beautiful cork decoy to use for waterfowl hunting or as unique art. Learn duck identification, duck ecology and decoy history as you sculpt and paint your own decoy.
Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or getting paint on. May not be best activity for those with asthma or respiratory difficulties.

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Some of your favorite super heroes make a surprise visit to the nature center and come to the rescue in this action-packed Halloween-style hike. Expect a few surprises, learn a conservation fact or two, and laugh out loud as these unlikely characters save the day. Guided hikes will be led on a first-come, first-served basis with the last hike leaving at 9 pm. Other activities will take place in the building. It’s sure to be insightful, not frightful. All ages. No registration required.

Register by October 26

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Bat wakes up when the sun sets and goes to sleep when it rises. Flap on in to discover how fluttering bats stay busy all night and learn how to be a friend to bats.

Register by October 23

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Looking to learn about Missouri Birds and exercise your creative skills using a natural object? If so, join the Twin Pines staff as we explore the world of Missouri owls and use gourds as a “canvas” for painting these seasonal icons. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Participants under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

October 26 • Saturday • 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
(All Ages)
No Registration Required
Join us for a family-friendly art project that will bring fall color inside your home. This leaf-themed activity was designed with young children in mind but is available to anyone who likes to create.

Register by October 26

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Bat wakes up when the sun sets and goes to sleep when it rises. Flap on in to discover how fluttering bats stay busy all night and learn how to be a friend to bats.

Register by October 25

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Late October is the perfect time to see the brilliant colors of fall. Join Rockwoods naturalists for a guided hike on the Lime Kiln trail and learn about how and why leaves changes colors. Please bring water and any other hiking essentials you may need Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult.

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Bats are one of the most misunderstood animals in nature. Go batty as we learn the truth about bats, how they survive at night, and why they are so important. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required.

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Bats are one of the most misunderstood animals in nature. Go batty as we learn the truth about bats, how they survive at night, and why they are so important. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required.

Register by November 15

Date: Friday, November 15, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6-16) From almost zero to half a million turkeys in 50 years – Missouri’s restoration of the wild turkey gives us a chance to observe its interesting natural history. Let’s celebrate the return of the wild turkey while learning about these interesting and unique birds, with discussion, activities and crafts. Dress for the weather, because if possible we’ll go outside to look for turkeys or their sign.

Register by November 19

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 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 to be outside, wear sunscreen, and bring bug spray. Siblings are welcome, but please note this class is designed for ages 3–6.

Register by November 27

Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Make holiday treasures for your family or one-of-a-kind handmade gifts for the holidays from the abundance of natural objects this season offers. The Twin Pines staff will show you how to use items such as twigs, pine needles, acorns, buckeyes and seed pods to create wreath, reindeer and miniature tree ornaments. Class limit of 20. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by December 17

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 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-themed adventure with your little one. Join us for a special edition of knee-high naturalists where we create nature based gifts for the holiday season. Siblings are welcome, but please note this class is designed for ages 3–6.

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