Discover Nature Events

Enter part of the location name (e.g., "Runge")

Register by March 31

Date: Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join us to explore Little Sac Woods Conservation Area. Dress for the weather. Lunch and transportation will be provided. Ages 12-17.

Register by March 30

Date: Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(Ages 0-3)
Reservation begin March 1st
Animals use their five senses to survive in the competitive animal world Learn about the senses of predator versus prey. as well as animal camouflage and communication. Then Join us on a short hike to use your five senses in nature!

Date: Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

No Registration required (families, all ages)
Missouri is home to a variety of reptiles. This display will help you to identify what a reptile is and some of the more common reptiles found in our area. Several live reptiles will be available to see and touch. Bring your camera.

Date: Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 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. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Register by March 30

Date: Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families)
Spring is recognized by warmer weather, spring flowers and baby wild animals. Join us as we learn more about baby wildlife and how they are not as helpless as you might think. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Register by April 1

Date: Sunday, April 1, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Plants have always been important to humans for food, medicine, and other purposes. Volunteer Specialist Don Brink, along with his grandson Roin Green, will explore the folklore and modern uses of several Missouri plants during this indoor and outdoor program. Ages 15-adult.

Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 3:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Missouri Prairie Foundation will be on site to offer a native plant and seed sale. Vendors will be available to offer a variety of native plants and seeds for purchase. A percentage of proceeds from plant sales will benefit prairie conservation in Missouri.

Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Join us for a celebration of nature as seen through the eyes of area students. View student artwork portraying nature in their different neighborhoods, talk with some of the artists, then stick around for the awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

Register by April 4

Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

The nature center is home to diverse and interesting natural communities. Join us on a hike to take a closer look at the plants and animals that inhabit these ecosystems. Hike is approximately 3 miles long and rated easy to moderate in difficulty. Ages 12-adult.

Register by April 5

Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Barn owls are a beautiful and beneficial bird that is a species of conservation concern in Missouri. One factor influencing their declining numbers is lack of adequate nesting habitat. Join us in making nesting boxes that you can hang on your property.

Date: Friday, April 6, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Bring your favorite little ones and learn egg-sactly how and why animals begin their lives in these wonderful little packages. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Please no organized groups.

Date: Friday, April 6, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Bring your favorite little ones and learn egg-sactly how and why animals begin their lives in these wonderful little packages. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Please no organized groups.

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Stop by anytime to purchase native plants from a variety of plant vendors and pick up some nature friendly information from our many exhibitors. There will be a series of guest speakers on topics related to native plants. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for a flier of the day’s activities.

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) For Kansas City, the peak bloom of spring wildflowers happens in April. At the Discovery Center, the native gardens will be bursting with the blooms. Discover what's blooming with guided wildflower walks, nature art and insider information on where to go to see Kansas City's best wildflower displays.

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
With spring weather, plants begin to flower, and snakes begin to slither. Native snakes play a major role in Missouri's pest control. Come on in and learn how to identify our native snakes and discover their special adaptations. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Wednesday, April 11, 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. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Thursday, April 12, 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 April 14

Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join Volunteer Naturalist Carmen Steketee and hike Hercules Glades Wilderness. 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 April 14

Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Who lives in a swamp? Some really amazing animals and plants! We'll reveal the truths about this unique habitat and that creatures that live within. Ages 3-6. Registration begins April 3.

Register by April 13

Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Registration required (families, ages 8 and up)
This fun outdoor hike will help you to find and identify some of our early spring wildflowers along Lake Taneycomo. The ¼ mile trail is very flat and easy to walk. Dress for the weather, bring a bottle of water, and wear shoes for walking off the trail.

Register by April 14

Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Who lives in a swamp? Some really amazing animals and plants! We'll reveal the truths about this unique habitat and that creatures that live within. Ages 3-6. Registration begins April 3.

Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Stop by to see members of the Ozark Whittlers & Woodcarvers transform wood into treasures. No registration required. All ages.

Register by April 14

Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 3 (ages 7-11)
Get a paddle wet and enjoy learning how to enjoy the water from a canoe! Our Kids Fishing Pond is a great place for beginners to try their skills and practice their strokes. Take to the water after brief instructions on canoeing safety and techniques.

Register by April 17

Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Who lives in a swamp? Some really amazing animals and plants! We'll reveal the truths about this unique habitat and that creatures that live within. Ages 3-6. Registration begins April 3

Register by April 17

Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Who lives in a swamp? Some really amazing animals and plants! We'll reveal the truths about this unique habitat and that creatures that live within. Ages 3-6. Registration begins April 3

Pages