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Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Birds are busy and noisy this time of year! Fly in to find out why, make a craft, and then go for a short walk to watch our feathered friends. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Please no organized groups.

Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Birds are busy and noisy this time of year! Fly in to find out why, make a craft, and then go for a short walk to watch our feathered friends. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Please no organized groups.

Register by April 19

Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 3 (ages 7+)
Wildlife babies are a big hit in spring time. However, many people think that if a baby wild animal is alone that it is an orphan or lost. This is not always the case. Learning about how wild babies survive when mom isn’t around is a good way to understand the behaviors of these cute and fuzzy babies.

Date: Friday, April 20, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Peeeeep, peep, peep, peep. Is it a bird? No! It’s a Spring Peeper! Come learn about the frogs of Missouri during our big frog event. Join us on our froggy hikes as we visit the ponds on the property to look and listen for live frogs in action. Learn about these amazing amphibians during our presentations at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30. See live frogs and other amphibians on display at the nature center, make a froggy craft, or play a froggy game. There’s a hopping good time for everyone! Youth and adult groups welcome.

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

No Registration required (families, all ages)
Join us for our annual Earth Day celebration. There will be several learning stations to help you become a better ecological citizen. Hands-on stations will include: Habitats, eco-games, nature art, pollinators, recycling opportunities, and more. The first 500 visitors will receive a free tree seedling.

Register by April 21

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 3 (ages 16+)
Native plants, shrubs and trees can do more then bring beauty to your garden, landscape, or property. They attract native wildlife such as dragonflies, birds, frogs, and bees. Hosting native wildlife in your garden adds a whole new level of beauty and life in your garden. It is also healthier for you, native wildlife, and the environment.

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Parent educators from Parents As Teachers will offer a Nature At Its Best story time. Enjoy stories, activities, and finger plays designed for children from birth to age five. Each session is forty-five minutes in length. Ages 0-5. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come celebrate Earth Day with us as we focus on the amazing plants, animals, and habitats Missouri’s Southeast has to offer. Walk the trail to answer trivia questions or to just enjoy a nice spring day. Stop by the classroom to take part in an earth day craft or head to the bird viewing area to relax. There's something for everyone at the nature center. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:15pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Parent educators from Parents As Teachers will offer a Nature At Its Best story time. Enjoy stories, activities, and finger plays designed for children from birth to age five. Each session is forty-five minutes in length. Ages 0-5. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 2:30pm to 3:15pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Parent educators from Parents As Teachers will offer a Nature At Its Best story time. Enjoy stories, activities, and finger plays designed for children from birth to age five. Each session is forty-five minutes in length. Ages 0-5. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by April 25

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 3 (ages 12+)
Join a nature center volunteer for a walk at Seventy Six Conservation Area to see wildflowers blooming at this unique area.
Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water, a snack, sunscreen, (camera and binoculars optional). . Held rain or shine. If cancelled due to severe weather, participants will be called 1 hour prior to leaving. You can follow us from the Nature Center or call to meet us at the area.

Register by April 25

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 3 (ages 12+)
Join a nature center volunteer for a walk at Seventy Six Conservation Area to see wildflowers blooming at this unique area.
Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water, a snack, sunscreen, (camera and binoculars optional). . Held rain or shine. If cancelled due to severe weather, participants will be called 1 hour prior to leaving.

Register by April 26

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Like birds, toads and frogs are often noticed first by their mating calls. They fill the day and night with peeps, trills, and snores. Learn about their habits and how to identify their calls during this month’s meeting. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids. Ages 7-12.

Date: Friday, April 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Bring your children ages 0-2 for a guided walk with Volunteer Naturalist Dana Tideman. Bring a stroller. Ages 0-2. No registration required.

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 3 (ages 12+)
Spring is a great time to view many species of plants emerging and blossoming. However, on this trip we are going to investigate the special trees that live in the wetlands of Southeast Missouri by canoe. By the end of the trip, you all will be budding dendrologists!

All canoes and life jackets will be provided, however, if you would like you can bring your own personal life jacket. This will be an all-day program so pack a sack lunch. There is the possibility to get wet while canoeing so bring extra dry clothes. We will have free transportation available for all 16 participants, however, if you have questions regarding transportation you can email Dustin or call the nature center at 573-290-5218.

Register by April 28

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Red, orange, yellow, pink. Flowers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. We'll learn how flowers grow, what a flower is, and we’ll take a stroll to find some. Registration begins April 3. Ages 0-2

Register by April 28

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Red, orange, yellow, pink. Flowers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. We'll learn how flowers grow, what a flower is, and we’ll take a stroll to find some. Registration begins April 3. Ages 0-2

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Registration required (families, ages 8 and up)
This outdoor hike will connect you to the history of the White River and how our large area lakes were formed. 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.

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Bring your children ages 0-2 for a guided walk with Volunteer Naturalist Dana Tideman. Bring a stroller. Ages 0-2. No registration required.

Date: Friday, May 4, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Rock your nature center with Emmy® Award winning singer and songwriter, WildHeart! Get ready for toe-tapping, wild-wiggling tunes chock full of fun facts on wild critters. Plan to rock with reptiles and roll with the fun as we sing and learn together about animals and their habitats. Critters Rock! Held inside if there is inclement weather. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Register by May 5

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

They are tiny and mighty. Without them our world would not be the same. Delve into the lives of ants through imaginary play and wild exploration. Ages 3-6. Early registration begins April 17.

Register by May 5

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

They are tiny and mighty. Without them our world would not be the same. Delve into the lives of ants through imaginary play and wild exploration. Ages 3-6. Early registration begins April 17.

Register by May 9

Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 17 (ages 12+)
Join a nature center volunteer for a walk at Trail of Tears State Park to see the early blooming wildflowers of spring.

Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water, a snack, sunscreen, (camera and binoculars optional). . Held rain or shine. If cancelled due to severe weather, participants will be called 1 hour prior to leaving. You can follow us from the Nature Center or call to meet us at the area.

Register by May 9

Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 17 (ages 12+)
Join a nature center volunteer for a walk at Trail of Tears State Park to see the early blooming wildflowers of spring.

Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water, a snack, sunscreen, (camera and binoculars optional). . Held rain or shine. If cancelled due to severe weather, participants will be called 1 hour prior to leaving.

Register by May 12

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 17 (ages 5+)
Come celebrate your mother (or mother figure) while you sip and nibble on teas and treats made from native plants. We'll stroll the garden to point out native edibles and make a spring-related craft! Adult supervision required for ages 5-17.

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