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Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

What is the Missouri state bird? State fish? State tree? Join us to learn more about the natural state symbols of Missouri. No registration required. For more information call (417)334-4865 ext 0.

Register by May 25

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 27 (ages 0–2)
The forest is full of life! Discover the different animals that live among the trees. We will hit the trail to explore the many layers of the forest while looking for the wild creatures that live within.

Register by May 22

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

As the days get longer and the sun warms the air, people come out to enjoy the spring season. But, people are not the only things that “come to life” when spring arrives. Spring plants unfold their leaves and work to bear fruit. The staff at Twin Pines is taking advantage of that bounty with a class on how to prepare foods, such as, wild strawberries and sassafras for your table. Other wild plants will also be used depending upon availability. This program is for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. 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, May 25, 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, May 25, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Everyone loves flowers and spring is a great time to see them. Join us for a program and short hike (weather permitting) as we learn what special jobs flowers do. We will complete a flowery craft to take home. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6.

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

There are many smartphone apps available to help identify plants and animals, track your sightings, and learn more about the outdoors. Get an introductory lesson in outdoor smartphone apps and be better prepared for your next outdoor activity. All ages.

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Slither, hop, crawl or swim into the exciting world of Missouri’s cold-blooded critters. These unique animals play an important part in our diverse ecosystems. Join us as we learn about these amazing creatures and get an up-close look at some of them. Stick around for the scheduled Critter Feeding afterward.

Register by May 31

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 15 (ages 12+)
Come enjoy a naturalist lead hike at two of Missouri’s beautiful natural areas in honor of National Trails Day! We’ll see waterfalls, unique rock features, and interesting plants along the way. Hike is 3.5 miles and rated moderate. Ages 12-17 with adult supervision. Pick this option if you are following us from the Nature Center or meeting us there. Must dress appropriately for the weather and must wear sturdy shoes. Please bring water, lunch, and any comfort items (insect repellant, hat, binoculars, sunscreen, etc.). Will be canceled if severe weather is in the area.

Register by May 31

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 15 (ages 12+)
Come enjoy a naturalist lead hike at two of Missouri’s beautiful natural areas in honor of National Trails Day! We’ll see waterfalls, unique rock features, and interesting plants along the way. Hike is 3.5 miles and rated moderate. Ages 12-17 with adult supervision. Pick this option if you are riding with us from the Nature Center. Must dress appropriately for the weather and must wear sturdy shoes. Please bring water, lunch, and any comfort items (insect repellant, hat, binoculars, sunscreen, etc.). Will be canceled if severe weather is in the area.

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Spend a couple of hours hiking and testing your nature knowledge to celebrate National Trails Day! Trek our trails and answer nature-related questions along the way. Stop by the nature center between 9-4 to pick up your question sheet and then return to check your answers and claim your prize. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Have you ever thought to yourself on a warm summer day, it’s so hot I just want to take a nap? Well you are not alone, some of Missouri’s wildlife do just that! Come on in and learn about estivation and the critters who use it as a survival tool.

Register by May 31

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Help your family be prepared for safe outings this summer by learning how “an ounce of prevention” before an outdoor excursion can prevent needing “a pound of cure” afterwards. Learn how to identify and avoid various poisonous plants and venomous animals and the best way to deal with ticks, mosquitoes, and more.

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 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 amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday.

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Blinking and dancing in the evening sky, the magic and beauty of fireflies is breathtaking. Use this evening to learn more about these favorite insects, how you could register your own backyard for Firefly Watch (a fun citizen science program) and make a cool firefly craft. We will then hike into the darkening forest to watch the fireflies appear.

Register by June 1

Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

The prairie is home to a wide variety of plants, animals, birds and insects. With that in mind, the Pine Needlers ninth block for a themed quilt now focuses on the meadow lark. A robin-sized bird with a bright yellow breast marked with a black V, this bird is best known for its call. So join the Twin Pines staff and learn more about this favorite prairie resident. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, you can call 573-325-1381.

Date: Thursday, June 6, 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 June 1

Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

The prairie is home to a wide variety of plants, animals, birds and insects. With that in mind, the Pine Needlers ninth block for a themed quilt now focuses on the meadow lark. A robin-sized bird with a bright yellow breast marked with a black V, this bird is best known for its call. So join the Twin Pines staff and learn more about this favorite prairie resident. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, you can call 573-325-1381.

Date: Friday, June 7, 2019 - 3:00pm to Friday, June 21, 2019 - 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 are fed every other week (June 7 & 21).

Register by June 4

Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

If you enjoy being creative and all things rustic, what better way to add a special piece to your home than to put it together yourself. Join Twin Pines volunteer, Linda Strauch and make a broom using sassafras and native grasses common to the Missouri Ozarks. Materials are provided. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Make a reservation by calling 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by April 22

Date: Monday, June 10, 2019 - 8:30am to Friday, June 14, 2019 - 4:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 9-12) Before and after care available beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. Camp and extended care are both free of charge. Becoming an urban xplorer is as simple as taking a step outdoors. In our summer camp you will xplor the wonders of nature by learning outdoor skills, visiting an urban cultural site and utilizing nature within art. Field trips will be a part of your xploring, You will get to canoe, fish, hike and xplor a stream. Make plans now to become an urban xplorer this summer.
Applications will be available April 1 at the Discovery Center and on our website, https://mdc.mo.gov/discoverycenter. Applications will be accepted through April 22. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by May 1. Partial funding for this program comes from Missouri Parks Association's "Urban Populations Outreach Program."

Register by June 11

Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 9:00am to Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 15 (ages 7-11)
From tiny trickling streams to the mighty Mississippi, this year’s camp highlights southeast Missouri’s aquatic habitats. Get wet as we find out who lives where and why.

Register by June 11

Date: Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 9:00am to Friday, June 14, 2019 - 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 15 (ages 7-11)
From tiny trickling streams to the mighty Mississippi, this year’s camp highlights southeast Missouri’s aquatic habitats. Get wet as we find out who lives where and why.

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