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Date: Saturday, June 15, 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 15, 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 15, 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.

Register by June 11

Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 9:00am to Wednesday, June 19, 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.

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Ornithology: Winged Wonders

All Ages

Take a closer look at a bird’s wings, feet, and beak. Learn how these body parts and other adaptations are essential for a bird to survive in the wild! Join us for LIVE bird banding starting at 7:30 a.m.

Families, Scout, and camp groups are welcome. All activities will be both indoors and outdoors. For groups of more than 20, please call for your reservations.

Register by June 21

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins June 1 (ages 10+)
Come with us as we hike along the bluffs and through the forest at Seventy-Six Conservation Area. We’ll get a wonderful view of the river on our 3-mile hike. Hike difficulty is rated as moderate with some steep slopes. Please pack a lunch, bring water, and dress for the weather. Youth ages 12 and older welcome with an adult.
Notes:
If riding with us, please select that option.
If driving on own, please select that option. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if raining.

Register by June 21

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins June 1 (ages 10+)
Come with us as we hike along the bluffs and through the forest at Seventy-Six Conservation Area. We’ll get a wonderful view of the river on our 3-mile hike. Hike difficulty is rated as moderate with some steep slopes. Please pack a lunch, bring water, and dress for the weather. Youth ages 12 and older welcome with an adult.
Notes:
If riding with us, please select that option.
If driving on own, please select that option. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if raining.

Register by June 20

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Little Blue Trace Trail

Registration required (adults)
Let’s go foraging down by the Little Blue River. Meet at the 24-Highway shelter house. Bring your cameras, smart phones, ID books and water bottles. There are no facilities at this site.

Register by June 21

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins June 1 (ages 12+)
Ever wondered how to use natural items to use as dyes? Deb Cambron from Herbs ‘n Handspun will provide an indigo dye demonstration followed by the creation and use of a dye vat. Participants should bring a 100% cotton T-shirt or any other 100% natural fiber item/fabric to dye.

Register by June 21

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins June 1 (ages 18+)
Deb Cambron from Herbs ‘n Handspun will provide an in-depth presentation on the history of indigo, its use, chemical composition, and dye process. The presentation will be followed with the development of the dye vat and then actually dying items. Participants should bring a 100% cotton T-shirt or any other 100% natural fiber item/fabric to dye.

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Join us as we celebrate National Pollinator Week by participating in project ‘Bee Spotter’. We will learn about the importance of native bees as pollinators and then head outside to collect data that will be used to learn about bee populations in our area. Smart phone or camera recommended.

Register by June 21

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Join Little Stinkers as the group takes a look at the daily life of a box turtle through the book, “Box Turtle at Long Pond,” by William T. George. Find out how the turtle uses what is in its environment to make a meal, only to lose that meal in order to avoid being eaten by a raccoon. Written from the turtle’s perspective, this story is a great introduction to pond ecology. Then stay and enjoy the Turtle Box Races. This program is designed for the preschool child up to second grade. 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 June 21

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Vertebrate? Invertebrate? What’s that? Join the Nature Nuts and learn the difference between these two divisions of the animal kingdom and the types of animals that make up these groups. Be sure to wear clothing and shoes appropriate for the outdoors. Nature Nuts is designed for ages 7 to 12. 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, June 29, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (families with all ages)
How does a bug make light? Battery acid? Alien soda? Perhaps its glow-in-the dark slime! “Lightning Bugs” are synonymous with a good time on those warm summer nights. Come on in to find out why & what fires up the beetles you see at night.

Date: Saturday, June 29, 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 11

Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 9:00am to Wednesday, July 10, 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 July 13

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Tenth in the series, this month features the coyote. Called the “song dog” by Native Americans, the coyote is known for its ability to adapt to a wide variety of environments. Learn more about this prairie native and complete the next quilt block in the series. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Attendees under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Reservations can be made by calling 888-283-0364 or on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines . For further information, call Twin Pines CEC at 573-325-1381.

Register by July 13

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Tenth in the series, this month features the coyote. Called the “song dog” by Native Americans, the coyote is known for its ability to adapt to a wide variety of environments. Learn more about this prairie native and complete the next quilt block in the series. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Attendees under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Reservations can be made by calling 888-283-0364 or on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines . For further information, call Twin Pines CEC at 573-325-1381.

Date: Friday, July 19, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Entomology and Herpetology: Creepy Crawly Investigation

All Ages

Explore animals that crawl, creep, and slither through investigations and observations. Observe and touch LIVE reptiles. Discover hidden worlds of insects and other friends of the forest.

Families, Scout, and camp groups are welcome. All activities will be both indoors and outdoors. For groups of more than 20, please call for your reservations.

Register by July 20

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

This program starts just before dark at Twin Pines, which is the best time to explore the “night shift” of nature. What is the “night shift?” It is more than owls and bats. Many animals are active only at night. Learn what you can expect to see and hear, then we will head out on the trail to enjoy the Missouri Ozarks after dark. Suitable shoes are recommended. This program is suitable for all ages. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or go on line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines . For further information, please call 573-325-1381.

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