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Register by April 25

Date: Friday, April 26, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Come and learn lots of neat things about snakes like how they move, smell, hear and eat. There will be live snakes found in Missouri to looks at and even touch. We will also go outside and try to find some snakes in their natural habitat.

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Putt, putt, putt and gobble, gobble, gobble goes the turkey. Who is doing all the talking and what are they trying to say? Strut on in to gab like a turkey and find out more with your little one.

Register by April 26

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Snakes and Lizards are really amazing reptiles. Come and discover many incredible things about snakes and lizards that live in Missouri. We will also go outside and try to find some snakes in their natural habitat.

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Putt, putt, putt and gobble, gobble, gobble goes the turkey. Who is doing all the talking and what are they trying to say? Strut on in to gab like a turkey and find out more with your little one.

Register by April 26

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Interested in a little taste of wild Missouri? Come and learn how you can use wildflowers and other spring plants such as violet, Eastern redbud and dandelion to make unique and wonderfully tasteful jellies. Participants will learn all processes, as well as get to make their own jelly. We will even have acorn and cattail flour biscuits to try with already prepared jellies.

Register by May 2

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Joe DeBold, Urban Wildlife Biologist, Missouri Department of Conservation
Kansas City is home to many animals, but none faster than the peregrine falcon. Reintroduced in Kansas City in 1991, these birds can now be found nesting downtown, on the Plaza and even at the casinos. Learn more about these predators and how you can get a bird’s eye view of baby falcons.

Register by May 5

Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Ginger Miller, Conservation Education Consultant, Missouri Department of Conservation
Insects can be both helpful and harmful. Ginger will use the Discovery Center’s grounds to help you learn some of the common and uncommon insects found in gardens in Kansas City.

Register by May 11

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

What’s next for the Pine Needlers? The answer is: the eighth block to your “prairie” themed quilt featuring the bluestem grass. Prairies are not only about the flowers that decorate the landscape but about the different grasses that act as the backdrop to their color. These grasses are tough, drought resistant and provide valuable forage for grazing animals and seed for a variety of other species. 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.

Register by May 11

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

What’s next for the Pine Needlers? The answer is: the eighth block to your “prairie” themed quilt featuring the bluestem grass. Prairies are not only about the flowers that decorate the landscape but about the different grasses that act as the backdrop to their color. These grasses are tough, drought resistant and provide valuable forage for grazing animals and seed for a variety of other species. 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: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 5:30am to Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 12:00am

Location: Emmenegger Nature Park

**No Registration Required!**

Citizen science is a way for the public to assist in population and distribution monitoring for all species of plants and wildlife. Come join us as species experts from all over the state survey for the plant and wildlife species at Emmenegger Nature Park/Possum Woods Conservation Area. Surveys will include bird mist netting and banding, bat mist netting, moth surveys, spider surveys, plant surveys and more!

Contact Shelly Colatskie at Shelly.colatskie@mdc.mo.gov or 314-301-1506 ex 4222 for more information and be on the lookout for flyers with specific times and events on Saturday, May 18th!

Register by May 16

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Tom Milligan, as Jay N. “Ding” Darling visits from his 11th floor office at the Des Moines Register, where he worked from 1906-1943. Reflecting upon his remarkable life journey that includes two Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoons, the introduction of the duck stamp and the creation of the National Wildlife Federation, Darling’s influence was felt, not only through his cartoons, but through his actions as well. Considered to be one of the most influential members of the modern conservation movement in the first half of the 20th century, the impact of his work is still felt today.
This session will begin with the work portion followed by the presentation.

Register by May 19

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Stacey Davis, Discovery Center Manager, Missouri Department of Conservation
Our scaly and slimy neighbors often have a bad reputation, but they have important rolls to play. We will learn about some of the common snakes, turtles, frogs and toads that call the Kansas City area home including tips for encouraging them to visit your garden more (or less) often.

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.

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."

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