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Mobile Aquarium

  • What: Show-Me Missouri Fish Mobile Aquarium
  • Featuring: 40-foot-long aquarium, 50–60 fish covering 15–25 species in a natural setting, expert fishing demonstrations
  • Dates and locations:

July 9–14 at Heart of the Ozarks Fair, West Plains
July 20–22 at Jefferson County Fair and Air show, Hillsboro
July 27–August 5 at Ozark Empire Fair, Springfield
September 8–15 at SEMO Fair, Cape Girardeau
September 20–22 at Slater Fall Festival, Slater

  • For more info: see links listed below

Whether you want to hone your fishing skills or introduce your kids to the wonders of aquatic life, you’ll be glad you caught one of the Show-Me Missouri Fish Mobile Aquarium’s shows this summer.

Shows feature a variety of equipment and techniques, and they run throughout the day. Learn how fish are adapted to their environments and how seasonal behavior and habits relate to recreational fishing. Department of Conservation personnel will be on hand to answer questions and provide literature.

Trees of Missouri Field Guide

Deepen your knowledge of Missouri’s trees.

How many times have you noticed an unusual leaf, bark pattern or bough-high bloom and wondered, “What is that tree?” now you can stop wondering and start naming the trees you encounter. Don Kurz’s Trees of Missouri Field Guide will show you how. Based on Kurz’s original Trees of Missouri, this concise, easy-to-carry field guide will help you identify trees in your yard, neighborhood or natural area. More than 170 species are described, and species are organized visually by leaf arrangement and shape. Easy-to-understand descriptions, range maps and full-color illustrations add to the guide’s appeal. This item is available for $7.50 plus shipping and handling and sales tax (where applicable). Pick up the Field Guide at your local conservation nature center, or order by phone (toll-free) at (877) 521-8632 or online.

Catch the Buzz About Bugs

Insect programs at Cape Girardeau and Springfield

Insects—they surround us, they fascinate us and some try to sting and bite us—but what would a summer evening be like without them? Gather up the family and join the Cape Girardeau and Springfield Conservation Nature Center naturalists as they investigate the creepy-crawly world of insects. The Cape Girardeau program will be held July 27 at 7 p.m., and the Springfield program will be held August 24 at 6:30 p.m. Programs will include hands-on games, crafts and activities. no registration is required, but feel free to call the Cape Girardeau CNC at (573) 290-5218 or the Springfield CNC at (417) 888-4237 for more details.

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