Haunted Habitats

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Published on: Oct. 2, 2009

Last revision: Dec. 15, 2010

No reservations required.

For more information, call (816) 759-7300.

Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Blue Springs
Nature … Through the Looking Glass
Oct. 16 and 17, 6–9 p.m.

By and by we see a rabbit appear on the trail in front of us. Curiosity prevails. Of course we follow him. There is a looking glass just ahead on the trail. Where did that come from? And what is on the other side? Experience the enchanted forest as we step through the looking glass and discover Hansel and Gretel, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Pinocchio and even Dorothy on the other side! There will be a few tickets available the nights of the event, but advanced registration is requested. Registration begins Oct. 1 at 8:30 a.m. and runs each weekday from 8:30–4:30 p.m. Tickets are assigned for hikes during the 6, 7 and 8 p.m. time period (hikes start every 15 minutes during the hour).

For reservations, call (816) 655-6263 and dial ext. 223 for 6–7 p.m. time slots Friday or Saturday; dial ext. 232 for 7–8 p.m. slots Friday or Saturday; or dial ext. 233 for 8–9 p.m. time slots Friday or Saturday.

Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center

Cape Girardeau
Creatures of the Night: The Lizard of Oz
Oct. 23 and 24, 6:30–9:30 p.m.

"I would waddle and be merry; life just would not be so dreary, if I only had some food," sings the Armadillo as he meets Dorothy on their quest to visit the Lizard of Oz. In a world where habitat is poor, the Lizard promises a return to a more natural environment where all creatures can find food, water, shelter and space. Join Dorothy and all her friends as they guide you down the yellow brick road to the Land of Oz. Inside the nature center there will be crafts, presentations and much more. No reservations required.

For more information, call (573) 290-5218.

Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Kirkwood
Nightlife Boogie • Oct. 16, 6–9 p.m.

Creatures are lurking in the night! Spend an evening at Powder Valley and learn about Missouri’s nocturnal animals. Bring the whole family for storytelling, guided hikes, live animals, door prizes and more. Can you find a spider just by using your nose? Sign up at the door for a spider sniff! Come dressed as your favorite Missouri animal. Come early as the live animals are here for only a limited time. No reservations required.

For more information, call (573) 301-1500.

Runge Conservation Nature Center

Jefferson City
Haunted Habitats • Oct. 23, 6–9 p.m. • Rain date Oct. 24, 6–9 p.m.

From armadillos to zebra swallowtails, Missouri is home to a multitude of wild animals. Learn your ABCs with a natural twist at this year’s Haunted Habitats event. Walk the Alphabet Trail and meet some of our Missouri animal friends, then venture inside to find more of our Animal Alphabet! Enjoy games, kettle korn, the Alphabet Obstacle Course, lighted pumpkins and more. No reservations required.

For more information, call (573) 526-5544.

Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Springfield
Little Red Riding Hood’s Forest Foray
Oct. 29 and Oct. 30, 6:30–9:30 p.m.

Join Little Red Riding Hood as she faces her fear of the dark and learns some important lessons about how animals survive during this Halloween-style look at conservation. Guided hikes will be led on a first-come, first-served basis with the last hike leaving at 9 p.m. Indoor activities are also included. This event is guaranteed to be insightful, not frightful! No reservations required.

For more information, call (417) 888-4237.

Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Winona
National Scenic Riverways’ Haunting of the Hills at Alley Spring
Oct. 10 and 11, Sat. 10 a.m. –4 p.m. and 7–9:30 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. –3 p.m.

Rather than hosting a separate event at the center, Twin Pines joins forces with National Scenic Riverways to help present Haunting of the Hills. Enjoy traditional Ozark storytelling and music amid the beautiful setting of the Alley Mill and Alley Spring. Traditional Ozark craftsmen will be demonstrating skills of yesteryear on the grounds. Be sure to join the hunt for the Karkaghne monster (a spider hike) and visit with divers in the spring to learn more about this special habitat.

For more information, call (573) 226-3945.

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