Events

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 30, 2016 01:30 pm - Sep 30, 2016 02:15 pm

Have you ever heard of a mudbug? Come and learn about these "crusty" creatures, also known as crayfish, and see some up close. Ages 3-6. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 29, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 01:00 pm - Oct 01, 2016 02:30 pm

We are teaming again with the Moxie Cinema for a special free showing of The Messenger—"a visually thrilling ode to the beauty and importance of the imperiled songbird, and what it will mean to all of us on both a global and human level if we lose them. In ancient times humans looked to the flight and songs of birds to protect the future. Today once again, birds have something to tell us." This award-winning 90-minute documentary film will show one time only at the Moxie, so don't miss it. (This film is not rated. View the trailer at <songbirdsos.com>.) Ages 18-adult. Registration begins September 15 by calling the nature center at 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 30, 2016
Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area (5 min south of Wildcat Glades)
Date: Oct 01, 2016 03:00 pm - Oct 01, 2016 05:00 pm

Learn how to cook outside over the campfire for your next
adventure. Parents, grandparents, and mentors discover fun
and tasty ways to cook a meal and involve the whole family. We will be stirring up and tasting several delicious dishes while enjoying time in the out-of-doors. Registration required
(families, ages 5 and up)Call 417-629-3423.

Reserve by Sep 30, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 02, 2016 01:00 pm - Oct 02, 2016 05:00 pm

Primitive Skills Day returns! See demonstrations in flint knapping, bow and arrow construction, making cordage out of plant fibers, beadwork, and fire making from some of the Ozarks best primitive skills specialists. Try your hand at some of these age-old skills and enjoy Dutch oven cooking demonstrations and samples. All ages. Drop by anytime. No registration required.

Reserve by Oct 01, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 04, 2016 09:00 am - Oct 04, 2016 10:00 am

We encourage you to read for the first time or re-read Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Often called the "Patron Saint" of the environmental movement, Carson alerted the world to how pesticides and chemicals were affecting bird populations. Her beloved book, translated into 30 languages and on the bestseller list for 86 weeks, is credited with protecting human health and the environment. Join us for progressive book discussions held weekly (October 4, 11 and 18) and led by retired Springfield-Greene County Librarian Lorraine Sandstrom for morning sessions or by Reference Associate and Volunteer Naturalist Kimberly Duquette for afternoons. Books will be available for loan. Ages 15-adult. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 03, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 04, 2016 02:00 pm - Oct 04, 2016 03:00 pm

We encourage you to read for the first time or re-read Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Often called the "Patron Saint" of the environmental movement, Carson alerted the world to how pesticides and chemicals were affecting bird populations. Her beloved book, translated into 30 languages and on the bestseller list for 86 weeks, is credited with protecting human health and the environment. Join us for progressive book discussions held weekly (October 4, 11 and 18) and led by retired Springfield-Greene County Librarian Lorraine Sandstrom for morning sessions or by Reference Associate and Volunteer Naturalist Kimberly Duquette for afternoons. Books will be available for loan. Ages 15-adult. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 03, 2016
Location: Bennett Spring State Park
Date: Oct 05, 2016 09:00 am - Oct 05, 2016 03:00 pm

Bennett spring hatchery staff will be cutting weeds in the spring branch. We will start in zone 3 and work our way upstream into zone 1. Please pardon this temporary inconvenience as we work to make these trout waters more accessible to fishermen.

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 11, 2016 09:00 am - Oct 11, 2016 10:00 am

We encourage you to read for the first time or re-read Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Often called the "Patron Saint" of the environmental movement, Carson alerted the world to how pesticides and chemicals were affecting bird populations. Her beloved book, translated into 30 languages and on the bestseller list for 86 weeks, is credited with protecting human health and the environment. Join us for progressive book discussions held weekly (October 4, 11 and 18) and led by retired Springfield-Greene County Librarian Lorraine Sandstrom for morning sessions or by Reference Associate and Volunteer Naturalist Kimberly Duquette for afternoons. Books will be available for loan. Ages 15-adult. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 10, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 11, 2016 02:00 pm - Oct 11, 2016 03:00 pm

We encourage you to read for the first time or re-read Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Often called the "Patron Saint" of the environmental movement, Carson alerted the world to how pesticides and chemicals were affecting bird populations. Her beloved book, translated into 30 languages and on the bestseller list for 86 weeks, is credited with protecting human health and the environment. Join us for progressive book discussions held weekly (October 4, 11 and 18) and led by retired Springfield-Greene County Librarian Lorraine Sandstrom for morning sessions or by Reference Associate and Volunteer Naturalist Kimberly Duquette for afternoons. Books will be available for loan. Ages 15-adult. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 10, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 12, 2016 11:00 am - Oct 12, 2016 11:30 am

Join Volunteer Naturalist Joyce Tolliver as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your 2-6 year olds. Please, no organized groups. No registration required.

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 13, 2016 09:30 am - Oct 13, 2016 10:15 am

Spiders aren't so bad! Scurry in to learn what spiders eat, where they live, and why they're good to have around. Ages 3-6. Registration begins October 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 12, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 13, 2016 11:00 am - Oct 13, 2016 11:45 am

Spiders aren't so bad! Scurry in to learn what spiders eat, where they live, and why they're good to have around. Ages 3-6. Registration begins October 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 12, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 13, 2016 01:30 pm - Oct 13, 2016 02:15 pm

Spiders aren't so bad! Scurry in to learn what spiders eat, where they live, and why they're good to have around. Ages 3-6. Registration begins October 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 12, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 14, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 14, 2016 11:00 am

Bring your children ages 0-2 for a guided nature walk with Volunteer Naturalist Dana Tideman. Bring a stroller and join the fun! Ages 0-2. Registration begins October 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 13, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 15, 2016 09:00 am - Oct 15, 2016 11:00 am

Join Volunteer Naturalist and retired forester Earl Niewald for a tree identification hike. Learn to identify common trees by a variety of methods and enjoy spectacular fall color on this guided hike. Ages 12-adult. Registration begins October 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 14, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 15, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 15, 2016 11:00 am

Bring your children ages 0-2 for a guided nature walk with Volunteer Naturalist Dana Tideman. Bring a stroller and join the fun! Ages 0-2. Registration begins October 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 14, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 15, 2016 11:00 am - Oct 15, 2016 11:45 am

Spiders aren't so bad! Scurry in to learn what spiders eat, where they live, and why they're good to have around. Ages 3-6. Registration begins October 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 14, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 18, 2016 09:00 am - Oct 18, 2016 10:00 am

We encourage you to read for the first time or re-read Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Often called the "Patron Saint" of the environmental movement, Carson alerted the world to how pesticides and chemicals were affecting bird populations. Her beloved book, translated into 30 languages and on the bestseller list for 86 weeks, is credited with protecting human health and the environment. Join us for progressive book discussions held weekly (October 4, 11 and 18) and led by retired Springfield-Greene County Librarian Lorraine Sandstrom for morning sessions or by Reference Associate and Volunteer Naturalist Kimberly Duquette for afternoons. Books will be available for loan. Ages 15-adult. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 17, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 18, 2016 02:00 pm - Oct 18, 2016 03:00 pm

We encourage you to read for the first time or re-read Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Often called the "Patron Saint" of the environmental movement, Carson alerted the world to how pesticides and chemicals were affecting bird populations. Her beloved book, translated into 30 languages and on the bestseller list for 86 weeks, is credited with protecting human health and the environment. Join us for progressive book discussions held weekly (October 4, 11 and 18) and led by retired Springfield-Greene County Librarian Lorraine Sandstrom for morning sessions or by Reference Associate and Volunteer Naturalist Kimberly Duquette for afternoons. Books will be available for loan. Ages 15-adult. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 17, 2016
Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area (5 min south of Wildcat Glades)
Date: Oct 18, 2016 05:30 pm - Oct 18, 2016 06:30 pm

Learn the fundamental skills and safety of archery shooting. Discover the fun of this family activity and learn together outdoors. We will teach the basics including bow nomenclature, hand set, bow set, pre-draw, and proper stance to help you shoot more consistently and accurately. All equipment will be provided. (families, ages 7 and up) For more information or to register call 417-629-3423.

Reserve by Oct 17, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 19, 2016 09:30 am - Oct 19, 2016 10:15 am

Bats are one of the most misunderstood animals in nature. Go batty as we learn the truth about bats, how they survive at night, and why they are so important. Ages 3-6. Registration begins October 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 18, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 19, 2016 11:00 am - Oct 19, 2016 11:45 am

Bats are one of the most misunderstood animals in nature. Go batty as we learn the truth about bats, how they survive at night, and why they are so important. Ages 3-6. Registration begins October 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 18, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 19, 2016 01:30 pm - Oct 19, 2016 02:15 pm

Bats are one of the most misunderstood animals in nature. Go batty as we learn the truth about bats, how they survive at night, and why they are so important. Ages 3-6. Registration begins October 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 18, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 20, 2016 07:00 pm - Oct 20, 2016 08:30 pm

Local musician Bo Brown is well known for his musical talent but many may not know about his birding prowess. Drawing from his background in music, field biology, and primitive skills instructing, Bo will weave together a program featuring music, stories, images, and musings about birds, nature, and other outdoor pursuits during this special Nature And The Arts presentation co-sponsored by the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society. Ages 12-adult. Registration begins September 15. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 19, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 22, 2016 08:15 am - Oct 22, 2016 05:00 pm

Explore Piney Creek Wilderness with Volunteer Naturalist Sandy Vaughn. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is approximately five miles and rated moderate in difficulty. Ages 18-adult. Registration begins October 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 21, 2016

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