Events

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
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range
Date: Oct 22, 2016 09:00 am - Oct 22, 2016 12:00 pm

Novice hunters can learn how to turn harvested game into neat packages of lean, healthful meat. This event covers regulations, field dressing, supplies, transporting, and techniques for processing deer. To register for this program please call 417-742-4361 or send an email to daltonrange@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Oct 21, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 22, 2016 09:00 am - Oct 22, 2016 12:00 pm

You don't have to be a hunter to become a skilled archer. Learn a new skill and spend time practicing. No experience is necessary and archery equipment will be provided. This program takes place on the archery range which is not ADA accessible. Ages 12-17. Registration begins October 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 21, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 22, 2016 01:00 pm - Oct 22, 2016 02:30 pm

You don't have to be a hunter to become a skilled archer. Learn a new skill and spend time practicing. No experience is necessary and archery equipment will be provided. This program takes place on the archery range which is not ADA accessible. Ages 12-17. Registration begins October 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 21, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 22, 2016 02:30 pm - Oct 22, 2016 04:00 pm

You don't have to be a hunter to become a skilled archer. Learn a new skill and spend time practicing. No experience is necessary and archery equipment will be provided. This program takes place on the archery range which is not ADA accessible. Ages 12-17. Registration begins October 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 21, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 27, 2016 06:30 pm - Oct 27, 2016 09:30 pm

Get ready for some nighttime fun during our annual guided Halloween hikes. In the style of Wild Kratts, learn about the "Wild Rats—An Adaptation Adventure" as you work with some folks who resemble cast members to help solve the Mystery of the Missing Martin. Guided hikes will be led on a first-come, first-served basis with the last hike leaving at 9pm. Indoor activities and games will be provided to keep you entertained while waiting for a hike. Plan to spend 1.5 hours. Free popcorn and sodas will be served. Be prepared for some entertaining and extraordinary sights without the frights. Fun for all ages.

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 28, 2016 06:30 pm - Oct 28, 2016 09:30 pm

Get ready for some nighttime fun during our annual guided Halloween hikes. In the style of Wild Kratts, learn about the "Wild Rats—An Adaptation Adventure" as you work with some folks who resemble cast members to help solve the Mystery of the Missing Martin. Guided hikes will be led on a first-come, first-served basis with the last hike leaving at 9pm. Indoor activities and games will be provided to keep you entertained while waiting for a hike. Plan to spend 1.5 hours. Free popcorn and sodas will be served. Be prepared for some entertaining and extraordinary sights without the frights. Fun for all ages.

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 29, 2016 02:00 pm - Oct 29, 2016 02:45 pm

Meet the featured October artist, Gail Rowley, and see a short presentation of nature photography including macro and super macro images and several mini videos of tiny nature worlds. Be sure to view her Celebrating Nature’s Art on display in the nature center's lobby.

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Nov 11, 2016 09:00 am - Nov 11, 2016 04:30 pm

We will be open beginning October 29 every day through November 11 from 9:00AM until 4:30PM so that hunters can use the shooting range for sighting the scopes on their deer rifles. We will have a bore sighting system to loan you to save on your ammunition costs. No pre-registration required and regular range rules and fees apply. For information you may send an email to DaltonRange@mdc.mo.gov or call us at 417-742-4361.

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