Events

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Aug 27, 2016 11:00 am - Aug 27, 2016 11:45 am

Butterflies grow up in a magical way. Join us and travel through the butterfly's life cycle—from its humble beginnings to its glorious finish! Ages 3-6. Registration begins August 2. Call 417-888-4237. Little Acorns programs are limited to one per month.

Reserve by Aug 26, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Aug 27, 2016 11:00 am - Aug 27, 2016 12:00 pm

Try your hand at woodcarving with members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists as they teach carving techniques and show how to transform wood into works of art. Ages 12-adult. Registration begins August 2. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Aug 26, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Aug 27, 2016 01:00 pm - Aug 27, 2016 04:00 pm

Visit with members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists as they share information with the "wood-be" carver, demonstrate carving techniques, and show works in progress. Stop by anytime. All ages. No registration required.

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Aug 28, 2016 05:00 pm - Aug 28, 2016 06:30 pm

Join hummingbird bander Sarah Driver as she shares her knowledge about Missouri's smallest bird and attempts to capture and band some. All ages. Registration begins August 2. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Aug 27, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 08, 2016 11:00 am - Sep 08, 2016 11:45 am

Grasshoppers, crickets, and katydids provide some of the familiar sounds of summer. Join Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Ryan and learn how and why they make "music" and make a little insect music yourself. Ages 3-6. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 07, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 08, 2016 01:30 pm - Sep 08, 2016 02:15 pm

Grasshoppers, crickets, and katydids provide some of the familiar sounds of summer. Join Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Ryan and learn how and why they make "music" and make a little insect music yourself. Ages 3-6. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 07, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 11, 2016 05:00 pm - Sep 11, 2016 06:30 pm

Here's a last chance send-off for ruby-throated hummingbirds as they head for Mexico. Hummingbird bander Sarah Driver will share her knowledge about these tiny birds and attempt to capture and band some. All ages. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 10, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 14, 2016 11:00 am - Sep 14, 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: Sep 15, 2016 07:00 pm - Sep 15, 2016 09:00 pm

Join avid outdoorsmen Volunteer Specialist Don Brink and special guest Richard Donaldson for an introduction to backpacking. Learn about the types of equipment, things beginners should know, and places to go in the Ozarks. After attending this program, you'll be ready to venture out on your own. Ages 10-adult. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 14, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 16, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 16, 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 September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 15, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 17, 2016 04:00 pm

Lots of different crawfish inhabit the Ozarks creeks and waterways. Join us for the last river trip of the season. We will try to catch and identify crayfish. Ages 12-17. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 16, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 17, 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 September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 16, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 01:00 pm - Sep 17, 2016 04:00 pm

Every fall millions of monarch butterflies wing over the Ozarks to their winter home in Mexico. Join Volunteer Naturalists Bob and Ruby Ball and Dana Tideman for an indoor/outdoor adventure to explore the fascinating behavior and life cycle of these beautiful travelers. Ages 5-adult. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 16, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 06:00 pm - Sep 17, 2016 07:00 pm

Conservatory of the Ozarks music students—from toddlers to senior citizens—will provide a concert featuring "Songs About Animals." A variety of musical genres and instruments (including voice) will be included in this program for all ages. You're invited to wear your favorite animal costume to this fun event. All ages. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 16, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 21, 2016 09:30 am - Sep 21, 2016 10:15 am

Where do opossums live? Do they swing by their tails? What do they have in common with dinosaurs? "Trot" on over to find out the answers to these questions as well as many others. Ages 3-6. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 20, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 21, 2016 11:00 am - Sep 21, 2016 11:45 am

Where do opossums live? Do they swing by their tails? What do they have in common with dinosaurs? "Trot" on over to find out the answers to these questions as well as many others. Ages 3-6. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 20, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 21, 2016 01:30 pm - Sep 21, 2016 02:30 pm

Where do opossums live? Do they swing by their tails? What do they have in common with dinosaurs? "Trot" on over to find out the answers to these questions as well as many others. Ages 3-6. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 20, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 22, 2016 06:30 pm - Sep 22, 2016 07:45 pm

Become a scientist and unravel some of the mysteries of monarch butterfly migration. Learn about their perilous journey to places unknown and discover more interesting trivia about their survival through games and activities. Ages 7-12 only. Please, no younger children and only one adult per group of kids. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 21, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 23, 2016 05:30 pm - Sep 23, 2016 07:30 pm

Fly-fishing isn't just for trout! Here's your chance to learn basic fly-fishing techniques while catching bluegill (catch-and-release only) at the Bois D'Arc Conservation Area education pond. Bring your fishing license, drinking water, and your lucky fishing hat! Meet at the pond where fishing equipment will be provided. Ages 18-adult. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 22, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 24, 2016 08:15 am - Sep 24, 2016 05:00 pm

While known for trout fishing, Roaring River State Park also has an array of hiking trails. Volunteer Naturalist Carmen Hallock will help you become familiar with their trail system. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is five miles and rated moderate to difficult. Ages 18-adult. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 23, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 24, 2016 11:00 am - Sep 24, 2016 11:45 am

Where do opossums live? Do they swing by their tails? What do they have in common with dinosaurs? "Trot" on over to find out the answers to these questions as well as many others. Ages 3-6. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 23, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 30, 2016 09:30 am - Sep 30, 2016 10:15 am

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: Sep 30, 2016 11:00 am - Sep 30, 2016 11:45 am

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: 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

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