Events

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 12:00 pm - Oct 02, 2016 04:00 pm

Women’s Overnight
October 1 • Saturday • NOON – October 2 • Sunday • 4 PM
Registration begins September 15 (ages 12+)
Fall is a wonderful time to go camping; the days are warm and clear while the evenings are cool and crisp. We want to share the joys of fall camping with you! We’ll learn how to build a fire, cook outdoors, paddle a canoe, and cast a line. We’ll camp out weather permitting (there is other shelter if necessary). Girls 12-17 welcome with a female adult.

Reserve by Sep 30, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 12:00 pm - Oct 01, 2016 04:00 pm

Join the Discovery Center staff at the Harvest Moon Festival located on Troost Avenue between 31st and Linwood. This
family friendly street fair will feature live entertainment, arts, crafts and storytelling. The Discovery Center staff will be at the festival from noon until 4 p.m. so stop by,
and try out the fun activity we will have.

Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 12:00 pm - Oct 01, 2016 07:30 pm

Matinee · Noon-3:30 PM (final matinee tour departs at 3:30 PM)
Meet & Greet · 4:30-5 PM
Evening · 6-7:30PM (final evening tour departs at 7:30 PM)
No registration required (all ages) Strange things are happening in the forest. We’ve heard unusual sounds coming from the Missouri Tree Trail and something that looks like a space ship just landed! Let’s check it out. You never know what or who we might find! Join us in celebrating the forest with many of your favorite Star Wars characters along the trail such as Hans Solo, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader as we discover all the important jobs that trees do on this planet! For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

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: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 01:00 pm - Oct 01, 2016 02:00 pm

Walk-in (ages 3–8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other
magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 01:00 pm - Oct 01, 2016 03:30 pm

Dutch Oven and Campfire Cooking
October 1 • Saturday • 1-3:30 pm
Registration begins September 15 (ages 12+)
Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy cooking around the campfire. What better to include on the menu but some of our local wild edibles!! Learn some techniques and recipes to make family meals both fun and tasty. We will be using cast iron for some recipes but will be using some other methods also. This will be a hands-on course, so be prepared to lend a hand in the kitchen and get a little smoky at the fire pit. It will be worth it when we taste our finished dishes.

Reserve by Sep 30, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 03:00 pm - Oct 29, 2016 03:30 pm

Walk-in (all ages) Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday. The snakes will be fed every other Friday (Oct 14 & 28). For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

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: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Oct 03, 2016 08:00 am - Oct 03, 2016 09:00 am

(10 and up)
Escaping to the great outdoors does wonders for your health physically and mentally so switch up your routine and take your cardio outside! Join us for an easy going run as we explore a different area of Busch each week!Reservations begin Sept 20 and can be made at 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Reserve by Sep 29, 2016
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Date: Oct 03, 2016 06:00 pm - Oct 03, 2016 08:00 pm

(Ages 11 and up)
Learn the steps necessary to process deer meat yourself. We will demonstrate how to skin and butcher a deer in simple easy steps with minimum equipment. You'll learn tips on how to make sure your venison is the best quality possible. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. To register, call (636) 938-9548 ext. 0 or email henges.range@mdc.mo.gov (Reservations begin September 19)

Reserve by Oct 02, 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: St. Louis Zoo
Date: Oct 05, 2016 09:00 am - Oct 05, 2016 11:30 am

(Adults Only)
Join the Missouri Department of Conservation's Nature Journaling group as we explore some of Missouri's native birds in the Saint Louis Zoo's 1904 World’s Fair Flight Cage! We will first meander through the Flight Cage to observe the birds and discuss a little of their story - their role in Missouri's ecosystems. Then we will focus on a brief lesson, which will include how to quickly sketch the birds. Yes they move - and yes it may be a challenge, but there are techniques that you can employ to help capture as much as possible in your journal. Additional techniques will be discussed to help participants add useful information on their journal pages to create fun and vibrant entries. NOTE: If it is raining, we will meet inside the Bird House which is an enclosed building - and separate from the Flight Cage. Space is limited, so please register at: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area at (636) 441-4554.

Reserve by Oct 03, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 06, 2016 01:00 pm - Oct 06, 2016 02:00 pm

Feeding Frenzy October 6 • Thursday • 1–2 PM
No registration required (all ages)
Ever wonder what it takes to keep all of the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Thanks to some amazing animal care volunteers, they are fed a delicious smorgasbord of crickets, worms, minnows, and more! Drop by to visit with the volunteers and staff as they feed the hungry critters. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Date: Oct 06, 2016 06:00 pm - Oct 06, 2016 09:00 pm

(Ages 16 and up)
This women's program will include handgun operation, shooting fundamentals, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start with a classroom session then move to the range for a live-fire session. Although equipment and ammunition will be provided, you may bring your own handgun and ammunition to the live-fire session. (Reservations begin September 22)

Reserve by Oct 05, 2016
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 07, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 07, 2016 11:30 am

(Ages 3–6) What are these special reptiles doing as they begin to prepare for fall’s chilly weather? We will play a game to help us understand the struggles of being a turtle. Touch tables and a hike are also included. (Reservations begin Sept 23 by calling 314-301-1500).

Reserve by Oct 06, 2016
Location: Parma Woods Range
Date: Oct 07, 2016 06:00 pm - Oct 08, 2016 11:30 am

INTRODUCTION TO FIREARMS
OCTOBER 7 / FRIDAY / 6:00-9:00 PM and OCTOBER 8 / THURSDAY / 8:30-11:30 AM
Registration required (Ages 11+; ages 11–17 must be accompanied by an adult)
Staying safe around firearms requires the appropriate level of knowledge and skill combined with a positive attitude. Join our certified firearms instructors as we explore the fun of shooting in a safe and controlled environment. This course will cover all major types of firearms and will include live fire. You may register at 816-891-9941

Reserve by Oct 06, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 07, 2016 07:00 pm - Oct 07, 2016 09:00 pm

Night Hike October 7 • Friday • 7- 8 pm
Early registration begins September 15 (all ages)
Being a nocturnal animal means having special features that help you get around and find food in the dark. We’ll hit the trail for a night hike to uncover the mysteries of Missouri’s secretive night time animals.

Reserve by Oct 06, 2016
Location: Cuivre River State Park
Date: Oct 07, 2016 07:00 pm - Oct 09, 2016 09:00 am

(Ages 21 and up)
Who says kids get to have all the fun?! Let your inner child out at this adult only camp where you’ll have the opportunity to learn a variety of new skills. Leave all your adult responsibilities at home and get on the camp roster!Reservations begin Sept 19 and can made by calling 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Reserve by Oct 04, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Oct 08, 2016 09:00 am - Oct 08, 2016 12:00 pm

Come join our experts and learn the art of ATLATL. The atlatl predates the bow and arrow and in 2010 became a legal method of harvesting a deer in MO. It is used to throw a 4- to 6-foot-long, spear-like projectile known as a dart. The atlatl is a wooden shaft approximately a foot-and-a-half long with a socket or knock at the rear to engage the dart. The dart is placed along the shaft with its back end resting in the socket or knock. The hunter grips the atlatl near its front end and performs a forward throw using the upper arm and wrist. The flipping motion of the atlatl creates angular momentum that propels the dart with greater speed and power than can be achieved with the arm alone. (Ages 11 and up.)Ages 11-15 must be accompanied by an adult. We will meet in the Busch CA classroom. (Reservations begin Sept. 8 by calling 636-441-4554.)

Reserve by Oct 05, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 08, 2016 09:30 am - Oct 08, 2016 10:30 am

Mudpuppies- Whooooo’s Awake at Night?
Saturday, October 8 - 9:30 AM
Whooo’s making all that racket? Lots of animals are awake at night. We’ll discover which animals prefer the night time and how they’re able to survive in the dark. Ages 3-6. Registration begins October 1.

Reserve by Oct 07, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 08, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 08, 2016 12:00 pm

Field to Freezer
October 8 Saturday 10 AM-NOON
Registration begins September 15 (ages 16+)
Wondering why the “wild game” taste is tainting your catch? Proper processing techniques will be discussed and demonstrated from the moment you bag your game in the field to the final product you put in the freezer.

Reserve by Oct 07, 2016
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 08, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 08, 2016 02:00 pm

(All ages) Our Scout Discovery Tables help Scouts earn portions of badges relating to nature or wildlife. October's program offers specimens of various plants and animals that are poisonous or venomous, and take-home informational brochures. Discovery Tables are open to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and the general public. (No reservations are necessary.)

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