Events

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.)

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 08, 2016 11:00 am - Oct 08, 2016 12:00 pm

Mudpuppies- Whooooo’s Awake at Night?
Saturday, October 8 - 11 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 11:00 am - Oct 08, 2016 02:00 pm

Meet the Artist
October 8 • Saturday • 11 AM-2 PM
No registration required (all ages)
Artist Margaret Randol Dement, a native of Cape Girardeau, designed the 500’ Missouri Wall of Fame mural in downtown Cape Girardeau. She also designed and painted the 250’ Red House Interpretive Center mural and the 35’ mural in the Cape Girardeau Veterans’ Home. She is known for her realistic portrait style and collage images. This month’s nature center exhibit is in the form of sketches with journal entries about each subject. Subjects include wildlife, dogwood trees, catfish, cone flowers, hummingbirds and river scenes. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 08, 2016 12:30 pm - Oct 08, 2016 03:30 pm

Required Orientation
October 8 · Saturday · 12:30-3:30 PM
Registration required beginning Sept 1 by calling 816-228-3766(women and girls 14-17 when accompanied by an adult women participant) This orientation is a prerequisite to attend the Intermediate Backpacking Trip on Oct. 15 & 16, 2016. Participants must attend and complete a test hike which includes a one-hour backpack hike up and down small hills on a natural trail. You may check out equipment if needed. First come, first served. Learn what to bring and what to expect.
Intermediate Backpacking Trip
October 15 & 16 · Saturday & Sunday · 7 AM-6 PM
Orientation attendance and completion of test hike required
Embark on an amazing journey to a land of dolomite glades, rock bridges, karst and sinkholes…also known as the Missouri Ozarks. We will hike a seven mile backpack loop that is rated as moderate in difficulty. This trip involves carrying a 30 lb. backpack up and down hills across rocky terrain.

Reserve by Sep 29, 2016
Location: Parma Woods Range
Date: Oct 09, 2016 01:00 pm - Oct 09, 2016 07:00 pm

DISCOVER NATURE — FAMILY SQUIRREL HUNTING CLINIC
OCTOBER 9 / SUNDAY / 1:00-7:00 PM
Registration required (All Ages)
Hunting squirrels is a time honored tradition and rite of passage for many youths. It is also a great way to spend time as a family and provide meat for the table. Join our team of experienced hunters as we teach you everything you need to know to find success hunting squirrels. We’ll talk about regulations, equipment, how to find squirrels, and what to do if you take a few. This class does involve an actual hunting experience, so all participants must meet any legal requirements for hunting. You may register at 816-891-9941

Reserve by Oct 08, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 11, 2016 09:00 am - Oct 11, 2016 10:00 am

Mudpuppies- Whooooo’s Awake at Night?
Tuesday, October 11 – 9 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 10, 2016
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: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 11, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 11, 2016 11:00 am

Registration required (0-36 months with an adult) Don’t miss the fun! Hike out with your little one to the Bethany Falls Trail, voted #1 in Kansas City! “Falls” refer to the unique limestone boulders that we will explore. We’ll stop to play and take pictures. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Oct 07, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 11, 2016 10:30 am - Oct 11, 2016 11:30 am

Mudpuppies- Whooooo’s Awake at Night?
Tuesday, October 11 – 10:30 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 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: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Oct 11, 2016 05:00 pm - Oct 11, 2016 06:30 pm

(Ages 8 to Adult)
Reservations begin Oct 1
Charge your phone and load up on pokey balls in preparation for a group hike at Busch. You’re bound to hatch an egg or two and possibly catch new Pokémon! Reservations begin Oct 3 and can be made at 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Reserve by Oct 10, 2016
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Date: Oct 11, 2016 06:00 pm - Oct 11, 2016 09:00 pm

We will demonstrate the steps necessary to make deer meat into sausage and burger. We will also discuss the needed supplies and equipment. You'll learn tips on how to store your tasty venison sausage and burger once it is prepared. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. To register, call (636) 938-9548 ext. 0 or email henges.range@mdc.mo.gov (Reservations begin September 27)

Reserve by Oct 10, 2016
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 12, 2016 09:30 am - Oct 12, 2016 11:00 am

(Adults) Create a take-home autumn craft using tree cookies. Learn about the identification of the trees of Missouri. There is a short hike at the end for those who are interested. All supplies will be provided to create the craft. (Reservations begin Sept 28 by calling 314-301-1500.)

Reserve by Oct 11, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 12, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 12, 2016 11:00 am

Registration required (3-5 with an adult) Big snakes, little snakes, fast snakes and slow. How are they different? What do they have in common? Join us to learn more! For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

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.

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