Events

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.

Location: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Oct 12, 2016 06:00 pm - Oct 13, 2016 09:00 pm

Are you prepared if an emergency happens during an outdoor adventure? This class will teach the basic survival necessities when stranded, lost, or injured, in the woods. Our experts will go over finding food, water purification, shelter, and other aspects that will help you survive. You must attend part one, on Wednesday, in order to attend part two. Class will be held at the August A. Busch CA regional office classroom. (Ages 9 and up.)Children ages 9-16 must be accompanied by an adult. (Reservations begin Sept. 12 by calling 636-441-4554.)

Reserve by Oct 09, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 12, 2016 06:30 pm - Oct 12, 2016 08:00 pm

Registration required (7-13) Have you ever wandered through the woods? Come out for an evening of forest exploring! We will explore the plants and animals that thrive in the forest, observe the forest layers and learn about how foresters measure trees to study them. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Oct 10, 2016
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 13, 2016 09:30 am - Oct 13, 2016 10:00 am

(Ages 0-3) It’s never too early to introduce your little one to the wonders of nature, and fall is a perfect time to enjoy nature. Join us for a stroller walk outdoors. Discover how nature appeals to our senses no matter what our age. (Reservations begin Sept 24 by calling 314-301-1500.)

Reserve by Oct 07, 2015
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Date: Oct 13, 2016 09:30 am - Oct 13, 2016 11:00 am

(Ages 7-12)Eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls are magnificent and highly specialized birds that we call raptors. Learn what makes these birds of prey both masters of flight and supreme hunters, and find out why it is so important that we protect these predators. (Reservations begin Sept 29. Please call 636-458-2236.)

Reserve by Oct 11, 2016
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: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 13, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 13, 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 11, 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

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