Events

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 22, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 22, 2016 03:00 pm

(All ages) Special activities, music, and fun for all ages are planned throughout the day. (No reservations are required.)

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 22, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 22, 2016 03:00 pm

(All ages) Explore the world of the wild with Emmy® Award-winning singers and songwriters Jan and George Syrigos of WildHeart. Come along on their musical journey discovering nature right here in Missouri. Upbeat conservation-friendly tunes sing of wild animals, their characteristics, and habitats. WildHeart will perform during the 25th Anniversary Celebration.(No reservations are required.)

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: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 22, 2016 04:00 pm - Oct 22, 2016 08:00 pm

Fall Festival October 22 • Saturday • 4–8 PM
No registration required (all ages)
Come on out for a fantastic fall festival. Join us to explore the world of nighttime flyers. Meet magnificent owls in our live bird presentations at 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30. Take a stroll down our trail on one of our naturalist-led hikes to discover more about whooo’s awake at night. Sit outside, enjoy a fire and a few fall treats or come on in for crafts. Bring the whole family for the fun! Youth and adult groups welcome.

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Oct 25, 2016 06:30 pm - Oct 25, 2016 08:00 pm

October 25 & November 1 · Tuesday · 6:30–8 PM (pre-trip training)
November 5–6 · Saturday–Sunday · All Day (backpacking trip)
Registration required by calling 816-759-7300 (adults)Backpacking is an outdoor skill that allows you to experience the beauty and peace of nature. The Discovery Center staff will be offering an introduction to backpacking program that will teach you the skills needed to backpack, what is needed and how to pack. There will be two required pre-trip programs followed by a weekend backpacking trip where you will experience the colors of fall from the trail.

Reserve by Oct 23, 2016
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 26, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 26, 2016 11:00 am

(Ages 2–6) Come see the topic we are exploring this month. Families, meet in the nature center lobby for a “nature” adventure. Everyone will hike with the naturalist to a special place in the forest and enjoy a nature story under the tree canopy. Siblings are welcome. (Reservations begin Oct 12 by calling 314-301-1500.)

Reserve by Oct 25, 2016
Location: Northeast Regional Office - Kirksville
Date: Oct 26, 2016 01:30 pm - Oct 26, 2016 02:30 pm

Each child will be assigned a particular animal, which we will learn about in the classroom. Then we will go for a walk on the trial and find each of those animals preferred habitats!

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
Date: Oct 27, 2016 10:30 am - Oct 27, 2016 07:00 pm

See Barred, Great Horned and Screech owls from the Dickerson Park Zoo as you explore the myths and superstitions that have developed regarding this traditional seasonal icon. The 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM programs are for schools and the 6:00 PM program is for the general public. This program is for all age groups and reservations are required. For further information or to make a reservation, call 573-325-1381.

Reserve by Oct 21, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Oct 27, 2016 06:00 pm - Oct 27, 2016 08:00 pm

This is for youth ages 11-15 and women ages 11 and up, new to duck hunting, who want to learn how to become successful at this rewarding activity. On October 27th we will meet at the August A. Busch CA classroom for a clinic where we will cover safety, clothing, blind and decoy placement and more. On November 5th for youth and 6th for women, we will head to the wetland area at Busch and do an actual duck hunt. Must attend clinic to participate in the hunt. All participants must be hunter education certified. Youth ages 11-15 must be accompanied by an adult. This is for new hunters who have not participated in this hunt in the past.(Reservations begin September 27 by calling 636-441-4554.)

Reserve by Oct 24, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 27, 2016 06:00 pm - Oct 27, 2016 08:00 pm

Registration required (adults) The autumn leaves and the boundless stars will be our only canopy. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable experience as we savor the bounty of a wild autumn harvest, sip warm and wild native teas, and then sit back to listen to wild tales around the campfire. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Oct 25, 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: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 28, 2016 09:30 am - Oct 28, 2016 11:00 am

(Families ages 7 and up) Halloween is the perfect time for tricksters to roam about. Join Missouri Department of Conservation Naturalists as we explore the animal tricksters that call Missouri home. (Reservations begin Oct 14 by calling 314-301-1500.)

Reserve by Oct 27, 2016
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: Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery
Date: Oct 28, 2016 07:00 pm - Oct 28, 2016 09:00 pm

Reservations Required (Families, All ages)
This is our annual Halloween-style night event. Various fun indoor and outdoor stations will help you discover more about bones, feathers, feet, scales, and tails. You will soon see how each of these interesting parts helps our native animals survive in the outdoors. Bring a flashlight. Call 417-334-4865 ext 0 for reservations and more information.

Reserve by Oct 26, 2016
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Date: Oct 29, 2016 08:00 am - Oct 29, 2016 09:30 am

(Ages 9 - 15)
Interested young people who have never had experience shooting .22 rifles are invited to participate in a Saturday morning session learning safety and the proper techniques of shooting .22 rimfire rifles. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment are provided. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. To register, call (636) 938-9548 ext. 0 or email henges.range@mdc.mo.gov (Reservations begin October 15)

Reserve by Oct 28, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 29, 2016 09:00 am - Oct 29, 2016 09:45 am

Tadpoles: Going Nutty
Saturday, October 29 - 9 AM
Nuts are falling from the trees! Inside each one is a baby tree seed. Find out through stories and activities what will happen to the seeds. We will also explore the nature trail to find different types of nuts. Ages 0-2. Registration begins October 1.

Reserve by Oct 28, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Oct 29, 2016 09:30 am - Oct 29, 2016 11:00 am

(Ages 7-12)
Did you know that beavers are the reason that St. Louis City was established at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers over 250yrs ago? Come learn more about it as well as how we helped reestablish beaver populations after they dwindled to almost nonexistent 100yrs ago! Reservations begin October 14, please call 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Reserve by Oct 27, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 29, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 29, 2016 11:30 am

Snappers: Spectacular Spiders
Saturday, October 29 10–11:30 AM
Spiders aren’t scary, they are spectacular! From the intricate webs they weave to helping us keep pesky insects under control, they really are fascinating creatures. We will explore the life of a spider and learn how to identify some of our local spiders. Ages 7–11. Registration begins October 1.

Reserve by Oct 28, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 29, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 29, 2016 10:45 am

Tadpoles: Going Nutty
Saturday, October 29 - 10 AM
Nuts are falling from the trees! Inside each one is a baby tree seed. Find out through stories and activities what will happen to the seeds. We will also explore the nature trail to find different types of nuts. Ages 0-2. Registration begins October 1.

Reserve by Oct 28, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 29, 2016 11:00 am - Oct 29, 2016 12:00 pm

Walk-in (ages 2+) Join us for story hour as we venture on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

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

Registration required (adults; youth are welcome when accompanied by a participating adult) It is deer season, and for many Missourians, that means fun, outdoor adventure and a freezer full of venison! Join us as we dig in to some great recipes including sausage, jerky, and other tasty treats. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Oct 27, 2016
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: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Oct 31, 2016 08:00 am - Oct 31, 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 Oct 27, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Nov 01, 2016 08:00 am - Nov 30, 2016 05:00 pm

Enjoy “Hidden Treasures of Our Natural Community,” a photographic journey exploring natural history treasures off the beaten path by Lance Merry. Within this exhibit, one can dive underwater to witness fish interactions rarely seen, wade through bogs to see the best of our orchid fauna, and muddy their boots to discover the complicated lives of salamanders.

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