Events

Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Sep 16, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 16, 2016 11:00 am

Ages 0-2 years. Registration required. Learn about the many shapes and sizes of seeds, what they need to grow, how they get from here to there, and what they are used for. 573-526-5544

Reserve by Sep 15, 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: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area
Date: Sep 16, 2016 06:30 pm - Sep 16, 2016 08:30 pm

All ages) The gold and red of the setting sun lights up the fields and prairies of Columbia Bottom. At the same time the rising Harvest Moon casts its cool blue light on the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Bring your camera to capture both of these events in a late summer evening. Meet at lot ”M” about 41/2 miles from the entrance gate. Reservations begin August 31. Call 314-877-6014 Wed.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Reserve by Sep 15, 2016
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 08:00 am - Sep 17, 2016 11:30 am

Take time to enjoy the elk at Peck Ranch with a guided tour and information on the Elk Restoration project. The tour will leave Twin Pines at 8:00 AM. The Nature Nuts program is designed for ages 7 to 12. For further information or to make a reservation, call 573-325-1381.

Reserve by Sep 09, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 08:00 am - Sep 17, 2016 12:00 pm

Registration required (ages 8 and older, children accompanied by an adult) rise and shine! We are off for a morning adventure to Hart Creek Conservation Area, located in Boone County. Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary. Bring water, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and come dress fort he weather. Cory Gregg, MDC, Resource Forester, will join us as you learn about trees.

Reserve by Sep 16, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Sep 17, 2016 09:00 am - Sep 17, 2016 12:00 pm

(Ages 8-Adult)
Monarchs are migrating through our area! Drop in between 9am-12pm and become a citizen scientist. Learn about flight patterns, Monarch behavior, proper netting techniques, and hopefully, tag a few in an effort to track their Southern flight. No reservations required. For more info please call 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 09:00 am - Sep 17, 2016 04:00 pm

Day on the River September 17 • Saturday • 9 AM–4 PM
No registration required (all ages).
Discover what the river has to offer you. Hands-on activities will teach you the importance of the Mississippi river and surrounding wetlands. This event is fun for the entire family featuring live river animals, Asian carp samples, and free boat rides on the Mississippi. Boat rides will take place every half hour (except from noon – 1pm) at Riverfront Park. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Location: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 09:00 am - Sep 17, 2016 12:00 pm

This program provides students with an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to safely participate in this fun and rewarding outdoor activity. All equipment and materials will be provided for this class. Our instructors will help all participants develop their archery skills as we cover types of bows, parts of the bow and arrow, proper stance, grip, form, release, and other important tips and techniques. Children ages 9-16 must be accompanied by an adult. Class will meet in the Busch CA classroom. (Ages 9 and up). Ages 9-15 must be accompanied by an adult(Reservations begin August 18 by calling 636-441-4554).

Reserve by Sep 14, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 09:30 am - Sep 17, 2016 09:30 am

Walk-in (all ages) The monarch is without a doubt one of the most remarkable insects we have the opportunity to enjoy in Missouri. Discover the majesty of this butterfly through various hands on activities that will leave you in a state of “Monarch Mania.” There will be monarchs to tag and release, milkweed giveaways and much more for all ages. Join
the mania and learn how you can help the population of the monarch butterfly.

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 09:30 am - Sep 17, 2016 02:30 pm

Walk-in (all ages) Missouri Prairie Foundation will be on site
for Monarch Mania to offer a native plant sale. Missouri Wildflowers Nursery will be providing a variety of native flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees to purchase. If you wish
to preorder your choices, contact Missouri Wildflowers Nursery at 573-496-3492 or mowldflrs@socket.net. A percentage of proceeds from plant sales will benefit prairie conservation in Missouri.

Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Sep 17, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 17, 2016 12:00 pm

In this class, participants will learn basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will also learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, you will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. Children age 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult and adults may fish alongside their child. Register online at DiscoverFishingSTL.com.

Reserve by Sep 14, 2016
Location: Forest Park Hatchery
Date: Sep 17, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 17, 2016 12:00 pm

In this class, participants will learn basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will also learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, you will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. Children age 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult and adults may fish alongside their child. Register online at DiscoverFishingSTL.com.

Reserve by Sep 14, 2016
Location: Suson Rearing Pond
Date: Sep 17, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 17, 2016 12:00 pm

In this final lesson you will learn how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather, and water conditions. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. Children age 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult and adults may fish alongside their child. Register online at DiscoverFishingSTL.com.

Reserve by Sep 14, 2016
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Mo. (off I-44, exit #253)
Date: Sep 17, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 17, 2016 04:00 pm

Interact with early settlers and explore what life was like on the great American frontier during this bi-annual event. Kids and adults alike will enjoy a day of historical activities and exhibits, storytelling, music and food. The Reserve’s 250-acre tall grass prairie provides an authentic backdrop for the day’s cultural festivities. Take a guided hike with a naturalist to learn about the land and its unique natural characteristics. Visit the teepee, watch a blacksmith work and make your own arrowhead. Basket weavers and artists will create and display traditional crafts. Ride in a hay wagon, play pioneer games and try throwing an atl-atl, tomahawk or rabbit stick. Learn living history first-hand as characters re-enact the lives of early prairie inhabitants. Admission is $6 adults, $2 children (ages 15 and under), $3 Missouri Botanical Garden members. Visit www.shawnature.org or call (636) 451-3512 for more information.

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: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 17, 2016 11:00 am

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: 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: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 11:00 am - Sep 17, 2016 12:00 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: Northeast Regional Office - Kirksville
Date: Sep 17, 2016 01:00 pm - Sep 17, 2016 02:00 pm

Join us to learn about the different snakes that call Missouri home, how to identify them and which are dangerous. We will have several snakes on display.

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 01:00 pm - Sep 17, 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: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 01:00 pm - Sep 17, 2016 03:00 pm

Registration required with one adult for every six scouts (any scout group with ages 7-17) Calling all scouts! Jump into nature fun with this amazing program series. Meet a Naturalist to learn about careers in conservation, see live animals up-close and learn about endangered and extinct species. This month, we will focus on bugs and aquatic animals. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Sep 15, 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: Fort Crowder Shooting Range, 20 minutes south of Wildcat
Date: Sep 17, 2016 03:00 pm - Sep 17, 2016 06:00 pm

Join us for this Alternative Hunting Methods Sampler and learn about these “other” methods such as big boar handguns, crossbows, inline muzzleloaders as well as recurve
bows, longbows, and the atlatl! All equipment and firearms will be provided as well as ammunition! Registration required (all ages but handgun shooting is only open to
those 18 years and up)

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: Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center in Forest Park
Date: Sep 18, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 18, 2016 12:00 pm

(Individuals with disabilities, ages 7 and up)
Enjoy learning to cast, catch fish, and take fish off the hook…the program is Catch and Release!
Fishing poles and bait will be provided and the entire program will be outdoors, so please dress for the weather. Participants accompanied by one support person please. Get “hooked” on this popular sport!
The program will meet at the Forest Park Hatchery and Educational Fishing Lakes. A map will be sent to participants. Reservations begin September 1, 2016 by calling Columbia Bottom Conservation Area at 314-877-6014.

Reserve by Sep 16, 2016

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