Events

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 9th 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.

Location: Ozark Regional Office - 551 Joe Jones Blvd., West Plains, MO 65775
Date: Nov 03, 2016 05:30 pm - Nov 03, 2016 08:30 pm

The cable restraint training course addresses how to use cable restraints in a responsible manner to catch live foxes, coyotes and nuisance animals.

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Date: Nov 03, 2016 06:00 pm - Nov 03, 2016 09:00 pm

(Ages 16 and up)
This program will include handgun operation, shooting fundamentals, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start in the classroom then move to the range for a live-fire session. Equipment and ammunition will be provided, you may bring your own handgun and ammunition to the live-fire session. (Ages 16 and up, ages 16-18 must be accompanied by an adult) RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. To register, call (636) 938-9548 ext. 0 or email henges.range@mdc.mo.gov (Reservations begin October 20)

Reserve by Sep 11, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Nov 04, 2016 07:00 pm - Nov 04, 2016 08:00 pm

Fireside Fun: Wildlife Stories
November 4 Friday 7-8 PM
Registration begins October 15 (ages 5+)
Bring a lawn chair and gather around the fire for some stories about the fish, forests, and wildlife of Missouri. Tall tales and legends of colorful characters will entertain us for the evening.

Reserve by Nov 03, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Nov 04, 2016 07:00 pm - Nov 04, 2016 09:00 pm

(Ages 8 to adult)
Reservations begin Oct 17
Gather your outdoorsy friends and family to see if you really know it all. You’ll compete against other teams for prizes and bragging rights! Bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.
To register your team, call 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Reserve by Nov 02, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Nov 05, 2016 09:00 am - Nov 05, 2016 12:30 pm

Women’s Hike at General Watkins CA
November 5 • Saturday • 9 AM-12:30 PM
Registration begins October 15 (ages 14+)
Enjoy the crisp air on a hike at General Watkins Conservation Area. We’ll see American Beech mixed in among the trees along the ridge, and might even see a few other rare plants. Hike is 3 miles and rated moderate. This program is for women only. Girls ages 14-17 accompanied by an adult female are welcome.

Reserve by Nov 04, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Nov 05, 2016 09:30 am - Nov 05, 2016 11:00 am

(Ages 7-12)
Reservations begin Oct 17
Come learn all about fur bearing critters that make their homes in Missouri! These interesting animals have provided people with clothing and food for centuries and continue to be critical to the balance of nature in our state. For reservations please call 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Reserve by Nov 03, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Nov 05, 2016 10:00 am - Nov 05, 2016 11:30 am

Snappers: Natural Basketry
Saturday, November 5 10–11:30 AM
Before the age of plastic, people were harvesting their own natural resources to make the containers they needed. Find out which native plants can be used to weave baskets. Then, try out the ancient art of basketry by making a simple, basket to take home. Ages 7–11. Registration begins November 1.

Reserve by Nov 04, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Nov 05, 2016 12:30 pm - Nov 05, 2016 04:30 pm

Nov 05 • Saturday • 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Nov 12 • Saturday • 6:30- 9:30 p.m.
(Families Ages 10 & Up)
Day 1, we’ll learn to use the instruments in class and then test your new skills finding fixed landmarks at Busch Memorial CA. On day 2, return with your family & find your way on the same course … only this time in the dark! For more information or to register, call 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Reserve by Nov 03, 2016

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