Events

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 22, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 22, 2016 11:30 am

Homeschool Special: Acorns, Helicopters and Hitch Hikers
September 22 • Thursday • 10-11:30 AM
Registration begins September 1 (ages 6-10)
Seeds are amazing! Some fly, some stick, while others roll; all are headed for a nice spot to grow. In this program we will make a seed collection and learn about how different seeds get from place to place.

Reserve by Sep 21, 2016
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area
Date: Sep 22, 2016 11:00 am - Sep 22, 2016 12:30 pm

Families) Black bears are Missouri’s largest omnivore and are making a comeback in our state. Many people have questions about black bears. What makes black bears different from other bears? What does it take to hike and camp with them? Come learn the bear necessities about sharing bear country with its wild inhabitants. Reservations begin September 8. Call 314-877-6014 Wed.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Reserve by Sep 21, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 22, 2016 01:00 pm - Sep 22, 2016 02:30 pm

Homeschool Special: Acorns, Helicopters and Hitch Hikers
September 22 • Thursday • 1–2:30 PM
Registration begins September 1 (ages 6-10)
Seeds are amazing! Some fly, some stick, while others roll; all are headed for a nice spot to grow. In this program we will make a seed collection and learn about how different seeds get from place to place.

Reserve by Sep 21, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 22, 2016 01:00 pm - Sep 22, 2016 02:00 pm

Feeding Frenzy September 22 • 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: James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area, Picnic Pavilion, Lees Summit
Date: Sep 22, 2016 06:00 pm - Sep 22, 2016 07:30 pm

Cleaning fish is easy with the right tools and a little practice. Learn how to take your catch from the lake to the table using electric fillet knives. Ages 15 and older with an adult. Class will be held at the picnic pavilion near the old headquarters building at James A. Reed MWA. Space is limited. Call 816 622-0900 to register.

Reserve by Sep 19, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Sep 22, 2016 06:00 pm - Sep 22, 2016 07:00 pm

For this program, you need one child in the 0-2 age range AND one child in the 3-6 age range. 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 21, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Sep 22, 2016 06:30 pm - Sep 22, 2016 08:00 pm

Registration required (7-13) Who lives in a pond? Fish, frogs and even insects all call ponds home. Join us as we discover the wild communities in the Burr Oak Woods pond. We will be fishing, frogging and using nets to catch aquatic insects and other invertebrates. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Sep 19, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 22, 2016 06:30 pm - Sep 22, 2016 07:45 pm

Become a scientist and unravel some of the mysteries of monarch butterfly migration. Learn about their perilous journey to places unknown and discover more interesting trivia about their survival through games and activities. Ages 7-12 only. Please, no younger children and only one adult per group of kids. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 21, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 23, 2016 05:30 pm - Sep 23, 2016 07:30 pm

Fly-fishing isn't just for trout! Here's your chance to learn basic fly-fishing techniques while catching bluegill (catch-and-release only) at the Bois D'Arc Conservation Area education pond. Bring your fishing license, drinking water, and your lucky fishing hat! Meet at the pond where fishing equipment will be provided. Ages 18-adult. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 22, 2016
Location: James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area, Prairie Hollow Lake, Lees Summit
Date: Sep 23, 2016 06:00 pm - Sep 23, 2016 07:30 pm

Have you always wanted to learn how the pros use one of these rods and reels? Come to this clinic to learn how to set a bait caster and spinning reel. We will teach you the basics of casting without the backlashes. Ages 12 and up (children ages 12-15 must be accompanied by an adult). Space is limited. Call 816-622-0900 to register.

Reserve by Sep 20, 2016
Location: Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery
Date: Sep 23, 2016 07:00 pm - Sep 23, 2016 08:30 pm

Reservations Required (Families, All ages)
Come learn what makes a spider different than an insect how they are important to our surroundings. In addition to indoor activities, we will take a short hike to find wild spiders. Bring a flashlight. Call 417-334-4865 ext 0 for reservations and more information.

Reserve by Sep 21, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Sep 24, 2016 08:00 am - Sep 25, 2016 05:30 pm

Adults. Registration required. Celebrate the tallgrass prairie! Hikers will travel to Prairie State Park on the western side of our state (Mindenmines, MO) to attend their annual Prairie Jubilee. Take part in activities such as a living history loop. Listen to live music and the sounds of the prairie. Take a ride out to see the bison and enjoy trying some bison for lunch. This will be an overnight. Any additional hikes on Sunday will be at the discretion of the leaders and participants. A block of rooms is being held at the Super 8 in Lamar, MO. Call 417/682-6888 for reservations. The rate will be $67 per room and these rooms will be held until September 9th. When calling, refer to Runge Nature Center, Jeanette is the contact person. Breakfast is furnished and the rooms are no smoking. Two queen beds are in each room There is no extra charge for extra people.
Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary All other expenses will be the responsibility of the participant. 573-526-5544

Reserve by Sep 23, 2016
Location: Lake City Range
Date: Sep 24, 2016 08:00 am - Sep 24, 2016 11:30 am

Registration required. (Ages 18+) This course continues where the Basic Pistol course ends. The topics of discussion include purchasing and owning a firearm, ammunition facts, cleaning and storage of your firearm. We also will work more on your marksmanship skills on the range. To register or for more information, call 816-249-3194.

Reserve by Sep 16, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 24, 2016 08:15 am - Sep 24, 2016 05:00 pm

While known for trout fishing, Roaring River State Park also has an array of hiking trails. Volunteer Naturalist Carmen Hallock will help you become familiar with their trail system. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is five miles and rated moderate to difficult. Ages 18-adult. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 23, 2016
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Date: Sep 24, 2016 08:30 am - Sep 24, 2016 03:30 pm

(Ages 12 and up) Discover the beauty of Missouri glades. Explore two different kinds of glades and what makes them unique. Bring water, lunch, and sun protection. We will be hiking 4 – 5 miles total. Meet at Rockwoods Reservation at 8:30 a.m. to carpool, or meet at Hughes Mountain NA, near Potosi, MO, at 10 a.m. Valley View Glades NA is near Hillsboro, MO. (For reservations, please call 636-458-2236.)

Reserve by Sep 22, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Sep 24, 2016 09:00 am - Sep 24, 2016 12:00 pm

In today’s world of electronic gadgets, many people don’t know this easy skill which requires no batteries or satellite signal. This is a skill set to know if you are looking for a particular location or become lost in the outdoors. This program will teach you how to properly read maps and use a compass. We will start in the Busch Conservation Area Regional Office classroom and then proceed outside to see if you can find some marked locations without the use of today’s modern conveniences. Dress for the weather. (Ages 11 and up). Ages 11-15 must be accompanied by an adult. (Reservations begin august 25 by calling 636-441-4554).

Reserve by Sep 23, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 24, 2016 09:00 am - Sep 24, 2016 09:45 am

Tadpoles: Busy Spiders Saturday, September 24 - 9 AM
Spiders are very busy! Some spiders set a special trap to catch their food. Some spiders travel on safety lines they make. Some spiders wrap up their prey in tight packages. Spiders are busy spinning silk! We’ll get busy learning more through stories and activities. Ages 0-2. Registration begins September 1.

Reserve by Sep 23, 2016
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 24, 2016 09:30 am - Sep 24, 2016 11:30 am

(Families, ages 7 and up) Have you ever walked through the forest and been stung by stinging nettles, bitten by a mosquito, or pricked by a thorn? Join the Naturalists as we discover, and learn how to avoid, the plants and animals that stick, prick, sting, and bite. (Reservations begin Sept 9 by calling 314-301-1500.)

Reserve by Sep 23, 2016
Location: Suson Rearing Pond
Date: Sep 24, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 24, 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 21, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Sep 24, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 24, 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 must be accompanied by an adult and adults may fish alongside their child. Register online at DiscoverFishingSTL.com.


Reserve by Sep 21, 2016
Location: James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area, Lees Summit
Date: Sep 24, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 24, 2016 03:00 pm

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day with Missouri Department of Conservation and Ducks Unlimited at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area. Learn how to fish and watch a fly tying demo, explore the duck wing maze, see retriever dogs in action, practice archery, atlatl, air rifle and shotgun skills, touch real animal furs, test your wildlife identification skills and much more. All ages are welcome. Activities are free. No advance reservations needed; just follow the signs when you arrive to register and pick up a map. For more information, call 816-622-0900.

Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Sep 24, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 24, 2016 03:00 pm

Ages 13-17 years. Registration required. Prickly Pear Cactus, Tarantulas, Collared lizards, Poverty grass... These are just a few animals and plants in Missouri that depend on dry, rocky ecosystems known as glades. Meet at Runge and we will take you to Painted Rock Conservation Area in Osage County to discover this not-so-familiar ecosystem. Be prepared to hike off trail where it will be rocky and rugged (glades are like that), so wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Bring a daypack with a water bottle and a lunch. Be ready to explore - you will be Glad about Glades! - if you come.
A permission form is required and can be picked up at the nature center or give us your email when you register and we can send one to you. 573-526-5544

Reserve by Sep 23, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 24, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 24, 2016 11:30 am

Snappers: Missouri Mammals
Saturday, September 24 10–11:30 AM
Missouri is home to many mammals, including you and I! Get a close-up look at our furry family as we discover their interesting lives. We will also learn how to identify mammals by looking at their skulls. Ages 7–11. Registration begins September 1.

Reserve by Sep 23, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 24, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 24, 2016 10:45 am

Tadpoles Busy Spiders
Saturday, September 24 - 10 AM
Spiders are very busy! Some spiders set a special trap to catch their food. Some spiders travel on safety lines they make. Some spiders wrap up their prey in tight packages. Spiders are busy spinning silk! We’ll get busy learning more through stories and activities. Ages 0-2. Registration begins September 1.

Reserve by Sep 23, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Sep 24, 2016 11:00 am - Sep 24, 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

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