Events

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Sep 20, 2016 06:30 pm - Sep 20, 2016 08:30 pm

Registration required beginning August 16 by calling 816-759-7300 (adults)Bushytails, bass and bluegill will be on the menu with dishes being prepared by Chef Martin Heuser of “Affäre Restaurant” and Chef Calvin Davis of “Soil Collective.” Learn how to skin a squirrel and fillet a fish to take advantage of some of the most common game in Missouri. A $20.00 per person refundable deposit is required to hold your spot.

Reserve by Sep 19, 2016
Location: Monett South Park
Date: Sep 20, 2016 06:30 pm - Sep 20, 2016 07:30 pm

What kind of tree is it? Is it native to the area or not? Is it invasive? How do we use it in our landscape? These are common questions you should ask when selecting a tree. The tree identification walk will answer many questions for each tree visited. Come for a leisurely walk in a local park and find a tree that is best for your yard next spring. Registration is preferred, 417-629-3423. (all ages)

Reserve by Sep 19, 2016
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
Date: Sep 21, 2016 09:30 am - Sep 21, 2016 10:30 am

Designed for the preschool child, this month’s story will feature deer. After the story, enjoy the game, craft and song planned to compliment the story’s theme. For further information, to make a reservation or set up a special time for your group, call 573-325-1381.

Reserve by Sep 13, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 21, 2016 09:30 am - Sep 21, 2016 10:15 am

Where do opossums live? Do they swing by their tails? What do they have in common with dinosaurs? "Trot" on over to find out the answers to these questions as well as many others. Ages 3-6. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 20, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Sep 21, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 21, 2016 11:00 am

Ages 3-6 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 20, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 21, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 21, 2016 11:30 am

Homeschool Special: Acorns, Helicopters and Hitch Hikers
September 21 • Wednesday • 10-11:30 AM
Registration begins September 1 (ages 10-15)
Seeds are amazing! Some fly, some stick, while others roll; all are headed for a nice spot to grow. We’ll delve deep into the life cycle of a plant focusing on seedling structures, seed dispersal, and germination.

Reserve by Sep 20, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Sep 21, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 21, 2016 01:00 pm

Registration required by calling 816-759-7300 (home school students ages 8+) It’s been a long, hot summer; let’s spend a
cool day on the river! Join us as we explore the wonders of a local stream. We will try our luck at bank fishing, dip netting for aquatic invertebrates and hiking the floodplain forest. We’ll wrap it all up with lunch on the gravel bar;
we’ll provide hotdogs and s’mores, and you provide your own sides. Bring your old shoes, bug spray/sunscreen and a water bottle… the rest will be provided.

Reserve by Sep 18, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 21, 2016 11:00 am - Sep 21, 2016 11:45 am

Where do opossums live? Do they swing by their tails? What do they have in common with dinosaurs? "Trot" on over to find out the answers to these questions as well as many others. Ages 3-6. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 20, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 21, 2016 01:00 pm - Sep 21, 2016 02:30 pm

Homeschool Special: Acorns, Helicopters and Hitch Hikers
September 21 • Wednesday • 1–2:30 PM
Registration begins September 1 (ages 10-15)
Seeds are amazing! Some fly, some stick, while others roll; all are headed for a nice spot to grow. We’ll delve deep into the life cycle of a plant focusing on seedling structures, seed dispersal, and germination.

Reserve by Sep 20, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 21, 2016 01:30 pm - Sep 21, 2016 02:30 pm

Where do opossums live? Do they swing by their tails? What do they have in common with dinosaurs? "Trot" on over to find out the answers to these questions as well as many others. Ages 3-6. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 20, 2016
Location: Northeast Regional Office - Kirksville
Date: Sep 21, 2016 03:30 pm - Sep 21, 2016 04:30 pm

Animals such as leeches, ticks, and mosquitoes survive by sucking blood. Other animals, such as spiders and robber flies, don’t stop with blood — they suck the very life from their prey. Luckily, nature is full of predators that keep these vampire-like animals in check. Join us to learn about Missouri’s Vampire hunters, their predators and prey!

Location: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Sep 21, 2016 06:00 pm - Sep 21, 2016 09:00 pm

Here is your opportunity to learn the inexpensive process of reloading shotgun shells using simple equipment. The technique is easy and will save you money over the cost of factory ammunition. This is a hands-on learning class; we’ll produce quality shot shells with low-cost equipment. We will cover equipment, materials, and techniques used to reload shot shell. This class will be held at the Busch Conservation Area Regional Office classrooms. (Ages 11 and up). Ages 11-15 must be accompanied by an adult. (Reservations begin August 22 by calling 636-441-4554).

Reserve by Sep 18, 2016
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: 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: 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: 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: 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

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