Events

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 27, 2016 09:30 am - Sep 27, 2016 11:00 am

(Ages 6 and up) What’s that rustling sound in the leaves? Look around. If the noise isn’t a squirrel hunting nuts or a robin hunting worms, then most likely it’s a lizard scuttling away from you! If you walk quietly and look carefully, you may see other lizards sunning themselves on rocks or fence posts. Do you want to know more about them? What kind did you see? What do they eat? Can lizards really lose their tails? Have fun learning about lizards with activities and crafts. (Reservations begin Sept 6 by calling 314-301-1500.)

Reserve by Sep 26, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Sep 27, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 27, 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 26, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Sep 27, 2016 01:00 pm - Sep 27, 2016 03:00 pm

Registration required (adults) Discover pawpaws, persimmons and other native fruits. We will take an identification hike and then learn to prepare delicious dishes from nature’s bounty. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Sep 22, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center Pond, Blue Springs
Date: Sep 27, 2016 05:30 pm - Sep 27, 2016 07:30 pm

Lesson 4: Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families 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. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 or 4. For reservations, please call (816) 622-0900. For more information on Discover Nature – Fishing, please visit http://mdc.mo.gov/node/27175

Reserve by Sep 22, 2016
Location: REI, St. Louis
Date: Sep 27, 2016 06:30 pm - Sep 27, 2016 07:30 pm

(Ages 10 & Up)
New to town? Looking to explore the great outdoors more in your own backyard? Join MDC Naturalist at REI as we introduce Reifsnider State Forest and why it should be one of your go-to outdoor spots! To register or for more information please visit www.REI.com/Stlouis

Reserve by Sep 26, 2016
Location: Forest Park Hatchery Aquatic Education Area
Date: Sep 29, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 29, 2016 12:00 pm

One Fish, Two Fish, Old Fish, New Fish
September 29 • Thursday • 10 a.m. – noon
(Ages 3-5 with adult helper)
Did the young ones miss out on your fishing trip this summer? Afraid they’d tangle the line? Meet up with us as we introduce fishing, poles, worms and fish to your future fishermen and women. Adults will have a chance to work one on one with their preschooler as they experience “fishing” for the first time. Participants should dress for the outdoors and bring a water bottle. This program meets at the Forest Park Hatchery and Educational Fishing Lakes in Forest Park. (Reservations begin September 1.)

Reserve by Sep 28, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 29, 2016 06:30 pm - Oct 01, 2016 04:00 pm

Making a Longbow (must attend all 3 sessions)
September 29 • Thursday • 6:30-9:30 PM,
September 30 • Friday • 8 AM-5 PM and
October 1 • Saturday • 8 AM-4 PM
Registration begins September 1 (ages 15+)
Explore the history of archery in North America from raw material harvest to bow design and performance. Then, using only hand tools and patience, craft your own hickory longbow work of art. Cost for materials is $100.

Reserve by Sep 28, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 30, 2016 09:30 am - Sep 30, 2016 10:15 am

Have you ever heard of a mudbug? Come and learn about these "crusty" creatures, also known as crayfish, and see some up close. Ages 3-6. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 29, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 30, 2016 11:00 am - Sep 30, 2016 11:45 am

Have you ever heard of a mudbug? Come and learn about these "crusty" creatures, also known as crayfish, and see some up close. Ages 3-6. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 29, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 30, 2016 01:30 pm - Sep 30, 2016 02:15 pm

Have you ever heard of a mudbug? Come and learn about these "crusty" creatures, also known as crayfish, and see some up close. Ages 3-6. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 29, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 08:00 am - Oct 29, 2016 05:00 pm

Visit the auditorium to view entries from the “Mingo Swamp Flora and Fauna” photography contest sponsored by the Mingo Swamp Friends Association. This annual contest showcases the best of the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge and the local photographers who cherish it.

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 08:00 am - Oct 29, 2016 05:00 pm

Visit the nature center gallery in November to view “Drawings and Conversation from a Missouri Artist's Nature Journal.” This exhibit of graphite sketches with journal entries by Margaret Randol Dement is a must see display this fall!

Location: Reifsnider State Forest
Date: Oct 01, 2016 08:30 am - Oct 01, 2016 09:30 am

(10 and up)
Reifsnider State Forest is worth the drive! Come find out why on a naturalist-led hike as we explore the forest and the unique Charrette Creek. To register or for more information please call 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Reserve by Sep 27, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 09:00 am - Oct 01, 2016 12:00 pm

This program will teach what to do with the deer after the shot. We will cover all the aspects of field dressing, safe knife handling, and tools you need to properly prepare your venison for the freezer. We will also cover proper packaging techniques and may go over some cooking methods. Program will take place in the Busch CA. Dress for the weather. Children 11- 16 must be accompanied by an adult. (Reservations begin Sept. 1 by calling 636-441-4554.)

Reserve by Sep 29, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 01, 2016 02:30 pm

Walk-in (all ages) Quack! Quack! Honk! Honk! Join us for a day
of learning about the upcoming waterfowl migrations and hunting seasons. Bring your duck and goose calls to practice and get advice from experienced hunters. Learn how to set a spread
of decoys to
get those birds
in close. Watch
trained dogs from
the Kansas City
Hunting Retriever
Club demonstrate
their skills and
learn how to train
your dog to be a more effective retriever.
You can also learn some of the waterfowl
hunting opportunities available in Missouri
and how to manage a wetland to attract and
benefit waterfowl.

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 01, 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: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 11:00 am - Oct 01, 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: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 11:30 am - Oct 01, 2016 04:30 pm

Jakes stands for Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship. Designed for the 6 to 12 year old, this skill-building day is filled with a variety of outdoor activities. Join the NWTF members and Twin Pines staff for sessions on archery, air rifle, hunting safety, outdoor skills and fishing. Lunch will be served. Participants will have a chance in our drawings and don't forget to pick up your goodie bag before you leave. Pre-registration is strongly advised. For further information or to make a reservation, call 573-325-1381

Reserve by Sep 29, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 12:00 pm - Oct 02, 2016 04:00 pm

Women’s Overnight
October 1 • Saturday • NOON – October 2 • Sunday • 4 PM
Registration begins September 15 (ages 12+)
Fall is a wonderful time to go camping; the days are warm and clear while the evenings are cool and crisp. We want to share the joys of fall camping with you! We’ll learn how to build a fire, cook outdoors, paddle a canoe, and cast a line. We’ll camp out weather permitting (there is other shelter if necessary). Girls 12-17 welcome with a female adult.

Reserve by Sep 30, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 12:00 pm - Oct 01, 2016 04:00 pm

Join the Discovery Center staff at the Harvest Moon Festival located on Troost Avenue between 31st and Linwood. This
family friendly street fair will feature live entertainment, arts, crafts and storytelling. The Discovery Center staff will be at the festival from noon until 4 p.m. so stop by,
and try out the fun activity we will have.

Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 12:00 pm - Oct 01, 2016 07:30 pm

Matinee · Noon-3:30 PM (final matinee tour departs at 3:30 PM)
Meet & Greet · 4:30-5 PM
Evening · 6-7:30PM (final evening tour departs at 7:30 PM)
No registration required (all ages) Strange things are happening in the forest. We’ve heard unusual sounds coming from the Missouri Tree Trail and something that looks like a space ship just landed! Let’s check it out. You never know what or who we might find! Join us in celebrating the forest with many of your favorite Star Wars characters along the trail such as Hans Solo, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader as we discover all the important jobs that trees do on this planet! For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 01:00 pm - Oct 01, 2016 02:30 pm

We are teaming again with the Moxie Cinema for a special free showing of The Messenger—"a visually thrilling ode to the beauty and importance of the imperiled songbird, and what it will mean to all of us on both a global and human level if we lose them. In ancient times humans looked to the flight and songs of birds to protect the future. Today once again, birds have something to tell us." This award-winning 90-minute documentary film will show one time only at the Moxie, so don't miss it. (This film is not rated. View the trailer at <songbirdsos.com>.) Ages 18-adult. Registration begins September 15 by calling the nature center at 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 30, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 01:00 pm - Oct 01, 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: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 01:00 pm - Oct 01, 2016 03:30 pm

Dutch Oven and Campfire Cooking
October 1 • Saturday • 10:00 am-noon
Registration begins September 15 (ages 12+)
Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy cooking around the campfire. What better to include on the menu but some of our local wild edibles!! Learn some techniques and recipes to make family meals both fun and tasty. We will be using cast iron for some recipes but will be using some other methods also. This will be a hands-on course, so be prepared to lend a hand in the kitchen and get a little smoky at the fire pit. It will be worth it when we taste our finished dishes.

Reserve by Sep 30, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 03:00 pm - Oct 29, 2016 03:30 pm

Walk-in (all ages) Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday. The snakes will be fed every other Friday (Oct 14 & 28). For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

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