Events

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

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area (5 min south of Wildcat Glades)
Date: Oct 01, 2016 03:00 pm - Oct 01, 2016 05:00 pm

Learn how to cook outside over the campfire for your next
adventure. Parents, grandparents, and mentors discover fun
and tasty ways to cook a meal and involve the whole family. We will be stirring up and tasting several delicious dishes while enjoying time in the out-of-doors. Registration required
(families, ages 5 and up)Call 417-629-3423.

Reserve by Sep 30, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 02, 2016 01:00 pm - Oct 02, 2016 05:00 pm

Primitive Skills Day returns! See demonstrations in flint knapping, bow and arrow construction, making cordage out of plant fibers, beadwork, and fire making from some of the Ozarks best primitive skills specialists. Try your hand at some of these age-old skills and enjoy Dutch oven cooking demonstrations and samples. All ages. Drop by anytime. No registration required.

Reserve by Oct 01, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Oct 03, 2016 08:00 am - Oct 03, 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 Sep 29, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 04, 2016 09:00 am - Oct 04, 2016 10:00 am

We encourage you to read for the first time or re-read Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Often called the "Patron Saint" of the environmental movement, Carson alerted the world to how pesticides and chemicals were affecting bird populations. Her beloved book, translated into 30 languages and on the bestseller list for 86 weeks, is credited with protecting human health and the environment. Join us for progressive book discussions held weekly (October 4, 11 and 18) and led by retired Springfield-Greene County Librarian Lorraine Sandstrom for morning sessions or by Reference Associate and Volunteer Naturalist Kimberly Duquette for afternoons. Books will be available for loan. Ages 15-adult. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 03, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 04, 2016 02:00 pm - Oct 04, 2016 03:00 pm

We encourage you to read for the first time or re-read Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Often called the "Patron Saint" of the environmental movement, Carson alerted the world to how pesticides and chemicals were affecting bird populations. Her beloved book, translated into 30 languages and on the bestseller list for 86 weeks, is credited with protecting human health and the environment. Join us for progressive book discussions held weekly (October 4, 11 and 18) and led by retired Springfield-Greene County Librarian Lorraine Sandstrom for morning sessions or by Reference Associate and Volunteer Naturalist Kimberly Duquette for afternoons. Books will be available for loan. Ages 15-adult. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 03, 2016
Location: Bennett Spring State Park
Date: Oct 05, 2016 09:00 am - Oct 05, 2016 03:00 pm

Bennett spring hatchery staff will be cutting weeds in the spring branch. We will start in zone 3 and work our way upstream into zone 1. Please pardon this temporary inconvenience as we work to make these trout waters more accessible to fishermen.

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 06, 2016 01:00 pm - Oct 06, 2016 02:00 pm

Feeding Frenzy October 6 • 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: Parma Woods Range
Date: Oct 07, 2016 06:00 pm - Oct 08, 2016 11:30 am

INTRODUCTION TO FIREARMS
OCTOBER 7 / FRIDAY / 6:00-9:00 PM and OCTOBER 8 / THURSDAY / 8:30-11:30 AM
Registration required (Ages 11+; ages 11–17 must be accompanied by an adult)
Staying safe around firearms requires the appropriate level of knowledge and skill combined with a positive attitude. Join our certified firearms instructors as we explore the fun of shooting in a safe and controlled environment. This course will cover all major types of firearms and will include live fire. You may register at 816-891-9941

Reserve by Oct 06, 2016
Location: Cuivre River State Park
Date: Oct 07, 2016 07:00 pm - Oct 09, 2016 09:00 am

(Ages 21 and up)
Who says kids get to have all the fun?! Let your inner child out at this adult only camp where you’ll have the opportunity to learn a variety of new skills. Leave all your adult responsibilities at home and get on the camp roster!Reservations begin Sept 19 and can made by calling 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Reserve by Oct 04, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 07, 2016 07:00 pm - Oct 07, 2016 09:00 pm

Night Hike October 7 • Friday • 7- 8 pm
Early registration begins September 15 (all ages)
Being a nocturnal animal means having special features that help you get around and find food in the dark. We’ll hit the trail for a night hike to uncover the mysteries of Missouri’s secretive night time animals.

Reserve by Oct 06, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Oct 08, 2016 09:00 am - Oct 08, 2016 12:00 pm

Come join our experts and learn the art of ATLATL. The atlatl predates the bow and arrow and in 2010 became a legal method of harvesting a deer in MO. It is used to throw a 4- to 6-foot-long, spear-like projectile known as a dart. The atlatl is a wooden shaft approximately a foot-and-a-half long with a socket or knock at the rear to engage the dart. The dart is placed along the shaft with its back end resting in the socket or knock. The hunter grips the atlatl near its front end and performs a forward throw using the upper arm and wrist. The flipping motion of the atlatl creates angular momentum that propels the dart with greater speed and power than can be achieved with the arm alone. (Ages 11 and up.)Ages 11-15 must be accompanied by an adult. We will meet in the Busch CA classroom. (Reservations begin Sept. 8 by calling 636-441-4554.)

Reserve by Oct 05, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 08, 2016 09:30 am - Oct 08, 2016 10:30 am

Mudpuppies- Whooooo’s Awake at Night?
Saturday, October 8 - 9:30 AM
Whooo’s making all that racket? Lots of animals are awake at night. We’ll discover which animals prefer the night time and how they’re able to survive in the dark. Ages 3-6. Registration begins October 1.

Reserve by Oct 07, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 08, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 08, 2016 12:00 pm

Field to Freezer
October 8 Saturday 10 AM-NOON
Registration begins September 15 (ages 16+)
Wondering why the “wild game” taste is tainting your catch? Proper processing techniques will be discussed and demonstrated from the moment you bag your game in the field to the final product you put in the freezer.

Reserve by Oct 07, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 08, 2016 11:00 am - Oct 08, 2016 02:00 pm

Meet the Artist
October 8 • Saturday • 11 AM-2 PM
No registration required (all ages)
Artist Margaret Randol Dement, a native of Cape Girardeau, designed the 500’ Missouri Wall of Fame mural in downtown Cape Girardeau. She also designed and painted the 250’ Red House Interpretive Center mural and the 35’ mural in the Cape Girardeau Veterans’ Home. She is known for her realistic portrait style and collage images. This month’s nature center exhibit is in the form of sketches with journal entries about each subject. Subjects include wildlife, dogwood trees, catfish, cone flowers, hummingbirds and river scenes. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 08, 2016 11:00 am - Oct 08, 2016 12:00 pm

Mudpuppies- Whooooo’s Awake at Night?
Saturday, October 8 - 11 AM
Whooo’s making all that racket? Lots of animals are awake at night. We’ll discover which animals prefer the night time and how they’re able to survive in the dark. Ages 3-6. Registration begins October 1.

Reserve by Oct 07, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 08, 2016 12:30 pm - Oct 08, 2016 03:30 pm

Required Orientation
October 8 · Saturday · 12:30-3:30 PM
Registration required beginning Sept 1 by calling 816-228-3766(women and girls 14-17 when accompanied by an adult women participant) This orientation is a prerequisite to attend the Intermediate Backpacking Trip on Oct. 15 & 16, 2016. Participants must attend and complete a test hike which includes a one-hour backpack hike up and down small hills on a natural trail. You may check out equipment if needed. First come, first served. Learn what to bring and what to expect.
Intermediate Backpacking Trip
October 15 & 16 · Saturday & Sunday · 7 AM-6 PM
Orientation attendance and completion of test hike required
Embark on an amazing journey to a land of dolomite glades, rock bridges, karst and sinkholes…also known as the Missouri Ozarks. We will hike a seven mile backpack loop that is rated as moderate in difficulty. This trip involves carrying a 30 lb. backpack up and down hills across rocky terrain.

Reserve by Sep 29, 2016
Location: Parma Woods Range
Date: Oct 09, 2016 01:00 pm - Oct 09, 2016 07:00 pm

DISCOVER NATURE — FAMILY SQUIRREL HUNTING CLINIC
OCTOBER 9 / SUNDAY / 1:00-7:00 PM
Registration required (All Ages)
Hunting squirrels is a time honored tradition and rite of passage for many youths. It is also a great way to spend time as a family and provide meat for the table. Join our team of experienced hunters as we teach you everything you need to know to find success hunting squirrels. We’ll talk about regulations, equipment, how to find squirrels, and what to do if you take a few. This class does involve an actual hunting experience, so all participants must meet any legal requirements for hunting. You may register at 816-891-9941

Reserve by Oct 08, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 11, 2016 09:00 am - Oct 11, 2016 10:00 am

Mudpuppies- Whooooo’s Awake at Night?
Tuesday, October 11 – 9 AM
Whooo’s making all that racket? Lots of animals are awake at night. We’ll discover which animals prefer the night time and how they’re able to survive in the dark. Ages 3-6. Registration begins October 1.

Reserve by Oct 10, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 11, 2016 09:00 am - Oct 11, 2016 10:00 am

We encourage you to read for the first time or re-read Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Often called the "Patron Saint" of the environmental movement, Carson alerted the world to how pesticides and chemicals were affecting bird populations. Her beloved book, translated into 30 languages and on the bestseller list for 86 weeks, is credited with protecting human health and the environment. Join us for progressive book discussions held weekly (October 4, 11 and 18) and led by retired Springfield-Greene County Librarian Lorraine Sandstrom for morning sessions or by Reference Associate and Volunteer Naturalist Kimberly Duquette for afternoons. Books will be available for loan. Ages 15-adult. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 10, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 11, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 11, 2016 11:00 am

Registration required (0-36 months with an adult) Don’t miss the fun! Hike out with your little one to the Bethany Falls Trail, voted #1 in Kansas City! “Falls” refer to the unique limestone boulders that we will explore. We’ll stop to play and take pictures. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Oct 07, 2016

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