Events

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 11, 2016 02:00 pm - Oct 11, 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 10, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Oct 11, 2016 05:00 pm - Oct 11, 2016 06:30 pm

(Ages 8 to Adult)
Reservations begin Oct 1
Charge your phone and load up on pokey balls in preparation for a group hike at Busch. You’re bound to hatch an egg or two and possibly catch new Pokémon! Reservations begin Oct 3 and can be made at 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Reserve by Oct 10, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 12, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 12, 2016 11:00 am

Registration required (3-5 with an adult) Big snakes, little snakes, fast snakes and slow. How are they different? What do they have in common? Join us to learn more! For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Oct 10, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 12, 2016 11:00 am - Oct 12, 2016 11:30 am

Join Volunteer Naturalist Joyce Tolliver as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your 2-6 year olds. Please, no organized groups. No registration required.

Location: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Oct 12, 2016 06:00 pm - Oct 13, 2016 09:00 pm

Are you prepared if an emergency happens during an outdoor adventure? This class will teach the basic survival necessities when stranded, lost, or injured, in the woods. Our experts will go over finding food, water purification, shelter, and other aspects that will help you survive. You must attend part one, on Wednesday, in order to attend part two. Class will be held at the August A. Busch CA regional office classroom. (Ages 9 and up.)Children ages 9-16 must be accompanied by an adult. (Reservations begin Sept. 12 by calling 636-441-4554.)

Reserve by Oct 09, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 12, 2016 06:30 pm - Oct 12, 2016 08:00 pm

Registration required (7-13) Have you ever wandered through the woods? Come out for an evening of forest exploring! We will explore the plants and animals that thrive in the forest, observe the forest layers and learn about how foresters measure trees to study them. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Oct 10, 2016
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 13, 2016 09:30 am - Oct 13, 2016 10:00 am

(Ages 0-3) It’s never too early to introduce your little one to the wonders of nature, and fall is a perfect time to enjoy nature. Join us for a stroller walk outdoors. Discover how nature appeals to our senses no matter what our age. (Reservations begin Sept 24 by calling 314-301-1500.)

Reserve by Oct 07, 2015
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 13, 2016 09:30 am - Oct 13, 2016 10:15 am

Spiders aren't so bad! Scurry in to learn what spiders eat, where they live, and why they're good to have around. Ages 3-6. Registration begins October 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 12, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 13, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 13, 2016 11:00 am

Registration required (3-5 with an adult) Big snakes, little snakes, fast snakes and slow. How are they different? What do they have in common? Join us to learn more! For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Oct 11, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 13, 2016 11:00 am - Oct 13, 2016 11:45 am

Spiders aren't so bad! Scurry in to learn what spiders eat, where they live, and why they're good to have around. Ages 3-6. Registration begins October 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 12, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 13, 2016 01:30 pm - Oct 13, 2016 02:15 pm

Spiders aren't so bad! Scurry in to learn what spiders eat, where they live, and why they're good to have around. Ages 3-6. Registration begins October 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 12, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 13, 2016 06:00 pm - Oct 13, 2016 08:00 pm

Nature Art: Flower Wreath
October 13 • Thursday • 6–8 PM
Registration begins October 1 (ages 16+)
The trees are joining with the fall flowers to provide a beautiful display of color. Let them inspire you to use our scraps of paper to make a pleated flower wreath to remember the flowers of summer.

Reserve by Oct 12, 2016
Location: REI
Date: Oct 13, 2016 06:30 pm - Oct 13, 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 August A. Busch Conservation Area and why it should be one of your go to outdoor spots! To register, please visit www.REI.com/StLouis

Reserve by Oct 12, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 14, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 14, 2016 11:00 am

Bring your children ages 0-2 for a guided nature walk with Volunteer Naturalist Dana Tideman. Bring a stroller and join the fun! Ages 0-2. Registration begins October 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 13, 2016
Location: Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center in Forest Park
Date: Oct 14, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 14, 2016 02:00 pm

Youth Orienteering & Geocaching
October 14 • Friday • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
(Ages 10 - 14)
Old school meets technology today as we introduce you to orienteering. We’ll start by learning to navigate through the park with map and compass. Students will then set their own course for others to follow. After taking a break for lunch we will pursue Geocaching. In a world of smartphones, GPS is used to get us almost anyplace we want to be. Learn to “cache” as we make and hide our own geocache. Technology can definitely take us almost anywhere, yet you might find that old school methods are sometimes the most reliable. Participants should bring a sack lunch, water bottle and dress to be outdoors for the day. Completed release/waiver must be received before participating. (Reservations begin September 23.)

Reserve by Oct 13, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Oct 14, 2016 06:00 pm - Oct 14, 2016 09:00 pm

Walk-in (all ages) HOWLoween is back and we want you to
join the fun! Discovering nature’s creepy creatures is just part of the nighttime fun. Take a hike on the Wild Side Walk to get up close with some of Missouri’s nocturnal wildlife. Kids will have a howling good time exploring nature stations like Track or Treat, The Bone Yard, The Bat Cave and more. It will be a howling fun, free and unforgettable event for the entire family.

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 15, 2016 08:00 am - Oct 15, 2016 03:00 pm

Birding by Canoe
October 15 • Saturday • 8 AM–3 PM
Registration begins October 1 (ages 10+)
Join us as we canoe the open marshlands of Duck Creek Conservation Area in search of wetland species. Frank Nelson, MDC Wetland Ecologist, will lead the excursion. Age 10-17 welcome with a participating and registered adult.

Reserve by Oct 13, 2016
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
Date: Oct 15, 2016 08:00 am - Oct 16, 2016 05:00 pm

Take a walk on the "wild side" and enjoy the Missouri Ozarks with a two-day, overnight hike on the Ozark Trail. The hike starts in the elk restoration zone at Peck Ranch and ends on the banks of the Current River. Food will be provided. Backpacking equipment is available on request. For further details contact Wyatt Layman at 573-325-1381 ex 224. Reservations are required. Limit 20. This program is designed for ages 12 and up. Attendees under 16 must have a parent or guardian present.

Reserve by Oct 07, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Oct 15, 2016 08:30 am - Oct 15, 2016 10:00 am

(10 and up)
The August A. Busch Memorial CA is more than just a great fishin’ hole! Come explore one of our many beautiful trails on a Naturalist-led hike. Registration begins Sept 19 and can be made at 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Reserve by Oct 13, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 15, 2016 09:00 am - Oct 15, 2016 11:00 am

Join Volunteer Naturalist and retired forester Earl Niewald for a tree identification hike. Learn to identify common trees by a variety of methods and enjoy spectacular fall color on this guided hike. Ages 12-adult. Registration begins October 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 14, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 15, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 15, 2016 03:00 pm

Registration required (11+; youngsters 11-15 must be accompanied by an adult) Have you thought about hunting, but just don’t know where to start? Deer hunting is a challenging, yet exciting Missouri tradition. Come out to Burr Oak Woods and learn the basics of pursuing white-tailed deer. We will cover everything from scouting locations to hunting methods and processing your own deer and more. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Oct 13, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 15, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 15, 2016 11:00 am

Bring your children ages 0-2 for a guided nature walk with Volunteer Naturalist Dana Tideman. Bring a stroller and join the fun! Ages 0-2. Registration begins October 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 14, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 15, 2016 11:00 am - Oct 15, 2016 11:45 am

Spiders aren't so bad! Scurry in to learn what spiders eat, where they live, and why they're good to have around. Ages 3-6. Registration begins October 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 14, 2016
Location: Litton 4-H / FFA Community Center - Chilicothe, MO
Date: Oct 16, 2016 03:00 pm - Oct 16, 2016 06:00 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: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Oct 17, 2016 08:00 am - Oct 17, 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 13, 2016

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