Events

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 10, 2016 11:00 am - Sep 10, 2016 12:00 pm

Mudpuppies: Spider Spree Saturday, September 10 – 11 AM
Spider man, spider man (or ladies) doing whatever a spider can... Join us as we learn all about spiders and their amazing skills! Ages 3-6. Registration begins September 1.

Reserve by Sep 09, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Sep 10, 2016 11:00 am - Sep 10, 2016 12:00 pm

Registration required (all ages) Monarch butterflies are now migrating to their winter home in central Mexico, and we are ready to tag them! Become a scientist for a day by capturing, tagging and releasing Monarchs and other unique butterflies. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Sep 08, 2016
Location: Bass Pro Lake Columbia MO
Date: Sep 13, 2016 06:00 pm - Sep 13, 2016 08:00 pm

Lesson 3 of 4 - covers 5 common fish of Missouri. Their anatomy, habitat and life cycle. Target group youth ages 7 to 15, participants must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Class time includes hands on fishing. All equipment provided. There are 4 lessons to this class each on Tuesday evening in Aug and Sept. Contact Don Rahm at 573-815-7900, or Don.Rahm@mdc.mo.gov for more information. NOTE Only one registration required for all 4 classes. Participants are requested to attend Lesson 1 first and complete all 4 Lessons to be eligible for a $25.00 grift card for use at Bass Pro Shops.

Reserve by Aug 22, 2016
Location: Northeast Regional Office - Kirksville
Date: Sep 14, 2016 03:30 pm - Sep 14, 2016 04:30 pm

This Halloween, you might see make-believe zombies lumbering around seeking tricks-and-treats. These costumed creatures won’t eat your flesh or hijack your brain—that only happens in scary, made-up movies. For some animals, though, zombies are all too real. Join us to learn about Nature’s Zombies and their killers.

Location: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Sep 14, 2016 06:00 pm - Sep 14, 2016 09:00 pm

After the hunt, or a day at the range, do you how to properly clean your firearm? Join our experts as they go over cleaning the different firearm actions, equipment needed, materials, and techniques to keep your firearm in top condition. (Ages 11 and up). Ages 11 -15 must be accompanied by an adult. (Reservations begin August 15 by calling 636-441-4554).

Reserve by Sep 11, 2016
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 08:00 am - Sep 17, 2016 11:30 am

Take time to enjoy the elk at Peck Ranch with a guided tour and information on the Elk Restoration project. The tour will leave Twin Pines at 8:00 AM. The Nature Nuts program is designed for ages 7 to 12. For further information or to make a reservation, call 573-325-1381.

Reserve by Sep 09, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 09:00 am - Sep 17, 2016 04:00 pm

Day on the River September 17 • Saturday • 9 AM–4 PM
No registration required (all ages).
Discover what the river has to offer you. Hands-on activities will teach you the importance of the Mississippi river and surrounding wetlands. This event is fun for the entire family featuring live river animals, Asian carp samples, and free boat rides on the Mississippi. Boat rides will take place every half hour (except from noon – 1pm) at Riverfront Park. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Location: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 09:00 am - Sep 17, 2016 12:00 pm

This program provides students with an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to safely participate in this fun and rewarding outdoor activity. All equipment and materials will be provided for this class. Our instructors will help all participants develop their archery skills as we cover types of bows, parts of the bow and arrow, proper stance, grip, form, release, and other important tips and techniques. Children ages 9-16 must be accompanied by an adult. Class will meet in the Busch CA classroom. (Ages 9 and up). Ages 9-15 must be accompanied by an adult(Reservations begin August 18 by calling 636-441-4554).

Reserve by Sep 14, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Sep 17, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 17, 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 14, 2016
Location: Forest Park Hatchery
Date: Sep 17, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 17, 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 14, 2016
Location: Suson Rearing Pond
Date: Sep 17, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 17, 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 age 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult and adults may fish alongside their child. Register online at DiscoverFishingSTL.com.

Reserve by Sep 14, 2016
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Mo. (off I-44, exit #253)
Date: Sep 17, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 17, 2016 04:00 pm

Interact with early settlers and explore what life was like on the great American frontier during this bi-annual event. Kids and adults alike will enjoy a day of historical activities and exhibits, storytelling, music and food. The Reserve’s 250-acre tall grass prairie provides an authentic backdrop for the day’s cultural festivities. Take a guided hike with a naturalist to learn about the land and its unique natural characteristics. Visit the teepee, watch a blacksmith work and make your own arrowhead. Basket weavers and artists will create and display traditional crafts. Ride in a hay wagon, play pioneer games and try throwing an atl-atl, tomahawk or rabbit stick. Learn living history first-hand as characters re-enact the lives of early prairie inhabitants. Admission is $6 adults, $2 children (ages 15 and under), $3 Missouri Botanical Garden members. Visit www.shawnature.org or call (636) 451-3512 for more information.

Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 01:00 pm - Sep 17, 2016 03:00 pm

Registration required with one adult for every six scouts (any scout group with ages 7-17) Calling all scouts! Jump into nature fun with this amazing program series. Meet a Naturalist to learn about careers in conservation, see live animals up-close and learn about endangered and extinct species. This month, we will focus on bugs and aquatic animals. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Sep 15, 2016
Location: Northeast Regional Office - Kirksville
Date: Sep 17, 2016 01:00 pm - Sep 17, 2016 02:00 pm

Join us to learn about the different snakes that call Missouri home, how to identify them and which are dangerous. We will have several snakes on display.

Location: Northeast Regional Office - Kirksville
Date: Sep 19, 2016 10:30 am - Sep 19, 2016 11:30 am

Missouri is blessed with a great variety of trees, shrubs, and vines. Their leaves turn at different times, so Missourians can enjoy a gorgeous fall color season that lasts for weeks! Join us to learn about which trees change colors and why.

Location: Bass Pro Lake Columbia MO
Date: Sep 20, 2016 06:00 pm - Sep 20, 2016 08:00 pm

Lesson 4 of 4 - covers Fishing with lures and fishing regulations. Target group youth ages 7 to 15, participants must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Class time includes hands on fishing. All equipment provided. There are 4 lessons to this class each on a Thursday evening in June and July. Contact Don Rahm at 573-815-7900, or Don.Rahm@mdc.mo.gov for additional information. NOTE Only one registration required for all 4 classes, participants are asked to attend Lesson 1 prior to attending other classes and to be eligible for a $25.00 gift card for use at Bass Pro Shops.

Reserve by Aug 22, 2016
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

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