Events

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.

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: 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: 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: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 24, 2016 09:00 am - Sep 24, 2016 09:45 am

Tadpoles: Busy Spiders Saturday, September 24 - 9 AM
Spiders are very busy! Some spiders set a special trap to catch their food. Some spiders travel on safety lines they make. Some spiders wrap up their prey in tight packages. Spiders are busy spinning silk! We’ll get busy learning more through stories and activities. Ages 0-2. Registration begins September 1.

Reserve by Sep 23, 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
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 24, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 24, 2016 10:45 am

Tadpoles Busy Spiders
Saturday, September 24 - 10 AM
Spiders are very busy! Some spiders set a special trap to catch their food. Some spiders travel on safety lines they make. Some spiders wrap up their prey in tight packages. Spiders are busy spinning silk! We’ll get busy learning more through stories and activities. Ages 0-2. Registration begins September 1.

Reserve by Sep 23, 2016
Location: Suson Rearing Pond
Date: Sep 24, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 24, 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 21, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Sep 24, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 24, 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 must be accompanied by an adult and adults may fish alongside their child. Register online at DiscoverFishingSTL.com.


Reserve by Sep 21, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 24, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 24, 2016 11:30 am

Snappers: Missouri Mammals
Saturday, September 24 10–11:30 AM
Missouri is home to many mammals, including you and I! Get a close-up look at our furry family as we discover their interesting lives. We will also learn how to identify mammals by looking at their skulls. Ages 7–11. Registration begins September 1.

Reserve by Sep 23, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Sep 24, 2016 11:00 am - Sep 24, 2016 12:00 pm

Walk-in (ages 2+) Join us for story hour as we venture on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Sep 24, 2016 01:00 pm - Sep 24, 2016 02:00 pm

No registration required (all ages) Box turtles, red-eared sliders and snapping turtles, OH MY! We will see them all and learn some fascinating facts about each of them. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 24, 2016 01:00 pm - Sep 24, 2016 02:30 pm

Autumn’s Bounty – Fall Wild Edibles
September 24 • Saturday • 1 –2:30 PM
Registration begins September 1 (ages 12+)
The woods are beautiful in autumn and full of yummy things to eat. We will learn about the fruits and nuts growing all around us and how we can use them. Afterwards we will be going for a short hike around nature center grounds to learn to identify the trees and plants we just learned.

Reserve by Sep 23, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 24, 2016 02:00 pm - Sep 24, 2016 04:00 pm

Meet the Artist
September 24 • Saturday • 2–4 PM
No registration required (all ages)
Visit with local graphic artist and professor Louise Bodenheimer as she works to create fish digitally. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 24, 2016 06:00 pm - Sep 24, 2016 07:30 pm

Catfishing Basics in the Evening
September 24 Saturday 6-7:30 PM
Registration begins September 1 (ages 7-15)
Evening is the perfect time to wet a line and try to catch a catfish! Not sure what bait to use or how to avoid those barbs? We will begin inside with a little “catfishing how-to” and then try our luck at the Kids Fishing Pond. Equipment will be provided, but you may bring your own.

Reserve by Sep 23, 2016
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Date: Sep 26, 2016 10:30 am - Sep 26, 2016 11:30 am

(Ages 3-5) Get to know the turtles of Missouri. We’ll gather up for story time and construct a craft. Afterwards, children will have the opportunity to meet and touch living turtles. (For reservations, please call 636-458-2236.)

Reserve by Sep 22, 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: 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

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