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Date: Monday, April 1, 2024 8:00 am - Tuesday, April 30, 2024 5:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
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Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2024 8:00 am - Tuesday, April 16, 2024 10:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required by visiting www.deeproots.org/get-involved (adults) Spring has sprung and so have your weeds! Get your hands dirty and learn how to ID and manage seasonal weeds in your garden. All experience levels are welcome. Enjoy a naturalist--led garden tour following the end of the session. Contact cydney@deeprootskc.org for more information. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: January 19 - April 16
Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2024 9:00 am - Tuesday, April 16, 2024 9:45 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
What goes hop, hop, hop in the night, has bumpy skin, and likes to eat worms? A toad, of course! Discover the importance of toads through playing games and exploring outside. Little Acorns programs are designed to help children ages 3-6 learn about the natural world through hands on experiences, crafts, and focused free-play activities.
Registration period: March 11 - April 12
Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2024 6:30 pm - Tuesday, April 16, 2024 8:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Create a unique, wearable work-of-art using a turkey feather. Not only will you take home a personal souvenir, but you will also learn about turkey hunting in Missouri. This is a hands-on class and participants must be at least 16 years of age to participate.
Registration period: March 14 - April 16
Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2024 7:00 pm - Tuesday, April 16, 2024 8:30 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Have you ever wondered about the sights and sounds of Powder Valley at dusk? Grab your hiking boots and join a naturalist on a guided hike for an evening of learning.
Registration period: January 19 - April 17
Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2024 12:00 pm - Wednesday, April 17, 2024 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
With the cold finally giving way to some warmer weather it is time for some of Missouri’s residents to wake up and start their year. Learn about what animals who will be peaking their heads back out or traveling back to MO. Please ensure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program. Links will be sent at least 30 minutes before program start.
Registration period: January 19 - April 17
Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2024 1:00 pm - Wednesday, April 17, 2024 4:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Spring is in the air! Birds are calling, wildlife is emerging from cold weather dens, and the beauty of Missouri’s spring wildflowers is on full display. Join us for an introductory look at spring “ephemeral” wildflowers, those that bloom and grow before the canopy of leaves shade them out. This hike will meet at the Cape Girardeau Nature Center and transportation will be provided to Seventy-Six Conservation Area, about 40 minutes from Cape Girardeau. The goal of these leisurely walks is to provide a wonderful nature experience to a wide diversity of ability levels as the hike is largely on gravel roadways and flat trails. There may, however, be uneven terrain on occasion. Please bring sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing, and a bottle of water. Binoculars, cameras, walking sticks, and snacks would all be welcome accessories as well.
Date: Thursday, April 18, 2024 12:00 pm - Thursday, April 18, 2024 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
Registration required through https://DeepRoots.org (adults) This is a mature maple/oak forest and is recognized by the National Park Service as a significant Natural Area in Gladstone, Missouri. Learn with MDC experts why it is a popular spring destination to view migrant songbirds and wildflower displays. This program is in partnership with Deep Roots KC.
Registration period: March 1 - April 17
Date: Thursday, April 18, 2024 1:00 pm - Thursday, April 18, 2024 3:00 pm
Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All ages (should be able to do a 1 ½ mile hike)

Come spend a beautiful spring afternoon hiking in Rockwoods Reservation. We should be able to see and identify many native wildflowers and flowering trees. You will also see how “Wise Use” over the past 86 years has transformed Rockwoods into an amazing place. The entire program is outdoors, and we will be hiking the Trail Among the Trees. We will meet at the Rockwoods Visitor Center.
Date: Thursday, April 18, 2024 2:00 pm - Thursday, April 18, 2024 3:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Celebrate Earth Day all week with us! Volunteer naturalists will present their passion for gardening with native plants, offer recommendations, and give tips on encouraging pollinators. All ages.