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Date: Friday, October 1, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, October 30, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Meet the most iconic of American conservationists from the last two centuries in this self-guided exhibit featuring life-size cutouts of conservation-minded pioneers such as Rachel Carson and John Muir. This exhibit is provided by the not-for-profit organization, "Legends of Conservation". All ages are welcome; no registration required.
Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, October 27, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Let your imagination run wild in the garden. We will collect our masterpiece materials from the garden (leaves, petals, etc.) before learning a bit about insect body structures before we delve in into creating our own. They can be as creative as we want. Dandelion petal legs? Sure. Seed pod for a thorax? Absolutely. Leaves for wings? You bet. This program is intended for adults but children over the age of 12 with an adult may enjoy it.
Registration period: October 7 - October 28
Date: Thursday, October 28, 2021 8:00 am - Thursday, October 28, 2021 10:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Discover the avian life that calls Runge home. These short birding walks are for all experience-levels. We will gather near the front doors of the nature center. Binoculars and field guides will be provided for those that need them. Registration preferred. Ages 8 and up.
Registration period: August 17 - October 30
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, October 30, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) Fabric printing with natural objects is easy and can be a fun, creative outlet for those of us that aren't that artsy. We'll introduce you to some favorite native trees while collecting leaves on a short hike around the Discovery Center landscape. Back inside, we'll help you create a colorful harvest tote bag using textile ink and our collected leaves.
Registration period: September 17 - October 30
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, October 30, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Red, yellow, orange, and brown, these are the colors of fall. Explore the various shapes and colors that leaves offer as we play and learn the year-long story of leaves.

Babes in the Woods programs are designed to empower parents to introduce babies and toddlers ages 0-2 years to the sights, sounds, and textures of nature.
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)

Join us for story hour as we lead you 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 fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.
Registration period: August 17 - October 30
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021 11:30 am - Saturday, October 30, 2021 12:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) Fabric printing with natural objects is easy and can be a fun, creative outlet for those of us that aren't that artsy. We'll introduce you to some favorite native trees while collecting leaves on a short hike around the Discovery Center landscape. Back inside, we'll help you create a colorful harvest tote bag using textile ink and our collected leaves.
Registration period: August 17 - October 30
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, October 30, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) Fabric printing with natural objects is easy and can be a fun, creative outlet for those of us that aren't that artsy. We'll introduce you to some favorite native trees while collecting leaves on a short hike around the Discovery Center landscape. Back inside, we'll help you create a colorful harvest tote bag using textile ink and our collected leaves.
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, October 30, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)

Nature may sometimes seem creepy, but every creature has a job in the web of life. Search for the next clue to guide you on a unique exploration while meeting costumed and real life “creepy” critters at staffed stations along the trail. For this all-outdoor program, dress for the weather. Total walking distance is about one mile. Start at the Missouri Tree Trail trailhead to pick up a clue sheet to help you find your way. Staff will be at various stations with “creepy” critters and to help guide you.
Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021 2:00 pm - Thursday, November 4, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Ever wonder what it takes to keep the nature center reptiles and amphibians happy? Watch in-person as naturalists introduce and feed several Missouri amphibians and reptiles.
Registration period: September 17 - November 4
Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021 2:00 pm - Thursday, November 4, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Ever wonder what it takes to keep the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Watch from your home or classroom as naturalists introduce and feed several Missouri amphibians and reptiles.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address to receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: October 12 - November 4
Date: Friday, November 5, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, November 5, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only
Registration required (ages 3-6) Discovering the amazing natural world is as easy as opening a book! This naturalist led virtual story program is ideal for preschool and kindergarten children and will take them on journeys to learn about wildlife, habitats and more.
Registration period: October 12 - November 5
Date: Friday, November 5, 2021 1:00 pm - Friday, November 5, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 14+) November is an unpredictable month when it comes to native plant landscaping. 80 degrees and dry? 40 degrees and rainy? Who knows! Take a walk with our native landscape specialists to see how they maintain native plantings in the late fall. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Date: Friday, November 5, 2021 5:30 pm - Friday, November 5, 2021 6:30 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

LIVING WITH WILDLIFE: 101

Friday 5:30pm – 6:30pm

(Adults) Do you enjoy wildlife in your backyard, but struggle with some animals getting a little too close for comfort? Learn some tips and suggestions on how to avoid or stop nuisance wildlife from taking over your home, and about some of the common entry points that they use. This in person program will also cover methods, materials, and gear used in home exclusion. Mount replicas will be on hand to show some of the different types of wildlife that most commonly cause issues.

Registration period: September 17 - November 6
Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, November 6, 2021 9:45 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Time to talk turkey! Trot on in to see what life is like for a wild turkey. We’ll have a gobbling good time!

Little Acorns programs are designed to help children ages 3-6 learn about the natural world through hands on experiences, crafts, and focused freeplay activities.

Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, November 6, 2021 10:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)

Project Feeder Watch turns your love of feeding birds into scientific discoveries. Join us as we participate in this citizen scientist project. Your bird counts help the Cornell Lab track what is happening in your own backyard and helps track long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. Birders of all ages and skill levels welcome. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair of ours.
Registration period: October 15 - November 6
Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, November 6, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Enjoy fall in the Ozarks and test your nature knowledge by taking part in our self-guided Trail Trivia! Stop by the outdoor pavilion to pick up a question sheet, pencil, and clipboard before hitting the trail and answering the questions found along the trail. Return to the table for a small prize. All ages.
Registration period: October 12 - November 6
Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, November 6, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) Not quite ready to put away the Halloween décor? Keep those spooky vibes alive with this skeleton-centered program investigating what we can learn from animal's bones. We'll focus on the characteristics of animal skulls and discover how variation in anatomy, including teeth, can reveal the identity of an animal. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: September 17 - November 6
Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, November 6, 2021 10:45 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Time to talk turkey! Trot on in to see what life is like for a wild turkey. We’ll have a gobbling good time!

Little Acorns programs are designed to help children ages 3-6 learn about the natural world through hands on experiences, crafts, and focused freeplay activities.
Registration period: October 12 - November 6
Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021 12:30 pm - Saturday, November 6, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) Not quite ready to put away the Halloween décor? Keep those spooky vibes alive with this skeleton-centered program investigating what we can learn from anima's bones. We'll focus on the characteristics of animal skulls and discover how variation in anatomy, including teeth, can reveal the identity of an animal. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: October 6 - November 5
Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021 3:00 pm - Saturday, November 6, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Tower Grove Park-Stone Shelter

This class is offered for 0-3 year olds and their families. We will walk among the trees collecting different colored, sized, and shaped leaves. Will we find other signs of fall in the park? Come dressed for the weather. Meet at the Robert & Martha Gaddy Wild Bird Garden in Tower Grove Park. This is located at the Northwest corner of the park, across from the Stone Shelter.

MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate.?
Registration period: October 25 - November 8
Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, November 9, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngster only (ages 3-5 with an adult)

Ah the turkey! This beloved bird sure is strange. From the way they talk, to the way they walk, turkeys are one of the most interesting critters in Missouri. Join us on a discovery of this almost national emblem.
Registration period: October 15 - November 9
Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, November 9, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only
Winter is a great time for birdwatching. In this virtual program, Naturalist Morgan Wyatt will discuss several common winter bird species, how to attract them, and how to participate in a special data-collecting study called Project Feeder Watch. The program will end with a live Q&A session with the naturalist. This program will not be recorded. All ages.
Registration period: October 25 - November 8
Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021 1:00 pm - Tuesday, November 9, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 3-5 with an adult)

Ah the turkey! This beloved bird sure is strange. From the way they talk, to the way they walk, turkeys are one of the most interesting critters in Missouri. Join us on a discovery of this almost national emblem.
Registration period: October 25 - November 9
Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, November 10, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 0-36 month with an adult)

Fall can be a great time to explore the forest. Bring your little one to a fun scavenger hike in the colorful fall forest of Burr Oak Woods.