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Date: Sunday, September 25, 2022 10:30 am - Sunday, September 25, 2022 5:00 pm
Location: Emmenegger Nature Park

Bring the whole family as EcoTones Concerts transforms Emmenegger Nature Park’s fields and trailside spaces into enchanting and unusual concert venues! Over 17 world-class professional musicians from the St. Louis Region perform in small ensembles and bands all day from 10:30-5:00 on various "natural stages." The music is inspired by the unique features right there at Emmenegger Nature Park, adjacent to the Meramec River and the very special resident chimney swifts. Musicians include members of the SLSO and some of St. Louis' top jazz, blues, and folk artists. Each morning a family event (appropriate for children ages 10 & under) runs from 10:30-12:00 with musical stories, a short hike, and bug catching nets with MDC naturalists! The all-ages event runs on Sat. & Sun from 12:00-5:00.

Emmenegger is a rustic facility so BYO-everything! Audience members are encouraged to bring their own easy to carry camp chairs, picnic blankets, water, food, and appropriate walking/hiking footwear. The trail is paved and is stroller and wheelchair-friendly.

Directions to Emmenegger Nature Park: 11991 Stoneywood Dr, Saint Louis, MO 63122.

From Geyer Road in Kirkwood, turn onto Cragwold Road.

Turn left onto Stoneywood Drive.

You will arrive at your destination on the right after 1/4 mile.

Registration period: August 1 - September 26
Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2022 6:00 pm - Tuesday, September 27, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (adults) Fall is here! Grab your walking shoes and get outside with our urban hike through historic NE Kansas City. Covering roughly 2.5 miles, this moderately paced hike will utilize sidewalks to explore nature in this older neighborhood. During the hike we will discuss native and invasive plants, wildlife ID, hiking safety and other great urban hikes in KC. The instructor will e-mail the exact meeting location to the participants the week prior to the hike. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: August 1 - September 29
Date: Thursday, September 29, 2022 5:30 pm - Thursday, September 29, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Join volunteer naturalist, Gala Keller, as she teaches us how to paint a picture of a Missouri salamander. We will be offering some awesome information about salamanders while you paint. All supplies will be provided. Wear clothing you do not mind getting paint on. You will get to take your painting home. Ages 12-17.
Registration period: September 15 - September 30
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, October 1, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Nature Walk/ Photo Hike for people who have disabilities, families and friends, and others.

Join us and the Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis as we walk through the beautiful woods on the 1.5 mile paved ADA/wheelchair accessible path to the Katy Trail and back. Bring a camera to take pictures of family, friends and nature.

Please dress for the weather.

Participants will meet at the Busch Greenway Trailhead in Research park.

Participants can choose how long and far they want to walk. Directions will be provided to the location and trail head prior to the event.
Registration period: August 16 - October 1
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, October 1, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (all ages) Did you know your own backyard is home to a variety of wildlife? Discover characteristics and fun facts about backyard wildlife. Then make your own wildlife identification field guide to help you explore your own backyard. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: August 16 - October 1
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, October 1, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (ages 3-6) Discovering the amazing natural world is as easy as opening a book! This volunteer naturalist led story program is ideal for preschool-kindergarten children and will take them on journeys to learn about wildlife, habitats and more. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: August 16 - October 1
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022 11:30 am - Saturday, October 1, 2022 12:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (ages 3-6) Discovering the amazing natural world is as easy as opening a book! This volunteer naturalist led story program is ideal for preschool-kindergarten children and will take them on journeys to learn about wildlife, habitats and more. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: August 15 - September 30
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022 1:00 pm - Saturday, October 1, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Tower Grove Park-New Comfort Station
Discover some common Missouri trees and their fall colors in Tower Grove Park. Bring your smart phones with a QR reader and go on a tree-caching hike to practice identifying trees. We will be creating leaf print scarves to commemorate the natural beauty and style of Autumn.
Registration period: August 16 - October 4
Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 6:00 pm - Tuesday, October 4, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (all ages) Whether you are a painter or like to admire artwork at the Discovery Center come join us for the culmination of the Brush Creek Art Walk! Starting at 6:00 p.m. awards will be handed out to the hardworking artists followed by a meet and greet. Artwork will be on display through the end of October. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: August 1 - October 4
Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 6:00 pm - Tuesday, October 4, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
MDC Science programs highlight the incredible work done by scientists with the Missouri Department of Conservation and partner organizations. Do not miss your chance to learn about the Reptiles and Amphibians of Missouri from the one who wrote the book on it, literally! State herpetologist Jeff Briggler will give an informative presentation about these amazing creatures, followed by a question-and-answer session. Bring your copy of The Reptiles and Amphibians of Missouri to have it signed after the program. Ages 7-adult.
Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022 2:00 pm - Thursday, October 6, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Discover the importance of Missouri reptiles and amphibians and see what it takes to keep our education animals happy and healthy. Bring your family and watch as we introduce and feed several different reptiles and amphibians. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a red wildlife bead.
Registration period: August 1 - October 7
Date: Friday, October 7, 2022 10:00 am - Friday, October 7, 2022 10:45 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Bats are unique and charming creatures but also misunderstood. Join us to learn more about these exciting and essential animals. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: August 1 - October 7
Date: Friday, October 7, 2022 11:15 am - Friday, October 7, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Bats are unique and charming creatures but also misunderstood. Join us to learn more about these exciting and essential animals. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: August 16 - October 7
Date: Friday, October 7, 2022 1:00 pm - Friday, October 7, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 14+) Blooms begin to shift into striking seedheads as fall begins to settle in. Join our native landscape specialists for a walk around the grounds of the Discovery Center where we will appreciate the shapes and textures of fall landscapes and discuss maintenance techniques for native gardens. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: August 16 - October 7
Date: Friday, October 7, 2022 6:00 pm - Friday, October 7, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Where do black bears go in winter? How many live in Missouri? Are black bears the only type of bear living in our state? Join us to answer these questions and learn about the tales of black bears. Best for families with children ages 3 to 7.

This program is part of our “Nature Center at Night” series, the nature center will be open from 5 - 7 pm this evening. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a red wildlife bead.
Registration period: August 16 - October 8
Date: Saturday, October 8, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, October 8, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (all ages) Different songbirds have different feeding habitats. Join us as we lean about the feeding habitats of songbirds in Missouri and how to plan a bird-feeding station. By choosing the right seed for your bird-feeding station and landscaping with plants that furnish cover and additional food, you can enjoy watching birds in your backyard all year long! Each family participating will be able to make a platform birdfeeder. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: September 16 - October 11
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2022 10:00 am - Tuesday, October 11, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Online only

It’s fall ya’ll. The trees and shrubs are blazing with autumn color. We’ll take look at the science behind this natural process and examples of some of Missouri native trees and shrubs that provide spectacular fall color. We will also talk about ways to incorporate them into your own landscaping.

For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn a green plants bead.
Registration period: October 1 - October 11
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2022 10:00 am - Tuesday, October 11, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Swoop in to discover more about Missouri’s only flying mammal – bats! We will learn all about the bat lifestyle including where they live, what they eat, and how they find their prey, even in the darkness of night. Registration required. Must have a child in the 0-2 age range AND the 3-6 age range.
Registration period: August 1 - October 12
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 11:00 am - Wednesday, October 12, 2022 11:30 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Join Ms. Ladybug as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your child. Ages 2-6. No registration required.
Registration period: August 19 - October 12
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 2:00 pm - Wednesday, October 12, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Online only
Meet a common backyard resident that sometimes takes us by surprise. Join us as we learn more about the eastern gartersnake and why your backyard can be the perfect habitat. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a red wildlife bead. Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: August 1 - October 13
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2022 10:00 am - Thursday, October 13, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Dive into the Ozarks by learning through science-based activities. Attend programs and demonstrations provided by Springfield’s leading organizations, institutions, and agencies related to the natural world and science. Bring a sack lunch and plan to spend the day. Call or email SprfdNatureCenter@mdc.mo.gov for a flier. All ages.
Registration period: September 25 - October 13
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2022 6:00 pm - Thursday, October 13, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Tower Grove Park-Stupp Center

Ages 3-6

Do your little ones enjoy being in nature? Appreciate the natural world through a story, songs, movement, and play as you sit under the canopy for a “nature” adventure. Come see the topic we are exploring this month. Siblings are welcome. Meet the naturalist at the Stupp Center on the east end of the park. Please dress for the weather.
Registration period: August 1 - October 14
Date: Friday, October 14, 2022 10:00 am - Friday, October 14, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Online only
Many people look forward to spring when migratory birds arrive and signify to us that winter is over. However, fall is another great time to notice migration as summer birds leave and winter birds start showing up. Learn more about migration, and places to see migratory birds in this program with Naturalist Jordi Raos. Please provide a valid email as a link will be sent to you for this virtual program. All ages.
Registration period: August 19 - October 14
Date: Friday, October 14, 2022 1:00 pm - Friday, October 14, 2022 4:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Discover the many different plants you can harvest through the year to make jams and jellies. Then we’ll work together to make a couple varieties to take home! All jars, fruit, and other materials will be provided. If you have any allergy concerns, please email the instructor prior to the program date. Participants ages 12-17 must be accompanied by a registered adult. For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn a purple arts and cooking bead.
Registration period: August 16 - October 15
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022 5:00 pm - Saturday, October 15, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (all ages) HOWLoween is back and we want you to join the fun! The Discovery Center and KCPD along with several neighborhood partners will provide nighttime fun for all ages. 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, Buggy Bistro, Operation Wildlife and much more. It will be a howling fun, free and unforgettable event for the entire family. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.