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Registration period: August 13 - September 17
Date: Friday, September 17, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, September 17, 2021 10:45 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Which animal used your favorite tree to scratch an itch? What bird left a footprint in the mud? A creature has been digging in your yard, but which one? Learn how to look for the clues animals leave behind and become a wildlife detective at Trail Trackin'. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: August 13 - September 17
Date: Friday, September 17, 2021 11:15 am - Friday, September 17, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Which animal used your favorite tree to scratch an itch? What bird left a footprint in the mud? A creature has been digging in your yard, but which one? Learn how to look for the clues animals leave behind and become a wildlife detective at Trail Trackin'. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: August 20 - September 18
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, September 18, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Online only

Snakes are often feared because they’re misunderstood. Do you wish you knew more about these secretive reptiles? Here’s your chance! Tune in to meet some of the nature center snakes, learn to identify common snakes, and how to tell venomous from nonvenomous. We’ll also talk about the ecological benefits of having snakes around.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021 11:00 am - Saturday, September 18, 2021 1:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (all ages) Join the Missouri Prairie Foundation at the Discovery Center for a native plant sale. Signs will be set up to specify where to park. Volunteers will be available to load plants into your car if you need assistance. Grow Native! professional members will be set up to sell native plants: Gaylena's Garden, Ozark Soul Native Plants, Missouri Wildflower Nursery, Allendan Seed Company, Colonial Gardens, Prairie Hill Farm, LLC, City Roots Nursery and Down to Earth Services/Green Thumb Gardens. Vendors will have a wide selectin of native flowers, grasses, sedges, shrubs and trees for a variety of growing conditions. Visit https://moprairie.org for updates and information about preordering and participating vendors.
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, September 18, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Snakes are often feared because they’re misunderstood. Do you wish you knew more about these secretive reptiles? Here’s your chance! Come meet some of the nature center snakes, learn to identify common snakes, and how to tell venomous from nonvenomous. We’ll also talk about the ecological benefits of having snakes around.
Registration period: September 1 - September 17
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, September 18, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for all attending (families)

Join us for an afternoon of fun as we learn about the monarch butterfly and its magical trek to Mexico. We will explore the monarch’s lifecycle and migration. And you will get a chance visit to become a citizen scientist by tagging monarchs and tracking their journey.
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021 2:00 pm - Saturday, September 18, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Learn how to tell the difference between honey bees, carpenter bees and bumble bees! You will learn some cool facts about those little pollinators and the plants they visit. We will spend time at a specific plant counting the pollinators to help further insect science. We will be using the Sunflower Project to submit our pollinator counts.
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021 2:00 pm - Saturday, September 18, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Tower Grove Park-Stupp Center

With our partner, Tower Grove Park, we present an afternoon of nature and art! Tower Grove Park features many great natural inspirations for artists on all levels. Learn about nature in the park, then create a piece of inspiration to take home. Bring the whole family! No experience needed and we’ll provide all the materials necessary.

MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate.
Registration period: September 1 - September 17
Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 1:00 pm - Tuesday, September 21, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)

It is harvest time! September is a bountiful month not only for pawpaw’s but for persimmons and other fall fruits in Missouri. Take a hike with us and learn how to prepare delicious treats from native fall fruits.
Registration period: August 13 - September 22
Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, September 22, 2021 10:45 am
Location: Online only
Missouri is home to many beautiful plants which can provide fall color. Naturalist Jordi Raos will share some easy to grow native plants that can add some spice to your yard! Enjoy a short virtual presentation followed by a Q&A session. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link the day prior to the program. All ages. This program will not be recorded.
Registration period: September 1 - September 25
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 9:30 am - Saturday, September 25, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
The Northern Cardinal is one of Missouri's most recognizable and beautiful of our backyard birds. Learn about this feathered friend, then use the craft of quilling to create a piece of hanging art. This project will take more time than previous sessions so plan on bringing a lunch/snack and water bottle. All quilling supplies are provided. Registration required. Ages 18 and up.
Registration period: September 1 - September 25
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, September 25, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Hummingbirds are on the move! Explore their migratory pattern and learn what you can do to assist with their successful flight, such as native plant options and how long to leave your feeder up. We will also introduce you to the Audubon's "Hummingbirds at Home" app. Registration required. Ages 13 and up.
Registration period: August 13 - September 25
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, September 25, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Join Volunteer Naturalist Dana Tideman to learn about monarch butterfly conservation, citizen science opportunities, monarch life cycle, and how to rear and tag them. Ages 10-adult.
Registration period: August 17 - September 25
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, September 25, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 10+) Just in time for fall migration, get ready to welcome back our waterfowl as they return from breeding grounds in the north to overwinter in Missouri. What's the difference between a dabbler and a diver, a duck and a grebe or a goose and a swan? In this introduction to waterfowl identification, you'll learn what to look and listen for when exploring the diversity in ducks and other water birds by sight and sound. You'll have your ducks in a row and be ready to go on a waterfowl viewing adventure of your own!
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 11:00 am - Saturday, September 25, 2021 12:00 pm
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 - September 25
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 12:30 pm - Saturday, September 25, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 10+) Just in time for fall migration, get ready to welcome back our waterfowl as they return from breeding grounds in the north to overwinter in Missouri. What's the difference between a dabbler and a diver, a duck and a grebe or a goose and a swan? In this introduction to waterfowl identification, you'll learn what to look and listen for when exploring the diversity in ducks and other water birds by sight and sound. You'll have your ducks in a row and be ready to go on a waterfowl viewing adventure of your own!
Registration period: September 1 - September 28
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 2:00 pm - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Where do monarchs migrate? How do they get there? Help us answer these questions as we study and tag monarchs on their southward migration. We will also investigate many other impressive insect migrators that are passing through Missouri. Registration required. All Ages.
Registration period: August 13 - September 28
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Hang out with other teens and learn how to make some nature prints! Naturalist Jordi Raos will lead the group in gyotaku (Japanese fish printing) and share a few other techniques. Bring a plain t-shirt, bandana, or cloth tote to print on. We will also print on paper if you do not want to bring something. Ages 12-17.
Registration period: September 1 - September 29
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 7:30 am - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 9:30 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 20 - September 29
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 2:00 pm - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Meet one of Missouri’s most beautiful snakes, the eastern milksnake. Find out how they got their name and how they help us as we uncover the mysteries of this secretive snake.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: September 10 - September 29
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only

Cassie Holcomb, owner of Cassie Bock Landscaping and Flower Garden LLC, will give us a tour of this special native plant pocket garden in Jackson. She will share the history of the garden and let us look at the huge variety of native plants. She will also tell us the benefits of using native plants in the garden for both humans and wildlife. This tour is geared toward adults but children over 12 years old may enjoy it.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
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.
Registration period: August 17 - October 1
Date: Friday, October 1, 2021 1:00 pm - Friday, October 1, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 14+) Fall can be a showstopper in the native plant gardens. Many native tall grass flowers are in full bloom and covered in pollinators. Join our native landscape specialists for a walk around the grounds and bring your questions about your own native plant gardens. This is an all-outdoor program so dress for the weather.
Date: Friday, October 1, 2021 6:00 pm - Friday, October 1, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

A carnivorous swamp monster, exploding seed bombs, and vampires that suck the life from the forest around them, Missouri is home to some unusual plants! Join us for fun look at the peculiar ways that some of Missouri’s flora make a living. While this program is open to all ages, it has been designed for ages 12 and up. This program is part of our “Nature Center at Night” series and exhibits will be open until 7pm.

Registration period: September 10 - October 1
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021 6:15 am - Saturday, October 2, 2021 8:00 am
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Take a leisurely stroll to the Confluence in the morning twilight. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a doughnut as we watch the sun rise over the Confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. Don’t forget your camera for this Golden Hour.

Bring sunglasses, insect repellant, a water bottle, and a walking stick if you have one, Dress for the weather, including boots or shoes that can get wet or muddy. Meet at the Columbia Bottom front entrance.

MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate.