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Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2021 8:00 am - Wednesday, June 30, 2021 8:00 am
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

The Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center Artist Hallway Monthly Exhibits are back!

For June 2021: Marian Brickner, a whimsical wildlife photographer who captures the many moods of animals, has traveled worldwide, has produced 60 books on various animals and people, and has currently focused her photography skills around the St. Louis area, including Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center. You can visit her website at www.marianbricknerphotrapher.com, and her books can be found on Amazon.
Registration period: May 4 - June 19
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 9:00 am - Wednesday, June 23, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Grandparents, grandkids, and great times is the goal of this day camp filled with adventure to span the generations! Build life long memories with your loved ones during this two day adventure camp. Activities will include canoeing, fishing and several other opportunities to show your grandkids just how cool grandparents are! Participants are asked to bring a mask, water bottle, and sturdy shoes. This program will require the ability to walk distances of half a mile over well maintained dirt trails. Please register both adult and youth participants. Full details will be provided after registration. Camp activities run from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. A love of nature is always best shared, come let us help you share yours!
Registration period: April 8 - June 22
Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 9:00 am - Wednesday, June 23, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Register your family and meet us at the east parking lot at Busiek Conservation Area to hike and explore with our Naturalists. We will explore the forest and creek so come prepared for hiking and to get wet. Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent, a towel, a hat, and an extra pair of shoes you can wear in the water (no flip-flops or crocs please). Remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 8-adult. Ages 8-17 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Please register each family member attending.
Date: Friday, June 25, 2021 7:30 am - Friday, June 25, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

All Ages

Take a closer look at a bird’s wings, feet, and beak. Learn how these body parts and other adaptations are essential for a bird to survive in the wild!

Join us for LIVE bird banding starting at 7:30 a.m.

A bird movie will be shown at noon in the auditorium.

Families, Scout, and camp groups are welcome. All activities will be both indoors and outdoors. For groups of more than 20, please call for to let us know large groups are going to attend (to make sure we have enough supplies).

**Please wear your mask when social distancing is not feasible.
Registration period: April 8 - June 25
Date: Friday, June 25, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, June 25, 2021 10:45 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Do turtles come from eggs? Can a turtle come out of its shell? How long can turtles hold their breath? Find out the answers to these questions and more at Turtlemania! We will discover what makes turtles so terrific and look for some turtles in the wild. Meet at the trailhead to walk the Boardwalk Trail. Adults, please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: April 27 - June 26
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 14+) The Midwest is home to many choice edible mushrooms, along with a few toxic ones. Join Alix Daniel for a presentation on how to get started with mushroom hunting, when and where to find mushrooms and how to properly ID mushrooms. There will be many specimens to observe, and maybe even some to taste!
Registration period: April 8 - June 26
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 10:45 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Do turtles come from eggs? Can a turtle come out of its shell? How long can turtles hold their breath? Find out the answers to these questions and more at Turtlemania! We will discover what makes turtles so terrific and look for some turtles in the wild. Meet at the trailhead to walk the Boardwalk Trail. Adults, please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: June 1 - June 25
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)

Did you know Missouri is home to 13 unique species of lizards? You may even have one in your own backyard! Come learn some of the secrets of these often-hidden reptiles.
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 11:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
Join us for a story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet butterflies, birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! Our imaginations are the only limits.
Registration period: April 27 - June 26
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, June 26, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 14+) The Midwest is home to many choice edible mushrooms, along with a few toxic ones. Join Alix Daniel for a presentation on how to get started with mushroom hunting, when and where to find mushrooms and how to properly ID mushrooms. There will be many specimens to observe, and maybe even some to taste!
Registration period: May 14 - June 24
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, June 26, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Tower Grove Park-Stupp Center

(Families)

Find out about the interesting lives of black bears in Missouri, play the “Bear Necessities” survival game, and learn to be “Bear Aware” to help keep both bears and people safe.

Please meet the naturalist at the Stupp Center.
Registration period: May 12 - June 24
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 7:00 pm - Saturday, June 26, 2021 8:30 pm
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

(All ages)

What is a slough? A slough is an old part of a river or wetland that has been cut off. At times it is full to the brim with water; at other times it is just muddy or totally dry. It is the home territory of frogs, toads, turtles and even beavers. At times the slough at Columbia Bottom joins both the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. We will look for turtles and listen for amphibian calls at the slough as we make our way to the confluence. On our return we will watch the sunset from the Cropland Overlook.

Meet at lot “L” about 4 ½ miles from the front entrance.

Please bring a flashlight and a walking stick if you have one. We will be wearing masks and following social distancing guidelines as appropriate.

Sunset: 8:29 pm

Registration period: May 21 - June 26
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 7:30 pm - Saturday, June 26, 2021 9:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

During warm summer nights, nature provides us with one of the most spectacular fireworks displays. The culprit of this lightshow is the tiny firefly. Bring the whole family out for fun firefly activites as we learn all about these amazing insects.

Please register each family member that will be attending. Remember to practice social distancing. The use of a mask is encouraged.
Registration period: May 21 - June 29
Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 2:00 pm - Tuesday, June 29, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Meet one of the best actors of the snake world, the eastern hog-nosed snake. Sometimes called the puff adder, this snake is full of tricks when it comes to deterring predators. Get an up close look at this fascinating snake and learn what makes them unique.

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: May 21 - June 30
Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, June 30, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only

Everyone loves a good story, and we have plenty of them here at the nature center! You and your little one can watch and listen as our Naturalist reads a couple nature stories. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age, but is open to all ages.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program. Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.
Registration period: May 21 - June 30
Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, June 30, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only

Everyone loves a good story, and we have plenty of them here at the nature center! You and your little one can watch and listen as our Naturalist reads a couple nature stories. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age, but is open to all ages.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program. Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Registration period: June 18 - July 1
Date: Thursday, July 1, 2021 2:00 pm - Thursday, July 1, 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 as naturalists introduce and feed several Missouri amphibians and reptiles.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Date: Thursday, July 1, 2021 2:00 pm - Thursday, July 1, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ever wonder what it takes to keep the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Watch in-person as naturalists introduce and feed several Missouri amphibians and reptiles.

Masks are encouraged if social distancing cannot be maintained.

Registration period: June 9 - July 2
Date: Friday, July 2, 2021 1:00 pm - Friday, July 2, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 14+) Summertime in the native plant garden, there's no better place! The pollinators are out, and the flowers are vibrant. Join our native landscape specialists for a walk around the grounds and bring your questions about your own native plant gardens.
Date: Friday, July 2, 2021 6:00 pm - Friday, July 2, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

O say can you see, Missouri’s most majestic flyer, the bald eagle? Join us to celebrate our nation’s birth and our most iconic national symbol with an Evening at the Nature Center. This will also be a time to introduce you to our newest exhibit, our eagles nest play area. The nature center will be open extra late as we learn about eagles, wetlands, and our Mississippi River ecosystem. While we will not have live eagles, games, discovery tables, crafts and play areas will help us appreciate our once nearly extinct bird. So fly on by and check out the fun!

Registration period: June 15 - July 3
Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, July 3, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Early July is a time to celebrate and watch fireworks. It is also time for our living “fireworks” of the prairie to bloom. Join us as we discover the unique beauty of Missouri’s native prairie plants. Registration Required. Ages 10 and up.
Registration period: June 15 - July 2
Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, July 3, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)

Slither in to discover the wonderful world of Missouri’s snakes. These legless, scaly reptiles are often misunderstood, but are beneficial to the environment and us. Join us as we untangle snake myths, learn who lives around us and meet some live snakes up close.
Registration period: May 25 - July 3
Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, July 3, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) Making a beautiful nature print in stride with the holiday weekend is easy and fun! We will use nature and the sun to make cyanotypes: a photographic printing process that uses the sun and water to make a cyan-blue print of naturally found objects like leaves and grasses that we will collect on a walk around out big backyard.
Registration period: June 9 - July 3
Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, July 3, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 3-8) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

REGISTRATION NOTE: ONE ADULT SHOULD REGISTER TO REPRESENT THE FAMILY AND THEN E-MAIL, STEVE.JACOBSEN@MDC.MO.GOV, TO COMMNICATE HOW MANY WILL BE ATTENDING.

Registration period: June 15 - July 3
Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021 11:30 am - Saturday, July 3, 2021 12:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 3-8) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

REGISTRATION NOTE: ONE ADULT SHOULD REGISTER TO REPRESENT THE FAMILY AND THEN E-MAIL, STEVE.JACOBSEN@MDC.MO.GOV, TO COMMNICATE HOW MANY WILL BE ATTENDING.