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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 17 - June 14
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 9:30 am - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Come and join us virtually as we discuss the caves and cave life of Missouri and why we need to protect this unique ecosystem.

We will briefly go over caves and safety. There will be a brief break as the in-person crew caravans over to Cliff Cave at Cliff Cave County Park. We will then hop back on virtually and go through folks getting gear on, and entering the cave. This will be a hybrid event, with a limited 10 person in-person program. We are making this experience virtual too.

Photos of the cave trip (cave life, etc.) will be sent tp all virtual participants.

Register each individual separately.

Registration period: May 17 - June 14
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 9:30 am - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Come and join us as we discuss the caves and cave life of Missouri and why we need to protect this unique ecosystem. We will meet at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center on Tuesday, June 15th at 930am to briefly go over caves and safety. We will then caravan to Cliff Cave at Cliff Cave County Park in South County for a in cave field trip from 12 (noon) to 2pm. For the field trip portion we will survey different cave biology as well as learn how graffiti is removed from the cave. Please dress in layers and dress appropriately for the weather. Bring an extra change of clothes, water, and snacks/lunch. Helmets and one flashlight will be provided. Please wear rubber boots as well as bring 2 additional sources of light (such as headlamps or flashlights).

***Field trip portion will be canceled in heavy rain.

***If large clusters of bats are encountered, the field trip portion will be cut short.

***Must attend the classroom session in order to attend the field trip portion.

***Register each person individually

*** masks will be required to wear inside the cave (surgical masks or N95 masks- will be provided)

Registration period: May 21 - June 15
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 1:00 pm - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Online only
The hot days of summer are almost upon us and slowly the bright colors of spring will melt away into a haze of yellow. This part of the summer includes sunflowers and a host of other pollinator favorites. We will learn about some of our native blooms and how they are part of a healthy habitat.
Registration period: May 3 - June 15
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 16+) We all know the iconic WWI Museum, but have you ever explored the grounds and surrounding neighborhoods on foot? This urban hike will be around three miles at a moderate pace on sidewalks and will include multiple staircases. We will explore the neighborhoods west and north of the museum and discover why nature adds value to our built spaces. We will also discuss hiking safety and other urban hikes in KC. The instructor will e-mail the exact meeting location to the participants the week prior to the hike. You will receive and e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel..
Registration period: May 4 - June 12
Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 9:00 am - Friday, June 18, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Let the adventure begin! Summer is too short to spend it indoors. Join nature center staff for a hands- on day camp filled with a sample of awesome outdoor adventure. Hiking, swimming, kayaking and plenty of other activities will make this an experience to remember! All experience levels and abilities welcome. The program will begin at the nature center each morning, but much of our time will be spent at one of several conservation areas. Participants are asked to bring a mask, water bottle, sturdy shoes, and a sack lunch. Snacks, transportation to activities, and all required equipment will be provided. Camp is from 9:00 am – 4 :00 pm daily. Full details will be provided after registration. Isn’t it time you got outside and discovered nature?
Registration period: April 8 - June 17
Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021 10:00 am - Thursday, June 17, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only
Hummingbirds have zipped their way into many hearts but there is still a lot to know about these tiny wonders! Join our virtual series and learn about the ruby-throated hummingbird with Naturalist Jordi Raos. 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. Age 6-adult recommended.
Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021 12:00 pm - Thursday, June 17, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Online only

Every third Thursday at 12pm, we’ll tour the native landscape at MDC’s Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, this monthly series features a live look at native plants of interest throughout the year, This program is a partnership with Deep Roots.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED THROUGH THE DEEP ROOTS WEBSITE: https://deeproots.org/native-plants-at-noon/
Registration period: May 1 - June 17
Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, June 17, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Learn embroidery techniques while also exploring Missouri’s swamps by stitching quilt blocks based on that theme. The sixth block and topic for this month is the Bald Cypress Tree. Please commit to attend all twelve of the monthly sessions so you will be able to complete the blocks for an entire "swamp based" quilt. Classes will be held on the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm. Kits may be picked up at the Nature Center. You will need to have your own embroidery hoop, needle, and tracing pen. The light boards will be available for tracing at 5:30 before class or after class..

Registration period: April 24 - June 17
Date: Friday, June 18, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, June 18, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Online only
Registration required (ages 8+) Am I kidding when I tell you that Missouri is home to more than 20 different species of frogs and toads? Find out in this "ribbit"-ing program! We'll explore the biology of frogs and toads and what makes amphibians such an important part of our ecosystems. Participants will make their very own treefrog tube to welcome these critters to their own backyards!
Registration period: May 14 - June 18
Date: Friday, June 18, 2021 5:00 pm - Friday, June 18, 2021 6:00 pm
Location: Online only
A key to successful vegetable gardening is pest control and pollination, and beneficial native insects do both! In this class you will learn about common garden pests, their beneficial bug counterparts, the native garden food chain, and companion planting.
Registration period: April 8 - June 18
Date: Friday, June 18, 2021 8:30 pm - Friday, June 18, 2021 9:30 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Meet us at nearby Living Memorial Park for an evening of firefly fun! Stop by anytime, catch some lightning bugs, and visit the education stations around the park. Please remember to wear a mask and social distance. All ages.
Registration period: April 8 - June 18
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, June 19, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Hike the 7.7 mile Natural Tunnel Trail at Bennett Spring State Park. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is rated moderate to difficult. Meet at the Natural Tunnel Trail head parking lot. Please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 18-adult.
Registration period: May 21 - June 18
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, June 19, 2021 12:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Wildflowers splash amazing colors across our landscape. We will be collecting and using native plants to make our own paper prints. The colors are more subdued tan in nature but still create stunning prints. This will be a hands on class, you will collect leaves and flowers to make your own print you can take home and frame for display.
Registration period: June 1 - June 17
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, June 19, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
Let’s gather at the 24 Highway shelter house to forage for some early summer wild edible plants. Bring your cameras, smart phones, ID books and water bottle. (No facilities available at this site)
Registration period: April 24 - June 18
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, June 19, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 8+) Am I fibbing when I tell you that Missouri is home to more than 20 different species of frogs and toads? Find out in this "ribbit"-ing program! We'll explore the biology of frogs and toads and what makes amphibians such an important part of our ecosystems. Participants will make their very own treefrog tube to welcome these critters to their own backyards! This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.
Registration period: April 23 - June 19
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, June 19, 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 nature related places as they read stories, play a game or two and participate in a nature related activity. All this fun while enjoying the great outdoors! This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.

REGISTRATION NOTE: ONE ADULT SHOULD REGISTER TO REPRESENT THE FAMILY AND THEN E-MAIL STEVE.JACOBSEN@MDC.MO.GOV TO COMMUNICATE HOW MANY WILL BE ATTENDING.
Registration period: May 14 - June 18
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 11:00 am - Saturday, June 19, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Pollinators provide many services to wildlife, plants, and humans, and are therefore an important natural resource that should receive our support. In this program, participants will learn the process of pollination and how it shapes our world. All attendees will also create a bee bath to take home for their yard.

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

Registration period: April 23 - June 19
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 11:30 am - Saturday, June 19, 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 nature related places as they read stories, play a game or two and participate in a nature related activity. All this fun while enjoying the great outdoors! This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.

REGISTRATION NOTE: ONE ADULT SHOULD REGISTER TO REPRESENT THE FAMILY AND THEN E-MAIL STEVE.JACOBSEN@MDC.MO.GOV TO COMMUNICATE HOW MANY WILL BE ATTENDING.
Registration period: April 24 - June 18
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, June 19, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 8+) Am I fibbing when I tell you that Missouri is home to more than 20 different species of frogs and toads? Find out in this "ribbit"-ing program! We'll explore the biology of frogs and toads and what makes amphibians such an important part of our ecosystems. Participants will make their very own treefrog tube to welcome these critters to their own backyards! This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.
Registration period: April 23 - June 19
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 1:30 pm - Saturday, June 19, 2021 2:30 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 nature related places as they read stories, play a game or two and participate in a nature related activity. All this fun while enjoying the great outdoors! This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.

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