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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: 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: 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 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 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.
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 9 - July 3
Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021 11:00 am - Saturday, July 3, 2021 12:00 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.
Registration period: May 25 - July 3
Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021 11:30 am - Saturday, July 3, 2021 1:00 pm
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 1:00 pm - Saturday, July 3, 2021 2:00 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.
Registration period: May 25 - July 3
Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021 1:30 pm - Saturday, July 3, 2021 3:00 pm
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: May 26 - July 6
Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, July 6, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (adults) Let's get outside for a fun-filled sunny summer night of outdoor skills and adventure! Would you like to discover the fun in learning to use an atlatl, testing your archery skills, mastering the skill of fire starting and participating in other outdoor skills that will enhance your experiences in nature? Join us for our annual 'Ladies Night Out' at the Discovery Center! 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: June 10 - July 9
Date: Friday, July 9, 2021 10:30 am - Friday, July 9, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 6+) The ruby-throated hummingbird is one of Missouri's most intriguing birds! Would you like to learn how to attract these summer visitors by providing food sources for them in your yard or garden? Join us as we learn about the native plants, sweet nectar and insects loved by this tiny creature, also know as nature's helicopter! You will have the opportunity to make your own hummingbird feeder.
Registration period: June 10 - July 9
Date: Friday, July 9, 2021 1:00 pm - Friday, July 9, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 6+) The ruby-throated hummingbird is one of Missouri's most intriguing birds! Would you like to learn how to attract these summer visitors by providing food sources for them in your yard or garden? Join us as we learn about the native plants, sweet nectar and insects loved by this tiny creature, also know as nature's helicopter! You will have the opportunity to make your own hummingbird feeder.
Registration period: June 10 - July 10
Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, July 10, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 9+) Primitive skills enthusiasts use atlatls as an alternative form of hunting deer, turkey and fish in Missouri. Others use this Native American hunting tool for sport, throwing for distance or accuracy. Step outside with us on this sunny summer day if you are looking to find a challenging new sport in today's modern world. Test your skill as you attempt to hit the target using this unique spear-thrower! Get ready to meet the challenge! 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: June 10 - July 10
Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021 12:30 pm - Saturday, July 10, 2021 1:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 9+) Primitive skills enthusiasts use atlatls as an alternative form of hunting deer, turkey and fish in Missouri. Others use this Native American hunting tool for sport, throwing for distance or accuracy. Step outside with us on this sunny summer day if you are looking to find a challenging new sport in today's modern world. Test your skill as you attempt to hit the target using this unique spear-thrower! Get ready to meet the challenge! 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: June 21 - July 7
Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021 2:00 pm - Saturday, July 10, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults and teens 14+)

Create a unique wearable work of art with acrylic “clay” as a set of earrings, a necklace pedant, or a brooch. Learn about some of our beautiful and essential native plants as you craft your jewelry from one of many basic flower shapes...flowering dogwood, sunflower, wild ginger and more.