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Registration period: June 15 - July 6
Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, July 6, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Beetles come in different colors, shapes, and sizes with interesting ways of behaving. Some are red with black polka dots, some have rhinoceros’ horns on top of their head, and others roll poop. Join us and buddy up with a beetle. Registration Required. Ages 3-6 years.
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 18 - July 8
Date: Thursday, July 8, 2021 10:00 am - Thursday, July 8, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Online only
Summer is filled with many beautiful wildflowers, and coneflowers add lovely splashes of color to our landscapes. We will explore the species native to Missouri and where to add them to your garden.
Registration period: June 15 - July 8
Date: Thursday, July 8, 2021 8:00 pm - Thursday, July 8, 2021 9:30 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Join us for a night hike at Runge Conservation Nature Center and explore the world that comes alive when we are typically getting ready for bed. Hiking at dusk will allow us to encounter a different side of nature and can transform even the most familiar Runge trail into a new adventure! Registration Required. All Ages.
Registration period: July 1 - July 9
Date: Friday, July 9, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, July 9, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Beetles come in different colors, shapes, and sizes with interesting ways of behaving. Some are red with black polka dots, some have rhinoceros’ horns on top of their head, and others roll poop. Join us and buddy up with a beetle. Registration Required. This is for families with more than one child in both the 0-2 AND the 3-6 age range.
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.
Date: Friday, July 9, 2021 2:00 pm - Friday, July 9, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Have you ever wondered how a snake can eat with no hands? Or how turtles and fish catch their dinner? Join our Runge Naturalists to get up close and personal with some of Missouri's coolest critters.
Registration period: June 28 - July 10
Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021 9:30 am - Saturday, July 10, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Discover interesting facts about the Rainbow Trout, a fish that’s as beautiful as its name, and paint a trout drawing with watercolors. Presenters will guide you through this unique way of painting and will supply all materials. Registration Required. Ages 18 and up.
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 18 - July 9
Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, July 10, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Pass the pasta and join us to learn how to use wild edible plants at your next pasta party! We will learn to not only build a basic pesto based on wild plants and nuts, but how to make pasta from scratch, flavored with wild herbs. So why dress your pasta from a jar when you have forest full of fresh ingredients to add a little flair to your summer table.

Registration period: June 15 - July 10
Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, July 10, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Discover interesting facts about the Rainbow Trout, a fish that’s as beautiful as its name, and paint a trout drawing with watercolors. Presenters will guide you through this unique way of painting and will supply all materials. Registration Required. Ages 18 and up.
Registration period: June 18 - July 9
Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, July 10, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Time outdoors can present some challenges like insect bites and poison ivy rash. Nature also provides some remedies. Wil will learn about a few plants that can be used as medicine, and afterward we will make a couple batches of some simple remedies and you can take samples home.
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.
Registration period: June 18 - July 9
Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021 5:30 pm - Saturday, July 10, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Over 100 species of fish call the Mississippi River home, including the blue catfish, which can grow up to 150 pounds. Come join Powder Valley Naturalists as we fish the mighty Mississippi at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area. While catfish are our target, fish such as bluegill, freshwater drum, and shovelnose sturgeon may be caught. Limit to 20 people. We have 18 large catfish poles, one per family, or you may bring your own gear. A valid Missouri Fishing License is required for participants 16 and older. If legal sized fish are caught, we will also do a filleting demo and you can take your fish fillets home. We must be out of the area before sunset when the front gate locks.

Meet at parking lot O (also known as the canoe launch).

Register each participant individually.

Specific directions and information will be emailed to participants prior to the event.
Registration period: June 18 - July 10
Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021 6:00 pm - Saturday, July 10, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Here is your chance to see a ruby-throated hummingbird up close! Join master hummingbird bander Sarah Driver to learn more about this winged jewel while attempting to capture some for banding. All ages.
Registration period: June 15 - July 13
Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 4:00 pm - Tuesday, July 13, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Online only
Discover the wildlife of summer by listening and learning about the many Missouri animals that are showcasing their unique sounds this warm and humid season. Learn why these animals are producing sounds and identify them by their song through this interactive virtual program. Registration required. All Ages. Participants will receive an e-mail with a link to the program both 24 hours and 1 hour prior to the start of the virtual presentation.
Registration period: June 10 - July 13
Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 6:30 pm - Tuesday, July 13, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 16+) It is hot out! This urban hike will be at a leisurely pace through the beautiful, tree lined streets of North Kansas City. We will be on the lookout for birds and other hidden gems as we explore a residential area of town. We will also discuss hiking safety and other urban hikes in KC. The instructor will e-mail the exact meeting location to participants the week prior to the hike. 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 7 - July 13
Date: Wednesday, July 14, 2021 1:30 pm - Wednesday, July 14, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Missouri is home to over 200 different fish species. Identifying the differences in these fish can be tough for beginner anglers, and enthusiasts alike. Join us as we learn about the most popular game, and non-game fish in Missouri. We will cover many fish species that include, but not limited to, bass, crappie, and invasive carp. This program will be a hybrid event held at Powder Valley Nature Center, as well as virtually. Registration is separate for the two audiences.

This event will be held at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center in the classroom.

Register each person individually.
Registration period: June 7 - July 13
Date: Wednesday, July 14, 2021 1:30 pm - Wednesday, July 14, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Missouri is home to over 200 different fish species. Identifying the differences in these fish can be tough for beginner anglers, and enthusiasts alike. Join us as we learn about the most popular game, and non-game fish in Missouri. We will cover many fish species that include, but not limited to, bass, crappie, and invasive carp. This program will be a hybrid event held at Powder Valley Nature Center, as well as virtually.

Registration is separate for the two audiences.

This portion is VIRTUAL, a Webex link will be sent approximately 24 hours in advance. This will not be recorded.

Register each person individually.
Registration period: June 18 - July 15
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 10:00 am - Thursday, July 15, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Online only
Love them or hate them, armadillos are one of Missouri’s strangest mammals. Join nature center staff to learn all about these odd-balls of the animal kingdom. We will discuss their fascinating lives, why we see so many dead on the road, how to handle nuisance animal problems, and where they all came from.
Registration period: June 15 - July 15
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 10:30 am - Thursday, July 15, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
In Person Program- Take a trip with us and float down a Missouri stream to discover plants and animals that depend on clean water to survive and flourish. Each month a different applique block based on this year’s theme, River Trail Discoveries, will be revealed. July’s applique block and presentation will feature the Prothonotary Warbler, a migrating bird. Registration Required. Ages 16 and up.
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 12:00 pm - Thursday, July 15, 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: June 15 - July 15
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, July 15, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
In Person Program: Take a trip with us and float down a Missouri stream to discover plants and animals that depend on clean water to survive and flourish. Each month a different applique block based on this year’s theme, River Trail Discoveries, will be revealed. July’s applique block and presentation will feature the Prothonotary Warbler, a migrating bird. Ages 16 and up. Registration Required.