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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: Online only
Take a (virtual) 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. Participants need to attend this virtual program to receive the applique block/pattern for that month which will be e-mailed after the presentation. Ages 16 and up. Registration Required. 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 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.
Registration period: June 18 - July 16
Date: Friday, July 16, 2021 2:00 pm - Friday, July 16, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Holly Ridge Conservation Area is located in Stoddard County, just northeast of Dexter, MO. This area totals 991 acres, including two natural areas and an archery range. The natural areas were established to protect 26 rare or endangered plant species as well as a special habitat called a perched bog. In this program we’ll discuss the natural history and recreational opportunities on the area. This program is open to all ages; however it is most suitable for ages 15 and up.

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 15 - July 16
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021 7:30 am - Saturday, July 17, 2021 10:30 am
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Join us for a 2 and ½ mile hike to view the herons and egrets feeding in the MTC marsh. The young have just left the nests so we may see both young and adults feeding together. See some of the showiest members of all wading birds.

This event will be held at Marais Temp Clair Conservation area. Dress for the weather, and bring water, snacks, and binoculars.

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

Registration period: June 10 - July 17
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, July 17, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 6+) Bring your imagination and engage in nature play while we embark on an expedition through the Discovery Center's diverse landscape. What plants and animals will we discover? Join our team of explorers on this outstanding adventure!
Registration period: June 15 - July 17
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, July 17, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 3-8) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forest, 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 COMMUNICATE HOW MANY WILL BE ATTENDING.
Registration period: July 1 - July 16
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, July 17, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families)

They are creepy, they are crawly, and they can be downright ugly! Join us as we take a closer look into the world of bugs and insects and why they are an important part of the natural world. Plus, we will head out to the prairie to try our hands at catching bugs and insects.
Registration period: June 15 - July 17
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021 11:30 am - Saturday, July 17, 2021 12:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 3-8) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forest, 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 COMMUNICATE HOW MANY WILL BE ATTENDING.
Registration period: June 10 - July 17
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021 12:30 pm - Saturday, July 17, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 6+) Bring your imagination and engage in nature play while we embark on an expedition through the Discovery Center's diverse landscape. What plants and animals will we discover? Join our team of explorers on this outstanding adventure!
Registration period: June 18 - July 16
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, July 17, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
What’s the first thing you think of when you hear sumac? Is it “poison sumac” and “stay out of the woods”? You’re in luck because we do not have poison sumac in Missouri. However, we do have four species of sumac that are an important part of their ecosystem and also very delicious. We’ll learn how to identify the different sumac species, how to harvest them safely, and how to cook them. Each recipe we try will include a sumac ingredient so that we learn to recognize the taste.
Registration period: June 18 - July 19
Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 8:30 am - Tuesday, July 20, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Wild blackberries are found statewide in Missouri, and fruits can be harvested from late June through August. Come join Powder Valley Naturalists as we pick blackberries at Young Conservation Area in Jefferson County. We will spend roughly an hour picking blackberries, and then head to Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center to make a blackberry cobbler, and a blackberry syrup for vanilla ice-cream. Wear long sleaves and field pants that can withstand the thorny blackberry bushes. Bring a hat, sunscreen, water, and bug spray. Most of the blackberry patches are near the parking lot, so we won’t be venturing too far. Register each person individually.

This program will meet at Young Conservation Area in Jefferson County at 845am and then we will head to Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center in Kirkwood after an hour of blackberry picking.

Please register each person attending
Registration period: July 1 - July 16
Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 9:00 am - Tuesday, July 20, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)

Summer is a time of plenty for people and nature! Discover how to share in the bounty by learning to make jellies and how to pickle summer’s wild harvest.
Registration period: June 17 - July 19
Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 5:30 pm - Tuesday, July 20, 2021 6:30 pm
Location: Tower Grove Park-Stupp Center

Ages 7 and up

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. Meet the naturalist at the Stupp Center in Tower Grove Park.

MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines.? Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate.?
Registration period: May 26 - July 20
Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, July 20, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (adults) Making beautiful images from nature is one of the oldest artforms. After exploring the Discovery Center's native gardens and landscape, we will create nature prints called monotypes using leaves and grasses with block ink, zinc plates and the etching press. Satisfy your home decorating needs with a work of art worthy of framing.
Registration period: June 18 - July 22
Date: Thursday, July 22, 2021 10:00 am - Thursday, July 22, 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 22
Date: Thursday, July 22, 2021 10:00 am - Thursday, July 22, 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: July 1 - July 23
Date: Friday, July 23, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, July 23, 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: June 17 - July 22
Date: Friday, July 23, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, July 23, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Tower Grove Park-Stone Shelter

Insects are an important part of our world! Come discover what makes an insect an insect, explore their superpowers, and investigate some insects in Tower Grove Park through story time fun! Meet the naturalist at the Stone Shelter in the park. Roads may be closed to vehicles; Please park on Magnolia and walk south to the Stone Shelter.

MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines.? Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate.
Registration period: July 1 - July 22
Date: Saturday, July 24, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, July 24, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families)

“Why did the turtle cross the road?” Come to Burr Oak Woods to learn the answer to this age-old question. Missouri is home to several different species of turtles, some aquatic and some terrestrial. Join us to learn more about those shelled road crossers.
Registration period: July 1 - July 24
Date: Saturday, July 24, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, July 24, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Take a break from the heat while drawing the showy yellow Missouri coneflower. Cool off and relax while learning about this attractive native and drawing a decorative motif of this beautiful glade and roadside wildflower. Registration required. Ages 14 and up.
Registration period: June 15 - July 24
Date: Saturday, July 24, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, July 24, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Online only
Take a break from the heat while drawing the showy yellow Missouri coneflower. Cool off and relax in the comfort of your home while learning about this attractive native and drawing a decorative motif of this beautiful glade and roadside wildflower. Registration required. Ages 14 and up.
Registration period: July 1 - July 28
Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, July 28, 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 0-2 years.
Registration period: June 15 - July 30
Date: Friday, July 30, 2021 6:30 pm - Friday, July 30, 2021 8:30 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Join a naturalist for a 3.5 mile hike on the Hiking and Biking trail at dusk to catch a glimpse of some of Missouri’s summertime magic...the bioluminescence of fireflies!

This guided hike will meet at the Busch Hiking and Biking trailhead. Please bring water and good walking shoes.

MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate.
Registration period: July 1 - July 31
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, July 31, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Pretty, powerful, predatory, and precious: words that describe dragon and damselflies. Join us as we explore the fascinating world of these amazing animals during this hands-on experience. Registration required. Ages 10 and up.