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Registration period: April 24 - June 4
Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2024 6:00 pm - Tuesday, June 4, 2024 8:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (adults) Today's sophisticated phone cameras have opened up a whole new way to shoot and enjoy nature photography and there is no better time to capture wildflower images than the first week of June when all across Missouri prairies are bursting with color. Learn about tallgrass prairie plants while making great images as we explore the Discovery Center's native landscape. We will teach you three basic photography skills that will instantly make you a better nature photographer using your phone. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: April 24 - June 4
Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2024 6:30 pm - Tuesday, June 4, 2024 7:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (adults) Join MDC's Communication Branch Chief, Heather Feeler, for this fun and lighthearted presentation. So many of us feel like we are in survival mode tackling life's challenges. Get your groove back and stay inspired with Heather's strategies to refocus your day, take back your schedule and rekindle your passion for life through gratitude. Get your gratitude mojo back in no time with helpful tips on finding inspiration, mentoring and maybe even a daily dose of laughter. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Date: Thursday, June 6, 2024 10:00 am - Thursday, June 6, 2024 10:30 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Discover the importance of Missouri reptiles and amphibians and see what it takes to keep our education animals happy and healthy. Bring your family and watch as we introduce and feed several different reptiles and amphibians. Youth and adult organizations welcome.
Date: Friday, June 7, 2024 8:30 pm - Friday, June 7, 2024 11:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (all ages) The Missouri Department of Conservation and Kansas City Police Department are partnering to offer a free movie experience at the Discovery Center. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs as a naturalist provides a short introductory program to get you connected with nature. The family friendly movie "Migration" will start at sunset with movie snacks available. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: May 14 - June 7
Date: Saturday, June 8, 2024 8:30 am - Saturday, June 8, 2024 1:30 pm
Location: USDA - Ava

If you're wondering what a glade is, or how to manage and restore one on your property, then this workshop is for you! Join MDC's Private Land Conservationists, Mark McLain and Danita Rechkemmer for a glade workshop at Glade Top Trail. This workshop will be a driving tour with 5 stops, including lunch.

Meet us at the Ava USDA NRCS office at 8:30AM on June 8th. Carpooling will be our best option but some may have to drive, or if you prefer to drive, expect rough road conditions.

Directions: From Mansfield take HWY 5 South to Ava. Turn left at the first stop light on Springfield Rd, continue for .1 miles and turn left onto Haden St, (right after signal gas station before the bank). Continue straight until road ends, it’s the large building on the left. Parking is on the left and in front of the USDA building.

Special instructions:

1. Lunch will be provided by MDC – if you have special dietary needs, please contact Mark McLain at mark.mclain@mdc.mo.gov

2. We will try to carpool from the USDA office to reduce the number of vehicles, but some participants may have to drive.

3. If you prefer to drive yourself, bring a vehicle that can traverse several miles of rough county gravel roads and Forest Service trails.

4. This is a remote location with no amenities.

Registration period: May 17 - June 8
Date: Saturday, June 8, 2024 9:00 am - Saturday, June 8, 2024 5:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Meet at the Nature Center and carpool to Prairie State Park which encompasses nearly 4,000 acres of tallgrass prairie in western Barton County near Lamar. This 2.5-mile hike covers uneven and possible muddy terrain. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring binoculars if you have them. Bring a sack lunch, water, snacks, insect repellent, and sunscreen.
Date: Saturday, June 8, 2024 10:00 am - Saturday, June 8, 2024 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (ages 12+) Nature provides incredible inspiration and one-of-a-kind supplies in our own backyards. As spring and summer colors have exploded at the Discovery Center, we've collected dried stems, flowers, leaves, grasses and more from our landscape to help you tap into your creative side. Explore a variety of colors and textures as you create your own natural summer garden lantern! If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: May 24 - June 8
Date: Saturday, June 8, 2024 10:00 am - Saturday, June 8, 2024 1:00 pm
Location: Howard Wood Urban Outreach Office

Reservations began Friday, May 26

Join Missouri Department of Conservation as we present an afternoon of nature and art! Our urban habitats feature many great natural inspirations for artists on all levels. Learn about fireflies in St. Louis, then create a piece of inspiration to take home. Grab a friend or two, your older child/ren, or make it a date. No experience needed and we’ll provide all the materials necessary. We will be learning about owls and then creating a painting of one. Please register each person.
Registration period: April 24 - June 8
Date: Saturday, June 8, 2024 10:00 am - Saturday, June 8, 2024 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Ancestral Skills Specialist Don Brink will demonstrate how to start a fire without matches and butane. Learn multiple methods of fire-starting and try your hand at this age-old skill. All ages.
Registration period: April 24 - June 8
Date: Saturday, June 8, 2024 12:00 pm - Saturday, June 8, 2024 5:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Join Naturalist Sam Grove to learn about cave biology, cave ethics, and how to safely go caving. Meet at the Nature Center for an indoor presentation, then carpool to an MDC-owned cave near Springfield. No prior caving experience is required, but participants must be able to climb and crawl. Bring an extra change of clothes and shoes.