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Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2024 4:00 am - Saturday, August 31, 2024 10:00 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Calling all photographers! Whether you’re a professional or just like snapping photos on your phone, the Missouri Department of Conservation invites you to head on out to one of our largest Conservation Areas in the state this summer. With nearly 7,000 acres of land and a wide variety of habitats, Busch Conservation Area is host to hundreds of species of wildlife. From Cormorants on the lake, Turkeys in the fields, and Beavers in creek, the possibilities of spotting some of our incredible Missouri wildlife are endless!

Starting May 1st, photos submitted via email to will be printed and displayed in the entrance of the St. Louis Regional Office within Busch CA for visitors to view and vote for their favorite photo of the week! You can also post your submitted photos on Facebook or Instagram using #BuschWildlifeoftheWeek. Fan favorite photos will be hung in the hallway of the Regional Office for all to enjoy throughout the summer season. The last day to submit summer photos will be August 31st.

Photos submitted MUST be taken at August A Busch Memorial Conservation Area, or our next-door neighbor Weldon Spring Conservation Area. Description of the location on either Conservation Area must be included in your email submission. Photo must include native Missouri wildlife, trees, or plants.

While we encourage participants to spot and photograph our flora and fauna, we ask that you remain at a healthy distance from any wildlife and respect all living things on our areas while also following all area regulations.

MDC photographers offer the following tips to help create the best photos: Try going during the early morning, or later into the evening. The light is usually much better during these times than the harsher, midday sun. Soft, cloudy days can also make for some pleasing light. Don’t forget to fill the frame with your subject—close-up photos tend to be much more engaging that subjects seen from a distance. Consider pulling out a macro or closeup lens. There are amazing details to be discovered in our native plants, and a host of tiny and cool insects and pollinators. And finally, be creative and don’t be afraid to experiment.

You can also consult MDC’s online Field Guide at for more information about native wildlife and their habitats and behaviors.
Date: Monday, July 1, 2024 8:00 am - Wednesday, July 31, 2024 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Keep an eye out for book pages posted along Runge's Naturescape trail and enjoy a story as you explore and walk!
Date: Monday, July 1, 2024 8:00 am - Wednesday, July 31, 2024 5:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The Cape Girardeau Nature Center staff and volunteers are excited to show off some their art from this year! Look for a variety of photographs, paintings, bark baskets, carved bowls and spoons. Many of these items were practice for upcoming classes and programs.

Perryville High School also has artwork featured in the Auditorium this month.
Date: Monday, July 1, 2024 8:00 am - Wednesday, July 31, 2024 5:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Artwork on display in lobby.
Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2024 2:00 pm - Tuesday, July 30, 2024 3:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish, and turtles enjoy their feast every Tuesday and Friday. The snakes are fed on the second and fourth Wednesday (July 10 & 24).
Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2024 8:00 am - Wednesday, July 31, 2024 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Agents of Discovery is a mobile app game that takes your visit to Runge to another dimension! As an Agent, your mission is a scavenger hunt played on your phone to discover different things animals do in spring. Explore the exhibits in the nature center to find QR codes with info and questions about animals. Find all the QR codes in the scavenger hunt and answer all questions to win. Then come to the front desk to claim your prize! No registration required. All ages
Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2024 12:00 pm - Wednesday, July 31, 2024 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Larry Yingling says he was fortunate to grow up near three lakes and a large, wooded area. And his grandfather was an avid outdoorsman who taught him to fish and respect nature. Yingling's art reflects his love of nature and his journey into challenging himself to become an artist. His exhibition is located in the Runge lobby. No registration required. All ages
Registration period: May 9 - July 25
Date: Thursday, July 25, 2024 10:30 am - Thursday, July 25, 2024 11:30 am
Location: Tower Grove Park-New Comfort Station
Do your little ones enjoy being in nature? Appreciate the natural world through a story, songs, movement, and play as you sit under the canopy for a “nature” adventure. Come see the topic we are exploring this month. Younger children and siblings are welcome. Meet the naturalist at the West End Picnic Site. Please dress for the weather.
Registration period: June 28 - July 25
Date: Thursday, July 25, 2024 4:00 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Learn embroidery techniques while also exploring "Wildflowers" by stitching quilt blocks based on that theme.

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2024 5:00 pm - Thursday, July 25, 2024 7:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required by visiting (adults) It's one thing to read about naive plants and another to get your hands dirty. Feel empowered, enjoy camaraderie and learn seasonal skills alongside native gardening experts and enthusiasts. This program is in partnership with Deep Roots KC. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.