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Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 15+).
Meet at Runge and carpool to Prairie Garden Trust, which is known for its wonderful birding in the spring. It is a popular stopover for many very colorful migrants. Dress for the weather and bring water, snacks, and binoculars.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: O'Fallon Park Lake

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. This family fishing event is open to the public. Events include special stockings, fishing instruction and much more. No registration is required.

Register by April 26

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (18+ years old).
Meet at the nature center and drive to Ha Ha Tonka State Park in Camden County. We will be hiking the Devil's Kitchen and Spring Trails. Bring a water bottle, lunch, and dress for the weather.
Terrain: Moderate
Length: 4 miles

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Jefferson Lake - Forest Park

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. This family fishing event is open to the public. Events include special stockings, fishing instruction and much more. No registration is required.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Carondelet Park - Boathouse Lake

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. This family fishing event is open to the public. Events include special stockings, fishing instruction and much more. No registration is required.

Register by April 26

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Pershing State Park

Please register if you plan to attend. If you have questions you may call Adam Brandsgaard at 660-646-6122.

Register by April 26

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:30am to 10:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Spring welcomes many migratory birds to our state, but learning to identify these feathered visitors can be tricky. Learn about spring migrants, then hike our trails to try and find them. Bring field guides and binoculars if you have them. This program is for women only. Ages 14-adult. Girls 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult female.

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 30 (Ages 0–2)
Putt, putt, putt and gobble, gobble, gobble goes the turkey. Who is doing all the talking and what are they trying to say? Strut on in to gab like a turkey and find out more with your little one.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (families)
Join us as we learn about the French-American ornithologist, naturalist and painter, John James Audubon, and his contributions to natural history. We will then head out on the stroller friendly trails for one of Audubon’s favorite activities, a bird hike of course! Dress for the weather. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair from us.

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: George O. White Nursery

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration is required, please call the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center at 573-290-5218 beginning March 1. The nature center is partnering with the Cape Girardeau Parks & Recreation Department to clean up Cape LaCroix Creek during their annual Park Day. Gather your friends, family, or organization to help bring the beauty back to the creek between Walden Park and Shawnee Sports Complex. We’ll meet at the 4-H Shelter in Arena Park to divide and conquer. Lunch and t-shirts will be provided at Capaha Park afterwards. Youth and adult groups welcome. Registration is required, please call the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center at 573-290-5218 beginning March 1.

Register by April 26

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Snakes and Lizards are really amazing reptiles. Come and discover many incredible things about snakes and lizards that live in Missouri. We will also go outside and try to find some snakes in their natural habitat.

Register by April 26

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:30am to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Springtime in the Ozarks means fishing! Come and have a great time catch and release fishing at Walter Woods education pond. Participants 16 years and older must have a valid fishing permit. Dress for the weather. Snacks, drinks, and transportation will be provided. Bring a sack lunch. Ages 12-17.

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Lost Valley Hatchery

Fun-filled day of activities for families. Fishing for those 15 and younger, archery, casting area, fish cleaning demonstration, craft area, and educational displays. A gift bag will be provided while supplies last and lunch will be served. Door prizes every hour. Help will be available to those who need to brush up on fishing skills. Tackle, poles, and bait are provided or children may bring their own. Only those baits not held in water may be used. Two fish per child may be taken home: bring a bucket or cooler as no cleaning station is available. The visitor center will be open during the event. On-site registration day of the event.

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 1 (ages 7-15)
Before the rod and reel came along, cane pole fishing was the way to go. Join us as we go back in time and you can learn how to make your very own cane pole, then try it out at the kid’s pond!

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 30 (Ages 0–2)
Putt, putt, putt and gobble, gobble, gobble goes the turkey. Who is doing all the talking and what are they trying to say? Strut on in to gab like a turkey and find out more with your little one.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)
Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 11:00am to Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Earth Day in Forest Park
Apr 27 & Apr 28 • Saturday & Sunday • 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
(All Ages)
No reservations necessary.
It’s the 30th anniversary for the St. Louis Earth Day Festival! St. Louis Earth Day, now earthday 365, fosters stewardship and sustainability by connecting over 60,000 like-minded environmental souls. Visit the Missouri Department of Conservation booth to help make a difference. A native tree seedling is offered to Earth Day attendees. Meet at Pagoda Circle in Forest Park. Log on to https://earthday-365.org/festival/ for more information.

Register by April 26

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

(Presented by Jeff Cantrell, Conservation Education Consultant with the MDC)
Naturescaping is simply utilizing native flowers, shrubs, and other plants that share our environment for our landscaping needs. They may be as manicured as a formal garden or have a little wild space in a backyard corner. The benefits of a purposeful flowerbed or landscape will be covered from the roots up, including starting with a new space to rehabbing an existing flowerbed. The design and plant components of a butterfly garden, hummingbird haven, and more ideas to entice wanted wildlife will be included. The class is geared for all interested adults including educators interested in outdoor classrooms.

Register by April 26

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Introduction to Animal Hide Tanning
April 27 • Saturday • 12-3 p.m.
(Ages 11 and up)
Reservations begin April 13
In this course you will learn how to flesh, board and tan your hide, as well as go over different forms of tanning. Most of this class will be outside so dress for the weather.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Join us for a magical night of nature and music! Oregon pianist John Nilsen will play music inspired by nature with a backdrop of photography by MDC’s own Noppadol Paothong.

Register by April 26

Date: Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Join us for some fun as we teach you to make beautiful, artistic and colorful handmade paper using recycled paper and plants. Each family will need to bring a cookie sheet, cookie cutter, and small bath towel.

Register by April 30

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Invasive species come into an area, grow vigorously in their new home, and crowd out many native species. How can they out-compete species that are already so well adapted to this environment? We’ll consider some general reasons and some detailed examples. We’ll also play some games, make a craft and (weather permitting) go outdoors and pull up invasive plants. Please dress for the weather and for going off the trail.

Register by April 29

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program will teach the fundamentals of archery and atlatl, including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. We begin in the Education Center and then we will move to the static archery range. All equipment will be provided.

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