Events

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Register by April 16

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Wild Edibles:
Making Jellies with Spring Wildflowers
April 30 • Tuesday • 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
(Ages 18 and up)
Reservations begin April 1
Learn to use wildflowers and other spring plants such as violet, Eastern redbud, and dandelion to make wonderful jellies. Learn the processes and make your own jelly. We will have acorn and cattail flour biscuits to try with prepared jellies.

Register by May 1

Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 15 (ages 12+)
Join a nature center volunteer for a walk at Trail of Tears State Park to see the early blooming wildflowers of spring. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water, a snack, and sunscreen (camera and binoculars are optional). Held rain or shine, but canceled due to severe weather. Participants will be called 1 hour prior to leaving if canceled.

Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday (the May 8 feeding will be Tuesday, May 7 3-3:30 PM).

Register by May 1

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Celebrate Migratory Bird Day by learning to identify migrating warblers. Many species of warblers don’t stay, so enjoy the passing birds now with guest Naturalist Bo Brown. Program will include thirty minutes indoors followed by a guided trail hike. Bring field guides and binoculars if you have them. Ages 10-adult.

Register by April 14

Date: Friday, May 3, 2019 - 5:30pm to Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 1:00pm

Location: Mark Twain Lake - M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor

This partnership event with the Corps of Engineers, MDC, and NWTF is for adults who have never harvested a turkey. Participants must provide their own camouflage clothing. 2019 spring turkey permits are required. An Apprentice tag is required for those not Hunter Education Certified. Firearms are available upon request. Mentors/callers will be provided. Participants must attend pre-hunt clinic on May 3rd. If participants happen to harvest a bird before this event they will become ineligible. A waiting list will be filled after the first ten applicants. An email will be sent to everyone on the waiting list each time spots open up. For questions contact Rob Garver (MDC) @ 660-785-2420 or Allen Mehrer (CORP)@ 573-735-4097.

Register by May 3

Date: Friday, May 3, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 15 (ages 16+)
Learn the basics of flyfishing or pick up a few new technical skills. We’ll cover equipment selection and use, reading the water, matching the hatch, fly casting, fishing techniques, and essential knots. Flyfishing equipment available for loan.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 6:30am to 8:15pm

Location: Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery

Annual Kid's Free Fishing Day at Bennett Spring State Park. For More information contact Ben Havens at Ben.Havens@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Bellefontaine Park - Fountain 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.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Suson Park - Island 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 May 3

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Celebrate Migratory Bird Day by learning to identify migrating warblers. Many species of warblers don’t stay, so enjoy the passing birds now with guest Naturalist Bo Brown. Program will include thirty minutes indoors followed by a guided trail hike. Bring field guides and binoculars if you have them. Ages 10-adult.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Suson Park - Carp 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 May 3

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 8:00am to 3:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Join us for a refreshing Spring hike through the forests of the Weldon Spring CA.
The hike is 8.3 miles in length and offers spectacular views of the Missouri River.
This hike is rated as strenuous due to elevation change and distance.

Register by May 4

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discover the basics of responsible handgun ownership and the joys of shooting. We will cover safety, handgun nomenclature, sight picture, sight alignment, breath control, trigger squeeze, and much more. All firearms and ammunition will be provided and you may bring your personal handgun to use during the live fire portion. There should be no live ammunition, concealed firearms, or uncased firearms inside the classroom.

Register by May 4

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 15 (ages 16+)
Learn the basics of flyfishing or pick up a few new technical skills. We’ll cover equipment selection and use, reading the water, matching the hatch, fly casting, fishing techniques, and essential knots. Flyfishing equipment available for loan.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) It is time to swap your plants! All plants must be potted, labeled and in good health-no wilted plants allowed. Please consult invasive plant species of MO lists and do not bring invasive species. Herbs, vegetables, annuals, flowers, biennials, perennials, vines, shrubs, trees, fruit bearing seeds and extra garden tools you don't need are permissible. Trade five plants you bring for five new ones-no limits on amount you can bring. Check in at the sign in desk to have your plants checked for approval to trade. Plants that are not approved do not receive trade credit, please understand our rules and abide by them. It is best to pot the plants up at least two weeks prior to the event. Experienced gardeners may be able to bring wilted plants back to life, but many coming don't have those talents. Let's get some dirt under our nails.

Register by May 2

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Suson Park - Rearing Pond

Location: Suson Rearing Pond

This first class includes instruction as well as hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish. This lesson must be taken before registering for any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.

The Discover Nature Fishing Program is designed for children ages 7-15 years old, although parents/guardians are encouraged to learn and fish with their children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm, and Tuesday classes the day before at 4:00pm.

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Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Come nestle in with us here at Runge while we explore diverse Missouri bird’s nests and all
their eggs hidden within! Lobby activities will include discovery tables, crafts, games, and other bird watching activities. Fly on over and adventure with us!

Register by May 3

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 10+) Missourians welcome the energetic and exuberant house wren each spring. This small summer resident is a common backyard bird and will utilize abandoned woodpecker holes, bird boxes and other cavities for its habitat. Building your own wren box is a rewarding nature experience. Make plans to take part in this woodworking session where you will construct your own wren box and learn where to place it in your backyard.

Register by May 4

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin April 20
Gardens are blooming with beauty that attracts visitors both big and small. Learn about native plants while adding style to your own outdoor experience when you create a stepping stone to be displayed in your landscape.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Strange armored creatures have invaded Missouri! Why are they here? Where did they come from? Join us to learn about the environmental role that nine-banded armadillos play.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Ann Ingalls is a local children's author with over three dozen books in print or forthcoming. She will present one of her new books, Why Should I Walk? I Can Fly! All of Ann's life, she dreamed she could fly. The closest she has ever come is to ride a zipline. A little bird, a big sky and the first time out of the nest! A fledgling robin's first flight is a gentle reminder about what we can accomplish if we just keep trying. Ann sums it up this way, "All young creatures take risks, which is one of the reasons I think this story holds appeal for children-they take risks every day." Come join us to learn a bit about flying! Books will be available from Rainy Day Books for purchase.

Register by May 3

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 10+) Missourians welcome the energetic and exuberant house wren each spring. This small summer resident is a common backyard bird and will utilize abandoned woodpecker holes, bird boxes and other cavities for its habitat. Building your own wren box is a rewarding nature experience. Make plans to take part in this woodworking session where you will construct your own wren box and learn where to place it in your backyard.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Register by May 3

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Fantastic Frogs and Terrific Toads
May 4 • Saturday • 6:30–8:30 p.m.
(Ages 8 and up, ages 8–15 must be accompanied by an adult)
Reservations begin April 4
Calling all croakers! Join us as we explore our region’s common frogs and toads, their calls, and what they can tell us about the health of our environment. Afterward, enjoy an evening stroll to our pond to listen for and identify frogs and toads by their calls.

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