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Register by March 8

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Are you curious about the Nature Center trails? Come hike with a naturalist! They’ll point out some of the key features of our trails, discuss animals and plants, and share the beauty of the nature center. The hike is two miles in length. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Ages 10-adult.

Register by March 8

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program will introduce the fundamentals for safely and successfully shooting a compound bow, with hands on practice. All equipment will be provided. Class will meet at the Don R. Johnson Static Archery Range located at the August A Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. The class will be held outdoors so please dress for the weather. Ages 9 and up, participants 9-15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by March 12

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Whether you fish for crappie during winter or wait for them to spawn in the spring, crappie can be caught throughout the year. Join Conservation Department Fisheries Biologist Shane Bush and Outdoor Skills Specialist Greg Collier to explore when, where, and how to catch one of the Ozarks favorite panfish. Ages 10-adult. Ages 10-17 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by March 11

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Family Beginning Archery
March 12 • Tuesday • 6-8 p.m.
(Families, ages 9 and up)
Reservations begin February 26
Join our instructors as we learn the fundamentals of shooting archery This program begins in the Education Center then moves to the static archery range. This is a fun program for the entire family.

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: MDC Central Regional Office

Have you ever wanted to learn how to use a baitcaster?

Do you have one hidden in the garage or a closet after becoming frustrated while trying to learn?

Join us! Come learn how to use a baitcaster in a positive environment. Participants are encouraged to bring their own, but rod and reels will also be available to borrow. This program will take place rain or shine.

Participants aged 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by March 11

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Register by March 11

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

You and Me Under the Canopy: Gobble Gobble
Mar 13 • Wednesday • 10–11 a.m.
(Ages 3–6)
Reservations begin February 20
Come see the topic we are exploring this month. Families, meet in the nature center lobby for a “nature” adventure. Everyone will hike with the naturalist to a special place in the forest and enjoy a nature story under the tree canopy. Siblings are welcome. This program will be canceled in the case of inclement weather.

Register by March 13

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (Ages 3-6 years).
From browns to 'bows, trout have made a splash in Missouri! Swim in to learn more about why these beautiful fish are special, how to tell trout apart, and even how to catch trout!

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join Volunteer Naturalist Joyce Tolliver as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your child. Please, no organized groups. Ages 2-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Put your nature knowledge to task as you and your family participate in Animal Bingo. All ages.

Register by March 13

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 1 (ages 10–15)
Celebrate our state bird by providing it with a place to raise its young. Delve into the natural history of these birds as we reveal what it takes to be a responsible bluebird landlord. Each signed-up participant will get to build and take home a bluebird house.

Register by March 13

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin February 28
It’s always a perfect time to enjoy nature. Join us for a stroller walk outdoors. Discover how nature appeals to our senses no matter what our age.

Register by March 13

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin February 28
It’s always a perfect time to enjoy nature. Join us for a stroller walk outdoors. Discover how nature appeals to our senses no matter what our age.

Register by March 14

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 1 (ages 6–10)
Celebrate our state bird by providing it with a place to raise its young. Discover what it takes to be a successful bluebird parent and learn how we can help the eastern bluebird. Each signed-up participant will get to build and take home a bluebird house.

Register by March 14

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 1 (ages 6–10)
Celebrate our state bird by providing it with a place to raise its young. Discover what it takes to be a successful bluebird parent and learn how we can help the eastern bluebird. Each signed-up participant will get to build and take home a bluebird house.

Register by March 14

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us as we turn old kitchen items into fish garden art. As we work, we will discuss fish biology. Materials will be provided but participants can bring old kitchen items, tools, hardware, etc. if they would like. Program is free. FISH

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Ever wonder what those frogs and toads are called? Tom Johnson, retired state herpetologist, will present on frogs and toads of Missouri.

Register by March 13

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each family member attending (families with children 6+)
They jump, fly, dance, and make strange noises. The American woodcock may be an odd-looking bird, but it puts on a fantastic springtime display. Join us to learn about some of the incredible adaptations of this little bird. We will venture outside and with luck have a chance to view the woodcock’s special dance. Please dress to be outside.

Register by March 15

Date: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (For this program, you need at least one child in the 0-2 AND at least one child in the 3-6 age ranges).
From browns to 'bows, trout have made a splash in Missouri! Swim in to learn more about why these beautiful fish are special, how to tell trout apart, and even how to catch trout!

Register by March 14

Date: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Cold-blooded Creatures
Mar 15 • Friday • 10–noon
(Ages 6-12)
Reservations begin Feb 15.
Cold-blooded? Let’s check and see about those fish, amphibians and reptiles. Even if these creatures aren’t out just yet, we’ll discover how they differ from us warm-blooded ones. Wear shoes to get wet, bring a water bottle and we will supply the rest. This outdoor program meets at the Forest Park Hatchery and Educational Fishing Lakes in Forest Park.

Register by March 15

Date: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Learn the basics of archery with us. We’ll go over safety, bow anatomy, and shooting technique before we get in some target practice. Ages 10-adult.

Register by March 14

Date: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Cold Blooded Creatures
March 15 • Friday • 10–noon
(Ages 6-12)
Reservations begin Feb 15.
Cold-blooded? Let’s see about those fish, amphibians and reptiles. Even if these creatures aren’t out yet, we’ll discover how they differ from us warm-blooded ones. Wear shoes to get wet, bring a water bottle and we will supply the rest. This outdoor program meets at the Hatchery and Educational Fishing Lakes in Forest Park.

Register by March 15

Date: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Migratory song birds will soon be finding their way back to Missouri. While some will stay to nest, others will pass through on their way to northern breeding grounds. Join Volunteer Naturalist Myra Scroggs for an introductory program and then walk the trails to look for birds. Bring field guides and binoculars if you have them. Ages 7-adult.

Register by March 15

Date: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Learn the basics of archery with us. We’ll go over safety, bow anatomy, and shooting technique before we get in some target practice. Ages 10-adult.

Register by March 15

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 7:00am to 9:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Art and science both depend on one thing, observation skills. In these monthly programs, we will observe and record with cameras the natural world from flora to fauna and the habitat that supports both. Bring your cameras, from cell phones to dslrs, and we will discuss the habitat surrounding the subject of the month while creating artistic photographs with our interpretation of the subject.

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