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Register by March 15

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required beginning February 1 (adults)
Beautify your landscape with some of Missouri’s best natural resources, native plants! Learn how to save time and money and create wildlife habitat with educational sessions on native plants, landscape design and many more.

Register by March 13

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 8:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Register by March 15

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 8:15am to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Let’s take a hike on the Branson Creek Trails with Volunteer Naturalist Pat Stritzel. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is five miles and rated moderate in difficulty. Ages 18-adult.

Register by March 16

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Discover the basics of archery shooting. We will cover things like bow nomenclature, hand set, bow set, pre-draw, stance, and much more and then go shooting on the static archery range. You may bring your own bow to the program or use ours.

Register by March 15

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Register by March 15

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

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 pencil, pen, or watercolor the natural world from flora to fauna and the habitat that supports both. Bring pencil and paper and we will discuss the habitat surrounding the subject of the month while creating art with our interpretation of the subject.

Register by March 15

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

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

If you have ever wanted to learn about tying flies but never had the opportunity, now is your chance! Join the Missouri Department of Conservation for a fun filled morning learning the basics of tying flies. Three flies will be tied and more if time allows! All supplies will be provided, except reading glasses. Please bring those if needed. The hooks can get awful small! Registration is required. Anyone 15 years of age or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Please look for the Discover Nature signage when entering the parking lot.

Register by March 15

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Dresser Island Hike
March 16 • Saturday • 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
(Ages 7 and up)
Reservations begin February 16.
Grab your binoculars or camera and join us for our most popular hike of the year! Chances are high for spotting eagles, pelicans, swans and more. Most surface is level, but crosses areas of heavy rock and riprap. (Not suitable for young children.)

Meet at Dresser Island access off Highway 94 in St. Charles County. Call 314-877-6014 Mon. thru Fri for directions.

Register by March 14

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

Location: East Central College

Classroom session 9-noon at Training Center, Room A. Lunch provided. Weather permitting a burn will be conducted in afternoon. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing made of cotton or wool, leather boots, leather gloves, eye protection, handkerchief, water bottle.

Register by March 15

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Naturally resilient Missouri native plants are great for home landscaping. They solve common gardening problems and attract a variety of wildlife. Come and learn about what natives might work best in your gardens. We’ll even get you started with some seedlings to take home in time for spring planting.

Register by March 15

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: USDA - Macon

Weather permitting, we will do a burn. Please dress appropriately. Sturdy boots, cotton clothing, long sleeves, and gloves.

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Missouri River Bird Observatory staff and Burr Oak Woods partner in an on-going project to identify and track the birds that come to our feeders each winter. From the resident chickadees and cardinals to the migrating juncos and sparrows, we capture, apply colored bands, and release these fascinating creatures. Once banded and recorded, you will be able to track individual birds through this and future seasons. This program is weather permitting.

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The state bird of Missouri is often associate with cheerfulness! Some say it's song sounds like "Cheer Cheerful Charmer." Perhaps that is why the Eastern bluebird is commonly thought of as a symbol of happiness. Join us at the Discovery Center as we learn to identify, foster and monitor Missouri's beautiful state bird!

Register by March 15

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin March 2
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.

Register by March 10

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Shaw Nature Reserve

Late winter and early spring is a great time of the year to be out in the woods scouting for deer sign in preparation for the next deer hunting season. With no foliage on the trees and the ground usually wet, you can easily find deer sign such as tracks, deer droppings, rubs, bedding areas and even old scrapes. The sign you find this time of the year can reveal a lot about deer movement and habits that will give you a “head start” for the upcoming season in the fall. It’s also a great time of the year to find deer sheds (dropped antlers) and see the sign of other wildlife while you look for deer sign. This course is designed for the person with little experience and wants to get started hunting deer. This course isn’t just for the beginning deer hunter though, it can also be for other wildlife enthusiasts such as photographers, hikers or folks who just enjoy being in the outdoors.

The course will start in the classroom at 10:00am and we will learn about deer habits and what to look for while scouting. The next part of the course will be actually going out into the woods for about 1.5 to 2 hour hike looking for the deer sign you learned about in the classroom. The last hour or so will be returning to the classroom to share your discoveries with the rest of the class. Class will be canceled during extreme cold or rainy weather.

Date and Times: Saturday, March 16, 2019 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve; Freund Center (directions will be emailed to you)
Age of Participants: 6 years old and up (6 – 15 years need to have an adult guardian with them)
Things to Bring: Dress for the weather and bring good hiking boots, gloves, stocking cap, high energy snacks (granola bars, trail mix, nuts, raisins or other fruit) binoculars and something to take pictures with (smart phone or digital camera).

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Peepers peep, tree frogs trill, and salamanders slide! Come join us for a fun day learning about our Missouri amphibians. We will have crafts, activities, and guided walks with nets and a naturalist!

Date: Saturday, March 16, 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.

Register by March 16

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

In honor of March Mammal Madness, we’ll be learning about some of Missouri’s most unique mammals! There are a lot of mammals that call Missouri home. Can you think of any? Come learn about mammals that fly, mammals with thumbs, and Missouri’s only marsupial.

Register by March 16

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Trot on over to the nature center and find out about the opossum! Where do opossums live? What do they do with their tails? What makes them so special? Find out the answers to these questions as well as many others!

Register by March 13

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required beginning February 1 (ages 10+) Bluebirds are year-round residents in Missouri. They usually begin nesting the first half of March. Perfect timing for this project! Would you like to help increase the local bluebird population while having many hours of enjoyment watching our beautiful state bird? Register for this session and your will build a bluebird house of your own! Please register only those planning to build a bluebird house. Children must be ages 10+ to register and must be accompanied by an adult. We request a one adult to every four registered children ratio. If you have any questions about registration, please call 816-759-7300.

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

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.

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Missouri toads are colorful, harmless, vocal, and valuable. We’ll have fun learning about these “toad”-ally cool creatures. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by March 16

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Trot on over to the nature center and find out about the opossum! Where do opossums live? What do they do with their tails? What makes them so special? Find out the answers to these questions as well as many others!

Register by March 13

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required beginning February 1 (ages 10+) Bluebirds are year-round residents in Missouri. They usually begin nesting the first half of March. Perfect timing for this project! Would you like to help increase the local bluebird population while having many hours of enjoyment watching our beautiful state bird? Register for this session and your will build a bluebird house of your own! Please register only those planning to build a bluebird house. Children must be ages 10+ to register and must be accompanied by an adult. We request a one adult to every four registered children ratio. If you have any questions about registration, please call 816-759-7300.

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required Walk-in (public)
Beautify your landscape with some of Missouri’s best natural resources, native plants! Missouri Wildflower Nursery and Green Thumb Nursery will be on site with native plant for sale while supplies last.

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