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Register by May 14

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Online registration begins April 20 (ages 3-6)
Have you ever noticed that every type of plant has a unique type of flower? Pretty wild, isn’t it? We’ll talk about some different types of wildflowers and the animals that might visit them. We’ll go on a short hike to see what wildflowers we can identify.

Register by May 14

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Online registration begins April 20 (ages 3-6)
Have you ever noticed that every type of plant has a unique type of flower? Pretty wild, isn’t it? We’ll talk about some different types of wildflowers and the animals that might visit them. We’ll go on a short hike to see what wildflowers we can identify.

Register by May 14

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
Did you know that you can create delightful natural teas from leaves collected just outside your door? Come in and enjoy a cup of tea as you learn how to identify, harvest and dry these delicious leaves for later use. Hike included weather permitting.

Register by May 13

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: St. Louis Regional Office

Living with Wildlife
May 14 • Tuesday • 6:00 –7:30 p.m.
(Ages 18 and up)
Reservations begin April 15th.
Is the wildlife getting a little too close for comfort and trying to make your home their home too? Learn tips to enjoy the different wildlife in your backyard and how to keep them out of your home. We will go over common entry points and tips on how to secure them.

Register by May 13

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 6:00pm to Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Skeet Shooting
May 14-15 • Tuesday-Wednesday • 6-8 p.m.
(Ages 11 and up)
(Reservations begin April 30)
We will cover safety, appropriate firearms and ammunition, rules of the game, etiquette on the field, and field layout. Firearms and ammunition will be provided, or you may bring your own.

Register by May 14

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required. (ages 6 years and older, children accompanied by an adult)
What is a topographic map? How do you navigate with a compass? Learn the basics of using a map and compass during this workshop. Bring your compass or use one of ours and be prepared to go outside.

Register by May 13

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake #15

Participants will learn intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will be taught how to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure a variety of baits to various types of hooks. 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.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

No registration required (ages 10+)
Tom Milligan as Jay N. “Ding” Darling visits from his 11th floor office at the Des Moines Register, where he worked from 1906-1943. Beginning with his early years in Sioux City, where he became aware of the natural world around him, as well as his developing skills as an editorial cartoonist, he reflects upon his remarkable life journey. His story continues to include two Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoons for the Register, and a remarkable career as a nationally known conservationist. From the introduction of the duck stamp to the creation of the National Wildlife Federation, Darling’s influence was felt, not only through his cartoons, but through his actions as well. Considered by many to be one of the most influential members of the modern conservation movement in the first half of the 20th century, the impact of his work is still felt today.

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, June 7, 2019 - 8:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

No reservations required
Trail Tales features a children’s book along the trail. Read, move, and play as you visit and engage in suggested activities at each stop. Both children and adults will love to play in nature this way!

Register by May 15

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (18+ ages).
Audubon Trail-Rolla, Phelps County
Bring a water bottle, lunch, and dress for the weather.
Terrain: Moderate
Length: 4 miles

Register by May 14

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Babes in the Woods: Creek Crawlin’
May 15 ·Wednesday · 10-11 AM
Registration required for youngsters only (0-36 months with an adult)
Explore a creek with your little one! We will take a short hike to Burr Oak Creek to splash and experience this watery world. Program check in at the Bethany Falls pavilion.

Register by May 15

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin May 1
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.

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join Ms. Ladybug as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your child. Please no organized groups. Ages 2-6.

Register by May 15

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 1 (ages 12+)
Join a nature center volunteer for our last walk of spring at Maintz Willdlife Preserve. 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.

Register by May 14

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

The Missouri River travels just over 552 miles in Missouri making it the longest and one of the most underutilized fishing spots in the entire state. The dark, muddy water combined with a relatively strong current present a unique fishing experience. Attend this introductory seminar for fishing on the Mighty MO. Topics we’ll discuss include river safety, access and navigation as well as where to find fish, equipment needs and more.

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Legends of Conservation presents:

The Art of Conservation

A Visit with Ding Darling

with Tom Milligan as "Ding" Darling

Tom Milligan as Jay N. “Ding” Darling visits from his 11th floor office at the Des Moines Register, where he worked from 1906-1943. Beginning with his early years in Sioux City, where he became aware of the natural world around him, as well as his developing skills as an editorial cartoonist, he reflects upon his remarkable life journey. His story continues to include two Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoons for the Register, and a remarkable career as a nationally known conservationist. From the introduction of the duck stamp to the creation of the National Wildlife Federation, Darling’s influence was felt, not only through his cartoons, but through his actions as well. Considered by many to be one of the most influential members of the modern conservation movement in the first half of the 20th century, the impact of his work is still felt today.

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 7:30am to 9:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 10+ years). Join MDC naturalists and area birders as we discover the avian life that call Runge home. These short birding walks are for all experience-level birders. We will gather near the front doors of the nature center. Binoculars and field guides will be provided for those that need them.

Register by May 11

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

What’s next for the Pine Needlers? The answer is: the eighth block to your “prairie” themed quilt featuring the bluestem grass. Prairies are not only about the flowers that decorate the landscape but about the different grasses that act as the backdrop to their color. These grasses are tough, drought resistant and provide valuable forage for grazing animals and seed for a variety of other species. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, you can call 573-325-1381.

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 18+).
Ever wonder why we have chiggers? Why do we need stinging nettles? The answer is in part to the red admiral butterfly, the 5th block in the series, Flying Jewels. Nettles are the primary host plant for this beautiful butterfly and another example of the interconnections in nature. Please join us to find out other unique facts about this butterfly and shar quilting tips with others.

Register by May 11

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

What’s next for the Pine Needlers? The answer is: the eighth block to your “prairie” themed quilt featuring the bluestem grass. Prairies are not only about the flowers that decorate the landscape but about the different grasses that act as the backdrop to their color. These grasses are tough, drought resistant and provide valuable forage for grazing animals and seed for a variety of other species. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, you can call 573-325-1381.

Register by May 13

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

This fishing program will include all the basics of cane pole fishing including proper fish handling. Please meet at Lake 15 at the August A Busch Conservation Area. Ages 6 and up, participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants 16 and over who plan to fish will need a valid fishing license which can be purchased here https://mdc-web.s3licensing.com/.

Register by May 16

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: MDC Ozark Regional Office

This series of four instructional lessons will assist children and families to gain skills and confidence to enjoy fishing. All classes are free and opened to youth ages 7-15, but the focus isn’t solely on kids. To be eligible to participate, youth must be accompanied by an adult or better yet bring entire family. All kids who complete all four classes will receive a 25$ gift certificate from Bass Pro Shops.
Bait, tackle and pole will be provided for the class, all we need is YOU!

The topics of the lessons include:
Lesson 1: Equipment, casting, proper fish handling
Lesson 2: How to tie a knot and bait a hook

Register by May 15

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 1 (ages 18+)
In this the year of the fish, let’s make a couple cards to send to the ones in our lives that love fishing. You can customize the cards to say Happy Fathers’ Day, Happy Birthday, or maybe just Thanks for sharing their love of fishing. Everything will be provided.

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 18+).
Ever wonder why we have chiggers? Why do we need stinging nettles? The answer is in part to the red admiral butterfly, the 5th block in the series, Flying Jewels. Nettles are the primary host plant for this beautiful butterfly and another example of the interconnections in nature. Please join us to find out other unique facts about this butterfly and shar quilting tips with others.

Register by May 16

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Legends of Conservation presents:
The Art of Conservation, A Visit with Ding Darling
with Tom Milligan as "Ding" Darling

Tom Milligan as Jay N. “Ding” Darling visits from his 11th floor office at the Des Moines Register, where he worked from 1906-1943. Beginning with his early years in Sioux City, where he became aware of the natural world around him, as well as his developing skills as an editorial cartoonist, he reflects upon his remarkable life journey. His story continues to include two Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoons for the Register, and a remarkable career as a nationally known conservationist. From the introduction of the duck stamp to the creation of the National Wildlife Federation, Darling’s influence was felt, not only through his cartoons, but through his actions as well. Considered by many to be one of the most influential members of the modern conservation movement in the first half of the 20th century, the impact of his work is still felt today.

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