Events

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Register by May 17

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Register by May 17

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 8:15am to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Trek the trails of Little Sac Woods Conservation Area with Volunteer Naturalist Sandy Vaughn. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is four miles and rated moderate in difficulty. Ages 18-adult.

Register by May 18

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+).
Ever wonder what all those trees are in the woods of central Missouri? Well this class will use both classroom and field time to teach you how to recognize 50 common Missouri tree species. We will cover the basics of tree identification and the natural and cultural history of tree species commonly encountered in central Missouri. We will spend about an hour in class and two hours outside walking the grounds of Runge Nature Center and the Conservation Department headquarters grounds identifying trees outside. We will use a variety of methods of tree identification ranging from leaves and stems to bark. Participants will receive a Trees of Missouri field guide. Expect to hike for around 2 hours covering a few miles of ground on trails. Dress for the weather and hiking and remember to bring a water bottle, sun hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and walking shoes.

Register by May 17

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Life is thriving on the Trail Among the Trees! We will identify many native plants and trees along the way. We may also see other types of wildlife we can identify such as insects, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Effort = Mild-Moderate

Register by May 18

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

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!

Lesson 3: Five common Missouri fish – their anatomy, habitats and life cycles

Lesson 4: Fishing with lures, fishing regulations

Register by May 18

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 1 (ages 12+)
Hop in the van and join us for a driving tour of fishing spots near Cape Girardeau to learn about new places to fish this season. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, etc.

Register by May 16

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake #15

In this class, participants will learn basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will also learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, you will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. 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

Register by May 17

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Come and discover many amazing things about the snakes and lizards that live in Missouri. We will also take a short hike to see if we can observe any snakes or lizards in their natural habitats.

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:30am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF) will be on site to offer a native plant sale. Grow Native! vendors will be on hand with a wide selection of native flowers, grasses, sedges, shrubs and trees for a variety of growing conditions. Vendors will contribute a percentage of plant sale proceeds to benefit MPF's prairie conservation in Missouri. Visit https://www.moprairie.org, for participating vendors and information about preordering.

Register by May 16

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Suson Park - Rearing Pond

Location: Suson Rearing Pond

In this class, participants will learn basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will also learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, you will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. 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: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Lake Remembrance - Gregory O. Grounds Park

Walk-in (all ages)
There are numerous opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy nature in Blue Springs! The Missouri Department of Conservation partners with Blue Springs Parks and Recreation and Jackson County Parks and Recreation to offer this celebration of the outdoors in our community. The event will be held at Lake Remembrance. Activities include: kayaking, fishing, wild edible plants, birding, outdoor yoga, archery, learning abut the unlovables in nature (snakes, spiders, insects) and so much more! There will be something for all ages. Call 816-228-3766 for more information.

Register by May 18

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required.
Learn to make your own worm bin, using little red wigglers. Feed your garbage to the worms, then put the resulting compost in your garden. Finally, use the worms for fish bait. It’s a win-win!

Date: Saturday, May 18, 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 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

The Bonsai Society of Greater Kansas City presents its 2019 Annual Spring Exhibit in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Conservation. The translation of Bonsai simply means pot or tray planted. However, bonsai is one of the oldest forms of 'living' art as trees and plants are grown in containers and artistically designed for the viewers' enjoyment. This formal display will include over 25 plants, from the quite small (under 8 in.) to large (over 24 in.) and potted in specialized ceramic containers. There will be deciduous and evergreen plants representing various genera, plants from different growing environments, as well as natives to our area. Hopefully the spring weather will also be cooperative which will mean several should be in bloom. Stop by the Lewis and Clark rooms to view this unique display and visit with the members of the society or watch ongoing work demonstrations.

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Nature provides incredible inspiration and one-of-a-kind art supplies. Join us as we explore the native habitats at the Discovery Center and gather stems, leaves, berries, nuts, grasses, feathers and other spring treasures. Step back inside to learn how to make uniquely textured paintbrushes and explore your creative side as you create your own unique nature art!

Register by May 18

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

ages 7-11
Is it a plant? An animal? Or something else entirely? Come join naturalist and “fun guy” Alex to learn about the mysterious, slimy, and sometimes stinky world of forest mushrooms. Activities will include a mushroom safari hike, lessons about how mushrooms live and grow, and a mushroom craft.

Date: Saturday, May 18, 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, May 18, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) 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 know 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: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 14+) The translation of Bonsai simply means pot or tray planted. However, Bonsai is one of the oldest forms of 'living' art as trees and plants are grown in containers, artistically designed, but emphasizing its natural habitat qualities for the owners' enjoyment. And whether you have a yard or a small apartment you can enjoy multiple plants in your environment. Any plant, that will produce a woody stem can be used, which of course includes native material and local nursery offerings. This presentation will provide a general overview. Topics discussed will include Chinese and Japanese origins, US Collection in DC and descriptions of Bonsai styles, tools, general horticulture procedures, pot selection and the design process. We will wrap up with a review of the various styles using slides featuring examples of different plants used in this unique art.

Register by May 18

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 1 (ages 5+)
Come celebrate your mother (or mother figure) while you sip and nibble on teas and treats made from native plants. We’ll stroll the garden to point out native edibles and make a spring-related craft! Adult supervision required for ages 5-17.

Date: Saturday, May 18, 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 18

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Have you ever needed to know how to tie a square knot, a bowline, or a knot for a specific task? Tying the correct knot will anchor a tent, keep fishing hooks on, or join two pieces of rope together. Learn the best knots for the job. Ages 12-17.

Register by May 21

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6-16) Two elegant insects that hunt and eat other insects are the dragonfly and the praying mantis. They have adaptations for totally different hunting strategies, one patrolling the air and the other sitting put until the moment of ambush. Have you seen any? Were you impressed and curious? Come have some fun this morning while learning more about them.

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Everyone loves flowers and spring is a great time to see them. Join us for a program and short hike (weather permitting) as we learn what special jobs flowers do. We will complete a flowery craft to take home. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6.

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Everyone loves flowers and spring is a great time to see them. Join us for a program and short hike (weather permitting) as we learn what special jobs flowers do. We will complete a flowery craft to take home. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6.

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