Events

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Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 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, August 4, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Next to birds, turtles are the most abundant and diverse wildlife species found at the Discovery Center. If you love turtles like we do, come join the party! We will have various species on display for a totally turtle meet and greet. Learn a lot with fun facts and a craft.

Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
Hey! Who is hurrying, scurrying, and weaving in and out of the leaf litter? It’s Big Daddy Longlegs! Hurry in to find out some amazing facts about these long-legged forest creatures. Please no organized groups.

Register by August 4

Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Come to Powder Valley and experience the age-old tradition of Dutch oven cooking. Together we will create a few different recipes and then sample them. Please bring a camp chair and meet at the nature center building.

Register by August 4

Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Buzz by the nature center this month and explore the world of bees! You’ll have a honey of a good time as you discover how bees work together to take care of the hive.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins August 1.

Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 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.

Register by August 4

Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Buzz by the nature center this month and explore the world of bees! You’ll have a honey of a good time as you discover how bees work together to take care of the hive.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins August 1.

Register by August 3

Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required, beginning Tuesday, July 10 (families with children age 8+)
An atlatl is a hunting tool that has been around for thousands of years and is still being used in Missouri today. It’s great for target practice too! Bring your family for some outdoor fun as we practice this primitive skill and test our atlatl abilities.

Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Drop by our lobby between 1-3 pm today to visit with Jackson artist Vicki Outman as she demonstrates pastel painting techniques. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 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 August 4

Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Meet one of Missouri’s most endangered groups of animals; the mussels. Learn about their biology and then head out to discover them in their natural habitat. Please wear old tennis shoes and clothing that can get wet. No crocs or sandals please.

Register by August 3

Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required, beginning Tuesday, July 10 (families with children age 8+)
An atlatl is a hunting tool that has been around for thousands of years and is still being used in Missouri today. It’s great for target practice too! Bring your family for some outdoor fun as we practice this primitive skill and test our atlatl abilities.

Register by August 1

Date: Monday, August 6, 2018 - 9:00am to Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 4:00pm

Location: Simpson Park

This canoeing program is a two-day event and you must attend day one to participate in day two. Day one we will learn about paddling equipment, paddling safety, and how to paddle a canoe on a lake. Day two will allow us to practice our new skills on a 7 mile stretch of the Meramec River. All paddling and safety equipment will be provided. All participants need to bring their own water bottle, snacks, and lunch. Please meet at Simpson Park using the main park entrance as we will meet near the Blue Heron Pavilion located next to the lake. Participants must be able to swim to participate in this event. Ages 9 and up, participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by August 1

Date: Monday, August 6, 2018 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (adults) Step aboard the MDC river boat for an evening of exploration on the Missouri River. Your journey will be via motor boat and will give you an opportunity to view the river in ways many people don't get to experience. You will have the opportunity to view wildlife, learn about how the river has changed over time and discover the features of the Missouri River. There will be an opportunity to sign-up for one of two sessions. A minimum of six participants is needed for the program to take place. More information will be shared with those who plan to attend.

Register by August 1

Date: Monday, August 6, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (adults) Step aboard the MDC river boat for an evening of exploration on the Missouri River. Your journey will be via motor boat and will give you an opportunity to view the river in ways many people don't get to experience. You will have the opportunity to view wildlife, learn about how the river has changed over time and discover the features of the Missouri River. There will be an opportunity to sign-up for one of two sessions. A minimum of six participants is needed for the program to take place. More information will be shared with those who plan to attend.

Register by August 6

Date: Monday, August 6, 2018 - 6:00pm to Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Trap Modification Class
August 6 & 7, Monday and Tuesday, 6-8p.m. each night
This is a 2-night class. We will discuss and modify a size 3 trap, weld a trap jaw lamination, night latch a trap dog, attach a new base plate with "D" ring, construct a new chain and shock spring and different types of staking options. We will also address other traps and types of modifications that can be completed on them. This class will be held in the shop, so dress appropriately. (Reservations begin July 24.)

Register by August 7

Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Buzz by the nature center this month and explore the world of bees! You’ll have a honey of a good time as you discover how bees work together to take care of the hive.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins August 1.

Register by August 3

Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

(Ages 8 – 13)
Do you want one more taste of summer camp before heading back to school? Join us for a “mini” camp experience where we will experience things like geocaching, fire starting, and maybe even see some slithery friends.

Register by July 6

Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Animal Obstacle Course
Aug 7 • Tuesday • 10-11:30 a.m.
(Ages 4-6)
Reservations begin July 9.
Hop, skip, jump and spin through the forest as we move like animals. We’ll actively make our way through the area while learning how animals move. Meet at the JFK Memorial Forest and Outdoor Classroom (Pavilion #14) in Forest Park. Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather, rain or shine!

Register by August 6

Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Kids & Caterpillars: A Study of Ecological Interactions
August 7 • Tuesday • 10 a.m.-noon
(Ages 4-6)
Reservations begin July 16.
All living things are connected in one way or another, and we are a part of that web! Be an ecologist for a day, and learn about nature’s interactions by conducting a real-life experiment to study the relationship between predator and prey. Dress for the outdoors and be ready to have fun!

Sunscreen and insect repellant is recommended. Meet at the visitor center.

Register by August 7

Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Buzz by the nature center this month and explore the world of bees! You’ll have a honey of a good time as you discover how bees work together to take care of the hive.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins August 1.

Register by August 6

Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

There will be a classroom and range session, please dress for the weather. Open-toed shoes are not recommended for outdoor activities. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. You may bring your own firearm and ammunition.

Register by August 8

Date: Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 12-17. Online registration begins August 1.
Come beat the heat and experience a fish-eye view of an Ozarks creek. No prior snorkeling experience is necessary. Transportation and snacks will be provided. Bring a sack lunch and water bottle. You may bring your own mask and snorkel or use ours.

Register by August 8

Date: Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required.
In the heat of summer, the prairies are alive with flowers, insects, birds, and other wild animals. It may be hot out there, but we will learn a lot about the “cool” things on the prairie this month!
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Date: Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 2-6. No registration required.
Join Volunteer Naturalist Joyce Tolliver as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your 2-6 year olds. Please no organized groups.

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