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Register by October 9

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 18-adult. Online registration begins October 1. Kayaking can be a great way to get outdoors and see the Ozarks from a new perspective. Join instructors from the Ozark Mountain Paddlers for an introductory lesson at Lake Springfield. Equipment is provided. Class will meet at the boathouse in Lake Springfield Park.

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Bass Pro Shops

**Adults must accompany youth**

Lesson 3: Five common Missouri fish-- their anatomy, habitat, and life cycle

Register by October 8

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 7:30am to 9:30am

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 hikes are for beginners, seasoned birders, and every experience level in between. This is a great way to learn more about birds and meet area 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 October 10

Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-6 years).
They show up in nursery rhymes, songs, and children’s stories. Thousands can be found in forests and fields. Hundreds may be in your backyard and some share your house with you! Let’s look closer at these tiny animals – spiders – that live with us and around us.

Register by October 9

Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (ages 3–5 with an adult)
Burr Oak Woods is home to many animals, but they don’t all live in the same place. Whether in a tall tree, under a rock or even underwater, find out who lives here and what makes each habitat unique. Registration requied for attending youngsters only.

Date: Wednesday, October 10, 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.

Register by October 10

Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (ages 3–5 with an adult)
Burr Oak Woods is home to many animals, but they don’t all live in the same place. Whether in a tall tree, under a rock or even underwater, find out who lives here and what makes each habitat unique. Registration required for attending youngster only.

Register by October 10

Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Come and experience the age-old tradition of Dutch oven cooking. Together we will create a few different recipes and then sample them

Register by October 11

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin September 27.
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.

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required. The black bear population is increasing. These interesting animals represent all things that are wild in the Ozarks. Join us as we learn about these amazing animals. Please, no organized groups.

Register by October 10

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Homeschool Field Trip: Aquatics
(3rd-12th grades)
Discover the diverse life in a pond beyond fish. Students will visit an aquatic habitat to sample and identify critters they find. Learn about the complex food chains and how aquatic ecosystems
depend on humans to remain clean and healthy.

Register by October 11

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (For this program, you need one child in the 0-2 age range AND one child in the 3-6 age range).
They show up in nursery rhymes, songs, and children’s stories. Thousands can be found in forests and fields. Hundreds may be in your backyard and some share your house with you! Let’s look closer at these tiny animals – spiders – that live with us and around us.

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required. The black bear population is increasing. These interesting animals represent all things that are wild in the Ozarks. Join us as we learn about these amazing animals. Please, no organized groups.

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Ever wonder what it takes to keep all the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Thanks to some amazing animal care volunteers, they are fed a delicious smorgasbord of crickets, worms, minnows, and more! Drop by to visit with the volunteers and staff as they feed the hungry critters. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Bass Pro Shops

**Adults must accompany youth**

Lesson 4: Fishing with lures and fishing regulations

Register by October 10

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Register by October 10

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (families with children 6+)
What can you find in the forest? Wonders abound when we stop and take a closer look. Join us as we use clues to find out what’s hiding in the forest. We will also search for interesting and unusual colors, shapes, and textures that exist all around us. All attending family members must register and dress to be outside for a portion of the program.

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Doreen Mengel, Environmental Resource Scientist of the Missouri Department of Conservation, will present “Wetland Bird Research in Missouri” and discuss its implications.

Date: Friday, October 12, 2018 - 3:00pm to Friday, October 26, 2018 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive snakes enjoy their feast every other Friday.

Register by October 12

Date: Friday, October 12, 2018 - 6:00pm to Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins October 2 (ages 10+)
Make a beautiful cork decoy to use for waterfowl hunting or as unique art. Learn duck identification, duck ecology and decoy history as you sculpt and paint your own decoy. Cost for materials is $15. Please make $15 check to MCHF or we can do a credit card transaction. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or getting paint on. May not be the best class for those with asthma or breathing difficulties. An adult must attend with children younger than 16.

Register by October 13

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Novice hunters can learn how to turn harvested game into neat packages of lean, healthful meat. This event covers regulations, field dressing, supplies, transporting, and techniques for processing deer.

Register by October 13

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 14+).
Bring old magazines to recycle. Design and craft a colorful Thanksgiving greeting card to take home. Leaders will focus on a technique called iris folding. You will learn to fold old magazine pages into a work of art which will focus your EYE on one of Missouri’s favorite birds, the wild turkey.

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
The Gross-ology Lab is dedicated to showing how AWESOME some of the most ‘disgusting’ animals in our state can be. In this hands-on lab we will explore the world of the Vomit Munchers, Blood Slurpers, Scat Lovers and Creatures of the Night.

Register by October 12

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 12:00pm to Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 11:00am

Location: Whetstone Creek Conservation Area

Join the staff of the Missouri Dept of Conservation along with volunteers from the Missouri Trappers Association for this fun & exciting educational clinic. Participants will learn basic trapping techniques including water sets, dry land sets, trapping equipment care & maintenance, skinning, fleshing and proper fur handling.

While under the guidance of experienced trappers, participants will set their own traps. There is no fee for this training, but pre-registration is required. Participants should bring snacks & drinks. Dinner will be served on Saturday evening and breakfast on Sunday. This program is open to youth ages 11 to 17 and their parent or adult mentor.

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