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Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Ever wonder what those frogs and toads are called? Tom Johnson, retired state herpetologist, will present on frogs and toads of Missouri.

Register by March 13

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each family member attending (families with children 6+)
They jump, fly, dance, and make strange noises. The American woodcock may be an odd-looking bird, but it puts on a fantastic springtime display. Join us to learn about some of the incredible adaptations of this little bird. We will venture outside and with luck have a chance to view the woodcock’s special dance. Please dress to be outside.

Register by March 15

Date: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Learn the basics of archery with us. We’ll go over safety, bow anatomy, and shooting technique before we get in some target practice. Ages 10-adult.

Register by March 14

Date: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Cold Blooded Creatures
March 15 • Friday • 10–noon
(Ages 6-12)
Reservations begin Feb 15.
Cold-blooded? Let’s see about those fish, amphibians and reptiles. Even if these creatures aren’t out yet, we’ll discover how they differ from us warm-blooded ones. Wear shoes to get wet, bring a water bottle and we will supply the rest. This outdoor program meets at the Hatchery and Educational Fishing Lakes in Forest Park.

Register by March 14

Date: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Cold-blooded Creatures
Mar 15 • Friday • 10–noon
(Ages 6-12)
Reservations begin Feb 15.
Cold-blooded? Let’s check and see about those fish, amphibians and reptiles. Even if these creatures aren’t out just yet, we’ll discover how they differ from us warm-blooded ones. Wear shoes to get wet, bring a water bottle and we will supply the rest. This outdoor program meets at the Forest Park Hatchery and Educational Fishing Lakes in Forest Park.

Register by March 15

Date: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (For this program, you need at least one child in the 0-2 AND at least one child in the 3-6 age ranges).
From browns to 'bows, trout have made a splash in Missouri! Swim in to learn more about why these beautiful fish are special, how to tell trout apart, and even how to catch trout!

Register by March 15

Date: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Migratory song birds will soon be finding their way back to Missouri. While some will stay to nest, others will pass through on their way to northern breeding grounds. Join Volunteer Naturalist Myra Scroggs for an introductory program and then walk the trails to look for birds. Bring field guides and binoculars if you have them. Ages 7-adult.

Register by March 15

Date: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Learn the basics of archery with us. We’ll go over safety, bow anatomy, and shooting technique before we get in some target practice. Ages 10-adult.

Register by March 15

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 7:00am to 9:00am

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 cameras the natural world from flora to fauna and the habitat that supports both. Bring your cameras, from cell phones to dslrs, and we will discuss the habitat surrounding the subject of the month while creating artistic photographs with our interpretation of the subject.

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 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 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 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.

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 12:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

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 - 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.

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!

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.

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 11:00am

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!

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