Events

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Register by August 25

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 10-adult. Online registration begins August 1.
Join Volunteer Naturalist Dana Tideman to learn about monarch butterfly conservation, their life cycle, and how to rear and tag them.

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required.
Visit with members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists as they share information with the “wood-be” carver, demonstrate carving techniques, and show works in progress.

Date: Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required.
Here is your chance to see a ruby-throated hummingbird up close! Join master hummingbird bander Sarah Driver to learn more about this winged jewel while attempting to capture some for banding.

Register by August 28

Date: Tuesday, August 28, 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!
573-526-5544

Register by August 27

Date: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Open toed shoes are not reccomended for shooting programs. Please dress for the weather. All equipment will be provided.

Register by August 27

Date: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Date: Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us in celebrating vultures! Often overlooked or misunderstood, the vulture is an important player in human health! Stop by to enjoy our display and make a craft as you learn more about these helpful birds. Youth and adult groups welcome. We will not have a live bird.

Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Ever wonder what it takes to keep all of 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.

Register by September 6

Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Krug Park Lagoon

This class is designed to refresh fly fishers or teach the basics of fly casting to the public. Registration required and only 20 spots! Registration begins August 1st!

Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 7:30am to 7:00pm

Location: Maramec Spring Hatchery

Women of all ages will have a chance to trout fish for free at Maramec Spring Park on Saturday, September 9th. Fishing will start at 7:30 a.m. and continue until 7:15 p.m. There is no fishing license or daily trout tag required for women during this free event. A special area of the spring branch will be roped off for use by female anglers only.

Not only is the event free, but there will be 100 tagged prize fish stocked into the fishing area. When an angler catches one of these fish they can win an assortment of prizes, like a fishing rod, vest, tackle box, or net.

To help newcomers discover the joys of trout fishing, there will be plenty of fishing instruction offered as well. Informal instruction will be offered including basic trout fishing tactics, casting, cleaning and cooking your catch. Also some free trout tacos will be available for tasting.

Men are welcome to fish the rest of the park below the women’s fishing area, with the purchase of a daily tag. Bring the whole family to enjoy the day!

Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center will be closed to public shooting for the Day at the Range and Outdoor Adventure Fair for persons with disabilities. This event is a partnership effort between the Southwest Center for Independent Living, The National Wild Turkey Federation, and Missouri Department of Conservation. If you have a friend or family member who is disabled, this is their event. Come and enjoy a day in the outdoors shooting, fishing, and participating in a variety of other nature-related activities at this one-day event. To register, please call the Southwest Center for Independent Living at 417-886-1188 or go online to http://www.swmodatr.com/.

Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Riverfront Park

Discover what the river has to offer you! Hands-on activities will teach you the importance of the Mississippi river and surrounding wetlands. This event is fun for the entire family featuring live river animals and free boat rides on the Mississippi. Boat rides take place throughout the day with the last boat leaving at 3:30 pm. This event is located at Riverfront Park depending on river levels. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Register by September 6

Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake 15

This first class includes instruction as well as hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish. This lesson must be taken before registering for any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4. 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.

This class is for children ages 7-15 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm. Both your EMAIL and PHONE NUMBER are REQUIRED during registration, so that we may contact you in the event of cancellations due to inclement weather or other circumstances.

Register by September 12

Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This basic program includes an introduction to wingshooting fundamentals, non-toxic shotshell ammunition selection for hunting, and shotgun patterning with a goal to help migratory and upland bird hunters improve their hunting skills with non-toxic shot. Participants should bring their hunting shotgun and choke tubes if applicable and eye/ear protection.

Register by September 13

Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 12+ - 17 need an adult))
Cooler weather is welcome relief in the fall. We are also glad for the many fruits and nuts nature offers in the autumn. We will learn how to identify, prepare, and use native fruits and nuts. We will also learn what wildlife use the same food sources.

Register by September 15

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 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 September 13

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Register by September 13

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

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.

This class is for children ages 7-15 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm. Both your EMAIL and PHONE NUMBER are REQUIRED during registration, so that we may contact you in the event of cancellations due to inclement weather or other circumstances.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Register by September 15

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Flap your wings on down to the nature center to explore the fluttering world of Missouri’s Monarch butterflies. Discover how butterflies live their life in Missouri and throughout North America. Afterwards, join the naturalists in tagging wild butterflies to collect data on their migration.
Registration begins September 1 (ages 7-11)

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

No reservations needed
Come and learn about the poisonous and venomous plant and animals found in the State of Missouri. We will discuss snakes, spiders, bees, wasps, hornets, scorpions, mushrooms, and everybody’s favorite, poison ivy. There will even be live examples of venomous animals found around here. Drop by any time during the scheduled time.

Register by September 15

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Seeds are amazing! Some fly, some stick, while others roll; all are hoping for a nice spot to grow. In this program, we will explore how seeds get from place to place.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins September 1.

Register by September 15

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Seeds are amazing! Some fly, some stick, while others roll; all are hoping for a nice spot to grow. In this program, we will explore how seeds get from place to place.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins September 1.

Date: Monday, September 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Monarchs are migrating through our area! Drop by between 9 a.m. and noon, and become a citizen scientist. Learn about Monarch ID, behavior, proper netting techniques, and hopefully, tag a few in an effort to track their Southern flight.
********* We will meet in the garden in front of the Weldon Spring Interpretive Center 7295 Highway 94 South, St. Charles, MO 63304 ******

Register by September 18

Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Seeds are amazing! Some fly, some stick, while others roll; all are hoping for a nice spot to grow. In this program, we will explore how seeds get from place to place.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins September 1.

Register by September 18

Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Seeds are amazing! Some fly, some stick, while others roll; all are hoping for a nice spot to grow. In this program, we will explore how seeds get from place to place.
Ages 3–6. Registration begins September 1.

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