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Date: Saturday, September 7, 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 September 7

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Lots of different crayfish inhabit the Ozarks creeks and waterways. Join us for the last river trip of the season to catch and identify crayfish. Transportation, drinks, and snacks will be provided. Ages 12-17.

Register by September 7

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All ages) There's much to explore in nature, even in your own backyard. In this program you'll learn some scientific ways to observe, identify, and appreciate our wild neighbors. Even kids can become a citizen scientist!

Register by September 6

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Join us for a 2 mile hike along the rocky Turkey Ridge Trail. We will explore a stand of towering pines, the remnants of old limestone mining, and seasonal flora and fauna. Meet at the Rockwoods Reservation Visitor Center at 10 a.m. where you will follow the guides to the trail head.

Date: Saturday, September 7, 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.

Register by September 7

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All ages) There's much to explore in nature, even in your own backyard. In this program you'll learn some scientific ways to observe, identify, and appreciate our wild neighbors. Even kids can become a citizen scientist!

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All ages) There's much to explore in nature, even in your own backyard. In this program you'll learn some scientific ways to observe, identify, and appreciate our wild neighbors. Even kids can become a citizen scientist!

Register by September 6

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Cable Restraint
September 7 • Saturday • 12, noon. - 4 p.m.
(Ages 11 and up)
Reservations begin August 24
In this 1-day course, you will learn the basic design of cable restraints as well as how to properly prepare, maintain, and how to use cable restraints ethically in the outdoors. The cable restraint regulations in the Wildlife Code of Missouri will be covered. https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 9+) Are you interested in becoming part of the growing world of Citizen Science but aren't sure how to get started? Join us for our first Citizen Science Saturday. Let's start by learning to use iNaturalist and Monarch SOS. We will blend technology and our natural habitats to learn how to record encounters with wildlife, connect to specialist in the science world and help gather wildlife data we can share. iPhones, iPads, Android phones or tablets are recommended.

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Learn more about the snakes, turtles, and lizards that call Missouri home with the opportunity to see live specimens. A discovery table and craft will be available after the program.

Date: Saturday, September 7, 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 September 7

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Geocaching is an outdoor “treasure” hunt using GPS units. We’ll go over basic GPS use and then hit the trails to find some “treasure.”

Register by September 6

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children ages 8+)
Archery and bow hunting are increasing in popularity! Discover the fun of this family activity as parents and kids learn the basics together. We will help you to improve your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately. The program is presented at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by September 6

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children ages 8+)
Archery and bow hunting are increasing in popularity! Discover the fun of this family activity as parents and kids learn the basics together. We will help you to improve your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately. The program is presented at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Swim on over to discover the underwater world of fish. We’ll talk about types of fish, catching them, and more. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required.

Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Swim on over to discover the underwater world of fish. We’ll talk about types of fish, catching them, and more. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required.

Register by September 10

Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program teaches the fundamentals of shotgun shooting including types, safety, fit, stance, and shooting techniques. We will start in the classroom then move to the field for some live-fire.

Register by September 10

Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (babes under 36 months)
Flutter like a butterfly and learn about how the Monarch butterfly makes its magical trek to Mexico every fall. Dress to be outside for a portion of this program.

Register by September 10

Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)

Get your feet wet in a very “cool” stream while learning about aquatic organisms and stream quality monitoring. We will catch and identify different kinds of stream dwelling critters, as well as test the water for quality and components. Please wear clothing and gear that can get wet.

Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join Ms. Ladybug as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your child. Please no organized groups. Ages 2-6. No registration required.

Register by September 11

Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Bass Pro Shops

This Family Fishing clinic includes instruction as well as hands-on fishing to teach all anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spin-cast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish. 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 ages 6 years old and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For questions please contact Rhys McCracken at Rhys.McCracken@mdc.mo.gov

Register by September 12

Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin August 29
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.

Register by September 12

Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin August 29
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.

Register by September 7

Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Get ready for the twelfth block of our prairie themed quilt! This month features the coneflower. Glade, pale purple, purple, yellow and gray headed, this member of the daisy family starts showing its colors starting in May and continues its show through October. Unfortunately, those colors are threatened by harvest for the medicinal herb market. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, you can call 573-325-1381.

Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

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.

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