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Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, November 15, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

No reservations required
Trail Tales features a children’s book along the trail. Read, move, and play as you visit and engage in suggested activities at each stop. Both children and adults will love to play in nature this way! Check it out on Broken Ridge Trail.

Register by September 18

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond

Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish-Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, participants will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 or 4.

Register by September 19

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join avid outdoorsman Don Brink for an introduction to backpacking. Learn about the types of equipment, things beginners should know, and places to go in the Ozarks. After attending this program you’ll be ready to head out on your own. Ages 10-adult.

Register by September 19

Date: Friday, September 20, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Tower Grove Park

(Ages 7–12)
Reservations begin September 6.
Missouri’s mammals come in all shapes, sizes and abilities. Some are born with lots of hair, and some, not much at all. Join us for fun mammalian activities which illustrate what makes a mammal. Meet at the Comfort Station near Shelter 3.

Register by September 20

Date: Friday, September 20, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All ages) Explore the world of the wild with Emmy® Award winning singers and songwriters, WildHeart performing at Powder Valley! Come along on their musical journey discovering nature right here in Missouri. Move and groove to upbeat, conservation-friendly tunes that sing of wild animals, their characteristics and habitats! Kids and families will love to sing along on the journey discovering new moves and joining in on the adventure! It’s WildHeart…bringing the heart of the wild, to the heart of the child.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 8:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Instructors will provide information on the different types of firearms, ammunition, marksmanship skills and care and cleaning, plus much more. There will be a live-fire session; bring your own firearm or use ours!

Register by September 21

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Welcome autumn as we hike the varied habitats at the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area. We’ll stop and take in the views and have lunch along the way. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Hike is seven miles and rated moderate to difficult. This program is for women only. Ages 14-adult. Girls ages 14-17 accompanied by an adult female are welcome. Pack a lunch, water, and dress for the weather. The trail is rocky and appropriate footwear is a must.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Adding native plants to your yard will help provide valuable habitat for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Stop by anytime to purchase native plants and pick up information on how to include native plantings in your landscape, what plants to select, and how they benefit wildlife. Plant vendors include: Ozark Soul Native Plants, Missouri Wildflower Nursery, and Smiling Sun Gardens.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 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 around 3:30 pm. This event is located at Riverfront Park depending on river levels. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Enjoy a fun-filled morning as we celebrate the migration of monarch butterflies. Stop by any time to get up close with monarch caterpillars and butterflies and participate in citizen science as we tag some. Activities include face-painting, crafts, games, and more. A monarch program will be held in the classroom at 10 A.M.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

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 in our state.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Trees are beautiful when changing colors, but they are not alone. Some of Missouri’s very own mammals change their colors too. Come on in and learn about the colors of fall, mammal style!

Register by September 21

Date: Saturday, September 21, 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!

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

(All ages, best for 5 and above)
No registration required.

Learn more about the life cycle and migration of these beautiful butterflies before they quietly flutter away to their winter hibernaculum in Mexico. Enjoy monarch festival activities before and after the program.

Register by September 21

Date: Saturday, September 21, 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!

Register by September 21

Date: Saturday, September 21, 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 19

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

As the weather cools critters of all sorts prepare for winter, including native bee species! Join Rockwoods naturalists to create 5-star winter accommodations for our important native pollinators species. **NOTICE**Please be advised that this class will include light use of power and hand tools. Bring your own hammer! If you are a family signing up for this event please only sign up one person in your party as seats are limited by build kits.

Register by September 20

Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

What do I need to do if I want to hunt deer in Missouri? If I harvest a deer what do I do next? These questions and more will be answered in this informative program on deer hunting. During this clinic we will cover the following topics: Biology of white-tail deer, what to do before the hunt, what to do during the hunt, and what to do after the hunt. Ages 6 and up, participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by September 25

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin September 1
Come see the topic we are exploring this month. Families, meet in the nature center lobby for a “nature” adventure. Everyone will hike with the naturalist to a special place in the forest and enjoy a nature story under the tree canopy. Siblings are welcome. This program will be canceled in the case of inclement weather.

Register by September 24

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngster only (ages 3–5 with an adult)
Hey, where did all these black and orange butterflies come from? Where are they going? Monarchs are one of Missouri’s prettiest insects; but did you know this famous migrant is born without wings? Discover the amazing life cycle of the monarch butterfly.

Register by September 24

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 12–18)
What animals live at Burr Oak Woods? Join us as we go sleuthing to solve this riddle by looking for evidence that animals leave behind. Who knows, the answer could even show us how animals interact with each other and even us! Dress to be outside for a portion of the program.

Register by September 24

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 6–8)
What animals live at Burr Oak Woods? Join us as we go sleuthing to solve this riddle by looking for evidence that animals leave behind. Who knows, the answer could even show us how animals interact with each other and even us! Dress to be outside for a portion of the program.

Register by September 24

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Learning about nature from a young age is good for kids and for the environment. Every month, join Rockwoods naturalists for an outdoor adventure with your little one. The entire class is presented outside, so please dress to be in the water, wear sunscreen, and bring bug spray. Siblings are welcome, but please note this class is designed for ages 3–6.

Register by September 24

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 9–11)
What animals live at Burr Oak Woods? Join us as we go sleuthing to solve this riddle by looking for evidence that animals leave behind. Who knows, the answer could even show us how animals interact with each other and even us! Dress to be outside for a portion of the program.

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

The black bear population is growing in the Ozarks. Join us as we learn about these amazing animals. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required.

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