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Register by September 24

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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 25

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Help us monitor the health of a local stream by conducting a Stream Team survey. Get an up-close look at some of the cool creatures that call stream ecosystems home. We will be wading so please wear clothing and closed-toed shoes that can get wet.

Register by September 24

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

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 25

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Waste not, want not! Reusing items we already have saves our natural habitat. We will learn how to take an old feed bag and make it into a jazzy tote bag. Machine sewing skills necessary. Please bring your own machine if you have one.

Register by September 25

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Reservations begin Sept 1

(All Ages)
Spend the morning discovering different kinds of trees! We will use different “clues” to figure which tree is which. Afterwards, we will make murals out of the clues we find.

Register by September 26

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Delve into a local stream and discover the cool creatures that call it home. We will be wading so please wear clothing and closed-toed shoes that can get wet.

Register by September 26

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Delve into a local stream and discover the cool creatures that call it home. We will be wading so please wear clothing and closed-toed shoes that can get wet.

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Amphitheater

Register by September 25

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond

Lesson 4: Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. 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 26

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Get ready for your next camping adventure by learning how to set up a tent, safely build a fire, and other important camping skills. Ages 7-12.

Register by September 24

Date: Friday, September 27, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: MDC Discovery Room Missouri State Fairgrounds

Registration required by contacting Cory Gregg rather than online:
cory.gregg@mdc.mo.gov or 573-796-0286 ext. 4285

This training is geared towards the ‘do-it-yourself’ landowners interested in managing their woodlots via forest thinning, harvesting, and wildlife habitat improvement projects that require the use of a chainsaw. MDC recognizes the safety hazards that are associated with chainsaw use, and work to ensure the well-being of landowner cooperators who are improving Missouri’s forest, fish, and wildlife resources.

Instructor Joe Glenn is nationally known in the field of chainsaw training and competition. He uses the world-recognized “Safety and Woods Worker” (SAWW) training program, which utilizes combined learning environments of the classroom, workshop, and the field, to educate participants in the safest and most efficient techniques for maintaining and operating a chainsaw.

The training will place special emphasis on protective equipment, proper saw maintenance, proper sharpening techniques, safe felling techniques for a variety of circumstances as well as bucking and limbing hazards.

Required participant materials include: Properly operating chainsaw, chainsaw chaps, leather boots, leather gloves, hearing protection, and eye protection.

Register by September 27

Date: Friday, September 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This month we will be discussing Coyote America by Dan Flores. Despite the many ill-informed efforts to annihilate coyotes, they haven’t just survived, they’ve thrived. Found throughout the St. Louis region, and across the continent, these mammals have a fascinating natural and supernatural history.

Date: Friday, September 27, 2019 - 3:00pm to 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 week.

Register by September 27

Date: Friday, September 27, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

If you want to become an experienced birder, this is your chance. Dr. Allen Gathman will be teaching the basics of bird identification in this workshop. If you want to apply your new knowledge, sign up for the birding hike Saturday morning. Join more experienced birders who can mentor you.

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 7:30am to 7:15pm

Location: Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery

Women's Free Fishing Day at Bennett Spring State Park. Girls of all ages fish for free! For more information contact Ben Havens at Ben.Havens@mdc.mo.gov or call the hatchery at 417-532-4418

Register by September 27

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Families interested in learning how to shoot .22 rifles are invited to participate in an instructor led, live fire session learning safety and the proper techniques of shooting .22 rim fire rifles. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided.

Register by September 27

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Enjoy a hike at Hercules Glades Wilderness. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is approximately five miles and rated moderate in difficulty. Ages 18-adult.

Register by September 27

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Kick off fall with a family fun filled morning discovering different ways to get outside! Enjoy activities like archery, basic camping skills, and constructing a craft to take home. Please bring a water bottle, bug spray, and sunscreen.

**Please also note that archery does require participants to be 9 years or older.**

Register by September 28

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Paul Breitenstein Farm

Join Dr. Allen Gathman as he leads a morning hike, looking and listening for birds. Whether you are new to birding or experienced, this will be enjoyable hike. You will need to bring your own binoculars and water bottle. Good hiking boots are recommended. After registration, directions to the location will be emailed to you. The hike will be near Patton. If you want to bring your lunch and enjoy it there, you are welcome.

Register by September 28

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Scurry on over with your squirrelly, little ones and discover the life of Missouri’s tree squirrels. We will experience why squirrels stay so busy, explore their wild habitat, and make them a take-home treat.

Register by September 5

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Register by September 27

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Discover the beauty of one of Missouri’s Natural Areas on a 3 mile hike through LaBarque Creek. We will hike from the area’s namesake creek to the highest point to see what this stunning area has to offer. This hike is rated as moderate to difficult due to elevation change.

***This program meets at LaBarque Creek Conservation Area***

Register by September 28

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Scurry on over with your squirrelly, little ones and discover the life of Missouri’s tree squirrels. We will experience why squirrels stay so busy, explore their wild habitat, and make them a take-home treat.

Register by September 28

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 11+; ages11–15 must be accompanied by a participating adult)
Have you thought about hunting, but just don’t know where to start? Deer hunting is a challenging, yet exciting tradition here in Missouri. Come out to Burr Oak Woods and learn the basics of pursuing white-tailed deer. We will cover everything from scouting locations to hunting methods, tracking your deer and more. Dress to be outside. There will be a break for lunch.

Register by September 28

Date: Saturday, September 28, 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!

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