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Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join Volunteer Naturalist Joyce Tolliver as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your 2-6 year olds. Please, no organized groups. No registration required.

Register by November 16

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

While known for trout fishing, Roaring River State Park also has an array of hiking trails. Volunteer Naturalist Pat Stritzel will help you become familiar with their trail system. 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 to difficult. Ages 18-adult.

Register by November 20

Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Camouflage is used in nature by animals in predator/prey relationships. Learn all about how wildlife uses camouflage and mimicry to help animals survive in nature. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids. Ages 7-12.

Date: Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

The wild turkey is one of Missouri’s most popular game birds. In honor of Thanksgiving, stop by our display to learn more about the bird that almost became our national symbol.

Date: Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Stop by to see members of the Ozark Whittlers and Woodcarvers transform wood into treasures. All ages. No registration required.

Register by November 27

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Seeing deer in urban areas used to be unusual but now it can be an everyday occurrence. Healthy deer populations require management and that means finding balance. Urban Wildlife Biologist Ashley Schnake shares the latest data and strategies for keeping deer populations healthy within the city of Springfield. Those strategies include the Springfield bowhunting ordinance and managed archery hunts administered by the Conservation Department and City Utilities properties on December 8-10. Ages 10-adult.

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Raccoons are clever nighttime animals. Bring your favorite Big Person and learn more about these critters. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required.

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Raccoons are clever nighttime animals. Bring your favorite Big Person and learn more about these critters. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required.

Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

We are looking for a few enthusiastic, nature-oriented volunteers (18 and older) to patrol trails, answer questions, staff the reception desk, help with gift shop sales, present conservation education programs, and assist with special projects. Volunteer positions require an average commitment of 10 hours a month. If you are interested, plan on attending this information meeting to learn more. Ages 18-adult. No registration required. For questions call Amy Juhala at 417-888-4237 or email sprfdNatureCenter@mdc.mo.gov.

Register by November 30

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Learn how to shoot 22-caliber rifles at the Andy Dalton Shooting Range at the Bois D’Arc Conservation Area. After classroom discussion, it is out to the range to practice and test your skills. So whether you’re a beginner or an expert shot, meet at the range and enjoy the fun! Refreshments will be provided.

Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Many birds fly south seeking warmer weather in the winter, but not Missouri’s wonderful woodpeckers. Fly on in to learn more about these “hardheaded” birds and how to attract them to your yard during the cold winter months. Please, no organized groups.

Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Many birds fly south seeking warmer weather in the winter, but not Missouri’s wonderful woodpeckers. Fly on in to learn more about these “hardheaded” birds and how to attract them to your yard during the cold winter months. Please, no organized groups.

Register by December 7

Date: Friday, December 7, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Before or after taking a stroll outdoors, enjoy the scenic photography of nationally known nature photographer Tim Ernst as he returns to share images of ten years of nature photography from the natural state. Tim will be available for a book signing from 6-7 pm and 8-9 pm. Visit Tim’s website at TimErnst.com. All ages.

Date: Friday, December 7, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

You’ve seen the fancy flashing light displays all over town-now come out for a quieter, old-fashioned holiday evening. Enjoy a crackling fire, sip hot chocolate, and browse through the gift shop and exhibits when you come indoors to get warm. The trails will be open and patrolled, so bring a flashlight and a walking partner because you’re on your own.

Register by December 7

Date: Friday, December 7, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Before or after taking a stroll outdoors, enjoy the scenic photography of nationally known nature photographer Tim Ernst as he returns to share images of ten years of nature photography from the natural state. Tim will be available for a book signing from 6-7 pm and 8-9 pm. Visit Tim’s website at TimErnst.com. All ages.

Register by December 8

Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Are you interested in hunting on public land close to home? How about healthy lean meat choices for you and your family? Do like the idea of liberal hunting seasons, methods, and limits? If you’ve answered “YES” to these questions, hunting small game may be for you!

Register by December 8

Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Come and find creative ways to enjoy nature throughout the holidays and make unique nature-related ornaments for windows, trees, and other indoor decorations.

Register by December 11

Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Hey, kids! Here’s your chance to make some presents out of natural and recycled items. Drop by anytime and plan to spend at least an hour during this special meeting date and time. Bring a sack and lots of creativity. All other items will be provided. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids.

Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join Volunteer Naturalist Joyce Tolliver as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your 2-6 year olds. Please, no organized groups. No registration required.

Date: Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Cardinals add a splash of color and a burst of song to the winter landscape. Come brighten your day as we explore the world of cardinals. Please, no organized groups.

Date: Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Cardinals add a splash of color and a burst of song to the winter landscape. Come brighten your day as we explore the world of cardinals. Please, no organized groups.

Register by December 14

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Enjoy a hike through the Mark Twain National Forest at Noblett Lake with Volunteer Naturalist Mike Mihalik. 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 to difficult.

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Stop by anytime to make some simple holiday crafts from natural and recycled materials. We’ll supply the materials, you bring the creativity, and parents provide the guidance.

Register by December 20

Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join us as we celebrate the close of another successful year of Conservation TEENS. After viewing photos of the year’s outings, we’ll enjoy refreshments and vote on possible outings for 2019. Teens ages 12-17 and their families are welcome to attend.

Date: Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Cardinals add a splash of color and a burst of song to the winter landscape. Come brighten your day as we explore the world of cardinals. Please, no organized groups.

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