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Register by April 20

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discover the joys of shotgun shooting. We will discuss shotgun nomenclature, stance, dominant eye, mounting, moving the shotgun, and much more. You may use our shotguns or plan to use your own. Please make sure your shotgun is completely unloaded before arriving.

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Join us for our annual Earth Day celebration. Free tree seedlings and a limited number of milkweed plants will be available for you to take home. For more information call (417)334-4865 ext 0.

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Missouri is home to many wonderful plants and animals, some of which are endangered. We’ll learn about a few of these creatures and how we can help protect the places they live. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6.

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Missouri is home to many wonderful plants and animals, some of which are endangered. We’ll learn about a few of these creatures and how we can help protect the places they live. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6.

Register by April 20

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Learn the basics about identifying mushrooms with Dan Liles, President of the Southwest Chapter of the Missouri Mycological Society. The program will be followed by a search for mushrooms.

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Stop by to celebrate Earth Day with us as we focus on the amazing plants, animals, and habitats that Southwest Missouri has to offer. Walk the trail to answer trivia questions or just enjoy a nice spring day. Stop by the classroom make an Earth Day craft or head to the bird viewing area to relax. There’s something for everyone at the Nature Center. Youth and adult groups welcome. All ages.

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Parent Educators from Parents As Teachers will offer a “Nature at Its Best” story time. Enjoy stories, activities, and finger plays designed for children from birth to age five. Each session is forty-five minutes in length.

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:15pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Parent Educators from Parents As Teachers will offer a “Nature at Its Best” story time. Enjoy stories, activities, and finger plays designed for children from birth to age five. Each session is forty-five minutes in length.

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:15pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Parent Educators from Parents As Teachers will offer a “Nature at Its Best” story time. Enjoy stories, activities, and finger plays designed for children from birth to age five. Each session is forty-five minutes in length.

Register by April 23

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Animal communication is a hoot! Learn about some of the entertaining and interesting ways animals communicate to each other through sounds, smells, visual cues, and touch. Please no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids. Ages 7-12.

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Red, orange, yellow, and pink. Flowers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. We’ll learn how flowers grow, what a flower is, and we’ll take a stroll to find some. Ages 0-2.

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Bring your favorite little ones and learn egg-sactly how and why animals begin their lives in these wonderful little packages.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 7:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery

Veteran's Free Fishing Day at Bennett Spring State Park. All veterans 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 April 26

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:30am to 10:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Spring welcomes many migratory birds to our state, but learning to identify these feathered visitors can be tricky. Learn about spring migrants, then hike our trails to try and find them. Bring field guides and binoculars if you have them. This program is for women only. Ages 14-adult. Girls 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult female.

Register by April 26

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:30am to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Springtime in the Ozarks means fishing! Come and have a great time catch and release fishing at Walter Woods education pond. Participants 16 years and older must have a valid fishing permit. Dress for the weather. Snacks, drinks, and transportation will be provided. Bring a sack lunch. Ages 12-17.

Register by April 26

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

(Presented by Jeff Cantrell, Conservation Education Consultant with the MDC)
Naturescaping is simply utilizing native flowers, shrubs, and other plants that share our environment for our landscaping needs. They may be as manicured as a formal garden or have a little wild space in a backyard corner. The benefits of a purposeful flowerbed or landscape will be covered from the roots up, including starting with a new space to rehabbing an existing flowerbed. The design and plant components of a butterfly garden, hummingbird haven, and more ideas to entice wanted wildlife will be included. The class is geared for all interested adults including educators interested in outdoor classrooms.

Register by May 1

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Celebrate Migratory Bird Day by learning to identify migrating warblers. Many species of warblers don’t stay, so enjoy the passing birds now with guest Naturalist Bo Brown. Program will include thirty minutes indoors followed by a guided trail hike. Bring field guides and binoculars if you have them. Ages 10-adult.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 6:30am to 8:15pm

Location: Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery

Annual Kid's Free Fishing Day at Bennett Spring State Park. For More information contact Ben Havens at Ben.Havens@mdc.mo.gov

Register by May 3

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Celebrate Migratory Bird Day by learning to identify migrating warblers. Many species of warblers don’t stay, so enjoy the passing birds now with guest Naturalist Bo Brown. Program will include thirty minutes indoors followed by a guided trail hike. Bring field guides and binoculars if you have them. Ages 10-adult.

Register by May 4

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discover the basics of responsible handgun ownership and the joys of shooting. We will cover safety, handgun nomenclature, sight picture, sight alignment, breath control, trigger squeeze, and much more. All firearms and ammunition will be provided and you may bring your personal handgun to use during the live fire portion. There should be no live ammunition, concealed firearms, or uncased firearms inside the classroom.

Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Volunteer Naturalist and primitive skills specialist Don Brink and Roin Green return for another primitive skills session. Watch them transform simple rocks into artistic and functional points similar to the ones used by early man for arrowheads and other tools. See the basics of flint knapping and try your hand at this age-old skill. Stop by anytime. All ages.

Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

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 she attempts to capture some for banding. All ages.

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Many wild animal mothers take special care of their young by feeding, cleaning, and protecting their babies, but many do not. Discover which of these “other mothers” are most like our own!

Register by May 11

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Discover the joys of shooting one of the all-time favorite rifles–the .22 rifle. We will discuss rifle nomenclature, dominant eye, sight picture, sight alignment, breath control, trigger squeeze, shooting positions, plus much more. You may use our rifles or plan to use your own. Please make sure your rifle is completely unloaded before you arrive at the range.

Register by May 10

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Southwest Missouri offers lots of opportunities to fish and enjoy the outdoors. This river fishing clinic will focus on fishing for bass species in our local waterways! We will talk about locations to fish, strategies, equipment, rules and regulations, and how to catch different species of bass. We will meet at Shoal Creek Conservation Center and after the classroom portion go down to shoal creek and fish. All students 16 and older must have a valid fishing license. All equipment will be provided buy you may bring your own!

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