Events

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Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 10:00am to Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 1:30pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

For spring break join us for free fish hatchery tours. Learn how trout are raised from egg collecting all the way to release for public fishing.Tours start at the Hatchery Conservation Center and last for approximately 30-40 minutes.

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

In spring, some of the earliest sounds heard in nature are frogs. Learn to identify what you are hearing and discover some of the amazing adaptations of frogs, toads, and salamanders that call Missouri home. Participants will see live amphibians and make an amphibian craft. We will go for a short walk after the program.

Date: Friday, March 22, 2019 - 10:30am to Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 11:30am

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Join naturalists for a guided stroll along the trails. We will meet at the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center’s pavilion (next to the building) and walk along several nearby trails looking for signs of spring. The walk will be a little more than a mile and is rated easy.

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 1:00pm to Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 11:30am

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Opossums are awesome for many reasons! Join us to learn more about this special mammal that's related to the kangaroo.

Date: Friday, March 29, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Each spring Missouri is visited by a group of very beautiful birds, the warblers. Their bright colors shine through the trees almost as boldly as their beautiful songs ring out. Fly on over to learn more about these brilliant birds, take a short hike to look for them, and make a craft to take home. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, March 29, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Each spring Missouri is visited by a group of very beautiful birds, the warblers. Their bright colors shine through the trees almost as boldly as their beautiful songs ring out. Fly on over to learn more about these brilliant birds, take a short hike to look for them, and make a craft to take home. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by March 30

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

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discover the basics of turkey hunting in the spring. We will cover safety, scouting, calling, proper setup, shotgun ballistics, and much more.

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Join us to learn more about the snakes, turtles and lizards of Missouri. Live animals will be available for up close viewing. Participants will have the opportunity to touch a live non-venomous snake.

Register by March 30

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

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join photographer Dan Liles as he teaches you how to take photos of different types of wildlife. We will start in the classroom and then hit the trails to take photos, so bring your camera or cell phone. Ages 12-17.

Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Bees live a busy life full of home building, dancing, and helping other bees. Buzz by and learn about the importance of bees and complete a craft to take home. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6.

Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Bees live a busy life full of home building, dancing, and helping other bees. Buzz by and learn about the importance of bees and complete a craft to take home. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6.

Register by April 2

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

(all ages, 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult) Spring turkey hunting offers some of the most challenging, exciting, and rewarding hunts in Missouri! Join us to sharpen your skills, learn new techniques, or gain confidence so you can harvest a big spring gobbler. We will discuss turkey biology, habitat, hunting strategies, firearms, ammunition, and much more!

Register by April 4

Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

This program gives individuals and families an opportunity to learn, experience, and explore the skills necessary to hunt wild turkey. Topics include rules and regulations, hunting techniques, safety, calls and calling, and basic shotgun and ammunition information.

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Whether you’re a new or expert gardener you can learn more about native plants at our annual plant sale and seminar. Stop by to purchase plants and garden related items from a variety of vendors, get growing tips from one of our many exhibitors, and attend our informative programs. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information or stop by the Nature Center for an event flyer.

Register by April 5

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Join us to discover what lives along the shore of Lake Taneycomo. We will hike about 1.5 miles on easy to moderate terrain. Dress for the weather. Meet at the Conservation Center.

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

It won't be long before these winged jewels will arrive for summer nesting. Bring your tot and learn about Missouri's smallest and most energetic bird.

Register by April 7

Date: Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Plants have always been important to humans for food, medicine, and other purposes. Volunteer Specialist Don Brink, along with his grandson Roin Green, will explore the folklore and modern uses of several Missouri plants.

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

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Meet us at the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center's pavilion (next to the building) for a spring stroll. The walk will be a little more than a mile and is rated easy. Please bring strollers for toddlers.

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 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. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

It won't be long before these winged jewels will arrive for summer nesting. Bring your tot and learn about Missouri's smallest and most energetic bird.

Register by April 12

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

See the spectacular scenery of Ha Ha Tonka State Park. 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 online or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by April 12

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

This beginners clinic will help you get started fishing for one of Missouri’s favorite game fish! Topics will include species identification of catfish, strategies, rules and regulations, equipment, and cleaning and cooking your catch. Fishing equipment will be provided but you may also bring your own. All students 16 years of age and older needs to have a valid Missouri fishing license.

Register by April 13

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Join us to learn more about Missouri's state bird. We will also build 12 bluebird nest boxes. Each family will work together to build 1 box to take home. Bring a hammer.

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Stop by to see members of the Ozark Whittlers & Woodcarvers transform wood into treasures. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

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.

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