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Register by April 26

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Online registration begins April 3. Ages 7-12. Like birds, toads and frogs are often noticed first by their mating calls. They fill the day and night with peeps, trills, and snores. Learn about their habits and how to identify their calls during this month’s meeting. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids.

Date: Friday, April 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. Ages 0-2. Bring your children ages 0-2 for a guided walk with Volunteer Naturalist Dana Tideman. Bring a stroller.

Register by April 28

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 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 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. Ages 0-2. Bring your children ages 0-2 for a guided walk with Volunteer Naturalist Dana Tideman. Bring a stroller.

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Registration required (families, ages 8 and up)
This outdoor hike will connect you to the history of the White River and how our large area lakes were formed. The ¼ mile trail is very flat and easy to walk. Dress for the weather, bring a bottle of water, and wear shoes for walking off the trail.

Register by April 28

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Online registration begins April 3. Ages 12-17. Come join the fun as we fish for river monsters! Carp fishing is loads of fun and catching them can be great sport. These fish can get very big and put up a huge battle. Lunch, drinks, and transportation will be provided.

Register by May 2

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Online registration begins April 15. Ages 10-adult. Celebrate Migratory Bird Day by learning to identify migrating warblers. Many species of warblers don’t stay, so enjoy these 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.

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 6:30am to 8:15pm

Location: Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery

Our Kid’s free fishing event would be a perfect opportunity for kids to learn how to fish. Fishing hours that day are from 6:30 in the morning until 8:15 that night. We have a designated area for kids only that we stock heavily the night before which gives the kids a better opportunity to catch fish. We will also have several volunteers that will be walking the stream assisting those that need help learning to fish. We do have a number of fishing poles that we loan out on a first come first serve basis, and most of the time there are some poles available, but always recommend if kids have their own fishing equipment to bring it just in case all are loaned out.

We will have a number of other educational activities that will be available to the kids, including fish cooking and cleaning, a touch tank, fish maze, fly tying, World bird sanctuary with live birds to look at and a table set up with the different pelts of stream mammals. All the activities will start at 9 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. Lunch will also be provided to the kids free of charge, at Shelter house B across the Whistle Bridge, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.. Children will need to check in at the big tent adjacent to the playground near the park store to get their free tag, goodie bag with lots of educational information and a bag of fish food to feed the fish.
For Additional Information please contact Ben Havens at Ben.Havens@mdc.mo.gov or call the hatchery at 417-532-4418

Register by May 4

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Online registration begins April 15. Ages 10-adult. Celebrate Migratory Bird Day by learning to identify migrating warblers. Many species of warblers don’t stay, so enjoy these 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.

Register by May 5

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 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.

Register by May 5

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Online registration begins April 15. Ages 12-adult. Bring your camera and take a closer look at nature photography with Volunteer Naturalist Dan Liles. We’ll take photos of plants, birds, and insects. Afterwards we will discuss tools and techniques and review photos.

Register by May 5

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Online registration begins April 15. Ages 8 and up with an adult mentor. Parents, grandparents, and adult mentors, bring your youngster(s) and join Corps of Engineers GIS Specialist Tricia Tannehill to learn a new outdoor skill. During this geocaching and outdoor “treasure” hunt you will use your smartphone. We’ll go over basics of how a GPS works, the “official” Geocaching App and website, then hit the trail to find a “treasure” with your smartphones. One smartphone per family required. Dress for the weather.

Date: Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. All ages. Volunteer Naturalist and primitive skills specialist Don Brink returns for another primitive skills session. Watch him and his grandson Roin Green 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.

Date: Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. All ages. 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 attempting to capture some for banding.

Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

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

Date: Friday, May 11, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Please register at the Nature Conservancy’s website: nature.org/moevents. We are teaming with The Nature Conservancy in Missouri to present Behind The Lens by award-winning wildlife photographer Matt Miles. Matt will describe many of the rare and dramatic moments he has captured with his camera—images that are now featured in his new photo book: Missouri, Wild and Wonderful. Ages 12-adult.

Register by May 11

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Online registration begins May 1. Ages 18-adult. While known for trout fishing, Roaring River State Park also has an array of hiking trails. Volunteer Naturalist Sandy Vaughn 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.

Register by May 12

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Join us to learn more about these beautiful butterflies and how you can help them out. Free milkweed seed will be available.

Register by May 12

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Online registration begins May 1. Ages 8-adult. Art instructor and nature enthusiast Hing Wah Hatch will increase your powers of observation as she demonstrates, step-by-step, how to capture the essence of local plants and animals through Chinese-style painting. Participants will go home with more nature knowledge and their own artistic masterpiece. Ages 8-adult. Observers are welcome to stop by anytime.

Register by May 12

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 2:45pm to 4:15pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Online registration begins May 1. Ages 8-adult. Art instructor and nature enthusiast Hing Wah Hatch will increase your powers of observation as she demonstrates, step-by-step, how to capture the essence of local plants and animals through Chinese-style painting. Participants will go home with more nature knowledge and their own artistic masterpiece. Ages 8-adult. Observers are welcome to stop by anytime.

Register by May 13

Date: Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

In honor of all mothers on their special day, everyone may enjoy one free hour of shooting or a round of trap or skeet shooting on us.

Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. Ages 3-6. Get out of your shell and join us for some turtlemania! Learn more about Missouri’s turtles, see live ones, and make a turtle craft. Please no organized groups.

Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. Ages 3-6. Get out of your shell and join us for some turtlemania! Learn more about Missouri’s turtles, see live ones, and make a turtle craft. Please no organized groups.

Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 1:00pm to 1:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. Ages 3-6. Get out of your shell and join us for some turtlemania! Learn more about Missouri’s turtles, see live ones, and make a turtle craft. Please no organized groups.

Date: Friday, May 18, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. Ages 3-6. From tadpoles to adult bullfrogs, we’ll learn the life changes of frogs and why they are such good leapers. Please no organized groups.

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