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Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

CALL 417-888-4237 TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BEGINS FEBRUARY 1. Where do opossums live? Do they swing by their tails? What do they have in common with kangaroos? "Trot" on over to find out the answers to these questions as well as many others. Ages 3-6.

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

CALL 417-888-4237 TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BEGINS FEBRUARY 1. Where do opossums live? Do they swing by their tails? What do they have in common with kangaroos? "Trot" on over to find out the answers to these questions as well as many others. Ages 3-6.

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

CALL 417-888-4237 TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BEGINS FEBRUARY 1. Even though we’re not at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, we can celebrate Olympians right here in Missouri. Learn about some true survivors as we discover the Olympic-like feats of some of Missouri’s wildlife species. Ages 7-12. Please, no younger siblings.

Date: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

CALL 417-888-4237 TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BEGINS JANUARY 2. Gayle Harper, travel photographer and author of Roadtrip with a Raindrop: 90 Days Along the Mississippi River, is captivated by the Mississippi River. Join us as Gayle takes you on the adventure of a lifetime as she shares photography and tales from her 90-day trip along the Mississippi River—the third largest watershed in the world and “aerial superhighway” for many North American birds on their annual migrations. The changes in the natural world that occur on this journey from Minnesota to Louisiana are astounding, as are the cultural and lifestyle changes of the people that live along her banks. A book signing by the award-winning author will follow the presentation. Ages 10-Adult.

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

CALL 417-888-4237 TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BEGINS FEBRUARY 1. Volunteer Naturalist Sandy Vaughn leads this six-mile hike at Bennett Spring State Park. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is rated as moderate to difficult. Ages 18-Adult.

Register by February 24

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to learn the basics of the care and cleaning of firearms. This program will include tips and techniques for all aspects of maintenance of your firearm. You may bring your own unloaded firearm to class or use ours.

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

This is our annual event that features the incredibly unique vultures in our area. Here is your opportunity to see one of the largest winter roosts of vultures in the state. The event includes hourly presentations featuring “Alice” a live turkey vulture from the Springfield’s WOW museum. There will also be indoor games, trivia, and activities. Outdoors you will get to see wild vultures roosting near the hatchery. Staff and volunteers will help you view the vultures with spotting scopes. The last presentation begins at 4 pm

Register by March 3

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Try your hand at woodcarving with members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists as they teach carving techniques and show how to transform wood into works of art. Ages 12-adult.

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Visit with members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists as they share information with the “wood-be” carver, demonstrate carving techniques, and show works in progress. All ages.

Register by March 2

Date: Monday, March 5, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: MARC

Everyone can improve their property with a little planning and forethought. Community Forester Jon Skinner will present Tree Selection and Planting to help you make better decisions and establish your new tree to optimize its benefits to you and your neighborhood. Everyone is welcome to attend this free workshop.

Register by March 6

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

At dusk in early spring, the American woodcock (aka timberdoodle) does its strange courtship dance which is one of the most interesting bird spectacles of spring. With luck, we’ll be watching. Dress warmly and wear hiking shoes as Volunteer Naturalist Dan Liles leads you on this three-mile hike. Ages 8-adult.

Register by March 5

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Wildcat Glade Conservation & Audubon Center

Everyone can improve their property with a little planning and forethought. Community forester Jon Skinner will present Tree Selection and Planting to help you make better decisions and establish your new tree to optimize its benefits to you and your neighborhood. Everyone is welcome to attend this free workshop.

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Missouri toads are colorful, harmless, vocal, and valuable. We’ll have fun learning about these “toad”-ally cool creatures. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Please no organized groups.

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Missouri toads are colorful, harmless, vocal, and valuable. We’ll have fun learning about these “toad”-ally cool creatures. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Please no organized groups.

Register by March 7

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Thiebaud Auditorium

Everyone can improve their property with a little planning and forethought. Community Forester Jon Skinner will present Tree Selection and Planting to help you make better decisions and establish your new tree to optimize its benefits to you and your neighborhood. Everyone is welcome to attend this free workshop.

Register by March 9

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Registration required (families, all ages)
Now is the time to welcome our state bird to begin nesting. This is your chance to build your own FREE bluebird nesting box. The program will also give you tips on how to encourage birds to nest in your box and ways to maintain the box. Each family MUST make their own reservation. Each family will make only one box. Bring a hammer.

Register by March 13

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Migratory song birds will soon be finding their way back to Missouri. While some will stay and nest here, others will be just passing through on their way to northern breeding grounds. Join Volunteer Naturalist Myra Scroggs for an introductory program and then walk the trails to look for birds. Bring field guides and binoculars if you have them. Ages 7-adult.

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

No Registration required (families, all ages)
During spring break we are providing guided tours of the fish hatchery. This is a great way to lean how the fish are spawned, raised, and released.

Register by March 13

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Take a stroll on the trails for a close look at wildflowers. Ages 8-adult.

Register by March 13

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

No Registration required (families, all ages)
During spring break we are providing guided tours of the fish hatchery. This is a great way to lean how the fish are spawned, raised, and released.

Date: Wednesday, March 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. Ages 2-6. No registration required.

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

No Registration required (families, all ages)
During spring break we are providing guided tours of the fish hatchery. This is a great way to lean how the fish are spawned, raised, and released.

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

As the cold winter wind subsides and the sun warms the forest, nature knows it’s time to wake up! Learn more about the signs of spring and make a craft to take home. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Please no organized groups.

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

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

As the cold winter wind subsides and the sun warms the forest, nature knows it’s time to wake up! Learn more about the signs of spring and make a craft to take home. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Please no organized groups.

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