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Date: Friday, October 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required. Bats are one of the most misunderstood animals in nature. Go batty as we learn the truth about bats, how they survive at night, and why they are so important. Please, no organized groups.

Date: Friday, October 19, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required. Bats are one of the most misunderstood animals in nature. Go batty as we learn the truth about bats, how they survive at night, and why they are so important. Please, no organized groups.

Register by October 19

Date: Friday, October 19, 2018 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Online registration required (ages 6-adult)
This annual event includes a guided night hike with stations about Missouri wildlife and will help you see they are not so scary.

Register by October 20

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 12-17. Online registration begins October 1. You don’t have to be a hunter to become a skilled archer. Learn a new skill and spend time practicing. No experience is necessary and archery equipment will be provided. This program takes place on an archery range which is not ADA accessible.

Register by October 20

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 18-adult. Online registration begins October 1. Adults, join us for beginner archery. Enjoy learning a new skill and spend time practicing. You don’t have to be a hunter to become a skilled archer. No experience is necessary and archery equipment will be provided. This program takes place on the archery range which is not ADA accessible.

Register by October 25

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 7-12. Online registration begins October 1. Missouri’s mammals are a diverse group of animals. They come in all different shapes and sizes, and they’re found in every habitat. Some are easily seen, like squirrels, while others are secretive in their habits, like bears. Learn about the mammals of Missouri and the important role they have played throughout human history. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids.

Register by October 26

Date: Friday, October 26, 2018 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Learn about hunting Missouri's elusive predator species in this beginners seminar. we will cover strategies, equipment, calling, firearms, and much more. This class is for all ages, but anyone 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by October 27

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Online registration required (ages 12-adult)
Join us for a short half-mile hike which will highlight the beautiful fall leaves of the Ozarks. Bring a bottle of water and dress for the weather.

Register by October 26

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 18-adult. Online registration begins October 1. Explore Piney Creek Wilderness with Volunteer Naturalist Carmen Steketee. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is approximately five miles and rated moderate in difficulty.

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 11:00am to 11:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required. The black bear population is increasing. These interesting animals represent all things that are wild in the Ozarks. Join us as we learn about these amazing animals. Please, no organized groups.

Register by November 3

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Learn the basics of hunting the whitetail deer. We will cover scouting, setup, taking the shot and much more.

Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Scurry in to find out what chipmunks are chattering about as they prepare for the cold winter season. Please, no organized groups.

Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Scurry in to find out what chipmunks are chattering about as they prepare for the cold winter season. Please, no organized groups.

Register by November 8

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Fall brings the annual migration of waterfowl to our area lakes from their breeding grounds in the north. Some will stay with us all winter and others rest and continue on their way farther south. After an indoor program we will walk to the lake and look for these winged travelers. Ages 10-adult.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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