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Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Missouri is home to a variety of mammals. Stop by this display to learn more about our furry neighbors. There will be no live animals.

Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 8:30am to 1:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. All ages. Do your trees have disease or insect problems? Bring infected twigs (at least 12” long), branches, or leaves to Urban Foresters for identification and a solution to your tree problems. Stop by anytime.

Register by June 25

Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Southwest Regional Office

Come explore the James River by canoe with MDC staff as we share our knowledge and skill of canoeing and fishing the river. Participants will meet at the Southwest Regional MDC Office, 2630 N Mayfair, Springfield, at 9 AM and return around 3 PM. Participants 16-65 must have a valid fishing permit. Transportation and canoes will be provided; however, participants will need to pack a lunch, drinks (no alcohol please), and protective gear, i.e. sunglasses, hat, and sunscreen. This event is for women ages 14 and up. Women 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult. Online registration is required.

Register by June 28

Date: Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 8:00pm to 9:15pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Online registration begins June 1. Ages 7-12. Those tiny specks of light that spark our imagination every summer are back! Bring your flashlight for some games and join the action for a special look at nature’s own “festival of lights” with Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Ryan. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids.

Register by June 30

Date: Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Discover the basics of archery shooting. We will cover things like bow nomenclature, hand set, bow set, pre-draw, stance, and much more and then go shooting on the static archery range. You may bring your own bow to the program or use ours.

Register by July 7

Date: Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Advance your knowledge of shooting and hunting with your crossbow, safely and effectively. We will cover nomenclature of the crossbow, hand placement, stance, loading and drawing of string. We will also cover the optics, care and cleaning and storage. The difference between bolts and arrows, practice points versus hunting points. We will shoot on the static and 3-D range. Youth under 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Date: Sunday, July 8, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. All ages.
Volunteer Naturalist and primitive skills specialist Don Brink, along with his grandson Roin Green, demonstrate how to weave plant fibers into cordage. Try your hand at this age-old skill and learn about the plants primitive man used to make cordage. Stop by anytime.

Register by July 9

Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Pineville Public Access

This float will allow beginners to learn the basics of canoeing and river fishing on a 4 mile guided float trip on Big Sugar Creek. No groups, this program is for individuals 15 years and older only. Anyone ages 15 to 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

The float is led by MDC staff using MDC provided canoes. Shuttle transportation is provided. Participants 16 years of age and older must possess a valid Missouri fishing license. This event is free; however, participants are responsible for their own lunch, refreshments and supplies, i.e. hat, glasses, sun screen, etc.

Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required.
You’ve heard the tales about them, now’s your chance to learn the truth. We’ll explore the myths and realities of Missouri’s misunderstood pit vipers.

Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required.
Come see live specimens of Missouri’s venomous snakes on display courtesy of Finley Valley Serpentarium. Stop by anytime.

Register by July 17

Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 18-adult. Online registration begins July 1.
Kayaking can be a great way to get outdoors and see the Ozarks from a new perspective. Join instructors from the Ozark Mountain Paddlers for an introductory lesson at Lake Springfield. Equipment is provided. Class will meet at the boathouse in Lake Springfield Park.

Register by July 18

Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 11:30am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 12-17. Online registration begins July 1.
Come along as we float and explore one of the many streams in the Ozarks. Life jackets will be worn during the float trip. Sunscreen will be provided or you may bring your own. Snacks, drinks, and transportation will be provided.

Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 11-adult. No registration required.
Volunteer Naturalist and outdoor photographer Bob Ball shares his personal experiences of photographing nesting birds from his own backyard to birds in the field.

Register by July 19

Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 12-adult-ages 12-17 must be accompanied by an adult. Online registration begins July 1.
Come join us and learn basic canoe paddling strokes and canoe handling. Put all your new-found knowledge into practice as you paddle your own canoe. Meet at Lake Springfield Southwood Access for a great evening on the water.

Register by July 19

Date: Friday, July 20, 2018 - 8:15am to 1:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 18-adult. Online registration begins July 1.
Hike at Cedar Gap Conservation Area with Volunteer Naturalist Pat Stritzel. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring water and snacks and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is three miles and rated moderate in difficulty.

Register by July 21

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 8-adult. Online registration begins July 1.
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.

Register by July 21

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 2:45pm to 4:15pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 8-adult. Online registration begins July 1.
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.

Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
Kids, slither in and get up close and personal with nature’s most misunderstood reptile. Please no organized groups.

Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
Kids, slither in and get up close and personal with nature’s most misunderstood reptile. Please no organized groups.

Register by July 26

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

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 7-12. Online registration begins July 1.
Summer is the perfect time for lizards, and the nature center is one of the best places to spot them. Learn about Missouri’s thirteen species of lizards, and make a lizard craft to take home. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids.

Date: Friday, July 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
The droning sound of male cicadas provide background music to summers in the Ozarks. Spend some time learning about these fascinating and loud insects before they quietly disappear. Please no organized groups.

Date: Friday, July 27, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
The droning sound of male cicadas provide background music to summers in the Ozarks. Spend some time learning about these fascinating and loud insects before they quietly disappear. Please no organized groups.

Date: Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
The droning sound of male cicadas provide background music to summers in the Ozarks. Spend some time learning about these fascinating and loud insects before they quietly disappear. Please no organized groups.

Date: Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required.
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: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
Hey! Who is hurrying, scurrying, and weaving in and out of the leaf litter? It’s Big Daddy Longlegs! Hurry in to find out some amazing facts about these long-legged forest creatures. Please no organized groups.

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