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Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Everyone loves flowers and spring is a great time to see them. Join us for a program and short hike (weather permitting) as we learn what special jobs flowers do. We will complete a flowery craft to take home. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6.

Register by May 21

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Location: George Washington Carver national Monument

The spring prairie is waking from its winter dormancy with bursts of color, bees buzzing, and birds busily flying around. Join staff of the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center for a guided hike on a prairie near George Washington Carver National Monument. Wear comfortable walking shoes and insect repellent. Bring water, binoculars, and a camera if desired. Call or email for directions to the prairie and where we will be meeting.

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Everyone loves flowers and spring is a great time to see them. Join us for a program and short hike (weather permitting) as we learn what special jobs flowers do. We will complete a flowery craft to take home. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6.

Register by May 21

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: George Washington Carver national Monument

The spring prairie is waking from its winter dormancy with burst of color, bees buzzing, and birds busily flying around. Join staff of the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center for guided hike on a prairie near George Washington Carver National Monument. Wear comfortable walking shoes and insect repellent. Bring water, binoculars, and a camera if desired. Call or email for directions to the prairie where we will be meeting.

Register by May 20

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Shawnee Trail Conservation Area

Watershed Management
Fish Management
Aquatic Plant Identification & Managemetn
Spillway/Dam Maintenance
Pre-Register by calling (417) 682-3571, ext. 3129

Register by May 23

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

While the mere thought of a snake may make parents shudder, kids love them. Come to this month’s meeting to learn all the fun facts about Missouri’s most misunderstood reptile. Please no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids. Ages 7-12.

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Many homeowners are discovering the benefits of landscaping with native plants. Plants that are naturally adapted to their surroundings tend to be less dependent on pesticides and watering hoses, and they provide better habitat for butterflies, songbirds, and other local wildlife.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites people to purchase native plants at its Native Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at MDC’s Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center at 201 W. Riviera Drive in Joplin.

In addition to being able to buy plants, people can also get information on how to incorporate various types of native plants into their landscaping plans and how these plants can attract and benefit wildlife such as butterflies and birds.

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

What is the Missouri state bird? State fish? State tree? Join us to learn more about the natural state symbols of Missouri. No registration required. For more information call (417)334-4865 ext 0.

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Everyone loves flowers and spring is a great time to see them. Join us for a program and short hike (weather permitting) as we learn what special jobs flowers do. We will complete a flowery craft to take home. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6.

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

There are many smartphone apps available to help identify plants and animals, track your sightings, and learn more about the outdoors. Get an introductory lesson in outdoor smartphone apps and be better prepared for your next outdoor activity. All ages.

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Test your nature knowledge to celebrate National Trails Day. Trek the trails while answering nature-related questions along the way. Stop by the nature center anytime to pick up your question sheet and then return to check your answers, claim your prize, and learn about different conservation areas around Springfield. All ages. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by May 31

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Help your family be prepared for safe outings this summer by learning how “an ounce of prevention” before an outdoor excursion can prevent needing “a pound of cure” afterwards. Learn how to identify and avoid various poisonous plants and venomous animals and the best way to deal with ticks, mosquitoes, and more.

Date: Sunday, June 2, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Volunteer Naturalist and primitive skills specialist Don Brink returns to demonstrate how to start fires without matches and butane. Different primitive fire-making techniques will be demonstrated by Don and his grandson Roin Green. Afterward, try your hand at starting a fire the primitive way. Ages 12-adult. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Kellogg Lake

(Families. Only 15 and under may fish.)
Join us for a morning of fishing fun at the freshly-stocked Kellogg Lake in Carthage Missouri. Bring your own pole; a limited number of loaner rods are available on a first–come basis. Bait and basic tackle will be provided. Learn new skills by attending conservation education stations. Participation in education station activities earns kids the chance to register for prize drawings held at noon. Make it a great day of family memories at Kellogg Lake Park with conservation education, refreshments, prizes, and a chance for the kids to reel in a big one!

Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Join us at Belladonna Pond at Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery to learn the basics of fishing. Children 15 and younger will have the chance to fish for sunfish and bass. If you have your own equipment please bring it. A few loaner fishing poles will be available. For more information call (417) 334-4865 ext 0.

Register by June 8

Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

There are many different “pocket monsters” to catch and trade, but many of these creatures are inspired by real-world animals. Learn about the inspiration behind these digital characters, and see how many you can catch on a naturalist-led hike (weather permitting). Bring a data connected cellular device to participate. All ages. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by June 11

Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Register and meet us at the east parking lot at Busiek Conservation Area to hike and explore with our naturalists. We’ll explore the forest and creek so come prepared for hiking and to get wet. Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellant, towel, hat, and shoes you can wear in the water (no flip-flops or crocs). Ages 10-adult. Ages 10-17 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Let us tell you a tale about animal tails and the many ways they help animals to survive!

Date: Friday, June 14, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Early explorers were very much like astronauts with new discoveries. Learn about conservation astronauts as we team up with the Springfield-Greene County Library during their summer reading program: “A Universe of Stories.” Bring your entire family and enjoy indoor/outdoor activities, stories, crafts, and more as you make your own discoveries in nature. Drop by anytime and plan on spending at least an hour. The Mobile Library will be present during the program so bring your library card. All ages. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by June 15

Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 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.

Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

They come in all sizes and colors, but these cool critters often go unnoticed. Come meet some live crawdads as we explore what makes crayfish cool. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by June 17

Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 8:30am to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Enjoy trout fishing and a fish fry at Roaring River State Park. We will fly fish or spin fish in our own privately stocked trout pool in the morning and then learn how to clean and fry trout for lunch. Make plans to join us for a great outdoor experience! Transportation will be provided. Ages 12-17. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by June 20

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Learn about water’s incredible journey and who lives in Missouri’s waters as we dive into summer. Ages 7-12. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by June 20

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Those tiny specks of light that spark our imagination every summer are back! Learn all about these special beetles that are nature’s “flashlights”, make a firefly to take home, and help us catch some fireflies on the lawn at Walter Woods Conservation Area. Bring a flashlight if you have one. Walter Wood Conservation Area

Register by June 21

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

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. Registered participants will meet at the Lake Springfield Park boathouse. Ages 18-adult. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

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