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Register by July 17

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 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 8-adult. Ages 8-17 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

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The droning sounds 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. Held at Walter Woods Conservation Area.

Register by July 18

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

While we usually think of bats only at Halloween, warm spring and summer nights provide some of the best bat viewing. During this program we’ll take a closer look at these acrobatic flying mammals and find out why they’re so important to our daily lives. Please no younger siblings, and only one adult per group of children. Ages 7-12. Register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by July 19

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

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MDC has a new regulation that now requires hunters at certain areas must use non-toxic shotshells while hunting for doves. Bois D' Arc CA is one of the newly added areas so in an attempt to assist hunters be more successful with their harvest this September we are hosting a program that teaches hunters how to shoot steel shot. This comprehensive program will teach you how to pattern test your equipment and how to make better shots which reduces wounding and increases harvest rates. For more information about this program please call 417-742-4361.

Register by July 20

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Learn canoeing basics as we explore Lake Springfield. We will meet at the Southwood Access and go over canoeing strokes and safety before heading out on the water. Dress for the weather and wear shoes that can get wet. PFDs (Personal Floatation Devices) will be provided. To reach Southwood Access (on the east side of Lake Springfield, just west of the Highway 65 bridge) take the Evans Road exit off Highway 65. Then, travel west on Evans Road, and then north on Southwood Road. Ages 18-adult. Register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by July 19

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Falconry is the ancient art and hunting sport of using trained birds of prey to hunt wild game. Falconry was introduced to the United States in 1622 by England, and though it has evolved over the years one thing remains the same: the bond between the falconer and their bird. Join Meagan Duffee-Yates, Master falconer, as she discusses the rich history of falconry. Discover what makes birds of prey such fascinating animals and see live birds of prey. She’ll discuss the steps involved in becoming a falconer and the importance of raptor conservation.

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Sometimes they startle us, but snakes always fascinate us. Learn about this often-misunderstood reptile, see snakes up close, and even have the opportunity to touch one! All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by July 19

Date: Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm

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Morels aren’t the only mushrooms worth finding! Join Dan Liles from the Missouri Mycological Society and learn about the mushrooms of Southwest Missouri in the summertime. After a short presentation, we will search the Walter Woods Conservation Area for chanterelles and chicken of the woods.

Register by July 22

Date: Monday, July 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 11:00am

Location: Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park

Graduate from DNF Camp by attending all 3 Lessons. Last day of camp on Saturday is family fishing. Equipment is provided.

Register by July 24

Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Accomplished art instructor Greg Chappell helps participants paint waterfowl. Greg will build your skills in the foundations of drawing, anatomy, and composition. Skills learned in the class will help you paint for a Junior Duck Stamp entry. Ages 6-17. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Slither in and get up close with nature’s most misunderstood reptile. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Slither in and get up close with nature’s most misunderstood reptile. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

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Join us as we partner with the Joplin Public Library (at the library) for their summer reading program. Learn all about Missouri’s nighttime creatures and the many special ways they are able to survive in darkness.

Register by July 27

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 8:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Hike at Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area with Volunteer Naturalist Brian Conry. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is four miles and rated moderate in difficulty. Ages 18-adult. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by July 27

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

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Trap shooting is a fun and exciting way to further your shotgun shooting knowledge. We will be spending time talking about the game of trap and then work with you individually on the trap field to assist the shotgun shooter in learning gun mount, moving the shotgun, hold points, break points, forward allowance, and many more of the mechanics as it pertains to trap shooting. This program is not for the beginning shotgun shooter as it is an intermediate level program so unless you are beyond the basics in shotgunning this program is not for you. You will need to bring your unloaded shotgun to this program to use and both .12 and .20 gauge ammunition will be provided for the program.

Register by July 30

Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join us as we float and explore one of the Ozarks’ many streams. Life jackets will be provided and worn during the float trip. Wear shoes that can get wet (no flip-flops). Drinks and transportation will be provided. Bring a change of clothes and a sack lunch. Ages 12-17. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

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Slither in to find out more about this fascinating reptile, see some up close, and make a snake craft to take home.

Register by July 31

Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Enjoy learning about fish while we practice the traditional art of Japanese fish printing. Each participant will make 1-3 prints during this program which will cover the basic techniques of this beautiful art. Ages 10-adult. Ages 10-17 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, August 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Slide on in and have a turtle-tastic time at the Nature Center as we learn all about these fun little reptiles. Missouri has 17 kinds of turtles and they’re all fantastic! Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, August 2, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Slide on in and have a turtle-tastic time at the Nature Center as we learn all about these fun little reptiles. Missouri has 17 kinds of turtles and they’re all fantastic! Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Slide on in and have a turtle-tastic time at the Nature Center as we learn all about these fun little reptiles. Missouri has 17 kinds of turtles and they’re all fantastic! Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by August 5

Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Beat the heat and experience a fish-eye view of an Ozark creek. No prior snorkeling experience is necessary. Transportation and drinks will be provided. Bring a sack lunch and a water bottle. Snorkel and mask will be provided, or you may bring your own. Ages 12-17. Register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by August 9

Date: Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Cool off this summer by wading through Hunter Creek at Vera Cruz Conservation Area with Volunteer Naturalist Carmen Steketee. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch, water, hiking poles, wear clothes that you can get wet, and sturdy shoes (water shoes are recommended for the creek). Ninety percent of the time will be in water. Hike is two miles and rated moderate in difficulty. Ages 18-adult. Register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join Ms. Ladybug as she reads a nature story and share activities with your child. Please no organized groups. Ages 2-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, August 16, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Our annual celebration of insects and the important role they play in nature returns! Insects—they fascinate us, they bug us, they surround us, and they bite us; but what would a summer evening be like without them? Join insect specialists and enthusiasts for an evening devoted to discovering insects. Grab your entire family and participate in some creepy-crawly fun for all ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

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