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Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come celebrate Earth Day with us as we focus on the amazing plants, animals, and habitats Missouri’s Southeast region has to offer. Walk the trail to answer trivia questions or to just enjoy a nice spring day. Stop by the classroom to make and take a fish-related craft. Enjoy a nature film in the auditorium or sit and watch the birds at our bird viewing area. There’s something for everyone at the nature center. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Register by April 20

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

What's Popping Up In Spring?
Registration required (ages 18+).
Join us to learn about spring flowers you see in your yard or on your nature hike. We will be making a “spring up” greeting card. If available, bring a circle punch and crafting/scoring board.

Register by April 20

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Learn the basics about identifying mushrooms with Dan Liles, President of the Southwest Chapter of the Missouri Mycological Society. The program will be followed by a search for mushrooms.

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

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Stop by to celebrate Earth Day with us as we focus on the amazing plants, animals, and habitats that Southwest Missouri has to offer. Walk the trail to answer trivia questions or just enjoy a nice spring day. Stop by the classroom make an Earth Day craft or head to the bird viewing area to relax. There’s something for everyone at the Nature Center. Youth and adult groups welcome. All ages.

Register by April 19

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Attend a “marsh concert” presented by the toads and frogs of Missouri! Join us as we learn how to identify each call from the levees at Marias Temps Clair Conservation Area.

****Participants meet at: Marias Temps Clair Conservation Area on Island Road****

Bring a small flashlight, water, snacks, and dress for the weather

Register by April 19

Date: Monday, April 22, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Nature is waking up and the nighttime soundtrack often features the choruses of the frogs and toads of Missouri. Let’s decorate an abode for these vocal amphibians that you can place in your yard or garden for your own private concerts throughout the spring and summer. If times allows we will venture out on the area to find some of our jumping residents.

All ages are welcome!

Date: Monday, April 22, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Livingston County Library

To register call the Livingston Co. Library at 660-646-0547.

For additional information call Conservation Educator, Adam Brandsgaard at 660-646-6122.

Register by April 23

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 16 (Ages 3–6)
Ringed, Spotted, and Tigers. Oh my! These are all
salamanders that can be found in Missouri. Join us as we investigate the secret lives of these slippery creatures.

Register by April 23

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 16 (Ages 3–6)
Ringed, Spotted, and Tigers. Oh my! These are all
salamanders that can be found in Missouri. Join us as we investigate the secret lives of these slippery creatures.

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Have you ever wondered how chemicals, sediment, and other materials get into Missouri rivers and streams? Before using the interactive Stream Trailer/Enviroscape we will watch a presentation to understand why water quality is important!

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Parent Educators from Parents As Teachers will offer a “Nature at Its Best” story time. Enjoy stories, activities, and finger plays designed for children from birth to age five. Each session is forty-five minutes in length.

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:15pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Parent Educators from Parents As Teachers will offer a “Nature at Its Best” story time. Enjoy stories, activities, and finger plays designed for children from birth to age five. Each session is forty-five minutes in length.

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:15pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Parent Educators from Parents As Teachers will offer a “Nature at Its Best” story time. Enjoy stories, activities, and finger plays designed for children from birth to age five. Each session is forty-five minutes in length.

Register by April 22

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Nature is wild and has its beauty. So what better way to enjoy that beauty than to enjoy it with safety? This month’s Little Stinker’s topic is Bear Aware and features the book, “It’s the BEAR!” by Jez Alborough. The main character, Eddie, finds himself alone in the woods after this mom goes back to get the pie she forgot to bring for their picnic. A very large bear comes and gobbles up the picnic lunch and is now looking for dessert. Eddie is hoping he is not the dessert the bear has in mind. Find out what happens next and join us after the story for some activities based on the Bear Aware theme.

Register by April 22

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Register by April 23

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: George O. White Nursery

Register by April 22

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Family Air Rifle
April 23 • Tuesday • 6-8 p.m.
(Ages 9 - 15)
Reservations begin April 9
Interested families who have never experienced shooting are invited to participate in an instructor led session covering shooting fundamentals, safety and proper techniques of an air rifle. All necessary equipment will be provided.

Register by April 23

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Animal communication is a hoot! Learn about some of the entertaining and interesting ways animals communicate to each other through sounds, smells, visual cues, and touch. Please no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids. Ages 7-12.

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Red, orange, yellow, and pink. Flowers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. We’ll learn how flowers grow, what a flower is, and we’ll take a stroll to find some. Ages 0-2.

Register by April 24

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 2 (ages 12+)
Join a nature center volunteer for a walk at Seventy-Six Conservation Area to see wildflowers blooming at this unique area. Youth ages 12 and older welcome with an adult.
Notes:
If riding with us, please select that option.
If driving on own, please select that option. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items.
Held rain or shine. If cancelled due to severe weather, participants will be called 1 hour prior to leaving. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is free.

Register by April 24

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 2 (ages 12+)
Join a nature center volunteer for a walk at Seventy-Six Conservation Area to see wildflowers blooming at this unique area. Youth ages 12 and older welcome with an adult.
Notes:
If riding with us, please select that option.
If driving on own, please select that option. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items.
Held rain or shine. If cancelled due to severe weather, participants will be called 1 hour prior to leaving. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is free.

Register by April 19

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 1 (ages 16+)
Create a unique, wearable work of art while using a deer shed to make a set of earrings, necklace pendant, or brooch. Join us as we examine deer antlers and shed hunting as you craft your jewelry. This will be a hands-on class during which participants will make their own jewelry.
Registration ends April 19th at 11:30 pm.

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 7:30am to 9:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 10+ years). Join MDC naturalists and area birders as we discover the avian life that call Runge home. These short birding walks are for all experience-level birders. We will gather near the front doors of the nature center. Binoculars and field guides will be provided for those that need them.

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Bring your favorite little ones and learn egg-sactly how and why animals begin their lives in these wonderful little packages.

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