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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.

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

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Stop by anytime between 5:30-7 PM to learn about and meet a resident Runge live animal or two!

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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Join us to learn about Geodes: the rocks with a crystal surprise inside! Participants will learn what geodes are, where to find them and how to open them. After the presentation we will cut open some geodes to see what’s inside!

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Amphitheater

Register by July 24

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Making and shooting slingshots is a fun way for the family to enjoy an afternoon outdoors. With practice a slingshot can also be a useful tool for the taking of small game. Join us for an afternoon as we explore the history of slingshots, some of the different ways to make them and the safe use of them. We’ll also provide some tips on marksmanship and allow a little time to practice.

Register by July 20

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm

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This program starts just before dark at Twin Pines, which is the best time to explore the “night shift” of nature. What is the “night shift?” It is more than owls and bats. Many animals are active only at night. Learn what you can expect to see and hear, then we will head out on the trail to enjoy the Missouri Ozarks after dark. Suitable shoes are recommended. This program is suitable for all ages. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or go on line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines . For further information, please call 573-325-1381.

Register by July 26

Date: Friday, July 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

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*** This event will be held at the Conservation Commission Headquarters located at 2901 W. Truman Blvd. Look for the blue Runge canopy. ***

Explore Outdoors!
Fridays in July • 9–11:30 AM
Registration required (ages 7-12 years).
Every Friday will offer a different exploration theme. Sign up for one or all. Bring a water bottle and appropriate clothing and shoes (no flip flops). Let’s explore!
July 26–Can you Canoe?

Register by July 26

Date: Friday, July 26, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

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This month we will be discussing the non-fiction book, Mozart’s Starling by Lyanda Lynn Haupt. This is a charming account of the famous composer and his pet starling and how that starling affected his life and possibly his music. The book also includes the natural history of the species and an account of the author’s own starling.

Register by July 24

Date: Friday, July 26, 2019 - 9:30am to 2:30pm

Location: Emmenegger Nature Park

Become a confident adventurer in nature! Spend a day exploring forest, fields, and streams. We’ll search for wildlife and the clues they leave behind, investigate the creek, and learn the art of archery.

Register by July 26

Date: Friday, July 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

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Let’s go outside! We will take a “safari” at the nature center this month and learn more about what summer animals and plants are out and about!

Date: Friday, July 26, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

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The animals are hungry! Join us and watch as we feed the snakes, aquarium fish, and snapping turtles.

Register by July 26

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 7:00am to 9:00pm

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Join us for a day on the water to experience kayak fishing and river navigation for paddlers. Participants will learn information and safety about kayaking during a ground school portion of the class, then take to the water for roughly 6 miles along the Big Piney river. Participants aged 13 and older are welcome to register; those aged younger than 18 must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Previous kayaking experience is encouraged.

Kayaks, paddles, life-jackets, and fishing equipment will be provided. Close-toed and close-heeled shoes are required. Participants older than 16 years will need a valid MO fishing license.

For questions, please contact Emily Porter at Emily.Porter@mdc.mo.gov.

Register by July 26

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 9:30am

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Register by July 27

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

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Registration required (18+ years old).
Meet at the nature center and drive to Graham Cave State Park in Montgomery County. We will be hiking the Loutre River, Graham Cave, and Indian Glade trails. Bring a water bottle, lunch, and dress for the weather.
Terrain: Easy
Length: 4 miles

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 25

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

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Register by July 27

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

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Insects live in every Missouri habitat! Discover what it takes to be an insect, meet some live insects, and play some insect games. Program is free.

Register by July 25

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

This first class includes instruction as well as hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish. This lesson must be taken before registering for any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.

The Discover Nature Fishing Program is designed for children ages 7-15 years old, although parents/guardians are encouraged to learn and fish with their children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm, and Tuesday classes the day before at 4:00pm.

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

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No registration required (all ages)
Join me to cool off and explore Burr Oak Creek at the same time. We will look closely at one of Missouri’s unique creek dwellers, the crayfish! Bring water bottles and towels. Do not wear a swimsuit. Wear closed-toed shoes (no aqua socks). Program starts at the Bethany Falls parking lot.

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

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Hot summer days are the perfect time to discover some of Missouri’s very own magical creatures! Darting and dashing above the pond are the colorful “damsels and dragons” of nature. Let’s explore the mysterious world of damselflies and dragonflies. Experience the magic and beauty of Missouri “dragons” through discovery tables, trail stations, and fun games!

Register by July 27

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

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Insects live in every Missouri habitat! Discover what it takes to be an insect, meet some live insects, and play some insect games. Program is free.

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

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No registration required (all ages) The Discovery Center's backyard is a six-acre urban oasis for native plants and wildlife. Join the naturalist for a one-hour interpretive walk around our trails. We'll meet the wild and native trees, flowers and animals that make a living right here in the middle of Kansas City!

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