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Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) It is time to swap your plants! All plants must be potted, labeled and in good health-no wilted plants allowed. Please consult invasive plant species of MO lists and do not bring invasive species. Herbs, vegetables, annuals, flowers, biennials, perennials, vines, shrubs, trees, fruit bearing seeds and extra garden tools you don't need are permissible. Trade five plants you bring for five new ones-no limits on amount you can bring. Check in at the sign in desk to have your plants checked for approval to trade. Plants that are not approved do not receive trade credit, please understand our rules and abide by them. It is best to pot the plants up at least two weeks prior to the event. Experienced gardeners may be able to bring wilted plants back to life, but many coming don't have those talents. Let's get some dirt under our nails.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Strange armored creatures have invaded Missouri! Why are they here? Where did they come from? Join us to learn about the environmental role that nine-banded armadillos play.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

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, May 4, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Come nestle in with us here at Runge while we explore diverse Missouri bird’s nests and all
their eggs hidden within! Lobby activities will include discovery tables, crafts, games, and other bird watching activities. Fly on over and adventure with us!

Register by May 4

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin April 20
Gardens are blooming with beauty that attracts visitors both big and small. Learn about native plants while adding style to your own outdoor experience when you create a stepping stone to be displayed in your landscape.

Register by May 3

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 10+) Missourians welcome the energetic and exuberant house wren each spring. This small summer resident is a common backyard bird and will utilize abandoned woodpecker holes, bird boxes and other cavities for its habitat. Building your own wren box is a rewarding nature experience. Make plans to take part in this woodworking session where you will construct your own wren box and learn where to place it in your backyard.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Ann Ingalls is a local children's author with over three dozen books in print or forthcoming. She will present one of her new books, Why Should I Walk? I Can Fly! All of Ann's life, she dreamed she could fly. The closest she has ever come is to ride a zipline. A little bird, a big sky and the first time out of the nest! A fledgling robin's first flight is a gentle reminder about what we can accomplish if we just keep trying. Ann sums it up this way, "All young creatures take risks, which is one of the reasons I think this story holds appeal for children-they take risks every day." Come join us to learn a bit about flying! Books will be available from Rainy Day Books for purchase.

Register by May 3

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 10+) Missourians welcome the energetic and exuberant house wren each spring. This small summer resident is a common backyard bird and will utilize abandoned woodpecker holes, bird boxes and other cavities for its habitat. Building your own wren box is a rewarding nature experience. Make plans to take part in this woodworking session where you will construct your own wren box and learn where to place it in your backyard.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 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.

Register by May 3

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Fantastic Frogs and Terrific Toads
May 4 • Saturday • 6:30–8:30 p.m.
(Ages 8 and up, ages 8–15 must be accompanied by an adult)
Reservations begin April 4
Calling all croakers! Join us as we explore our region’s common frogs and toads, their calls, and what they can tell us about the health of our environment. Afterward, enjoy an evening stroll to our pond to listen for and identify frogs and toads by their calls.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Amphibians are a fun and important group that scientists study to determine the health of an ecosystem. Learn how to identify frogs by their calls and create a froggy craft to take home. We will walk to a pond to listen for and maybe even catch a few frogs!

Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area. See what makes Columbia Bottom an important stopover for many migratory birds, and discover ways you can help bird conservation. Visit our activity stations to learn about migratory birds and earn an exclusive International Migratory Bird Day prize. We will even have a live bird from Treehouse Wildlife Center!

Special guests include: Treehouse Wildlife Center, St. Louis Zoo, Webster Groves Nature Study Society, and the St. Louis Department of Public Heath.

No registration is required.

The event and all activities are free!

All ages are encouraged to attend - there will be activities and information tables for children and adults.

No food or drinks will be available for purchase. Water fountains are available at the Visitor's Center. You are welcome to bring food and drinks but please remember to dispose of trash properly.

Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Volunteer Naturalist and primitive skills specialist Don Brink and Roin Green return for another primitive skills session. Watch them transform simple rocks into artistic and functional points similar to the ones used by early man for arrowheads and other tools. See the basics of flint knapping and try your hand at this age-old skill. Stop by anytime. All ages.

Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

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 she attempts to capture some for banding. All ages.

Date: Tuesday, May 7, 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.

Register by May 6

Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Introduction to 5-Stand/Sporting Clays
May 7 • Tuesday • 6pm – 8pm
(Ages 11 and up, ages 11-16 must be accompanied by an adult)
Reservations begin April 23
This is an introductory course on how to shoot 5-stand. The program will start in the classroom where you will learn safety, stance, etiquette, and technique. Afterwards, the program will proceed to live fire on the 5-stand course. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided.

Register by April 30

Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

A $20.00 REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT IS REQUIRED FOR THIS CLASS AND REGISTRATION IS NOT COMPLETE UNLESS WE RECEIVE THE DEPOSIT WITHIN ONE WEEK OF REGISTRATION.
Registration required beginning April 1 (adults)
The spring flora and fauna will be our backdrop for this unique dining experience as we savor the bounty of a wild spring harvest, sip wild native tea and enjoy a sweet wild edible dessert. Join us for an evening of fun learning more about the habitats around us that provide delicious culinary opportunities. Registration is not complete unless we receive your $20.00 refundable deposit within one week of registration.
Deposit should be made out to MISSOURI CONSERVATION HERITAGE FOUNDATION. Please deliver it to the Discovery Center at 4750 Troost, Kansas City, MO 64110. You will receive an e-mail confirming your reservation after we have received your deposit.

Register by May 6

Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake #15

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. 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.

Register by May 6

Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program includes handgun fundamentals, operation, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start with classroom instruction then move to the range for a live-fire session. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment are provided however you may bring your own handgun and ammunition to the live-fire session

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

CLOSED to the PUBLIC
May 8 · Wednesday
Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center will be closed to the public in observance of the state holiday - Truman’s Birthday.

Register by May 8

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin April 25
It’s always a perfect time to enjoy nature. Join us for a stroller walk outdoors. Discover how nature appeals to our senses no matter what our age.

Register by May 9

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngster only (ages 3-5 with an adult)
“What was that!?” Jump straight up to Burr Oak Woods for some facts about Missouri’s armored invader! Nine-banded armadillos dig through the dirt, eating lots of insects along the way. Come on in and learn what it means to be an armadillo.

Register by May 8

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin April 25
It’s always a perfect time to enjoy nature. Join us for a stroller walk outdoors. Discover how nature appeals to our senses no matter what our age.

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Many wild animal mothers take special care of their young by feeding, cleaning, and protecting their babies, but many do not. Discover which of these “other mothers” are most like our own!

Register by May 9

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngster only (ages 3-5 with an adult)
“What was that!?” Jump straight up to Burr Oak Woods for some facts about Missouri’s armored invader! Nine-banded armadillos dig through the dirt, eating lots of insects along the way. Come on in and learn what it means to be an armadillo.

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