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Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Join us in celebrating the 2nd birthday of our two-headed snake, Tiger and Lily! There will be crafts for the kids, first come first serve cupcakes, opportunities to take photos, and the chance to learn about and touch live snakes. At noon, everyone will get an opportunity to see the snakes being fed. For more information, call (417) 334-4865 ext 0.

Register by October 4

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 11:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Jakes stands for Junior Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship. This event is designed for children ages 6 to 12 and features a variety of activities related to the great outdoors. National Wild Turkey Federation members and the Twin Pines staff will present sessions that introduce and improve skills related to archery, air rifle, hunting, fishing, plants, wildlife and safety. Lunch will be served. Each participant will be entered in the event’s prize drawing and will receive a goodie bag and Jakes membership. On-site registration is available but pre-registration is advised . To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by September 19

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

As the weather cools critters of all sorts prepare for winter, including native bee species! Join Rockwoods naturalists to create 5-star winter accommodations for our important native pollinators species. **NOTICE**Please be advised that this class will include light use of power and hand tools. Bring your own hammer! If you are a family signing up for this event please only sign up one person in your party as seats are limited by build kits.

Register by October 1

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 11:00am

Location: Whetstone Creek Conservation Area

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Be right on target! Try your hand at archery and experience a fun way to enjoy the outdoors. All archery equipment will be provided. For ages 9 and up, but adult supervision is required for ages 9-17.

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

NATIONALLY AWARD WINNING
SPECIAL EVENT:
An on-the-trail performance of:
Superheroes and the Curse of the Alien Invaders
Walk-in (all ages)
If you listen carefully, you may hear the incredible story of the war between the Superheroes and the Alien Invaders! Meet the Incredible Hulk, Batman, Aqua Girl, Spiderman, Captain Marvel and even Superman along the trail as they battle against the Alien Invaders of Burr Oak Woods! Activities, crafts, prizes and refreshments included! Experts will also be available to discuss some of these troublesome exotic species. There will be something for everyone! Registration is not necessary, but you may pick up tickets for your selected time at the nature center prior to OR on the day of the performance. Trail performances begin approximately every 15 minutes from 4 PM to 7 PM. Each will last 45 minutes. The 8 PM performance will be held in the auditorium. Tickets are limited.

Date: Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Primitive Skills Day returns! See demonstrations in flint knapping, bow and arrow construction, making cordage out of plant fibers, beadwork, and fire making from some of the Ozarks’ best primitive skills specialists. Try your hand at some of the age-old skills. Drop by anytime. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Big Piney Sportsman Club

This Women's Only Handgun Basics program will include safety, operation and techniques of shooting semi-auto and revolver handguns. Participants must be at least 16 years old. All equipment will be provided, including guns, ammo, targets, eye and ear protection. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear (no open toed shoes). You are welcome to bring your personal handgun as long as it is unloaded and cased. If you choose to bring your personal handgun, you will need to provide your own ammunition if it is a caliber other than .22 long rifle or 9mm. After a lecture session, participants will practice shooting at paper and steel targets.

Register by October 6

Date: Monday, October 7, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Learn the steps necessary to process deer meat yourself. We will discuss the field dressing process and demonstrate how to skin and butcher a deer in simple easy steps with minimum equipment. You'll learn tips on how to make sure your venison is the best quality possible.

Register by October 8

Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Ronald and Maude Hartell Conservation Area

Free for Everyone
All Equipment Provided
Receive a $25 Bass Pro Gift Card Upon Completion of Lessons 1-4
Children must be accompanied by an adult

Register by October 7

Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish-Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, participants will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 or 4.

Register by October 7

Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program includes the 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 will be provided.

Register by October 8

Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-5 with an adult)
Eww! What’s that smell? Dinner! Come in and learn about one of Missouri’s most overlooked wild animals, the turkey vulture. Using a keen sense of smell, these birds are well adapted to a job that many take for granted. Dress to be outside for a portion of the program.

Date: Wednesday, October 9, 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.

Register by October 8

Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-5 with an adult)
Eww! What’s that smell? Dinner! Come in and learn about one of Missouri’s most overlooked wild animals, the turkey vulture. Using a keen sense of smell, these birds are well adapted to a job that many take for granted. Dress to be outside for a portion of the program.

Register by October 10

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

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin September 26
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 October 10

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin September 26
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, October 10, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ever wonder what it takes to keep all the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Thanks to some amazing animal care volunteers, they are fed a delicious smorgasbord of crickets, worms, minnows, and more! Drop by to visit with the volunteers and staff as they feed the hungry critters. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Register by October 10

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Ronald and Maude Hartell Conservation Area

Free for Everyone
All Equipment Provided
Receive a $25 Bass Pro Gift Card Upon Completion of Lessons 1-4
Children must be accompanied by an adult

Register by October 8

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 4: Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 or 4.

Register by October 7

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: West Platte Fire Station

Come join the Missouri Department of Conservation and the National Wild Turkey Federation for an evening of Free information and services available to landowners. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Topics will include:
• Weston/Iatan Migratory Bird Flyway
• Wildlife Habitat Management in Platte County
• Forest Management Plan Walk-through
• Invasive Species
• Tree Care
• NWTF Presentation

Registration closes 10/6/2019 - Registration may be received by calling Burr Oak Woods Nature Center Tuesday-Friday 8a-4:30p at 816-228-3766.

Register by October 9

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children ages 6–13)
Spiders, snakes, bugs and bats, oh my! Some people are afraid of the creepy critters that live here, but that is mostly because they believe myths that just aren’t true. Join us as we explore these interesting “creepies”. We will bust some myths, meet some critters up close then head out onto the trail to find some in their own habitat. Dress to be outside for a portion of the program.

Date: Friday, October 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

From tadpoles to adult bullfrogs, we’ll learn the life changes of frogs and why they are such good leapers. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

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

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

From tadpoles to adult bullfrogs, we’ll learn the life changes of frogs and why they are such good leapers. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, October 11, 2019 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive snakes enjoy their feast every other week.

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