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Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Nature provides incredible inspiration and one-of-a-kind art supplies. Join us as we explore the native habitats at the Discovery Center and gather stems, leaves, berries, nuts, grasses, feathers and other spring treasures. Step back inside to learn how to make uniquely textured paintbrushes and explore your creative side as you create your own unique nature art!

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 14+) The translation of Bonsai simply means pot or tray planted. However, Bonsai is one of the oldest forms of 'living' art as trees and plants are grown in containers, artistically designed, but emphasizing its natural habitat qualities for the owners' enjoyment. And whether you have a yard or a small apartment you can enjoy multiple plants in your environment. Any plant, that will produce a woody stem can be used, which of course includes native material and local nursery offerings. This presentation will provide a general overview. Topics discussed will include Chinese and Japanese origins, US Collection in DC and descriptions of Bonsai styles, tools, general horticulture procedures, pot selection and the design process. We will wrap up with a review of the various styles using slides featuring examples of different plants used in this unique art.

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

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, May 18, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Tom Milligan, as Jay N. "Ding" Darling, visits from his 11th floor office at the Des Moines Register, where he worked from 1906-1943. Beginning with his early years in Sioux City, where he became aware of the natural world around him, as well as his developing skills as an editorial cartoonist, he reflects upon his remarkable life journey. His story continues to include two Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoons for the Register and a remarkable career as a nationally know conservationist,. From the introduction of the duck stamp to the creation of the National Wildlife Federation, Darling's influence was felt, not only through his cartoons, but through his actions as well. Considered by many to be one of the most influential members of the modern conservation movement in the first half of the 20th century, the impact of his work is still felt today.

Date: Saturday, May 18, 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 18

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Have you ever needed to know how to tie a square knot, a bowline, or a knot for a specific task? Tying the correct knot will anchor a tent, keep fishing hooks on, or join two pieces of rope together. Learn the best knots for the job. Ages 12-17.

Register by May 18

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 1 (ages 5+)
Come celebrate your mother (or mother figure) while you sip and nibble on teas and treats made from native plants. We’ll stroll the garden to point out native edibles and make a spring-related craft! Adult supervision required for ages 5-17.

Register by May 21

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6-16) Two elegant insects that hunt and eat other insects are the dragonfly and the praying mantis. They have adaptations for totally different hunting strategies, one patrolling the air and the other sitting put until the moment of ambush. Have you seen any? Were you impressed and curious? Come have some fun this morning while learning more about them.

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Everyone loves flowers and spring is a great time to see them. Join us for a program and short hike (weather permitting) as we learn what special jobs flowers do. We will complete a flowery craft to take home. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6.

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Everyone loves flowers and spring is a great time to see them. Join us for a program and short hike (weather permitting) as we learn what special jobs flowers do. We will complete a flowery craft to take home. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6.

Register by May 20

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Family Air Rifle
May 21 • Tuesday • 6-8 p.m.
(Ages 9 and up)
Reservations begin May 7
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 May 20

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake #15

In this final lesson you will learn 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. 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.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Register by May 20

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Suson Park - Rearing Pond

Location: Suson Rearing Pond

In this final lesson you will learn 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. 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.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Date: Wednesday, May 22, 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 21

Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Learning about nature from a young age is good for kids and for the environment; every month join Rockwoods naturalists for an outdoor adventure with your little one. The entire class is presented outside so please dress for the weather, wear sunscreen, and bring bug spray. Siblings are welcome but please note this class is designed for ages 3-6.
*Please only register your child for this event*

Register by May 21

Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Register by May 22

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Get ready to celebrate the unofficial start of summer with the insects that light up the summer nights. Join us as we learn about the “brightest” insects and even take home one to help you celebrate all summer long.

Register by May 22

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

This program will introduce the fundamentals for safely and successfully shooting a compound bow, with hands on practice. All equipment will be provided. Class will meet at the Static Archery Range located at the Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. The class will be held outdoors so please dress for the weather. Ages 9 and up, participants 9-15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by May 23

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Bray (Marguerite) Conservation Area

This series of four instructional lessons will assist children and families to gain skills and confidence to enjoy fishing. All classes are free and opened to youth ages 7-15, but the focus isn’t solely on kids. To be eligible to participate, youth must be accompanied by an adult or better yet bring entire family. All kids who complete all four classes will receive a 25$ gift certificate from Bass Pro Shops.
Bait, tackle and pole will be provided for the class, all we need is YOU!

The topics of the lessons include:
Lesson 1: Equipment, casting, proper fish handling
Lesson 2: How to tie a knot and bait a hook

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

No registration required (ages 7+)
Never paddled a canoe before but always wanted to try? Bring your family and stop by to learn the basic skills necessary to keep afloat while having fun. We will be using our kids’ fishing lake to practice our strokes in a safe environment. This event is come and go as you like. Adult supervision is required for ages 7-17.

Register by May 23

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-6 years).
Many wild animals are born in the springtime and it is delightful miracle each time. Let’s learn about the wild animal babies in our own backyard-Runge Nature Center.

Register by May 22

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Everyday Pond, MWSU Campus

Register by May 23

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

While the mere thought of a snake may make parents shudder, kids love them. Come to this month’s meeting to learn all the fun facts about Missouri’s most misunderstood reptile. Please no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids. Ages 7-12.

Register by May 24

Date: Friday, May 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (For this program, you need at least one child in the 0-2 AND at least one child in the 3-6 age ranges).
Many wild animals are born in the springtime and it is a delightful miracle each time. Let’s learn about the wild animal babies in our own backyard-Runge Nature Center.

Register by May 24

Date: Friday, May 24, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Are you noticing wildlife around your home? Come chat about different types of “nuisance” wildlife and learn how we can better co-exist with them. You may also glean a few tips and tricks on how to keep wildlife out of places you don’t want them to be.

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