Virtual Events

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Registration period: May 17 - June 14
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 9:30 am - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Come and join us virtually as we discuss the caves and cave life of Missouri and why we need to protect this unique ecosystem.

We will briefly go over caves and safety. There will be a brief break as the in-person crew caravans over to Cliff Cave at Cliff Cave County Park. We will then hop back on virtually and go through folks getting gear on, and entering the cave. This will be a hybrid event, with a limited 10 person in-person program. We are making this experience virtual too.

Photos of the cave trip (cave life, etc.) will be sent tp all virtual participants.

Register each individual separately.

Registration period: April 8 - June 15
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only
Dreaming of taking the kids fishing this summer? Join our virtual series Best of the Ozarks as we highlight some great places to go fishing in our area with your family. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. All ages.
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Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 12:30 pm - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 1:30 pm
Location: Online only

Animals such as leeches, ticks, and mosquitoes survive by sucking blood. Other animals, such as spiders and robber flies, don’t stop with blood — they suck the very life from their prey. Luckily, nature is full of predators that keep these vampire-like animals in check. Join us to learn about Missouri’s Vampire hunters, their predators and prey.

This is a FREE program. This is a VIRTUAL program! Registration is required by 5PM, June 14th. You must register with a valid email, as the program link will be sent by 11am on the day of the program to that email
Registration period: May 21 - June 15
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 1:00 pm - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Online only
The hot days of summer are almost upon us and slowly the bright colors of spring will melt away into a haze of yellow. This part of the summer includes sunflowers and a host of other pollinator favorites. We will learn about some of our native blooms and how they are part of a healthy habitat.
Registration period: May 17 - June 11
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only

Many people have an old longbow or recurve bow somewhere in their household or in a family member’s house. Maybe it was passed down from a grandparent or parent and now it’s buried in a closet or stored away somewhere. Maybe you’ve seen it and have an interest in learning how to shoot it, but just don’t really know where to begin. “Traditional Treasures” is a virtual program for those folks that might have a new interest in shooting a longbow or recurve bow, like the ones used before the compound bow was invented. Or maybe you have a renewed interest in an activity you participated in when you were first introduced to archery years ago. This program is just a basic introduction into the wonderful world of traditional archery! What is a “traditional bow”? What are the most common kinds of traditional bows and what are the differences between them? What to look for to know that your bow is in good shooting condition. The basic parts of traditional bows, advantages and disadvantages of shooting traditional equipment, and what accessories are needed to shoot traditional equipment. Recommended age range for this program is 12 years old to adult.

Traditional Treasures is a free virtual program, but advanced online registration is required here.

Please provide a good email address when you register. Participants will receive an email with a WebEx link approximately 24 hours prior to the program, as well as a reminder email the day of the program. If the emails do not appear in their inbox, participants should check junk/spam folders.

For questions you can contact Conrad Mallady at: 314-577-9555 ext. 76044 or at: Conrad.Mallady@mdc.mo.gov

Registration period: April 8 - June 17
Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021 10:00 am - Thursday, June 17, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only
Hummingbirds have zipped their way into many hearts but there is still a lot to know about these tiny wonders! Join our virtual series and learn about the ruby-throated hummingbird with Naturalist Jordi Raos. Enjoy a short virtual presentation followed by a Q&A session. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link the day prior to the program. Age 6-adult recommended.
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Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021 12:00 pm - Thursday, June 17, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Online only

Every third Thursday at 12pm, we’ll tour the native landscape at MDC’s Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, this monthly series features a live look at native plants of interest throughout the year, This program is a partnership with Deep Roots.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED THROUGH THE DEEP ROOTS WEBSITE: https://deeproots.org/native-plants-at-noon/
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Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021 2:00 pm - Thursday, June 17, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only
Join us as we partner with the Joplin Public Library for their summer reading program. Learn about what kinds of body coverings different animals have and how each type of covering helps animals survive. We will compare furs, feathers, and scales in this interactive program. No registration is required. View this Facebook Live program by visiting the Joplin Public Library Facebook page on Thursday, June 17th at 2:00pm. Recommended for all ages and no registration is required.
Registration period: May 15 - June 17
Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, June 17, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only

Take a (virtual) trip with us and float down a Missouri stream to discover plants and animals that depend on clean water to survive and flourish. Each month a different applique block based on this year’s theme, River Trail Discoveries, will be revealed. June's applique block and presentation will feature the Arrowhead aquatic plant. Participants need to attend this virtual program to receive the applique block/pattern for that month which will be e-mailed after the presentation. Ages 16 and up. Registration Required. Participants will receive an e-mail with a link to the program both 24 hours and 1 hour prior to the start of the virtual presentation.

Registration period: April 24 - June 17
Date: Friday, June 18, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, June 18, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Online only
Registration required (ages 8+) Am I kidding when I tell you that Missouri is home to more than 20 different species of frogs and toads? Find out in this "ribbit"-ing program! We'll explore the biology of frogs and toads and what makes amphibians such an important part of our ecosystems. Participants will make their very own treefrog tube to welcome these critters to their own backyards!
Registration period: May 14 - June 18
Date: Friday, June 18, 2021 5:00 pm - Friday, June 18, 2021 6:00 pm
Location: Online only
A key to successful vegetable gardening is pest control and pollination, and beneficial native insects do both! In this class you will learn about common garden pests, their beneficial bug counterparts, the native garden food chain, and companion planting.
Registration period: June 4 - June 17
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 5:30 pm - Saturday, June 19, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only

Get creative, try your hand at an easy trout painting! Join us for a virtual art class as we paint a mini canvas highlighting the beautiful colors of rainbow and brown trout. Gather your own supplies and follow step-by-step painting instructions, PLUS learn some fun fish facts and how to identify both trout species found in Missouri streams! Simple techniques used, no painting experience necessary. Let’s have fun!

This 90 minute program is suitable for adults and youth (ages 6+). A suggested list of supplies will be emailed to registered participants.

Registration is required by June 17. Registered participants need to provide an email address to receive the supply list.

*Hint: This wonderful little painting would make a great Father’s Day gift!

Registration period: May 22 - June 21
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, June 22, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only
This event will cover the safe operation, basic nomenclature, care, cleaning, marksmanship fundamentals, and hunting with a modern sporting rifle.
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Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 12:30 pm - Wednesday, June 23, 2021 1:30 pm
Location: Online only

Raccoons are active-at-night, or nocturnal, mammals that live throughout much of the world. Join us to learn about Raccoons and where you can find them in Missouri!

This is a FREE program. This is a VIRTUAL program! Registration is required by 5PM, June 22nd. You must register with a valid email, as the program link will be sent by 11am on the day of the program to that email.
Registration period: June 2 - June 22
Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, June 23, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only

Butterflies are essential pollinators and beautiful creatures. Join us virtually as we learn about the benefits of Missouri’s native butterflies, where to find them, and how to properly view them.

Presentation slides and information will be provided to all participants.
Registration period: May 18 - June 25
Date: Friday, June 25, 2021 6:00 pm - Friday, June 25, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only
Those tiny, cool specks of light that spark our imagination every summer are back! Join us for a virtual program to learn all about these special beetles that are nature’s “flashlights.” Recommended for all ages but best for 5 and up. Registration is required; please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so you can receive a program link.
Registration period: May 21 - June 29
Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 2:00 pm - Tuesday, June 29, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Meet one of the best actors of the snake world, the eastern hog-nosed snake. Sometimes called the puff adder, this snake is full of tricks when it comes to deterring predators. Get an up close look at this fascinating snake and learn what makes them unique.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: May 21 - June 30
Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, June 30, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only

Everyone loves a good story, and we have plenty of them here at the nature center! You and your little one can watch and listen as our Naturalist reads a couple nature stories. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age, but is open to all ages.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program. Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.
Registration period: May 21 - June 30
Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, June 30, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only

Everyone loves a good story, and we have plenty of them here at the nature center! You and your little one can watch and listen as our Naturalist reads a couple nature stories. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age, but is open to all ages.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program. Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Registration period: June 3 - July 7
Date: Wednesday, July 7, 2021 2:30 pm - Wednesday, July 7, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Online only
Join us as we highlight a few of the best float streams. We will discuss the best time of year, take in and out locations, and any hazards or features you will encounter.
Registration period: June 8 - July 7
Date: Wednesday, July 7, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, July 7, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only
What would the tallgrass prairies of the frontier have looked like when George Washington Carver was growing up? This virtual program will give you a look at the plants and animals of southwest Missouri that make up the native grasslands of the Missouri frontier. You will also learn about the locations of remaining prairies that are managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Prairie Foundation.
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Date: Thursday, July 8, 2021 12:30 pm - Thursday, July 8, 2021 1:30 pm
Location: Online only

When people first came to Missouri they saw wetlands as useless, dark and creepy places. The Swamp Act changed that and encouraged people to move to swampy places. Join us to learn about the Swamp Act, Missouri’s wetlands and why we must protect this valuable resource.

This is a FREE program. This is a VIRTUAL program! Registration is required by 5PM, July 7th. You must register with a valid email, as the program link will be sent by 11am on the day of the program to that email.
Registration period: June 7 - July 13
Date: Wednesday, July 14, 2021 1:30 pm - Wednesday, July 14, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Missouri is home to over 200 different fish species. Identifying the differences in these fish can be tough for beginner anglers, and enthusiasts alike. Join us as we learn about the most popular game, and non-game fish in Missouri. We will cover many fish species that include, but not limited to, bass, crappie, and invasive carp. This program will be a hybrid event held at Powder Valley Nature Center, as well as virtually.

Registration for separate for the two audiences.

This portion is VIRTUAL, a Webex link will be sent approximately 24 hours in advance. This will not be recorded.

Register each person individually.
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Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 12:00 pm - Thursday, July 15, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Online only

Every third Thursday at 12pm, we’ll tour the native landscape at MDC’s Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, this monthly series features a live look at native plants of interest throughout the year, This program is a partnership with Deep Roots.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED THROUGH THE DEEP ROOTS WEBSITE: https://deeproots.org/native-plants-at-noon/
Registration period: June 8 - July 20
Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, July 21, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only

Birds play significant roles that are necessary for healthy ecosystem function. Recent news stories have covered the severe decline of many bird species; and birdwatchers and conservationists are concerned about the downward population trends and are seeking solutions. This naturalist program will offer insight to local conservation support for global issues, and learn about our regional bird populations and management efforts. Educators and naturalists please be sure to invite other adults who enjoy native birds.

Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center and Wildcat Park comprise of several habitat niches for birdlife from glade to parklike savannas. Conservation educator Jeff Cantrell will share his findings and experiences of the education center’s natural community. He will address some resident bird species specifically and the native habitat vital to them. Citizen science resources and MDC habitat materials will be shared for landowners and educators.