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Registration period: August 1 - October 12
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 11:00 am - Wednesday, October 12, 2022 11:30 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Join Ms. Ladybug as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your child. Ages 2-6. No registration required.
Registration period: September 29 - October 12
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 1:00 pm - Wednesday, October 12, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Making concrete leaf castings of native Missouri trees is fun, and the more you experiment with different types of leaves, the more exciting the art becomes. Cement castings of leaves are always eye-catching in the garden, especially when hand-painted in beautiful shades of greens, gold or even left the natural concrete color.

This is a 2 part class and attendance for both dates (October 12th and October 19th) is mandatory for registration of this course. Space is limited so sign up early.
Registration period: August 19 - October 12
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 2:00 pm - Wednesday, October 12, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Online only
Meet a common backyard resident that sometimes takes us by surprise. Join us as we learn more about the eastern gartersnake and why your backyard can be the perfect habitat. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a red wildlife bead. 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: October 1 - October 12
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 5:30 pm - Wednesday, October 12, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
One of the best parts of an outdoor adventure is often the food! Come cook with us over a campfire and learn tips and tricks for making easy and delicious meals. We'll taste our finished dishes so bring your enthusiasm and your appetite. Registration required. Ages 10+
Registration period: August 24 - October 10
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2022 10:00 am - Thursday, October 13, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve
Join us October 13th to learn more about our Missouri Black Bears! We'll cover topics such as physical characteristics, diet, habitat, denning, reproduction, and more.
Registration period: August 1 - October 13
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2022 10:00 am - Thursday, October 13, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Dive into the Ozarks by learning through science-based activities. Attend programs and demonstrations provided by Springfield’s leading organizations, institutions, and agencies related to the natural world and science. Bring a sack lunch and plan to spend the day. Call or email SprfdNatureCenter@mdc.mo.gov for a flier. All ages.
Registration period: September 7 - October 7
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2022 10:00 am - Thursday, October 13, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: August A Busch Conservation Area
Upon registration, participants will be given a link to an online portion of the prescribed burn course. The online course is a mandatory prerequisite and can be completed in approximately 2 – 4 hours. Please bring your certificate of completion to the field training on October 13. Weather permitting, we will be conducting a simulated prescribed burn, so please dress accordingly with leather boots, leather gloves, cotton pants, cotton long sleeve shirt. Participants will learn about prescribed burn planning, burn equipment, burn line installation, safe weather parameters, ignition operations, and other techniques to safely conduct a prescribed burn. Participant who successfully complete both portions of the training will receive their Missouri Prescribed Burn Certification.
Registration period: September 13 - October 12
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2022 1:00 pm - Thursday, October 13, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Come spend a delightful fall afternoon hiking in Rockwoods Reservation. We will discuss why tree leaves change color. Hopefully we will be able to see and identify many beautiful trees as they show their fall colors. You will also see how “Wise Use” over the past 84 years has transformed Rockwoods into an amazingly beautiful place. Open to participants who can hike a 1 1/2 mile trail with a 200-foor elevation.
Registration period: October 1 - October 13
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2022 5:30 pm - Thursday, October 13, 2022 6:30 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Learn the basics of how to safely shoot a slingshot. Then put your newly learned skills to the test under the supervision of Runge staff. Dress for the weather in closed-toe shoes. All equipment is provided. Registration required. Ages 7-12.
Registration period: September 25 - October 13
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2022 6:00 pm - Thursday, October 13, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Tower Grove Park-Stupp Center

Ages 3-6

Do your little ones enjoy being in nature? Appreciate the natural world through a story, songs, movement, and play as you sit under the canopy for a “nature” adventure. Come see the topic we are exploring this month. Siblings are welcome. Meet the naturalist at the Stupp Center on the east end of the park. Please dress for the weather.
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2022 6:30 pm - Thursday, October 13, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Steve McMurray, resource scientist with the Missouri Department of Conservation, will discuss the types of mussels found in Missouri. No registration required.
Registration period: September 16 - October 10
Date: Friday, October 14, 2022 9:00 am - Friday, October 14, 2022 10:30 am
Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Enjoy the peak of fall colors while hiking the Rock Quarry Trail. We will explore the diversity of the forest by engaging our five senses. Meet at the Pavilion. The short loop is a 1-mile hike with a moderate hill. Please dress for the weather.

All ages welcome.

Registration is required. Please register each participant attending.
Registration period: September 9 - October 13
Date: Friday, October 14, 2022 9:00 am - Friday, October 14, 2022 10:00 am
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

How do seeds move? Do they have any smell? How different do they feel from each other? Join us on a collection hike of seeds to explore their many wonders this time of year. Dress for the weather. Meet inside the classroom.

Please register all attending adults and children
Registration period: October 1 - October 14
Date: Friday, October 14, 2022 10:00 am - Friday, October 14, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Swoop in to discover more about Missouri’s only flying mammal – bats! We will learn all about the bat lifestyle including where they live, what they eat, and how they find their prey, even in the darkness of night. Registration required. Ages 0-2 years
Registration period: September 9 - October 13
Date: Friday, October 14, 2022 10:00 am - Friday, October 14, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

How do seeds move? Do they have any smell? How different do they feel from each other? Join us on a collection hike of seeds to explore their many wonders this time of year. Dress for the weather. Meet inside the classroom.

Please register all attending adults and children
Registration period: August 1 - October 14
Date: Friday, October 14, 2022 10:00 am - Friday, October 14, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Online only
Many people look forward to spring when migratory birds arrive and signify to us that winter is over. However, fall is another great time to notice migration as summer birds leave and winter birds start showing up. Learn more about migration, and places to see migratory birds in this program with Naturalist Jordi Raos. Please provide a valid email as a link will be sent to you for this virtual program. All ages.
Registration period: August 17 - October 13
Date: Friday, October 14, 2022 10:00 am - Friday, October 14, 2022 4:00 pm
Location: Bay Farm Research Facility
Upon registration, participants will be given a link to the virtual/online portion of the prescribed burn course. The online course is a mandatory prerequisite and can be completed in approximately 2 – 4 hours. Please bring your certificate of completion to the demonstration burn. Prescribed burning can be a valuable tool for managing native plant diversity and controlling undesirable vegetation when it is properly applied. This workshop will provide basic information about how to plan and execute a prescribed burn for grassland management. We will be conducting a prescribed burn so please dress accordingly with leather boots, leather gloves, cotton pants, cotton long sleeve shirt, and safety glasses. Participants will learn about burn equipment, burn line installation, safe weather parameters, ignition operations, and other techniques to safely conduct a prescribed burn. The field day portion will be available both Friday and Saturday, participants are only required to attend 1 field day.
Registration period: September 14 - October 13
Date: Friday, October 14, 2022 10:30 am - Friday, October 14, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Inside caves live critters with interesting adaptations to help them survive this unique ecosystem. Bring your little ones to learn about caves, cave critters, and explore an indoor cave. Recommended for ages 3 to 7 and registration is required.
Registration period: August 19 - October 14
Date: Friday, October 14, 2022 1:00 pm - Friday, October 14, 2022 4:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Discover the many different plants you can harvest through the year to make jams and jellies. Then we’ll work together to make a couple varieties to take home! All jars, fruit, and other materials will be provided. If you have any allergy concerns, please email the instructor prior to the program date. Participants ages 12-17 must be accompanied by a registered adult. For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn a purple arts and cooking bead.
Registration period: October 1 - October 14
Date: Friday, October 14, 2022 1:00 pm - Friday, October 14, 2022 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Explore the natural wonders inside Hunter’s Cave at Three Creeks Conservation Area (Boone County). Runge will provide round-trip transportation (meet at Runge Nature Center in Jefferson City). Pack a water bottle and dress for the weather. Caves are typically 55-57 degrees Fahrenheit, so you may wish to bring an additional layer of clothing. Rubber boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes that can get wet are required as the caving experience involves walking in chilly water. Hard hats and flashlights provided, but feel free to bring your own. Access to the cave requires a 15-minute hike in hilly, occasionally steep terrain and entering a small gate with an opening that is approximately three feet tall by two feet wide. Participants under 18 years old will need to submit a permission form signed by a parent or guardian. Registration required. Ages 12+
Registration period: September 12 - October 13
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022 6:15 am - Saturday, October 15, 2022 7:45 am
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Take a leisurely stroll to the Confluence in the morning twilight. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a doughnut as we watch the sunrise over the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Don’t forget your camera for this Golden Hour.

Bring sunglasses, insect repellant, a water bottle, and a walking stick if you have one. Dress for the weather, including boots or shoes that can get wet or muddy.

Meet at the Columbia Bottom front gate. We will caravan to lot “L”: to start the walk on the trail.

Sunrise: 7:10 am
Registration period: August 19 - October 13
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022 7:30 am - Saturday, October 15, 2022 4:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The Castor River is a minor stream that runs through the famous “pink rocks” near Fredricktown all the way to the lowlands of the Mississippi plains. During that trip it crosses beautiful hills passing eagles, mink, and smallmouth bass. Join us for a trip down this river-less-traveled for a wonderful day of adventure. The six mile float (approx. 5 hours) requires a moderate level of fitness, as shallow gravel bars requires paddlers to enter and exit the kayak frequently. Skilled guides will provide instruction and no previous experience is necessary. Kayaks (rated to 275lbs), life jackets, paddles, and duffle sized dry bags will be provided. Participants will meet at the Cape Girardeau Nature Center and either ride with us or drive separately to the put in location (1 hour). Participants will receive a welcome email with detailed instructions and packing list prior to the trip. Please email the instructor with any questions you have about this exciting program. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a blue aquatics bead.

Registration period: August 15 - September 30
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022 8:30 am - Sunday, October 16, 2022 5:00 pm
Location: Carr's Canoe Rental
Registration period: September 6 - October 14
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, October 15, 2022 10:30 am
Location: Online only

Ever wonder what people mean when they say their deer scored 170? Have you wanted to know if harvest was a trophy setting animal? Join us for this class to learn how to score your harvest and what animals can be scored. This class does not qualify you to become a scorer yourself, an official scorer must score your animal to be eligible for any record setting.

Registration period: September 6 - October 14
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, October 15, 2022 10:30 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Ever wonder what people mean when they say their deer scored 170? Have you wanted to know if harvest was a trophy setting animal? Join us for this class to learn how to score your harvest and what animals can be scored. This class does not qualify you to become a scorer yourself, an official scorer must score your animal to be eligible for any record setting.