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Registration period: January 19 - May 25
Date: Saturday, May 25, 2024 10:00 am - Saturday, May 25, 2024 10:45 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Ants go marching one by one, but what are they doing? Find out what keeps these tiny but mighty insects busy as we learn about their lives through imaginary play and outdoor exploration. Little Acorns programs are designed to help children ages 3-6 learn about the natural world through hands on experiences, crafts, and focused free-play activities.
Date: Saturday, May 25, 2024 10:00 am - Saturday, May 25, 2024 2:00 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Drop by any time at this free event to purchase native plants for your landscaping needs. Vendors will offer hardy plants native to Missouri and will provide information about the benefits of planting native species. Or pre-order the native plants for your landscaping needs and they will be available for you to pick up. Please check with the MO Wildflower Nursery and Ozark Soul to see what is available and pre-purchase your native plants.
Registration period: April 25 - May 25
Date: Saturday, May 25, 2024 10:00 am - Saturday, May 25, 2024 1:00 pm
Location: Wah'Kon-Tah Prairie

Immerse yourself in the Tastes and Sights of Spring at Wah’Kon-Tah Prairie. Bo Brown, author of Foraging the Ozarks and Foraging Central Grasslands, will share how native prairie and grassland plants were traditionally used to provide sustainable food sources. Bo will answer all your prairie foraging questions and have a short book signing. In addition, MDC biologists will be available to discuss ways to create wildlife friendly plantings on your property, using many of the edible natives we are discussing.

Come prepared to spend the day outdoors. Bring along a water bottle, snacks, sunscreen, hat, and appropriate footwear. A camp chair or blanket to sit on is a must.

Additional topics throughout the day will include, prairie and grassland birds, ecology, plant identification, and seasonal phenology changes.

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2024 10:00 am - Saturday, May 25, 2024 2:00 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Drop by any time at this free event to purchase native plants for your landscaping needs. Vendors will offer hardy plants native to Missouri and will provide information about the benefits of planting native species. Or pre-order the native plants for your landscaping needs and they will be available for you to pick up. Please check with the MO Wildflower Nursery and Ozark Soul to see what is available and pre-purchase your native plants.
Date: Saturday, May 25, 2024 10:00 am - Saturday, May 25, 2024 2:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Archery is a fun, lifetime sport everyone can enjoy. Learn the basics of archery and how to shoot safely, then practice your newly learned skills under the supervision of Runge staff. Dress for the weather in closed-toe shoes. All equipment is provided. No registration required. Ages 7+

Note: Runge's outdoor range may not be accessible to participants who use a wheelchair or crutches. Please check for availability of an all-terrain wheelchair by contacting the program instructor at least two weeks in advance of the program date. No registration required. Ages 7+

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2024 10:00 am - Saturday, May 25, 2024 2:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
Open up a book to bring a piece of nature indoors! This interactive story time is perfect for families with young children to spark curiosity about Missouri’s wildlife, plants and more!
Registration period: January 19 - May 25
Date: Saturday, May 25, 2024 1:00 pm - Saturday, May 25, 2024 2:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
With the weather warming up it’s the perfect time to fish. Come join us and catch some of the fish in our Kids Fishing Pond and learn the differences in some of the species that are stocked in the pond.
Date: Saturday, May 25, 2024 2:00 pm - Saturday, May 25, 2024 4:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Spring is in full swing, and our plants and animals are busy! From blooming flowers to growing baby animals there are many sights, sounds, smells, and textures to enjoy this season. Join us for several sensory-friendly, spring-themed activities and stations. This program is designed to be inclusive to children of all ages and abilities.
Registration period: April 22 - May 25
Date: Sunday, May 26, 2024 8:30 am - Sunday, May 26, 2024 10:00 am
Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range
Camping is a fun way to unplug and spend time together as a family. From car camping at your local campground to a remote backcountry experience, there is something for everyone. Join our seasoned staff to learn about what equipment and skills you need to start camping today.
Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2024 9:00 am - Tuesday, May 28, 2024 10:15 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Bring your little ones for a stroll to experience the sights and smells of nature on our trails. Please bring a sturdy stroller for our rugged trails, a baby carrier, or a toddler who likes to walk! Ages 0 to 2.