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Registration period: April 13 - May 19
Date: Thursday, May 19, 2022 6:00 pm - Thursday, May 19, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Walk the trails with Bo Brown, local wilderness expert and author of Foraging the Ozarks. He will guide you to the bounty of edible wild foods and healthful herbs found in the Ozarks. Dress for the weather and plan to hike about a mile. Ages 15-adult.
Registration period: April 13 - May 20
Date: Friday, May 20, 2022 6:00 pm - Friday, May 20, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Here come the invasivores. During this indoor program, local wilderness expert and author of “Foraging the Ozarks,” Bo Brown will focus on some widespread wild edibles: invasive species. Learn to pick it, cook it, and eat it. His book will be available in the gift shop and Bo will be available for book signing after the program. Ages 15-adult.
Registration period: April 15 - May 21
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022 5:30 pm - Saturday, May 21, 2022 6:30 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Here is your chance to see a ruby-throated hummingbird up close! Join master hummingbird bander Sarah Driver to learn more about this winged jewel while she attempts to capture some for banding. Ages 7-adult.
Registration period: April 15 - May 26
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022 6:30 pm - Thursday, May 26, 2022 7:45 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Learn more about the amazing frogs of our state! We'll hit the trails to look for some wild frogs. Please come dressed for the weather. Ages 7-12.
Registration period: April 15 - May 27
Date: Friday, May 27, 2022 8:15 am - Friday, May 27, 2022 5:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Explore Paddy Creek Wilderness with a naturalist. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is five miles and rated moderate in difficultly. Ages 18-adult.
Registration period: April 15 - May 27
Date: Friday, May 27, 2022 9:00 am - Friday, May 27, 2022 10:00 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Grab your trail-ready stroller or other baby carrier and let's explore the trail with the little ones. We will see what the spring rains have brought for us to enjoy. Ages 0-2.
Registration period: April 15 - May 31
Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2022 6:00 pm - Tuesday, May 31, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Find out why MDC science is an important part of black bear management. Josh Wisdom and Nate Bowersock, biologists with the Missouri Department of Conservation, will discuss black bear data and how that data is used. Ages 7-adult.
Registration period: May 5 - June 2
Date: Thursday, June 2, 2022 6:00 pm - Thursday, June 2, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: Online only
Do you want to learn more about venomous snakes? We will debunk some myths and learn about this often-misunderstood reptile! Please provide a valid email when registering as a link will be sent for this virtual program. Ages 6-adult.
Registration period: May 5 - June 4
Date: Saturday, June 4, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, June 4, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Ancestral Skills Specialist Don Brink will demonstrate how to start fire without matches and butane. Learn multiple methods of fire starting and try your hand at this age-old skill. All ages.
Registration period: May 5 - June 9
Date: Thursday, June 9, 2022 10:00 am - Thursday, June 9, 2022 10:45 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
What do you do when you see one? Where do they live? What do they eat? Slither in and learn more about Missouri's snakes. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: May 5 - June 10
Date: Friday, June 10, 2022 10:00 am - Friday, June 10, 2022 1:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Let’s meet at Lake Springfield Boathouse for a few hours of fun on the water. Learn kayaking techniques, then put them to the test on the lake. We will paddle 2-4 miles, looking for wildlife along the way. Please bring a water bottle. All equipment, snacks, drinking water, life jackets, and sunscreen will be provided. Ages 12-17.
Registration period: May 5 - June 10
Date: Friday, June 10, 2022 10:00 am - Friday, June 10, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Want to learn more about the wild plants around you? We will start in the classroom to learn about wild plant safety before we walk the trail to point out plants that people use today and used in the past. Ages 12-adult.
Registration period: May 6 - June 11
Date: Saturday, June 11, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, June 11, 2022 11:30 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Walk the trail with your little one as we explore what's living in the water at the nature center. We will look for frogs and other animals and learn all about these cool creatures that surround us. We will meet at the rock pavilion before we set out. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: May 6 - June 15
Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2022 9:00 am - Wednesday, June 15, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Volunteer Naturalist Myra Scroggs will help you find common nesting birds during this indoor and outdoor program. Ages 7-adult.
Date: Thursday, June 16, 2022 5:30 pm - Thursday, June 16, 2022 9:30 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Want to celebrate Missouri's most magical insect? Come to Fireflies at Farmer's Park! Bring your family and make a firefly craft, play firefly games, and learn why fireflies blink. Stop by the garden area of Farmer's Park anytime between 5:30 pm and 9:30 pm for this event. Come closer to 9 pm if you hope to catch fireflies. Springfield Nature Center staff and volunteers will be around to offer fun facts and answer questions. Check out the live band, food, and vendors at the Farmer's Park courtyard, too. All ages.
Registration period: May 6 - June 18
Date: Saturday, June 18, 2022 5:30 pm - Saturday, June 18, 2022 6:30 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Here is your chance to see a ruby-throated hummingbird up close! Join master hummingbird bander Sarah Driver to learn more about this winged jewel while she attempts to capture some for banding. Ages 7-adult.
Registration period: May 6 - June 22
Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2022 9:00 am - Wednesday, June 22, 2022 12:30 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Register your family and meet us at the east parking lot at Busiek Conservation Area to hike and explore with our naturalists. We will explore the forest and creek so come prepared for hiking and to get wet. Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent, a towel, a hat, and an extra pair of shoes you can wear in the water (no flip-flops or crocs). Ages 8-adult. Ages 8-17 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Please register the entire family so we can get an accurate count.
Registration period: May 6 - June 23
Date: Thursday, June 23, 2022 6:30 pm - Thursday, June 23, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
As the weather warms up our nights get noisier. Join us as we explore who is being noisy at night. We will walk the trails to look and listen, so make sure to come dressed for the weather. This program is meant for children ages 7-12 and their adults/caregivers.
Registration period: May 6 - June 25
Date: Saturday, June 25, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, June 25, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Meet us at Southwood Access on the James River. We will teach a few basics about kayaks before we hit the water and practice these tips and techniques. Dress for the weather and wear shoes that can get wet. Ages 14-adult. Ages 14-17 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Please register the entire family so we can get an accurate count.
Registration period: May 6 - June 25
Date: Saturday, June 25, 2022 1:00 pm - Saturday, June 25, 2022 4:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Meet us at Southwood Access on the James River. We will teach a few basics about kayaks before we hit the water and practice these tips and techniques. Dress for the weather and wear shoes that can get wet. Ages 14-adult. This program is for women only. Girls ages 14-17 accompanied by an adult female are welcome. Please register the entire family so we can get an accurate count.
Registration period: May 6 - June 30
Date: Thursday, June 30, 2022 6:00 pm - Thursday, June 30, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Online only
Technology can amplify your outdoor experience. Whether you are trying to identify birds or navigate the wilderness, there is an app that can help. Join Naturalist Morgan Wyatt to learn which outdoors apps are essential for your mobile device. Please provide a valid email when registering as a link will be sent for this virtual program. Ages 12-adult.