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Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2024 8:00 am - Friday, May 31, 2024 4:30 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
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Registration period: April 15 - May 28
Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2024 12:00 pm - Wednesday, May 29, 2024 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
This virtual program is part two of a multi part series on primitive skills and bushcraft. In part two, "Atlatl: in Missouri’s hunting history and present” we will discuss this fascinating hunting technique, where they come from, how to build one, modern usage, and more. Start time will be 12:05 PM using the Webex platform and all registered participants will receive a link with the log in information 24 hours prior to the event.
Registration period: April 1 - May 31
Date: Friday, May 31, 2024 10:30 am - Friday, May 31, 2024 11:00 am
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Nighttime can be noisy this time of year! Join us for Little Acorns to learn all about the critters of the night and the noises they make. You will also make a craft to take home with you.
Registration period: May 1 - May 30
Date: Friday, May 31, 2024 6:00 pm - Friday, May 31, 2024 7:30 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
See live snakes at the Shoal Creek Center. Most snakes in Missouri are harmless and play an important role in our ecosystems. Join us to learn more about these often-misunderstood reptiles and see snakes in person.
Date: Saturday, June 1, 2024 9:00 am - Saturday, June 1, 2024 3:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Join us at the Nature Center as we celebrate National Trails Day! Stop by the front desk to pick up a question sheet, then take a self-guided hike along our scenic trails and play trivia along the way. All ages.
Registration period: April 24 - June 4
Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2024 3:00 pm - Tuesday, June 4, 2024 4:00 pm
Location: Online only
Join us for a virtual journey through the skies as we explore Missouri’s birds of prey. Please include a valid email address when you register so we can send you a virtual program link. This program will not be recorded.
Date: Saturday, June 8, 2024 8:00 am - Saturday, June 8, 2024 12:00 pm
Location: Kellogg Lake
Join us in Carthage Missouri for a free kid's fishing event for youth ages 15 and under from 8 am to 12 noon. You will need to bring your own fishing tackle. the lake will be open for everyone to fish after the end of the event at noon. Statewide limits still apply, limit of four channel catfish per youth/person, see posted regulations for more info. Free Fishing Weekend is June 8th and 9th in Missouri!
Registration period: December 7 - June 7
Date: Saturday, June 8, 2024 8:30 am - Saturday, June 8, 2024 11:30 am
Location: Online only

Hunting may not only be a family tradition, but a personal privilege that everyone can enjoy. Hunting is basic to our nature. Hunting allows us to help control wildlife populations and fun projects for wildlife management. Hunting is also a safe and natural way to help each of us reconnect with nature and our surroundings. In this class, we will cover all the reasons to hunt, why its important, and explore myths about hunting.

Registration period: May 17 - June 8
Date: Saturday, June 8, 2024 9:00 am - Saturday, June 8, 2024 5:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Meet at the Nature Center and carpool to Prairie State Park which encompasses nearly 4,000 acres of tallgrass prairie in western Barton County near Lamar. This 2.5-mile hike covers uneven and possible muddy terrain. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring binoculars if you have them. Bring a sack lunch, water, snacks, insect repellent, and sunscreen.
Registration period: April 24 - June 8
Date: Saturday, June 8, 2024 10:00 am - Saturday, June 8, 2024 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Ancestral Skills Specialist Don Brink will demonstrate how to start a fire without matches and butane. Learn multiple methods of fire-starting and try your hand at this age-old skill. All ages.