Discover Nature

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From Missouri Conservationist: October 2016

7 Ideas for Family Fun

To find more events near you, call your regional office or visit and choose your region.

Howloween Special Event

Oct. 14 • Friday • 6–9 p.m. Kansas City Region, Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110 No registration required, call 816-759-7300 or more information

All ages, families Kids will have a howling good time exploring nature stations like Track or Treat, the Bone Yard, and much more.

Special Event: Missouri Owls

Oct. 14 • Friday • 6–8:30 p.m. Central Region, Runge Conservation Nature Center, 330 Commerce Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109 No registration required, call 573-526-5544 for more information All ages

How do owls see, hear, hunt, and eat? Find the answers to these curious questions when you join us at our special event. This event will feature live owls from Missouri University Raptor Rehabilitation program.

Dutch Oven Cooking

Oct. 22 • Saturday • 2–6 p.m. Northwest Region, Honey Creek Conservation Area, 701 James McCarthy Drive, St. Joseph, MO 64507 No registration required, call 816-271-3100 for more information All ages, 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult

Participants will help prepare and cook many different dishes. You will learn how to care for and clean Dutch ovens, and how to use charcoal as a heating source.

Fall Festival

Oct. 22 • Saturday • 4–8 p.m. Southeast Region, Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, 2289 County Park Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 No registration required, call 573-290-5218 for more information All ages, families

Join us to explore the world of nighttime flyers. Meet magnificent owls in our live bird presentations at 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30. Take a stroll down a trail on one of our naturalist-led hikes to discover more about whooo’s awake at night. Sit outside, and enjoy a fire and a few fall treats, or come in for crafts.

Into the Woods With Red Riding Hood

Oct. 27 • Thursday or Oct. 28 • Friday • 6:30–9:30 p.m. Southwest Region, Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 4601 S. Nature Center Way, Springfield, MO 65804 No registration required, call 417-888-4237 for more information All ages

Learn how nighttime animals survive in the dark through fun guided hikes that are insightful, not frightful. Enjoy activities inside while waiting for a hike.

Busy As A Beaver

Oct 29 • Saturday • 9:30–11 a.m. St. Louis Region, St. Louis Regional Office, 2360 Hwy D, St. Charles, MO 63304 Registration required, call 636-441-4554 beginning Oct. 14 Ages 7–12

Beavers have made quite an impact on Missouri, and we have made one on them as well. Come learn all about these interesting critters.

Discover Nature: Deer Processing Class

Nov. 1 • Tuesday • 6–9 p.m. Northeast Region, Northeast Regional Office 3500 South Baltimore St., Kirksville, MO 65109 Registration required, call 660-785-2420 Ages 14 years and older; if younger than 18, must be accompanied by an adult

Learn how to process a deer, from field to freezer.

This Issue's Staff

Editor - Angie Daly Morfeld
Art Director - Cliff White
Associate Editor - Bonnie Chasteen
Staff Writer - Heather Feeler
Staff Writer - Kristie Hilgedick
Staff Writer - Joe Jerek
Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
Photographer - David Stonner
Designer - Les Fortenberry
Designer - Marci Porter
Designer - Stephanie Thurber
Circulation - Laura Scheuler