Virtual program

MDC’s September 8 virtual program focused on plants that provide habitat around the home

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – You don’t have to be a biologist or landscaping expert to plan a yard or flower garden that provides a good habitat for local insects and wildlife. All you need are the right plants in the right places. With a number of species, you also don’t have to wait until spring to start planting.

People can learn more about plantings that can be done in the coming weeks to establish good habitat in their yards for years to come through the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) free virtual program “Native Plants: fall planting. This program, which will take place September 8 from 10-10:45 a.m., is hosted by staff at the MDC’s Springfield Conservation Nature Center. During this program, MDC naturalist Jordanya Raos will provide information on native plants and make recommendations for designing yards and gardens that will work around the house. This program is open to all ages. People can apply for this program at:

Although this program is free, registration is required to participate using the link above. Registrants must provide an email, so that a link to the program can be sent to them. This program will include a question and answer period via chat where participants can interact with the presenters. This program will also be an opportunity to get information on the sale of native plants at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on September 24.

The MDC’s Springfield Conservation Nature Center is located at 4601 S. Nature Center Way. People wanting more information about this program or other upcoming events at the nature center can call 417-888-4237. People can also call this number to sign up for text alerts and email newsletters about upcoming programs at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center and other nearby MDC facilities.

Staff at MDC facilities across the state are hosting in-person and virtual programs. A list of these programs is available at