April 22nd is Earth Day. Although sometimes it can be difficult to get outside and appreciate nature, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is trying to make it easier and more fun for you and your family. Throughout this coming weekend, MDC is hosting different activities in the southwest part of Missouri. 
On April 20th MDC is inviting anyone to come to Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Branson Missouri to learn about different creatures in this area of Missouri. MDC will be offering free tree seedlings along with milkweed plants for individuals to take home with them. Booths with information about the region will be placed across the hatchery grounds. There is no registration or fee necessary to participate in these activities. The Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery is located at 483 Hatchery Road on the west end of Lake Taneycomo near Branson.
On April 20th MDC will also be holding assorted activities at MDC’s Springfield Conservation Nature Center in Springfield Missouri. There will be a Little Acorn Program about the importance for caring for the earth from 10 a.m.to 10:45 a.m. and another one from 11:15 until 12 p.m. This program is designed for kids ages 3-6 and specifically focuses on what children can do to help keep nature beautiful.
Throughout the Springfield Nature Center, people can walk on the many trails and answer assorted trivia questions or go to the auditorium to do some arts and crafts. No registration or fee is required to attend any of these events. The Springfield Conservation Nature Center is located at 4601 S. Nature Center Way.