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Published on: Nov. 14, 2013

during a moderate night hike at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area. We will hike the 3.5-mile Busch Hiking/Biking Trail listening for coyotes howling and owls calling in the cool winter night. The hike is mild to moderate effort. Gravel path in forest and fields with short, gentle hills. Winter weather can increase the hike difficulty to moderate.


  • DEC. 21, SATURDAY, 10 A.M.-2:30 P.M.
  • Kansas City Region - Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
  • No registration required
  • All ages
  • Of the 18 owl species native to North America, eight live in or visit Missouri. Discover how to identify owls by their calls, shapes, and field markings. Put your owl knowledge to work as you create your own recycled owl and apply your scientific skills as you investigate an owl’s food chain. After learning about owls, test your knowledge by challenging a friend to our Owl-ology game.


  • DEC. 27 AND DEC. 28, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, 10 A.M.- 3 P.M.
  • Central Region - Runge Conservation Nature Center
  • No registration required
  • All ages
  • Holiday Happenings is often referred to as our Open House. Our theme this year is Nature by Design. Discover nature through I Spy nature games, natural shapes scavenger hunt, winter weed arrangements, stories, crafts and refreshments.


  • DEC. 28, SATURDAY, 9 A.M.-2 P.M.
  • Southeast Region - General Watkins Conservation Area
  • Registration begins Dec. 3, call 573-290-5218
  • Ages 8 and up
  • Walking through General Watkins Conservation Area is a great way to spend time with family during the holidays. We’ll venture along the Schlosser Loop trail and then walk Cemetery Ridge trail after a lunch break. The total distance is approximately 3 miles and is easy walking. Participants should bring a lunch and drink and dress for the weather. The area is 15 miles south of Cape Girardeau, on Highway 61, or 1.5 miles south of Oran on Highway 77.


  • DEC. 28, SATURDAY, 7:30-9:30 A.M.
  • St. Louis Region - Busch Shooting Range
  • Reservations begin Nov. 28, call 636-441-4554
  • Ages 8 and up. Ages 8-15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • Bring the family out and try that new BB gun, air gun, or .22. This program is designed to get families to the range without feeling overwhelmed. Join our range staff for a morning of plinking.

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