From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
December 2014 Issue

Discover Nature

7 Ideas for Family Fun

To find more events near you, call your regional office (phone numbers on Page 3), or visit mdc.mo.gov and choose your region.

  1. Nature Craft Night, Dec. 10 • Wednesday • 6–8 P.M. Northeast Region, Northeast Regional Office, 3500 S. Baltimore, Kirksville, MO 63501Registration required, call 660-785-2420All ages, families. A wide variety of natural items will be available to make into tree ornaments, gifts, or bird feeders, so bring your family to enjoy this night out together.
  2. Nature Center at Night: Winter Survival Puppet Show, Dec. 18 • Thursday • 5–8 p.m. Southeast Region, Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, 2289 County Park Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701No registration, call 573-290-5218 for information All ages, families Our furry, scaly, and feathered puppets will tell you all about their wintertime survival tactics. Shows start at 5:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Youth and adult groups welcome.
  3. Backyard Birrrds! Dec. 20 • Saturday • 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Kansas City Region, Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110 No registration, call 816-759-7300 for information All ages. Winter is one of the best times to go bird watching. Join us as we learn about our winged friends. You will have the opportunity to learn birdcalls, identification techniques, make a feeder, and go on a bird-watching hike.
  4. Tracks and Signs, Dec. 20 • Saturday • 1–2 p.m. Northeast Region, Northeast Regional Office, 3500 S. Baltimore, Kirksville, MO 63501 No registration required, call 660-785-2420 for information All ages, families. We may not always see wildlife when we take a nature hike, but we often see the tracks they leave behind. Learn to recognize some common tracks, practice identification on our nature walk, and make a track mold to take home.
  5. Family Craft Fun, Dec. 20 • Saturday • 1–4 p.m. Southeast Region, Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, 2289 County Park Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 No registration, call 573-290-5218 for information All ages, families Bring your youngsters to make nature-related holiday crafts. We’ll bring the supplies, you bring the enthusiasm!
  6. Holiday Happenings, Dec. 27 • Saturday • 10 a.m.– 3 p.m. Dec. 30 • Tuesday •  10 a.m.– 3 p.m. Dec. 31 • Wednesday •  a.m..– p.m. Central Region, Runge Conservation Nature Center,  West Truman Blvd., Jefferson City, MO  65102registration, call ‑ for information All ages. Visiting with family and friends is an important part of the holidays. Many folks have made it a tradition to visit Runge Conservation Nature Center to enjoy a variety of programs and activities. We hope you are one of them. If not, start your tradition this year!
  7. Burr Oak Woods Games, Dec. 31 • Wednesday • 9 a.m. –4:30 p.m. Kansas City Region, Burr Oak Woods,  1401 NW Park Road, Blue Springs, MO 64105 Registration required, call 816-228-3766 Ages 8—18 You have been selected to participate in the fun-filled Burr Oak Woods Games. Your training will include Wilderness Survival, In Search of Food and Water, Finding Your Way, Tracking, Archery, and Primitive Hunting Skills. After roasting a hotdog for lunch, put your new skills to use in the Burr Oak Woods Nature Arena. May the odds be ever in your favor!

Discover Nature Photo Contest

Thank you to everyone who participated in our  Discover Nature Photo Contest. All entries from the past year are available to view on our website at mdc.mo.gov/node/.  publish all of the monthly winners in the January  issue of the Conservationist.

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Hooked on Old Wooden Fishing Lures

Learn the history behind the treasures you find at flea markets and auctions

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This Issue's Staff:

Editor In Chief - Nichole LeClair Terrill
Managing Editor - vacant
Art Director - Cliff White
Staff Writer/Editor - Bonnie Chasteen
Staff Writer - Jim Low
Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
Photographer - David Stonner
Designer - Stephanie Thurber
Circulation - Laura Scheuler