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Registration period: January 6 - February 4
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:45 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Come learn about the water puppies of Missouri! Ages 3-6.
Registration period: January 11 - February 3
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, February 4, 2023 11:30 am
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area
Winter is a great time to enjoy some of Missouri’s largest birds. Ellis Island, located beside the Mississippi River at the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, is where one might view these birds and many more. Bring your binoculars and curiosity along on a hike around Ellis Island as we observe the wildlife and learn about the biology and life history of Bald Eagles, Trumpeter Swans, and Greater White-fronted Geese. Meet at the parking lot on the west end of Ellis Island. Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary is located East of Hwy 67 in West Alton, Missouri 63386.
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, February 4, 2023 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (ages 3-6) Discovering the amazing natural world is as easy as opening a book! This volunteer naturalist led story program is ideal for preschool - kindergarten children and will take them on journeys to learn about wildlife, habitats and more. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, February 4, 2023 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (all ages) It seems like there are very few animals outside this time of year...learn more about what happens to animals in the winter. Do they hide? Do they leave? Come investigate and find out! If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023 11:30 am - Saturday, February 4, 2023 12:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (ages 3-6) Discovering the amazing natural world is as easy as opening a book! This volunteer naturalist led story program is ideal for preschool - kindergarten children and will take them on journeys to learn about wildlife, habitats and more. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: January 6 - February 7
Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 10:00 am - Tuesday, February 7, 2023 10:45 am
Location: Online only
Some animals have big, fluffy tails. Some animals have blue, wiggly tails. Why do animals have tails at all? Find out at this virtual program. Please provide a valid email as a link will be sent to you for this virtual program. This program is designed for children ages 3-6 but all ages are welcome.
Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 11:00 am - Wednesday, February 8, 2023 11:30 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Join Ms. Ladybug as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your child. Ages 2-6.
Date: Thursday, February 9, 2023 2:00 pm - Thursday, February 9, 2023 2:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Discover the importance of Missouri reptiles and amphibians and see what it takes to keep our education animals happy and healthy. Bring your family and watch as we introduce and feed several different reptiles and amphibians.
Registration period: December 16 - February 10
Date: Friday, February 10, 2023 1:00 pm - Friday, February 10, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Bears are waking from their winter slumber. Become bear aware and learn more about Missouri’s black bears and how our actions can prevent bears from becoming a nuisance. After our presentation, each person will be able to make their own bear shaped paint pour to take home. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration period: December 16 - February 11
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2023 9:30 am - Saturday, February 11, 2023 10:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Who’s shiny and black with yellow spots? Spotted salamanders! Crawl on in to learn all about spotted salamanders and why they are on the move this time of year. Babes in the Woods programs are designed to empower parents to introduce babies and toddlers ages 0-2 years to the sights, sounds, and textures of nature.
Registration period: December 15 - February 11
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, February 11, 2023 11:30 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 8+) Winter is full of wonder and processing tree sap into syrup is one of those wonders. This program will cover the basics of tree selection, collection and processing to turn that watery sap into delicious syrup. A portion of this program will be outdoors so dress for the weather and be ready to get sappy. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: December 15 - February 11
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2023 12:30 pm - Saturday, February 11, 2023 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 8+) Winter is full of wonder and processing tree sap into syrup is one of those wonders. This program will cover the basics of tree selection, collection and processing to turn that watery sap into delicious syrup. A portion of this program will be outdoors so dress for the weather and be ready to get sappy. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: January 6 - February 10
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2023 1:00 pm - Saturday, February 11, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Can you start a fire without a match or lighter? Can you transform a rock into an arrowhead? Learn the skills of fire-making and flint knapping with Ancestral Skills specialist, Don Brink. Ages 12-17.
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2023 2:00 pm - Saturday, February 11, 2023 2:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Why is that frog singing? Why is that spider giving that other spider dead bugs? Attend a naturalist presentation to find out about animal sweethearts and how hard it can be to find a mate and raise a family in the wild. We will also have supplies available in the lobby to make your own “wild” themed valentines to take home.
Registration period: January 11 - February 13
Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2023 11:00 am - Tuesday, February 14, 2023 12:00 pm
Location: Tower Grove Park-Stupp Center
Appreciate the natural world through a story, songs, movement, and play as we sit under the canopies of the trees for a “nature” adventure. Come see the topic we are exploring this month. Siblings are welcome. Meet the naturalist at the Stupp Center on the east end of the park. This program will be indoors due to average temps in February.
Registration period: December 16 - February 14
Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2023 12:00 pm - Tuesday, February 14, 2023 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
It is hard to mingle if you’re rooted in the ground! Join us on Valentine’s Day to learn the amazing ways plants overcome this by enlisting help from insects, wind, and water to produce future generations. This program contains biological discussions of reproductive processes and is most appropriate for older students and adults. Please ensure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: December 15 - February 16
Date: Thursday, February 16, 2023 12:00 pm - Thursday, February 16, 2023 1:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required by visiting https://deeproots.org/native-plants-at-noon/ (adults) Tour the native landscape at MDC's Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by Native Landscape Specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, this program features a live look at native plants of interest throughout the year plus landscaping tips and tricks. This program is a partnership with Deep Roots.
Registration period: December 20 - February 16
Date: Thursday, February 16, 2023 6:00 pm - Thursday, February 16, 2023 7:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

This class is a series of 12 program that meets once each month all year long. You will learn simple, but beautiful, embroidery techniques as we explore some of the most iconic trees of southeast Missouri such as the bald cypress and white oak; as well as lesser-known trees like the cucumber magnolia, Ozark chestnut, and oaks and ashes native to our part of the state. Each block will feature a leaf with either its fruit or flower. At each class you will discover a new tree’s secret life history, habitat preferences, importance to wildlife and myriad uses by people through the ages.

By signing up you are committing to attend all 12 monthly sessions, with the opportunity to complete all 16 blocks for an entire quilt.

Classes will be held on the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center.

You will need to supply your own embroidery hoop and needle. We will have patterns, thread, light boards, and Frixion pens available for tracing the patterns.
Registration period: January 25 - February 16
Date: Thursday, February 16, 2023 6:30 pm - Thursday, February 16, 2023 7:30 pm
Location: Online only

Join us as we discuss how to identify common winter birds in Missouri such as woodpeckers and sparrows, as well as rare winter birds such as the snowy owl, red breasted nuthatch, and pine siskin! We will finish up the presentation by discussing the Great Backyard Bird Count, a citizen science opportunity to report the birds in your backyard.

**This is a beginner's guide to backyard/winter birding in Missouri, but everyone is welcome to attend.

This is a virtual event. You will get an invite to the Webex Event 24 hours prior to the event, as well as by 5pm the day of the event.
Registration period: January 11 - February 17
Date: Friday, February 17, 2023 6:00 pm - Friday, February 17, 2023 7:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Nesting season comes early for owls and they're already hooting in anticipation. The trails will be open and patrolled from 6-9 pm, so bring a flashlight and a walking partner because you're on your own. Dickerson Park Zoo docents will offer indoor programs at 6 and 7 pm. All ages.
Registration period: January 11 - February 16
Date: Friday, February 17, 2023 6:00 pm - Friday, February 17, 2023 7:00 pm
Location: Online only

Hawks, falcons, eagles and vultures are some of Missouri's most specialized birds-of-prey called raptors. Find out why it is so important we protect these super effective hunters. Join us as we identify common raptors of Missouri and learn about their incredible adaptations.

This program is virtual.
Registration period: January 11 - February 17
Date: Friday, February 17, 2023 7:00 pm - Friday, February 17, 2023 8:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Nesting season comes early for owls and they're already hooting in anticipation. The trails will be open and patrolled from 6-9 pm, so bring a flashlight and a walking partner because you're on your own. Dickerson Park Zoo docents will offer indoor programs at 6 and 7 pm. All ages.
Registration period: December 12 - February 17
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2023 9:00 am - Saturday, February 18, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Discover Dresser Island, a winter wildlife haven. We will hike 6.5 miles (with an option for 3.5 miles) along the Mississippi River in search of a variety of wildlife including eagles, pelicans, waterfowl, muskrats, deer, and many others.

Dress for the weather. Please bring water and lunch, a camera, and binoculars.

Meet in the parking lot for Dresser Island Conservation Area off Highway 94 about 5 miles west of West Alton in St. Charles County.
Registration period: December 19 - February 18
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, February 18, 2023 11:30 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 10+) Missourians welcome the energetic and exuberant wren each spring. This small summer resident is a common backyard bird and will utilize abandoned woodpecker holes, bird boxes and other cavities for its habitat. Building your own wren box is a rewarding nature experience and the perfect thing to do on a winter day. Make plans to reserve your spot to learn about wrens and build you own nesting box. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: December 16 - February 18
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, February 18, 2023 11:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

In February we celebrate Valentine’s Day by exchanging cards and doing nice things for those we love. Did you know that many animals are celebrating too? Come learn about some of the silly things some animals do to find a valentine.

Little Acorns programs are designed to help children ages 3-6 learn about the natural world through hands on experiences, crafts, and focused free-play activities.