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Registration period: January 11 - February 22
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2023 12:30 pm - Thursday, February 23, 2023 2:30 pm
Location: Tower Grove Park-Stupp Center
Stop by Tower Grove Park to become a great fur trapper! Capture “furbearers”, barter with the post staff, and learn about the importance of fur trapping in Missouri. Learn why conservation pays by enriching our economy and quality of life. Program will take place at Stupp Center and will be indoors and outside. Dress for the weather!
Registration period: January 6 - February 23
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2023 6:30 pm - Thursday, February 23, 2023 7:45 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Are you up for a challenge?! Come to our program tonight and kick-off a year of conservation challenges. You'll take home a booklet of challenges and we'll do some fun activities! This program is designed for children ages 7-12 and their adults/caregivers.
Registration period: January 31 - February 23
Date: Friday, February 24, 2023 9:30 am - Friday, February 24, 2023 1:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Missouri has a wide variety of terrestrial natural communities including a desert-like habitat called a glade. These communities contain very shallow soil, with exposed bedrock, and are often hot and dry. Many unique plants and animals, such as the Fremont’s leather flower, Missouri primrose, Texas brown tarantula, eastern collared lizards, and small-footed bats call these places home.

Join a naturalist as we hike the 2.3 mile trail at Victoria Glades Conservation Area in Hillsboro, Missouri. The trail not only covers extensive glade complexes, but also goes through an oak/hickory forest. The trail is on natural surfaces, and has a moderate difficulty, so please wear appropriate footwear, and bring a walking stick if desired. Please register each individual attending.

Bring water and snacks.

Specific directions to the parking lot will be sent out the day before the event.

Registration period: January 3 - February 24
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, February 25, 2023 2:00 pm
Location: Private Property - Shannon County

Upon registration, participants will be given a link to the online portion of the prescribed burn course. The online course is a mandatory prerequisite. Please bring your certificate of completion to the demonstration burn on February 25th.

We will be conducting a prescribed burn so please dress accordingly with leather boots, leather gloves, cotton pants, cotton long sleeve shirt, and safety glasses. Participants will learn about burn equipment, burn line installation, safe weather parameters, ignition operations, and other techniques to safely conduct a prescribed burn.
Registration period: January 6 - February 24
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, February 25, 2023 2:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Hike with us on one of our favorite trails. The Homesteaders trail at Henning Conservation Area is 4 miles, rated moderate to difficult. Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring a water bottle. Bring binoculars if you like. This program is for women only. Ages 14-adult. Girls ages 14-17 accompanied by an adult female are welcome. Transportation provided OR meet us there.
Registration period: January 11 - February 24
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2023 6:00 pm - Saturday, February 25, 2023 8:00 pm
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Did you know that coyotes play an important role in the wildlife community? Where do they spend most of their time? Learn the answers to these and other questions about these shy and elusive creatures that are more often heard than seen. Examine a coyote pelt and feel the sharp edges of their teeth in a coyote skull to know why they are such successful hunters.

Meet at the old Visitor Center. After learning about these little “prairie wolves”, as Lewis and Clark called them, we will take a walk along a prairie to listen for coyotes and we may try our own calls to see if they will answer us. Return to the building for hot chocolate.
Registration period: January 6 - February 28
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2023 10:00 am - Tuesday, February 28, 2023 11:00 am
Location: Online only
We're already one month into the new year and I'm sure you gardeners are feeling the need to get out there and work in the dirt! Join Naturalist Jordi Raos as she talks about some of her favorite native plants in Missouri. Join from the comfort of your own home for this virtual program. Please provide a valid email as a link will be sent to you for this virtual program. All ages.
Registration period: December 16 - February 28
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2023 2:00 pm - Tuesday, February 28, 2023 2:30 pm
Location: Online only
Missouri is home to two species of skunks, and they are both equipped to defend themselves in an incredibly stinky way. We will discuss the lives of both the spotted and striped skunks of Missouri and find out how they are beneficial.
Registration period: December 16 - March 1
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2023 12:00 pm - Wednesday, March 1, 2023 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
Spring is in the air and that means morels! The end of March sees the first flush of this famous forage, are you ready to make the most of the season? Join us to learn all about how to identify morels safely, where to find them, and laws and rules involving harvesting wild fungi. Please ensure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: February 1 - March 3
Date: Friday, March 3, 2023 3:30 pm - Friday, March 3, 2023 4:30 pm
Location: Online only
Spring is nearly here and we’re all itching to get out and work in our gardens. Join Naturalist Jordi Raos as she discusses how to create a butterfly garden with native plants. All ages. Please include a valid email address when you register so we can send you a virtual program link. This program will not be recorded.
Registration period: February 1 - March 3
Date: Friday, March 3, 2023 7:00 pm - Friday, March 3, 2023 8:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Family friendly! An interactive and informative CONCERT focused on our feathered friends. Featuring musicians Kelly and Donna Mullhollan from Still on the Hill. All ages.
Registration period: January 20 - March 4
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023 9:00 am - Saturday, March 4, 2023 10:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Spring is the perfect time to see some cute new critters! There are lots of new babies hiding in nature. Let’s learn who’s new and what we should do if we find wild babies.

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.
Registration period: February 13 - March 3
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023 9:30 am - Saturday, March 4, 2023 11:00 am
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Purple martins will be arriving back from South America any day. East of the Rocky Mountains they have become almost totally dependent on housing provided by humans. Come and learn how you can help conserve these beautiful swallows that are native to Missouri. We will discuss strategies for attracting purple martins and ensuring they return each year to your housing. The final part of the time will be spent outside observing and discussing the features found in the purple martin house near the Busch Visitor’s Center.

Participants will meet at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area Center in Classroom 1.
Registration period: February 17 - March 3
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, March 4, 2023 1:00 pm
Location: Tower Grove Park-Stupp Center
With our partner, Tower Grove Park, we present an afternoon of nature and art! Tower Grove Park features many great natural inspirations for artists on all levels. Learn about nature in the park, then create a piece of inspiration to take home. Grab a friend or two, your older child/ren, or make it a date. No experience needed and we’ll provide all the materials necessary. This session will feature a bumblebee on a flower. Coffee and tea will be available. Please register each person.
Registration period: January 20 - March 4
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, March 4, 2023 11:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Spring is the perfect time to see some cute new critters! There are lots of new babies hiding in nature. Let’s learn who’s new and what we should do if we find wild babies.

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.

Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023 1:00 pm - Saturday, March 4, 2023 4:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Here is your chance to see some of our avian friends up close! Join us for a winter bird banding demonstration with the Missouri River Bird Observatory. Birds will be captured around the feeding stations and then banded in a location for easy viewing. Stop by anytime. All ages. No registration required.
Registration period: January 20 - March 7
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2023 10:00 am - Tuesday, March 7, 2023 11:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Spring is the perfect time to see some cute new critters! There are lots of new babies hiding in nature. Let’s learn who’s new and what we should do if we find wild babies.

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.

Registration period: February 1 - March 7
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2023 10:00 am - Tuesday, March 7, 2023 10:45 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Long tail, furry body, and a habit of playing dead, what is it? An opossum! Join us to learn more about this amazing animal. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: February 1 - March 7
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2023 11:15 am - Tuesday, March 7, 2023 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Long tail, furry body, and a habit of playing dead, what is it? An opossum! Join us to learn more about this amazing animal. Ages 3-6.
Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023 11:00 am - Wednesday, March 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. No registration required.
Date: Thursday, March 9, 2023 2:00 pm - Thursday, March 9, 2023 2:45 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: February 1 - March 10
Date: Friday, March 10, 2023 3:30 pm - Friday, March 10, 2023 4:30 pm
Location: Online only
Love eating wild plants? Me too! Join Naturalist Jordi Raos to discuss how to grow native edible plants in your home garden. This is a great way to protect wild plants from over harvest and ensure you have a treat! All ages. Please include a valid email address when you register so we can send you a virtual program link. This program will not be recorded.
Registration period: February 1 - March 10
Date: Saturday, March 11, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, March 11, 2023 1:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Join naturalists at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center as we explore winter wild edibles! This program will discuss the importance of the shagbark hickory in Missouri as well as how to make shagbark hickory (Carya ovata) bark syrup. In addition to shagbark hickory, we will also discuss various pine (or other evergreen) trees, including Missouri's only native pine tree species, and recipes using pine needles. The recipes we will be covering will be pine needle tea and pine needle shortbread cookies, using needles from non-native eastern white pine trees.

***Register each person individually. If you have difficulties with registration, please call 314-301-1500.

Registration period: February 1 - March 10
Date: Saturday, March 11, 2023 10:30 am - Saturday, March 11, 2023 12:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required beginning February 1 (adults) Bluebirds are year-round residents in Missouri. They usually begin nesting the first half of March. Perfect timing for this project! Would you like to help increase the local bluebird population while having many hours of enjoyment watching our beautiful state bird? Register for this session and you will build a bluebird house of your own. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: February 1 - March 10
Date: Saturday, March 11, 2023 12:30 pm - Saturday, March 11, 2023 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required beginning February 1 (ages 10+) Bluebirds are year-round residents in Missouri. They usually begin nesting the first half of March. Perfect timing for this project! Would you like to help increase the local bluebird population while having many hours of enjoyment watching our beautiful state bird? Register for this session and you will build a bluebird house of your own. You must register all adults and children. Children under the age of 10 will not be admitted in the room for safety reasons. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.