Events

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Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 8:00am to Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Trail Tales features a children’s book along the trail. Read, move, and play as you visit and engage in suggested activities at each stop. Both children and adults will love to play in nature this way!

Discover Nature with Trail Tales this month on Tanglevine Trail!

Date: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, November 1, 2019 - 8:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Powder Valley Photo Contest
Powder Valley wants to see what our visitors love about discovering nature! This photo contest is for amateur photographers (all ages). It is free and open to all visitors of Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, Emmenegger Nature Park & Possum Woods, and Claire Gempp Davidson Memorial Wildlife Area. Deadline for all entries will be November 1, 2019. Winners will be announced in a Missouri Department of Conservation press release and displayed at Powder Valley in February 2020. For more details and an entry form, please contact Shelly Colatskie at shelly.colatskie@mdc.mo.gov , 314-301-1506 ex 4222 or stop by and pick one up at the front desk.

Date: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday.

Date: Friday, January 4, 2019 - 3:00pm to Friday, January 18, 2019 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive snakes enjoy their feast every other Friday.

Register by January 15

Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Hibernation Sensation
Jan 16 • Wednesday • 10am to 1130am
(Ages 7–12)
Reservations begin January 2nd.
Some animals migrate to warmer climates during the winter months, while others pack on extra fat to withstand winter’s harsh climates. However, some animals enter true hibernation to keep themselves safe from the winter environment. Come and learn what animals in Missouri are true hibernators and what the animals do to prepare for such a lengthy nap!

Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Chickadees are charmingly fun birds that often visit bird feeders in winter. Flutter on over to learn more about these little friends and make a charming craft to take home. Please, no organized groups.

Register by January 15

Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

It’s never too early to learn about the world around you. Every month, infants and toddlers will learn about different nature-related topics. We will be outside for part of the class, so please dress for
the weather.
**Siblings are welcome, but please note that this program has been designed for ages 0 to 3.

Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Chickadees are charmingly fun birds that often visit bird feeders in winter. Flutter on over to learn more about these little friends and make a charming craft to take home. Please, no organized groups.

Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Join us for this fun but educational twist on traditional bingo. Win prizes and see some live animals, too. 

Register by January 16

Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Missouri is home to nearly 70 species of mammals! Find out what these furry creatures have in common and learn about some of our more unique species. You will also get a chance to identify some mammals using their skulls. Program is free

Register by January 17

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Missouri is home to nearly 70 species of mammals! Find out what these furry creatures have in common and learn about some of our more unique species. Program is free.

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (Ages 18+ years).
The Needlers are starting a new year and a new theme for 2019 - butterflies! Each month we will learn about a particular butterfly and have a quilt block pattern depicting its coloration. Applique and embroidery patterns are also provided. Come and share quilting tips and stories with others.

Register by January 17

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Missouri is home to nearly 70 species of mammals! Find out what these furry creatures have in common and learn about some of our more unique species. Program is free.

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (Ages 18+ years).
The Needlers are starting a new year and a new theme for 2019 - butterflies! Each month we will learn about a particular butterfly and have a quilt block pattern depicting its coloration. Applique and embroidery patterns are also provided. Come and share quilting tips and stories with others.

Register by January 15

Date: Friday, January 18, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Vienna Volunteer Fire Protection District

The workshop will cover proper methods and techniques used for implementing controlled burns, burn equipment and how it is used, and developing burn plans. Please wear leather boots, blue jeans, long sleeve shirts, and leather gloves if you plan to attend the live prescribed fire demonstration.

A lunch will be provided following the classroom portion.

If you register but are unable to attend, please remove yourself from the list to allow others on the waiting list to join.

Register by January 17

Date: Friday, January 18, 2019 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Bald Eagles have many adaptations to help them find and capture food. Join us and find out more about these majestic birds.(Walter Woods C.A.) Call (417) 629-3434 for more information

Register by January 18

Date: Friday, January 18, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Like to hunt or fish but don’t know how to use the bounty? Join us as we demonstrate how to clean and fillet a fish, talk about safe processing, and let you try your hand at cooking with venison. Afterwards, you’ll have a chance to sample a variety of dishes made by staff and volunteers. A cookbook of favorite recipes will be available to take home. Ages 10-17 welcome with a registered accompanying adult. Program is free. FISH

Date: Friday, January 18, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Bundle up and join us for a naturalist led night hike followed by hot chocolate and stories by the fire. We will provide headlamps/flashlights. Bring a chair, wear sturdy shoes, and dress for the weather.

Register by January 18

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 6:30am to 8:00am

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

January 19 • Saturday • 6:30–7:45 a.m.
(All ages)
Reservations begin Dec.26.
Before Saturday’s Eagle Days event at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, please join us at Columbia Bottom to take in the awesome spectacle of Sunrise over the Mississippi River. This is a great photo opportunity and we’ll be on the lookout for eagles over the water! Bring camera and/or binoculars. Meet at the Columbia Bottom entrance.

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 7:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Self-guided Eagle Viewing at Columbia Bottom
Jan 19 • Saturday • 7 AM - 5 PM
No reservations required.
Drive just north of the Chain of Rocks bridge, escape the crowds of Eagle Days, and venture to over 4000 acres at Columbia Bottom to scout for eagles. The boat ramp, confluence platform and all along the river’s edge are excellent spots to see these magnificent hunters. Signs will be posted at Columbia Bottom to direct you on the area and for you to explore on your own.

Register by January 18

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 7:00am to 9:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Reservations begin Jan 1
Discover our conservation area with your favorite camera as we cover basic and intermediate photography techniques. Bring your cameras, from cell phones to DSLR’s, and we will discuss the habitat surrounding our subject all while capturing the beauty around us.

Register by January 19

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (Ages 18+ years).
Meet at the nature center and drive to Rock Bridge State Park. We will be hiking the Spring Brook Trail and Deer Run Trail. Bring a water bottle, lunch, and dress for the weather.
Trail: 5.5 miles Terrain: Moderate

Register by January 19

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Want to take a more active approach to conservation? Join us and learn how to make a nesting box for the state bird, the Eastern Bluebird. We will explain how to cut these out of a single board and help you with the assembly of your own blue bird nesting box.

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

We’re celebrating the annual return of bald eagles to Lake Springfield. This special event includes the indoor presence of Phoenix, a live bald eagle from Dickerson Park Zoo. Programs will be held at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center every hour on the hour from 9 am to 3 pm. Stop by anytime and plan to spend about two hours. Opportunities to view bald eagles in the wild, with the assistance of volunteers and spotting scopes, will be available at the Lake Springfield Boathouse and Marina during event hours. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by January 17

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Bring your own pistol, if you have one. NO AMMUNITION WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE CLASSROOM.

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