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NOTICE: In-Person Events Limited Due to COVID

In-person MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state are limited due to COVID-19 considerations. MDC is offering new online programs that allow people to attend virtually. Please check our class listings to see what classes are limited, in-person classes or virtual classes.

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Register by February 13

Date: Monday, January 25, 2021 - 8:00am to Saturday, February 13, 2021 - 8:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Trumpeter Swans are the largest and one of the most beautiful birds in Missouri. A conservation success story, this bird fought it's way back from a population of 69 in 1935 to well over 63,000 in North America. Celebrate this magnificent comeback by observing these swans at Binder Lake in Jefferson City through provided spotting scopes and binoculars (if needed). *NOTE: Due to our inability to forecast when Trumpeter swans arrive at Binder, this is a short-notice program. We will call participants the day before the program to give time and location at Binder. Please make sure to provide a phone number during online registration. Dress for the weather. Masks are required. All Ages. Registration Required.

Register by January 27

Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Virtual

Where do black bears go in winter? How many live in Missouri? Are black bears the only type of bear living in our state? Join us to answer these questions and learn about the tales of black bears. Registration required. Please register with a valid email to receive link for the program. Recommended for ages 3 to 7.

Register by January 27

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from staff and other participants and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by January 28

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Everyone loves a good story, and we have plenty of them here at the nature center! You and your little one can watch and listen as our Naturalist reads two nature stories. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age, but is open to all ages.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Everyone loves a good story, and we have plenty of them here at the nature center! You and your little one can watch and listen as our Naturalist reads two nature stories. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age, but is open to all ages.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Register by January 25

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from staff and other participants and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by January 28

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: Virtual

The hush of winter has fallen over Missouri. Nature’s pace has slowed but there are still mysteries to explore. Join us for a few 30- minute virtual programs hosted by our Runge Naturalists, each exploring the wonders of winter!

Register by January 29

Date: Friday, January 29, 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Virtual

It’s the ultimate partnership between man and bird. The sport of falconry goes back thousands of years and you can learn about it at An Evening with Raptors virtual event. Join Powder Valley staff on Friday, January 29, beginning at 7 pm, as area falconers gather virtually to offer you the rare chance to observe and learn about these fascinating feathered hunters.
Listen as Master Falconer Meagan Duffee-Yates explains how to get started in this age-old sport.
Several area falconers will display their falconry tools, hoods, and other equipment, as well as live birds – the birds that they use in their sport. You will have the opportunity to ask the falconry team questions through the chat box.

Register by January 29

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join our volunteer led program, The Hikers, this month as they travel to Prairie Fork Conservation Area near Williamsburg in Callaway County. Trail: Easy to Moderate; 4-5 miles. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, pack a lunch/snack, and bring a water bottle. We will not be carpooling in Runge vans, but ask that you meet at Runge to follow the hike leaders to Prairie Fork or meet at the location. Information on where to meet will be e-mailed to participants before the hike. Masks are required for this program. Registration Required. Ages 18 and up.

Register by January 30

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (adults) Learn how to light up a dreary winter night with a homemade ice globe. We will use various molds like buckets and balloons combined with natural objects like leaves and pinecones to create beautiful winter luminaries to brighten the night time winter landscape. This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.
Masks are required for this program.

Register by January 29

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Ever wonder how trout are raised in our hatcheries? Take a virtual tour of a hatchery through a series of pictures to see how we do everything from collecting eggs to stocking trout. When registering, please provide an active email address as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. For more information call (417) 334-4865 ext 0.

Register by January 29

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Virtual

As the new year begins, you may be looking to start a new hobby. Winter is a great time to start the hobby of bird watching. Join us to learn about common birds seen during winter and how to keep them around your feeders. Registration required. Please register with a valid email to receive link for the program. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Register by January 30

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (adults) Learn how to light up a dreary winter night with a homemade ice globe. We will use various molds like buckets and balloons combined with natural objects like leaves and pinecones to create beautiful winter luminaries to brighten the night time winter landscape. This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.
Masks are required for this program.

Register by January 23

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Tower Grove Park-Stone Shelter

(Ages 10 & up)
Owls are a symbols in many cultures, mostly based on their great adaptations. Learn, discover, and get crafty as we create a string art masterpiece inspired by these night ninjas. Bring your own hammer.

Meet the naturalist at the Stone Shelter Site. Program will be canceled in inclement weather.

For the safety of participants and our staff, participants will be asked to maintain social distance from staff and other participants, and follow St. Louis City mask mandates.

Register by January 30

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Expand your skills beyond leaf identification and discover what other features may be used to identify tree species native to Missouri. Test your skills and learn forestry tidbits in this fun, interactive hike. This hike will take place outside on Ridgetop Trail behind the nature center, so please dress accordingly. Masks are required.

Register by January 30

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (adults) Learn how to light up a dreary winter night with a homemade ice globe. We will use various molds like buckets and balloons combined with natural objects like leaves and pinecones to create beautiful winter luminaries to brighten the night time winter landscape. This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.
Masks are required for this program.

Date: Monday, February 1, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Waste not, want not! Reusing items we already have saves our natural habitat. Watch how to take an old feed bag and make it into a jazzy tote bag for groceries or other items. This is a fun and easy project, but basic sewing machine skills are recommended to create it.

Register by February 1

Date: Monday, February 1, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: McKay Park Lake

It may be chilly, but the fish don’t mind! Join us as we catch some trout in a local Jefferson City lake and learn how to clean them! Meet at the parking lot near the playground. Call Runge Nature Center for directions. Each participant 16 and older must have a valid fishing license. Masks are required.

Register by January 29

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Registration required (adults; ages 18+) Subtle colors and bold textures stand out in the landscape this time of year. Join our native landscape specialist to discuss the beauty and benefits of native plants in winter. We'll focus on plants that provide food and habitat for wildlife as well as create visual winter interest in your own backyard.

Register by February 2

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Magical moments in nature are waiting for you! Go on an adventure with a Naturalist to make amazing discoveries as you explore on a trail close to the nature center.
Notes: Dress for the weather and meet in front of the nature center. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and/or there is more than light rain/sleet/snow program will be cancelled.

Register by February 2

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Location: Virtual

Participants will attend a live online training that goes over rules and regulations, gear, basic tactics, and safety. Following the presentation we will meet the pros out on the ice where they will show some of their gear and tactics live (pending ice).

Register by January 29

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: Virtual

Registration required (adults; ages 18+) Subtle colors and bold textures stand out in the landscape this time of year. Join our native landscape specialist to discuss the beauty and benefits of native plants in winter. We'll focus on plants that provide food and habitat for wildlife as well as create visual winter interest in your own backyard.

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

This virtual class will cover how to get started in shotgun shooting including safety, actions, and what to look for when choosing a shotgun. In addition, we will cover care and cleaning, ammunition types, and fit of shotguns. The proper way to shoot a shotgun will also be covered. Finally we will discuss how to properly store your firearm.

Register by February 3

Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Join us as we peek into the very busy lives of river otters. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Ages 3-6.

Register by February 3

Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join us as we peek into the very busy lives of river otters. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Ages 3-6.

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