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Date: Saturday, February 3, 2018 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 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. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

CALL 417-888-4237 TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BEGINS FEBRUARY 1. Where do opossums live? Do they swing by their tails? What do they have in common with kangaroos? "Trot" on over to find out the answers to these questions as well as many others. Ages 3-6.

Register by February 20

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (babes under 36 months)
Nurture your child's attitude toward nature by being a great role model as we introduce you and your little one to a family friendly snake. We will shed some light on facts and myths about these slithery creatures to help you gain confidence and a deeper understanding. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Register by January 12

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Call to register. Ages 0-2 years. What is black and white and smells all over? Missouri skunks, of course. Missouri is home to two species of skunks and each has its own fantastic facts. So don’t mind the smell - wander in to learn more about this fragrantly misunderstood mammal. 573.526.5544

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

CALL 417-888-4237 TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BEGINS FEBRUARY 1. Where do opossums live? Do they swing by their tails? What do they have in common with kangaroos? "Trot" on over to find out the answers to these questions as well as many others. Ages 3-6.

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Palmyra Elementary School

Come join the Missouri Dept. of Conservation at an Evening with Wildlife. Exhibitors will include MDC, US Army Corp of Engineers, Mo State Parks, Hwy Patrol Marine Division, live raptors, a variety of Sporting goods stores, Dueling Antlers, Mo Record Whitetails, Pure Air Natives, Sportsmen’s Groups, fishing simulator, bee keepers, and taxidermy shops.

Bring your antlers for scoring by certified professionals. (8 PM cutoff)

“Turkey Survival and Reproduction Ecology” Presentation by Jason Isabel MDC Resource Scientist at 7PM.

Register by February 22

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Winter Birds
February 22nd • Thursday • 10am to 11:30am
(Ages 3 to 6)
Register each child only
Reservations begin February 8th
What makes a bird a bird? Come and learn all about birds we see during the winter in Missouri! We will even create some binoculars and home-made bird feeders for you to take home! We will use pine cones, lard and bird seed for our home-made bird feeders.

Register by February 21

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Maple sugaring is here and it’s time to tap the trees! Make maple syrup fun for your family, even with just one or two trees at home. Learn about sugar maple trees, how to tap trees, and turn sap into syrup.

Please dress for the weather.

Register by February 21

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Did your child’s school miss out on a Maple Sugar school field trip? No problem. Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to collect sap, and learn to boil it down into syrup. Dress for the weather as the entire program is outdoors. A portion of the trail is not stroller accessible.

Register by February 22

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Ammo Alley

Women’s Basic Handgun Workshop. Women will learn handgun parts and operation, ammunition, handgun safety, and shooting fundamentals. Workshop will include shooting at a climate controlled indoor shooting range. Participants will receive classroom training and one-on-one shooting instruction. This workshop and classroom instruction is offered free of charge. There will be a range fee of $10 per participant paid directly to Ammo Alley. Handguns and ammunition will be provided by the MDC. Participants are welcome to bring their own unloaded, cased handguns but will be required to provide their own new factory ammunition (no reloads). This workshop is open to women ages 18 and over. Girls ages 14 and up may attend with a parent or guardian.

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

CALL 417-888-4237 TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BEGINS FEBRUARY 1. Even though we’re not at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, we can celebrate Olympians right here in Missouri. Learn about some true survivors as we discover the Olympic-like feats of some of Missouri’s wildlife species. Ages 7-12. Please, no younger siblings.

Date: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

CALL 417-888-4237 TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BEGINS JANUARY 2. Gayle Harper, travel photographer and author of Roadtrip with a Raindrop: 90 Days Along the Mississippi River, is captivated by the Mississippi River. Join us as Gayle takes you on the adventure of a lifetime as she shares photography and tales from her 90-day trip along the Mississippi River—the third largest watershed in the world and “aerial superhighway” for many North American birds on their annual migrations. The changes in the natural world that occur on this journey from Minnesota to Louisiana are astounding, as are the cultural and lifestyle changes of the people that live along her banks. A book signing by the award-winning author will follow the presentation. Ages 10-Adult.

Register by February 24

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:00am

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

CALL 417-888-4237 TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BEGINS FEBRUARY 1. Volunteer Naturalist Sandy Vaughn leads this six-mile hike at Bennett Spring State Park. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is rated as moderate to difficult. Ages 18-Adult.

Register by February 24

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to learn the basics of the care and cleaning of firearms. This program will include tips and techniques for all aspects of maintenance of your firearm. You may bring your own unloaded firearm to class or use ours.

Register by February 23

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Register by February 24

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

What’s black and white and smells all over? Skunks! These well-known furry mammals have more to say than just spray. Bring your little one in to hear all about skunks through a puppet show and activities.

Register by February 22

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Wildlife Love and Need Native Plants
February 24 • Saturday • 9:30 –11 a.m.
(10 and up)
Reservations begin Feb. 8.
Want to provide healthy food and homes for Monarch butterflies and other wonderful wildlife? We’ll show you how to prep native seeds for planting when the weather warms up!

Register by February 24

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

What’s black and white and smells all over? Skunks! These well-known furry mammals have more to say than just spray. Bring your little one in to hear all about skunks through a puppet show and activities.

Register by February 24

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 7 and up)
Reservations begin February 10.
*Register each participant**

Stop by Powder Valley 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.

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+) Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

This is our annual event that features the incredibly unique vultures in our area. Here is your opportunity to see one of the largest winter roosts of vultures in the state. The event includes hourly presentations featuring “Alice” a live turkey vulture from the Springfield’s WOW museum. There will also be indoor games, trivia, and activities. Outdoors you will get to see wild vultures roosting near the hatchery. Staff and volunteers will help you view the vultures with spotting scopes. The last presentation begins at 4 pm

Register by February 23

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Cure that cabin fever by joining us on a late winter hike in the open woods of Rockwoods Reservation for a new perspective of nature. We’ll hike the 3.2 mile Lime Kiln Loop for unique winter views into the continually changing forest in search of winter wildlife and early signs of spring. Effort = Moderate to strenuous. Natural surface hiking with a couple short, steep hills.

Please meet at the Lime Kiln Trailhead parking lot.

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Stop on by to learn about the importance of milkweed species in Missouri. Milkweed is a host for a multitude of wildlife, most notably Monarch butterflies. Let’s dive into the bug-eat-plant kind of world that milkweed is a part of.

Register by January 16

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required beginning January 2 (all ages)
In our culture of a supermarket in every neighborhood, it is almost magical to make something delicious to eat out of liquid flowing out of a tree. Savor this wonder of nature by learning how to tap trees, collect sap, and make syrup from native trees. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

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