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Date: Monday, November 18, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, January 10, 2020 - 5:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All Ages)
No reservations required
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! Check it out on TanglevineTrail.

Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 3:00pm to Tuesday, December 31, 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. The week of Christmas and New Year's Day critter feeding will be Tuesday (December 24 & 31).

Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ever wonder what it takes to keep all the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Thanks to some amazing animal care volunteers, they are fed a delicious smorgasbord of crickets, worms, minnows, and more! Drop by to visit with the volunteers and staff as they feed the hungry critters. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

We all know Bambi, but what do you know about real deer? Come in for some antler-related antics and learn some of the wonders of the whitetails. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

We all know Bambi, but what do you know about real deer? Come in for some antler-related antics and learn some of the wonders of the whitetails. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Do you have questions on how to utilize and care for native plants on your landscape? The Discovery Center Landscape Specialists will be available to answer your questions and provide education on various aspects of working with native plants.

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 - 3:00pm to 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 December 6

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join us as we learn the basics of shooting a pellet rifle. We will learn how to load, aim and make our best shot, all while staying safe. This program will take place at Runge's outdoor range which is not ADA accessible. **Registration required**

Register by December 6

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Before or after taking a stroll outdoors, enjoy the scenic photography of nationally known nature photographer Tim Ernst as he returns to share images from his latest book Arkansas Splendor. Tim will be available for a book signing from 6-7 pm and 8-9 pm. For a preview of his most recent work and more visit TimErnst.com. All ages.

Register by December 6

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Join the Shoal Creek staff and MAKO fly fishers, for this two-part program designed for the beginner and expert alike. On Friday, December 6th, we will gather at the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center in Joplin to talk fly fishing and fly tying with hands on demonstrations and local experts. We will also cover trout and other species of fish you can catch with fly fishing equipment, what fly’s and lures to use, and other strategies to catch more fish. Then, on Saturday December 14, join us at Roaring River State Park to practice your new skills and try out that new fly! All supplies will be provided but if you have your own fishing equipment feel free to bring it. Please register so we know how many to expect. All are welcome!

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

You’ve seen the fancy flashing light displays all over town—now come out for a quieter, old-fashioned holiday evening. Enjoy a crackling fire, sip hot chocolate, and browse through the gift shop and exhibits when you come indoors to get warm. The trails will be open and patrolled, so bring a flashlight and a walking partner because you’re on your own. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by December 5

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Who’s that hooting it up each January evening?? Owls that’s who. You will learn what makes them such effective night time hunters and why they hoot so much this time of year. Then we will go outside and see if we can entice any owls to fly in and talk to us. Be prepared to spend the second part of the class outside.

Register by December 6

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Before or after taking a stroll outdoors, enjoy the scenic photography of nationally known nature photographer Tim Ernst as he returns to share images from his latest book Arkansas Splendor. Tim will be available for a book signing from 6-7 pm and 8-9 pm. For a preview of his most recent work and more visit TimErnst.com. All ages.

Register by December 7

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

While known for trout fishing, Roaring River State Park also has an array of hiking trails. Volunteer Brian Conry will help you become familiar with their trail system and hike the Fire Tower Trail. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is approximately five miles and rated moderate to difficult. Ages 18-adult.

Register by December 6

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Jackson City Park

This is the selection if you want to ride with us from the Nature Center to the lake. Have you always wanted to go trout fishing but never had the opportunity or just don’t know how? Join Fisheries staff at Rotary Lake in Jackson and learn how to utilize different artificial lures and techniques to catch the illusive Rainbow trout.
Please dress for the weather. Bring drinks if needed. Fish will not be able to be harvested since this is a catch and release season for the winter trout fishing.

Register by December 7

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Deck the halls with boughs of holly…the holidays are just around the corner and we’re in the mood to decorate! We’ll use nature’s resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (you choose the size and shape you want), and we’ll provide everything else to do your decorating.

Sessions are 1.5 hours long. Tools will be provided (pruners, pliers and wire cutters). Some gloves will be available but you may want to bring your own leather or garden gloves. You may bring your own tools if you wish.

Register by December 6

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

We will meet at the Andy Dalton Shooting Rage for this program. Learn how to shoot .22-caliber rifles at the Andy Dalton Shooting Range at the Bois D’Arc Conservation Area. After classroom discussion, it is out to the range to practice and test your skills. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert shot, meet at the range and enjoy the fun! Refreshments will be provided. Ages 12-17.

Register by December 6

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Jackson City Park

This is the selection if you will meet us at the lake. Have you always wanted to go trout fishing but never had the opportunity or just don’t know how? Join Fisheries staff at Rotary Lake in Jackson and learn how to utilize different artificial lures and techniques to catch the illusive Rainbow trout.
Please dress for the weather. Bring drinks if needed. Fish will not be able to be harvested since this is a catch and release season for the winter trout fishing.

Register by December 6

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: MDC Ozark Regional Office

Join us for a free Introduction to Orienteering course!

In the first part of this program, participants will use a provided 3-2-1 Silva Compass to practice dialing in and taking a bearing, sighting an object, pacing their distance and map-reading.

Next, participants will use their skills to complete one of several orienteering courses within the MDC Ozark Regional Office grounds by finding target trees with a special symbol specific to their course to work towards unscrambling a secret message!

The majority of the class will take place outdoors. Participants should be prepared for the weather by wearing appropriate footwear and cold-weather coats. The courses will require hiking up and down a steeper slope through forested areas that may be thick with brush - be prepared to orienteer like a pioneer!

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Friends of Eagle Bluffs, a nature photography group, will continue showcasing the results from their 2019 Photo Contest. Come meet the artists, learn more about photography, and challenge your inner artist by creating nature art through activities in the lobby. **No registration required**

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity

Register by December 6

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Hummingbirds and many song birds are enjoying the tropical temperatures of Central America, but the hardy woodpeckers are at their most visible during our winter months! Come join us for a hands-on lesson about our native drummers and the opportunity to build a woodpecker feeder to attract these fancy fliers to your own backyard. All instruction, supplies, and equipment will be provided for this beginner’s woodworking project.

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 9+) Are you interested in becoming part of the growing world of Citizen Science and are looking for ways to participate? Join us for our second Citizen Science Saturday. Let's start by reviewing how to use iNaturalist and learn about eBird. We will blend technology and our natural habitats to learn how to record encounters with wildlife, connect to specialists in the science world and help gather wildlife data for one of the area winter bird counts. iPhones, iPads, Android phones or tablets are recommended.

Register by December 7

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 16 & up)
Show off the beauty of fall using the method of leaf printing. Create greeting cards and an ornament for the holidays using leaves from Missouri’s Trees. We will also learn more about how trees work for you! Feel free to bring family photos to add to your cards.

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Who’s hopping up that tree, making that sound or eating that birdseed? Find out the answer to these and many more questions as we explore the feathery creatures of our backyards. Weather dependent we will go outside to explore the nearby woods for cool bird species.

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