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Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

The last butterfly in the Flying Jewels series is the zebra swallowtail. Learn the secret of how you can attract these beauties to your landscape.
**No registration required**

Register by December 12

Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Registration required (ages 18 and up) Another interest meeting will be held on Monday, January 6, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.
Come discover how Missouri Master Naturalists mix science with service. This orientation meeting is for individuals interested in joining the local conservation service chapter. Members volunteer at public events, conduct education demonstrations, participate in field trips and citizen science projects, and hold social events tied to a shared love of nature.

Register by December 11

Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children ages 6–13)
A cold winter’s night is a great time to get out and explore the wonders of nature. Learn about nocturnal adaptations and strategies for coping in this dark and incredible world.

Date: Friday, December 13, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

No registration required (ages 3- 6)
If you’re furry, you don’t need to worry about a cold winter flurry. Want to know why? Then hurry to the education center for this program on mammals and their fur.

Register by December 2

Date: Friday, December 13, 2019 - 5:30pm to Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 12:00pm

Location: Sweet Springs Community Center

The Missouri Hunting Heritage Federation and the Missouri Department of Conservation invite first-time youth hunters ages 11 to 17 to attend this waterfowl clinic in Saline County.

This event will begin with Hunter Education classroom and skills sessions on the evening of Friday, 12/13/19, and the morning of Saturday, 12/14/19. On Saturday afternoon, participants will attend structured shotgun training at a live fire session. The event will culminate with a waterfowl hunt on private property on the morning of 12/15/19. Participants must attend the entire event in order to participate in the hunt portion of the clinic.

Participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout the entirety of the clinic and need to be properly licensed for a waterfowl hunt. Lunch will be provided on Sunday, 12/15/19, but all other food and lodging is the responsibility of the participants. Firearms, ammunition, and waders will be provided for participants, if needed.

The clinic is provided free of charge, but MHHF does require a $20 refundable deposit to hold the participant’s place in the clinic.

More detailed information will be communicated to registered participants before the event. For questions, contact Lee Vogel at lv@waconda.us

Register by December 12

Date: Friday, December 13, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Who’s that hooting it up each December 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 13

Date: Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join us around the fire as we tell stories of conservation lore around the campfire. We will be taking naturalist led night hikes on the Runge trails as well. This will be a great way to spend a cool winter evening!
Registration is Required (ages 7 and up)

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 8:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Whether an experienced birder or a beginner please join members of the Ozark Gateway Audubon Chapter and help count birds for this exciting and fun citizen science activity. Data collected are used to help track long-term trends in bird populations. Meet at the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center. Visit the Ozark Gateway Audubon Chapter on Facebook to find out more information.

Register by December 13

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:30pm

Location: Gist Ranch Conservation Area

Join us for a day of hiking through the beautiful Gist Ranch Conservation Area!

Participants will wind through the Ozark forests, glades and across a creek along a roughly 4 mile trail rated as moderate. The trail is mostly-flat but with several steeper inclines. All interested hikers are welcome at the minimum age of 12. Anyone under 16 needs to be accompanied by a participating adult.

Along the trail, MDC staff will introduce the basics of backpacking including water filtration and backpack stove options and procedures, and wildlife awareness. Participants will also be introduced to area management techniques including glade restoration, riparian management, burn vs. non-burn units and the growing black bear population in Missouri.

Please bring a day pack with a sack lunch, any snacks, and a large water bottle. Wear sturdy hiking shoes.

Meet MDC staff at the Gist Ranch Shooting Range where we will carpool to our starting point.

Any questions, please email the instructor.

Register by December 13

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All ages
Learn how to identify trees without their leaves! We will look at bark and other features of trees in the winter that can help us identify them. The program will begin with a presentation of the most common trees and how to identify them in the winter. We will then go outside to test our identification skills on the trees in Rockwoods Reservation. Please be dressed for the weather.

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Archery is a fun, lifetime sport that all can enjoy! Join us anytime between 10am and 2pm as we learn the basics of archery and how to shoot safely, then practice your newly-learned skills under the supervision of Runge staff. All equipment will be provided.

Register by December 14

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

You’re never too young to learn how recycling can help wildlife and their habitats! We will learn what we can do to prevent litter and make a recycled craft to take home.

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Lost Valley Hatchery

Santa will arrive at 10:30 a.m. Cookies and cocoa will be served while they last. Bring a camera to take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Trout are catch and release unless child has a trout permit. Fishing for 15 and younger only.

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Thinking of making the holidays a little greener this season? Then join us for one of the Discovery Center's favorite holiday traditions. Discover how to decorate using native plants and trees. Fashion a festive holiday swag or wreath to hang using red cedar, prairie grasses, wild nuts, berries, seed pods, game bird feathers and your imagination.

Register by December 12

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Wildlife Tracking with Radio Telemetry
Dec 14 • Saturday • 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
(All Ages)
Reservations begin November 14
Have you ever wondered how we know where and how secretive animals (like snakes and bats) live and move? Come and join Missouri Department of Conservation Naturalists as well as Dr. Benjamin Jellen (snake biologist) as we uncover the secrets of animal migration through radio telemetry. After a brief indoor presentation, we will all go out and test our skills using receivers and Yagi antennas to find our hidden transmitters.

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Stop by anytime to make some simple holiday crafts from natural and recycled materials. We’ll supply the materials, you bring the creativity! Adults and children may participate, adult supervision required. All ages. No registration required.

Register by December 12

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each person attending (ages 10+; ages 10–16 must be accompanied by a participating adult)
Put away the smartphones, tablets and GPS receivers to learn to navigate through the woods the old school way…and have some real fun! This program will present the basics of topographic maps, a baseplate compass and how to use both tools to travel from point to point. Bring a water bottle and dress for trekking off trail.

Register by December 12

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+)
Suet is a super food that can help attract many winter birds to your yard. Join us as we learn about the types of suet that winter birds love. Plus, you will get to make suet to take home for your feathered friends to enjoy!

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Get the family out of the house and stop by to have some holiday, family fun. Celebrate the beauty of the outdoors by making some nature-inspired crafts using natural items. We’ll bring the supplies, you bring the enthusiasm!

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Hop on over to the nature center auditorium for an up-close look at the awesome amphibians that live in our region! Come see live frogs, toads, and salamanders and learn how their unusual life cycles and beautiful songs make them some of the most unique members of southeast Missouri’s wildlife. Perfect for all ages.

Register by December 13

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Experience the sounds of the night during a moderate hike at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area. We will hike the Busch Hiking/Biking Trail which is approximately 3 ½ miles in length. We may hear coyotes howling, and hear 2 or 3 species of owls calling their mates.

Register by December 14

Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

This class covers the basic equipment, materials, and techniques needed to reload ammunition and customize the loads to your firearms. We will demonstrate the process and then give you some hands-on experience reloading ammunition. All equipment and materials are provided.

Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Raccoons are clever nighttime animals. Bring your favorite adult and learn more about these critters. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required.

Register by December 14

Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

With Missouri black bear populations on the rise, this month’s Pine Needlers will make this large mammal the focus of the third block of the Ozark themed quilt. This animal has had quite a comeback in recent years and it pays to know as much as possible and be “bear aware” as you enjoy the Missouri outdoors. The Twin Pines staff will help you do just that. This class is designed for ages 16 and up. Attendees under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Class size limit of 15. Reservations are required. Make reservations on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Raccoons are clever nighttime animals. Bring your favorite adult and learn more about these critters. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required.

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