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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: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Bray (Marguerite) Conservation Area

This free basic fly tying class will cover terminology, equipment, materials and types of flies. This will be a hands-on class where participants will tie their own flies. All equipment and materials will be furnished. This class is open to participants age 12 and older. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by February 28

Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Call to register. Ages 3-6 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 28, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Who’s that cat? It’s much bigger than my pet cat! Oh, it’s one of the wildcats of Missouri! Join us as
we find out about the very common bobcat and its less common cousin, the mountain lion. You’ll have a purrr-fectly pleasant time learning about these predators.

Register by March 1

Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 6:00pm to Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 12:00pm

Location: MDC Central Regional Office

Join the staff of the Missouri Dept. of Conservation for an educational lesson in basic firearms safety.

Families are invited to learn the basics of firearms safety, shooting techniques, equipment, target shooting, and much more. This program will consist of a classroom lesson followed by hands-on practical experience on the shooting range. There is no cost for this program. Participants may bring their unloaded and cased firearms. Discover Nature programs are designed to help Missourians explore nature & master outdoor skills together.

Date: Friday, March 2, 2018 - 3:00pm to Friday, March 30, 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 snakes are fed every other week on Mar. 2, 16. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Register by March 2

Date: Friday, March 2, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Sunset-Moonrise Photo-op at the Confluence
March 2 • Friday • 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
(All ages)
Reservations begin Feb 15.
Catch a shot of the setting sun over the prairie. Then, take a short walk to watch the rising full moon over the Confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Meet at parking lot “L” about 4½ miles from the front entrance.

Register by March 2

Date: Friday, March 2, 2018 - 6:00pm to Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

March 2 • Friday • 6-10 PM and March 3 • Saturday 8 AM-2 PM (must attend both sessions)
Registration begins February 15 and ends February 27. Cost for materials is $15. (registration is not complete until a check is received at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center made out to Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation) (ages 8+)
Make a beautiful cork decoy to use for waterfowl hunting or as unique art. Learn duck identification, duck ecology and decoy history as you sculpt and paint your own decoy. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or getting paint on. May not be best activity for those with asthma or respiratory difficulties.

Register by January 22

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Mark Twain Lake - M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor

Please join us for a day of fun! Participants will learn how to use the specialized equipment involved with tying flies as well as how to tie three basic flies that can be used in the warm waters of Northeast Missouri as well as the cold waters of trout streams. Equipment and supplies will be provided. This is a free event. Participants 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. This class is currently full. Please call 573-248-2530 to be put on the waiting list.

Register by March 2

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Register by March 2

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

(Ages 12 and up)
Reservations begin Feb 17
Purple martins, a native swallow, will be arriving back from South America any day! We will discuss how you can have a colony of purple martins in your own backyard, and even get a look at the martin house at the Busch Visitor’s Center. John Miller, a volunteer with the Purple Martin Conservation Association, will be there as well to share his expertise.

Register by March 3

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE FROM 2/24 TO 3/3 DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

(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. Program will take place both indoor and outdoor.

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 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.

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Did you know the world's fastest animal calls Kansas City home? Come learn about the amazing peregrine falcon and the Missouri Department of Conservation's efforts in restoring their population. Experience what goes on high in the sky with exclusive behind the scenes video clips of nature's sky speedsters. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Many signs are popping up to let us know spring is just around the corner: frogs are calling, turtles are active and birds are nesting. Going on a hike is a great way to experience the sights and sounds of spring. Come and make a hiking stick to take with you on your next adventure. Classes to create them will begin at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Class size is limited and kids must be with an adult, no registration is required. Come take a hike with us outside or enjoy one of our other spring-time activities inside!

Register by March 2

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Please only register the children that will be participating.

(Ages 4-6)

Where do animals live? Let’s learn about the different habitats that animals call home, and what animals need to live there. We will be walking part of Trail Among the Trees so please dress for the weather.

**Siblings are welcome, but please note that this program has been designed for ages 4 to 6.

Register by March 3

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Online registration begins February 15. Ages 12-adult.Try your hand at woodcarving with members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists as they teach carving techniques and show how to transform wood into works of art.

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

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.

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. All ages. Visit with members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists as they share information with the “wood-be” carver, demonstrate carving techniques, and show works in progress.

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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 March 3

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Learn how to read and use both a map and compass in the class. After we learn the basics, we’ll step outside to put our new knowledge to use. Ages 12 and up with an adult mentor.

Date: Monday, March 5, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

The way that owls digest their food may seem a little strange, but we can discover a lot from an owl pellet! Join us to learn about owls and their lifestyles and to dissect owl pellets.

Register by March 2

Date: Monday, March 5, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: MARC

Everyone can improve their property with a little planning and forethought. Community Forester Jon Skinner will present Tree Selection and Planting to help you make better decisions and establish your new tree to optimize its benefits to you and your neighborhood. Everyone is welcome to attend this free workshop.

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (adults) Come and learn a great way to deal with that water logged spot in your yard and do your part for storm water management, or just create a special spot in your yard for more water tolerant plants. Rain gardens are great for the environment and a new way to garden. Learn everything from arrangement to plant selection.

Register by March 5

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

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