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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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Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 8:00am to Thursday, December 31, 2020 - 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Adventure calls and family fun awaits! Visit the Runge Nature Center front desk to start your quest. You will receive a booklet of adventures, activities, and challenges to complete and earn prizes!

Register by December 1

Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 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. 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 December 2

Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Virtual

Nature enjoys the season of gift giving as well! Join Naturalists every Wednesday until Christmas for a weekly DIY nature-based decoration for your yard or home. The series will include pinecone decorations (12/2), wildlife garland (12/9) driftwood centerpieces (12/16), and cookie- cutter birdseed feeders (12/23).

Please check your spam folder for the email with the WebEx link if you do not receive one after 5:00pm the day before the program.

*Please note that this is a virtual program*

This is a recurring virtual event that has individual event listings. Please register for each week you would like to attend

Register by December 2

Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 12:15pm to 12:45pm

Location: Virtual

Virtual introduction to Fish Cooking 101. This session will focus on grilling fish. We will discuss different methods, techniques, and ingredients to grill or bake fish.

Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Virtual

This virtual program is part one of a multi-part series on primitive skills and bushcraft. In part one, "Knife Skills and Safety" we will discuss knife, saw, and ax safety and the skills needed to be safe while preforming various primitive skills and tasks. Start time will be 2:10 PM using the Webex platform and all registered participants will receive a link with the log-in information 24 hours prior to the event.

Register by December 2

Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Virtual

In December, the wind is cold and the trees are bare… well, most of the trees. Some trees keep their leaves all through the cold, winter months. Missouri is home to many tree species, but few evergreens are native. Tune in to learn which ones are.

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

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by December 2

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

Deputy Director Jennifer Battson Warren will walk you through step by step on her favorite way to cook venison. (pan fried and roasted)

The WebEx link will be provided prior to the program via email.
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Register by December 3

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Join us to learn how to make wreaths with items from nature such as feathers, tree cookies and pinecones! Registration is limited due to space and supplies. Tables will be separated and spread out throughout the classroom, ensuring adequate space to social distance between each person (if you are part of the same household you can be seated together).
This workshop is for women 18 years old and older. Girls aged 14–17 also are welcome when accompanied by an adult woman. Registration is required, please register online at mdc.mo.gov/events. Deadline to register is December 2nd at 5pm. Hurry! Space and materials are limited.
These FREE programs will be offered at the MDC Northeast Regional Office, 3500 S. Baltimore, Kirksville, MO 63501.
If you have any questions please email alyssa.garver@mdc.mo.gov.

Register by December 4

Date: Friday, December 4, 2020 - 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 (the size and shape you want), and we'll provide everything else.
Some tools, (pruners, pliers, gloves and wire cutters) will be available to use or you can bring your own.
To ensure the safety of all, masks are required and participants will social distance.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by December 4

Date: Friday, December 4, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Tower Grove Park-Stupp Center

On the first day of winter nature gave to me…a cardinal in an oak tree! Discover the joy of nature’s gifts as we practice counting in our own “12 Days of Winter” song. We’ll also read a winter story. Explore how animals live in Missouri and make a craft to remember the wonders winter brings us! Meet the naturalist at the Stupp Center.

While the plan is to have this program outside, it will be moved indoors if there is inclement weather. Participants will be notified prior if it is moved indoors.

For the safety of participants and our staff, MDC asks all guests observe social distancing guidelines and maintain at least 6 feet from others. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when indoors, or any time visitors are unable to maintain at least 6 feet from others. Local ordinances requiring face masks will be observed where applicable.

Register by December 4

Date: Friday, December 4, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

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 (the size and shape you want), and we'll provide everything else.
Some tools, (pruners, pliers, gloves and wire cutters) will be available to use or you can bring your own.
To ensure the safety of all, masks are required and participants will social distance.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by December 4

Date: Friday, December 4, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

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 (the size and shape you want), and we'll provide everything else.
Some tools, (pruners, pliers, gloves and wire cutters) will be available to use or you can bring your own.
To ensure the safety of all, masks are required and participants will social distance.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by December 4

Date: Friday, December 4, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages)
Late fall and early winter are times for reflection in the garden. As frost settles on the landscape and plants go dormant for the winter, conscious clean-up can begin. Many of our native species overwinter in leaf litter, stems and underground. What you leave and how you leave it greatly impacts the diversity of flora and fauna alike in the spring. Join our native landscape specialists to see how they handle cutting, clean-up, brush piles and more

Register by December 4

Date: Friday, December 4, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

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 (the size and shape you want), and we'll provide everything else.
Some tools, (pruners, pliers, gloves and wire cutters) will be available to use or you can bring your own.
To ensure the safety of all, masks are required and participants will social distance.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by December 4

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 6:30am to 8:00am

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Trumpeter swans have arrived at the Columbia Bottom wetlands! Enjoy a sunrise walk as we listen and look for the swans as they fly back and forth between one wetland to another. We will walk one of the field roads where we can watch the sunrise and hear their loud conversations with the other waterfowl in the wetland pools.

Meet just inside the front gate.
Wear sturdy shoes that can get muddy; bring a water bottle and your camera.
We will be wearing masks and following social distancing guidelines.

Register by December 5

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 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 (the size and shape you want), and we'll provide everything else.
Some tools, (pruners, pliers, gloves and wire cutters) will be available to use or you can bring your own.
To ensure the safety of all, masks are required and participants will social distance.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 30

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 9:00am to Friday, December 11, 2020 - 5:00pm

Location: Duck Creek Conservation Area

This ladies wing shooting program and duck hunt is designed for those who are new to/ or are beginning duck hunters. This is a 2-day commitment.
On Saturday December 5th, you will meet at the Duck Creek Conservation Area Headquarters (Brown Building) where we will cover safety, appropriate firearms and ammunition, distance estimation, along with a duck wing ID, and practice wing shooting. Dress appropriately as we will be outside for most of the event. Please bring a 20 gauge or 12 gauge shotgun. If you do not have access to one, please let me know. Ammunition will be provided.
Early morning on Friday December 11th, you will meet with your duck hunting guide at the Southeast Missouri location that your guide will designate. You will duck hunt the majority of the day. (Many locations will need waders and your guide will let you know prior to the Friday December 11th if you will need them. If you do not have access to waders, please let me know)
Ladies need to have completed the Hunter Education course prior the first day of the event.
A confirmation email and list of “what to bring the day of the hunt” will be sent closer to the event. Masks will be required. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Bradshaw: sara.bradshaw@mdc.mo.gov

Register by December 5

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Winter is a great time to attract birds to your backyard. Join us at Runge and build your very own platform bird feeder to take home. Runge will provide all materials, tools, and some bird seed to get you started. This is an outdoor program. Dress for the weather.

Register by December 5

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 9+)
Are you interested in becoming part of the growing world of Citizen Science but aren't sure how to get started? Join us for our next 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 4

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Ages 12 and up (Must be able to hike 2.1 miles in hilly terrain)

Hike the Rock Quarry Trail with your canine best friend! This is a 2.1 mile guided hike. We ask that your dog companions be (typically) friendly with other dogs and vaccinated. Please bring proof of vaccinations with you to the hike. This can be in the form of paper print out, email, Etc. Please be prepared and dressed for the weather. This trail is moderate in difficulty.
For the safety of participants and our staff, MDC asks all guests to observe social distancing guidelines and maintain at least 6 feet from others. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when indoors, or any time visitors are unable to maintain at least 6 feet from others. Local ordinances requiring face masks will be observed where applicable.

Register by December 5

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
If you live near trees you have no doubt heard the distinct drumming of a woodpecker. But did you know that woodpeckers play an important role in Missouri’s forest communities? Join us as we peck into the wacky world of Missouri’s woodpeckers. Plus, we will demonstrate how you can make suet to attract woodpeckers to your backyard.

Register by December 5

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

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 (the size and shape you want), and we'll provide everything else.
Some tools, (pruners, pliers, gloves and wire cutters) will be available to use or you can bring your own.
To ensure the safety of all, masks are required and participants will social distance

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by December 4

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Learn to clean, store and prepare your winter trout.

Participants will have a hands on opportunity to clean some trout, then we'll prepare the trout that we cleaned for everyone to sample using some favorite and delicious methods.

Dress appropriately for the weather because part of this program will be outside.

Register by December 5

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 9+)
Are you interested in becoming part of the growing world of Citizen Science but aren't sure how to get started? Join us for our next 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 5

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

While many of our songbirds are vacationing in tropical weather, our hardy woodpeckers are still at work on the bare trees of our forests. Come join us for an virtual introduction to our woodpeckers, which are most visible during the cool winter weather, and learn how you can build habitat to attract them. (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.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins

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