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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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Register by February 2

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Location: Virtual

Participants will attend a live online training that goes over rules and regulations, gear, basic tactics, and safety. Following the presentation we will meet the pros out on the ice where they will show some of their gear and tactics live (pending ice).

Register by January 29

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: Virtual

Registration required (adults; ages 18+) Subtle colors and bold textures stand out in the landscape this time of year. Join our native landscape specialist to discuss the beauty and benefits of native plants in winter. We'll focus on plants that provide food and habitat for wildlife as well as create visual winter interest in your own backyard.

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

This virtual class will cover how to get started in shotgun shooting including safety, actions, and what to look for when choosing a shotgun. In addition, we will cover care and cleaning, ammunition types, and fit of shotguns. The proper way to shoot a shotgun will also be covered. Finally we will discuss how to properly store your firearm.

Register by February 3

Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Join us as we peek into the very busy lives of river otters. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Ages 3-6.

Register by February 3

Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join us as we peek into the very busy lives of river otters. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Ages 3-6.

Register by February 4

Date: Friday, February 5, 2021 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from others and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by February 4

Date: Friday, February 5, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from others and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by February 5

Date: Friday, February 5, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 14+) February is a great time to reflect on last year's garden and start planning for next year. Join the Discovery Center's native landscape specialists as they share tips on how to plan for spring, how to start your own native plant seedlings and where to look to enjoy the subtle beauty of wintertime in a native plant garden. This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.

Register by February 5

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Ice fishing is a fun way to get outdoors and enjoy a cold winter day. Join us for an ice fishing lesson and a couple hours out on the ice catching some fish.

We'll start the morning off at Prairie Hollow Educational Lake with a short ice fishing lesson where we will learn about ice fishing equipment and techniques as well as ice fishing and winter fishing safety. Then we'll head out on the ice for a fishing opportunity.

Missouri Department of Conservation will provide equipment, bait, and fishing coaches. Dress warm and bring your own snacks and drinks to help you keep warm.

Fishing permits are not required to fish during this program.

This clinic will be entirely outside so please dress accordingly.

Please plan to wear a mask when we are close together and to practice responsible social distance at all times.

Safe ice will be necessary for this program. In the event that weather and ice conditions are not acceptable for this program participant will be contacted with postponement dates.

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Join us for a leisurely hike around the trails of Twin Pines. Along the way, both trees and birds will be identified, and characteristics discussed.

Register by February 4

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Virtual

Registration required (ages 8+) Owls are without a doubt some of the most fascinating raptors in Missouri! This naturalist led virtual program will focus on the specialized structures and behavioral adaptations that make these regal birds a favorite to lean about. Join us as we explore the world of owls. Whoooo knows, you too may learn to speak their language! It'll be a hoot!

Register by February 6

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Virtual

VIRTUAL EVENT: Eagle Days events will be entirely virtual this year throughout the state. Dickerson Park Zoo will be hosting these programs where participants will have an up close and personal view of live, rehabilitated eagles. They also will discuss facts about these amazing birds. An opportunity for a live Q&A session will follow. Register yourself or your family to tune into this live Zoom event. The Zoom web link will be emailed to you the morning of the event.

Register by February 6

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

VIRTUAL EVENT: Eagle Days events will be entirely virtual this year throughout the state. Dickerson Park Zoo will be hosting these programs where participants will have an up close and personal view of live, rehabilitated eagles. They also will discuss facts about these amazing birds. An opportunity for a live Q&A session will follow. Register yourself or your family to tune into this live Zoom event. The Zoom web link will be emailed to you the morning of the event.

Register by February 6

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Shawnee Trail Conservation Area

Winter in Missouri means short-eared owls may be seen flying low over native grasslands in search of mice, rabbits, and other small mammals. Join us at Shawnee Trail Conservation Area to discover more about these uncommon winter residents. Bring the family and dress for the weather for this easy-rated hike. Masks are required during this outing. Call 417-629-3434 for more information. Meeting location for this program will be emailed upon registration. Shawnee Trail C.A. is located in Barton County 25 miles North of Joplin.

Register by February 1

Date: Sunday, February 7, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

This is a WebEx Virtual program. Join us for an interactive discussion on Crossbows, and hunting with crossbows from the comforts of your home or on your Mobile device. Topics to be discussed are, choosing the right crossbow and bolts. hunting considerations , and safety concerns. Participants can ask questions and watch demonstrations. You must have a valid email, and the ability to receive Web-Ex to participate in this live event.

Register by February 8

Date: Monday, February 8, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Salamanders break all the rules of the amphibian world! Join us virtually to learn about these baffling breathers, renowned regenerators, and much more! A program link will be sent out 24 hours and 30 minutes before the program. Please call the Runge Nature Center if you have questions.

Register by February 7

Date: Monday, February 8, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Virtual

This virtual clinic is for youth age 11-15 interested in learning the skills needed for upland hunting with the emphasis on the ringneck pheasant, followed by a hunt on Saturday, February 20, 2021. The clinic is mandatory in order to attend the hunt and it is preferred they hunter education certified. Must be comfortable handling a shotgun.

Register by February 7

Date: Monday, February 8, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Virtual

This virtual clinic will teach the basics of upland hunting with emphasis on ringneck pheasants followed by a hunt on Saturday, February 13, 2021. The clinic and hunt is for adults 16 and over, new to hunting, who want to learn to hunt and have never purchased a small game permit. Attendees must be hunter education certified and attend the clinic in order to participate in the hunt and also comfortable handling a shotgun.

Register by February 8

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from others and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by February 9

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Backyards are a great place to watch birds! This virtual program will help you identify birds visiting your feeders, offer tips on how to attract them to your yard, and get you ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count, February 12-15. Learn more about the Great Backyard Bird Count at www.birdcount.org. All Ages, Registration Required. Participants will receive a link to the program the day before and the day of the presentation.

Register by February 8

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from others and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by February 9

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Virtual

The hush of winter has fallen over Missouri. Nature’s pace has slowed but there are still mysteries to explore. Join us for a few 30- minute virtual programs hosted by our Runge Naturalists, each exploring the wonders of winter!

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Virtual

Join us for our regular virtual program series where you can ask the naturalist questions about nature topics. Discover what makes groundhogs so great with Naturalist Jordi Raos followed by a live Q&A session. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Recommended for all ages.

Register by February 9

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 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 and meet in front of the nature center. 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 February 8

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Registration required (ages 10+) Winter is full of wonder and processing tree sap into syrup is one of those wonders. This virtual program will cover the basics of tree selection, collection, processing and equipment needed to turn that watery sap into delicious syrup.

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