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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, February 9, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Restaurant menus help us select a meal that we will enjoy and is nutritious for us. How do bees and other pollinators decide where to find tasty and nutritious food? Let’s meet at Rosie’s Café and discover what’s on the menu.

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 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Virtual

Virtual Storytime: Paddle, Perch, Climb: Bird Feet are Neat!
February is a great time for bird watching, no matter your age or experience. Come and join us as we read Paddle, Perch, Climb: Bird Feet are Neat; a story about birds and how they live. We will also show you how to make an easy apple bird feeder that you can make at home. Birds think this type of feeder is a treat, and you can make yourself a treat, too! You will be able to enjoy your homemade treat while you watch the birds enjoy your home-made bird feeder.

***While this program is intended for ages 3 to 6, all are welcome to participate.***

You will receive an email from myself the evening prior to the program with the Webex link, and then again, the morning of the program. Instructions for both the bird feeders and the home-made treat will be sent to participants so you all could follow along or do at another time. If you do not receive an email, please check your junk/spam folders or contact me.

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.

Register by February 10

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

Location: Virtual

Join us for another in this series of virtual programs. We will be reading children's books with nature topic! Covering winter animals, snow, hibernation, and much more! Join us for Nature Tales! Link to join the program will be sent to participant email address 24 hours and 1 hour before the program start time.

Register by February 11

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

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center Virtual Classroom

Join us outside at Runge as we gather around the fire for some nature stories! No more than one adult with each registered participant. Additional siblings or unregistered participants will not be able to attend.

Register by February 10

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

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngster only (ages 3-5 with an adult)
Animals are divided into categories based on their adaptations and characteristics. Come learn what these special adaptations do for animals and what abilities they unlock. The Kingdom awaits you!Note: 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 10

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Winter weather may be keeping you and your little ones indoors, but that doesn’t mean you have to be bored! Join MDC Naturalists every Thursday in February for a virtual reading of a different nature-themed book. Then, stick around for some interesting education related to that week’s theme. All books fall within a K-3 interest level. Please note that this a virtual program.

Register by February 10

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

Registration required (all ages)
The Eastern Bluebird is the state symbol and a symbol of conservation success in Missouri. Join us as we look at bluebird’s history, success and future in Missouri. Plus, learn how you can attract these ‘patriotic’ birds to your backyard.
When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link prior to the program.

Register by February 10

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 3-5 with an adult)
Animals are divided into categories based on their adaptations and characteristics. Come learn what these special adaptations do for animals and what abilities they unlock. The Kingdom awaits you!Note: 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 10

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

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 11

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Virtual

Ever wonder what it takes to keep the nature center reptiles and amphibians happy? Watch from your home or classroom as naturalists introduce and feed several Missouri amphibians and reptiles.

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 February 10

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

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 10

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 4:00pm to Monday, February 15, 2021 - 12:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Be a great fur trader at the Powder Valley Trading Post! Join us for a virtual AND in- person event where you can capture “furbearers”, barter with the post staff, and learn why trapping is important to Missouri.

This is a two-part program. The virtual portion will be on the WebEx platform. You will receive a link for the program about 24 hours before the program.
You MUST attend the virtual portion to be eligible to attend the in-person portion. The in-person portion will be COVID friendly and outdoors at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center. Details of where to meet, will be sent out via email as the date gets closer .

Please bring a pencil or something to write with. Masks are required for the in-person portion when bartering with trading post staff. You may come anytime from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for the in-person portion. You should allow at least 30 minutes for the in-person portion.

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Virtual

Natuare journaling is an amazing way to connect with nature and winter time is prerfect for seeing a whole different side of nature. We’ll explore some activities will spark your imagination and inspire you to write or draw your winter memories.

This program is a monthly exchange between folks who enjoy recording nature. You are welcome to return each month for a new activity or join us for the first time any month. The program is geared for adults but children 12+ may join.

Register by February 13

Date: Saturday, February 13, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

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.

Register by February 13

Date: Saturday, February 13, 2021 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

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.

Register by February 16

Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

Ever walk down the fishing aisle looking at all the equipment and just not know where to begin? Watch from your home computer or smartphone as Discover Nature-Fishing instructor Colt Wahl gives you some helpful tips on choosing the right equipment for you without breaking the bank. Beginner anglers will learn about the different rod styles, what type of reel will work best for them, and some basic information on fishing gear to catch a wide variety of common fish. All ages are welcome, though this program will be more appropriate for ages 16 and up. Sign up and join us to help you be better prepared for the upcoming fishing season!

Register by February 15

Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

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 16

Date: Tuesday, February 16, 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 15

Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

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.

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