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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 15

Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Virtual

This is an online class will teach the basics of reloading ammunition for handgun. This class is designed to help anyone who has not reloaded before get started. We will cover safety, needed equipment, and the procedures to follow to reload your own handgun ammunition.

Register by February 17

Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Put on your hiking shoes and travel to Rock Bridge State Park near Columbia to join a guided hike along the Deer Run Trail. Trail: 4 miles-Moderate. Meet at the Runge Nature Center and follow our hike leaders to the location or meet at the trailhead. Hike leaders will contact participants before the hike to give directions if needed. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and pack a lunch/snack. Masks are required. Registration required. Ages 18 and up.

Register by February 15

Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Registration required (ages 10+) Winter birding can be a rewarding nature experience in your own backyard. Join a Discovery Center naturalist to lean basic tips and tricks to identify our local feathered friends. This virtual program will also cover habitat, bird feeding and specific equipment that can help when bird watching.

Register by February 17

Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Continue on the maple sugaring journey as we discover what to do with all of that sap. Last month we learned all about tree tapping and this month we complete the sugaring process. We will gather around the fire to learn how to make maple syrup, the sweetest gift from the forest. This program is geared to ages 8 and up but students as young as 6 can register. Please dress for the weather; this program is entirely outdoors.

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and wear a face covering. All family members that plan to attend must be registered.

Register by February 17

Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Continue on the maple sugaring journey as we discover what to do with all of that sap. Last month we learned all about tree tapping and this month we complete the sugaring process. We will gather around the fire to learn how to make maple syrup, the sweetest gift from the forest. This program is geared to ages 8 and up but students as young as 6 can register. Please dress for the weather; this program is entirely outdoors.

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and wear a face covering. All family members that plan to attend must be registered.

Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: Virtual

Winter has many special treats but none are as sweet as maple syrup. Syrup can be made from many different tree saps with each having a unique flavor. We will explore syrup from native Missouri trees and try them out in a few recipes.

Register by February 17

Date: Thursday, February 18, 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 18

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Continue on the maple sugaring journey as we discover what to do with all of that sap. Last month we learned all about tree tapping and this month we complete the sugaring process. We will gather around the fire to learn how to make maple syrup, the sweetest gift from the forest. This program is geared to ages 8 and up but students as young as 6 can register. Please dress for the weather; this program is entirely outdoors.

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and wear a face covering. All family members that plan to attend must be registered.

Register by February 17

Date: Thursday, February 18, 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 17

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Virtual

Landowners and managers interested in the benefits of establishing native warm season grasses will want to join this informative 45-minute virtual program. Hear from experts as they share insight into how native warm season grasses can serve as valuable forage for livestock, improve wildlife habitat, increase plant and animal diversity, reduce soil erosion, and increase water quality.

Registered guests will receive a link to the virtual program 24 hours prior to the session.

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Virtual

Every third Thursday at 12pm, we’ll tour the native landscape at MDC’s Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, this monthly series features a live look at native plants of interest throughout the year, This program is a partnership with Deep Roots.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED THROUGH THE DEEP ROOTS WEBSITE: https://deeproots.org/native-plants-at-noon/

Register by February 18

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Virtual

Continue on the maple sugaring journey as we discover what to do with all of that sap. Last month we learned all about tree tapping and this month we complete the sugaring process. Discover what it takes to make one of the forest’s sweetest gifts, maple syrup. This program is geared for ages 8 and up but students as young as 6 can register.

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 18

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

Take a (virtual) trip with us and float down a Missouri stream to discover plants and animals that depend on clean water to survive and flourish. Each month a different applique block based on this year’s theme, River Trail Discoveries, will be revealed. February’s applique block and presentation will feature the unique Heelsplitter mussel. Participants need to attend this virtual program to receive the applique block/pattern for that month which will be e-mailed after the presentation. Ages 16 and up. Registration Required. Participants will receive an e-mail with a link to the program both 24 hours and 1 hour prior to the start of the virtual presentation.

Register by February 19

Date: Friday, February 19, 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 19

Date: Friday, February 19, 2021 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Virtual

Trout are a popular, cold-water catch in Missouri. During winter months, trout are stocked into many waters throughout the state and you may be wondering where to cast a line nearby for a chance at one of these fun fish. In this virtual program, we’ll highlight two lakes within 30-minutes of Cape Girardeau, MO and show you what to expect when you get to the water. All ages are welcome, though this program will be more appropriate for adults ages 12 and up.

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

Register by February 19

Date: Saturday, February 20, 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 20

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Continue on the maple sugaring journey as we discover what to do with all of that sap. Last month we learned all about tree tapping and this month we complete the sugaring process. Discover what it takes to make one of the forest’s sweetest gifts, maple syrup.

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 20

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 10+) Our annual Urban Woodsman Special Event to celebrate syrup making and all things from the winter woods is back with a more intimate feel. This smaller event designed for ages 10 and up will highlight all the resources that trees provide. Winter camp skills such as fire building, wood splitting and campfire cooking will be on display as well as the collection and processing of tree sap into syrup. It will still be a great winter day tradition and we look forward to seeing you there. 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 17

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
In our culture of a supermarket in every neighborhood, it is almost magical and spectacular to be able to make something delicious to eat out of some liquid flowing out of a tree. Savor this wonder of nature by learning how to tap trees, collect sap, and make delicious syrup from native trees.
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 20

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 10+) Our annual Urban Woodsman Special Event to celebrate syrup making and all things from the winter woods is back with a more intimate feel. This smaller event designed for ages 10 and up will highlight all the resources that trees provide. Winter camp skills such as fire building, wood splitting and campfire cooking will be on display as well as the collection and processing of tree sap into syrup. It will still be a great winter day tradition and we look forward to seeing you there. 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 19

Date: Saturday, February 20, 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 20

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Jackson City Park

Join us at Rotary Lake in Jackson, MO for some trout fishing basics. We’ll talk a little about trout, what bait to use, and methods of trout fishing then try your hand at catching these fun fish. Bring your own pole or use one of ours. Please purchase the proper fishing license and trout permits prior to your arrivial. Participants ages 15 and under need to be accompanied by a registered adult.

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and wear a face covering. All family members that plan to attend must be registered.

Directions: In Jackson at Highway 61, take Parkview Street west to Jackson City Park.

Register by February 20

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 10+) Our annual Urban Woodsman Special Event to celebrate syrup making and all things from the winter woods is back with a more intimate feel. This smaller event designed for ages 10 and up will highlight all the resources that trees provide. Winter camp skills such as fire building, wood splitting and campfire cooking will be on display as well as the collection and processing of tree sap into syrup. It will still be a great winter day tradition and we look forward to seeing you there. 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 17

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
In our culture of a supermarket in every neighborhood, it is almost magical and spectacular to be able to make something delicious to eat out of some liquid flowing out of a tree. Savor this wonder of nature by learning how to tap trees, collect sap, and make delicious syrup from native trees.
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 19

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

Location: Virtual

Never be lost in the woods again! Join us for an informative orienteering program and learn how to find your way in the wilderness. We will teach how to use a compass and read a topographical map. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

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