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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 20

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

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. 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 23

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Dreaming of day trips with the family as spring approaches? Join us for a new virtual series: Best of the Ozarks as we highlight some great places to discover nature in our area with your family. 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 23

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Meet one of the smallest turtles in North America, the eastern musk turtle. This tiny turtle spends most of its time under water and is seldom seen. We will take an in-depth look at this pint-sized reptile and find out why it is sometimes called a stinkpot.

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The fragrance of elderflowers is both sweet and herbal, the berries taste tart but edible. You might remember your grandmother making elderberry tea or wine, or perhaps you’ve seen the berries at the farmer’s market. Elderberries historically had many different uses. In this Diggn’ Deep we’ll delve into the importance of elderberries.

Register by February 23

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 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 22

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Virtual

Wait, What? Yes, you read that right. Even though eastern white pine trees are not native to Missouri, they are often in urban areas and urban landscapes since they grow easy and fast, and they are a beautiful tree. In this program, we will discuss various pine (or other evergreen) trees, including Missouri's only native pine tree species, and recipes using pine needles. The recipes we will be covering will be pine needle tea and pine needle cookies, using needles from eastern white pine trees.
**Even this is intended for adults, this program can be enjoyed by the whole family.

This is a virtual program. You will receive an email 24 hours in advance with the Webex link, and then again, the morning of the program.

Register by February 23

Date: Wednesday, February 24, 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 22

Date: Wednesday, February 24, 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 learn 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 23

Date: Wednesday, February 24, 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 25

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Everyone loves a good story, and we have plenty of them here at the nature center! You and your little one can watch and listen as our Naturalist reads a couple nature stories. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age, but is open to 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.

Register by February 25

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Everyone loves a good story, and we have plenty of them here at the nature center! You and your little one can watch and listen as our Naturalist reads a couple nature stories. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age, but is open to 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.

Register by February 24

Date: Thursday, February 25, 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 25

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm

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!

Register by February 25

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

February is a perfect time to get out and look for the earliest signs of Spring. Nothing says "Spring" more than the sky dance of the American Woodcock. Join us at Runge as we explore the interesting life of this unique bird and venture out to witness this magnificent display. All Ages, Registration Required. Masks Required.

Register by February 25

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

The world of fly fishing is just a cast away! Join us virtually for the basics on gear, casting, flies, presentation, and more! A link to the program will be sent out 24 hours and 30 mins before the program. Please call the Runge Nature Center if you have questions.

Register by February 24

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Virtual

What is making that noise you hear on your evening walk or as you sit around a late winter fire? Do you know “whooo” it might be? Join us as we learn about the owls that call Missouri home certain times of year and those that spend the entire year here. This is a virtual program that will take place on the WebEx platform. An email with a link for the program will be sent about 24 hours before the event.

Register by February 26

Date: Friday, February 26, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 10+) Winter is full of wonder and processing tree sap into syrup is one of those wonders. This program will cover the basics of tree selection, collection and processing to turn that watery sap into delicious syrup. 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 26

Date: Friday, February 26, 2021 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 10+) Winter is full of wonder and processing tree sap into syrup is one of those wonders. This program will cover the basics of tree selection, collection and processing to turn that watery sap into delicious syrup. 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 25

Date: Friday, February 26, 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 25

Date: Friday, February 26, 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 26

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join our volunteer led program, The Hikers, this month as they travel to Clifty Creek Conservation Area near Vienna in Maries County. Trail: Moderate; 4-5 miles. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, pack a lunch/snack, and bring a water bottle. We will not be carpooling in Runge vans, but ask that you meet at Runge to follow the hike leaders to Clifty Creek or meet at the location. Information on where to meet will be e-mailed to participants before the hike. Masks are required for this program. Registration Required. Ages 18 and up.

Register by February 25

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Peck Ranch Conservation Area

Join MDC Staff and hike along one of the most beautiful sections of the Ozark Trail (OT)!

Participants will meet staff at the Peck Ranch Office for an introduction to Peck Ranch Conservation Area and elk management efforts, a quick restroom break, and then drive to the Peck Ranch OT Trailhead to begin the hike. Expect to ascend a steep slope for 1/2 mile up to the Stegall Mountain Glade area, where we will discuss glade ecology and management, then a downhill descent for 1 mile and walking north to Rocky Creek Spur. We will eat our lunch along the trail and continue on to Klepzig Mill while passing the beautiful Buzzard Mountain shut-ins along the way. Information will be shared regarding the geology of the Ozark hills, the culture and history of the area, as well as a water filtration demo and the chance to refill your water bottles with the waters of Rocky Creek!

Trail length is approximately 6.5 miles. At the conclusion of the hike, staff will shuttle you from Klepzig Mill back to your vehicles at Peck Ranch Trailhead.

Please bring a sack lunch, refillable water bottle, a comfortable backpack for the hike, snacks, and hiking poles or a walking stick if you prefer for the steep inclines. Be prepared for the weather by dressing in layers and wearing a weather-proof jacket, and wear comfortable hiking shoes or boots. Maps of the route will be provided. You may find our route on the Ozark Trail website of the Current River Section: https://www.ozarktrail.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/current_river_maps...

Register by February 27

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 10+) Winter is full of wonder and processing tree sap into syrup is one of those wonders. This program will cover the basics of tree selection, collection and processing to turn that watery sap into delicious syrup. 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 24

Date: Saturday, February 27, 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 27

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

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

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