Events

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Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 8:00am to Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Trail Tales features a children’s book along the trail. Read, move, and play as you visit and engage in suggested activities at each stop. Both children and adults will love to play in nature this way!

Discover Nature with Trail Tales this month on Tanglevine Trail!

Date: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, November 1, 2019 - 8:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Powder Valley Photo Contest
Powder Valley wants to see what our visitors love about discovering nature! This photo contest is for amateur photographers (all ages). It is free and open to all visitors of Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, Emmenegger Nature Park & Possum Woods, and Claire Gempp Davidson Memorial Wildlife Area. Deadline for all entries will be November 1, 2019. Winners will be announced in a Missouri Department of Conservation press release and displayed at Powder Valley in February 2020. For more details and an entry form, please contact Shelly Colatskie at shelly.colatskie@mdc.mo.gov , 314-301-1506 ex 4222 or stop by and pick one up at the front desk.

Date: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday.

Register by January 22

Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Aside from looking awesome, skulls can also tell you a lot about the animals that they come from! Join us as we study the unique features from a variety of different animal skulls. At the end of our program you will test your ability to identify animals by looking only at their skulls.

Register by January 22

Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 5:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Register by January 23

Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Introduction to Firearms
January 23, Wednesday, 6-8pm
(Ages 11 and up)
If you are not familiar or comfortable with firearms, this is an educational introduction to firearms. Join our staff as we look at various types of firearms including rifles, shotguns and handguns. We will examine the various types of actions and provide a hands-on demonstration of their working mechanisms. The presentation will include basic safety, home security, and general maintenance. This is a classroom program and does not include live shooting. (Reservations begin January 9)

Register by January 24

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-6 years).
A fox in a fleece?! A snake with a scarf?! Wander in to find out what animals really wear. This month we will examine animal coverings to find out how animals survive the cold winter.

Register by January 22

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Joining us from the Dickerson Park Zoo, Phoenix and Aquila, will enable you to enjoy the sight, sound and study of both the golden and bald eagle. Space will be limited, so be sure to get your reservation in early. To make a reservation call 888-283-0364 or check out our website at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by January 24

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (18+ years).
Chef Ryan Davis of Argyle Catering is partnering with MDC staff at Runge Conservation Nature Center to bring nature to your plate. Come sample featured dishes prepared from wild ingredients and learn how to prepare your own!

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

What actually makes owls so special? Using the latest technology, we can take a brand new look at owls in more detail than ever. Join us to learn more about these fascinating creatures. Documentary is approximately 1 hour in length. You are welcome to bring popcorn/snacks and a pillow/blanket to lay on the floor to watch the movie! The movie will be shown in our carpeted classroom on the big screen. Please no sticky snacks or drinks.

Register by January 25

Date: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This Month we will be discussing Jane Goodall's In the Shadow of Man. This books is absorbing account of her early years at Gombe Stream Reserve, telling us of the remarkable discoveries she made as she got to know the chimps and they got to know her.

Register by January 25

Date: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (For this program, you will need one child in the ages 0-2 ages range AND one child in the 3-6 age range).
A fox in a fleece?! A snake with a scarf?! Wander in to find out what animals really wear. This month we will examine animal coverings to find out how animals survive the cold winter.

Register by January 24

Date: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Do you have maple trees and love maple syrup? This workshop will teach you how to develop your own backyard maple syrup operation, and we cover everything from tree identification to cooking. Portions of the program are outside, so please dress for the weather.
*** Please bring a sack lunch.
*** Register all adults that will be attending.

Date: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

There’s more to a skunk than its smell. “Sniff out” some amazing skunk facts, learn a pre-spray skunk “dance,” and take home a craft that won’t stink. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

There’s more to a skunk than its smell. “Sniff out” some amazing skunk facts, learn a pre-spray skunk “dance,” and take home a craft that won’t stink. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by January 25

Date: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations are required and begin immediately.
Sign up each individual that will be attending.

This is a fun evening for all ages. Join us as we welcome back the Missouri falconers and their hunting partners! Falconry, a sport reported as early as 700 B.C.E. is still practiced today. Learn what falconry is and how to become a falconer. The evening will begin in the auditorium with a presentation on raptors and the art of falconry. Following the presentation you will have an opportunity to “meet and greet” the birds and their hunting partners, and see some of the equipment used in the sport of falconry. Be sure to bring your cameras.

Register by January 25

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Join us to learn how to hunt rabbits. We will start in the classroom with a clinic and then head out to the field to hunt. For hunters ages 11-15, must be hunter education certified.

Register by January 25

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 8:00am to 1:00pm

Location: MDC Eminence Ofice

For more information, please contact PLC Cody Roberts at 573-226-3241 ext 106.

Register by January 26

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Now is the time to start saving money while having fun reloading your own ammunition for hunting or target shooting. Join us for this basic course about reloading rifle, pistol, and shotgun shell ammunition because you will have great satisfaction breaking targets or shooting bull’s-eyes using your own manufactured rounds. We will cover all aspects of reloading from brass care and preparation to bullet and primer selection and much
more.

Register by January 25

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Waterfowl are abundant in Missouri but can be hard to identify. Learn how to identify migrating waterfowl. There will be a brief classroom program followed by a trip to an area watershed for field ID. Binoculars, snacks and transportation will be provided. Ages 12-17. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: The Apple Shed

HELLO EAGLE WATCHERS! Missouri's winter eagle watching is spectacular and we hope you will join us in Clarksville to view our national symbol in the wild. What to bring: Winter outdoor clothing, camera and binoculars (optional), family and friends. DRESS FOR COLD WEATHER!
Where: Lock and Dam 24, The Apple Shed, and River Front City Park in Clarksville MO.

Register by January 26

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Tis’ the season for maple sugaring! Before you can enjoy sweet maple syrup, you’ve got to collect the sap. Learn how to identify Sugar maple trees and select the right ones to tap. Then, go outside to try your hand at tapping the trees. This program covers only the tree tapping portion. Join us February 9 for our Maple Sugaring event to learn the rest of the syrup story. Program is free.
Dress for the weather.

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

For all ages. No registration required.
*Lobby activities for all ages!
*Live eagle presentations at
10 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, and 2 PM.
*Eagle viewing site at
Marion Access with
high-powered scopes.

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Stella Veteran's Memorial Park

The fish-filled streams of southwest Missouri are a winter home to bald eagles. Join the Chert Glades Master Naturalists, the community of Stella, and local MDC staff for an eagle viewing opportunity at Stella Veteran’s Memorial Park. There will be spotting scopes set up and fun educational activities throughout the day. No registration required. All ages.

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)
Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.

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