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Register by January 9

Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

With sightings of eagles on the rise in the area, Twin Pines is hosting a program to increase your knowledge of these magnificent birds. The Dickerson Park Zoo will be bringing a Bald and Golden eagle to give attendees a closer look, answer questions and provide fun facts. This program is for all ages and reservations are required. To make a reservation, go on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by January 8

Date: Friday, January 10, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Full Moon Hike
Jan 10 • Friday • 5:30-6:30 p.m.
(All ages)
Celebrate the first full moon of 2020 as we hike through Kennedy Forest. From sight to sound, touch to taste, your senses will come alive with all there is to explore despite the silence of winter. This rare, urban forest, is a well-kept secret, home to several nocturnal animals. Please dress warm and wear comfortable shoes as we embark on this leisure hike. Program meets outdoors at the John F. Kennedy Pavilion in Forest Park.

Register by January 10

Date: Friday, January 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Dutch oven baking with coals is a fun way to connect with the past. Come join us as we take on homemade Dutch oven bread. We will make several styles of bread and learn the tricks of the trade to make wonderful homemade loaves. Part of the program will be outdoors, so please bring weather appropriate clothing.

Date: Friday, January 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Nesting season comes early for owls and they’re already hooting in anticipation. The trails will be open and patrolled, so bring a flashlight and a walking partner because you’re on your own. Dickerson Park Zoo docents will offer two indoor programs at 6:30 and 7:30 pm. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by January 9

Date: Friday, January 10, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Who’s that hooting it up each January evening?? Owls, that’s who. You will learn what makes them such effective night time hunters and why they hoot so much this time of year. A portion of the program will be outside so please come dressed for the weather.

Register by January 11

Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Hike with us at Swan Creek, part of Mark Twain National Forest near Garrison, MO. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is five to seven miles and rated moderate to difficult with loose rocks along the trail. Ages 18-adult. Register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by January 11

Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Interested in hunting but need help getting started? We will be hosting a series of programs throughout 2020 to introduce people to the heritage sport of hunting. In this program we will answer the question of what is hunting along with what kind of social, time, and financial commitment an individual has to be ready to make to begin hunting safely. For more information call us at 417-742-4361. Online Registration is required to attend this program.

Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
How did badgers get their fearless reputation? What is it they do underground anyway? Discover the answers to these questions and more interesting facts about one of Missouri’s elusive burrowers.

Register by January 11

Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Learn more about the wintering birds of Southwest Missouri. Participants will have the opportunity to craft bird feeders to take home. Registration is required.

Register by January 10

Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Ages 18 and up
Start off your New Year’s resolution to get fit on a hike with Rockwoods Naturalists! Hike 7.8 miles of intense hills on the Green Rock Trail in Rockwoods Reservation! You can also improve your mental health from spending time outdoors in nature. We will be hiking from the welcome center at Rockwoods Reservation to the property boundary next to Greensfelder County Park and back. Please be dressed for the weather and ready to sweat!

Register by January 11

Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

From the chuck wagon to the campfire, come learn fun ways to prepare great meals outside. Get hands-on with Dutch ovens, foil packets, and other ways to cook without a microwave. All participants will get to sample their work! Portions of the program will be outdoors, so please dress for weather.

Register by January 11

Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Fly on in to discover the lives of our seven Missouri woodpeckers. Find out why they make all that racket and how they keep our trees healthy.

Register by January 11

Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Expand your skills beyond leaf identification and discover what other features may be used to identify tree species native to Missouri. Test your skills and learn forestry tidbits in this fun, interactive hike. This hike will take place outside on Ridgetop Trail behind the Nature Center, so please dress accordingly. Youth and adult groups welcome, though this walk is limited to 25 participants.

Register by January 11

Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 10+)
Reservations begin December 11.
A conservation crime has been committed! Uncover the mystery by engaging in scientific investigations to determine what really happened. Discover how conservation agents and biologists use evidence to solve crimes against nature with hands-on investigations and lab tests.

Register by January 12

Date: Monday, January 13, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

If you are not familiar or comfortable with firearms, and want to learn more, this class covers various firearms, their actions, rules for safe gun handling, maintenance, cleaning and safe storage.

Register by January 14

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Fly on in to discover the lives of our seven Missouri woodpeckers. Find out why they make all that racket and how they keep our trees healthy.

Register by January 13

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Shotshell Reloading
January 21 • Tuesday • 6-8 p.m.
(Ages 16 and up)
Reservations begin January 7
Here is your opportunity to learn the process of reloading shotgun shells using simple equipment. The technique is easy and may save you money over the cost of factory ammunition. We will produce quality shotshells with low-cost equipment. This program covers the needed equipment, materials, and techniques used to reload shot shell. https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Register by January 13

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Enjoy a fun night out with friends, or significant other as we combine art with nature. We will celebrate our national symbol with a painting and information about one of our most well-known raptors. This class is for all experience levels. Drinks and food are not available for purchase, but you may bring your own snacks and beverages.

Register by January 13

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

One of the most important aspects of having a firearm is making sure your firearm is maintained and in good working condition. We will discuss the supplies and equipment needed to properly maintain your firearms. After a discussion, you will have the opportunity to dismantle and clean pistols, rifles and shotguns. You may bring your own firearm, absolutely no ammunition.

Register by January 13

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Put your needlepoint skills to good use and create a quilt featuring Missouri’s state symbols! Each month, we will learn about a state symbol and create a corresponding quilt block. January will feature the bluebird as our first quilt square. Please bring your own embroidery needle and bring a hoop if desired. For questions, contact Powder Valley at 314-301-1506 .

Register by January 14

Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

The creative spirit never ceases as the Pine Needlers continue work on an Ozark-themed quilt with the fourth block centered on Missouri's small-mouth bass. Learn about this member of the sunfish family whose name describes one of its most characteristic features. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Participants under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Class limit of 15. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, go on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by January 14

Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

The creative spirit never ceases as the Pine Needlers continue work on an Ozark-themed quilt with the fourth block centered on Missouri's small-mouth bass. Learn about this member of the sunfish family whose name describes one of its most characteristic features. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Participants under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Class limit of 15. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, go on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Date: Friday, January 17, 2020 - 3:00pm to 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 snakes enjoy their feast every other Friday.

Date: Friday, January 17, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Gather around the warm campfire on a cold winter night. Stories of the forest and wild things will be told. Hot chocolate and s’mores will help keep the winter chill away.

Register by January 18

Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

If you are not familiar with firearms, and want to learn more, this class covers various firearms, their actions, rules for safe gun handling, maintenance, cleaning and safe storage.

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