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Register by October 18

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Myths and superstitions abound concerning Halloween and its traditional seasonal icon, the owl. See Barred, Great Horned and Screech owls from the Dickerson Park Zoo and lay those myths and superstitions to rest. The 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM programs are for schools and the 6:00 PM program is for the public. This program is for all age groups and reservations are required. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by October 25

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

October 25 • Friday • 6-10 PM and
October 26 • Saturday 8 AM-2 PM
You must attend both days.
Registration begins October 1 (ages 18+)
Make a beautiful cork decoy to use for waterfowl hunting or as unique art. Learn duck identification, duck ecology and decoy history as you sculpt and paint your own decoy.
Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or getting paint on. May not be best activity for those with asthma or respiratory difficulties.

Register by October 26

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

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Novice hunters can learn how to turn harvested game into neat packages of lean, healthful meat. This event covers regulations, field dressing, supplies, transporting, and techniques for processing deer.

Register by October 25

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: East Central College

Many deer hunters go through extensive preparation getting ready for deer season. Preparation should include what to do with the deer after it’s harvested. How to get it from the “field to freezer” and then from the “freezer to fork”. This class at East Central College covers the second part of that process, the “freezer to fork” part.
If you’re looking for new ways to prepare your venison, well this workshop is for you. Join Chef Mike from East Central College as he demonstrates the basics of market butchery and preparing venison for the dinner table. We will use 100% of this deer to make tasty morsels with something everyone will enjoy; offering alternatives to brats or sausages. Registration for this class is required --- by telephone only. Call East Central College at 636-584-6529

If you’re interested in the “field to freezer” part, join the folks at Henges Shooting Range on September 30th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (Registration opens Sept. 16th) or at the August A. Busch Shooting Range on October 7th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (Registration opens Sept. 7th). Both of these classes require pre-registration on this same website.
Look for other related courses on the MDC website (pre-registration required):
Sausage and Burger Making October 1st 6:00pm Henges
Venison Cooking Class October 2nd 6:00pm Henges

Register by October 26

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Bat wakes up when the sun sets and goes to sleep when it rises. Flap on in to discover how fluttering bats stay busy all night and learn how to be a friend to bats.

Register by October 26

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Bat wakes up when the sun sets and goes to sleep when it rises. Flap on in to discover how fluttering bats stay busy all night and learn how to be a friend to bats.

Register by October 26

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 11:00am to 3:30pm

Location: Lake Girardeau Conservation Area

Glide gracefully across Lake Girardeau as we see the reflections of the early fall colors in the water. Black gum, Virginia creeper and sumacs will all show intensely as the hickories and maples just begin to change. This program is open to all skill levels. Paddling instruction, safety gear, and equipment will be provided. Meet at the Cape Girardeau Nature Center at 11 AM for transportation to the lake. Those who wish to use their own canoes/kayaks may do so but must transport the boat to the lake by their own means,and should register through the “Drive Yourself” option.

Register by October 26

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 11:30am to 3:30pm

Location: Lake Girardeau Conservation Area

Glide gracefully across Lake Girardeau as we see the reflections of the early fall colors in the water. Black gum, Virginia creeper and sumacs will all show intensely as the hickory, ash and maple trees just begin to change. This program is open to all skill levels. Paddling instruction will be provided. This option is for those who wish to use their own equipment. In order to participate paddlers must have a suitable PFD. Please arrive at the main boat launch on the west side of the lake off CR 383 by 11:30AM.

Register by October 25

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Late October is the perfect time to see the brilliant colors of fall. Join Rockwoods naturalists for a guided hike on the Lime Kiln trail and learn about how and why leaves changes colors. Please bring water and any other hiking essentials you may need Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult.

Register by October 30

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins October 1 (ages 2-15)
Get the chance to wear your Halloween costume one extra day while you fish for several different species at the Cape Nature Center Kid’s Pond. Dress up as your favorite superhero, princess, or other characters, but please no scary/gruesome costumes.
All equipment will be provided for the participants to use.

Register by November 15

Date: Friday, November 15, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6-16) From almost zero to half a million turkeys in 50 years – Missouri’s restoration of the wild turkey gives us a chance to observe its interesting natural history. Let’s celebrate the return of the wild turkey while learning about these interesting and unique birds, with discussion, activities and crafts. Dress for the weather, because if possible we’ll go outside to look for turkeys or their sign.

Register by November 19

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Learning about nature from a young age is good for kids and for the environment. Every month, join Rockwoods naturalists for an outdoor adventure with your little one. The entire class is presented outside, so please dress to be outside, wear sunscreen, and bring bug spray. Siblings are welcome, but please note this class is designed for ages 3–6.

Register by November 22

Date: Friday, November 22, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This month we will be discussing Adventures of a Young Naturalist an autobiographical account of David Attenborough’s early years as one of the world's leading naturalists. He is well-known by everyone who enjoys wildlife programs on television and an avid conservationist.

Register by December 17

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Learning about nature from a young age is good for kids and for the environment. Every month, join Rockwoods naturalists for an outdoor-themed adventure with your little one. Join us for a special edition of knee-high naturalists where we create nature based gifts for the holiday season. Siblings are welcome, but please note this class is designed for ages 3–6.

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