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Register by November 27

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Firearms Care & Cleaning
November 27, Tuesday, 6-8 p.m.
(Ages 11 and up)
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 needed supplies and equipment and how to properly dismantle and maintain your firearms. We will also go over the various techniques needed to clean different types of firearms. After a discussion, we will have stations set up for some hands-on experience. We will clean pistols, shotguns and rifles. (Registration Begins November 13)

Register by November 27

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Seeing deer in urban areas used to be unusual but now it can be an everyday occurrence. Healthy deer populations require management and that means finding balance. Urban Wildlife Biologist Ashley Schnake shares the latest data and strategies for keeping deer populations healthy within the city of Springfield. Those strategies include the Springfield bowhunting ordinance and managed archery hunts administered by the Conservation Department and City Utilities properties on December 8-10. Ages 10-adult.

Register by November 28

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 8:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin November 14.
Come see the topic we are exploring this month. Families, meet in the nature center lobby for a “nature” adventure. Everyone will hike with the naturalist to a special place in the forest and enjoy a nature story under the tree canopy. Siblings are welcome. Please dress for the weather; however, this program will be canceled due to inclement weather.

Register by November 28

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 8+ years, 8-11 accompanied by an adult, 12+ years, without an adult, will need to complete a permission form. Accompanying adults must also register). Let’s Explore! Check out the forest and all of its layers with us at Pine Ridge Recreation Area in Mark Twain National Forest. We will meet at Runge and carpool there. Bring a snack, water, insect repellent, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and dress for the weather.

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Raccoons are clever nighttime animals. Bring your favorite Big Person and learn more about these critters. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required.

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Raccoons are clever nighttime animals. Bring your favorite Big Person and learn more about these critters. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required.

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

An Original DUCKumentary: There are more than 120 different species of ducks—many with delightful names like “Buffleheads,” “Shovelers,” and “Woodies” that embody their charming personalities and curious mannerisms. Join us to watch a fascinating documentary about these wonderful birds. Documentary is 60 minutes.

Register by November 27

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Become an expert animal detective and use clues to identify animals that live around Rockwoods Reservation. You might not see animals, but they often leave behind evidence, such as empty nests, tracks, and scat! --
Registration is required for the children who will be participating. --
Siblings are welcome, but please note that this program has been designed for ages 6-12.

Register by November 27

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 5:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Register by November 28

Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

We are looking for a few enthusiastic, nature-oriented volunteers (18 and older) to patrol trails, answer questions, staff the reception desk, help with gift shop sales, present conservation education programs, and assist with special projects. Volunteer positions require an average commitment of 10 hours a month. If you are interested, plan on attending this information meeting to learn more. Ages 18-adult. No registration required. For questions call Amy Juhala at 417-888-4237 or email sprfdNatureCenter@mdc.mo.gov.

Register by November 30

Date: Friday, November 30, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Nature’s Nook Book Club
Nov 30 • Friday • 9:30–11 a.m.
(Adults)
Reservations begin October 30.
This month we will be discussing Merlin Tuttle’s Book The Secret Lives of BATS. This book tells Tuttle’s adventures with the world’s most misunderstood mammal.

Register by November 30

Date: Friday, November 30, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Join us for an evening with Noppadol Paothong, photographer for the Missouri
Department of Conservation. Nop’s amazing photography has been featured in the
Conservationist and Xplor Magazines, and many others including National Audubon,
Ranger Rick, BBC, and the Nature Conservancy. He’ll be talking about his experiences
photographing monarchs, sharing photos and technical information, and speaking
to the importance of all pollinators. He’ll also talk about the development of habitat
to benefit pollinators, much of what you can do even in your backyard.
Monarchs are a well-known and loved creature in the pollinator world. Few animals
inspire as much devotion and study as the monarch butterfly. Its 3,000 mile migration
from Canada to Mexico and back to the Gulf Coast states in the spring has served as a
symbol of beauty and mystery. Now, National Geographic says monarch populations
are declining at an alarming rate, due to illegal logging in Mexico, wildfires, drought,
and a drastic loss of their crucial milkweed habitat in the United States.

Register by December 1

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 8:30am to 1:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Nestled in the hills near Hawn State Park and Pickle Springs Natural Area lies Hickory Canyons, a small but significant natural area. We’ll hike the two short trails to see beautiful stone outcroppings, moss, and ferns. Hike is ~2 miles and rated moderate. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome.

Notes:
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

Register by December 1

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 8:30am to 1:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Nestled in the hills near Hawn State Park and Pickle Springs Natural Area lies Hickory Canyons, a small but significant natural area. We’ll hike the two short trails to see beautiful stone outcroppings, moss, and ferns. Hike is ~2 miles and rated moderate. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome.

Notes:
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

Register by December 1

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins November 15 (ages 18+)
Deck the halls with boughs of holly…the holidays are just around the corner and we’re in the mood to decorate! We’ll use nature’s resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (you choose the size and shape you want), and we’ll provide everything else to do your decorating.
Sessions are 1.5 hours long. Tools will be provided (pruners, pliers and wire cutters). Some gloves will be available but you may want to bring your own leather or garden gloves. You may bring your own tools if you wish. Participants need to bring their own grapevine wreath.

Register by November 30

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Learn how to shoot 22-caliber rifles at the Andy Dalton Shooting Range at the Bois D’Arc Conservation Area. After classroom discussion, it is out to the range to practice and test your skills. So whether you’re a beginner or an expert shot, meet at the range and enjoy the fun! Refreshments will be provided.

Register by November 30

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 9:00am to Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 3:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Trapping Workshop
December 1 & 2, Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., And Sunday, 7 a.m.- 3 p.m.
(Ages 11 and up)
This two-day clinic will consist of classroom and field exercises. Saturday will cover trap types, cable restraints, trap stakes, lure types of traps for particular animals, and setting up a trap line. Sunday, we will run the trap line, dispatch the animals, skin animals, flesh pelts and discuss where to sell your pelts. (Reservations begin November 17.)

Register by November 26

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Holiday Nature Crafts
December 1 • Saturday • 10 a.m.-Noon
(Families)
Reservations begin November 1.
Celebrate the holiday season with a craft day at Columbia Bottom! Adults and kids will make fun decorations from items found in nature. Materials will be provided. Meet in the visitor center.

Register by November 30

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line beginning November 1 (adults) Celebrate the season by crafting a natural wreath! Evergreens, pine cones and many other natural trimmings will be provided. Please bring a small wire or grape vine wreath as a base for your creation and any additional special decorations you wish to include.

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Members from the Kansas City Fiber Group will be hosting hands-on fiber activities and demonstrations of different fiber techniques. Diverse techniques such as felting, crochet, weaving, hand stitching, collage, surface design and encaustic to create works reflecting on the environment will be demonstrated. You will also have an opportunity to meet the artists and discover the beauty of this unique exhibit.

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The fall goose migration is in full swing! Canada, white front and snow geese fly over our skies and into the rivers, lakes, marshes and fields across Missouri. Learn about each species and their unique characteristics as we explore their goosey world. We'll make some goose art using goose feathers and learn how to use goose calls and decoys to get their attention and bring them in close.

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Register by December 1

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins November 15 (ages 18+)
Deck the halls with boughs of holly…the holidays are just around the corner and we’re in the mood to decorate! We’ll use nature’s resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (you choose the size and shape you want), and we’ll provide everything else to do your decorating.
Sessions are 1.5 hours long. Tools will be provided (pruners, pliers and wire cutters). Some gloves will be available but you may want to bring your own leather or garden gloves. You may bring your own tools if you wish. Participants need to bring their own grapevine wreath.

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