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Date: Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Come hear Jason Isabelle, MDC Animal Resource Scientist, speak on the ongoing efforts to restore the ruffed grouse populations in east-central Missouri. The public is welcome to attend.

Register by December 14

Date: Friday, December 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (For this program, you need one child in the 0-2 age range AND one child in the 3-6 age range).
It’s light outside and some animals are sleeping. Wear your PJ’s if you’d like and we’ll pretend it’s nighttime while we learn about nocturnal animals. Shhhhhhhhh. Don’t wake them up!

Date: Friday, December 14, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Enjoy the serenity of a winter night as you stroll along our trail. We’ll light the path for you and provide hot, winter beverages for your enjoyment. After your walk, stop inside the nature center to warm up and view our exhibits. Our trail is paved and accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. Youth and adult groups welcome. Program is free.

Register by December 14

Date: Friday, December 14, 2018 - 6:00pm to Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins October 2 (ages 10+)
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. Cost for materials is $15. Please make $15 check to MCHF or we can do a credit card transaction. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or getting paint on. May not be the best class for those with asthma or breathing difficulties. An adult must attend with children younger than 16.

Register by December 13

Date: Friday, December 14, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Reservations begin Dec 1.
Who’s that hooting it up each December evening? Owls that’s who. You will learn what makes them such effective night time hunter and why they hoot so much this time of year. Be prepared to spend some of the time outside.

Register by December 14

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 7:00am to 9:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Reservations begin Nov 24.
Discover our conservation area with your favorite camera as we cover basic and intermediate photography techniques. Afterwards we will go over some post processing in the classroom.

Register by December 15

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+).
Meet at the nature center, drive to Meramec State Park in Franklin County, and hike one or two of the best trails. Join us as we explore the trail originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary. Bring lunch, water, insect repellent, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and dress for the weather. Trail Length: 6-8.5 miles. Terrain: Moderate to difficult.

Register by December 14

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Enjoy a hike through the Mark Twain National Forest at Noblett Lake with Volunteer Naturalist Mike Mihalik. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is five miles and rated moderate to difficult.

Register by December 14

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Register by December 15

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The weather outside may be frightful or delightful, it all depends on your perspective. Join us as we discover how animals deal with the snow. Program is free.

Register by December 14

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Reservations begin Nov 24.
What do art and science have in common? They rely on observation skills. We will observe and record the natural world with pencil, pen, or watercolor. Bring your own pencil and paper.

Date: Saturday, December 15, 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 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Stop by anytime to make some simple holiday crafts from natural and recycled materials. We’ll supply the materials, you bring the creativity, and parents provide the guidance.

Register by December 15

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The weather outside may be frightful or delightful, it all depends on your perspective. Join us as we discover how animals deal with the snow. Program is free.

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Thinking of making the holidays a little greener this season? Then join us for one of the Discovery Center's holiday traditions. Learn to decorate using all native plants and trees. Fashion a festive holiday swag to hang using red cedar, prairie grasses, wild nuts, berries, seeds and your imagination.

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages) Do you sleep more during the winter? You're not alone, some of Missouri's critters take winter slumber to extreme levels. Some hibernate while others brumate. Come in to learn more about the sleepy animals living in this great state.

Date: Saturday, December 15, 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.

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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 13

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line for each participant attending (ages 10+; ages 10–16 must be accompanied by a participating adult) Put away the smartphones, tablets and GPS receivers to learn to navigate through the woods the old school way…and have some real fun! This program will present the basics of topographic maps, a baseplate compass and how to use both tools to travel from point to point. Bring a water bottle and dress for trekking off trail.

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Get the family out of the house and stop by to have some holiday family fun. We’ll have a few different crafts for all ages to make and take home. We’ll bring the supplies, you bring the enthusiasm!

Register by December 14

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Reservations begin Nov 30
Experience the sounds of the night during a moderate hike at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area. We will hike the Busch Hiking/Biking Trail which is approximately 3 ½ miles in length. We may hear coyotes howling, and also hear 2 or 3 species of owls calling their mates.

Register by December 18

Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 0-2 years).
It’s light outside and some animals are sleeping. Wear your PJ’s if you’d like and we’ll pretend it’s nighttime while we learn about nocturnal animals. Shhhhhhhhh. Don’t wake them up!

Register by December 18

Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Cooking Wild for the Holidays
December 18th • Tuesday • 6:30pm to 8:00pm
(Ages 18 and Up)
Reservations begin December 4th.
Interested in adding some Missouri wild game and other Missouri wild edibles to your winter Holiday parties? Come and join us as we discuss various recipes you can use to add a taste of Missouri into your dinner parties. And as an extra treat, we will have various appetizers, main course meals, desserts and drinks to taste! Please register each individual separately.

Register by December 19

Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+).
Meet at the nature center, drive to Shaw Nature Reserve, in Franklin County, and hike one or two of the best trails. Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary. Bring lunch, water, insect repellent, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and dress for the weather. Trail Length: 5 miles. Terrain: Moderate with hills and/or rocks.

Register by December 18

Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

It’s never too early to learn about the
world around you. Every month, infants
and toddlers will learn about different
nature-related topics. We will be outside
for part of the class, so please dress for
the weather.
**Siblings are welcome, but please note that this program has been designed for ages 0 to 3.

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