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NOTICE: In-Person Events Limited Due to COVID

In-person MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state are limited due to COVID-19 considerations. MDC is offering new online programs that allow people to attend virtually. Please check our class listings to see what classes are limited, in-person classes or virtual classes.

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Register by March 4

Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Virtual

The first day of spring is almost here!! That means wildflower will be here soon. Let’s do some activities to get ourselves all warmed up for adding flowers to our nature journal.

Register by March 5

Date: Friday, March 5, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Virtual

Cast iron cookware is a great tool for campfire cooking that can last for many lifetimes with proper care. This program will walk you through how to prepare your cast iron for use, proper cleaning, and recommended maintenance and storage to keep your cast iron ware in excellent condition.

Anyone is welcome to attend this program but it is geared toward ages 16 and up.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program. Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by March 5

Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Enjoy the accomplishment of making things for your home and decorating with all things rustic?
Join us to make a stool using common Ozark caning and weaving techniques. With the materials provided you will not only have a unique piece but a practical one. This program is designed for ages 16 and up.

Register by March 6

Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Spring is almost upon us. We will take a walk around the nature center gardens and grounds to see what is coming up. Ever wonder why such a fuss about native plants? We will explain the many benefits of native plants and shrubs. We can also answer questions about native plants that you might want to include in your yard.

Don’t forget the preorder drive by native plant sale at the Cape Nature Center on March 13th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Plants may be pre ordered at Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, Ozark Soul Native Plants, or Forest Keeling before Wednesday, March 10 and picked up at the nature center on Saturday, March 13 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. COVID precautions preclude any browsing or shopping on site. There will be no other vendors. Pre-ordered plants will be placed in your vehicle in the line at the front of the nature center.

Register by March 8

Date: Monday, March 8, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Virtual

Missouri Prairie Foundation, a MDC partner in Grow Native! creates a new Top Ten Native Plant list monthly for topics ranging from hummingbird favorites to the natives for a shady spot. Each day of our Native Plant Week we will kick off with a different Top Ten list. If you have a need for a list we did not feature during the week please check out their many lists here.

Native Plant seminar programs are open for anyone to watch but are prepared with adult gardeners and landowners in mind.

Don’t forget the preorder drive by native plant sale at the Cape Nature Center on March 13th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Plants may be pre ordered at Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, Ozark Soul Native Plants, or Forest Keeling before Wednesday, March 10 and picked up at the nature center on Saturday, March 13 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. COVID precautions preclude any browsing or shopping on site. There will be no other vendors. Pre-ordered plants will be placed in your vehicle in the line at the front of the nature center.

Register by March 8

Date: Monday, March 8, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Virtual

The term “permaculture” is relatively new, but the principles of permaculture design reflect some of the oldest cultivation and environmental stewardship practices in the world. In this session, we will review the recognized permaculture principles, and consider ways they can be applied in the garden, on the farm, and in our everyday lives.

Anyone can join in on this program, though it will be more appropriate for ages 18 and up.

Don’t forget the preorder drive by native plant sale at the Cape Nature Center on March 13th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Plants may be pre ordered at Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, Ozark Soul Native Plants, or Forest Keeling before Wednesday, March 10 and picked up at the nature center on Saturday, March 13 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. COVID precautions preclude any browsing or shopping on site. There will be no other vendors. Pre-ordered plants will be placed in your vehicle in the line at the front of the nature center.

Register by March 8

Date: Monday, March 8, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

As nature turns dead stuff into healthy soil, we can join the composting process to reduce waste and learn from one of life’s most amazing, productive cycles.

Anyone can join in on this program, though it will be more appropriate for ages 18 and up.

Don’t forget the preorder drive by native plant sale at the Cape Nature Center on March 13th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Plants may be pre ordered at Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, Ozark Soul Native Plants, or Forest Keeling before Wednesday, March 10 and picked up at the nature center on Saturday, March 13 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. COVID precautions preclude any browsing or shopping on site. There will be no other vendors. Pre-ordered plants will be placed in your vehicle in the line at the front of the nature center.

Register by March 8

Date: Monday, March 8, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

Aaron & Tracy Twombly, owners of Harmony Farms, in Holden, Missouri, will share their experience of converting 92 acres of farm ground to a diverse conservation area. We will discuss: utilizing state and federal conservation programs; prairie and timber maintenance; the Missouri Stream Team program; and other joys of land stewardship.

Native Plant Seminar programs are open for anyone to watch but are prepared with adult gardeners and landowners in mind.

Don’t forget the preorder drive by native plant sale at the Cape Nature Center on March 13th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Plants may be pre ordered at Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, Ozark Soul Native Plants, or Forest Keeling before Wednesday, March 10 and picked up at the nature center on Saturday, March 13 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. COVID precautions preclude any browsing or shopping on site. There will be no other vendors. Pre-ordered plants will be placed in your vehicle in the line at the front of the nature center.

Register by March 9

Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Virtual

Missouri Prairie Foundation, a MDC partner in Grow Native! creates a new Top Ten Native Plant list monthly for topics ranging from hummingbird favorites to the natives for a shady spot. Each day of our Native Plant Week we will kick off with a different Top Ten list. If you have a need for a list we did not feature during the week please check out their many lists here.

Native Plant Seminar programs are open for anyone to watch but are prepared with adult gardeners and landowners in mind.

Don’t forget the preorder drive by native plant sale at the Cape Nature Center on March 13th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Plants may be pre ordered at Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, Ozark Soul Native Plants, or Forest Keeling before Wednesday, March 10 and picked up at the nature center on Saturday, March 13 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. COVID precautions preclude any browsing or shopping on site. There will be no other vendors. Pre-ordered plants will be placed in your vehicle in the line at the front of the nature center.

Register by March 9

Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Virtual

Learn more about the important and fascinating interactions between fungi and plants. Nature's world wide web has an impact just as big as the internet does, the web beneath our feet plays a huge role in habitat health.

Native Plant Seminar programs are open for anyone to watch but are prepared with adult gardeners and landowners in mind.

Don’t forget the preorder drive by native plant sale at the Cape Nature Center on March 13th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Plants may be pre ordered at Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, Ozark Soul Native Plants, or Forest Keeling before Wednesday, March 10 and picked up at the nature center on Saturday, March 13 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. COVID precautions preclude any browsing or shopping on site. There will be no other vendors. Pre-ordered plants will be placed in your vehicle in the line at the front of the nature center.

Register by March 9

Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

The abundance and productivity of natural systems can be mimicked in agroforestry practices that capture energy at multiple levels. Using examples such as forest gardens, alley cropping, silvopasture, and forest farming as inspiration, we will learn about native food producing species that are appropriate for each level, and important aspects of these systems to consider before planting.

Native Plant Seminar programs are open for anyone to watch but are prepared with adult gardeners and landowners in mind.

Don’t forget the preorder drive by native plant sale at the Cape Nature Center on March 13th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Plants may be pre ordered at Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, Ozark Soul Native Plants, or Forest Keeling before Wednesday, March 10 and picked up at the nature center on Saturday, March 13 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. COVID precautions preclude any browsing or shopping on site. There will be no other vendors. Pre-ordered plants will be placed in your vehicle in the line at the front of the nature center.

Register by March 9

Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

Control the pests, protect the pollinators, enjoy more of nature – and share with your neighbors! Insect ecology shows the way to maintain healthy habitat for us and the “little things that rule the world.”

Native Plant Seminar programs are open for anyone to watch but are prepared with adult gardeners and landowners in mind.

Don’t forget the preorder drive by native plant sale at the Cape Nature Center on March 13th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Plants may be pre ordered at Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, Ozark Soul Native Plants, or Forest Keeling before Wednesday, March 10 and picked up at the nature center on Saturday, March 13 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. COVID precautions preclude any browsing or shopping on site. There will be no other vendors. Pre-ordered plants will be placed in your vehicle in the line at the front of the nature center.

Register by March 10

Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Virtual

Missouri Prairie Foundation, a MDC partner in Grow Native! creates a new Top Ten Native Plant list monthly for topics ranging from hummingbird favorites to the natives for a shady spot. Each day of our Native Plant Week we will kick off with a different Top Ten list. If you have a need for a list we did not feature during the week please check out their many lists here.

Native Plant seminar programs are open for anyone to watch but are prepared with adult gardeners and landowners in mind.

Pre-ordered plants may be picked up at the nature center on Saturday, March 13 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. COVID precautions preclude any browsing or shopping on site. There will be no other vendors. Pre-ordered plants will be placed in your vehicle in the line at the front of the nature center.

Register by March 10

Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

The EarthWays Center of Missouri Botanical Garden invites you to meet some WILD-ly wonderful options for home and community lands. Learn how plant choices matter to birds, bugs and people, and why some good-looking plants go bad.

Native Plant Seminar programs are open for anyone to watch but are prepared with adult gardeners and landowners in mind.

Pre-ordered plants may be picked up at the nature center on Saturday, March 13 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. COVID precautions preclude any browsing or shopping on site. There will be no other vendors. Pre-ordered plants will be placed in your vehicle in the line at the front of the nature center.

Register by March 10

Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Virtual

Native gardens can be both functional and beautiful, but they don’t have a strict set of rules. Why not use our time to enjoy our gardens rather than tame them? In this talk, Paula Diaz will help transition our brains from keeping “neat, tidy, clean” gardens to “happy, healthy habitats.”

Native Plant Seminar programs are open for anyone to watch but are prepared with adult gardeners and landowners in mind.

Pre-ordered plants may be picked up at the nature center on Saturday, March 13 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. COVID precautions preclude any browsing or shopping on site. There will be no other vendors. Pre-ordered plants will be placed in your vehicle in the line at the front of the nature center.

Register by March 10

Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

Tracy Twombly, owner of Sow Wild Natives, a native plant nursery in Kansas City, Missouri, will demonstrate the basic processes to start native plants from seed.

Native Plant Seminar programs are open for anyone to watch but are prepared with adult gardeners and landowners in mind.

Pre-ordered plants may be picked up at the nature center on Saturday, March 13 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. COVID precautions preclude any browsing or shopping on site. There will be no other vendors. Pre-ordered plants will be placed in your vehicle in the line at the front of the nature center.

Register by March 10

Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

Missouri Prairie Foundation Director of Prairie Management, Jerod Huebner, has overseen numerous prairie planting projects around the state, and his practical advice will give you clear steps to take to prepare your site, choose seed, plant, and maintain for the future.

Native Plant Seminar programs are open for anyone to watch but are prepared with adult gardeners and landowners in mind.

Pre-ordered plants may be picked up at the nature center on Saturday, March 13 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. COVID precautions preclude any browsing or shopping on site. There will be no other vendors. Pre-ordered plants will be placed in your vehicle in the line at the front of the nature center.

Register by March 11

Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Virtual

Missouri Prairie Foundation, a MDC partner in Grow Native! creates a new Top Ten Native Plant list monthly for topics ranging from hummingbird favorites to the natives for a shady spot. Each day of our Native Plant Week we will kick off with a different Top Ten list. If you have a need for a list we did not feature during the week please check out their many lists here.

Native Plant Seminar programs are open for anyone to watch but are prepared with adult gardeners and landowners in mind.

Pre-ordered plants may be picked up at the nature center on Saturday, March 13 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. COVID precautions preclude any browsing or shopping on site. There will be no other vendors. Pre-ordered plants will be placed in your vehicle in the line at the front of the nature center.

Register by March 11

Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Spring is almost here! Let's check out how plants sprout from seeds, grow, and bloom. You will be sprouting some seeds at home, so supplies need to be picked up from the nature center by Friday, March 5.

Register by March 11

Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

Shannie McCabe, a horticulturist who’s specialty is sustainable agriculture and a writer for Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company will discuss the benefits of growing and saving heirloom seeds from a sustainable agriculture perspective.

Native Plant seminar programs are open for anyone to watch but are prepared with adult gardeners and landowners in mind.

Don’t forget the preorder drive by native plant sale at the Cape Nature Center on March 13th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Plants may be pre ordered at Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, Ozark Soul Native Plants, or Forest Keeling before Wednesday, March 10 and picked up at the nature center on Saturday, March 13 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. COVID precautions preclude any browsing or shopping on site. There will be no other vendors. Pre-ordered plants will be placed in your vehicle in the line at the front of the nature center.

Register by March 11

Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Virtual

Ever wonder what it takes to keep the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Watch from your home or classroom as naturalists introduce and feed several Missouri amphibians and reptiles.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program. Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by March 11

Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

The onset of spring brings beautiful wildflowers to the woodlands of Missouri, especially a rich variety of common and rare spring ephemeral wildflowers. They are called "ephemeral" because the flowers typically occur for a few short weeks in the spring before disappearing for the rest of the year. These plants deploy an amazing array of strategies to deal with the challenges of living on the forest floor. This talk, by Chris Benda, the Illinois Botanizer, will cure your winter blues by discussing the myriad adaptations by these interesting plants.

Native Plant Seminar programs are open for anyone to watch but are prepared with adult gardeners and landowners in mind.

Pre-ordered plants may be picked up at the nature center on Saturday, March 13 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. COVID precautions preclude any browsing or shopping on site. There will be no other vendors. Pre-ordered plants will be placed in your vehicle in the line at the front of the nature center.

Register by March 12

Date: Friday, March 12, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Virtual

Missouri Prairie Foundation, a MDC partner in Grow Native! creates a new Top Ten Native Plant list monthly for topics ranging from hummingbird favorites to the natives for a shady spot. Each day of our Native Plant Week we will kick off with a different Top Ten list. If you have a need for a list we did not feature during the week please check out their many lists here.

Native Plant Seminar programs are open for anyone to watch but are prepared with adult gardeners and landowners in mind.

Pre-ordered plants may be picked up at the nature center on Saturday, March 13 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. COVID precautions preclude any browsing or shopping on site. There will be no other vendors. Pre-ordered plants will be placed in your vehicle in the line at the front of the nature center.

Register by March 12

Date: Friday, March 12, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

If you want bees or butterflies in your garden, we have some recommendations for you. Native plants are much more beneficial for our wildlife. This program will discuss the basics of starting a pollinator garden.

Native Plant Seminar programs are open for anyone to watch but are prepared with adult gardeners and landowners in mind.

Pre-ordered plants may be picked up at the nature center on Saturday, March 13 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. COVID precautions preclude any browsing or shopping on site. There will be no other vendors. Pre-ordered plants will be placed in your vehicle in the line at the front of the nature center.

Register by March 12

Date: Friday, March 12, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Virtual

Shade is often considered an obstacle for productive gardens. In this session, we’ll explore some of the many species that thrive in shade, including medicinal forest botanicals, ornamental, and edible options. These plants (and mushrooms!) offer beauty, harvestable products for sale or home use, and conservation value.

Native Plant Seminar programs are open for anyone to watch but are prepared with adult gardeners and landowners in mind.

Pre-ordered plants may be picked up at the nature center on Saturday, March 13 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. COVID precautions preclude any browsing or shopping on site. There will be no other vendors. Pre-ordered plants will be placed in your vehicle in the line at the front of the nature center.

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