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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 December 4

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 6:30am to 8:00am

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Trumpeter swans have arrived at the Columbia Bottom wetlands! Enjoy a sunrise walk as we listen and look for the swans as they fly back and forth between one wetland to another. We will walk one of the field roads where we can watch the sunrise and hear their loud conversations with the other waterfowl in the wetland pools.

Meet just inside the front gate.
Wear sturdy shoes that can get muddy; bring a water bottle and your camera.
We will be wearing masks and following social distancing guidelines.

Register by December 4

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Ages 12 and up (Must be able to hike 2.1 miles in hilly terrain)

Hike the Rock Quarry Trail with your canine best friend! This is a 2.1 mile guided hike. We ask that your dog companions be (typically) friendly with other dogs and vaccinated. Please bring proof of vaccinations with you to the hike. This can be in the form of paper print out, email, Etc. Please be prepared and dressed for the weather. This trail is moderate in difficulty.
For the safety of participants and our staff, MDC asks all guests to observe social distancing guidelines and maintain at least 6 feet from others. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when indoors, or any time visitors are unable to maintain at least 6 feet from others. Local ordinances requiring face masks will be observed where applicable.

Register by December 6

Date: Monday, December 7, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Virtual

This online virtual program will cover how to get started shooting handguns. We will cover handgun fundamentals, calibers, handgun actions, operation, safety, shooting techniques, maintenance, and safe storage.

Register by December 9

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Virtual

Nature enjoys the season of gift giving as well! Join Naturalists every Wednesday until Christmas for a weekly DIY nature-based decoration for your yard or home. The series will include pinecone decorations (12/2), wildlife garland (12/9) driftwood centerpieces (12/16), and cookie- cutter birdseed feeders (12/23).

Please check your spam folder for the email with the WebEx link if you do not receive one after 5:00pm the day before the program.

*Please note that this is a virtual program*

This is a recurring virtual event that has individual event listings. Please register for each week you would like to attend

Register by December 9

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Virtual

All ages.
Do bats really suck your blood? Do toads give you warts? Join us for a Missouri wildlife myth busting virtual program to find out the truth! Impress your friends and family with your knowledge! We will be busting myths and testing your knowledge with a true or false style game during the program, so please be prepared to write with a pen/pencil and paper. Registration required.

Please provide an email in your profile so a program link can be sent.

Please check your spam folder for the email with the WebEx link if you do not receive one after 5:00pm the day before the program.

*Please note that this is a virtual program*

Register by December 10

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

Location: World Bird Sanctuary Outdoor Amphitheater

What is a Raptor? How is a Raptor different from other birds? How do they hunt and where do they live? Learn all this and more! See live birds of prey and learn about their incredible adaptations! This program will be held at the World Bird Sanctuary Outdoor Amphitheater and is a free program due to a education cooperative agreement with the Missouri Department of Conservation. Registration is required for everyone attending due to COVID 19 capacity restrictions. Mask are required for everyone ages 5 and up. *Please arrive early as late arrivals are not allowed to attend due to the safety risk to the birds.

Register by December 10

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Owls do more than just give a hoot! Learn what makes owls such effective nocturnal hunters and why they are so vocal this time of year. We will venture out to look and listen for these misunderstood ghosts of the night. Meet at the Columbia Bottom CA Visitor Center lower parking lot. Dress for the weather.

We will follow county restrictions on gather size, social distancing and mask mandates.

Register by December 11

Date: Sunday, December 13, 2020 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

It’s the time of year where we start thinking about what we can give or how to help people in our lives, but have you ever thought about what nature gives to you? Join us as we learn about what nature gives and provides for us all year round. You will have the opportunity to decorate ornaments inspired by some of Missouri’s residents.

Registration for the event will be confirmed by the presenter by following the following steps:

Each person wishing to attend the program must register for the program online by creating or using an existing account.
Registration is only complete when each person in your group is registered in our system and one person in your group emails Nichole.wheaton@mdc.mo.gov with the names of everyone in your group.
You will receive a confirmation email when the presenter confirms each person is registered in our system.

Masks are required for the program and best social distancing practices will be in place.

Please meet in the staging area behind the main building 5 minutes before beginning scheduled time.

Register by December 11

Date: Sunday, December 13, 2020 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

It’s the time of year where we start thinking about what we can give or how to help people in our lives, but have you ever thought about what nature gives to you? Join us as we learn about what nature gives and provides for us all year round. You will have the opportunity to decorate ornaments inspired by some of Missouri’s residents.

Registration for the event will be confirmed by the presenter by following the following steps:

Each person wishing to attend the program must register for the program online by creating or using an existing account.
Registration is only complete when each person in your group is registered in our system and one person in your group emails Nichole.wheaton@mdc.mo.gov with the names of everyone in your group.
You will receive a confirmation email when the presenter confirms each person is registered in our system.
Masks are required for the program and best social distancing practices will be in place.

Please meet in the staging area behind the main building 5 minutes before beginning scheduled time.

Register by December 13

Date: Monday, December 14, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

You harvested a deer, field dressed it, and have it ready to process for the table.This online event will provide instruction on how to make burger and sausage out of venison. We will discuss how to grind and season your harvest to make it into tasty burgers and sausage.

Register by December 14

Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Virtual

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 to your dinner parties. We will also discuss how to go about collecting and processing some of the wild edibles.

As an extra treat, we will be making one of the recipes LIVE!

Recipes will be sent to participants following the event.

This is a virtual event with a question and answer session. You will receive an email from DoNotReply_MOEvents@S3Gov.com 24 hours prior to the event, this will have information on how to join in on the Webex Events. as well as any important program information. If you do not see this email, please check your spam/junk mail.

Register by December 16

Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Virtual

Nature enjoys the season of gift giving as well! Join Naturalists every Wednesday until Christmas for a weekly DIY nature-based decoration for your yard or home. The series will include pinecone decorations (12/2), wildlife garland (12/9) driftwood centerpieces (12/16), and cookie- cutter birdseed feeders (12/23).

Please check your spam folder for the email with the WebEx link if you do not receive one after 5:00pm the day before the program.

*Please note that this is a virtual program*

This is a recurring virtual event that has individual event listings. Please register for each week you would like to attend

Register by December 4

Date: Friday, December 18, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Tower Grove Park-Stupp Center

On the first day of winter nature gave to me…a cardinal in an oak tree! Discover the joy of nature’s gifts as we practice counting in our own “12 Days of Winter” song. We’ll also read a winter story. Explore how animals live in Missouri and make a craft to remember the wonders winter brings us! Meet the naturalist at the Stupp Center.

While the plan is to have this program outside, it will be moved indoors if there is inclement weather. Participants will be notified prior if it is moved indoors.

For the safety of participants and our staff, MDC asks all guests observe social distancing guidelines and maintain at least 6 feet from others. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when indoors, or any time visitors are unable to maintain at least 6 feet from others. Local ordinances requiring face masks will be observed where applicable.

Register by December 18

Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Tower Grove Park-Stupp Center

MUST REGISTER EACH PERSON!

Many animals are often seldom seen; however, their signs are everywhere! Join us as we explore various animal sign identification techniques including scat identification, skull identification, and track identification. We will also take a hike to see if we can spot some evidence of wildlife ourselves.

While the plan is to have this program outside, it will be moved indoors if there is inclement weather. Participants will be notified prior if it is moved indoors.

For the safety of participants and our staff, MDC asks all guests observe social distancing guidelines and maintain at least 6 feet from others. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when indoors, or any time visitors are unable to maintain at least 6 feet from others. Local ordinances requiring face masks will be observed where applicable.

Register by December 23

Date: Wednesday, December 23, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Virtual

Nature enjoys the season of gift giving as well! Join Naturalists every Wednesday until Christmas for a weekly DIY nature-based decoration for your yard or home. The series will include pinecone decorations (12/2), wildlife garland (12/9) driftwood centerpieces (12/16), and cookie- cutter birdseed feeders (12/23).

Please check your spam folder for the email with the WebEx link if you do not receive one after 5:00pm the day before the program.

*Please note that this is a virtual program*

This is a recurring virtual event that has individual event listings. Please register for each week you would like to attend

Register by December 30

Date: Thursday, December 31, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

End 2020 on a bright note with a walk to the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers at Columbia Bottom under December’s nearly full “Cold Moon.” Dress for the weather, including hat, gloves, and boots or sturdy shoes. We will be experiencing the cold winter air for about an hour and a half as we walk the road and trail. Bring a flashlight and a walking stick if you have one. Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from staff and other participants and follow St. Louis County mask-wearing directives.

Meet at lot “L” about 4 ½ miles from the front entrance.
Allow 15 minutes to drive from the front entrance to lot “L.”

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