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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 5

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

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 (the size and shape you want), and we'll provide everything else.
Some tools, (pruners, pliers, gloves and wire cutters) will be available to use or you can bring your own.
To ensure the safety of all, masks are required and participants will social distance.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by December 7

Date: Monday, December 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Join a naturalist, virtually for a nature story or two around our Runge fireplace. Grab your favorite blanket and snuggle up to watch and listen to some winter stories geared for the little ones, but enjoyed by all ages. The presenter will send the link to participants by e-mail the morning of the program. *Registration Required. All Ages.
* presenter will send link to join the day of the program

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 6

Date: Monday, December 7, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Duck Creek Conservation Area

Make holiday treasures for your family or one-of-a-kind handmade gifts for the holidays from the abundance of natural objects this season offers. The staff will show you how to use items such as tree cookies, twigs, pine needles, pine cones, and acorns to create Christmas tree ornaments. We will be using paint and wood burning to enhance our creations. Class limit of 10. Masks will be required.
For further information, call 573-222-3337 ext 1030.

Register by December 8

Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Virtual

The hush of winter has fallen over Missouri. Nature’s pace has slowed but there are still mysteries to explore. Join us for a few 30- minute virtual programs hosted by our Runge Naturalists, each exploring the wonders of winter! *Registration Required. All Ages.

Register by December 8

Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Magical moments in nature are waiting for you! Go on an adventure with a Naturalist to make amazing discoveries as you explore on a trail close to the nature center.
Notes: Dress for the weather. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and/or there is more than light rain/sleet/snow program will be cancelled.

Register by December 8

Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Join us to make a beautiful holiday wreath using local Missouri conifer boughs. A variety of dried native plants will add interesting accents. We will provide everything you need. This program is designed for ages 18 and up and has a class size limit of 5. Reservations are required. For further information call 573-325-1381.

Register by December 8

Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Join us to make a beautiful holiday wreath using local Missouri conifer boughs. A variety of dried native plants will add interesting accents. We will provide everything you need. This program is designed for ages 18 and up and has a class size limit of 5. Reservations are required. For further information call 573-325-1381.

Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

With literally thousands of options, it can sometimes be difficult to choose the right scope for you. In this seminar, we will talk about how to go about selecting the right optic for you, options for mounting it and how to mount it. Then we’ll discuss how to bore sight and zero your new scope.

Register by December 9

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Every winter Missouri provides a temporary home to several migratory songbirds. We will learn how to identify some of these feathered friends and build a bird feeder to take home. (ages 6+)

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and wear a face covering. Each family member that plans to attend must be registered.

Register by December 9

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Nature gives us so many gifts! Join us to put them to use and create natural holiday decorations. This program will take place outside so please dress for the weather. No more than one adult with each registered participant. Additional siblings or unregistered participants will not be able to attend. *Registration Required. Ages 3-6 years.

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: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 12:15pm to 12:45pm

Location: Virtual

Virtual introduction to Fish Cooking 101. This session will focus on other methods of cooking fish. We will discuss smoking, canning, pickling, and salting to name a few.

Register by December 9

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Every winter Missouri provides a temporary home to several migratory songbirds. We will learn how to identify some of these feathered friends and build a bird feeder to take home. (ages 6+)

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and wear a face covering. Each family member that plans to attend must be registered.

Register by December 10

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Every winter Missouri provides a temporary home to several migratory songbirds. We will learn how to identify some of these feathered friends and build a bird feeder to take home. (ages 6+)

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and wear a face covering. Each family member that plans to attend must be registered.

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: Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Every winter Missouri provides a temporary home to several migratory songbirds. We will learn how to identify some of these feathered friends and build a bird feeder to take home. (ages 6+)

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and wear a face covering. Each family member that plans to attend must be registered.

Register by December 9

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: MDC Ozark Regional Office

Join us to make a beautiful holiday wreath using local Missouri conifer boughs. A variety of dried native plants will add interesting accents. We will provide everything you need including 12" wire frame, paddle wire and ribbon (*please note that you will be limited by ribbon length to make one wreath bow). If you desire, you may bring your own ribbon and wreath accents to personalize your wreath - please feel free to forage and bring your own native accents from your yard!

This program is designed for ages 16 and up and has a class size limit of 10. Reservations are required. For further information call 417-256-7161.

Register by December 10

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Want to learn the basics of archery and how to shoot safely? Join us and you’ll be hitting the bullseye in no time! Meet at the Runge outdoor pavilion. Dress for the weather with closed-toed shoes and non-baggy clothing. The Runge archery range is not ADA accessible. Love to shoot, but already attended this basic course? Keep an eye out for more options at mdc.mo.gov/centralevents.

Register by December 9

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: MDC Ozark Regional Office

Join us to make a beautiful holiday wreath using local Missouri conifer boughs. A variety of dried native plants will add interesting accents. We will provide everything you need including 12" wire frame, paddle wire and ribbon (*please note that you will be limited by ribbon length to make one wreath bow). If you desire, you may bring your own ribbon and wreath accents to personalize your wreath - please feel free to forage and bring your own native accents from your yard!

This program is designed for ages 16 and up and has a class size limit of 10. Reservations are required. For further information call 417-256-7161.

Register by December 10

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 6:30pm to Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Children and their parents can attend this clinic together and learn everything they need to know about catching our areas winter time urban trout. Kids will also have an opportunity to try their luck at catching a few of these scrappy cold water fighters.

THIS WILL BE A TWO PART CLINIC.... Participants must attend the lesson inorder to participate in the fishing opportunity.

We'll meet at the Burr Oaks Woods Nature Center on Thursday evening, December 10th, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm for a trout fishing lesson. Participants will learn all about the urban trout and how to catch them.

Then we'll meet again, bright and early Saturday morning, December 12th, 8:30am - 11:00am at Honker Pond (James A Reeds Memorial Wildlife Area 12405 SE Ranson Rd, Lee's Summit, MO 64082) where we'll try our hands at catching some hungry trout.

Dress for the weather but if you get cold while you are fishing you can take a break to warm up by the fire and enjoy some hot chocolate.

Only children 16 years of age and younger can fish at Honker Pond but parents and family members are welcome to attend with their angler.

Missouri Department of Conservation will provide all of the equipment, bait, fishing coaches, hot chocolate and a warm fire.

Children do not need a trout permit to fish at this event as long as they plan to release their fish, if they would like to keep the trout that they catch they will need a trout permit. Permits will not be available at this event but they can be purchased online here https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/permits
or at any permit vendor.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

If bad weather is forcast the day of this event it may be postponed. You will be contacted if any changes are necessary

Register by December 11

Date: Friday, December 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Every winter Missouri provides a temporary home to several migratory songbirds. We will learn how to identify some of these feathered friends and
how to attract them to your backyard. (ages 6+)

Register by December 11

Date: Friday, December 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Ramble in to this virtual program and learn about the masked bandit of the forest. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Ages 3-6.

Register by December 11

Date: Friday, December 11, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

Ramble in to this virtual program and learn about the masked bandit of the forest. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Ages 3-6.

Date: Friday, December 11, 2020 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Drop in anytime between 5 and 7 to enjoy the serenity of a winter night as you stroll along the White Oak Trace 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 are welcome.
To ensure the safety of all, this program requires family groups to practice social distancing.

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