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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 10

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

This program is designed for those who have had some experience with shotguns. We’ll cover safety, appropriate guns and ammunition, rules of the game, etiquette on the field, and field layout. Firearms and ammunition will be provided, or you can bring your own.

Register by December 12

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Virtual

Virtual Program: This clinic gives families an opportunity to learn about the skills necessary to hunt Rabbits. Topics include safety, rules and regulations, hunting methods, hunting techniques, as well as how to care and process for harvested game.

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Shooting a modern muzzleloader is safe, fun and can help extend your hunting season. In this class, our certified instructors will teach you everything you need to know to get started using them today. Course topics will include the various equipment options, muzzleloader safety, shooting fundamentals and more.

Register by December 11

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Who’s hopping up that tree, making that sound or eating that birdseed? Find out the answer to these and many more questions as we explore the feathery creatures of our backyards. Weather dependent we will hike down the trail to explore the nearby woods for cool bird species. This program is part of the Blue Springs Let’s Move.

Register by December 12

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages)
Thinking of making the holidays a little greener this season? Then join us for one of the Discovery Center's favorite holiday traditions. Discover how to decorate using native plants and trees. Fashion a festive holiday swag or wreath to hang using red cedar, prairie grasses, wild nuts, berries, seed pods, game bird feathers and your imagination.

Register by December 12

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Brrr, it's cold outside! Winter can be a tough time of year for wild animals. The cold wind blows and food is scarce. Luckily, they have some special tricks for surviving the season. Tune into this virtual program and discover how wild animals survive winter. This program is designed for age 0-2 but all ages are welcome.

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 December 12

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Brrr, it's cold outside! Winter can be a tough time of year for wild animals. The cold wind blows and food is scarce. Luckily, they have some special tricks for surviving the season. Tune into this virtual program and discover how wild animals survive winter. This program is designed for ages 3-6 but all ages are welcome.

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 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 12

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages)
Thinking of making the holidays a little greener this season? Then join us for one of the Discovery Center's favorite holiday traditions. Discover how to decorate using native plants and trees. Fashion a festive holiday swag or wreath to hang using red cedar, prairie grasses, wild nuts, berries, seed pods, game bird feathers and your imagination.

Register by December 12

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages)
Thinking of making the holidays a little greener this season? Then join us for one of the Discovery Center's favorite holiday traditions. Discover how to decorate using native plants and trees. Fashion a festive holiday swag or wreath to hang using red cedar, prairie grasses, wild nuts, berries, seed pods, game bird feathers and your imagination.

Register by December 12

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Join us to learn how to identify trees when they don’t have leaves. We will start with going over identification clues, then venture to the trail to identify some common local trees using twigs, bark, tree shape, and fruits. Registration is required and space is limited to 10 people. Dress for the weather and maintain social distancing. We will meet outside the front of the Conservation Center at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery. For more information, call (417) 334-4865 ext 0

Register by December 11

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each attending (all ages)
Energy flows through nature in amazing and dynamic ways. Explore food webs through games to help understand how nature is all connected.

Register by December 11

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 1:45pm to 2:15pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each attending (all ages)
Energy flows through nature in amazing and dynamic ways. Explore food webs through games to help understand how nature is all connected.

Register by December 11

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each attending (all ages)
Energy flows through nature in amazing and dynamic ways. Explore food webs through games to help understand how nature is all connected.

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 11

Date: Monday, December 14, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Virtual

Join us virtually to make a beautiful holiday wreath using local Missouri conifer boughs that you collect. A variety of dried native plants will add interesting accents from your very own yard and outdoor areas! Harvest and collect your own cedar or coniferous branches in preparation for the class Monday December 14 – a 30 gallon tote of conifer branches, pine cones, and native plant material is recommended to complete one wreath. Take your time the weekend prior to harvest your cedar branches as you will need to harvest before the class on Monday.

What to have available for the program:
• Cedar and/or pine branches (fill 30 gallon tote)
• Pruners
• Garden gloves
• 12” wire wreath frame (example here – can be found at Walmart, Hobby Lobby or any craft store)
• 22-24 gauge floral wire (example here - can be found at Walmart, Hobby Lobby or any craft store)
• 2in – 2.5in wire ribbon for wreath bow
• Any additional wreath accents you desire (i.e. pine cones, holly bush berries, any artificial poinsettias or berries, etc.)

*If you live near the Winona Area, Twin Pines Conservation Education Center can provide the conifer branches for you as well as the 12” wire frame, the 22-24 gauge floral wire. Please contact the instructor to request any of these materials.

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 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngster only (ages 3-5 with an adult)
There are critters in those woods! Out in that field, there is wildlife! Don’t believe me? We may not always see animals out in the wild but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Critters may think they’re sneaky but. . . they always leave a trail!

Register by December 15

Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Join us for our regular virtual program series where you can ask the naturalist questions about nature topics. Whether you are a hunter or a bird watcher, you will learn about the amazing waterfowl that migrate to Missouri every winter with Naturalist Jordi Raos followed by a live Q&A session. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Recommended for all ages.

Register by December 14

Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngster only(ages 3-5 with an adult)
There are critters in those woods! Out in that field, there is wildlife! Don’t believe me? We may not always see animals out in the wild but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Critters may think they’re sneaky but…they always leave a trail!

Register by December 15

Date: Tuesday, December 15, 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 13

Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: Virtual

Join avid hiker and naturalist Jeff Cantrell from the Shoal Creek Conservation Ed Center. He will cover the basics of winter hiking in this virtual program, plus safety and food ideas. Lastly, there will be an outdoor challenge for the New Year to give the individual or family / friends the opportunity to be outdoors and in nature throughout the year.

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.

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