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Register by February 8

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Winter is a good time to take a warm nap, but this woodchuck has been sleeping for months! Time to wake up and learn about one of Missouri’s only true hibernators.

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
It’s almost time for wildlife babies again! What would happen if before picking up the phone or moving an animal you knew whether it really needs our help. Come learn some tips on determining if that baby animal requires “rescuing” or not. (Baby Season Part 2, Saturday, March 21, 2020, 10 AM-2PM)

Register by February 7

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:30pm

Location: Maramec Spring Hatchery

Ever been on the river and no one is catching except for that one lone fisherman? This workshop helps you figure out what is going on in the water so you can match the lure to macroinvertebrates present in the environment. All instruction and equipment is provided at no cost by Missouri Department of Conservation during the workshop; but individuals may bring their own fly fishing equipment if they wish. Individuals will fly fish in the morning followed by macroinvertebrate sampling and comparison to standard flies in the afternoon. Space is limited to 10 participants and all participants must be 16 years or older. This workshop will be held at Maramec Spring Park located just six miles south of St. James, MO, on Hwy. 8, on February 8th from 10 AM – 3:30 PM. Participants will meet at the museum within the park. Participants need to bring their own lunch and be prepared to be outside all day.

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The details in what nature offers in winter is beautiful. Take some time to appreciate those details while creating a Valentine's card for someone special using materials that nature provides. Or create a piece of seed paper you can give to your loved one to plant with local native seed. A gift that keeps on giving. We will supply seeds, leaves and other bits of nature, you provide the creativity.

Register by February 8

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 11:00am to Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 10:30am

Location: Fountain Buffs Sports Complex

Come out and learn all about winter trout fishing.

This will be a two part program with a trout fishing lesson at the Liberty Mid Continent Library 1000 Kent St, Liberty, MO 64068, and a trout fishing opportunity at one of the Fountain Bluff Sports Complex fishing ponds, 2200 Old State Hwy 210, Liberty, MO 64068.

The library lesson will begin at 11:00 am, Saturday February 8th in the Liberty
Mid Continent Library meeting area. Lesson instructors will share information about trout fishing equipment, methods, favorite techniques and winter fishing safety.

The second part of this program will be a fishing opportunity at Fountain Bluff Sports Complex, (Saturday February 15th, 8:00am - 10:30am) where
we will try our hands a catching some winter trout.

Missouri Department of Conservation will provide all necessary equipment, bait, tackle and fishing coaches.

Dress for the current weather conditions.

Fishing permits are not required to fish during this program as long as participants DO NOT plan to keep fish. If participants DO plans to keep their fish they will need a valid Missouri trout fishing permit.

The library trout fishing lesson will take place regardless of weather conditions but in the event of bad weather on the day of the fishing opportunity at Fountain Bluff that part of the program may be postponed. Participants will be contacted if changes are made.

Register by February 8

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: Shawnee Trail Conservation Area

Registration required (Ages 12 and up)
Winter in Missouri means short-eared owls may be seen flying low over native grasslands in search of mice, rabbits, and other small mammals. Join us to discover more about these uncommon winter residents. Bring the family, dress for the weather, and meet us at Shawnee Trail Conservation Area for this easy-rated hike. Call 417-629-3434 for directions to Shawnee Trail C.A.

Register by February 7

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Listening for Coyotes under the Full Snow Moon
February 8 • Saturday • 5:00 - 7:00 PM
(All ages)
Did you know that coyotes play an important role in the wildlife community? Why do they howl? We will learn some facts about these “little prairie wolves” and then take a short walk in the crisp, clear winter night to listen for their howling. We will return to the Visitor Center to warm up with hot beverages. Wear warm, layered clothing and sturdy shoes. Reservations begin January 18.

Register by February 9

Date: Monday, February 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This clinic is for youth age 11-15, interested in learning the skills needed for upland hunting with the emphasis on the ringneck pheasant, followed by a hunt on Saturday, February 22, 2020. The clinic is mandatory in order to attend the hunt and attendees must be hunter education certified.

Register by February 9

Date: Monday, February 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This clinic will teach the basics of upland hunting with emphasis on ringneck pheasants followed by a hunt on Saturday, February 15, 2020. This is for adults 18 and over who want to learn to hunt and have never purchased a small game permit. Attendees must be hunter education certified.

Register by February 11

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin January 28
Dress for the weather for our hike outside. We will explore how fur keeps many animals warm on those long, cold wintery days.

Register by February 11

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Winter is a good time to take a warm nap, but this woodchuck has been sleeping for months! Time to wake up and learn about one of Missouri’s only true hibernators.

Register by February 11

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin January 28
Dress for the weather for our hike outside. We will explore how fur keeps many animals warm on those long, cold wintery days.

Register by February 11

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Little Acorns PLUS
These silent, slimy salamanders are all around us in Missouri. Join us to have some slimy fun while we learn more about this elusive amphibian!
**Registration required** (at least one child in the 0-2 AND at least one child in the 3-6 age ranges.)

Register by February 10

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: Southeast Regional Office

Prescribed fire is a low cost way for landowners to manage grasslands,CRP and old fields for forage production and/or improve wildlife habitat. This workshop will include classroom discussions on methods, equipment, safety, and why and when you would use fire as a management tool. Emphasis will include how to conduct a safe and effective burn to control sprouts, encourage beneficial plants and create better quality quail habitat. Participation will qualify landowners to have a prescribed burn plan prepared for their fields and use available loan equipment.

Register by February 11

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6 and up) In the forest, among the fish and the wildlife, who eats what? Further, how does the energy from sunshine end up in a bobcat? How does a tree help a rabbit breathe? Let’s investigate nature's complex web of food chains and energy flow. Join in a special yarn-toss web game. Play with lots of nature puppets, ranging from armadillo to woodchuck. And while we’re at it, since we love our forest, fish and wildlife, let’s make them a creative food-chain Valentine’s card!
Please register only children or adults coming for themselves, not those bringing children. For help with registration, please call 314-301-1500.

Register by February 10

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Maple sugaring is here and it’s time to tap the trees! Make maple syrup fun for your family, even with just one or two trees at home. Learn about sugar maple trees, how to tap trees, and turn sap into syrup.

The entire program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

Register by February 10

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Maple sugaring is here and it’s time to tap the trees! Make maple syrup fun for your family, even with just one or two trees at home. Learn about sugar maple trees, how to tap trees, and turn sap into syrup.

The entire program will be outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

Register by February 10

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Southeast Regional Office

Prescribed fire is a low cost way for landowners to manage grasslands,CRP and old fields for forage production and/or improve wildlife habitat. This workshop will include classroom discussions on methods, equipment, safety, and why and when you would use fire as a management tool. Emphasis will include how to conduct a safe and effective burn to control sprouts, encourage beneficial plants and create better quality quail habitat. Participation will qualify landowners to have a prescribed burn plan prepared for their fields and use available loan equipment.

Register by February 10

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Bear Necessities
Tuesday 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Reservations begin January 11
(Families) Black bears are an exciting part of Missouri’s natural history, and they’re making a comeback in the state. Learn about their comeback and what MDC and other agencies are doing to learn about their life history and status in the state. Learn how to be “Bear Aware” while camping, hiking, hunting, and fishing to stay safe, and to keep bears wild. (Reservations begin January 11th).

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Gainesville High School Library

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 6:15pm to 7:45pm

Location: Mineral Area College-Rice Hall

Learn timber sale tips before you sign the dotted line. Selling timber is a once or maybe twice in a lifetime event for most landowners, so there is a lot at stake to get the sale right. It’s important that landowners understand the value of their timber as well as how the type of harvest can affect its future value. Discussion will focus on how the proper harvest is essential to accomplishing your objectives and tips to ensure a timber sale contract protects you and your property.

Register by February 11

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children ages 6–13)
Join us to discover the mysterious world of owls. Owls have incredible adaptations that make them awesome nocturnal hunters. We will learn about these amazing birds, dissect some owl pellets and even go outside and call to find out just WHOOOO lives at Burr Oak Woods.

Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Nature Center Visitors
Burr Oak Woods nature center and state office will be closed for the state holiday on observance of the
Holiday-Lincoln Day. The area and trail will be available for your enjoyment 7 AM-6 PM daily.

Register by February 10

Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Crafts are good for the soul; this craft will also be good for the heart. In this craft session, you can make a valentine for your loved one from natural material that can be given for Valentine's day!

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ever wonder what it takes to keep all the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Thanks to some amazing animal care volunteers, they are fed a delicious smorgasbord of crickets, worms, minnows, and more! Drop by to visit with the volunteers and staff as they feed the hungry critters. Youth and adult groups welcome.

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