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Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Join 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail hiker, Lisa Richter, to discover some great backpacking trails in Missouri! Learn how to carry everything you need for a multi-day trip on your back. Program will include hands-on activities outside, weather permitting.

Register by January 25

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Soaring, diving, and perching these big, beautiful birds can be found here all year, but there’s even more in winter! We will explore the exciting life of an eagle through stories and interactive play.

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)
Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Be “naturally” inspired by artists who love nature and have some interesting ways of incorporating it into their work. Listen to music, visit with artisans, and watch as these talented individuals demonstrate their passion. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Fish, forests and wildlife are important resources in Missouri. Walk-in anytime to learn about these resources and create some cool wearable art on fabric you bring or use paper provided. Every half hour, join the naturalist for a hike to look for tracks and signs of winter wildlife (as weather allows).

Register by January 29

Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 7 and up) Looking at a skeleton can give you a key to the animal’s life. Did it swim, fly, walk or slither? Did it eat plants, meat or both? “Key out” a mystery mammal skull in our special question-and-answer maze.
Please register only children or adults coming for themselves, not those bringing children. For help with registration, please call 314-301-1500.

Register by January 30

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

So, you say you want to be a wildlife veterinarian? What do they do? Specifically, what does the Missouri Department of Conservation’s wildlife veterinarian do on a daily basis? Join Sherri Russell, MDC's Wildlife Veterinarian, for a behind the scenes look at her job and the work of wildlife health including bears, grouse, deer, and fish.

Date: Friday, January 31, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive snakes enjoy their feast every other Friday.

Register by January 31

Date: Friday, January 31, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Are you wise as an owl? Come test your wits at the nature center trivia night. Questions will cover a range of topics from sports to history and everything in between, all with a nature twist! Teams may have a maximum of 6 players each. Please have only one member of your team register online to reserve your table. There will be light refreshments available and prizes for the winning teams. No charge for entry.

Register by January 31

Date: Friday, January 31, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All ages)
Reservations are required and begin immediately.
This is a fun evening for all ages. Join us as we welcome back the Missouri falconers and their hunting partners! Falconry, a sport reported as early as 700 B.C.E. is still practiced today. Learn what falconry is and how to become a falconer. The evening will begin in the auditorium with a presentation on raptors and the art of falconry. Following the presentation, you will have an opportunity to “meet and greet” the birds and their hunting partners, and see some of the equipment used in the sport of falconry. Be sure to bring your cameras.

Register by January 29

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Jamestown Area Community Center

Lunch and water will be provided, There will be a hands-on burn in the afternoon if weather permits, so please dress accordingly. Leather gloves and boots will be required for those on the fire line

Register by January 31

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Ice fishing is a fun way to get outdoors and enjoy a cold winter day. Join us for an ice fishing lesson and a couple hours out on the ice catching fish.

We'll start the morning off at the Kansas City Regional Conservation Office where we will learn about ice fishing equipment and techniques as well as ice fishing and winter fishing safety. Then we'll head down to Prairie Hollow Lake for a fishing opportunity out on the ice.

Missouri Department of Conservation will provide equipment, bait, and fishing coaches. Dress warm and bring your own snacks and drinks to help you keep warm.

Fishing permits are not required to fish during this program.

Safe ice will be necessary for this program. In the event that weather and ice conditions are not acceptable for this program participant will be contacted.

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Live Eagle presentations at 10AM, 11AM, 1PM and 2PM.

Eagle Viewing sites with high-powered scopes

For all ages and no registration required.

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Discover nature in winter! Just because the temperatures have dropped, doesn’t mean you have to stay inside. MDC, along with many other local organizations, will partner at this event to provide examples of fun, cold-weather outdoor activities, such as maple sugaring, hiking, camping, bird-watching, and geocaching. You’ll also learn how Missouri’s wild animals survive the season. It’s a day your whole family will enjoy!

All activities are free and no reservations are required.

*All parking, except handicapped parking, will be off-site at Pond Elementary (17200 Manchester Rd) and the St. Louis Community College Wildwood campus (2645 Generations Dr). Shuttle buses to the event will be provided, and food trucks will be available on site. Please dress for the weather.

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Discover more about Missouri’s winter wildlife and how they survive the frigid temperatures through participating in several sensory-friendly activities. These child-directed activities are designed to provide many tactile opportunities through hands-on exploration. Feel free to come and go as you like. This program is geared towards families and children with disabilities as well as with sensory processing needs but all are welcome.

Register by February 7

Date: Friday, February 7, 2020 - 6:00pm to Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Make a beautiful cork decoy to use for waterfowl hunting or as unique art. Learn duck identification, duck ecology, and decoy history as you sculpt and paint your own decoy. This will be a wood duck class. Children under 16 need to have an adult present. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or getting paint on. May not be best activity for those with asthma or respiratory difficulties.

Date: Friday, February 7, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” This message from The Lorax means a lot to trees and those of us who care for them. We will watch the movie together, then participate in a few fun nature activities.

Register by February 7

Date: Friday, February 7, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Why are owls active at night? What kind of owls live in our area? Find the answer to these and many more questions about owls. The program will include an indoor presentation about owls and their special adaptations. A short hike on a nearby trail is included to call for owls. Please bring a flashlight and dress for the weather

Register by February 8

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

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Predator hunting can be done at times of the year when other hunting seasons are closed. This introductory program will cover the basics of predator hunting and trapping. We will cover equipment needed, set-ups, and calling. Both basic as well as some advanced tactics will be covered.

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.

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 - 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 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 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.

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