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Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Raptors can prove hard to identify. Come hone your birding skills through this program dedicated to improving your field identification. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 3:00pm to Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 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 amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday.

Register by February 3

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

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Firearms Care & Cleaning
February 4 • Tuesday • 6pm – 8pm
(Ages 11 and up)
Reservations begin January 21
One of the most important aspects of having a firearm is making sure your firearm is maintained and in good working condition. We will discuss needed supplies and equipment and how to properly dismantle and maintain your firearms. We will also go over the various techniques needed to clean different types of firearms. After a discussion, we will have stations set up for some hands-on experience. We will clean pistols, shotguns and rifles. https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Register by February 4

Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 6:15pm to 7:45pm

Location: Mineral Area College-Rice Hall

Chronic Wasting Disease- What you need to know and do! CWD is a neurological disease affecting whitetail deer in Missouri. Once it infects a deer it is always fatal. The disease has been found in Missouri and is slowly spreading. Locally Ste. Genevieve, Jefferson and Franklin Counties has had deer that tested positive for CWD. What can you do to help with the spread and management of CWD. Discussion will focus on ways to minimize the spread of the disease, how the disease will affect the overall deer populations, how hunters and landowners can be more proactive in the management of the disease, and what the Missouri Department of Conservation overall strategy is to contain the disease.

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

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Reservation required; visit https://www.deeprootskc.org/2020series to reserve your tickets (adults) The purple coneflower is a brilliant example of an easy-to-infuse native plant for home gardens. Learn how to introduce even more local species by utilizing the "Right Plant, Right Place" strategy and boost your garden beds into powerhouses of dynamic beauty, functionality and habitat for wildlife. Join Erin Goss, Designer and Landscaper for Wallflower Design, in St. Louis and start planning your spring gardens. Presented in partnership with Deep Roots. Advance tickets are required.

Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites waterfowl hunters to a public workshop. Participants will have the opportunity to review long-term waterfowl data about weather, migration, habitat use, harvest, and hunter opinions, and discuss their season date and zone preferences with other hunters and MDC staff. MDC will use hunter input gathered through the workshops, combined with hunter opinion surveys, to establish Missouri’s 2021-2025 duck season dates and zones.

Register by February 3

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Paracord weaving has become very popular in the past few years. Have you ever wanted to make your own key fob or survivor bracelet? This class will show you the basics of paracord weaving; we supply a variety of colors and beads to make your own creation, then take it with you!

Register by February 3

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Feb 5 • Tuesday • 10–11 a.m.
(Ages 3–6)
Reservations begin January 16
Families, meet in the nature center lobby for a “nature” adventure. Everyone will hike with the naturalist to a special place in the forest and enjoy a nature story under the tree canopy. This program will be canceled in the case of inclement weather.

Register by February 5

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

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 is required (ages 3-6 yrs)

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join Ms. Ladybug as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your child. Please no organized groups. Ages 2-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by February 5

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Are you interested in waterfowl? Participants will have the opportunity to review long-term waterfowl data about weather, migration, habitat use, harvest, and hunter opinions, and discuss their season date and zone preferences with other hunters and MDC staff. Provide input on upcoming waterfowl seasons to include duck season dates and zone boundary locations for the 2021-2025 seasons. Ages 12-adult. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by February 6

Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

In this program, we’ll become bear aware by learning about bear ecology and how our actions can prevent bears for becoming a nuisance. We’ll conclude by doing a paint pour on a wooden bear cutout. You’ll leave with a beautiful piece of art that you’ve created. Children under 16 must have an adult present. No painting experience required. Paint pouring can be messy. Wearing old clothes is recommended.

Date: Friday, February 7, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Do you have questions on how to utilize and care for native plants on your landscape? The Discovery Center Landscape Specialists will be available to answer your questions and provide education on various aspects of working with native plants.

Register by February 7

Date: Friday, February 7, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join us for some local trout fishing at McKay Park. We will be catching and keeping our fish! Please dress for the weather and meet MDC staff at the parking lot near the play area. Each participant must register. Each participant must have a trout permit to possess trout. Participants 16-64 also require a valid Missouri fishing license.

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 - 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.

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 7

Date: Friday, February 7, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Nesting season comes early for owls and they’re already hooting in anticipation. Dickerson Park Zoo will join us for a close-up look at live owls. We’ll also head outside and try to call wild owls during a guided hike. Bring a flashlight. All ages.

Register by January 31

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

Location: Hunnewell Hatchery

Come join us for a morning of fun learning about ice fishing! Participants will learn about ice fishing during a classroom portion followed by a hands on skills portion outside. Participants will need to dress in layers to accommodate the change in temperatures. In the event that there is not ice on the lake we will still hold the class. Participants are encouraged to purchase permits prior to the class, however they are not required for the duration of the workshop. Bring a sacked lunch as there are no local options, ice cleats are recommended and bring a bucket or chair to sit on while on the ice. Fishing supplies are available but limited, including bait. This class is open to all ages, however anyone 15 years of age or younger needs to be accompanied by an adult. This is a free class open to the public. Registration is required. The class will only be canceled in the event of inclement weather such as freezing rain or blizzard like conditions.

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 - 8:30am to 1:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Enjoy the crisp air as we hike a loop at Compton Hollow Conservation Area. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Hike is 3.5 miles and rated easy to moderate. This program is for women only. Girls ages 14-17 accompanied by an adult female are welcome.

Register by February 7

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Animals leave tracks everywhere they go. It takes a keen eye to notice them and a little knowledge to know what they are. Visit Parma Woods as we take a closer look at animal tracks and the animals that leave their footprints in Missouri. We will make some tracks of our own and then go find some animal tracks, so dress for the weather.

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Antler Scoring Open House
February 8 • Saturday • 9am – 12, noon
(All ages)
No reservations required
Now that your antlers have dried for the required 60 days, it is time to check the official score of that big rack. We will have official scorers on duty. You may also bring shed antlers to be scored. Antlers do not have to be from this past season, any previous rack can be scored. Bring your antlers to the Education Center and see what your antlers scores!

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.

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