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Register by February 21

Date: Friday, February 21, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Do you enjoy watching wildlife at home? Songbirds, squirrels, bats, and owls are all fun to watch. We’ll talk about some simple projects you can do to encourage these critters around your home. Then, we’ll try our hand at building a nest box to take home! Space available for up to 12 families. Each group must have at least one adult present. Each family will receive one nest box kit. Please register one person per family.

Register by February 21

Date: Friday, February 21, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Registration required (All ages, but best for 5 and up)
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 if you have one. Please be sure to register, since seating is limited.

Register by February 21

Date: Friday, February 21, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(all ages welcome)
The Missouri Department of Conservation presents an evening with award-winning MDC photographer Noppadol Paothong at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center in Kirkwood Friday, February 21 from 7-9 p.m. Paothong’s photography has been featured in the Conservationist and Xplor magazines, and many others including National Audubon, Ranger Rick, BBC, and the Nature Conservancy.

Register by February 22

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Discover the basics of archery shooting. We will cover things like bow nomenclature, hand set, bow set, pre-draw, stance, and much more and then go shooting on the static archery range. You may bring your own bow to the program or use ours.

Register by February 22

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Bring your little loved one to discover some of Missouri’s wild valentines. Find out the silly things some animals do to find a valentine through stories and interactive play.

Register by February 22

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 9:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

This hike loops through a beautiful wooded area. Even in the winter forested areas have a silent grace. This hike is rated easy but does have uneven terrain and hills. Please wear good hiking shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Bring a refillable water bottle and lunch if you wish.

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Saturdays @ Runge
Timberdoodle, bogsucker, Labrador twister, or night partridge. No matter what you call them, American Woodcock are fascinating creatures with many unique adaptations. Join us as we study and explore these odd-looking, Missouri birds.

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Woodcraft is defined as knowledge of the woods, especially in reference to camping, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. Join us in learning useful outdoor skills like how to light a campfire with flint and steel, make a Swedish log fire, swing an axe to split firewood, make rope from native plant cordage and tap a backyard tree for syrup. We will be flipping homemade pancakes with real maple and walnut syrup! Stop by for a sample!

Register by February 21

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All Ages
Learn how to grow your native wildflower garden, from scratch, with seeds! We will discuss soil conditions, sunlight requirements, and moisture levels needed to grow native seeds. We will also learn how and why to stratify seeds before planting them in the ground. Free seed packets will be handed out at the end of the event.

Register by February 21

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Join us for a fly fishing trip to Walter Woods! This program is to help all skills levels get ready for the opening of trout park season March 1st and more! we will cover casting, fly presentation, hooking and landing fish of all types from the Walter Woods Aquatic Education pond. No fee for the program, but dress for the weather, supplies will be provided and you may bring your own equipment.

Register by February 25

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Bring your little loved one to discover some of Missouri’s wild valentines. Find out the silly things some animals do to find a valentine through stories and interactive play.

Register by February 22

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

This hike loops through a beautiful wooded area. Even in the winter forested areas have a silent grace. This hike is rated easy but does have uneven terrain and hills. Please wear good hiking shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Bring a refillable water bottle and lunch if you wish.

Register by February 21

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Calling all nature detectives! The mammal skulls from Columbia Bottom Conservation Area were stolen. Fortunately the skulls have been recovered, but they are all mixed up. We need your help in identifying which skull is which. Learn about dental formulas and how to measure with a caliper to solve the mystery.

Register by February 21

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Cure that cabin fever by joining us on a late winter hike in the open woods of Rockwoods Reservation. We’ll hike the 3.2 mile Lime Kiln Loop for unique winter views of the continually changing forest in search of winter wildlife and early signs of spring. Effort = Moderate to strenuous. Natural surface hiking with a couple short, steep hills.

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
In our culture of a supermarket in every neighborhood, it is almost magical and spectacular to be able to make something delicious to eat out of some liquid flowing out of a tree. Savor this wonder of nature by learning how to tap trees, collect sap and make delicious syrup from native trees.

Register by February 22

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Looking for something fun for the whole family. Join in and take part in an outdoor treasure hunt. Learn all about the fun, GPS-driven activity called geocaching. Get practical experience as we go on the hunt for a couple of caches close to the nature center.

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Often, we overlook the smallest things in nature around us. Fungi, insects, cells and other things which are too small to see easily still make up a wonderful and wild world all around us. Join us for open time in our nature center lab exploring these smallest of things through our scopes. This event is perfect for the whole family.

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

February is the perfect time to get out and look for the earliest signs of spring. Nothing says "spring" more than the sky dance of the American woodcock. Join us at Runge as we learn about these fascinating birds and venture out to witness this magnificent display.

Register by February 23

Date: Monday, February 24, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Do you want to learn how to get started in shooting sports? This program will introduce .22 handgun, .22 rifle, and shotgun shooting to new shooters. We will begin in the classroom, then head out for some live fire at each of the stations.

Register by February 10

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 9:30am to 11:00am

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.

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

There’s more to a skunk than its smell. “Sniff out” some amazing skunk facts, learn a pre-spray skunk dance, and make a craft to take home. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

There’s more to a skunk than its smell. “Sniff out” some amazing skunk facts, learn a pre-spray skunk dance, and make a craft to take home. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by February 24

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

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 held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

Register by February 25

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Have you ever wanted to go trout fishing but didn’t know what to use or where to go? We will discuss locations to fish, essential equipment, basic fishing methods and lure selection. You’ll be ready to wet a hook on opening day, March 1st.

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 6:15pm to 7:15pm

Location: Mineral Area College-Rice Hall

“Tapping into Water to Engage Citizens, Conserve Resources, and Sustain Wildlife”
Water is the one necessary resource that we all depend on for life and survival. Dependence on clean water is one of the few commonalities we all share. Conserving and protecting our natural resource is essential to protecting natures future and ours. This workshop will go into some of the common stressors we see on our streams in Missouri and will discuss opportunities for all citizens to help protect and advocate for the protection and conservation of our streams. It will also give a very broad overview about stream function and dynamics.

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