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Register by January 23

Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Could you solve the mystery of which animals were here by discovering the clues left behind? Activities include animal CSI, animal track identification, and hiking to search for wild clues.

Register by January 23

Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Learn embroidery techniques while also learning about Missouri prairies by designing quilt blocks based on that theme. The 1st block and topic for this month is buffalo (American bison). By attending all twelve of the monthly sessions, you will be able to complete the blocks for an entire “prairie-based” quilt. Please bring your own embroidery hoop and needle.

Register by January 25

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Learn how to identify migrating waterfowl. There will be a brief classroom program followed by a trip to an area watershed. Binoculars, snacks, and transportation will be provided. Dress for the weather. Ages 12-17. Register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by January 25

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

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 - 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 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Sneaky, smart, and ferocious – Missouri is lucky to be home to several types of weasels. We’ll figure out what makes these wily creatures so special! Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

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).

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

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Members of the Missouri Trout Fishermen’s Association will be on hand to demonstrate basic fly-tying techniques. Stop by anytime and learn how combinations of feathers, yarn, and thread can imitate insects or other food that will fool a fish. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by January 28

Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Introduction to Firearms
January 29 • Tuesday • 6pm-8pm
(Ages 11 and up)
Reservations begin January 18
If you are not familiar or comfortable with firearms, this is an educational introduction to firearms. Join our staff as we look at various types of firearms including rifles, shotguns and handguns. We will examine the various types of actions and provide a hands-on demonstration of their working mechanisms. The presentation will include basic safety, home security, and general maintenance. This is a classroom program and does not include live shooting. https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Register by January 30

Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 9:30am to 11:30am

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 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: 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.

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