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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.

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.

Register by February 25

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Learning about nature from a young age is good for kids and for the environment. Every month, join Rockwoods naturalists for an outdoor adventure with your little one. The entire class is presented outside, so please dress for the weather. Siblings are welcome, but please note this class is designed for ages 3–6.

Register by February 27

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

The history of the "hawk" is interesting and surprising. Join us to learn first-hand how these tools have been used over the ages and practice some tomahawk throwing in our outdoor range. The outdoor range at Runge is not ADA accessible.
**Registration required (ages 10+, youth age 14 and under must be accompanied by a registered adult).

Register by February 26

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Metallic Cartridge Reloading
February 27 • Thursday • 6-9 p.m.
(Ages 16 and up)
Reservation begin February 17
This class covers the basic equipment, materials, and techniques needed to reload metallic cartridges and produce custom loads suited to your rifle/handgun for the particular target or game you are pursing. We will demonstrate the process and then give you some hands-on experience reloading rifle/handgun cartridges. All equipment is provided. https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Register by February 26

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:00pm to Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 4:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Thursday: February 27th: 6 to 7:30pm (Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center); Saturday: February 29th:12 to 4pm (Cliff Cave at Cliff Cave County Park).
(Ages 5 and up)
Reservations begin January 15th

Come and join us as we discuss the caves and cave life of Missouri and why we need to protect this unique ecosystem. We will meet at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center on Thursday, February 27th at 6pm to briefly go over caves and safety and then we will meet at Cliff Cave at Cliff Cave County Park in South County on Saturday, February 29th at 12pm (noon) for the field trip portion where we will survey different cave biology as well as learning how graffiti is removed from the cave. Please dress in layers and dress warm. Bring an extra change of clothes, water and snacks/lunch. Helmets and one flashlight will be provided. Please wear rubber boots as well as bring 2 additional sources of light (such as headlamps or flashlights).

***Field trip portion will be canceled in heavy rain, or inclement weather such as heavy snow or ice.

***If large clusters of bats are encountered, the field trip portion will be cut short.

***Must attend the classroom session in order to attend the field trip portion.

***Register each person individually

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Meet Greg Nejmanowski, a veteran’s recreation instructor at Touch of Nature Environmental Center, who paddled his kayak down the Mississippi River to help fund recreation opportunities for returning veterans. You will enjoy learning about his adventure down the largest river in our nation and how the people and water shaped his journey. His inspiring work and trip are sure to make you smile.

Register by February 27

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ducks, geese, and other waterfowl provide hours of entertainment while out on the water. Paddle in and join us for an evening of fun and learning about our waterfowl friends. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids. Ages 7-12.

Date: Friday, February 28, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Bradford Research Center

Register by February 28

Date: Friday, February 28, 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 required (ages 0-2)

Date: Friday, February 28, 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 February 28

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 8:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Prairie Fork Conservation Area

Workshop Topics:
-Proper methods and techniques
-Burn Equipment
-Developing burn plans

With suitable weather a live prescribed burn will occur at a nearby Conservation Area. Participants should wear long sleeve shirts, leather boots, and leather gloves.

Register by February 29

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

We will be hiking a portion of Three Creeks Conservation Area. Please wear appropriate footwear, and dress in layers for all types of weather conditions, including rain. Bring your lunch and water.
*Registration Required (ages 18+)
*NOTE: Those wishing to meet us at the trailhead please call Runge a couple of days before the hike to find out the time and place to meet our group.
Location: Just south of Columbia Boone County.

Register by February 28

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Army National Guard

The basics of fly tying workshop will provide the tools and expert coaching to create up to three different fly fishing flies. Learn how to use each of the tools, and what you need to get started. All equipment is provided, and you will keep the flies you tie! Space is limited to 20 participants and all participants must be 16 years or older. Workshop will be held at the National Guard Armory at 29614 Jaguar St. Macon, MO 63552 from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

Register by February 28

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Looking for shed deer antlers is a great way to spend time outdoors with your family. Attend this session for a few tips and tricks when searching for antlers. We'll briefly cover deer biology and what you should be looking for. Afterwards we'll head out for a shed hunt of our own so dress accordingly.

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
The Eastern bluebird is the state symbol and a symbol of conservation success in Missouri. Join us as we look at the bluebird’s history, success and future in Missouri. Plus, learn how you can attract these ‘patriotic’ birds to your backyard.

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Register by February 26

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 8+; ages 8-15 must be accompanied by a participating adult) The Midwest is home to many plants that lend themselves readily for use as natural cordage which can be woven or braided. Some of our more destructive non-native invasive plants (such as bush honeysuckle) can be removed and used in this way. Learn the basics of making cordage, and work along with the weaving demonstration to make and take a small foraging basket home.

Date: Saturday, February 29, 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, February 29, 2020 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Join us to learn more about an important, yet often overlooked member of the outdoors - the vulture. Live vulture presentations will start at the top of the hour from noon until 4 pm. There will be outdoor viewing with spotting scopes and other indoor activities. Dress for the weather.

Register by February 29

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 8+; ages 8-15 must be accompanied by a participating adult) The Midwest is home to many plants that lend themselves readily for use as natural cordage which can be woven or braided. Some of our more destructive non-native invasive plants (such as bush honeysuckle) can be removed and used in this way. Learn the basics of making cordage, and work along with the weaving demonstration to make and take a small foraging basket home.

Register by February 29

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

2020 has a whole extra day. You know what that means? An extra day on the trail. Join us at the nature center for a hike on White Oak Trace. Be sure and wear clothing appropriate for the weather and hiking shoes. A refillable water bottle and walking stick are optional.

Register by March 2

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Introduction to Animal Hide Tanning
March 3 • Tuesday • 6-8 p.m.
(Ages 11 and up)
Reservations begin February 18
In this course you will learn how to flesh, board and tan your hide, as well as go over different forms of tanning. Most of this class will be outside so dress for the weather. https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Register by March 2

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This is an introduction program that will introduce the basics of modern firearms including how the action functions, cleaning, and maintaining the firearm.

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