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Register by February 20

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Fire protects Missouri prairies. Learn how it does its job and create our 2nd block in our series for a “prairie-themed” quilt top. By attending all twelve of the monthly programs, you will be able to complete an entire “prairie-based” quilt. Please bring your own embroidery hoop and needle.

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 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 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 25

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.

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 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 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 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.

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.

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.

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 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

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.

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 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.

Register by March 6

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: MDC Kansas City Regional Office

Learn everything you need to know about catching winter trout.

Join us for a winter trout fishing lesson at the Kansas City Regional Conservation Office where we'll learn how to catch and clean winter trout. After the lesson we'll head down to Plover Lake and spend a couple hours trying our luck at catching some hungry trout.

Dress for the weather and bring your own snacks and drinks. Missouri Department of Conservation will provide equipment, tackle, bait and fishing coaches.

Fishing permits are not required to fish during this event as long as participants DO NOT plan to keep the trout that they catch. If participants would like to keep their trout they WILL need a trout permit.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

In the event of bad weather on the day of this program we will go ahead with the inside fishing lesson but the outdoor fishing opportunity may be postponed. Participants will be contacted if changes are necessary.

Register by March 10

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin February 25
Dress for the weather. We will build a bird nest outside. Learn how you can help the birds build a cozy home to raise their young.

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 11:00am to Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 1:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

For spring break join us for free fish hatchery tours. Learn how trout are raised from egg collecting all the way to release for public fishing. Tours start at the Hatchery Conservation Center at 11 am and 1 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Tours last for approximately 30-40 minutes.

Register by March 6

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

This workshop will include a 3 hour classroom session on prescribed fire methods, equipment, safety, and planning considerations. A follow-up demonstration burn is tentatively scheduled for March 28th. Details for the demo burn will be provided on March 10th. For more information, contact MDC Private Land Conservationist Jeff Esely (636-528-4877 x3).

Register by March 14

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discover the basics of turkey hunting in the spring. We will cover safety, scouting, calling, proper setup, shotgun ballistics, and much more.

Register by March 15

Date: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program includes handgun fundamentals, operation, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start with classroom instruction then move to the range for a live-fire session. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided.

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