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NOTICE: In-Person Events Limited Due to COVID

In-person MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state are limited due to COVID-19 considerations. MDC is offering new online programs that allow people to attend virtually. Please check our class listings to see what classes are limited, in-person classes or virtual classes.

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Register by January 19

Date: Friday, January 22, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

Registration required (all ages)
Join 2200-mile Appalachian Trail hiker, Lisa Richter, to discover some great backpacking trails in Missouri! Learn to plan for safety and comfort and how to pack everything you need for a multi-day trip into a backpack. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link prior to the program.

Date: Friday, January 22, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Members of the Corps of Discovery spent over two years exploring the wilds of the west. How did they survive without a microwave or drive-thru? We will discover how outdoor skills and perseverance fed them while on their adventure.

Register by January 22

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Venture over to Marion Access, north of Jefferson City, to get a chance to view wild Bald Eagles and learn about their conservation success. Runge will provide spotting scopes and binoculars. This program is limited in participants due to the Covid pandemic. Registration is required and everyone participating MUST register in only one timeslot. All Ages. Directions will be e-mailed to participants before the program.

Register by January 22

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

On a cold winter’s morning, there is nothing like having a breakfast of black oil sunflower seeds, or maybe a hot cup of coffee and a sweet roll. That would, of course, depend upon whether you are bird or human! So, while the birds feed outside, we’ll enjoy the coffee and sweet rolls (or breakfast of your choice in the comfort of your home) as we learn how to identify them. We will discuss common winter birds in Missouri such as woodpeckers and sparrows, as well as rare winter birds such as the snowy owl, red breasted nuthatch, and pine siskin! We will finish up the presentation by discussing the Great Backyard Bird Count, a citizen science opportunity to report the birds in your backyard.
**This is a beginner's guide to backyard/winter birding in Missouri, but everyone is welcome to attend.

This is a virtual event. You will get an invite to the Webex Event 24 hours prior to the event. It will come from DoNotReply_MOEvents@S3Gov.com.
Please check your spam/junk folder if you do not see the invite in your inbox.

Register by January 22

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)

Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from staff and other participants and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by January 22

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Venture over to Marion Access, north of Jefferson City, to get a chance to view wild Bald Eagles and learn about their conservation success. Runge will provide spotting scopes and binoculars. This program is limited in participants due to the Covid pandemic. Registration is required and everyone participating MUST register in only one timeslot. All Ages. Directions will be e-mailed to participants before the program.

Register by January 23

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Virtual

Registration required (ages 10+) Missourians welcome the energetic and exuberant house wren each spring. This small summer resident is a common backyard bird and will utilize abandoned woodpecker holes, bird boxes and other cavities for its habitat. Building your own wren box is a rewarding nature experience and the perfect thing to do on a winter day. Make plans to take part in this woodworking session where you will construct you own wren box and learn where to place it in your backyard. Wren house building kits will be available for pick-up prior to the program for those that are in the Kansas City area.

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Virtual

‘Tis the season for maple sugaring! Before you can enjoy sweet maple syrup, you’ve got to collect the sap. Learn how to identify sugar maple trees, select the right ones to tap, and tap a tree. This program covers only the tree tapping portion. Check our February programming to learn the rest of the syrup story.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by January 22

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Venture over to Marion Access, north of Jefferson City, to get a chance to view wild Bald Eagles and learn about their conservation success. Runge will provide spotting scopes and binoculars. This program is limited in participants due to the Covid pandemic. Registration is required and everyone participating MUST register in only one timeslot. All Ages. Directions will be e-mailed to participants before the program.

Register by January 23

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Virtual

VIRTUAL EVENT: Eagle Days events will be entirely virtual this year throughout the state. Dickerson Park Zoo will be hosting these programs where participants will have an up close and personal view of live, rehabilitated eagles. They also will discuss facts about these amazing birds. An opportunity for a live Q&A session will follow. Register yourself or your family to tune into this live Zoom event. The Zoom web link will be emailed to you the morning of the event.

Register by January 22

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Venture over to Marion Access, north of Jefferson City, to get a chance to view wild Bald Eagles and learn about their conservation success. Runge will provide spotting scopes and binoculars. This program is limited in participants due to the Covid pandemic. Masks are required. Registration is required and everyone participating MUST register in only one timeslot. All Ages. Directions will be e-mailed to participants before the program.

Register by January 22

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from staff and other participants and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by January 23

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

Registration required (ages 10+) Missourians welcome the energetic and exuberant house wren each spring. This small summer resident is a common backyard bird and will utilize abandoned woodpecker holes, bird boxes and other cavities for its habitat. Building your own wren box is a rewarding nature experience and the perfect thing to do on a winter day. Make plans to take part in this woodworking session where you will construct you own wren box and learn where to place it in your backyard. Wren house building kits will be available for pick-up prior to the program for those that are in the Kansas City area.

Register by January 23

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

VIRTUAL EVENT: Eagle Days events will be entirely virtual this year throughout the state. Dickerson Park Zoo will be hosting these programs where participants will have an up close and personal view of live, rehabilitated eagles. They also will discuss facts about these amazing birds. An opportunity for a live Q&A session will follow. Register yourself or your family to tune into this live Zoom event. The Zoom web link will be emailed to you the morning of the event.

Register by January 23

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Virtual

Fly tying is a great pastime, and it is a real thrill to catch a fish on a fly you have tied. We will discuss equipment, materials, and step-by-step tying for one or two flies. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Recommended for all ages.

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

‘Tis the season for maple sugaring! Before you can enjoy sweet maple syrup, you’ve got to collect the sap. Learn how to identify sugar maple trees, select the right ones to tap, and tap a tree. This program covers only the tree tapping portion. Check our February programming to learn the rest of the syrup story.

Please dress for the weather this program will take place entirely outdoors.

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and wear a face covering. All family members that plan to attend must be registered.

Register by February 13

Date: Monday, January 25, 2021 - 8:00am to Saturday, February 13, 2021 - 8:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Trumpeter Swans are the largest and one of the most beautiful birds in Missouri. A conservation success story, this bird fought it's way back from a population of 69 in 1935 to well over 63,000 in North America. Celebrate this magnificent comeback by observing these swans at Binder Lake in Jefferson City through provided spotting scopes and binoculars (if needed). *NOTE: Due to our inability to forecast when Trumpeter swans arrive at Binder, this is a short-notice program. We will call participants the day before the program to give time and location at Binder. Please make sure to provide a phone number during online registration. Dress for the weather. Masks are required. All Ages. Registration Required.

Date: Monday, January 25, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Get in touch with your creative side by making your own t-shirt design using leaves, flowers, or stencils, and a spray bottle of bleach water. This is a fun project that both kids and adults will enjoy. If you want to follow along with the presenter, the items you will need include:
Short or long-sleeved COLORED cotton t-shirt (you can use a poly-blend but will have better results with all-cotton)
Plastic Spray bottle filled with 1/2 bleach - 1/2 water
Large piece of cardboard to prevent bleaching the backside of shirt.

Register by January 25

Date: Monday, January 25, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Hibernating animals are all around us. Some critters stir, some cuddle together, others snuggle in the mud! Join us virtually as we learn about some fascinating and strange sleepers! A link to the program will be sent out 24 hours and 30 mins before the program. Please call the Runge Nature Center if you have questions.

Register by January 26

Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Stinging nettles can be a nasty experience when you brush up against them. However, they have a lot of beneficial uses. We will discuss the different species of nettles, how to tell them apart, and what they can be used for. Just a hint, they are great on pizza!

Register by January 26

Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Magical moments in nature are waiting for you! Go on an adventure with a Naturalist to make amazing discoveries as you explore on a trail close to the nature center.
Notes: Dress for the weather. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and/or there is more than light rain/sleet/snow program will be cancelled.

Register by January 25

Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Join a Naturalist to learn about the groups of mammals in Missouri and common to rare species. See the outdoors from wild mammals’ point of view as we head out on the trail and look for signs of mammals. Notes: Dress for the weather. Meet in front of the nature center. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and/or there is more than light rain/sleet/snow program will be cancelled.

Register by January 25

Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

(Adults)
Ever wondered how wildlife survive through the cold, Missouri winters? Their fur and feathers help keep them warm, but having access to high-quality habitat also plays an important role in winter survival. Join guest speaker, Kim Cole, Missouri Outreach Coordinator for Pheasants Forever Inc., and Quail Forever, to learn how native habitat helps wildlife survive through winter and ways to improve habitat around you to help wildlife make it through to spring.

Please check your junk/spam folder for the email with the WebEx link if you do not receive one by 12pm the day of the program.

Register by January 27

Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Many coyote hunters are unsure of what to do with their harvested game. A coyote's fur is beautiful and has many uses. Join us virtually to learn how to process a coyote once it's harvested and the many uses of it's hide. Registration Required. All Ages. Participants will receive an e-mail with a link to join the day before AND the day of the program.

Register by January 27

Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Virtual

Where do black bears go in winter? How many live in Missouri? Are black bears the only type of bear living in our state? Join us to answer these questions and learn about the tales of black bears. Registration required. Please register with a valid email to receive link for the program. Recommended for ages 3 to 7.

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