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Register by November 29

Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Make holiday treasures for your family or one-of-a-kind handmade gifts for the holidays from the abundance of natural objects this season offers. The Twin Pines staff will show you how to use items such as twigs, pine needles, acorns, buckeyes and seed pods to create wreath, reindeer and miniature tree ornaments. Class limit of 20. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Friday's shopping alternatives fun continues today! Nature has so many naturally beautiful gifts that we can use to create unique crafts. Unwind while making holiday crafts with family. There will be many stations to choose from!
NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Register by November 28

Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+)
Celebrate the season by crafting a natural artisan wreath! Evergreens, pine cones and many other natural trimmings will be provided. Bring your own wreath frame to attach greenery and decorations.

Register by November 28

Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Cooking outside in cast iron is part of our heritage for many reasons. It is durable, lasting a couple of generations. It is portable and easy to care for. We will be learning about this wonderful way for your family to cook over the campfire. There will be tasting!

Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 10:30am to 1:30pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Stop by anytime to learn about wild turkeys in Missouri and make a turkey craft to take home.

Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 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.

Register by November 28

Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+)
Celebrate the season by crafting a natural artisan wreath! Evergreens, pine cones and many other natural trimmings will be provided. Bring your own wreath frame to attach greenery and decorations.

Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Stop by to see members of the Ozark Whittlers and Woodcarvers transform wood into treasures. All ages.

Register by November 28

Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Cooking outside in cast iron is part of our heritage for many reasons. It is durable, lasting a couple of generations. It is portable and easy to care for. We will be learning about this wonderful way for your family to cook over the campfire. There will be tasting!

Register by December 2

Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

You harvested a deer, processed the meat and now it is time to cook. This program will show how to prepare and cook your venison for the table. There will also be a chance to learn and sample some of the recipes.

Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (adults) Decorating with nature for the holidays is a fun and inexpensive way to add a little green to the season. We will use natural objects like leaves and grasses to print our own gift wrap and gift bags for all your nature-loving friends and family on your gift list.

Register by December 4

Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Owl is trying to get rest. Why? Is it really good night for owl or is owl up for the night? Join us this month to learn about Missouri owl habitats and survival senses. Make an owl mask to take home. **Registration required ages 3-6 years**

Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, December 28, 2019 - 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 amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday. (The week of Christmas critter feeding will be Tuesday, December 24).

Register by December 3

Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 12:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Wild edibles will be the focus of this class as you make a recipe box recycling old MDC magazines. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Attendees under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Class size limit of 12. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, go on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ever wonder what it takes to keep all the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Thanks to some amazing animal care volunteers, they are fed a delicious smorgasbord of crickets, worms, minnows, and more! Drop by to visit with the volunteers and staff as they feed the hungry critters. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

We all know Bambi, but what do you know about real deer? Come in for some antler-related antics and learn some of the wonders of the whitetails. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

We all know Bambi, but what do you know about real deer? Come in for some antler-related antics and learn some of the wonders of the whitetails. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Do you have questions on how to utilize and care for native plants on your landscape? The Discovery Center Landscape Specialists will be available to answer your questions and provide education on various aspects of working with native plants.

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 - 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 December 6

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join us as we learn the basics of shooting a pellet rifle. We will learn how to load, aim and make our best shot, all while staying safe. This program will take place at Runge's outdoor range which is not ADA accessible. **Registration required**

Register by December 6

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Before or after taking a stroll outdoors, enjoy the scenic photography of nationally known nature photographer Tim Ernst as he returns to share images from his latest book Arkansas Splendor. Tim will be available for a book signing from 6-7 pm and 8-9 pm. For a preview of his most recent work and more visit TimErnst.com. All ages.

Register by December 6

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Join the Shoal Creek staff and MAKO fly fishers, for this two-part program designed for the beginner and expert alike. On Friday, December 6th, we will gather at the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center in Joplin to talk fly fishing and fly tying with hands on demonstrations and local experts. We will also cover trout and other species of fish you can catch with fly fishing equipment, what fly’s and lures to use, and other strategies to catch more fish. Then, on Saturday December 14, join us at Roaring River State Park to practice your new skills and try out that new fly! All supplies will be provided but if you have your own fishing equipment feel free to bring it. Please register so we know how many to expect. All are welcome!

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

You’ve seen the fancy flashing light displays all over town—now come out for a quieter, old-fashioned holiday evening. Enjoy a crackling fire, sip hot chocolate, and browse through the gift shop and exhibits when you come indoors to get warm. The trails will be open and patrolled, so bring a flashlight and a walking partner because you’re on your own. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by December 19

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Who’s that hooting it up each January evening?? Owls that’s who. You will learn what makes them such effective night time hunters and why they hoot so much this time of year. Then we will go outside and see if we can entice any owls to fly in and talk to us. Be prepared to spend the second part of the class outside.

Register by December 6

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Before or after taking a stroll outdoors, enjoy the scenic photography of nationally known nature photographer Tim Ernst as he returns to share images from his latest book Arkansas Splendor. Tim will be available for a book signing from 6-7 pm and 8-9 pm. For a preview of his most recent work and more visit TimErnst.com. All ages.

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