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Register by February 7

Date: Friday, February 7, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Why are owls active at night? What kind of owls live in our area? Find the answer to these and many more questions about owls. The program will include an indoor presentation about owls and their special adaptations. A short hike on a nearby trail is included to call for owls. Please bring a flashlight and dress for the weather

Register by January 31

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Hunnewell Hatchery

Come join us for a morning of fun learning about ice fishing! Participants will learn about ice fishing during a classroom portion followed by a hands on skills portion outside. Participants will need to dress in layers to accommodate the change in temperatures. In the event that there is not ice on the lake we will still hold the class. Participants are encouraged to purchase permits prior to the class, however they are not required for the duration of the workshop. Bring a sacked lunch as there are no local options, ice cleats are recommended and bring a bucket or chair to sit on while on the ice. Fishing supplies are available but limited, including bait. This class is open to all ages, however anyone 15 years of age or younger needs to be accompanied by an adult. This is a free class open to the public. Registration is required. The class will only be canceled in the event of inclement weather such as freezing rain or blizzard like conditions.

Register by February 8

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 8:30am to 1:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Enjoy the crisp air as we hike a loop at Compton Hollow Conservation Area. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Hike is 3.5 miles and rated easy to moderate. This program is for women only. Girls ages 14-17 accompanied by an adult female are welcome.

Register by February 8

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Predator hunting can be done at times of the year when other hunting seasons are closed. This introductory program will cover the basics of predator hunting and trapping. We will cover equipment needed, set-ups, and calling. Both basic as well as some advanced tactics will be covered.

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Antler Scoring Open House
February 8 • Saturday • 9am – 12, noon
(All ages)
No reservations required
Now that your antlers have dried for the required 60 days, it is time to check the official score of that big rack. We will have official scorers on duty. You may also bring shed antlers to be scored. Antlers do not have to be from this past season, any previous rack can be scored. Bring your antlers to the Education Center and see what your antlers scores!

Register by February 7

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Animals leave tracks everywhere they go. It takes a keen eye to notice them and a little knowledge to know what they are. Visit Parma Woods as we take a closer look at animal tracks and the animals that leave their footprints in Missouri. We will make some tracks of our own and then go find some animal tracks, so dress for the weather.

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
It’s almost time for wildlife babies again! What would happen if before picking up the phone or moving an animal you knew whether it really needs our help. Come learn some tips on determining if that baby animal requires “rescuing” or not. (Baby Season Part 2, Saturday, March 21, 2020, 10 AM-2PM)

Register by February 7

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:30pm

Location: Maramec Spring Hatchery

Ever been on the river and no one is catching except for that one lone fisherman? This workshop helps you figure out what is going on in the water so you can match the lure to macroinvertebrates present in the environment. All instruction and equipment is provided at no cost by Missouri Department of Conservation during the workshop; but individuals may bring their own fly fishing equipment if they wish. Individuals will fly fish in the morning followed by macroinvertebrate sampling and comparison to standard flies in the afternoon. Space is limited to 10 participants and all participants must be 16 years or older. This workshop will be held at Maramec Spring Park located just six miles south of St. James, MO, on Hwy. 8, on February 8th from 10 AM – 3:30 PM. Participants will meet at the museum within the park. Participants need to bring their own lunch and be prepared to be outside all day.

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Saturdays @ Runge
Join us as we have fun learning about our elusive amphibian neighbor the salamander! We will have games, activities, and crafts in the lobby.
** No registration required; all ages welcome

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The details in what nature offers in winter is beautiful. Take some time to appreciate those details while creating a Valentine's card for someone special using materials that nature provides. Or create a piece of seed paper you can give to your loved one to plant with local native seed. A gift that keeps on giving. We will supply seeds, leaves and other bits of nature, you provide the creativity.

Register by February 8

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Winter is a good time to take a warm nap, but this woodchuck has been sleeping for months! Time to wake up and learn about one of Missouri’s only true hibernators.

Register by February 8

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 11:00am to Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 10:30am

Location: Fountain Buffs Sports Complex

Come out and learn all about winter trout fishing.

This will be a two part program with a trout fishing lesson at the Liberty Mid Continent Library 1000 Kent St, Liberty, MO 64068, and a trout fishing opportunity at one of the Fountain Bluff Sports Complex fishing ponds, 2200 Old State Hwy 210, Liberty, MO 64068.

The library lesson will begin at 11:00 am, Saturday February 8th in the Liberty
Mid Continent Library meeting area. Lesson instructors will share information about trout fishing equipment, methods, favorite techniques and winter fishing safety.

The second part of this program will be a fishing opportunity at Fountain Bluff Sports Complex, (Saturday February 15th, 8:00am - 10:30am) where
we will try our hands a catching some winter trout.

Missouri Department of Conservation will provide all necessary equipment, bait, tackle and fishing coaches.

Dress for the current weather conditions.

Fishing permits are not required to fish during this program as long as participants DO NOT plan to keep fish. If participants DO plans to keep their fish they will need a valid Missouri trout fishing permit.

The library trout fishing lesson will take place regardless of weather conditions but in the event of bad weather on the day of the fishing opportunity at Fountain Bluff that part of the program may be postponed. Participants will be contacted if changes are made.

Register by February 7

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Listening for Coyotes under the Full Snow Moon
February 8 • Saturday • 5:00 - 7:00 PM
(All ages)
Did you know that coyotes play an important role in the wildlife community? Why do they howl? We will learn some facts about these “little prairie wolves” and then take a short walk in the crisp, clear winter night to listen for their howling. We will return to the Visitor Center to warm up with hot beverages. Wear warm, layered clothing and sturdy shoes. Reservations begin January 18.

Register by February 9

Date: Monday, February 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This clinic is for youth age 11-15, interested in learning the skills needed for upland hunting with the emphasis on the ringneck pheasant, followed by a hunt on Saturday, February 22, 2020. The clinic is mandatory in order to attend the hunt and attendees must be hunter education certified.

Register by February 9

Date: Monday, February 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This clinic will teach the basics of upland hunting with emphasis on ringneck pheasants followed by a hunt on Saturday, February 15, 2020. This is for adults 18 and over who want to learn to hunt and have never purchased a small game permit. Attendees must be hunter education certified.

Register by February 11

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin January 28
Dress for the weather for our hike outside. We will explore how fur keeps many animals warm on those long, cold wintery days.

Register by February 11

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin January 28
Dress for the weather for our hike outside. We will explore how fur keeps many animals warm on those long, cold wintery days.

Register by February 11

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Winter is a good time to take a warm nap, but this woodchuck has been sleeping for months! Time to wake up and learn about one of Missouri’s only true hibernators.

Register by February 11

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Little Acorns PLUS
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** (at least one child in the 0-2 AND at least one child in the 3-6 age ranges.)

Register by February 10

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: Southeast Regional Office

Prescribed fire is a low cost way for landowners to manage grasslands,CRP and old fields for forage production and/or improve wildlife habitat. This workshop will include classroom discussions on methods, equipment, safety, and why and when you would use fire as a management tool. Emphasis will include how to conduct a safe and effective burn to control sprouts, encourage beneficial plants and create better quality quail habitat. Participation will qualify landowners to have a prescribed burn plan prepared for their fields and use available loan equipment.

Register by February 10

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

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.

Register by February 11

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6 and up) In the forest, among the fish and the wildlife, who eats what? Further, how does the energy from sunshine end up in a bobcat? How does a tree help a rabbit breathe? Let’s investigate nature's complex web of food chains and energy flow. Join in a special yarn-toss web game. Play with lots of nature puppets, ranging from armadillo to woodchuck. And while we’re at it, since we love our forest, fish and wildlife, let’s make them a creative food-chain Valentine’s card!
Please register only children or adults coming for themselves, not those bringing children. For help with registration, please call 314-301-1500.

Register by February 10

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

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 outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Gainesville High School Library

Register by February 10

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Bear Necessities
Tuesday 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Reservations begin January 11
(Families) Black bears are an exciting part of Missouri’s natural history, and they’re making a comeback in the state. Learn about their comeback and what MDC and other agencies are doing to learn about their life history and status in the state. Learn how to be “Bear Aware” while camping, hiking, hunting, and fishing to stay safe, and to keep bears wild. (Reservations begin January 11th).

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