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Register by December 7

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Deck the halls with boughs of holly…the holidays are just around the corner and we’re in the mood to decorate! We’ll use nature’s resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (you choose the size and shape you want), and we’ll provide everything else to do your decorating.

Sessions are 1.5 hours long. Tools will be provided (pruners, pliers and wire cutters). Some gloves will be available but you may want to bring your own leather or garden gloves. You may bring your own tools if you wish.

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity

Date: Saturday, December 7, 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: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Craft up some fun using nature-made materials! Walk-in anytime between noon and 2:30 p.m. to complete two on-your-own crafts.

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 9+) Are you interested in becoming part of the growing world of Citizen Science and are looking for ways to participate? Join us for our second Citizen Science Saturday. Let's start by reviewing how to use iNaturalist and learn about eBird. We will blend technology and our natural habitats to learn how to record encounters with wildlife, connect to specialists in the science world and help gather wildlife data for one of the area winter bird counts. iPhones, iPads, Android phones or tablets are recommended.

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity

Register by December 7

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Deck the halls with boughs of holly…the holidays are just around the corner and we’re in the mood to decorate! We’ll use nature’s resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (you choose the size and shape you want), and we’ll provide everything else to do your decorating.

Sessions are 1.5 hours long. Tools will be provided (pruners, pliers and wire cutters). Some gloves will be available but you may want to bring your own leather or garden gloves. You may bring your own tools if you wish.

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Have you ever wondered how the earliest Americans were able to take large game? Come to the nature center to try your hand at the earliest weapon system, the atlatl. Join staff in front of our building for open time on our atlatl range and see if you have what it takes to hunt a mastodon for dinner. All equipment provided. Ages 10+

Register by December 7

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Deck the halls with boughs of holly…the holidays are just around the corner and we’re in the mood to decorate! We’ll use nature’s resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (you choose the size and shape you want), and we’ll provide everything else to do your decorating.

Sessions are 1.5 hours long. Tools will be provided (pruners, pliers and wire cutters). Some gloves will be available but you may want to bring your own leather or garden gloves. You may bring your own tools if you wish.

Register by December 10

Date: Tuesday, December 10, 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 0-2**

Register by December 6

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Discover Nature Women: Breakfast with the Birds
Dec 10 • Tuesday • 9–10:30 a.m.
(Women,14 and up)
Reservations begin November 10
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 as we identify them and watch their behavior from the comfort of the viewing windows. After that, weather permitting, there will be a short optional bird walk on Tanglevine Trail.

Register by December 11

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6 & up) Winter is challenging for wildlife because of the weather and the lack of food.
We may see bluebirds, turkeys, deer and foxes – how are they surviving? We don’t see swallows, frogs, chipmunks and butterflies – what happened to them? Join us for discussion, activities, crafts and a winter walk (so please dress for the weather).

Register by December 10

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

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 3–5 with an adult)
No matter how big or small your backyard is, you can provide something for our feathered friends and make their winter food struggles a little easier. Learn about our Missouri birds and make a feeder to take home with you.

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join Ms. Ladybug as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your child. Please no organized groups. Ages 2-6.

Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 6:30am to 8:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join a volunteer naturalist in the outdoor staging area to experience some of the sights and sounds at Runge in the early morning. Then, at your own pace, we take to the trails (approximately 1.3-2 miles) for some fresh air, exercise, and nature. It's a great way to start your day!
**No registration required**

Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

The last butterfly in the Flying Jewels series is the zebra swallowtail. Learn the secret of how you can attract these beauties to your landscape.
**No registration is required**

Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

The last butterfly in the Flying Jewels series is the zebra swallowtail. Learn the secret of how you can attract these beauties to your landscape.
**No registration required**

Register by December 12

Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Chillicothe MDC Office

This meeting will be with Eric Edwards the MDC state MO-NASP coordinator. He will discuss with us the rules and other information needed to conduct a MO-NASP tournament at your school. Tournaments are a great way for kids to compete plus make money for your school's archery program.
Call Adam Brandsgaard for more info. or help signing up at 660-646-6122 or adam.brandsgaard@mdc.mo.gov.

Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

The Missouri River Bird Observatory presents "Recruiting the Next Generation of Birdwatchers and Conservationists"
**No registration required**

Register by December 11

Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children ages 6–13)
A cold winter’s night is a great time to get out and explore the wonders of nature. Learn about nocturnal adaptations and strategies for coping in this dark and incredible world.

Register by December 6

Date: Friday, December 13, 2019 - 5:30pm to Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 12:00pm

Location: Sweet Springs Community Center

The Missouri Hunting Heritage Federation and the Missouri Department of Conservation invite first-time youth hunters ages 11 to 17 to attend this waterfowl clinic in Saline County.

This event will begin with Hunter Education classroom and skills sessions on the evening of Friday, 12/13/19, and the morning of Saturday, 12/14/19. On Saturday afternoon, participants will attend structured shotgun training at a live fire session. The event will culminate with a waterfowl hunt on private property on the morning of 12/15/19. Participants must attend the entire event in order to participate in the hunt portion of the clinic.

Participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout the entirety of the clinic and need to be properly licensed for a waterfowl hunt. Lunch will be provided on Sunday, 12/15/19, but all other food and lodging is the responsibility of the participants. Firearms, ammunition, and waders will be provided for participants, if needed.

The clinic is provided free of charge, but MHHF does require a $20 refundable deposit to hold the participant’s place in the clinic.

More detailed information will be communicated to registered participants before the event. For questions, contact Lee Vogel at lv@waconda.us

Register by December 12

Date: Friday, December 13, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Who’s that hooting it up each December 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 13

Date: Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join us around the fire as we tell stories of conservation lore around the campfire. We will be taking naturalist led night hikes on the Runge trails as well. This will be a great way to spend a cool winter evening!
Registration is Required (ages 7 and up)

Register by December 13

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:30pm

Location: Gist Ranch Conservation Area

Join us for a day of hiking through the beautiful Gist Ranch Conservation Area!

Participants will wind through the Ozark forests, glades and across a creek along a roughly 4 mile trail rated as moderate. The trail is mostly-flat but with several steeper inclines. All interested hikers are welcome at the minimum age of 12. Anyone under 16 needs to be accompanied by a participating adult.

Along the trail, MDC staff will introduce the basics of backpacking including water filtration and backpack stove options and procedures, and wildlife awareness. Participants will also be introduced to area management techniques including glade restoration, riparian management, burn vs. non-burn units and the growing black bear population in Missouri.

Please bring a day pack with a sack lunch, any snacks, and a large water bottle. Wear sturdy hiking shoes.

Meet MDC staff at the Gist Ranch Shooting Range where we will carpool to our starting point.

Any questions, please email the instructor.

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Stop by anytime to make some simple holiday crafts from natural and recycled materials. We’ll supply the materials, you bring the creativity! Adults and children may participate, adult supervision required. All ages. No registration required.

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