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Register by March 6

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

Location: MDC Ozark Regional Office

Join us for a free Introduction to Orienteering course!

In the first part of this program, participants will use a provided 3-2-1 Silva Compass to practice dialing in and taking a bearing, sighting an object, pacing their distance and map-reading.

Next, participants will use their skills to complete one of several orienteering courses within the MDC Ozark Regional Office grounds by finding target trees with a special symbol specific to their course to work towards unscrambling a secret message!

The majority of the class will take place outdoors. Participants should be prepared for the weather by wearing appropriate footwear and cold-weather coats. The courses will require hiking up and down a steeper slope through forested areas that may be thick with brush - be prepared to orienteer like a pioneer!

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 4

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

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

The beauty and diversity of lichens is more noticeable and easier to appreciate and study before spring leaf out. Lichens make a significant contribution to the biodiversity of Missouri’s natural communities.
The workshop will begin in the classroom where recognizing lichens, their growth forms and field marks will be covered along with the tools and skills needed to make identifications. The workshop includes a trail-hike foray into various lichen habitats where identification skills can be practiced.
A quality hand lens of at least 10x and a small sharp pocket knife will be useful tools to bring although these will also be provided as needed during the workshop.
Since lichen identification is best done in dry conditions, this outdoor workshop will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

Register by March 6

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 9:00am to 1:30pm

Location: Canaan CA

If you're thinking about a timber harvest at your farm but unsure how to begin the process or who to contact for help, plan to attend this informative workshop the first weekend in March. You will learn about the benefits to managing your forest beyond the monetary value. Some of these benefits include improving the health of your forest, recruiting the next generation of tree seedlings, and benefits to numerous wildlife species. Attendees will be able to view an active timber harvest in Gasconade County to better understand the harvesting process. Weather permitting we will demonstrate a 37 hp. TimberKing portable sawmill during a light lunch following the tour.

Register by March 6

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Purple martins, a native swallow, will be arriving back from South America any day! We will discuss how you can have a colony of purple martins in your own backyard, and even get a look at the martin house at the Busch Visitor’s Center. John Miller, a volunteer with the Purple Martin Conservation Association, will be there as well to share his expertise.

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalist 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, March 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The state bird of Missouri is often associated with cheerfulness! Some say it's song sounds like "Cheer Cheerful Charmer." Perhaps that is why the Eastern bluebird is commonly thought of as a symbol of happiness. Join us at the Discovery Center as we learn to identify, foster and monitor Missouri's beautiful state bird!

Register by March 6

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Get outside and enjoy the beginnings of spring! We will be taking a lengthy and tough hike on the Green Rock Trail from the start at Rockwoods, to the boundary with Greensfelder County Park and back. This hike will total about 7 miles.

Register by March 7

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 10+) Bluebirds are year-round residents in Missouri. They usually begin nesting the first half of March. Perfect timing for this project! Would you like to help increase the local bluebird population while having many hours of enjoyment watching our beautiful state bird? Register for this session and you will build a bluebird house of your own!

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required with Mid-Continent Public Library https://www.mymcpl.org/events/61747/introduction-nature-writing (adults 18+)
Poet, essayist, and University of Kansas professor, Megan Kaminski, leads participants through the complexities of nature writing in this workshop. Hosted at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, this unique opportunity helps writers sharpen their skills while deepening their connection with nature. This event is in celebration Aldo Leopold Weekend.

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalist 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, March 7, 2020 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Mushrooms are a delight for animals and people alike! Explore the realm of the fungi and learn what role they play in our environment and which may be a good addition to your dinner plate. We will be joined by Kansas City Mycological Society President, Brittany Martinez. Foray hike in the woods of Burr Oak Woods to follow presentation (bring bag suitable for mushroom collecting if attending hike).

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

For fun-guys and gals alike! From puffballs to morels – discover the amazing and unusual world of mushrooms. We will also go outside to see mushrooms growing around the nature center, weather permitting. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by March 7

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Ever wondered how that delicious syrup that makes pancakes so good is made? Syrup comes from a great natural resource - the maple tree! Come learn how to make your very own syrup. We will tap trees, collect and cook the sap, and then taste some of the finished product! This will be an outdoor program so please dress accordingly.

Register by March 7

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 10+) Bluebirds are year-round residents in Missouri. They usually begin nesting the first half of March. Perfect timing for this project! Would you like to help increase the local bluebird population while having many hours of enjoyment watching our beautiful state bird? Register for this session and you will build a bluebird house of your own!

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalist 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 March 7

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Celebrate our state bird by providing it with a place to raise its young. Delve into the natural history of these birds as we reveal what it takes to be a responsible bluebird landlord. Each family will get to build and take home a bluebird house. Please register one adult family member online.

Register by March 10

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

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin February 25
Ages 0 to 3
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.

Register by March 10

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

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin February 25
Ages 0 to 3
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 9

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children 6-13)
Caves have fascinated both children and adults throughout time. The truth they tell is as incredible as the legends that have been created about them. Join us as we use hands–on activities to discover this hidden world in the Burr Oak Woods portable cave.

Register by March 10

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 0-36 month with an adult)
Your reaction to nature will shape the attitude of your child. We will introduce you and your little one to a snake and discuss the facts and myths about these slithery creatures. Knowledge can bring confidence, tolerance and a deeper understanding.

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 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. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by March 12

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

It's a zoo in the goo of our nature center ponds! Hop in to learn more about our singing amphibian friends and look at their fascinating life cycle.

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