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Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Timothy Barksdale, well-known birder and filmmaker, will present "A New Version of Conservation in Missouri." Expect to see some video from some of Tim's acclaimed films.
**All are welcome

Register by March 11

Date: Friday, March 13, 2020 - 7:00am to 9:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (adults) Catching a fish on a jig or fly that you created is a very satisfying experience. Discover the process to make jigs and flies that will catch lots of fish. This hands-on class is for beginner to intermediate experience levels. All materials will be provided, an participants will take home the lures they create.

Register by March 13

Date: Friday, March 13, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Grasses can be some of the more challenging plants to identify. Join University of Illinois Extension Educator, Erin Garrett, for a fun and hands-on class on the basics of grass Identification. Learn how to identify more than a dozen species so that you may better understand your property or the grasslands around you.

Date: Friday, March 13, 2020 - 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 week.

Register by March 13

Date: Friday, March 13, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Listen to an evening of nature inspired music about outdoor life in the beautiful Missouri Ozarks. Outdoor enthusiasts and local musicians Bo Brown and Bob Ranney share their passion for nature with music, stories, and other outdoor pursuits. Ages 12-adult.

Register by March 6

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: MU Extension Center

This workshop is intended to go over safe prescribed burn practices, equipment, and procedures. After the workshop, lunch will be provided.

Register by March 11

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 8:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required beginning Friday, February 14 (adults 18+)
Beautify your landscape with some of Missouri’s best natural resources, native plants! Learn how to save time and money and create wildlife habitat with educational sessions on native plants, landscape design and many more. The Native Plant Sale is open from 9:00 am-12:30 pm for workshop participants.
Keynote - Paula Diaz with Grow Native
Session A (attend one)
Everyone Loves Bumblebees; What's in a Name?; Wild Edibles
Session B (attend one)
For the Love of Trees; Composting; Seed Savers
Session C (attend one)
Into to Natives; Alter-Natives; Beneficial Reptiles & Amphibians

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 8:15am to 2:45pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins February 14 (ages 16+)
This year our theme is “Your Yard Can Make a Difference.” Keynote speaker Matt Lebon will talk about having your landscape and eating it, too. Other topics this year include: Ornamentals Gone Wild; Missouri Orchids; Fire: Friend or Foe; and Gardening Without Chemicals. Hands-on sessions will be Plant Propagation and Helping the Native Bees in your yard. To register call 573-290-5218 and a form will be emailed to you. Registration not necessary to visit with vendors but is required for free seminar participation.

Register by March 14

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Hike with us at Swan Creek, part of Mark Twain National Forest near Garrison, MO. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is five to seven miles and rated moderate to difficult with loose rocks along the trail. Ages 18-adult. Register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by March 14

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discover the basics of turkey hunting in the spring. We will cover safety, scouting, calling, proper setup, shotgun ballistics, and much more.

Register by March 13

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Peck Ranch Conservation Area

Join MDC Staff and hike along one of the most beautiful sections of the Ozark Trail (OT)!

Participants will meet staff at the Peck Ranch Office for an introduction to Peck Ranch Conservation Area and elk management efforts, a quick restroom break, and then drive to the Peck Ranch OT Trailhead to begin the hike. Expect to ascend a steep slope for 1/2 mile up to the Stegall Mountain Glade area, where we will discuss glade ecology and management, then a downhill descent for 1 mile and walking north to Rocky Creek Spur. We will eat our lunch along the trail and continue on to Klepzig Mill while passing the beautiful Buzzard Mountain shut-ins along the way. Information will be shared regarding the geology of the Ozark hills, the culture and history of the area, as well as a water filtration demo and the chance to refill your water bottles with the waters of Rocky Creek!

Trail length is approximately 6.5 miles. At the conclusion of the hike, staff will shuttle you from Klepzig Mill back to your vehicles at Peck Ranch Trailhead.

Please bring a sack lunch, refillable water bottle, a comfortable backpack for the hike, snacks, and hiking poles or a walking stick if you prefer for the steep inclines. Be prepared for the weather by dressing in layers and wearing a weather-proof jacket, and wear comfortable hiking shoes or boots. Maps of the route will be provided. You may find our route on the Ozark Trail website of the Current River Section: https://www.ozarktrail.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/current_river_maps...

Register by March 14

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6 and up)
Would you like to be a fish? Would you like to be able to swim up, down, forward, and backward? Do you think it would feel like flying? How would you breathe, though? How would you get along without arms and legs? In other words, how are fish different from the mammals around us? We’ll discuss the general biology of fish. Also we’ll consider some examples of fishy carnivores (bass, trout, and gar), omnivores (catfish and sturgeon), and herbivores (paddlefish). We’ll also play a fishy game and make a fishy craft.
Please register only children or adults coming for themselves, not those bringing children. For help with registration, please call 314-301-1500.

Register by March 11

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 9+) Catching a fish on a jig or fly that you created is a very satisfying experience. Discover the process to make jigs and flies that will catch lots of fish. This hands-on class is for beginner to intermediate experience levels. All materials will be provided, and participants will take home the lures they create.

Register by March 13

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: James Youth Center

Learn the basics of fly tying and you can catch panfish, bass, and of course trout on your own flies! Students will learn how to tie their own flies in classroom setting. This is not a fishing event, all equipment is provided and you get to keep the flies you tie! Feel free to bring snacks or a lunch. Participants 15 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Event will be held at Rothwell Park in Moberly. 100 Holman Rd. Moberly, MO 65270 from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Register by March 13

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Food chains and food webs are at the heart of every ecosystem. Explore the dynamics of the relationships between consumers and producers, predators and prey. Then get a chance to dissect a real owl pellet to see the food chain system at work.

Register by March 11

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 9+) Catching a fish on a jig or fly that you created is a very satisfying experience. Discover the process to make jigs and flies that will catch lots of fish. This hands-on class is for beginner to intermediate experience levels. All materials will be provided, and participants will take home the lures they create.

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Enhance your landscapes with native plants. Green Thumb Gardens and Missouri Wildflowers Nursery will be on site with native plants for sale while supplies last.

Register by March 11

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 9+) Catching a fish on a jig or fly that you created is a very satisfying experience. Discover the process to make jigs and flies that will catch lots of fish. This hands-on class is for beginner to intermediate experience levels. All materials will be provided, and participants will take home the lures they create.

Register by March 7

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Cast iron cooking can enhance any experience in nature. There are certainly tasty benefits to practicing this valuable outdoor skill. Discover the basics of Dutch oven cooking including how to prepare food, temperature control, cleaning and more. We will provide all the fixings and coffee too.

Register by March 13

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Witness a “nature show” that belongs to one of the strangest members of the bird world, the Timberdoodle. Also look and listen for one of the loudest singers of the amphibian world, the Spring Peeper. Includes a 1 ½ mile hike.

Register by March 12

Date: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

This spring break program will include all the basics of cane pole fishing, including proper fish handling. Please meet at the Forest Park Hatchery Lakes located on Grand between Faulkner Dr. and Forest Park Pkwy. Ages 6 and up, participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants 16 and over who plan to fish will need a valid fishing license which can be purchased here https://mdc-web.s3licensing.com/.

Register by March 12

Date: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

This spring break program will introduce the fundamentals for safely and successfully shooting a compound bow, followed by hands on practice. All equipment will be provided. Class will meet at the Forest Park Hatchery lakes located on Grand Drive between Faulkner Dr. and Forest Park Parkway . Ages 9 and up, participants 9-15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by March 15

Date: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program includes handgun fundamentals, operation, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start with classroom instruction then move to the range for a live-fire session. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided.

Register by March 15

Date: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: Callaway Electric Cooperative

This Pond Workshop will be beneficial to any landowner building or managing a pond. This is a free workshop.

Register by March 17

Date: Tuesday, March 17, 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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