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Register by October 30

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Tower Grove Park-Stone Shelter

(Ages 7 to 12)
Reservations begin October 1.
Ever wonder how owls eat the way they do? Like many birds, owls have a very different way of digesting food. Let’s see what kind of leftovers they may leave behind. Meet at the Stone Shelter.

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Bats are one of the most misunderstood animals in nature. Go batty as we learn the truth about bats, how they survive at night, and why they are so important. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required.

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Bats are one of the most misunderstood animals in nature. Go batty as we learn the truth about bats, how they survive at night, and why they are so important. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required.

Register by October 30

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins October 1 (ages 2-15)
Get the chance to wear your Halloween costume one extra day while you fish for several different species at the Cape Nature Center Kid’s Pond. Dress up as your favorite superhero, princess, or other characters, but please no scary/gruesome costumes.
All equipment will be provided for the participants to use.

Register by October 30

Date: Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All ages
Interact with and learn about some of the “spooky” critters found in Missouri! There are many creepy-crawly, slippery-slimy, and night-time prowling wildlife in Missouri. Get ready to be amazed, or spooked, by our diverse wildlife.

Register by October 31

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Register by November 1

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All ages
Learn to identify Missouri’s tastiest organisms: Mushrooms! We will focus on mushrooms available for harvest in November and the winter. We will begin with a presentation on identifying winter mushrooms, and end with a short hike to see if we can find any tasty morsels here at Rockwoods.

Register by November 4

Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program includes the 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 November 5

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Tower Grove Park-Stupp Center

Gifts To and From Nature
November 7 • Thursday • 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
(All ages)
Fall is a favorite time to discover the beauty of nature. Use natural materials to create a masterpiece all your own. All supplies will be provided for you to decorate a wreath or invent your own décor. You’ll leave with a gift for you and one for wildlife in your backyard. Meet at the Stupp Center in Tower Grove Park.

Register by October 28

Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 5:00am to Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 12:00pm

Location: Lost Valley Hatchery

To be eligible for this hunt, participants cannot have previously filled an archery deer permit. State wide regulations apply. For more information call 660-530-5500
Mark Miller

Register by November 4

Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Southwest Regional Office

Learn about feeding backyard birds in preparation for the winter season. Participants will learn about feeder set up, the kind of birds to attract, and developing habitat to enhance your yard for feeding birds.

Register by November 7

Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cosmo-Bethel Lake

Come on out to Cosmo Bethel Lake and join us for some fly fishing! In this clinic we will teach the basics of fly fishing. There will be an intro to fly fish portion where we will go over some of the history behind it, then go into what all you need to get started with fly fishing and how to use all these things. We will also be going over the difference between using flies and using lures. To finish it all out you will learn how to cast and then get to do some fishing! This is a great way to try something new with the family! If you like fishing but have been looking for more of a challenge I offer you to come on out and see just what fly fishing is all about. Again, this is a beginner’s course, so no experience is need, this is definitely a great way to get together and have lots of fun! Make sure to wear the appropriate clothing, and bring a water or something to drink if you would like. Also if you are 16 or older you must have a fishing license. This will be catch and release only.

Register by November 8

Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Archery is the skill of using a bow to propel arrows. Nearly everyone — regardless of age, size, or physical ability — can succeed at archery. Join naturalist staff to learn the basics of this fun and challenging sport and get a chance at real target shooting.

Register by November 15

Date: Friday, November 15, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6-16) From almost zero to half a million turkeys in 50 years – Missouri’s restoration of the wild turkey gives us a chance to observe its interesting natural history. Let’s celebrate the return of the wild turkey while learning about these interesting and unique birds, with discussion, activities and crafts. Dress for the weather, because if possible we’ll go outside to look for turkeys or their sign.

Register by November 15

Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All Ages (must be able to hike 1.8 miles)
Hike the Trail Among the Trees with your canine best friend! This is a 1.8 mile guided hike. We ask that your dog companions be (typically) friendly with other dogs and vaccinated. Please bring proof of vaccinations with you to the hike. This can be in the form of paper print out, email, Etc. Please be prepared and dressed for the weather. This trail is moderate in difficulty.

Register by November 19

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Learning about nature from a young age is good for kids and for the environment. Every month, join Rockwoods naturalists for an outdoor adventure with your little one. The entire class is presented outside, so please dress to be outside, wear sunscreen, and bring bug spray. Siblings are welcome, but please note this class is designed for ages 3–6.

Register by November 21

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

This 90 minute video screening is co-sponsored by Grow Native!, Springfield Environmental Collaborative, Ozark Environment News, and the Springfield Yard Ethic Program. This is an educational documentary focused on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems. Featured is renowned entomologist Dr. Douglas Tallamy, whose research, books and lectures on the use of non-native plants in landscaping, sound the alarm about habitat and species loss.

Register by November 22

Date: Friday, November 22, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This month we will be discussing Adventures of a Young Naturalist an autobiographical account of David Attenborough’s early years as one of the world's leading naturalists. He is well-known by everyone who enjoys wildlife programs on television and an avid conservationist.

Register by November 15

Date: Friday, November 29, 2019 - 3:30pm to Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 1:00pm

Location: Indian Creek Recreation Area (Mark Twain Lake)

Participants will go through firearms safety, deer hunting tactics, and deer biology and management.
They will also go through a deer rifle sight in at the range.
Mentors will be provided.
Lunch Provided by Whitetails Unlimited.
PARTICIPANTS MUST BE 6 - 15 YEARS OLD
AND HAVE NEVER HARVESTED A DEER.
THIS PROGRAM IS OFFERED FREE OF CHARGE
EQUIPMENT IS AVALIABLE
DEER CAMP IS PROVIDED BY THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
For Questions Call 660-785-2420

Register by November 29

Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 9:00am to Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 3:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Animal Trapping Workshop
November 30 & December 1 • Saturday • 9 a.m.-5 p.m. • And • Sunday • 7 a.m.- 3 p.m.
(Ages 11 and up)
Reservations begin November 16
This two-day clinic will consist of classroom and field exercises. Saturday will cover trap types, cable restraints, trap stakes, lure types of traps for particular animals, and setting up a trap line. Sunday, we will run the trap line, dispatch the animals, skin animals, flesh pelts and discuss where to sell your pelts. https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Register by November 27

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.

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.

Register by December 13

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All ages
Learn how to identify trees without their leaves! We will look at bark and other features of trees in the winter that can help us identify them. The program will begin with a presentation of the most common trees and how to identify them in the winter. We will then go outside to test our identification skills on the trees in Rockwoods Reservation. Please be dressed for the weather.

Register by December 17

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Learning about nature from a young age is good for kids and for the environment. Every month, join Rockwoods naturalists for an outdoor-themed adventure with your little one. Join us for a special edition of knee-high naturalists where we create nature based gifts for the holiday season. Siblings are welcome, but please note this class is designed for ages 3–6.

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