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Register by November 23

Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Do we need to take care of wild animals like we do our pets? They need similar things, so what’s different? Engage your little one in stories and activities as we compare the lives of wild and tame animals.

Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Hostile plant invaders are trying to take over the forest, prairies, and wetlands at Runge. Learn how to identify these invasive species and how they negatively affect our fish, forest and wildlife. Then grab your work gloves (or borrow a pair of ours) and help us get to work, removing these noxious, unwanted threats. A great opportunity for scout groups and service volunteers!

Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) It will be THE week to feast, and a perfect time to discover the basics of campfire cooking and dutch oven baking in an all-day demonstration. We will experiment with preparing and cooking holiday favorites with a wild and flavorful twist over an open campfire. Tasty samples will be served.

Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Autumn in Missouri is full of wonderful natural color and style. Why not decorate ourselves in this seasonal beauty? We will be learning about Missouri trees and their fall color and using fabric paint, leaf stamps and preserved leaves to decorate an article of clothing (one print per person). Bring in your own shirt (or use fabric pieces provided) and transform it into a colorful forest work of art.

Register by November 22

Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All Ages (must be able to hike 2 miles)
Join us for an invigorating mid-November hike of the Turkey Ridge Trail. As we progress along the trail we will talk about the habitat, food, habits and calls of wild turkeys. If we are really lucky we may even see or hear some wild turkeys. (Effort = Moderate 2.0 miles with two hills)

Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Register by November 22

Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

You and Me Under the Canopy: In a Nutshell
Nov 26 • Tuesday • 10–11 a.m.
(Ages 3–6)
Reservations begin October 26
Come see how acorns grow and how acorns are involved in life. Families, meet in the nature center lobby for a “nature” adventure. Everyone will hike with the naturalist to a special place in the forest and enjoy a nature story under the tree canopy. This program will be canceled in the case of inclement weather.

Register by November 26

Date: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Gear up for Thanksgiving as we learn about Missouri’s wild turkeys! We will venture outside to look for signs of turkeys and even create a craft to take home. Please come dressed for the weather.

Date: Friday, November 29, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join us for a great alternative to the black Friday bustle. Nature has so many naturally beautiful gifts that we can use to create unique crafts. Unwind while making holiday crafts with family. There will be many craft stations to choose from!

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 28

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

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+)
Celebrate the season by crafting a natural artisan wreath! Evergreens, pine cones and many other natural trimmings will be provided. Bring your own wreath frame to attach greenery and decorations.

Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Friday's shopping alternatives fun continues today! Nature has so many naturally beautiful gifts that we can use to create unique crafts. Unwind while making holiday crafts with family. There will be many stations to choose from!
NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) When it gets cold and snowy, we layer on the coats or stay indoors those brisk days. Squirrels have winter ways to survive those extra cold times. Join us to learn what they do, make a craft, go on a drey hunt and try your survival skills by building a leaf hut.

Register by November 28

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Cooking outside in cast iron is part of our heritage for many reasons. It is durable, lasting a couple of generations. It is portable and easy to care for. We will be learning about this wonderful way for your family to cook over the campfire. There will be tasting!

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.

Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 10:30am to 1:30pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Stop by anytime to learn about wild turkeys in Missouri and make a turkey craft to take home.

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

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)
Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.

Register by November 28

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

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+)
Celebrate the season by crafting a natural artisan wreath! Evergreens, pine cones and many other natural trimmings will be provided. Bring your own wreath frame to attach greenery and decorations.

Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Stop by to see members of the Ozark Whittlers and Woodcarvers transform wood into treasures. All ages.

Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, December 28, 2019 - 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 amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday. (The week of Christmas critter feeding will be Tuesday, December 24).

Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ever wonder what it takes to keep all the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Thanks to some amazing animal care volunteers, they are fed a delicious smorgasbord of crickets, worms, minnows, and more! Drop by to visit with the volunteers and staff as they feed the hungry critters. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 - 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 Friday.

Register by December 6

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Jackson City Park

This is the selection if you want to ride with us from the Nature Center to the lake. Have you always wanted to go trout fishing but never had the opportunity or just don’t know how? Join Fisheries staff at Rotary Lake in Jackson and learn how to utilize different artificial lures and techniques to catch the illusive Rainbow trout.
Please dress for the weather. Bring drinks if needed. Fish will not be able to be harvested since this is a catch and release season for the winter trout fishing.

Register by December 6

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Jackson City Park

This is the selection if you will meet us at the lake. Have you always wanted to go trout fishing but never had the opportunity or just don’t know how? Join Fisheries staff at Rotary Lake in Jackson and learn how to utilize different artificial lures and techniques to catch the illusive Rainbow trout.
Please dress for the weather. Bring drinks if needed. Fish will not be able to be harvested since this is a catch and release season for the winter trout fishing.

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