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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.

Register by December 6

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Hummingbirds and many song birds are enjoying the tropical temperatures of Central America, but the hardy woodpeckers are at their most visible during our winter months! Come join us for a hands-on lesson about our native drummers and the opportunity to build a woodpecker feeder to attract these fancy fliers to your own backyard. All instruction, supplies, and equipment will be provided for this beginner’s woodworking project.

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Who’s hopping up that tree, making that sound or eating that birdseed? Find out the answer to these and many more questions as we explore the feathery creatures of our backyards. Weather dependent we will go outside to explore the nearby woods for cool bird species.

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 - 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.

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 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.

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.

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 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 14

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

You’re never too young to learn how recycling can help wildlife and their habitats! We will learn what we can do to prevent litter and make a recycled craft to take home.

Register by December 12

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each person attending (ages 10+; ages 10–16 must be accompanied by a participating adult)
Put away the smartphones, tablets and GPS receivers to learn to navigate through the woods the old school way…and have some real fun! This program will present the basics of topographic maps, a baseplate compass and how to use both tools to travel from point to point. Bring a water bottle and dress for trekking off trail.

Register by December 12

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+)
Suet is a super food that can help attract many winter birds to your yard. Join us as we learn about the types of suet that winter birds love. Plus, you will get to make suet to take home for your feathered friends to enjoy!

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Hop on over to the nature center auditorium for an up-close look at the awesome amphibians that live in our region! Come see live frogs, toads, and salamanders and learn how their unusual life cycles and beautiful songs make them some of the most unique members of southeast Missouri’s wildlife. Perfect for all ages.

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Get the family out of the house and stop by to have some holiday, family fun. Celebrate the beauty of the outdoors by making some nature-inspired crafts using natural items. We’ll bring the supplies, you bring the enthusiasm!

Register by December 14

Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

With Missouri black bear populations on the rise, this month’s Pine Needlers will make this large mammal the focus of the third block of the Ozark themed quilt. This animal has had quite a comeback in recent years and it pays to know as much as possible and be “bear aware” as you enjoy the Missouri outdoors. The Twin Pines staff will help you do just that. This class is designed for ages 16 and up. Attendees under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Class size limit of 15. Reservations are required. Make reservations on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by December 14

Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

With Missouri black bear populations on the rise, this month’s Pine Needlers will make this large mammal the focus of the third block of the Ozark themed quilt. This animal has had quite a comeback in recent years and it pays to know as much as possible and be “bear aware” as you enjoy the Missouri outdoors. The Twin Pines staff will help you do just that. This class is designed for ages 16 and up. Attendees under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Class size limit of 15. Reservations are required. Make reservations on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

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.

Register by December 17

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All Ages
Nature provides many things for us, including craft materials! Come create nature based gifts for the holiday season. We will have multiple crafts for people of all ages to assemble and take home. Please register all participants in your attending party.

Register by December 19

Date: Friday, December 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Tower Grove Park

Outdoor Animal Obstacle Course
Dec 20 • Friday • 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
It is winter break, let’s keep moving! Jump, skip, run, hop, and slide around as we learn how MO animals move. Meet at the Gurney Picnic Site (#4 map) within Tower Grove Park.
(Ages 6-12)

Date: Friday, December 20, 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.

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