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Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 8:00am to Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 8:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All Ages)
No reservations required
Trail Tales features a children’s book along the trail. Read, move, and play as you visit and engage in suggested activities at each stop. Both children and adults will love to play in nature this way! Check it out on Broken Ridge Trail.

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 3:00pm to Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 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.

Register by February 13

Date: Monday, February 17, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Have you ever wondered what animals do in the winter? Join us as we explore what different animals do to survive the cold snowy days and finish up with a craft made by your own pintsized Picasso. We will be using acrylic paint so please come dressed in clothes that can be ruined.

Register by February 14

Date: Monday, February 17, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Tower Grove Park-Stone Shelter

Geocaching on Presidents’ Day
Feb 17 • Monday • 12-1:30 p.m.
(Ages 7-12)
How have our past presidents contributed to conservation efforts? Learn a bit of this as we scour the park in search of hidden geocaches using GPS units. We will learn how to use the GPS units, then search for clues about our leaders who helped shape conservation. Dress to be outdoors the entire program. Meet at the Stone Shelter within Tower Grove Park.

Register by February 18

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

These silent, slimy salamanders are all around us in Missouri. Join us to have some slimy fun while we learn more about this elusive amphibian.
**Registration required (ages 3-6 yrs)

Register by February 17

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program includes handgun safety, operation, shooting fundamentals, maintenance, and safe storage. Equipment and ammunition will be provided; you may bring your own firearm and ammunition to the live-fire session.

Register by February 18

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(ages 10+)
All participants must register.
Put your needlepoint skills to good use and create a quilt block featuring Missouri’s state symbols! Each month, we will learn about a state symbol and create a corresponding quilt block. February will feature the hawthorn blossom as our second quilt square. Please bring your own embroidery needle and bring a hoop if desired. For questions, contact Powder Valley at 314-301-1500.

Register by February 14

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 6:15pm to 7:00pm

Location: Mineral Area College-Rice Hall

Forest and Wildlife Management
Proper forest management can do great things for wildlife. Learn how to utilize forestry practices to improve the overall health and diversity of the woods to draw wildlife to the property and keep them there.

Register by February 14

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Mineral Area College-Rice Hall

"Quail Management 101: Habitat Basics for Your Property."
Where are the quail? How do you attract quail to your property? How can farming promote quality quail habitat? This seminar will cover these questions and will focus on the basics of bobwhite quail ecology and habitat requirements. Participants will learn how to evaluate their property's potential for quail and what programs offer financial assistance for landowners who want to improve quail habitat.

Register by February 18

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Meet at the Nature Center and drive to Canaan Conservation Area in Gasconade County. Bring lunch, and water and dress for the weather.
Trail: Moderate, 5 miles.
**Registration required (ages 18+)

Register by February 18

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 3–5 with an adult)
What is their true name? Do they really eat wood? Do they whistle? Find out the answer to these questions and more as we uncover the interesting adaptations of one of Missouri’s infamous yard diggers.

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Maple sugaring is here and it’s time to tap the trees! Make maple syrup fun for your family, even with just one or two trees at home. Learn about sugar maple trees, how to tap trees, and how to turn sap into syrup.

Register by February 18

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 3–5 with an adult)
What is their true name? Do they really eat wood? Do they whistle? Find out the answer to these questions and more as we uncover the interesting adaptations of one of Missouri’s infamous yard diggers.

Register by February 18

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 5:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join this volunteer-led activity and explore nature through stories and crafts. Activities are geared for ages 3-6, but siblings welcome.
**NO registration required

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Our quilt theme for 2020 is "Caves, Inside and Out". We will discover how caves are an integral part of the geology in Missouri and learn about the unique animal life that depend on this dark and wet environment. The quilt blocks depicting cave life will be abstract representations drawing on traditional quilt block designs. This month's block will feature cave fish.

Register by February 20

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Fire protects Missouri prairies. Learn how it does its job and create our 2nd block in our series for a “prairie-themed” quilt top. By attending all twelve of the monthly programs, you will be able to complete blocks for an entire “prairie-based” quilt. Please bring your own embroidery hoop, needle, and scissors.

Register by February 19

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

With literally thousands of options, it can sometimes be difficult to choose the right scope for you. In this seminar, we will talk about how to go about selecting the right optic for you, options for mounting it, and how to mount it. Then we'll discuss how to bore sight and zero your new scope.

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Our theme for 2020 is "Caves, Inside & Out", We will discover how caves are an integral part of the geology in Missouri and learn about the unique animal life that depend on this dark and we environment. The quilt blocks depicting cave life will be abstract representations drawing on traditional quilt block designs. This month's block will feature cave fish.
**No Registration Required**

Register by February 20

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ozarks streams offer excellent smallmouth bass fishing. Learn what type of tackle to use, places to go, and the current research and management activities surrounding this strong fighting fish. All ages.

Register by February 20

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(all ages welcome)
NOTE: Due to the overwhelming response, we are offering an additional program opportunity. THIS IS THE SAME PROGRAM as the Friday, February 21 program. The Missouri Department of Conservation presents an evening with award-winning MDC photographer Noppadol Paothong at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center in Kirkwood Thursday, February 20 from 7-9 p.m. Paothong’s photography has been featured in the Conservationist and Xplor magazines, and many others including National Audubon, Ranger Rick, BBC, and the Nature Conservancy.

Register by February 21

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Crane Brewing

Registration required (ages 21+) The Discovery Center and Crane Brewing are partnering to bring you a unique experience. This program will begin by focusing on how to collect sap and process it into syrup. Crane Brewing will then demonstrate how syrups have been used in traditional German beers to enhance the flavor and balance. This program will include an opportunity to enjoy small glass tastings. This program will take place at Crane Brewing, 6515 Railroad St., Raytown, MO 64133.

Register by February 18

Date: Friday, February 21, 2020 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Blind Pony Hatchery CA

Directions: From Sweet Springs at I-70, take Highway 127 north 1 mile, then Route ZZ east 5.7 miles to the area. The classroom portion will be held in the hatchery office conference room. Signs will be posted directing you to the proper areas.

Register by February 21

Date: Friday, February 21, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Do you enjoy watching wildlife at home? Songbirds, squirrels, bats, and owls are all fun to watch. We’ll talk about some simple projects you can do to encourage these critters around your home. Then, we’ll try our hand at building a nest box to take home! Space available for up to 12 families. Each group must have at least one adult present. Each family will receive one nest box kit. Please register one person per family.

Register by February 21

Date: Friday, February 21, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Registration required (All ages, but best for 5 and up)
Nesting season comes early for owls and they’re already hooting in anticipation. Dickerson Park Zoo will join us for a close-up look at live owls. We’ll also head outside and try to call wild owls during a guided hike. Bring a flashlight if you have one. Please be sure to register, since seating is limited. Email or Call Instructor if you have more people coming than you registered.

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