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Register by April 22

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Nature is wild and has its beauty. So what better way to enjoy that beauty than to enjoy it with safety? This month’s Little Stinker’s topic is Bear Aware and features the book, “It’s the BEAR!” by Jez Alborough. The main character, Eddie, finds himself alone in the woods after this mom goes back to get the pie she forgot to bring for their picnic. A very large bear comes and gobbles up the picnic lunch and is now looking for dessert. Eddie is hoping he is not the dessert the bear has in mind. Find out what happens next and join us after the story for some activities based on the Bear Aware theme.

Register by April 23

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: George O. White Nursery

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: George O. White Nursery

Register by May 9

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 5:30pm

Location: Roby Lake

Register by May 11

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Roby Lake

Register by May 11

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

What’s next for the Pine Needlers? The answer is: the eighth block to your “prairie” themed quilt featuring the bluestem grass. Prairies are not only about the flowers that decorate the landscape but about the different grasses that act as the backdrop to their color. These grasses are tough, drought resistant and provide valuable forage for grazing animals and seed for a variety of other species. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, you can call 573-325-1381.

Register by May 11

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

What’s next for the Pine Needlers? The answer is: the eighth block to your “prairie” themed quilt featuring the bluestem grass. Prairies are not only about the flowers that decorate the landscape but about the different grasses that act as the backdrop to their color. These grasses are tough, drought resistant and provide valuable forage for grazing animals and seed for a variety of other species. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, you can call 573-325-1381.

Register by May 16

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: MDC Ozark Regional Office

This series of four instructional lessons will assist children and families to gain skills and confidence to enjoy fishing. All classes are free and opened to youth ages 7-15, but the focus isn’t solely on kids. To be eligible to participate, youth must be accompanied by an adult or better yet bring entire family. All kids who complete all four classes will receive a 25$ gift certificate from Bass Pro Shops.
Bait, tackle and pole will be provided for the class, all we need is YOU!

The topics of the lessons include:
Lesson 1: Equipment, casting, proper fish handling
Lesson 2: How to tie a knot and bait a hook

Register by May 18

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: MDC Ozark Regional Office

This series of four instructional lessons will assist children and families to gain skills and confidence to enjoy fishing. All classes are free and opened to youth ages 7-15, but the focus isn’t solely on kids. To be eligible to participate, youth must be accompanied by an adult or better yet bring entire family. All kids who complete all four classes will receive a 25$ gift certificate from Bass Pro Shops. Bait, tackle and pole will be provided for the class, all we need is YOU!

Lesson 3: Five common Missouri fish – their anatomy, habitats and life cycles

Lesson 4: Fishing with lures, fishing regulations

Register by May 23

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Bray (Marguerite) Conservation Area

This series of four instructional lessons will assist children and families to gain skills and confidence to enjoy fishing. All classes are free and opened to youth ages 7-15, but the focus isn’t solely on kids. To be eligible to participate, youth must be accompanied by an adult or better yet bring entire family. All kids who complete all four classes will receive a 25$ gift certificate from Bass Pro Shops.
Bait, tackle and pole will be provided for the class, all we need is YOU!

The topics of the lessons include:
Lesson 1: Equipment, casting, proper fish handling
Lesson 2: How to tie a knot and bait a hook

Register by May 25

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Bray (Marguerite) Conservation Area

This series of four instructional lessons will assist children and families to gain skills and confidence to enjoy fishing. All classes are free and opened to youth ages 7-15, but the focus isn’t solely on kids. To be eligible to participate, youth must be accompanied by an adult or better yet bring entire family. All kids who complete all four classes will receive a 25$ gift certificate from Bass Pro Shops. Bait, tackle and pole will be provided for the class, all we need is YOU!

Lesson 3: Five common Missouri fish – their anatomy, habitats and life cycles

Lesson 4: Fishing with lures, fishing regulations

Register by May 22

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

As the days get longer and the sun warms the air, people come out to enjoy the spring season. But, people are not the only things that “come to life” when spring arrives. Spring plants unfold their leaves and work to bear fruit. The staff at Twin Pines is taking advantage of that bounty with a class on how to prepare foods, such as, wild strawberries and sassafras for your table. Other wild plants will also be used depending upon availability. This program is for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by May 30

Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Bray (Marguerite) Conservation Area

This series of four instructional lessons will assist children and families to gain skills and confidence to enjoy fishing. All classes are free and opened to youth ages 7-15, but the focus isn’t solely on kids. To be eligible to participate, youth must be accompanied by an adult or better yet bring entire family. All kids who complete all four classes will receive a 25$ gift certificate from Bass Pro Shops.
Bait, tackle and pole will be provided for the class, all we need is YOU!

The topics of the lessons include:
Lesson 1: Equipment, casting, proper fish handling
Lesson 2: How to tie a knot and bait a hook

Register by June 1

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Bray (Marguerite) Conservation Area

This series of four instructional lessons will assist children and families to gain skills and confidence to enjoy fishing. All classes are free and opened to youth ages 7-15, but the focus isn’t solely on kids. To be eligible to participate, youth must be accompanied by an adult or better yet bring entire family. All kids who complete all four classes will receive a 25$ gift certificate from Bass Pro Shops. Bait, tackle and pole will be provided for the class, all we need is YOU!

Lesson 3: Five common Missouri fish – their anatomy, habitats and life cycles

Lesson 4: Fishing with lures, fishing regulations

Register by June 1

Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

The prairie is home to a wide variety of plants, animals, birds and insects. With that in mind, the Pine Needlers ninth block for a themed quilt now focuses on the meadow lark. A robin-sized bird with a bright yellow breast marked with a black V, this bird is best known for its call. So join the Twin Pines staff and learn more about this favorite prairie resident. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, you can call 573-325-1381.

Register by June 1

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

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

The prairie is home to a wide variety of plants, animals, birds and insects. With that in mind, the Pine Needlers ninth block for a themed quilt now focuses on the meadow lark. A robin-sized bird with a bright yellow breast marked with a black V, this bird is best known for its call. So join the Twin Pines staff and learn more about this favorite prairie resident. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, you can call 573-325-1381.

Register by June 4

Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

If you enjoy being creative and all things rustic, what better way to add a special piece to your home than to put it together yourself. Join Twin Pines volunteer, Linda Strauch and make a broom using sassafras and native grasses common to the Missouri Ozarks. Materials are provided. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Make a reservation by calling 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by June 21

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Join Little Stinkers as the group takes a look at the daily life of a box turtle through the book, “Box Turtle at Long Pond,” by William T. George. Find out how the turtle uses what is in its environment to make a meal, only to lose that meal in order to avoid being eaten by a raccoon. Written from the turtle’s perspective, this story is a great introduction to pond ecology. Then stay and enjoy the Turtle Box Races. This program is designed for the preschool child up to second grade. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by June 21

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Vertebrate? Invertebrate? What’s that? Join the Nature Nuts and learn the difference between these two divisions of the animal kingdom and the types of animals that make up these groups. Be sure to wear clothing and shoes appropriate for the outdoors. Nature Nuts is designed for ages 7 to 12. To make a reservation call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by July 13

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Tenth in the series, this month features the coyote. Called the “song dog” by Native Americans, the coyote is known for its ability to adapt to a wide variety of environments. Learn more about this prairie native and complete the next quilt block in the series. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Attendees under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Reservations can be made by calling 888-283-0364 or on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines . For further information, call Twin Pines CEC at 573-325-1381.

Register by July 13

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Tenth in the series, this month features the coyote. Called the “song dog” by Native Americans, the coyote is known for its ability to adapt to a wide variety of environments. Learn more about this prairie native and complete the next quilt block in the series. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Attendees under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Reservations can be made by calling 888-283-0364 or on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines . For further information, call Twin Pines CEC at 573-325-1381.

Register by July 20

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

This program starts just before dark at Twin Pines, which is the best time to explore the “night shift” of nature. What is the “night shift?” It is more than owls and bats. Many animals are active only at night. Learn what you can expect to see and hear, then we will head out on the trail to enjoy the Missouri Ozarks after dark. Suitable shoes are recommended. This program is suitable for all ages. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or go on line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines . For further information, please call 573-325-1381.

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