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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: Monday, December 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Nature knows no limits in providing materials to make "Nature Creations." Using honeysuckle, grape vine, Virginia creeper and pine cones (just to name a few), the Twin Pines staff will help you learn how to construct a holiday wreath. This program is designed for ages 18 and up and has a class limit of 10. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by December 13

Date: Monday, December 16, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Nature knows no limits in providing materials to make "Nature Creations." Using honeysuckle, grape vine, Virginia creeper and pine cones (just to name a few), the Twin Pines staff will help you learn how to construct a holiday wreath. This program is designed for ages 18 and up and has a class limit of 10. For further information, call 573-325-1381

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 January 4

Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

What better way to enjoy nature’s bounty than to use Dutch oven cooking. Learn the techniques of this cooking style from Sara Bradshaw and enjoy the results of your work at the end of class. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Attendees under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Class size limit of 12. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, go on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by January 9

Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

With sightings of eagles on the rise in the area, Twin Pines is hosting a program to increase your knowledge of these magnificent birds. The Dickerson Park Zoo will be bringing both a Bald and Golden eagle to give attendees a closer look, answer questions and provide fun facts. This program is for school children ages 5 to 13. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, go on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by January 9

Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

With sightings of eagles on the rise in the area, Twin Pines is hosting a program to increase your knowledge of these magnificent birds. The Dickerson Park Zoo will be bringing both a Bald and Golden eagle to give attendees a closer look, answer questions and provide fun facts. This session is for school children ages 5 to 13. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, go on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by January 9

Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

With sightings of eagles on the rise in the area, Twin Pines is hosting a program to increase your knowledge of these magnificent birds. The Dickerson Park Zoo will be bringing a Bald and Golden eagle to give attendees a closer look, answer questions and provide fun facts. This program is for all ages and reservations are required. To make a reservation, go on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by January 14

Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

The creative spirit never ceases as the Pine Needlers continue work on an Ozark-themed quilt with the fourth block centered on Missouri's small-mouth bass. Learn about this member of the sunfish family whose name describes one of its most characteristic features. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Participants under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Class limit of 15. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, go on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by January 14

Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

The creative spirit never ceases as the Pine Needlers continue work on an Ozark-themed quilt with the fourth block centered on Missouri's small-mouth bass. Learn about this member of the sunfish family whose name describes one of its most characteristic features. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Participants under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Class limit of 15. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, go on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by January 21

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

In this program, we'll become bear aware by learning about bear ecology and how our actions can prevent bears from becoming a nuisance. We'll conclude by doing a paint pout on a bear cutout. You'll leave with a beautiful piece of art that you've created. Paint pouring can be messy. Wearing old clothes is recommended. Children under 16 must have an adult present. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, go on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

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