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Register by March 6

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: MDC Ozark Regional Office

Join us for a free Introduction to Orienteering course!

In the first part of this program, participants will use a provided 3-2-1 Silva Compass to practice dialing in and taking a bearing, sighting an object, pacing their distance and map-reading.

Next, participants will use their skills to complete one of several orienteering courses within the MDC Ozark Regional Office grounds by finding target trees with a special symbol specific to their course to work towards unscrambling a secret message!

The majority of the class will take place outdoors. Participants should be prepared for the weather by wearing appropriate footwear and cold-weather coats. The courses will require hiking up and down a steeper slope through forested areas that may be thick with brush - be prepared to orienteer like a pioneer!

Register by March 13

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Peck Ranch Conservation Area

Join MDC Staff and hike along one of the most beautiful sections of the Ozark Trail (OT)!

Participants will meet staff at the Peck Ranch Office for an introduction to Peck Ranch Conservation Area and elk management efforts, a quick restroom break, and then drive to the Peck Ranch OT Trailhead to begin the hike. Expect to ascend a steep slope for 1/2 mile up to the Stegall Mountain Glade area, where we will discuss glade ecology and management, then a downhill descent for 1 mile and walking north to Rocky Creek Spur. We will eat our lunch along the trail and continue on to Klepzig Mill while passing the beautiful Buzzard Mountain shut-ins along the way. Information will be shared regarding the geology of the Ozark hills, the culture and history of the area, as well as a water filtration demo and the chance to refill your water bottles with the waters of Rocky Creek!

Trail length is approximately 6.5 miles. At the conclusion of the hike, staff will shuttle you from Klepzig Mill back to your vehicles at Peck Ranch Trailhead.

Please bring a sack lunch, refillable water bottle, a comfortable backpack for the hike, snacks, and hiking poles or a walking stick if you prefer for the steep inclines. Be prepared for the weather by dressing in layers and wearing a weather-proof jacket, and wear comfortable hiking shoes or boots. Maps of the route will be provided. You may find our route on the Ozark Trail website of the Current River Section: https://www.ozarktrail.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/current_river_maps...

Register by March 14

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Learn more about Missouri mammals with this month’s Pine Needlers quilt block featuring the bobcat. Sharing its short black-tipped tail and ear tufts with the northern lynx, this solitary nocturnal hunter feeds on small mammals and birds and fills an important role in the health of the ecosystem. Pine Needlers is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Class limit of 15. Reservations are required. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by March 14

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Learn more about Missouri mammals with this month’s Pine Needlers quilt block featuring the bobcat. Sharing its short black-tipped tail and ear tufts with the northern lynx, this solitary nocturnal hunter feeds on small mammals and birds and fills an important role in the health of the ecosystem. Pine Needlers is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Class limit of 15. Reservations are required. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by March 18

Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Mark Twain National Forest Office

Drinks and snacks will be provided
To register contact Devin Wood
573-996-7116 ext. 3
devin.wood@mdc.mo.gov

Register by March 25

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Enjoy the accomplishment of making things for your home and decorating with all things rustic?
Join Twin Pines volunteer, Linda Strauch and make a stool using common Ozark caning and weaving techniques. With the materials provided, you will not only have a unique piece but a practical one. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Class size limit of 10. Reservations are required. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

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