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NOTICE: In-Person Events Limited Due to COVID

In-person MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state are limited due to COVID-19 considerations. MDC is offering new online programs that allow people to attend virtually. Please check our class listings to see what classes are limited, in-person classes or virtual classes.

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Register by January 27

Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Virtual

Where do black bears go in winter? How many live in Missouri? Are black bears the only type of bear living in our state? Join us to answer these questions and learn about the tales of black bears. Registration required. Please register with a valid email to receive link for the program. Recommended for ages 3 to 7.

Register by January 29

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Ever wonder how trout are raised in our hatcheries? Take a virtual tour of a hatchery through a series of pictures to see how we do everything from collecting eggs to stocking trout. When registering, please provide an active email address as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. For more information call (417) 334-4865 ext 0.

Register by January 29

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Virtual

As the new year begins, you may be looking to start a new hobby. Winter is a great time to start the hobby of bird watching. Join us to learn about common birds seen during winter and how to keep them around your feeders. Registration required. Please register with a valid email to receive link for the program. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Register by February 3

Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Join us as we peek into the very busy lives of river otters. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Ages 3-6.

Register by February 3

Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join us as we peek into the very busy lives of river otters. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Ages 3-6.

Register by February 3

Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: Virtual

Join us as we highlight a few of our favorite hiking trails around Joplin and Southwest Missouri. We will discuss the length and difficulty of the trails, what you might see, and the best time of year to hike the trails. Discover a new path to a quick adventure or maybe a longer trail that allows you to slow down and connect with nature for the day!

Register by February 3

Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Virtual

Curious about how MDC hatcheries start the next generation of trout? Join this virtual event for a rare behind the scenes look at how hatchery staff spawn the brood fish at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery. From egg collection to fertilization, see the methods used to produce these beloved game fish. Staff will walk through the spawning process live on camera, and answer questions.
When registering, please provide an active email address as you will receive a link to the program one day prior to the program. For more information call (417) 334-4865 ext 0.

Register by February 4

Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

Nesting season comes early for owls and they’re already hooting in anticipation. Join us to learn about common Missouri owls and how to identify them by sound. Registration required. Please register with a valid email to receive link for the program.

Register by February 6

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Shawnee Trail Conservation Area

Winter in Missouri means short-eared owls may be seen flying low over native grasslands in search of mice, rabbits, and other small mammals. Join us at Shawnee Trail Conservation Area to discover more about these uncommon winter residents. Bring the family and dress for the weather for this easy-rated hike. Masks are required during this outing. Call 417-629-3434 for more information. Meeting location for this program will be emailed upon registration. Shawnee Trail C.A. is located in Barton County 25 miles North of Joplin.

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Virtual

Join us for our regular virtual program series where you can ask the naturalist questions about nature topics. Discover what makes groundhogs so great with Naturalist Jordi Raos followed by a live Q&A session. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Recommended for all ages.

Register by February 19

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

Location: Virtual

Never be lost in the woods again! Join us for an informative orienteering program and learn how to find your way in the wilderness. We will teach how to use a compass and read a topographical map. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Register by February 23

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Dreaming of day trips with the family as spring approaches? Join us for a new virtual series: Best of the Ozarks as we highlight some great places to discover nature in our area with your family. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Recommended for all ages.

Register by February 26

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Virtual

Night time is the right time for many Missouri animals. Join us as we discover these nocturnal creatures and the adaptations that help them survive in the dark forests, field, and wetlands they call home. Recommended for all ages.

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