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Register by January 19

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Want to take a more active approach to conservation? Join us and learn how to make a nesting box for the state bird, the Eastern Bluebird. We will explain how to cut these out of a single board and help you with the assembly of your own blue bird nesting box.

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

We’re celebrating the annual return of bald eagles to Lake Springfield. This special event includes the indoor presence of Phoenix, a live bald eagle from Dickerson Park Zoo. Programs will be held at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center every hour on the hour from 9 am to 3 pm. Stop by anytime and plan to spend about two hours. Opportunities to view bald eagles in the wild, with the assistance of volunteers and spotting scopes, will be available at the Lake Springfield Boathouse and Marina during event hours. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 12:30pm to 4:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

We’re celebrating the annual return of bald eagles to Lake Springfield. This special event includes the indoor presence of Phoenix, a live bald eagle from Dickerson Park Zoo. Programs will be held at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm. Stop by anytime and plan to spend about two hours. Opportunities to view bald eagles in the wild, with the assistance of volunteers and spotting scopes, will be available at the Lake Springfield Boathouse and Marina during event hours. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

There’s more to a skunk than its smell. “Sniff out” some amazing skunk facts, learn a pre-spray skunk “dance,” and take home a craft that won’t stink. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

There’s more to a skunk than its smell. “Sniff out” some amazing skunk facts, learn a pre-spray skunk “dance,” and take home a craft that won’t stink. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by January 26

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Now is the time to start saving money while having fun reloading your own ammunition for hunting or target shooting. Join us for this basic course about reloading rifle, pistol, and shotgun shell ammunition because you will have great satisfaction breaking targets or shooting bull’s-eyes using your own manufactured rounds. We will cover all aspects of reloading from brass care and preparation to bullet and primer selection and much
more.

Register by January 25

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Waterfowl are abundant in Missouri but can be hard to identify. Learn how to identify migrating waterfowl. There will be a brief classroom program followed by a trip to an area watershed for field ID. Binoculars, snacks and transportation will be provided. Ages 12-17. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Stella Veteran's Memorial Park

The fish-filled streams of southwest Missouri are a winter home to bald eagles. Join the Chert Glades Master Naturalists, the community of Stella, and local MDC staff for an eagle viewing opportunity at Stella Veteran’s Memorial Park. There will be spotting scopes set up and fun educational activities throughout the day. No registration required. All ages.

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Spend the afternoon watching local fly-tying experts tie a variety of flies for different types of fly-fishing. Local fly-tiers from the Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association will show us how to tie their favorite flies. So join us for a great afternoon.

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Modern Sporting Rifles are one of the most popular rifles owned and used by hunters and shooters today. They are lightweight, modular for ease of modification, and available in many popular calibers for both recreational shooting and hunting applications. Join us to learn more about the Modern Sporting Rifle, how to safely use, clean and maintain it, how to select the proper caliber for your application, and much more.

Register by February 1

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Now is the time to welcome our state bird to begin nesting. Bring your family to learn more about being landlords for this beautiful bird and to put together your own bluebird nesting box (one box per family). Each family must make their own reservation. Bring an electric screw driver or drill with a Phillips head drill bit if you have one. Note: bluebirds typically nest in urban or rural areas that are not heavily wooded.

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Raptors, or birds of prey, are a fascinating group of birds that can prove hard to identify. Come hone your birding skills through this program dedicated to improving your field identification. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by February 2

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

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. Come join us to discover more about these uncommon winter residents. Be sure to dress for the weather for this easy rated hike.

Date: Friday, February 8, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Slide on in to learn more about the secret lives of the slippery, slimy salamander and make one of your own to take home. (Ages 3-6yrs old)

Register by February 8

Date: Friday, February 8, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

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. All Ages. Register online or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by February 8

Date: Friday, February 8, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Why are owls active at night? What kind of owls live in our area? Find the answer to these and many more questions about owls. The program will include an indoor presentation about owls and their special adaptations. A short hike on a nearby trail is included to call for owls. Please bring a flashlight and dress for the weather.

Register by February 8

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 8:30am to 2:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Enjoy the crisp air as we hike two of the trails at Busiek State Forest. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Hike is nearly 6 miles and rated moderate to difficult. This program is for women only. Girls ages 14-17 accompanied by an adult female are welcome. Register online or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Join us as we discover what Missouri mammals do in this cold, barren season to survive. Participants will see and touch the pelts of several different mammals (no live animals will be present). For ages 5 yrs and above.

Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join Volunteer Naturalist Joyce Tolliver as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your 2-6 year olds. Please, no organized groups. Ages 2-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, February 15, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Why is that frog singing? Why is that spider giving that other spider dead bugs? We’ll learn about how some animals find a mate and how some work together to raise their young. Afterwards we’ll make fun “wild” themed valentines to take home. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, February 15, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Why is that frog singing? Why is that spider giving that other spider dead bugs? We’ll learn about how some animals find a mate and how some work together to raise their young. Afterwards we’ll make fun “wild” themed valentines to take home. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by February 15

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 8:15am to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Trek the trails of Little Sac Woods Conservation Area with Volunteer Naturalist Pat Stritzel. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is four miles and rated moderate to difficult. Ages 18-adult. Register online or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by February 16

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to learn the basics of the care and cleaning of firearms. This program will include tips and techniques for all aspects of maintenance of your firearm. You may bring your own unloaded firearm to class or use ours.

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Easy and fun, birdwatching can be a great family pastime. Learn the basics about attracting birds to your yard and how to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. After the program we’ll count birds and show you how to enter them online. A drawing will be held for a bird feeder.

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Why is that frog singing? Why is that spider giving that other spider dead bugs? We’ll learn about how some animals find a mate and how some work together to raise their young. Afterwards we’ll make fun “wild” themed valentines to take home. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

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