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Register by February 23

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Grab a donut and look for migrating waterfowl at this birding hotspot! Binoculars and spotting scopes will be available, but you are welcome to bring your own. Please meet in front of the Visitor’s Center.

Please register by logging in or making an account for each person. Registration will close February 22.

Register by February 23

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Come and join Angie Jungbluth, a Signature Member of the St. Louis Watercolor Society to learn some of her techniques on nature journaling, drawing, and painting. Participants will get hands-on training on proper nature journaling techniques.

Register by February 23

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

There is a very special tree in Missouri called the sugar maple. From this tree, we can collect sap to make yummy treats. Celebrate the sugaring season with your little one by learning all about these trees. Program is free.

Register by February 23

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Birds need homes!! Come help the birds by building bird houses. All materials and tools will be provided. Lots of snacks as we work, so join in the fun!! There will be an opportunity to stay and watch bird banding from 1-4 pm. The bird banding program is open to the public and not a part of Conservation Teens programming. Ages 12-17. Register online or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by February 22

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 10:30am to 5:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Are you physically fit and looking for a more strenuous and challenging off-trail experience?
This opportunity of applying map interpretation to the land awaits you for a 4 to 6 mile off trail trek In Weldon Spring CA. You will work with our Naturalists to read landforms from a topo map, and find various landmarks, graveyards, and remnants of settlers’ homesteads in the rugged and steep woods of Weldon.

This naturalist lead program is designed for those who have a working knowledge of an orienteering compass and desire more experience at reading a map.

Program will meet at August A. Busch Memorial Conservation for a classroom portion. Participants will apply the classroom portion at Weldon Springs.

Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous / up and down the rolling hills of Weldon Spring Conservation Area.

Must bring lunch & water.

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)
Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.

Register by February 22

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Bluebirds of Missouri
February 23 • Saturday • noon–2 p.m.
(Families- Ages 7 & up)
Reservations begin February 9.
Soon bluebirds will be looking for a place to build their nests. Learn their important role in our ecosystem. Partner with these beautiful creatures by building a bluebird house to take home. You will be helping yourselves as well, by inviting natural bug zappers into your yard. We will also take a hike to hopefully spot some of our springtime favorites. One house per family.

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Join us to learn more about an important, yet often overlooked member of the outdoors - - - the vulture. Live vulture presentations will start at the top of the hour from noon until 4 pm. There will be outdoor viewing with spotting scopes and other indoor activities. Dress for the weather.

Register by February 23

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+ years).
Join us to make beautiful nature jewelry from deer antlers, spent shotgun shells, turkey and duck feathers and more! We will provide all materials.

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Here is your chance to see some of our avian friends up close! Join us for a winter bird banding demonstration with the Missouri River Bird Observatory. Birds will be captured around the feeding stations and then banded in a location for easy viewing. Stop by anytime. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
In our culture of a supermarket in every neighborhood, it is almost magical and spectacular to be able to make something delicious to eat out of some liquid flowing out of a tree. Savor this wonder of nature by learning how to tap trees, collect sap, and make delicious syrup from native trees. A portion of the program (15-25 minutes) will be outside, dress for the weather.

Register by February 23

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Cure that cabin fever by joining us on a late winter hike in the open woods of Rockwoods Reservation for a new perspective of nature. We’ll hike the 3.2-mile Lime Kiln Loop for unique winter views into the continually changing forest in search of winter wildlife and early signs of spring. Effort = Moderate to strenuous. Natural surface hiking with a couple short, steep hills.

Register by February 25

Date: Monday, February 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Have you ever wanted to go trout fishing but didn’t know what to use or where to go? We will discuss locations to fish, essential equipment, basic fishing methods and lure selection. You’ll be ready to wet a hook on opening day, March 1st.

Register by February 26

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6-16) A seed has to protect the life inside, travel away from the parent plant, wait for just the right conditions, and then sprout – sending roots down and leaves up and not the other way around. How does a seed do all that? Join us as we explore these and other interesting questions about seeds and sprouts. You can even make a seedling experiment to take home.

Register by February 25

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Maple sugaring is here and it’s time to tap the trees! Make maple syrup fun for your family, even with just one or two trees at home. Learn about sugar maple trees, how to tap trees, and turn sap into syrup.

Please dress for the weather, the entire program will be held outdoors. Part of the trail is not stroller accessible.

Register by February 22

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Animal Signs
Feb 26 • Tuesday • 10 –11:30 a.m.
(Ages 6-12)
Reservations begin January 25.
Winter is a wonderful time to look for animal signs. If not in the snow, then in wet mud. Let’s take a short hike to look for tracks, scat and more. Dress warm to be outdoors and meet at the Hatchery in Forest Park.

Register by February 25

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Maple sugaring is here and it’s time to tap the trees! Make maple syrup fun for your family, even with just one or two trees at home. Learn about sugar maple trees, how to tap trees, and turn sap into syrup.

Please dress for the weather, the entire program will be held outdoors. Part of the trail is not stroller accessible.

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program will teach the basics of shotgun, handgun, and rifle shooting. We will start in the classroom for a safety orientation then head out to the range for some live fire.

Register by February 20

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: Missouri Valley College - Charles L Bacon Room

This workshop will cover topics on pond construction, stocking, fish management, aquatic plant management and wildlife around your pond. Free snacks and refreshments provided. Space is limited, so please register early.

Register by February 27

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (Ages 3-6 years).
That's creepy! That's crawly! That's slippery! That's slimy! At first glance some of Missouri's creatures may not seem cute and cuddly. Let's put out hearts together and learn to show some love for our unhuggable critters!

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Join us to learn about the different snakes that call Missouri home, how to identify them and which are dangerous. We will have several snakes on display.

Register by February 26

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Register by February 26

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Register by February 28

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Metallic Cartridge Reloading
February 28 • Thursday • 6-9 p.m.
(Ages 16 and up)
Reservation begin February 14
This class covers the basic equipment, materials, and techniques needed to reload metallic cartridges and produce custom loads suited to your rifle/handgun for the particular target or game you are pursing. We will demonstrate the process and then give you some hands-on experience reloading rifle/handgun cartridges. All equipment is provided.

Register by February 28

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Why is that frog singing? Why is that spider giving that other spider dead bugs? It’s not easy finding a mate in the wild. We’ll learn about some of the amazing ways animals woo one another and how some work together to raise their young. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids. Ages 7-12. Register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

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