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Register by January 25

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

From the chuck wagon to the campfire, come learn fun ways to prepare great meals outside. Get hands-on with Dutch ovens, foil packets, and other ways to cook without a microwave. All participants will get to sample their work! Portions of the program will be outdoors, so please dress for weather.

Register by January 25

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Soaring, diving, and perching these big, beautiful birds can be found here all year, but there’s even more in winter! We will explore the exciting life of an eagle through stories and interactive play.

Register by January 25

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join us every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for discovery tables, crafts, games, and activities!

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 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

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Sneaky, smart, and ferocious – Missouri is lucky to be home to several types of weasels. We’ll figure out what makes these wily creatures so special! Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Fish, forests and wildlife are important resources in Missouri. Walk-in anytime to learn about these resources and create some cool wearable art on fabric you bring or use paper provided. Every half hour, join the naturalist for a hike to look for tracks and signs of winter wildlife (as weather allows).

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Be “naturally” inspired by artists who love nature and have some interesting ways of incorporating it into their work. Listen to music, visit with artisans, and watch as these talented individuals demonstrate their passion. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Members of the Missouri Trout Fishermen’s Association will be on hand to demonstrate basic fly-tying techniques. Stop by anytime and learn how combinations of feathers, yarn, and thread can imitate insects or other food that will fool a fish. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Monday, January 27, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

The Story of the Groundhog and Groundhog Day
–This Sunday is the big day. Punxsutawney Phil will emerge from his burrow and determine
how much winter we have left. Join us to learn about how Groundhog Day came about and to
learn more about the little animal it depends on.

Register by January 28

Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: MDC Ozark Regional Office

For more information, contact the Ozark regional office at 573-255-9561

Register by January 27

Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Ammo Alley

Women’s Basic Handgun Workshop. Women will learn handgun parts and operation, ammunition, handgun safety, and shooting fundamentals. Workshop will include shooting at a climate controlled indoor shooting range. Participants will receive classroom training and one-on-one shooting instruction. This workshop and classroom instruction is offered free of charge. There will be a range fee of $10 per participant paid directly to Ammo Alley. Handguns and ammunition will be provided by the MDC. Participants are welcome to bring their own unloaded, cased handguns but will be required to provide their own new factory ammunition (no reloads). This workshop is open to women ages 14 and over. Girls age 14 to 17 may attend with a parent or guardian who is also registered for the workshop.

Register by January 29

Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Backyard winter birds are so fun to watch! Fly in to learn about and view these feathered friends.
**Registration required (ages 3-6)

Register by January 28

Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Introduction to Firearms
January 29,Wednesday, 6pm-8pm
(Ages 11 and up)
Reservations begin January 14
If you are not familiar or comfortable with firearms, this is an educational introduction to firearms. Join our staff as we look at various types of firearms including rifles, shotguns and handguns. We will examine the various types of actions and provide a hands-on demonstration of their working mechanisms. The presentation will include basic safety, home security, and general maintenance. This is a classroom program and does not include live shooting. https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Register by January 30

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

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 7 and up) Looking at a skeleton can give you a key to the animal’s life. Did it swim, fly, walk, or slither? Did it eat plants, meat, or both? “Key out” a mystery mammal skull in our special question-and-answer maze.
Please register only children or adults coming for themselves, not those bringing children. For help with registration, please call 314-301-1500.

Register by January 30

Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Have you tied flies before and want to take the next step? This program is for intermediate tyers. We will explore new materials, techniques, and patterns.
**Registration required (ages 12+)

Register by January 29

Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Beavers, otters, mink, and muskrats are common furbearers that are seldom seen due to their habits and habitats. Beavers, otters, and muskrats can also cause a lot of damage to lakes and ponds if left unchecked. Learn the basics of setting traps to catch these animals in this seminar.

Register by January 30

Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

So, you say you want to be a wildlife veterinarian? What do they do? Specifically, what does the Missouri Department of Conservation’s wildlife veterinarian do on a daily basis? Join Sherri Russell, MDC's Wildlife Veterinarian, for a behind the scenes look at her job and the work of wildlife health including bears, grouse, deer, and fish. Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult who is also registered.

Date: Friday, January 31, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive snakes enjoy their feast every other Friday.

Register by January 31

Date: Friday, January 31, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Are you wise as an owl? Come test your wits at the nature center trivia night. Questions will cover a range of topics from sports to history and everything in between, all with a nature twist! Teams may have a maximum of 6 players each. Please have only one member of your team register online to reserve your table. There will be light refreshments available and prizes for the winning teams. No charge for entry.

Register by January 31

Date: Friday, January 31, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All ages)
Reservations are required and begin immediately.
This is a fun evening for all ages. Join us as we welcome back the Missouri falconers and their hunting partners! Falconry, a sport reported as early as 700 B.C.E. is still practiced today. Learn what falconry is and how to become a falconer. The evening will begin in the auditorium with a presentation on raptors and the art of falconry. Following the presentation, you will have an opportunity to “meet and greet” the birds and their hunting partners, and see some of the equipment used in the sport of falconry. Be sure to bring your cameras.

Register by January 29

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Jamestown Area Community Center

Lunch and water will be provided, There will be a hands-on burn in the afternoon if weather permits, so please dress accordingly. Leather gloves and boots will be required for those on the fire line

Register by January 31

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Ice fishing is a fun way to get outdoors and enjoy a cold winter day. Join us for an ice fishing lesson and a couple hours out on the ice catching fish.

We'll start the morning off at the Kansas City Regional Conservation Office where we will learn about ice fishing equipment and techniques as well as ice fishing and winter fishing safety. Then we'll head down to Prairie Hollow Lake for a fishing opportunity out on the ice.

Missouri Department of Conservation will provide equipment, bait, and fishing coaches. Dress warm and bring your own snacks and drinks to help you keep warm.

Fishing permits are not required to fish during this program.

Safe ice will be necessary for this program. In the event that weather and ice conditions are not acceptable for this program participant will be contacted.

Register by January 30

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

When choosing the proper scope for your rifle, how do you know what to choose? Do you know how to mount it onto the rifle? This class will cover information about how to choose the best scope for your money, what kind of scope rings to purchase, and how to properly mount it onto your rifle. We will also discuss how to properly sight in your rifle and new scope. Come join us for this informative class!

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Discover nature in winter! Just because the temperatures have dropped, doesn’t mean you have to stay inside. MDC, along with many other local organizations, will partner at this event to provide examples of fun, cold-weather outdoor activities, such as maple sugaring, hiking, camping, bird-watching, and geocaching. You’ll also learn how Missouri’s wild animals survive the season. It’s a day your whole family will enjoy!

All activities are free and no reservations are required.

*All parking, except handicapped parking, will be off-site at Pond Elementary (17200 Manchester Rd) and the St. Louis Community College Wildwood campus (2645 Generations Dr). Shuttle buses to the event will be provided, and food trucks will be available on site. Please dress for the weather.

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

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