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Register by December 14

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 7:00am to 9:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Reservations begin Nov 24.
Discover our conservation area with your favorite camera as we cover basic and intermediate photography techniques. Afterwards we will go over some post processing in the classroom.

Register by December 12

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Charles A Green Conservation Area

Are you interested in hunting but don't know where or how to begin? Join MDC staff and volunteers for a squirrel hunt for new hunters! Participants will learn safety, hunting techniques, and how to clean and prepare squirrel meat. Firearms, ammo, and mentors will be provided for all participants. Participants need to wear boots and clothing appropriate for the forecasted weather (earth-tone colors or camouflage). Some clothing is available upon request.

Register by December 15

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+).
Meet at the nature center, drive to Meramec State Park in Franklin County, and hike one or two of the best trails. Join us as we explore the trail originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary. Bring lunch, water, insect repellent, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and dress for the weather. Trail Length: 6-8.5 miles. Terrain: Moderate to difficult.

Register by December 14

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Enjoy a hike through the Mark Twain National Forest at Noblett Lake with Volunteer Naturalist Mike Mihalik. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is five miles and rated moderate to difficult.

Register by December 14

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Register by December 15

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The weather outside may be frightful or delightful, it all depends on your perspective. Join us as we discover how animals deal with the snow. Program is free.

Register by December 14

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Reservations begin Nov 24.
What do art and science have in common? They rely on observation skills. We will observe and record the natural world with pencil, pen, or watercolor. Bring your own pencil and paper.

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 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.

Register by December 15

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The weather outside may be frightful or delightful, it all depends on your perspective. Join us as we discover how animals deal with the snow. Program is free.

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Stop by anytime to make some simple holiday crafts from natural and recycled materials. We’ll supply the materials, you bring the creativity, and parents provide the guidance.

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Thinking of making the holidays a little greener this season? Then join us for one of the Discovery Center's holiday traditions. Learn to decorate using all native plants and trees. Fashion a festive holiday swag to hang using red cedar, prairie grasses, wild nuts, berries, seeds and your imagination.

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages) Do you sleep more during the winter? You're not alone, some of Missouri's critters take winter slumber to extreme levels. Some hibernate while others brumate. Come in to learn more about the sleepy animals living in this great state.

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

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.

Register by December 13

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line for each participant attending (ages 10+; ages 10–16 must be accompanied by a participating adult) Put away the smartphones, tablets and GPS receivers to learn to navigate through the woods the old school way…and have some real fun! This program will present the basics of topographic maps, a baseplate compass and how to use both tools to travel from point to point. Bring a water bottle and dress for trekking off trail.

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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.

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Get the family out of the house and stop by to have some holiday family fun. We’ll have a few different crafts for all ages to make and take home. We’ll bring the supplies, you bring the enthusiasm!

Register by December 14

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 4:30pm 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. Come join us to discover more about these uncommon winter residents! Bring the family and dress for the weather for this easy rated hike. For more information and to register call 417-629-3434.

Register by December 14

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Reservations begin Nov 30
Experience the sounds of the night during a moderate hike at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area. We will hike the Busch Hiking/Biking Trail which is approximately 3 ½ miles in length. We may hear coyotes howling, and also hear 2 or 3 species of owls calling their mates.

Register by December 18

Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 0-2 years).
It’s light outside and some animals are sleeping. Wear your PJ’s if you’d like and we’ll pretend it’s nighttime while we learn about nocturnal animals. Shhhhhhhhh. Don’t wake them up!

Register by December 17

Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Cooking Wild for the Holidays
December 18th • Tuesday • 6:30pm to 8:00pm
(Ages 18 and Up)
Reservations begin December 4th.
Interested in adding some Missouri wild game and other Missouri wild edibles to your winter Holiday parties? Come and join us as we discuss various recipes you can use to add a taste of Missouri into your dinner parties. And as an extra treat, we will have various appetizers, main course meals, desserts and drinks to taste! Please register each individual separately.

Register by December 19

Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+).
Meet at the nature center, drive to Shaw Nature Reserve, in Franklin County, and hike one or two of the best trails. Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary. Bring lunch, water, insect repellent, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and dress for the weather. Trail Length: 5 miles. Terrain: Moderate with hills and/or rocks.

Register by December 18

Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

It’s never too early to learn about the world around you. Every month, infants and toddlers will learn about different nature-related topics. We will be outside for part of the class, so please dress for
the weather. **Siblings are welcome, but please note that this program has been designed for ages 0 to 3.

Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Where do animals go during the winter? What exactly goes on under the ice of our ponds, lakes and rivers? Who lives there? Join us and find out the answers to those questions and more!

Register by December 19

Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Reservations begin Dec 1
Did you know that Missouri has 14 million acres of forest land containing thousands of trees? Learn more about trees and their uses not only to humans, but to animals as well. Discover one of those uses, first-hand, by completing a craft project to take home or give as a gift.

Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Nature in itself, is a gift. Open our doors and reveal something new at Runge every Thursday in December. No, we won’t spoil the surprise. Come explore what’s inside!

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