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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.

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Owls are without a doubt some of the most fascinating raptors we have the experience to observe in Missouri! Discover the mysteries of these regal birds as you observe live animal exhibits and participate in hands-on activities. Dissect an owl pellet to look for the treasures that lie within. Special live animal guests will be joining us from Lakeside Nature Center throughout the day. Whoooo knows, you may learn to speak their language! It'll be a hoot!

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Missouri River Bird Observatory staff and Burr Oak Woods partner in an on-going project to identify and track the birds that come to our feeders each winter. From the resident chickadees and cardinals to the migrating juncos and sparrows, we capture, apply colored bands and release these fascinating creatures. Once banded and recorded, you will be able to track individual birds through this and future seasons. This program is weather permitting.

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Help us start the Nature Center’s Your Big Year campaign to encourage everyone to learn more about the birds around them. Make it a goal to see how many birds you can identify this week, this month, or this year! Learn how to identify birds, how to attract them to your backyard, and what you can do to help them. Pick up entry information and learn how you and your family can Discover Nature together while identifying birds. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 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.

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 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.

Register by January 31

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Bray (Marguerite) Conservation Area

Always wanted to explore fly fishing but didn’t know who to ask for help? This workshop is designed for individuals who want to learn how to properly cast under various environmental conditions or simply improve their skills. All instruction and equipment is provided at no cost by Missouri Department of Conservation during the workshop. Space is limited to 10 participants and all participants must be 16 years or older. This workshop will be held at Bray Conservation Area located just three miles south of Rolla, MO, on February 1st from 1 – 3:30 PM.

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Discover more about Missouri’s winter wildlife and how they survive the frigid temperatures through participating in several sensory-friendly activities. These child-directed activities are designed to provide many tactile opportunities through hands-on exploration. Feel free to come and go as you like. This program is geared towards families and children with disabilities as well as with sensory processing needs but all are welcome.

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Raptors 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.

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 3:00pm to Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 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 amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday.

Register by February 3

Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Firearms Care & Cleaning
February 4 • Tuesday • 6pm – 8pm
(Ages 11 and up)
Reservations begin January 21
One of the most important aspects of having a firearm is making sure your firearm is maintained and in good working condition. We will discuss needed supplies and equipment and how to properly dismantle and maintain your firearms. We will also go over the various techniques needed to clean different types of firearms. After a discussion, we will have stations set up for some hands-on experience. We will clean pistols, shotguns and rifles. https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Register by February 4

Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 6:15pm to 7:45pm

Location: Mineral Area College-Rice Hall

Chronic Wasting Disease- What you need to know and do! CWD is a neurological disease affecting whitetail deer in Missouri. Once it infects a deer it is always fatal. The disease has been found in Missouri and is slowly spreading. Locally Ste. Genevieve, Jefferson and Franklin Counties has had deer that tested positive for CWD. What can you do to help with the spread and management of CWD. Discussion will focus on ways to minimize the spread of the disease, how the disease will affect the overall deer populations, how hunters and landowners can be more proactive in the management of the disease, and what the Missouri Department of Conservation overall strategy is to contain the disease.

Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Reservation required; visit https://www.deeprootskc.org/2020series to reserve your tickets (adults) The purple coneflower is a brilliant example of an easy-to-infuse native plant for home gardens. Learn how to introduce even more local species by utilizing the "Right Plant, Right Place" strategy and boost your garden beds into powerhouses of dynamic beauty, functionality and habitat for wildlife. Join Erin Goss, Designer and Landscaper for Wallflower Design, in St. Louis and start planning your spring gardens. Presented in partnership with Deep Roots. Advance tickets are required.

Register by February 3

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Paracord weaving has become very popular in the past few years. Have you ever wanted to make your own key fob or survivor bracelet? This class will show you the basics of paracord weaving; we supply a variety of colors and beads to make your own creation, then take it with you!

Register by February 3

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Feb 5 • Tuesday • 10–11 a.m.
(Ages 3–6)
Reservations begin January 16
Families, meet in the nature center lobby for a “nature” adventure. Everyone will hike with the naturalist to a special place in the forest and enjoy a nature story under the tree canopy. This program will be canceled in the case of inclement weather.

Register by February 5

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

These silent, slimy salamanders are all around us in Missouri. Join us to have some slimy fun while we learn more about this elusive amphibian!
**Registration is required (ages 3-6 yrs)

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join Ms. Ladybug as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your child. Please no organized groups. Ages 2-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by February 5

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Are you interested in waterfowl? Participants will have the opportunity to review long-term waterfowl data about weather, migration, habitat use, harvest, and hunter opinions, and discuss their season date and zone preferences with other hunters and MDC staff. Provide input on upcoming waterfowl seasons to include duck season dates and zone boundary locations for the 2021-2025 seasons. Ages 12-adult. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by February 6

Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

In this program, we’ll become bear aware by learning about bear ecology and how our actions can prevent bears for becoming a nuisance. We’ll conclude by doing a paint pour on a wooden bear cutout. You’ll leave with a beautiful piece of art that you’ve created. Children under 16 must have an adult present. No painting experience required. Paint pouring can be messy. Wearing old clothes is recommended.

Date: Friday, February 7, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Do you have questions on how to utilize and care for native plants on your landscape? The Discovery Center Landscape Specialists will be available to answer your questions and provide education on various aspects of working with native plants.

Register by February 7

Date: Friday, February 7, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

During the winter the water in our local lakes cools and makes it a perfect place for trout! Join us for some local trout fishing at McKay Park. We will be catching and keeping our fish! Please dress for the weather and meet MDC staff at the parking lot near the play area. Each participant must register. Each participant must have a trout permit to possess trout. Participants 16 and older also require a valid Missouri fishing license.
*EARLY REGISTRATION BEGINS JANUARY 15!
**Registration required, all ages.

Date: Friday, February 7, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” This message from The Lorax means a lot to trees and those of us who care for them. We will watch the movie together, then participate in a few fun nature activities.

Register by February 7

Date: Friday, February 7, 2020 - 6:00pm to Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Make a beautiful cork decoy to use for waterfowl hunting or as unique art. Learn duck identification, duck ecology, and decoy history as you sculpt and paint your own decoy. This will be a wood duck class. Children under 16 need to have an adult present. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or getting paint on. May not be best activity for those with asthma or respiratory difficulties.

Register by February 7

Date: Friday, February 7, 2020 - 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.

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