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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!

Register by December 20

Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 7-12 years).
What does wildlife do in the winter? How do animals survive? Come explore the adaptations wildlife have for surviving the winter. Learn about the hibernators, migrators, and survivors that call Missouri home.

Register by December 20

Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join us as we celebrate the close of another successful year of Conservation TEENS. After viewing photos of the year’s outings, we’ll enjoy refreshments and vote on possible outings for 2019. Teens ages 12-17 and their families are welcome to attend.

Date: Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages) This winter we will be participating in the citizen scientist project ‘Project Feeder Watch’. Help us collect data that The Cornell Lab will use to track broad scale movements and populations of winter birds. Birders of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair of ours.

Date: Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

No Reservation Required
Need a last-minute gift from the heart with a natural touch? Bring the family out for some holiday fun. There will be nature inspired crafts for all ages to make and take home. Continue the holiday spirit through an outdoor holiday scavenger hunt. Program will be in the lobby and families can come anytime between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Date: Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Cardinals add a splash of color and a burst of song to the winter landscape. Come brighten your day as we explore the world of cardinals. Please, no organized groups.

Register by December 21

Date: Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Join us to make holiday items to hang outside for the birds to enjoy including pinecone & suet bird feeders! To ensure that we have enough supplies for everyone, please register online.

Date: Wednesday, December 26, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Have you ever wanted to learn more about Missouri birds? During the holiday break families are invited to take part in some free nature fun that is all about the feathered friends. Learn how to identify common backyard birds, go on a birding hike and make your own bird feeder. There will be fun for all ages!

Date: Wednesday, December 26, 2018 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Bring your tots to hear a special tale about nature and to complete a craft project. Ages 2-6.

Date: Wednesday, December 26, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Dress warmly and join us for a winter bird walk. Bring binoculars and a bird field guide if you have them. Ages 7-adult.

Date: Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

For all ages. No registration required.
Featuring three days at Runge exploring the past, present, and future of Missouri’s wildlife.
*Guided walks
*Activities/Games
*Puppet Show
*Live Music
*Crafts

Date: Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Have you ever wanted to learn more about Missouri birds? During the holiday break families are invited to take part in some free nature fun that is all about the feathered friends. Learn how to identify common backyard birds, go on a birding hike and make your own bird feeder. There will be fun for all ages!

Date: Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Sometimes they startle us, but snakes always fascinate us. Learn about this often misunderstood reptile, see snakes up close, and even touch one! All ages.

Date: Thursday, December 27, 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!

Date: Friday, December 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Have you ever wanted to learn more about Missouri birds? During the holiday break families are invited to take part in some free nature fun that is all about the feathered friends. Learn how to identify common backyard birds, go on a birding hike and make your own bird feeder. There will be fun for all ages!

Date: Friday, December 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

For all ages. No registration required.
Featuring three days at Runge exploring the past, present, and future of Missouri’s wildlife.
*Guided walks
*Activities/Games
*Puppet Show
*Live Music
*Crafts

Date: Friday, December 28, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Put your nature knowledge to task as you and your family participate in Animal Bingo. All ages.

Date: Friday, December 28, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
The animals are hungry! Join us and watch as we feed the snakes, aquarium fish, and snapping turtles.

Register by December 28

Date: Saturday, December 29, 2018 - 8:00am

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Please dress for the weather. Open toed shoes are not recommended for shooting activities. All equipment will be provided.

Date: Saturday, December 29, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

For all ages. No registration required.
Featuring three days at Runge exploring the past, present, and future of Missouri’s wildlife.
*Guided walks
*Activities/Games
*Puppet Show
*Live Music
*Crafts

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