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NOTICE: In-Person Events Limited Due to COVID

In-person MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state are limited due to COVID-19 considerations. MDC is offering new online programs that allow people to attend virtually. Please check our class listings to see what classes are limited, in-person classes or virtual classes.

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Register by October 29

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each individual attending (all ages)
Nature may sometimes seem creepy, but every creature has a job in the web of life. Search for the next clue to guide you on a unique exploration of prairie habitat while meeting “creepy” critters at staffed stations along the trail.

Register by October 30

Date: Sunday, November 1, 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Listen for the sounds of migrating geese and hooting owls as we take a walk at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area. Watch the nearly full “blue moon” as it rises and shines its light over the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.

We will walk the trail and road from parking lot ”L” to the confluence.
Bring a flashlight, insect repellant and a water bottle. Do not wear open-toed shoes.

For the safety of participants and our staff, MDC asks all guests to observe social distancing guidelines and maintain at least 6 feet from others. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when indoors, or any time visitors are unable to maintain at least 6 feet from others. Local ordinances requiring face masks will be observed where applicable.

Register by October 29

Date: Sunday, November 1, 2020 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Learn the steps necessary to process wild game yourself. We will discuss field dressing a deer and demonstrate how to skin and process a game animal in easy steps with minimum equipment. You will learn tips on how to handle and package the meat, ensuring that when you pull it out of the freezer, it is fresh and tasty.

Register by November 2

Date: Monday, November 2, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

The chilling of the air and changing of the leaves are the best signs of fall, but what causes the rainbow of autumn colors that brighten the season. Join us for an in depth look at the science behind fall colors. We will learn what conditions make for particularly spectacular displays and what animals rely on the leaves once they fall. (all ages)
Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by October 30

Date: Monday, November 2, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

The Department will hold a Basic deer processes clinic that will include process from field to freezer: skinning, quartering
and cuts of meat. Participants should dress for the weather as the event will be held in a shop building. This class is designed to help those interested in processing deer on their own to get started.
For questions call (660)785-2420

Register by November 3

Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Crisp fall air and colorful leaves tell us it is time to harvest nuts. Missouri's trees provide us with some healthy and tasty treats. We will explore the varieties we have and how to use them. (ages 12+)

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 3

Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Trail of Tears State Park

This week at the Nature Center, we’re celebrating the colors of fall. What better way to see the changing trees than to hike through the forest. Enjoy the beautiful fall colors as we hike along the mighty Mississippi on the east loop of the Peewah trail at Trail of Tears State Park. This trail is 3.1 miles long and rated as intermediate. Ages 12-17 accompanied by a registered adult are welcome. Due to COVID-19 concerns, social distancing and/or the use of masks will be required. To help us have an accurate count, please register each family member that plans to attend.
Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 3

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngster only (0-36 months)
Fall can be a great time to explore the forest. Bring your little one to a fun scavenger hike in the colorful fall forest of Burr Oak Woods.

Register by November 4

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Pinecone crafts are for kids. Right? NO! They shouldn't get all the fun. We will learn all about pinecones and the trees that produce them. Afterwards, we are painting and creating flowers out of the pinecones. You can use these in a wide variety of home décor projects. Makes a great holiday gift. (ages 12+)

Masks are required and participants will social distance. Each participant will have their own materials and tools to reduce contact.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 5

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins October 15 (all ages)
Everyone loves a good story, and we have plenty of them here at the nature center! You and your little one can watch and listen as our Naturalists read a couple nature stories. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age but is open to all ages.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 5

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins October 15 (all ages)
Everyone loves a good story, and we have plenty of them here at the nature center! You and your little one can watch and listen as our Naturalists read a couple nature stories. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age but is open to all ages.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 5

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

In negative painting, you do not paint the subject itself. You will paint the negative, which are the shapes around, between, and behind the leaves, stems, and branches. You will be adding one layer of leaves and branches behind another layer. Each new layer will show darker and take you further into the background. No experience with watercolor painting required. We will learn about the function of plant leaves and the names of leaf shapes. All supplies are provided. (ages 12+)

Masks are required and participants will social distance. Each participant will have their own materials and tools to reduce contact.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 6

Date: Friday, November 6, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Late fall and early winter are times for reflection in the garden. As frost settles on the landscape and plants go dormant for the winter, conscious clean-up can begin. Many of our native species overwinter in leaf litter, stems and underground. What you leave and how you leave it greatly impacts the diversity of flora and fauna alike in the spring. Join our native landscape specialists to see how they handle cutting, clean-up, brush piles and more.

Register by November 6

Date: Friday, November 6, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Learn how to geocache and enjoy the splendor of fall all at once! This outdoor program will teach you the basics of geocaching and then send you on your own quest to discover more about the changes that come with the fall season. We will provide GPS units. (ages 6+)

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires face coverings for anyone over the age of 9. To help us have an accurate count, please register each family member that plans to attend.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 6

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each attending (families)
What’s with all those little hard capped nuts in our yards? Join us to discover the reasons why Missouri’s oak trees drop so many acorns. These nuts are a staple for many of Missouri’s wild critters.

Register by November 7

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Lake Girardeau Conservation Area

Join us on Lake Girardeau for one last paddling session before the cold weather sets in. While some leaves have already hit the forest floor, the yellow hickories and burgundy oak leaves should still provide us with plenty of color to enjoy. The water is one of the best ways to view leaves as the reflections double the experience! This program is perfect for all skill levels. Kayak, paddle, and lifejackets will be provided. Persons under 16 years of age must have accompanying adult with them. Please meet at the main boat launch on the southwest corner of the lake off County Road 383. Be sure to bring water to drink and dress in plenty of layers for the weather. (ages 12+)
Masks and social distancing are required during instruction, but not when on the water.
Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 7

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) The Discovery Center backyard is a six-acre urban oasis for native plants and wildlife. Join the naturalist for a one-hour interpretive walk around our trails and gardens. We'll meet some of the wild and native trees, plants and animals that make a living right here in the middle of Kansas City!

Register by November 7

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) The Discovery Center backyard is a six-acre urban oasis for native plants and wildlife. Join the naturalist for a one-hour interpretive walk around our trails and gardens. We'll meet some of the wild and native trees, plants and animals that make a living right here in the middle of Kansas City!

Register by November 7

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Learn how to skin and process the deer you harvest this year. This program will not include a real deer, but will feature an in person instructor, a step-by-step video, and equipment used in deer processing. We will cover techniques, safety tips and answer any questions you have about preparing your deer for the freezer. *Registration required ages 6+, all children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Masks are required to attend this program.

Register by November 7

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Lake Girardeau Conservation Area

Join us on Lake Girardeau for one last paddling session before the cold weather sets in. While some leaves have already hit the forest floor, the yellow hickories and burgundy oak leaves should still provide us with plenty of color to enjoy. The water is one of the best ways to view leaves as the reflections double the experience! This program is perfect for all skill levels. Kayak, paddle, and lifejackets will be provided. Persons under 16 years of age must have accompanying adult with them. Please meet at the main boat launch on the southwest corner of the lake off County Road 383. Be sure to bring water to drink and dress in plenty of layers for the weather. (ages 12+)
Masks and social distancing are required during instruction, but not when on the water.
Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 7

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) The Discovery Center backyard is a six-acre urban oasis for native plants and wildlife. Join the naturalist for a one-hour interpretive walk around our trails and gardens. We'll meet some of the wild and native trees, plants and animals that make a living right here in the middle of Kansas City!

Register by November 7

Date: Sunday, November 8, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cosmo-Bethel Lake

Come on out to Cosmo Bethel Lake and join us for some fly fishing! In this clinic we will teach the basics of fly fishing. There will be an intro to fly fish portion where we will go over some of the history behind it, then go into what all you need to get started with fly fishing and how to use all these things. We will also be going over the difference between using flies and using lures. To finish it all out you will learn how to cast and then get to do some fishing! This is a great way to try something new with the family! If you like fishing but have been looking for more of a challenge I offer you to come on out and see just what fly fishing is all about. Again, this is a beginner’s course, so no experience is need, this is definitely a great way to get together and have lots of fun! Make sure to wear the appropriate clothing, and bring a water or something to drink if you would like. Also if you are 16 or older you must have a fishing license. This will be catch and release only.

Register by November 10

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Join us for our regular virtual program series where you can ask the naturalist questions about nature topics. Naturalist Jordi Raos will talk about the many ways animals in Missouri survive our winters (or do not). Ever wonder what they are doing or where they go? The program will be followed by a live Q&A session. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Recommended for all ages. Call 417-888-4237 for more information. Select the blue "Register" button in the top right corner to register.

Register by November 6

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngster only(ages 3-5 with an adult)
Turkeys have some strange and entertaining behaviors and adaptations. Some of these behaviors we can see and some we can hear. Some we can even do ourselves! Come explore what it’s like to be a turkey.

Register by November 10

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Animals are getting ready for winter! They may search, sleep, or put on thick coats but they all have ways of preparing for the cold. Join us as we explore outside and go on a short hike. Dress for cold weather. No more than one adult with each registered participant. Additional siblings or unregistered participants will not be able to attend.

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