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Register by February 28

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Why is that frog singing? Why is that spider giving that other spider dead bugs? It’s not easy finding a mate in the wild. We’ll learn about some of the amazing ways animals woo one another and how some work together to raise their young. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids. Ages 7-12. Register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, March 1, 2019 - 3:00pm to Friday, March 29, 2019 - 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 week.

Register by March 1

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us as we visit explore the upper loop of the Whispering Pines Trail at Hawn State Park. Hike is ~6 miles and rated rugged, moderate to difficult. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center are free.
Notes:
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Prepare for water crossings and wear appropriate shoes.
Bring water, a lunch, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

Register by March 1

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us as we visit explore the upper loop of the Whispering Pines Trail at Hawn State Park. Hike is ~6 miles and rated rugged, moderate to difficult. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center are free.
Notes:
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Prepare for water crossings and wear appropriate shoes.
Bring water, a lunch, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

Register by February 26

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Co-Mo Electric Cooperative

Classroom in the morning with demo burn in the afternoon. To participate in the demo burn you must have leather gloves and leather boots. Lunch and water will be provided. To register for this event you must call Dean Stucker at 573-796-0286

Register by February 28

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 8:30am to 3:00pm

Location: Bridlespur Hunt Farm

This workshop will involve a 3 hour classroom session in the morning, followed by a demonstration burn in the afternoon (conditions permitting). Lunch will be provided. Come prepared to participate on the burn. Attendees should bring field clothing (cotton or wool; no synthetics), leather boots and gloves, to wear for the demonstration burn. For more information, contact MDC Private Land Conservationist Jeff Esely (636-528-4877 x3).

Register by March 1

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

If you have ever wanted to learn about tying flies but never had the opportunity, now is your chance! Join the Missouri Department of Conservation for a fun filled morning learning the basics of tying flies. Three flies will be tied and more if time allows! All supplies will be provided, except reading glasses. Please bring those if needed. The hooks can get awful small! Registration is required. Anyone 15 years of age or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Please look for the Discover Nature signage when entering the parking lot.

Register by March 2

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (14+ years).
WHOO doesn't like the sound of owls when walking in the woods? Join us in learning more about owls in Missouri. You will be making greeting cards after hand stitching on paper.

Register by March 1

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Purple martins will be arriving back from South America any day. Come and learn how you can help conserve these beautiful swallows that are native to Missouri. We will discuss how you can have a colony of purple martins in your own backyard. You will also get a look at the martin house at the Busch Visitor’s Center.

Register by February 28

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required, beginning February 1
(ages 11+; ages 11-15 must be accompanied by a participating adult)
Spring is here, and the toms are strutting. That can only mean one thing! Spring turkey season is here! Through the generations, Missourians have enjoyed pursuing these large elusive birds. Join us as we explore the basics of turkey hunting, including locations, equipment, techniques and more.

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 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, March 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) About a third of adult humans are ophidiophobia, fearful of snakes. Spring is near and there's little to fear as snakes will be emerging from winter hibernation. Get to know the common snakes of the Kansas City area. We will have several live snakes on display. Make a snake skin solar print.

Register by March 2

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Try your hand at woodcarving with members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists as they teach carving techniques and show how to transform wood into works of art. Ages 12-adult.

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 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, March 2, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Visit with members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists as they share information with the “wood-be” carver, demonstrate carving techniques, and show works in progress. All ages.

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 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 March 2

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Nimble and graceful in flight, the fleet-winged purple martins can provide hours of entertaining viewing as they dart about seeking insects to eat. Males are the most recognizable with their streamlined, purple-blue bodies. Learn more about these fascinating birds and how to provide a nesting site for a colony of these native swallows. Ages 10-adult. Register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by March 2

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (14+ years).
WHOO doesn't like the sound of owls when walking in the woods? Join us in learning more about owls in Missouri. You will be making greeting cards after hand stitching on paper.

Register by March 2

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Art instructor and nature enthusiast Hing Wah Hatch will increase your powers of observation as she demonstrates, step-by-step, how to capture the essence of local plants and animals through Chinese-style painting. Participants will go home with more nature knowledge and their own artistic masterpiece. Ages 8-adult.

Register by March 2

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Bluebirds bring joy to nearly everyone who sees or hears them. Learn the bluebird basics in this program as we talk about housing, monitoring, and feeding these beautiful birds. Afterwards, we will make suet cakes.

Register by March 2

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 2:45pm to 4:15pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Art instructor and nature enthusiast Hing Wah Hatch will increase your powers of observation as she demonstrates, step-by-step, how to capture the essence of local plants and animals through Chinese-style painting. Participants will go home with more nature knowledge and their own artistic masterpiece. Ages 8-adult.

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 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.

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Do you know what lives underground? Are they cute and fuzzy or creepy crawly? Learn with your little one as we enjoy underground activities. We’ll head outside, weather permitting, for part of the program. Ages 0-2.

Register by March 4

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Family Shooting Sports Sampler
March 5 • Tuesday • 6-8 pm
(Ages 11 and up)
Reservations begin February 19
Are you interested in the shooting sports, but have no experience with guns or bows? Here is your opportunity! This program will offer you a chance to experience air rifles, shotguns and archery equipment. Find out what interests you most. All necessary equipment will be provided.

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