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Date: Saturday, December 29, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+) Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.

Date: Saturday, December 29, 2018 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages) Craft up some fun using nature-made materials! Walk-in anytime between noon and 3 p.m. to complete two on-your-own crafts.

Date: Monday, December 31, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Birds of Prey, otherwise known as Raptors, are unique from other types of birds in that they hunt and feed on other animals. Join us to learn all about Raptors in Missouri.

Register by December 31

Date: Monday, December 31, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

New Year’s Eve Walk at the Confluence
December 31 • Monday • 4:30–6 p.m.
(All ages)
Reservations begin December 1.
End this year and refresh for the new one on a quiet stroll at the Confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Dress warmly and wear sturdy shoes. Meet at Lot “ L” about 4 miles from the front entrance.

Date: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, January 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.

Register by January 2

Date: Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Animal Signs
Jan 3 • Thursday • 10 –11:30 a.m.
(Ages 5-7)
Reservations begin December 6.
Winter is a wonderful time to look for animal signs. If not in the snow, then in wet mud. Let’s take a short hike to look for tracks, scat and more. Dress warm to be outdoors and meet at the Hatchery in Forest Park.

Date: Friday, January 4, 2019 - 3:00pm to Friday, January 18, 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 Friday.

Register by January 3

Date: Friday, January 4, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

(Families)
Reservations begin Dec 17
Who’s that hooting it up each January evening?? Owls, that’s who. You will learn what makes them such effective night time hunters and why they hoot so much this time of year. A portion of the program will be outside so please come dressed for the weather.

Register by January 4

Date: Saturday, January 5, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Register by January 4

Date: Saturday, January 5, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

(Ages 12 and up)
Reservations begin Dec 21
Break out of your cabin fever and discover a winter wildlife haven, Dresser Island! We will hike 6.5 miles (with an option for 3.5 miles) along the Mississippi River in search of a variety of wildlife including eagles, pelicans, waterfowl, muskrats, deer, and many others.

Register by January 4

Date: Saturday, January 5, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Kids, enjoy a morning just for you and the birds. Discover the excitement of bird watching in the tradition of the annual Christmas Bird Count. Participants will learn birding basics in the classroom before heading outside for the bird count. Experienced birders from the Ozark Gateway Audubon Society Chapter and MDC staff will lead mentored birding experiences with the participants. The morning will end with a tally of total birds observed. Remember to bring your binoculars, if you have some, dress for the weather and be prepared for an easy to moderate rated hike. For more information and to register call 417-629-3434.

Date: Saturday, January 5, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

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.

Register by January 5

Date: Saturday, January 5, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Catfish are fun to catch on the pole and mighty fine to cook over a fire. This afternoon we will test out several different ways to cook and enjoy catfish at the campsite after a day of fishing. Program is free. FISH

Date: Saturday, January 5, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Candy is a fiber artist, quilter, author and teacher. She exhibits and sells fiber art and quilts, teaching quilting and fiber arts locally and regionally. She is also a Teacher Naturalist at Shaw Nature Reserve and often combines her love of fabric and nature. While teaching quilting for several years she has developed a passion for turning the traditional into something new and exciting. Her first book, Reimagined Dresden, will be published in 2019 by C & T Publishing.

Her fiber art is contemporary and often explores new techniques and presentations with themes of nature, maps and circles.
She makes her home in the woods in Franklin County as well as in the city of St. Louis, MO.

At Powder Valley I will do a hands-on demonstration using small bits and scraps of fabric to create a landscape/treescape. The project can be done at home with fabric, paper, stitch or glue and is fun for all ages.

Register by January 8

Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Shotshell Reloading
January 8, Tuesday, 6-8 p.m.
(Ages 16 and up)
Here is your opportunity to learn the process of reloading shotgun shells using simple equipment. The technique is easy and may save you money over the cost of factory ammunition. We will produce quality shotshells with low-cost equipment. This program covers the needed equipment, materials, and techniques used to reload shot shell. (Reservations begin December 25)

Register by January 7

Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Bring your newly purchased firearm to the range. Our staff will show you the proper way to use and take care of your firearm.
You must bring the owners manual with the firearm.
If you wish to shoot your firearm, you must bring your own ammunition.

Register by January 8

Date: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Come see the topic we are exploring this month. 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. Siblings are welcome. Will be canceled due to inclement weather.

Register by January 8

Date: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-5 with an adult)
Squirrels seem to be everywhere stashing food all summer and fall. What kind of squirrely business are they up to now? Join us to find out what it’s like to be a squirrel in Missouri. Registration required for youngster only.

Register by January 8

Date: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Register by January 8

Date: Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Fourth in the series, this month’s focus is on the Missouri state bird. Learn about this colorful native and its relationship to our prairies while you create a blue bird quilt block. By attending all twelve of the monthly programs, you will be able to complete a “prairie-based” quilt. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Attendees under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Reservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling 888-283-0364 or on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call Twin Pines CEC at 573-325-1381.

Date: Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Ever wonder what it takes to keep all the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Thanks to some amazing animal care volunteers, they are fed a delicious smorgasbord of crickets, worms, minnows, and more! Drop by to visit with the volunteers and staff as they feed the hungry critters. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Register by January 8

Date: Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Fourth in the series, this month’s focus is on the Missouri state bird. Learn about this colorful native and its relationship to our prairies while you create a blue bird quilt block. By attending all twelve of the monthly programs, you will be able to complete a “prairie-based” quilt. Attendees under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Class size limit of 15. Reservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling 888-283-0364 or on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call Twin Pines CEC at 573-325-1381.

Register by January 9

Date: Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children 6+)
Caves have fascinated both children and adults throughout time. The truth they tell is as incredible as the legends that have been created about them. Join us as we use hands–on activities to discover this hidden world in the Burr Oak Woods Portable Cave! Registration required for all family members attending.

Register by January 10

Date: Friday, January 11, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Who’s that hooting it up each January evening? Owls that’s who. You will learn what makes them such effective night time hunter and why they hoot so much this time of year. Be prepared to spend some of the time outside.

Please bring warm clothing including gloves, and flashlights.
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Everyone that will be attending should register individually for this program.

Register by January 11

Date: Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 8:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Hunnewell Hatchery

Come join us for a morning of fun learning about ice fishing! Participants will learn about ice fishing during a classroom portion followed by a hands on skills portion outside. Participants will need to dress in layers to accommodate the change in temperatures. In the event that there is not ice on the lake we will still hold the class. Participants are encouraged to purchase permits prior to the class, bring a sacked lunch as there are no local options, ice cleats and bring a bucket or chair to sit on while on the ice. Fishing supplies are available but limited, including bait. This class is open to all ages, however anyone 15 years of age or younger needs to be accompanied by an adult. This is a free class open to the public. Registration is required. The class will only be canceled in the event of inclement weather such as freezing rain or blizzard like conditions.

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