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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 November 6

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters 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 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Pinecones aplenty! Nature provides many beautiful resources in the fall. Join us to learn about the importance of these resources and make your own wreath using pinecones, nuts, hedge apples, and buckeyes!

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 9

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Virtual

The winds have changed, and it is getting colder. Have you ever wondered why Mississippi kites and monarchs migrate or why do bats and bears hibernate? Come and join us as we dive into the wonders of why animals and plants Migrate, Adapt, go Dormant (MAD), and much more!

**This is a virtual program. Registration required. Everyone will receive a link to the Webex presentation through the Event Management System (DoNotReply-MOEvents@S3Gov.com) 24 hours in advance to the program. If you do not see this email in your inbox, please check your junk/spam mailbox. We will also send another reminder email around noon the day of the program (you will get this from the same email as above). Please contact the presenter no later than 5 p.m. the day of the program if you are not seeing the link.*

Register by November 10

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

The turkey is a common theme of study in November and we will do some investigation of this special bird of the Ozarks. We will use our Discover Nature Schools science notebook and team up with area students. Homeschool students and area third and/or fourth grade classes please join us. Discover Nature, Nature Unleashed student books may be requested and mailed to the school for free. Just sign on our MDC teacher portal.

Register by November 12

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

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! Meet a few of our captive critters and observe them eating during this live, virtual program. (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 12

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

Fall is here! With its cooler temperatures plants and animals will be starting to change and prepare for the next of our Missouri seasons. Join us for a few 30- minute virtual programs hosted by our Runge Naturalists, each exploring a different aspect of our natural world.

Register by November 13

Date: Friday, November 13, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Our relationship with plants is really varied. Some plants we hate, like Poison Ivy. Other plants we love, like Black-eyed Susan. Some plants have obvious uses like oak trees. Other plants have uses you may have never heard of like milkweed sandals. Plants are used in so many ways, and we are going to explore some of those uses.

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 12

Date: Friday, November 13, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Tower Grove Park-New Comfort Station

Come celebrate fall and the wonderful changes the season brings with a nature story time. Families will go on an Autumn scavenger hunt for a “nature” adventure. Meet the naturalist at the West End Picnic Site. Everyone will hike with the naturalist to a special place and enjoy a nature story under the tree canopy.

For the safety of participants and our staff, MDC asks all guests 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 November 13

Date: Friday, November 13, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Holiday gift giving generates a lot of trash which ends up in our landfills. There are many ways you can make your gift special and earth friendly. We are going to create reusable and natural decorations that will look wonderful under your tree. (ages 12-adult)

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 13

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each attending (families)
Project FeederWatch turns your love of feeding birds into scientific discoveries. Join us as we participate in this citizen scientist project. Your bird counts help the Cornell Lab track what is happening in our backyard and helps track long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. Birders of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair of ours.

Register by November 14

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 9+) Primitive skills enthusiasts use atlatls as a alternative form of hunting deer, turkey and fish in Missouri. Others use this Native American hunting tool for sport, throwing for distance or accuracy. Step outside with us to find a challenging new sport in today's modern world. Test your skill as you attempt to hit the target using this unique spear-thrower! Get ready to meet the challenge!

Register by November 14

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 9+) Primitive skills enthusiasts use atlatls as a alternative form of hunting deer, turkey and fish in Missouri. Others use this Native American hunting tool for sport, throwing for distance or accuracy. Step outside with us to find a challenging new sport in today's modern world. Test your skill as you attempt to hit the target using this unique spear-thrower! Get ready to meet the challenge!

Register by November 17

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Wild turkeys strut their stuff all around Missouri and November is a great month to learn more about these chatty birds. By the end of this virtual program you will be able to cluck and purr with the best of them! When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Ages 3-6. Call 417-888-4237 for more information. Select the blue "Register" button in the top right corner to register.

Register by November 17

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) The ability to make rope or cordage from plant fibers is an ancient skill essential to surviving in the wilds. We will learn to make simple cordage using the same plants Native Americans harvested from Missouri wild prairies to make bowstrings, fishing nets and clothing.

Register by November 18

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Oh deer, what a treat it is to see a wonderful whitetail! Deer can be tricky to spot in the woods or when they’re feeding in the fields. We’ll talk about these skilled animals while we make a darling deer craft to take home. (ages 3-6)

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and for anyone over the age of 9 to wear a face covering. Participants are limited to one adult per registered child, additional adults and unregistered siblings will be able to explore the exhibit area.

Register by November 17

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 13-18)
We’ve all seen and stepped on those little capped nuts, but did you know there is one species that differs from the rest. Burr oak trees produce a unique acorn. Come learn a little more about acorn diversity and how it effects Missouri’s ecosystem.

Register by November 19

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

There are many different mammals that live in Missouri. In this virtual program you will learn about their characteristics, habitats, and other interesting facts. 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 19

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

This program includes handgun safety, operation, shooting fundamentals, maintenance, and safe storage. Equipment and ammunition will be provided; you may bring your own firearm and ammunition to the live-fire session.

Register by November 21

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

We will be hiking Graham Cave State Park. Please wear appropriate footwear, and dress appropriately for all types of weather conditions, including rain. Bring your lunch, water and bug repellant.
*Registration Required (18+)
*NOTE: Those wishing to meet us at the trailhead please call Runge a couple of days before the hike to find out the time and place to meet our group.
Location: Off of I-70 near Danville
Montgomery County

Register by November 21

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 18+) Are you a foodie? Have you been curious about Dutch oven cooking? Use this skill on your next car camping trip or during the holidays to free up space in the oven. Come out and learn a new technique. This program will be held outdoors so dress appropriately.

Register by November 20

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Missouri trees are relatively easy to identify in the summer when they have all their leaves. As winter approaches these leaves fall off making the trees more difficult to distinguish. Attend this hands-on workshop to learn the tips and tricks to tree identification throughout the seasons.

Register by November 20

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Join us as we walk to the Confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. See firsthand the destructive force and lasting impact of the 2019 flood at Columbia Bottom. We will discuss the challenges faced by MDC as it maintains a Conservation Area on the floodplain of the two largest rivers in North America.

Sturdy, closed toed shoes are mandatory. Hiking poles, water bottles, binoculars are recommended. Meet at Parking Lot L, about 4 ½ miles from the entrance.

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 November 20

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Tower Grove Park-New Comfort Station

Fantastic beasts of nature and the fantastic beasts of magic collide in this cache series. Uncover a new world of geocaching! Recently, 10 sightings of magical creatures and otherworldly beings have been reported. Your challenge is to find these creatures in their natural habitats and confirm the existence of as many as you can. Meet the naturalist at the West End Picnic Site.

For the safety of participants and our staff, MDC asks all guests 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 November 21

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Be right on target! Try your hand at archery and experience a fun way to enjoy the outdoors. All archery equipment will be provided. Adult supervision is required for ages 9-17.

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and for anyone over the age of 9 to wear a face covering. To help us have an accurate count, please register each family member that plans to attend. (ages 9- adult)

Register by November 21

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 18+) Are you a foodie? Have you been curious about Dutch oven cooking? Use this skill on your next car camping trip or during the holidays to free up space in the oven. Come out and learn a new technique. This program will be held outdoors so dress appropriately.

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