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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 21

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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.

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Have you ever wondered how the earliest Americans were able to take large game? Come to the nature center to try your hand at the earliest weapon system, the atlatl. This tool predates the bow and arrow by thousands of years but can be just as effective with a little practice. Join staff in front of our building for open time on our atlatl range and see if you have what it takes to hunt a mastodon for dinner. All equipment provided. Social distancing and masks are required. (ages 10+)

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Fall is a great time to get out and enjoy nature. Celebrate the falling leaves by taking part in a leaf scavenger hunt. Participants can pick up their leaf booklet and then head outside to discover the many types of leaves on the forest floor. (all ages)

Please remember to wear a mask if you are indoors and practice social distancing.

Register by November 24

Date: Tuesday, November 24, 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. Learn about invasive zebra mussels and the harm they cause in Missouri with Naturalist Alan Reed 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. Call 417-888-4237 for more information. Select the blue "Register" button in the top right corner to register.

Register by November 24

Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

Experienced anglers know that some of the largest lunkers of the year are pulled from the water during winter. Come join us for this virtual program and learn where to fish and what lures to use when the thermometer bottoms out. Whether you fish for smallmouth, largemouth or spotted bass, this program is sure to give you the edge this winter and may even help to get that photo of a lifetime to brag about.

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 21

Date: Saturday, November 28, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Make holiday treasures for your family or one-of-a-kind handmade gifts for the holidays from the abundance of natural objects this season offers. The Twin Pines staff will show you how to use items such as twigs, pine needles, acorns, buckeyes and seed pods to create wreath, reindeer and miniature tree ornaments. Designed for ages 12 and up, this program has a class limit of 5. Reservations are required. To ensure the good health of all, participants are reminded to social distance and to stay home if you are sick. Reservations can be made on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by November 28

Date: Saturday, November 28, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Start a new family Thanksgiving tradition. Stretch your legs, explore and connect with the natural world. Investigate the seasonal changes as days become shorter and temperatures begin to drop. Observe and collect signs of the coming winter, everyone will gather items that will be used to create a group art piece. Continue by engaging in monthly phenology explorations (the study of phenomena or happenings) or add this nature exploration to your November traditions.

Register by November 25

Date: Saturday, November 28, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each attending (all ages)
What in nature are you most thankful for? Search the trails near the Nature Center to find hidden “pumpkins” of knowledge about special things only the natural world can do for us. Collect four gratitude pumpkins to redeem for a special prize.

Register by November 28

Date: Saturday, November 28, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Start a new family Thanksgiving tradition. Stretch your legs, explore and connect with the natural world. Investigate the seasonal changes as days become shorter and temperatures begin to drop. Observe and collect signs of the coming winter, everyone will gather items that will be used to create a group art piece. Continue by engaging in monthly phenology explorations (the study of phenomena or happenings) or add this nature exploration to your November traditions.

Register by November 25

Date: Saturday, November 28, 2020 - 1:45pm to 2:15pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each attending (all ages)
What in nature are you most thankful for? Search the trails near the Nature Center to find hidden “pumpkins” of knowledge about special things only the natural world can do for us. Collect four gratitude pumpkins to redeem for a special prize.

Register by November 25

Date: Saturday, November 28, 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each attending (all ages)
What in nature are you most thankful for? Search the trails near the Nature Center to find hidden “pumpkins” of knowledge about special things only the natural world can do for us. Collect four gratitude pumpkins to redeem for a special prize.

Register by November 27

Date: Sunday, November 29, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Beavers are especially busy this time of year as they prepare for the cold winter months. Walk a wooded path to the bank of the Mississippi River at Columbia Bottom where there is evidence of these industrious engineers’ work. Watch the full “Beaver Moon” as it rises over Duck Island and floods the river’s surface with its silvery light.
We will walk from parking lot ”0” to the Mississippi River.
Dress for the weather, including shoes suitable for walking on a dirt path and sand, and bring a flashlight and a water bottle. Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from staff and other participants and follow St. Louis County mask-wearing directives.
Meet at parking lot “O,” about 4 miles from the front entrance. Allow 10 minutes to drive from the front entrance to lot “0.”

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 December 2

Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Virtual

In December, the wind is cold and the trees are bare… well, most of the trees. Some trees keep their leaves all through the cold, winter months. Missouri is home to many tree species, but few evergreens are native. Tune in to learn which ones are.

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 December 4

Date: Friday, December 4, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Deck the halls with boughs of holly...the holidays are just around the corner and we're in the mood to decorate! We'll use nature's resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (the size and shape you want), and we'll provide everything else.
Some tools, (pruners, pliers, gloves and wire cutters) will be available to use or you can bring your own.
To ensure the safety of all, masks are required and participants will social distance.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by December 4

Date: Friday, December 4, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Deck the halls with boughs of holly...the holidays are just around the corner and we're in the mood to decorate! We'll use nature's resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (the size and shape you want), and we'll provide everything else.
Some tools, (pruners, pliers, gloves and wire cutters) will be available to use or you can bring your own.
To ensure the safety of all, masks are required and participants will social distance.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by December 4

Date: Friday, December 4, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Deck the halls with boughs of holly...the holidays are just around the corner and we're in the mood to decorate! We'll use nature's resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (the size and shape you want), and we'll provide everything else.
Some tools, (pruners, pliers, gloves and wire cutters) will be available to use or you can bring your own.
To ensure the safety of all, masks are required and participants will social distance.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by December 4

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Deck the halls with boughs of holly...the holidays are just around the corner and we're in the mood to decorate! We'll use nature's resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (the size and shape you want), and we'll provide everything else.
Some tools, (pruners, pliers, gloves and wire cutters) will be available to use or you can bring your own.
To ensure the safety of all, masks are required and participants will social distance.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by December 5

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Deck the halls with boughs of holly...the holidays are just around the corner and we're in the mood to decorate! We'll use nature's resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (the size and shape you want), and we'll provide everything else.
Some tools, (pruners, pliers, gloves and wire cutters) will be available to use or you can bring your own.
To ensure the safety of all, masks are required and participants will social distance.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by December 5

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
If you live near trees you have no doubt heard the distinct drumming of a woodpecker. But did you know that woodpeckers play an important role in Missouri’s forest communities? Join us as we peck into the wacky world of Missouri’s woodpeckers. Plus, we will demonstrate how you can make suet to attract woodpeckers to your backyard.

Register by December 5

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Deck the halls with boughs of holly...the holidays are just around the corner and we're in the mood to decorate! We'll use nature's resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (the size and shape you want), and we'll provide everything else.
Some tools, (pruners, pliers, gloves and wire cutters) will be available to use or you can bring your own.
To ensure the safety of all, masks are required and participants will social distance

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by December 5

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Deck the halls with boughs of holly...the holidays are just around the corner and we're in the mood to decorate! We'll use nature's resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (the size and shape you want), and we'll provide everything else.
Some tools, (pruners, pliers, gloves and wire cutters) will be available to use or you can bring your own.
To ensure the safety of all, masks are required and participants will social distance.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by December 5

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Deck the halls with boughs of holly...the holidays are just around the corner and we're in the mood to decorate! We'll use nature's resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (the size and shape you want), and we'll provide everything else.
Some tools, (pruners, pliers, gloves and wire cutters) will be available to use or you can bring your own.
To ensure the safety of all, masks are required and participants will social distance.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by December 6

Date: Monday, December 7, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Virtual

This online virtual program will cover how to get started shooting handguns. We will cover handgun fundamentals, calibers, handgun actions, operation, safety, shooting techniques, maintenance, and safe storage.

Register by December 6

Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This two part program includes handgun fundamentals, shooting, operation, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start with virtual classroom instruction on Monday, December 7 from 6-7:30 p.m., then head to the range for a live-fire session on Tuesday, December 8 from 6-7:30 p.m.. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment are provided. We will start by using our firearms, however you may bring your own handgun and ammunition to the live-fire session to shoot if time permits. The virtual classroom portion on December 7 is required in order to attend the live fire portion on December 8.

Register by December 9

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Every winter Missouri provides a temporary home to several migratory songbirds. We will learn how to identify some of these feathered friends and build a bird feeder to take home. (ages 6+)

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and wear a face covering. Each family member that plans to attend must be registered.

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