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Register by February 10

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Bear Necessities
Tuesday 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Reservations begin January 11
(Families) Black bears are an exciting part of Missouri’s natural history, and they’re making a comeback in the state. Learn about their comeback and what MDC and other agencies are doing to learn about their life history and status in the state. Learn how to be “Bear Aware” while camping, hiking, hunting, and fishing to stay safe, and to keep bears wild. (Reservations begin January 11th).

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 6:15pm to 7:45pm

Location: Mineral Area College-Rice Hall

Learn timber sale tips before you sign the dotted line. Selling timber is a once or maybe twice in a lifetime event for most landowners, so there is a lot at stake to get the sale right. It’s important that landowners understand the value of their timber as well as how the type of harvest can affect its future value. Discussion will focus on how the proper harvest is essential to accomplishing your objectives and tips to ensure a timber sale contract protects you and your property.

Register by February 11

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children ages 6–13)
Join us to discover the mysterious world of owls. Owls have incredible adaptations that make them awesome nocturnal hunters. We will learn about these amazing birds, dissect some owl pellets and even go outside and call to find out just WHOOOO lives at Burr Oak Woods.

Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Nature Center Visitors
Burr Oak Woods nature center and state office will be closed for the state holiday on observance of the
Holiday-Lincoln Day. The area and trail will be available for your enjoyment 7 AM-6 PM daily.

Register by February 10

Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Crafts are good for the soul; this craft will also be good for the heart. In this craft session, you can make a valentine for your loved one from natural material that can be given for Valentine's day!

Date: Thursday, February 13, 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! Drop by to visit with the volunteers and staff as they feed the hungry critters. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Register by February 13

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Have you ever wanted to learn how to identify birds found in your backyard? Join us as we prepare you to become citizen-scientists during the Great Backyard Bird Count (Feb. 14-17). Learn to use binoculars and field guides, and how to attract birds to your own backyard. Equipment will be provided, but feel free to bring your own.
**Registration Required (ages 7-12)

Register by February 13

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Spring seems so far away!! Are you missing the wildflowers? We will be creating some of our wonderful Missouri wildflowers from paper. Everyone will go home with some paper flowers to help them hold on until spring.

Register by February 13

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join Laura Conlee, furbearer biologist, to learn about Missouri's growing black bear population. Topics will include bear biology, Missouri's black bear research project, and how to Be Bear Aware.

Date: Friday, February 14, 2020 - 7:00am to 9:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The Great Backyard Bird Count is February 14-17. Drop by the nature center for some early morning bird identification at our feeders. We can help you learn how to use binoculars and field guides. Then, you can do your own count in your own backyard. We will be snacking on some bird food ourselves – trail mix and juice. Families and groups are welcome.

Register by February 14

Date: Friday, February 14, 2020 - 7:00am to 9:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (adults) With a new year comes a new program at the Discovery Center. Good Morning Nature is for all you early risers. This program will meet on the second Friday of each month and will include various nature topics as well as opportunities to learn from each other. February will be all about sap collection and the process to make syrup. There will be ample time outdoors at the Discovery Center as we check the sap buckets and learn about trees that can be tapped.

Date: Friday, February 14, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Why is that frog singing? Why is that spider giving that other spider dead bugs? We’ll learn about how some animals find a mate and how some work together to raise their young. Afterwards we’ll make fun themed valentines to take home. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, February 14, 2020 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Why is that frog singing? Why is that spider giving that other spider dead bugs? We’ll learn about how some animals find a mate and how some work together to raise their young. Afterwards we’ll make fun themed valentines to take home. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, February 14, 2020 - 3:00pm to 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 February 13

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 8:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

This is a Women's ONLY class. Instructors will provide information on the different types of firearms, ammunition, marksmanship skills and care and cleaning, pus much more. There will be a live-fire session; bring your own firearm or use ours!

Register by February 14

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Explore the hilly terrain at Drury-Mincy Conservation Area near Forsyth. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is five miles and rated moderate to difficult. Ages 18-adult.

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Register by February 14

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Break out of your cabin fever! Discover Dresser Island, a winter wildlife haven. 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.

*******Participants meet at: Dresser Island Conservation Area
Parking lot off of Highway 94 near West Alton, MO******

Register by February 14

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Maple sugaring is here and it’s time to tap the trees! Make maple syrup fun for your family, even with just one or two trees at home. Learn about sugar maple trees, how to tap trees, and turn sap into syrup.

The entire program will be outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

Register by February 15

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Pickle Springs Natural Area

Come explore one of the most beautiful places in southeast Missouri. This 2-mile hike will take us past giant sandstone formations shaped by time and the elements as we wind in and out of ravines and streams. There is so much to explore even in the cold, but please dress for the weather and bring a backpack with water and a sack lunch.

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 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.

Register by February 14

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:30pm

Location: Maramec Spring Hatchery

Have you ever had the experience to catch a fish on a fly you tied? This workshop will provide the tools and expert coaching to create up to three different fly fishing flies and take home about nine total flies. Individuals will be allowed to try their flies within a stream the final hours of the workshop. Space is limited to 10 participants and all participants must be 16 years or older. This workshop will be held at Maramec Spring Park located just six miles south of St. James, MO, on Hwy. 8, on February 8th from 10 AM – 3:30 PM. Participants will meet at the museum within the park. Participants should bring their own lunch, knee/hip boots, and be prepared to be outside in the afternoon.

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Discover HOOO's hiding in your backyard. Secrecy and stealth plus the cover of darkness keep most owls out of sight. Discover which owls might be your neighbors and take home a recycled work of owl art using common discarded junk!

Register by February 15

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Join us to learn more about Missouri's state bird!We will also build 12 bluebird nest boxes. Each family will work together to build 1 box to take home. Bring a hammer. Registration is required.

Register by February 14

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Neosho National Fish Hatchery

Join MDC staff, Neosho National Fish Hatchery staff, and the MAKO fly fishers, for a free clinic designed to help the beginner and expert alike. We will cover basic fly casting skills, simple fly tying patterns, and river strategies for many different species in southwest MO and beyond. All supplies will be provided and please register so we know how many to expect. All are welcome!

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