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Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Slither in and discover the incredible world of Missouri’s snakes. These legless, scaly reptiles are often misunderstood, but are beneficial to the environment and to us. Join us to untangle snake myths, learn who lives around us, and meet some live snakes up close.

Register by January 19

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Native plants are not only beautiful but have many purposes. Many have healing qualities that can be used for gardening and outdoor woes. This hands-on class will include information about plants that can help with bug bites, sunburn, poison ivy, and other complaints. Program is free.

Date: Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 7:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Self-guided Eagle Viewing at Columbia Bottom
Jan 20 • Sunday • 7 AM - 5 PM
No reservations required.
Drive just north of the Chain of Rocks bridge, escape the crowds of Eagle Days, and venture to over 4000 acres at Columbia Bottom to scout for eagles. The boat ramp, confluence platform and all along the river’s edge are excellent spots to see these magnificent hunters. Signs will be posted at Columbia Bottom to direct you on the area and for you to explore on your own.

Date: Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This program is held at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge.

Register by January 18

Date: Monday, January 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

(Ages 10 and younger)
Reservations begin Jan 1
Be a great fur trader at the Busch Trading Post! Capture “furbearers”, barter with the post staff, and learn about why trapping is important to Missouri.

Register by January 21

Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Register by January 22

Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Aside from looking awesome, skulls can also tell you a lot about the animals that they come from! Join us as we study the unique features from a variety of different animal skulls. At the end of our program you will test your ability to identify animals by looking only at their skulls.

Register by January 23

Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Introduction to Firearms
January 23, Wednesday, 6-8pm
(Ages 11 and up)
If you are not familiar or comfortable with firearms, this is an educational introduction to firearms. Join our staff as we look at various types of firearms including rifles, shotguns and handguns. We will examine the various types of actions and provide a hands-on demonstration of their working mechanisms. The presentation will include basic safety, home security, and general maintenance. This is a classroom program and does not include live shooting. (Reservations begin January 9)

Register by January 22

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Joining us from the Dickerson Park Zoo, Phoenix and Aquila, will enable you to enjoy the sight, sound and study of both the golden and bald eagle. The 10:30 AM program is for school groups and reservations are required. Space will be limited, so be sure to get your reservation in early. For further information and group reservations call 573-325-1381.

Register by January 22

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Joining us from the Dickerson Park Zoo, Phoenix and Aquila, will enable you to enjoy the sight, sound and study of both the golden and bald eagle. The 12:00 PM program is for school groups and reservations are required. Space will be limited, so be sure to get your reservation in early. For further information and group reservations call 573-325-1381.

Register by January 22

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Joining us from the Dickerson Park Zoo, Phoenix and Aquila, will enable you to enjoy the sight, sound and study of both the golden and bald eagle. Space will be limited, so be sure to get your reservation in early. To make a reservation call 888-283-0364 or check out our website at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by January 24

Date: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Do you have maple trees and love maple syrup? This workshop will teach you how to develop your own backyard maple syrup operation, and we cover everything from tree identification to cooking. Portions of the program are outside, so please dress for the weather.
*** Please bring a sack lunch.
*** Register all adults that will be attending.

Register by January 25

Date: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations are required and begin immediately.
Sign up each individual that will be attending.

This is a fun evening for all ages. Join us as we welcome back the Missouri falconers and their hunting partners! Falconry, a sport reported as early as 700 B.C.E. is still practiced today. Learn what falconry is and how to become a falconer. The evening will begin in the auditorium with a presentation on raptors and the art of falconry. Following the presentation you will have an opportunity to “meet and greet” the birds and their hunting partners, and see some of the equipment used in the sport of falconry. Be sure to bring your cameras.

Register by January 26

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Now is the time to start saving money while having fun reloading your own ammunition for hunting or target shooting. Join us for this basic course about reloading rifle, pistol, and shotgun shell ammunition because you will have great satisfaction breaking targets or shooting bull’s-eyes using your own manufactured rounds. We will cover all aspects of reloading from brass care and preparation to bullet and primer selection and much
more.

Register by January 26

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Tis’ the season for maple sugaring! Before you can enjoy sweet maple syrup, you’ve got to collect the sap. Learn how to identify Sugar maple trees and select the right ones to tap. Then, go outside to try your hand at tapping the trees. This program covers only the tree tapping portion. Join us February 9 for our Maple Sugaring event to learn the rest of the syrup story. Program is free.
Dress for the weather.

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 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.

Register by January 25

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for craft only - program prior to craft does not require registration (ages 14+)
Create a unique wearable work of art with acrylic “clay” as a set of earrings, a necklace pedant or a brooch. Learn about some of our beautiful and essential native plants as you craft your jewelry from one of many basic flower shapes...Flowering Dogwood, Sunflower, Wild Ginger, and more.

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Get the family out of the house and stop by to have a fantastic time with fish. We’ll celebrate the start of our Year of the Fish with games, programs, crafts, snacks, drawings, and lots of fish fun. Programs will occur at 1:30 and 2:30, seating is first come, first served. Youth and adult groups welcome. Program is free. FISH

Register by January 26

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Tis’ the season for maple sugaring! Before you can enjoy sweet maple syrup, you’ve got to collect the sap. Learn how to identify Sugar maple trees and select the right ones to tap. Then, go outside to try your hand at tapping the trees. This program covers only the tree tapping portion. Join us February 9 for our Maple Sugaring event to learn the rest of the syrup story. Program is free.
Dress for the weather.

Register by January 31

Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Howls in the night, tracks in the mud . . . could it be a wolf? Missouri has far more coyotes and foxes, but a few wolves have been confirmed in Missouri. Researchers continue to learn more about how large predators can benefit Missouri and how to avoid conflicts with them. Conservation Department Wildlife Damage Biologist Tom Meister is joined by Regina Mossotti, Director of Animal Care and Conservation, and Brian Chrysler, Director of Education with the world-renowned Endangered Wolf Center, to share fascinating information on the latest wolf research and findings.

Date: Friday, February 1, 2019 - 3:00pm to Friday, February 15, 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.

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Modern Sporting Rifles are one of the most popular rifles owned and used by hunters and shooters today. They are lightweight, modular for ease of modification, and available in many popular calibers for both recreational shooting and hunting applications. Join us to learn more about the Modern Sporting Rifle, how to safely use, clean and maintain it, how to select the proper caliber for your application, and much more.

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Mingo National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

Winter is a great time to visit Mingo National Wildlife Refuge and Duck Creek Conservation Area for viewing bald eagles. Spotting scopes and guides will be provided to view eagles in the wild. Indoor programs will include live eagles plus exhibits, activities, and videos. Visitors can tour the Visitor Center at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. Youth and adult groups welcome. Event is free.

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
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.

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Just because the temperatures drop, doesn’t mean you have to stay inside! There are many fun activities to do during winter, like maple sugaring, hiking, camping, bird-watching, outdoor photography, and fishing to name a few. MDC and local partnering organizations will help uncover the many different outdoor activities you can do in winter, along with information about how animals weather the season as well. It’s a day your whole family will enjoy! All activities are free and no reservations are required. Handicapped parking only will be available on-site. All other parking will be off-site at Pond Elementary (17200 Manchester Rd) and the St. Louis Community College Wildwood campus (2645 Generations Dr.). Shuttle buses to the event will be provided, and food trucks will be available on-site. This is a rain or shine event, please dress for the weather.

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