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Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, February 27, 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 February 5

Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Fifth in the series, this month features the prairie chicken. Learn about this native bird, its habits and habitat while you create a quilt block based on this theme. 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 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 February 5

Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Fifth in the series, this month features the prairie chicken. Learn about this native bird, its habits and habitat while you create a quilt block based on this theme. 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 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: Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Antler Scoring Open House
February 9, Saturday, 9am – 1pm
(All ages)
Now that your antlers have dried for the required 60 days, it is time to check the official score of that big rack. We will have official scorers on duty. You may also bring shed antlers to be scored. Antlers do not have to be from this past season, any previous rack can be scored. Bring your antlers to the Education Center and see what your deer scores! (No reservations required)

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
As you explore outdoors, have you ever come across an animal skull? A skull will give you all the evidence you need to identify which animal it came from. Teeth, eye sockets, and even the overall shape of a skull can provide great clues. Come on in and use new skills to identify the skulls of a few of Missouri’s wild animals.

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Discover one of the forest’s sweetest gifts. Maple sugaring is rich in history and still practiced today. Learn the history, equipment, and process of making maple syrup. Youth and adult groups welcome. Event is free.

Register by February 12

Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-5 with an adult)
Tis’ the season for those coats of ours, but what about Missouri’s wildlife? Did you know some animals grow their own winter coats? Some of them even change color! Join us to find out how some animals use their fur to adapt to Missouri’s harsh winters. Brief trip outside, dress for the weather. Registration required (ages 3-5 with an adult)
Tis’ the season for those coats of ours, but what about Missouri’s wildlife? Did you know some animals grow their own winter coats? Some of them even change color! Join us to find out how some animals use their fur to adapt to Missouri’s harsh winters. Brief trip outside, dress for the weather. Registration required for youngster attending only.

Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 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. Program is free.

Register by February 13

Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children 6+)
Who’s been walking through my backyard? The tracks and other signs animals leave behind can tell us many things about them. Join us as we learn how to tell who has been in your neighborhood and where they might be going. Dress to be outside for this program. Registration required for all family members attending.

Register by February 15

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 7:00am to 9:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Reservations begin Jan 1
Discover our conservation area with your favorite camera as we cover basic and intermediate photography techniques. Bring your cameras, from cell phones to DSLR’s, and we will discuss the habitat surrounding our subject all while capturing the beauty around us.

Register by February 15

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come with us as we hike along the bluffs and through the forest at Seventy-Six Conservation Area. We’ll get a wonderful view of the river on our 3-mile hike. Hike difficulty is rated as moderate with some steep slopes. Please pack a lunch, bring water, and dress for the weather. Youth ages 12 and older welcome with an adult.
Notes:
If riding with us, please select that option.
If driving on own, please select that option. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if raining. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is free.

Register by February 15

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come with us as we hike along the bluffs and through the forest at Seventy-Six Conservation Area. We’ll get a wonderful view of the river on our 3-mile hike. Hike difficulty is rated as moderate with some steep slopes. Please pack a lunch, bring water, and dress for the weather. Youth ages 12 and older welcome with an adult.
Notes:
If riding with us, please select that option.
If driving on own, please select that option. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if raining. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is free.

Register by February 16

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to learn the basics of the care and cleaning of firearms. This program will include tips and techniques for all aspects of maintenance of your firearm. You may bring your own unloaded firearm to class or use ours.

Register by February 16

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Reservations begin Jan 1
What do art and science have in common? They rely on observation skills. We will observe and record the natural world with pencil, pen, or watercolor. Bring your own pencil and paper.

Register by February 15

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

(Age 12 and up)
Reservations begin February 1
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.

Register by February 16

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Rainbows are just around the corner at Rotary Lake in Jackson City Park! Learn some tricks and techniques to catching the beautiful rainbow trout. Everyone must have a valid Missouri fishing permit. Anyone interested in keeping trout must also have a trout permit. We’ll meet here and then caravan to the lake. Program is free. FISH

Register by February 16

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

How do aquatic creatures survive through the winter? How do they breathe and find food in frozen lakes and ponds? Brrrrrrrrrr-ing your curiosity and learn about how aquatic creatures are adapted to survive the winter. Program is free. FISH

Register by February 16

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Rainbow or brown, these great game fish can be found in our state. We’ll have a trout of a time as we learn about these fishy wonders. Registration begins February 1. Ages 3-6. FISH

Register by February 16

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Rainbow or brown, these great game fish can be found in our state. We’ll have a trout of a time as we learn about these fishy wonders. Registration begins February 1. Ages 3-6. FISH

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Owls have incredible adaptations that make them perfect nocturnal hunters. Join us as we learn about these amazing birds. We will find out Who lives here and learn their calls, and even dissect some owl pellets.

Register by February 16

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us as we turn old kitchen items into fish garden art. As we work, we will discuss fish biology. Materials will be provided but participants can bring old kitchen items, tools, hardware, etc. if they would like. Program is free. FISH

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Stop by between 1-3 pm today to visit with wildlife photographer Sharon Tuschhoff. She has been a wildlife photographer for about 12 years and loves all nature photography- macro, landscape, flowers, birds-but her favorite is wildlife, specifically bears. Program is free.

Register by February 19

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Rainbow or brown, these great game fish can be found in our state. We’ll have a trout of a time as we learn about these fishy wonders. Registration begins February 1. Ages 3-6. FISH

Register by February 19

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Rainbow or brown, these great game fish can be found in our state. We’ll have a trout of a time as we learn about these fishy wonders. Registration begins February 1. Ages 3-6. FISH

Register by February 18

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

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.

Please dress for the weather, the entire program will be held outdoors. Part of the trail is not stroller accessible.

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