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Date: Saturday, December 28, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join us for a wild adventure as we explore the curious ways Missouri animals communicate through activities, games, naturalist led walks, and displays. Our annual open house also features live music refreshments, crafts and more!
**No registration required**
December 28th:
10am-3pm Live Music by Simply Strings

Register by December 28

Date: Saturday, December 28, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Try your hand at woodcarving with members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists as they teach carving techniques and show how to transform wood into works of art. Ages 12-adult.

Date: Saturday, December 28, 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.

Date: Saturday, December 28, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Visit with members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists as they share information with the “wood-be” carver, demonstrate carving techniques, and show works in progress. All ages. No registration required.

Register by December 28

Date: Saturday, December 28, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

What can you do with the holiday tree, other than toss it to the curb? Lots of things! We will be using pine needles for cooking, crafting, and other fun activities.

Register by January 2

Date: Friday, January 3, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Who’s that hooting it up each January evening?? Owls that’s who. You will learn what makes them such effective night time hunters and why they hoot so much this time of year. Then we will go outside and see if we can entice any owls to fly in and talk to us. Be prepared to spend the second part of the class outside.

Date: Saturday, January 4, 2020 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

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.

Register by January 5

Date: Monday, January 6, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

If you recently received a new firearm and want to learn more about how it functions, this
program will help you learn the basics. You may bring your firearm and owners- manual. Please, no ammunition.

Register by January 6

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

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Predator hunting can be done at times of the year when other hunting seasons are closed. This introductory program will cover the basics of predator hunting and trapping. We will cover equipment needed, set-ups, and calling. Both basic as well as some advanced tactics will be covered.

Register by January 4

Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

What better way to enjoy nature’s bounty than to use Dutch oven cooking. Learn the techniques of this cooking style from Sara Bradshaw and enjoy the results of your work at the end of class. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Attendees under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Class size limit of 12. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, go on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by January 11

Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Interested in hunting but need help getting started? We will be hosting a series of programs throughout 2020 to introduce people to the heritage sport of hunting. In this program we will answer the question of what is hunting along with what kind of social, time, and financial commitment an individual has to be ready to make to begin hunting safely. For more information call us at 417-742-4361. Online Registration is required to attend this program.

Register by January 12

Date: Monday, January 13, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

If you are not familiar or comfortable with firearms, and want to learn more, this is class covers various firearms, their actions, rules for safe gun handling, maintenance, cleaning and safe storage.

Register by January 13

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

One of the most important aspects of having a firearm is making sure your firearm is maintained and in good working condition. We will discuss the supplies and equipment needed to properly maintain your firearms. After a discussion, you will have the opportunity to dismantle and clean pistols, rifles and shotguns. You may bring your own firearm, absolutely no ammunition.

Register by January 20

Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This class covers the basic equipment, materials, and techniques needed to reload metallic cartridges and tailor the loads to your rifle and game you are pursing. We will demonstrate the process and then give you some hands-on experience reloading rifle/handgun cartridges. All equipment is provided.

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

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 the St. Louis Community College Wildwood campus (2645 Generations Dr.) and Pond Elementary (17200 Manchester Rd). Shuttle buses to the event will be provided, and food trucks will be available on-site. This is a rain or shine event, so please dress for the weather.

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Live Eagle presentations at 10AM, 11AM, 1PM and 2PM.

Eagle Viewing sites with high-powered scopes

For all ages and no registration required.

Register by February 9

Date: Monday, February 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This clinic will teach the basics of upland hunting with emphasis on ringneck pheasants followed by a hunt on Saturday, February 15, 2020. This is for adults 18 and over who want to learn to hunt and have never purchased a small game permit. Attendees must be hunter education certified.

Register by February 9

Date: Monday, February 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This clinic is for youth age 11-15, interested in learning the skills needed for upland hunting with the emphasis on the ringneck pheasant, followed by a hunt on Saturday, February 22, 2020. The clinic is mandatory in order to attend the hunt and attendees must be hunter education certified.

Register by February 10

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: Southeast Regional Office

Prescribed fire is a low cost way for landowners to manage grasslands,CRP and old fields for forage production and/or improve wildlife habitat. This workshop will include classroom discussions on methods, equipment, safety, and why and when you would use fire as a management tool. Emphasis will include how to conduct a safe and effective burn to control sprouts, encourage beneficial plants and create better quality quail habitat. Participation will qualify landowners to have a prescribed burn plan prepared for their fields and use available loan equipment.

Register by February 10

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 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.

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

Register by February 10

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

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 10

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Southeast Regional Office

Prescribed fire is a low cost way for landowners to manage grasslands,CRP and old fields for forage production and/or improve wildlife habitat. This workshop will include classroom discussions on methods, equipment, safety, and why and when you would use fire as a management tool. Emphasis will include how to conduct a safe and effective burn to control sprouts, encourage beneficial plants and create better quality quail habitat. Participation will qualify landowners to have a prescribed burn plan prepared for their fields and use available loan equipment.

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 17

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch 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 February 21

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Cure that cabin fever by joining us on a late winter hike in the open woods of Rockwoods Reservation. We’ll hike the 3.2 mile Lime Kiln Loop for unique winter views of the continually changing forest in search of winter wildlife and early signs of spring. Effort = Moderate to strenuous. Natural surface hiking with a couple short, steep hills.

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