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Register by October 18

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Myths and superstitions abound concerning Halloween and its traditional seasonal icon, the owl. See Barred, Great Horned and Screech owls from the Dickerson Park Zoo and lay those myths and superstitions to rest. The 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM programs are for schools and the 6:00 PM program is for the public. This program is for all age groups and reservations are required. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Some of your favorite super heroes make a surprise visit to the nature center and come to the rescue in this action-packed Halloween-style hike. Expect a few surprises, learn a conservation fact or two, and laugh out loud as these unlikely characters save the day. Guided hikes will be led on a first-come, first-served basis with the last hike leaving at 9 pm. Other activities will take place in the building. It’s sure to be insightful, not frightful. All ages. No registration required.

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 4:00am to Monday, October 28, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

CLOSED to the PUBLIC
October 26 & 27 · Saturday & Sunday
Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area and Nature Center will be closed to the public for your safety during the Women’s Managed Deer Hunt.

Register by October 25

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Ages 18 and up (Must be able to hike 14.3 miles)
Hike the entire Green Rock Trail through Rockwoods Reservation, Greensfelder County Park, and Rockwoods Range with Rockwoods Reservations Naturalists. We will hike the entire trail one way starting at Rockwoods Reservations and ending at Rockwoods Range. Fall color will be near peak brilliance all along the trail. Naturalist staff will pick up participants after finishing the trail and take them back to Rockwoods Reservation. Please come prepared to hike the entire day with backpacks, snacks, a light lunch, water, and other essentials. The Green Rock Trail is a moderate to difficult trail. Please wear appropriate clothing and gear for the weather and terrain.

Register by October 26

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

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Novice hunters can learn how to turn harvested game into neat packages of lean, healthful meat. This event covers regulations, field dressing, supplies, transporting, and techniques for processing deer.

Register by October 26

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Discover the joys of shooting one of the all-time favorite firearms – the .22 rifle. We will discuss rifle nomenclature, dominate eye, sight picture and alignment, breath control, trigger squeeze, shooting positions, and much more. Rifles and ammunition will be provided. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool. This program is for women only. Ages 14-adult. Girls ages 14-17 accompanied by an adult female are welcome.

Register by October 25

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: East Central College

Many deer hunters go through extensive preparation getting ready for deer season. Preparation should include what to do with the deer after it’s harvested. How to get it from the “field to freezer” and then from the “freezer to fork”. This class at East Central College covers the second part of that process, the “freezer to fork” part.
If you’re looking for new ways to prepare your venison, well this workshop is for you. Join Chef Mike from East Central College as he demonstrates the basics of market butchery and preparing venison for the dinner table. We will use 100% of this deer to make tasty morsels with something everyone will enjoy; offering alternatives to brats or sausages. Registration for this class is required --- by telephone only. Call East Central College at 636-584-6529

If you’re interested in the “field to freezer” part, join the folks at Henges Shooting Range on September 30th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (Registration opens Sept. 16th) or at the August A. Busch Shooting Range on October 7th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (Registration opens Sept. 7th). Both of these classes require pre-registration on this same website.
Look for other related courses on the MDC website (pre-registration required):
Sausage and Burger Making October 1st 6:00pm Henges
Venison Cooking Class October 2nd 6:00pm Henges

Register by October 4

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Weldon Spring Conservation Area

Join us for an 8.3-mile hike through the forests at the Weldon Spring Conservation Area. The Missouri River overlooks offer panoramic views of the floodplains and varying fall colors that you don’t want to miss!

Dress for the weather. Bring water, lunch, binoculars for bird viewing, camera.

Program meets at Weldon Springs Conservation Area/ Lewis and Clark Trail head

Register by October 23

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Looking to learn about Missouri Birds and exercise your creative skills using a natural object? If so, join the Twin Pines staff as we explore the world of Missouri owls and use gourds as a “canvas” for painting these seasonal icons. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Participants under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by October 24

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Register by October 26

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Bat wakes up when the sun sets and goes to sleep when it rises. Flap on in to discover how fluttering bats stay busy all night and learn how to be a friend to bats.

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

October 26 • Saturday • 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
(All Ages)
No Registration Required
Join us for a family-friendly art project that will bring fall color inside your home. This leaf-themed activity was designed with young children in mind but is available to anyone who likes to create.

Register by October 26

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Bat wakes up when the sun sets and goes to sleep when it rises. Flap on in to discover how fluttering bats stay busy all night and learn how to be a friend to bats.

Register by October 26

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 11:00am to 3:30pm

Location: Lake Girardeau Conservation Area

Glide gracefully across Lake Girardeau as we see the reflections of the early fall colors in the water. Black gum, Virginia creeper and sumacs will all show intensely as the hickories and maples just begin to change. This program is open to all skill levels. Paddling instruction, safety gear, and equipment will be provided. Meet at the Cape Girardeau Nature Center at 11 AM for transportation to the lake. Those who wish to use their own canoes/kayaks may do so but must transport the boat to the lake by their own means,and should register through the “Drive Yourself” option.

Register by October 26

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 11:30am to 3:30pm

Location: Lake Girardeau Conservation Area

Glide gracefully across Lake Girardeau as we see the reflections of the early fall colors in the water. Black gum, Virginia creeper and sumacs will all show intensely as the hickory, ash and maple trees just begin to change. This program is open to all skill levels. Paddling instruction will be provided. This option is for those who wish to use their own equipment. In order to participate paddlers must have a suitable PFD. Please arrive at the main boat launch on the west side of the lake off CR 383 by 11:30AM.

Register by October 25

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Late October is the perfect time to see the brilliant colors of fall. Join Rockwoods naturalists for a guided hike on the Lime Kiln trail and learn about how and why leaves changes colors. Please bring water and any other hiking essentials you may need Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult.

Register by October 30

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Tower Grove Park-Stone Shelter

(Ages 7 to 12)
Reservations begin October 1.
Ever wonder how owls eat the way they do? Like many birds, owls have a very different way of digesting food. Let’s see what kind of leftovers they may leave behind. Meet at the Stone Shelter.

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Bats are one of the most misunderstood animals in nature. Go batty as we learn the truth about bats, how they survive at night, and why they are so important. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required.

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Bats are one of the most misunderstood animals in nature. Go batty as we learn the truth about bats, how they survive at night, and why they are so important. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required.

Register by October 30

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins October 1 (ages 2-15)
Get the chance to wear your Halloween costume one extra day while you fish for several different species at the Cape Nature Center Kid’s Pond. Dress up as your favorite superhero, princess, or other characters, but please no scary/gruesome costumes.
All equipment will be provided for the participants to use.

Register by October 30

Date: Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All ages
Interact with and learn about some of the “spooky” critters found in Missouri! There are many creepy-crawly, slippery-slimy, and night-time prowling wildlife in Missouri. Get ready to be amazed, or spooked, by our diverse wildlife.

Register by October 31

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Register by November 1

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All ages
Learn to identify Missouri’s tastiest organisms: Mushrooms! We will focus on mushrooms available for harvest in November and the winter. We will begin with a presentation on identifying winter mushrooms, and end with a short hike to see if we can find any tasty morsels here at Rockwoods.

Register by November 4

Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program includes the handgun fundamentals, operation, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start with classroom instruction then move to the range for a live-fire session. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided.

Register by November 5

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

Location: Tower Grove Park-Stupp Center

Gifts To and From Nature
November 7 • Thursday • 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
(All ages)
Fall is a favorite time to discover the beauty of nature. Use natural materials to create a masterpiece all your own. All supplies will be provided for you to decorate a wreath or invent your own décor. You’ll leave with a gift for you and one for wildlife in your backyard. Meet at the Stupp Center in Tower Grove Park.

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