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Registration period: January 1 - January 31
Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2023 2:30 pm - Wednesday, February 1, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Online only
Any time can be a great time to fish, soon the weather will turn warm and the Spring fishing season will be in full force. Now is the time to brush up on those fish-cleaning skills. We are starting a three-part session on fish cleaning. In this session, we will focus on equipment that will make cleaning fish easier and where to find them.
Registration period: January 3 - February 6
Date: Monday, February 6, 2023 6:00 pm - Monday, February 6, 2023 7:00 pm
Location: Online only
Learn how to identify and manage exotic invasive plants on your property. Natural History Biologist Susan Farrington will tell us why invasive plants are harmful to our songbirds and wildlife and will discuss practical methods for dealing with these annoying plants.
Registration period: January 6 - February 7
Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 10:00 am - Tuesday, February 7, 2023 10:45 am
Location: Online only
Some animals have big, fluffy tails. Some animals have blue, wiggly tails. Why do animals have tails at all? Find out at this virtual program. Please provide a valid email as a link will be sent to you for this virtual program. This program is designed for children ages 3-6 but all ages are welcome.
Registration period: January 1 - February 7
Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 2:30 pm - Wednesday, February 8, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Online only
Any time can be a great time to fish, soon the weather will turn warm and the Spring fishing season will be in full force. Now is the time to brush up on those fish-cleaning skills. This session will focus on cleaning scaled fish like crappie, bass, and perch. We will look at some of the common equipment needed and common methods of cleaning these fish.
Registration period: January 27 - February 8
Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:00 pm - Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:30 pm
Location: Online only

VIRTUAL Program

Now that almost all of the hunting seasons have wrapped up here in Missouri you will need to store your guns till turkey season or next fall. We will touch on how to clean all 5 action types of long guns. We will also share about storing them too.
Registration period: December 17 - February 14
Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2023 10:00 am - Tuesday, February 14, 2023 11:00 am
Location: Online only
At first glance, some of Missouri’s creatures may not seem cute and cuddly, but in the spirit of Valentine’s Day let's show these critters some love! Join us virtually to hear a story about these unlovable creatures and learn more about them. The presenter will send the link to participants by e-mail the morning of the program. Registration required. All ages invited.
Registration period: December 16 - February 14
Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2023 12:00 pm - Tuesday, February 14, 2023 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
It is hard to mingle if you’re rooted in the ground! Join us on Valentine’s Day to learn the amazing ways plants overcome this by enlisting help from insects, wind, and water to produce future generations. This program contains biological discussions of reproductive processes and is most appropriate for older students and adults. Please ensure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: January 25 - February 16
Date: Thursday, February 16, 2023 6:30 pm - Thursday, February 16, 2023 7:30 pm
Location: Online only

Join us as we discuss how to identify common winter birds in Missouri such as woodpeckers and sparrows, as well as rare winter birds such as the snowy owl, red breasted nuthatch, and pine siskin! We will finish up the presentation by discussing the Great Backyard Bird Count, a citizen science opportunity to report the birds in your backyard.

**This is a beginner's guide to backyard/winter birding in Missouri, but everyone is welcome to attend.

This is a virtual event. You will get an invite to the Webex Event 24 hours prior to the event, as well as by 5pm the day of the event.
Registration period: January 11 - February 16
Date: Friday, February 17, 2023 6:00 pm - Friday, February 17, 2023 7:00 pm
Location: Online only

Hawks, falcons, eagles and vultures are some of Missouri's most specialized birds-of-prey called raptors. Find out why it is so important we protect these super effective hunters. Join us as we identify common raptors of Missouri and learn about their incredible adaptations.

This program is virtual.
Registration period: January 23 - February 21
Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2023 2:30 pm - Wednesday, February 22, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Online only
Snagging season is just around the corner. Now is the t time to learn about the different gear you will need to snag/grab some of our nongame fish. We will discuss rods, reels, lines, hooks, and other gear to help make a successful outing, whether you catch fish or not.
Registration period: January 1 - February 21
Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2023 2:30 pm - Wednesday, February 22, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Online only
Snagging season is just around the corner. Now is the time to learn about the different gear you will need to snag/grab some of our nongame fish. We will discuss rods, reels, lines, hooks, and other gear to help make a successful outing, whether you catch fish or not.
Registration period: December 16 - February 23
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2023 10:00 am - Thursday, February 23, 2023 11:00 am
Location: Online only

Celebrate our state bird by providing it with a place to raise its young. Delve into the natural history of these birds as we reveal what it takes to be a responsible bluebird landlord. This class is best suited for those 12 years of age and older, but open to all ages.

Please ensure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: January 19 - February 23
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2023 4:00 pm - Thursday, February 23, 2023 5:00 pm
Location: Online only

Learn embroidery techniques while also exploring Missouri’s "Things with Wings" by stitching quilt blocks based on that theme.

Registration period: December 19 - February 25
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, February 25, 2023 11:00 am
Location: Online only
Registration required (adults) Winter is the perfect time to plan your native plant gardens for the upcoming spring. Join our native landscape specialist virtually to learn the fundamentals for implementing a successful native landscape design. We'll discuss various stages of this process including where to draw inspiration from, selecting the right plants and designing with intent.
Registration period: January 17 - February 27
Date: Monday, February 27, 2023 5:00 pm - Monday, February 27, 2023 5:40 pm
Location: Online only

Missouri Trees

This class is a series of 12 programs that meets once each month all year long, though you may join at any time. You will learn to use simple, but beautiful embroidery techniques to stitch quilt blocks of some of the iconic trees of southeast Missouri - such as the bald cypress and white oak; as well as lesser known trees like the cucumber magnolia and Ozark chinquapin native to the Southeast part of the state.

Each block will feature a leaf with its fruit and/or flower. At each class you will discover a new tree’s secret life history, habitat preferences, importance to wildlife and the myriad uses by people through the ages.

Classes will be held on either the third or fourth Monday of each month at 5:00 pm via WebEx.

A link will be emailed to the participants' registered email prior to the meeting time, along with the thread colors needed that month. Block templates and information cards will be sent out after the class meets.

It is encouraged to download the application ahead of time to prevent technical issues.

Registration period: January 6 - February 28
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2023 10:00 am - Tuesday, February 28, 2023 11:00 am
Location: Online only
We're already one month into the new year and I'm sure you gardeners are feeling the need to get out there and work in the dirt! Join Naturalist Jordi Raos as she talks about some of her favorite native plants in Missouri. Join from the comfort of your own home for this virtual program. Please provide a valid email as a link will be sent to you for this virtual program. All ages.
Registration period: December 16 - February 28
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2023 2:00 pm - Tuesday, February 28, 2023 2:30 pm
Location: Online only
Missouri is home to two species of skunks, and they are both equipped to defend themselves in an incredibly stinky way. We will discuss the lives of both the spotted and striped skunks of Missouri and find out how they are beneficial.
Registration period: December 16 - March 1
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2023 12:00 pm - Wednesday, March 1, 2023 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
Spring is in the air and that means morels! The end of March sees the first flush of this famous forage, are you ready to make the most of the season? Join us to learn all about how to identify morels safely, where to find them, and laws and rules involving harvesting wild fungi. Please ensure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: January 23 - February 28
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2023 2:30 pm - Wednesday, March 1, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Online only
Virtual Introduction to Fish Cooking. This session will focus on the common equipment needed for cooking any fish and discuss different cooking methods.
Registration period: December 22 - March 7
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2023 12:00 pm - Tuesday, March 7, 2023 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
Cast iron cooking is a fun and tasty way to add to any outdoor adventure. This series of virtual programs is designed to boost your knowledge so you can cook a wide variety of great recipes around camp while making it fun and easy! In part one of this Six-part series, we will discuss the basics of cast iron cooking and how to select the right tools to meet every need around the campfire.
Registration period: January 23 - March 7
Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023 2:30 pm - Wednesday, March 8, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Online only
Virtual Introduction to Fish Cooking. This session will focus on frying fish, including the different types of oil, seasonings, and methods.
Registration period: January 20 - March 14
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2023 12:00 pm - Tuesday, March 14, 2023 1:00 pm
Location: Online only

If you want to see more bees and butterflies in your garden, we have some recommendations for you! Donna Aufdenberg, Field Specialist in Horticulture from the University of Missouri Extension, will discuss the benefits of native plants for our native pollinators. Learn which plants will draw in the most pollinators and the basics of starting your own pollinator garden. This virtual program is open to all ages; however, it is best suited for those 12 years of age and older.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program. Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

This virtual program is in connection with the Native Plant Seminar but may be registered for as a stand-alone program. Look for virtual native plant programs March 14-17, then visit us at the nature center on March 18 for guest speakers, a tree ID hike, a craft corner, and native plant vendors. Missouri Wildflowers Nursery and Forrest Keeling will be on site from 9 am – 1 pm with a variety of native plants, trees, and shrubs available for purchase.
Registration period: December 22 - March 14
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2023 12:00 pm - Tuesday, March 14, 2023 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
Cast iron cooking is a fun and tasty way to add to any outdoor adventure. This series of virtual programs is designed to boost your knowledge so you can cook a wide variety of great recipes around camp while making it fun and easy! Part two of this virtual series will provide information on setting up your cast iron by seasoning it, cleaning, and caring for it so you can use it for years to come.
Registration period: January 20 - March 15
Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2023 10:00 am - Wednesday, March 15, 2023 11:00 am
Location: Online only

Being a good steward of the land means working to conserve your property’s natural resources and features. Join Nature Center Volunteer Roxanne Magnus as she describes her journey to becoming a better steward. Roxanne will discuss changes she made to her property to remove invasive species, increase native plant diversity, and increase habitat for wildlife. This virtual program is open to all ages; however, it is best suited for those 12 years of age and older.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program. Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

This virtual program is in connection with the Native Plant Seminar but may be registered for as a stand-alone program. Look for virtual native plant programs March 14-17, then visit us at the nature center on March 18 for guest speakers, a tree ID hike, a craft corner, and native plant vendors. Missouri Wildflowers Nursery and Forrest Keeling will be on site from 9 am – 1 pm with a variety of native plants, trees, and shrubs available for purchase.
Registration period: January 23 - March 14
Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2023 2:30 pm - Wednesday, March 15, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Online only
This session will focus on grilling fish. We will discuss different methods, techniques, and ingredients to grill or bake fish.