Virtual Events

NOTICE: In-Person Events Limited Due to COVID

In-person MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state are limited due to COVID-19 considerations. MDC is offering new online programs that allow people to attend virtually. Please check our class listings to see what classes are limited, in-person classes or virtual classes.

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Register by December 2

Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:00pm

Nature enjoys the season of gift giving as well! Join Naturalists every Wednesday until Christmas for a weekly DIY nature-based decoration for your yard or home. The series will include pinecone decorations (12/2), wildlife garland (12/9) driftwood centerpieces (12/16), and cookie- cutter birdseed feeders (12/23).

Please check your spam folder for the email with the WebEx link if you do not receive one after 5:00pm the day before the program.

*Please note that this is a virtual program*

This is a recurring virtual event that has individual event listings. Please register for each week you would like to attend

Register by December 2

Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 12:15pm to 12:45pm

Virtual introduction to Fish Cooking 101. This session will focus on grilling fish. We will discuss different methods, techniques, and ingredients to grill or bake fish.

Register by December 2

Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

In December, the wind is cold and the trees are bare… well, most of the trees. Some trees keep their leaves all through the cold, winter months. Missouri is home to many tree species, but few evergreens are native. Tune in to learn which ones are.

Please make sure that 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.

Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

This virtual program is part one of a multi-part series on primitive skills and bushcraft. In part one, "Knife Skills and Safety" we will discuss knife, saw, and ax safety and the skills needed to be safe while preforming various primitive skills and tasks. Start time will be 2:10 PM using the Webex platform and all registered participants will receive a link with the log-in information 24 hours prior to the event.

Register by December 2

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Deputy Director Jennifer Battson Warren will walk you through step by step on her favorite way to cook venison. (pan fried and roasted)

The WebEx link will be provided prior to the program via email.
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Register by December 5

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

While many of our songbirds are vacationing in tropical weather, our hardy woodpeckers are still at work on the bare trees of our forests. Come join us for an virtual introduction to our woodpeckers, which are most visible during the cool winter weather, and learn how you can build habitat to attract them. (all ages)

Please make sure that 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

Register by December 7

Date: Monday, December 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Join a naturalist, virtually for a nature story or two around our Runge fireplace. Grab your favorite blanket and snuggle up to watch and listen to some winter stories geared for the little ones, but enjoyed by all ages. The presenter will send the link to participants by e-mail the morning of the program. *Registration Required. All Ages.
* presenter will send link to join the day of the program

Register by December 6

Date: Monday, December 7, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

This online virtual program will cover how to get started shooting handguns. We will cover handgun fundamentals, calibers, handgun actions, operation, safety, shooting techniques, maintenance, and safe storage.

Register by December 8

Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

The hush of winter has fallen over Missouri. Nature’s pace has slowed but there are still mysteries to explore. Join us for a few 30- minute virtual programs hosted by our Runge Naturalists, each exploring the wonders of winter! *Registration Required. All Ages.

Register by December 9

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:00pm

Nature enjoys the season of gift giving as well! Join Naturalists every Wednesday until Christmas for a weekly DIY nature-based decoration for your yard or home. The series will include pinecone decorations (12/2), wildlife garland (12/9) driftwood centerpieces (12/16), and cookie- cutter birdseed feeders (12/23).

Please check your spam folder for the email with the WebEx link if you do not receive one after 5:00pm the day before the program.

*Please note that this is a virtual program*

This is a recurring virtual event that has individual event listings. Please register for each week you would like to attend

Register by December 9

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 12:15pm to 12:45pm

Virtual introduction to Fish Cooking 101. This session will focus on other methods of cooking fish. We will discuss smoking, canning, pickling, and salting to name a few.

Register by December 9

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

All ages.
Do bats really suck your blood? Do toads give you warts? Join us for a Missouri wildlife myth busting virtual program to find out the truth! Impress your friends and family with your knowledge! We will be busting myths and testing your knowledge with a true or false style game during the program, so please be prepared to write with a pen/pencil and paper. Registration required.

Please provide an email in your profile so a program link can be sent.

Please check your spam folder for the email with the WebEx link if you do not receive one after 5:00pm the day before the program.

*Please note that this is a virtual program*

Register by December 11

Date: Friday, December 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Ramble in to this virtual program and learn about the masked bandit of the forest. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Ages 3-6.

Register by December 11

Date: Friday, December 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Every winter Missouri provides a temporary home to several migratory songbirds. We will learn how to identify some of these feathered friends and
how to attract them to your backyard. (ages 6+)

Register by December 11

Date: Friday, December 11, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:00pm

Ramble in to this virtual program and learn about the masked bandit of the forest. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Ages 3-6.

Register by December 12

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Virtual Program: This clinic gives families an opportunity to learn about the skills necessary to hunt Rabbits. Topics include safety, rules and regulations, hunting methods, hunting techniques, as well as how to care and process for harvested game.

Register by December 12

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Brrr, it's cold outside! Winter can be a tough time of year for wild animals. The cold wind blows and food is scarce. Luckily, they have some special tricks for surviving the season. Tune into this virtual program and discover how wild animals survive winter. This program is designed for ages 3-6 but all ages are welcome.

Please make sure that 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.

Register by December 13

Date: Monday, December 14, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

You harvested a deer, field dressed it, and have it ready to process for the table.This online event will provide instruction on how to make burger and sausage out of venison. We will discuss how to grind and season your harvest to make it into tasty burgers and sausage.

Register by December 15

Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Join us for our regular virtual program series where you can ask the naturalist questions about nature topics. Whether you are a hunter or a bird watcher, you will learn about the amazing waterfowl that migrate to Missouri every winter with Naturalist Jordi Raos followed by a live Q&A session. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Recommended for all ages.

Register by December 13

Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Join avid hiker and naturalist Jeff Cantrell from the Shoal Creek Conservation Ed Center. He will cover the basics of winter hiking in this virtual program, plus safety and food ideas. Lastly, there will be an outdoor challenge for the New Year to give the individual or family / friends the opportunity to be outdoors and in nature throughout the year.

Register by December 14

Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Interested in adding some Missouri wild game and other Missouri wild edibles to your winter holiday parties? Come and join us as we discuss various recipes you can use to add a taste of Missouri to your dinner parties. We will also discuss how to go about collecting and processing some of the wild edibles.

As an extra treat, we will be making one of the recipes LIVE!

Recipes will be sent to participants following the event.

This is a virtual event with a question and answer session. You will receive an email from DoNotReply_MOEvents@S3Gov.com 24 hours prior to the event, this will have information on how to join in on the Webex Events. as well as any important program information. If you do not see this email, please check your spam/junk mail.

Register by December 16

Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:00pm

Nature enjoys the season of gift giving as well! Join Naturalists every Wednesday until Christmas for a weekly DIY nature-based decoration for your yard or home. The series will include pinecone decorations (12/2), wildlife garland (12/9) driftwood centerpieces (12/16), and cookie- cutter birdseed feeders (12/23).

Please check your spam folder for the email with the WebEx link if you do not receive one after 5:00pm the day before the program.

*Please note that this is a virtual program*

This is a recurring virtual event that has individual event listings. Please register for each week you would like to attend

Register by December 16

Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Tasting harvested wild game is one of the most rewarding experiences from your hunt. Join this virtual program to learn how to prepare two dishes, seared duck breast and venison roast, with Runge Naturalist Karli Dawson. Registration Required. All Ages. Participants will be sent a link from the presenter the day of the program.

Register by December 17

Date: Thursday, December 17, 2020 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm

The hush of winter has fallen over Missouri. Nature’s pace has slowed but there are still mysteries to explore. Join us for a few 30- minute virtual programs hosted by our Runge Naturalists, each exploring the wonders of winter! *Registration Required. All Ages.

Register by December 19

Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020 - 8:30am to 9:30am

Online Virtual Program: Are your children interested in shooting, but you need help getting started? Air rifle is one of the safest ways to start the youth off in shooting safely. We will cover the basic safety of a firearm, fundamentals of shooting and other youth programs available. This will be a fun and safe way for children and their parents to learn and enjoy shooting together.

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