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 January 19

Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Meet one of Missouri’s secretive salamanders in this month’s creature feature. The spotted salamander is often overlooked but is a fascinating amphibian. We will reveal the secretive lives of Missouri’s spotted sallies.

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 January 19

Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Join us for our regular virtual program series where you can ask the naturalist questions about nature topics. Learn about the different hawks in Missouri, what they eat, and how they survive winter with Naturalist Morgan Wyatt 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 January 15

Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Registration required (all ages)
Winter is a great time to see and hear owls in Missouri. Join us and learn about Missouri’s eight species of owls and the unique calls they make. Plus, we will demonstrate the dissection of an owl pellets and learn how owls are a great natural pest control.
When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link prior to the program.

Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Making sausages are one of the best ways to utilize those lesser used cuts of meat. With just a few simple tools and a bit of experimentation you’ll be on your way to making great fare for the table. Let our team of experienced sausage makers show you the basics.

Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

The Predator Hunting and Trapping class will teach the skill to hunt and call in common predators and to set a trap line. Students will learn the seasons and regulations surrounding these skills as well as techniques used in the field to increase success. The appropriate gear, stand location, calls, and safety surrounding predator hunting will be covered. Several different styles of traps will be presented, and the use of the traps will be demonstrated to the class.

Register by January 20

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Feeding birds can increase your bird identification skills as well as brighten your day. Join us for a virtual program that will discuss what type of suet feeders birds prefer to snack on to give them energy in the winter. Follow along as the host demonstrates how to make your own suet to attract birds to your backyard.
If you do not receive an email with a link to the Webex program by 8:00 am the morning of the program, please check your spam folder or email the host.

Register by January 19

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

(Adults)
Do you enjoy wildlife in your backyard, but struggle with some animals getting a little too close for comfort? Learn some tips and suggestions on how to avoid or stop nuisance wildlife from taking over your home, and about some of the common entry points that they use. This virtual program will also cover methods, materials, and gear used in home exclusion. Mount replicas will be on hand to show some of the different types of wildlife that most commonly cause issues.

Please check your junk/spam folder for the email with the WebEx link if you do not receive one by the morning of the program.

Register by January 17

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Bring out your inner artist and experience the joy of painting! Join us as we learn about our country's national symbol and its journey from endangered to successfully soaring the Missouri skies once again. You will not only get to learn about these majestic birds, but you will also get to learn how to paint them. Grab some Prussian blue and let's paint a picture on our “almighty easels”!

This is a virtual program. You can participate by purchasing an 11x17 canvas and some inexpensive brushes. We would like everyone to be as creative as their minds will allow them, so each person will need to purchase their own paint as well. We will be working with acrylic paint during the program, but choose whatever paint works best for your household. You will need colors for your background (blues, greens, yellows, and white are some suggested colors), your eagle (2 or 3 shades of brown, yellow, and white), and your tree (browns and/or black).

Emails will come from Nichole Wheaton or from our registration system and will read DoNotReply@S3Gov.com. If you do not receive emails after successfully registering for the program, please check your junk mail.

Register by January 19

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Our region of the state is soaring with eagles during the wintertime, and we love to study them. This virtual class is geared for homeschool, third and fourth grade classes utilizing the DNS Nature Unleashed student books and science notebooks. Please join us. Discover Nature School materials may be ordered on our teacher portal.

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

‘Tis the season for maple sugaring! Before you can enjoy sweet maple syrup, you’ve got to collect the sap. Learn how to identify sugar maple trees, select the right ones to tap, and tap a tree. This program covers only the tree tapping portion. Check our February programming to learn the rest of the syrup story.

Please dress for the weather this program will take place outdoors.

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and wear a face covering. All family members that plan to attend must be registered.

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Every third Thursday at 12pm, we’ll tour the native landscape at MDC’s Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, this monthly series features a live look at native plants of interest throughout the year, This program is a partnership with Deep Roots.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED THROUGH THE DEEP ROOTS WEBSITE: https://deeproots.org/native-plants-at-noon/

Register by January 21

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 6:00pm to 6:30pm

This class is a 12 month program that will meet once a month all year long. You will learn simple, but beautiful embroidery techniques while also exploring the flora and fauna of Missouri’s swamps by stitching quilt blocks based on that theme. The first block and topic for this month is the American Beaver and it will be VIRTUAL.

By signing up, you are committing to attend all twelve of the monthly sessions so that you will be able to complete all 15 blocks for an entire quilt.
Classes will be held on a Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm and will be virtual until facilities are re-opened. When we are able to have in-person classes you will be notified. In the meantime, your kits may be picked up the week of class, or after, by appointment. (Call 573-222-3337 or email the instructor at sally.hancock@mdc.mo.gov) The pick up location is in Puxico, MO in the southeast portion of the state.

You will need to have your own embroidery hoop, needle, and tracing pen (While we are virtual). When the building reopens, we will have light boards available for tracing.

Tentative dates: Jan 21, Feb 18, Mar 18, April 22, May 20, June 17, July 15, Aug 19, Sept 23, Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 16

Register by January 21

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 6:00pm to 6:30pm

Learn embroidery techniques while also exploring Missouri’s swamps by stitching quilt blocks based on that theme. The first block and topic for this month is the beaver. Please commit to attend all twelve of the monthly sessions so you will be able to complete the blocks for an entire "swamp based" quilt. Classes will be held on the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm and will be virtual until further notice. When we are able to have in-person classes you will be notified. Kits may be picked up at the Nature Center. You will need to have your own embroidery hoop, needle, and tracing pen. When the building reopens the light boards will be available for tracing.

Register by January 21

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Due to Covid-19 concerns, our 2021 programs for Runge Nature Center's Nature’s Needlers will be temporarily virtual with participants attending from the comfort of their home via a computer/smart device. Participants need to attend this virtual presentation to receive the applique block/pattern for that month which will be e-mailed after the program. Take a (virtual) trip with us and float a Missouri river to discover plants and animals that depend on clean water to survive and flourish. Each month a different applique block based on this year’s theme, River Trail Discoveries, will be revealed. Ages 16 and up. Registration Required. Participants will receive an e-mail with a link to the program both 24 hours and 1 hour prior to the start of the virtual presentation. If needing assistance with registration, please call (573) 526-5544.

Register by January 22

Date: Friday, January 22, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Meow, hiss, growl, yowl! Missouri’s wildcats can have a lot to say. Join us as we learn about these fine furred felines. 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 online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, January 22, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

In this virtual program, you will learn the techniques of Dutch Oven cooking style from Sara Bradshaw and Sally Hancock. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Registration is required. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by January 19

Date: Friday, January 22, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Registration required (all ages)
Join 2200-mile Appalachian Trail hiker, Lisa Richter, to discover some great backpacking trails in Missouri! Learn to plan for safety and comfort and how to pack everything you need for a multi-day trip into a backpack. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link prior to the program.

Register by January 21

Date: Friday, January 22, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

With a nickname like "trash panda" we get the idea that this masked bandit might be a bit of a handful. Raccoons are often labeled as a nuisance animal due to their mischievous nature. But, they can also be beneficial! Join us to learn more about Missouri raccoons and make your own raccoon string art!

A supply list will be provided for the craft portion of this program. Local participants will have the option to pick up supplies at the nature center or use their own supplies from the material list provided. Supplies will not be mailed.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Register by January 22

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 9:30am to 10:30am

On a cold winter’s morning, there is nothing like having a breakfast of black oil sunflower seeds, or maybe a hot cup of coffee and a sweet roll. That would, of course, depend upon whether you are bird or human! So, while the birds feed outside, we’ll enjoy the coffee and sweet rolls (or breakfast of your choice in the comfort of your home) as we learn how to identify them. We will discuss 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. It will come from DoNotReply_MOEvents@S3Gov.com.
Please check your spam/junk folder if you do not see the invite in your inbox.

Register by January 23

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Registration required (ages 10+) Missourians welcome the energetic and exuberant house wren each spring. This small summer resident is a common backyard bird and will utilize abandoned woodpecker holes, bird boxes and other cavities for its habitat. Building your own wren box is a rewarding nature experience and the perfect thing to do on a winter day. Make plans to take part in this woodworking session where you will construct you own wren box and learn where to place it in your backyard. Wren house building kits will be available for pick-up prior to the program for those that are in the Kansas City area.

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:45am

‘Tis the season for maple sugaring! Before you can enjoy sweet maple syrup, you’ve got to collect the sap. Learn how to identify sugar maple trees, select the right ones to tap, and tap a tree. This program covers only the tree tapping portion. Check our February programming to learn the rest of the syrup story.

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 January 23

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

VIRTUAL EVENT: Eagle Days events will be entirely virtual this year throughout the state. Dickerson Park Zoo will be hosting these programs where participants will have an up close and personal view of live, rehabilitated eagles. They also will discuss facts about these amazing birds. An opportunity for a live Q&A session will follow. Register yourself or your family to tune into this live Zoom event. The Zoom web link will be emailed to you the morning of the event.

Register by January 23

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Registration required (ages 10+) Missourians welcome the energetic and exuberant house wren each spring. This small summer resident is a common backyard bird and will utilize abandoned woodpecker holes, bird boxes and other cavities for its habitat. Building your own wren box is a rewarding nature experience and the perfect thing to do on a winter day. Make plans to take part in this woodworking session where you will construct you own wren box and learn where to place it in your backyard. Wren house building kits will be available for pick-up prior to the program for those that are in the Kansas City area.

Register by January 23

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

VIRTUAL EVENT: Eagle Days events will be entirely virtual this year throughout the state. Dickerson Park Zoo will be hosting these programs where participants will have an up close and personal view of live, rehabilitated eagles. They also will discuss facts about these amazing birds. An opportunity for a live Q&A session will follow. Register yourself or your family to tune into this live Zoom event. The Zoom web link will be emailed to you the morning of the event.

Register by January 23

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Fly tying is a great pastime, and it is a real thrill to catch a fish on a fly you have tied. We will discuss equipment, materials, and step-by-step tying for one or two flies. 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.

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