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Registration period: November 1 - December 30
Date: Friday, December 2, 2022 2:00 pm - Friday, December 30, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Tuesday and Friday. The snakes are fed on the second and fourth Wednesday. (December 14 & 28).
Registration period: November 9 - December 9
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022 8:00 am - Saturday, December 10, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: MDC Kansas City Regional Office

Learn all about catching feisty winter trout and catch a few for dinner.

We'll start the morning off with a trout fishing lesson in the class room at the Kansas City Regional Conservation Office where we'll learn how to catch and clean trout. Then we'll head down to Honker Pond to try our luck catching some hungry trout.

Dress for the weather but if you get cold while you are fishing you can take a break to warm up by the fire and enjoy some hot chocolate.

Only children can fish at Honker Pond but parents and family are welcome to attend and learn along with the kids.

Missouri Department of Conservation will provide all of the equipment, bait, fishing coaches, hot chocolate and a warm fire.

Children do not need a trout permit to fish at this event as long as they plan to release their fish, if they would like to keep the trout that they catch they will need a trout permit. Permits will not be available at this event but they can be purchased online here https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/permits

or at any permit vendor.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

If bad weather is forecast the day of this event it may be postponed. You will be contacted if any changes are necessary.

Dress appropriately for the weather.

Each child that attends the program must be registered separately. Contact instructor for assistance with registration.
Registration period: October 15 - December 8
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022 8:30 am - Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:30 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
Join us to learn the basics of the care and cleaning of handguns. This program will include tips and techniques for all aspects of maintenance of your firearm. Bring the owner's manual, if you have it. You may bring your own unloaded firearm and magazines to class or use ours. DO NOT bring any ammunition into the classroom .
Registration period: October 20 - December 10
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, December 10, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) Thinking of making the holidays a little greener this season? Then deck the halls with boughs of native trees and plants. Join us for one of the Discovery Center's favorite holiday traditions. Fashion a festive holiday swag or wreath to hang using native evergreens, prairie grasses, wild nuts, berries, seed pods, game bird feathers and your imagination.
Registration period: October 20 - December 10
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022 11:30 am - Saturday, December 10, 2022 12:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) Thinking of making the holidays a little greener this season? Then deck the halls with boughs of native trees and plants. Join us for one of the Discovery Center's favorite holiday traditions. Fashion a festive holiday swag or wreath to hang using native evergreens, prairie grasses, wild nuts, berries, seed pods, game bird feathers and your imagination.
Registration period: October 20 - December 10
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022 1:00 pm - Saturday, December 10, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) Thinking of making the holidays a little greener this season? Then deck the halls with boughs of native trees and plants. Join us for one of the Discovery Center's favorite holiday traditions. Fashion a festive holiday swag or wreath to hang using native evergreens, prairie grasses, wild nuts, berries, seed pods, game bird feathers and your imagination.
Registration period: November 7 - December 12
Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2022 5:30 pm - Tuesday, December 13, 2022 8:30 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Deer from Hide to Rawhide: First steps toward buckskin leather

Our ancestors utilized deer hides for making clothing, containers, musical instruments, shelter and more. Learn how to flesh, scrape, stretch, and dry your deer hide to make rawhide. At this 3 hr. hands-on workshop you will bring and work with a deer hide you harvested. We will have demonstration hides in various stages for you to learn from also.

Wear old clothes and bring a rubber apron, if you have one. A heavy trash bag can be used in place of an apron. If you have a fleshing knife, bring it along. We will have fleshing knives and beams available for use during the program. You will take home plans to build a simple fleshing beam and frame. You will need to purchase a fleshing knife and other simple materials to complete and stretch your hide at home.

After harvest, skin your deer and remove any excess flesh (meat) from the hide. Place hide in a leakproof bag and freeze. Instructions for soaking and preparing your hide for the class will be emailed to prior to the class. Hides must have a valid Conservation ID Number or Telecheck Confirmation Number accompanying them.

Registration period: November 14 - December 12
Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2022 10:00 am - Wednesday, December 14, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
During this holiday season of sharing, how about starting a new family tradition by helping to feed some of the wild animals during Missouri’s harsh winter. We will create edible ornaments just for the animals of Burr Oak Woods, then head outdoors to decorate the perfect tree with them!
Registration period: November 18 - December 12
Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2022 1:00 pm - Wednesday, December 14, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
During this holiday season of sharing, how about starting a new family tradition by helping to feed some of the wild animals during Missouri’s harsh winter. We will create edible ornaments just for the animals of Burr Oak Woods, then head outdoors to decorate the perfect tree with them!
Registration period: November 1 - December 14
Date: Thursday, December 15, 2022 8:00 am - Thursday, December 15, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Join community forester Chuck Conner as he teaches how to identify trees when they're "naked." Participants will learn the basics of tree identification. Students will learn how to use reference books and keys to help identify trees in both a classroom setting and in the field. Special emphasis will be given to the identification of native deciduous trees in the "leaf-off" or dormant condition.

Please wear clothing appropriate for going outdoors for approximately one hour. A Missouri

Winter Tree Key needs to be purchased for $5
Date: Thursday, December 15, 2022 12:00 pm - Thursday, December 15, 2022 1:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required by visiting https://deeproots.org/native-plants-at-noon/ (adults) Hit the (virtual) road with Missouri Department of Conservation staff as we explore some of Missouri's unsung habitats. This month we explore the wetlands of northwest Missouri. District Supervisor Sean Cleary will explore wetland plants and how they are a valuable food source for millions of birds. This program is a partnership with Deep Roots.
Registration period: November 7 - December 14
Date: Thursday, December 15, 2022 2:00 pm - Thursday, December 15, 2022 5:00 pm
Location: Windsor City Lake

Deer from Hide to Rawhide: First steps toward buckskin leather

Our ancestors utilized deer hides for making clothing, containers, musical instruments, shelter and more. Learn how to flesh, scrape, stretch, and dry your deer hide to make rawhide. At this 3 hr. hands-on workshop you will bring and work with a deer hide you harvested. We will have demonstration hides in various stages for you to learn from also.

Wear old clothes and bring a rubber apron, if you have one. A heavy trash bag can be used in place of an apron. If you have a fleshing knife, bring it along. We will have fleshing knives and beams available for use during the program. You will take home plans to build a simple fleshing beam and frame. You will need to purchase a fleshing knife and other simple materials to complete and stretch your hide at home.

After harvest, skin your deer and remove any excess flesh (meat) from the hide. Place hide in a leakproof bag and freeze. Instructions for soaking and preparing your hide for the class will be emailed to prior to the class. Hides must have a valid Conservation ID Number or Telecheck Confirmation Number accompanying them.

Registration period: November 3 - December 5
Date: Friday, December 16, 2022 6:00 pm - Saturday, December 17, 2022 5:30 pm
Location: Valley Oaks Outfitters

Missouri Disabled Sportsmen in partnership with Valley Oaks Outdoors will be hosting a goose hunt for mobility impaired hunters in the Kansas City area Saturday, December 17th.

Four (4) mobility impaired hunters will be selected from the registrants for this hunt and contacted with specific hunt details the first week of December.

MDS and VOO will provide private properties to hunt, blinds, decoys, guides/mentors, assistance in the field, and bird cleaning for each selected hunter.

The selected hunters will be responsible for their own licenses and stamps, firearm, and shells.
Registration period: November 15 - December 15
Date: Saturday, December 17, 2022 8:00 am - Saturday, December 17, 2022 10:30 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
This program is designed for those who have had some experience with shotguns. We’ll cover safety, appropriate guns and ammunition, rules of the game, etiquette on the field, and field layout. Firearms and ammunition will be provided, or you can bring your own.
Date: Saturday, December 17, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, December 17, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Lost Valley Hatchery

Bring your cameras! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the hatchery to visit and take photos with. The fishing pond will also be open for trout fishing. All equipment and bait will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own fishing equipment and any baits not carried in water. Fishing is catch and release only. We will also have cookies and gifts for nature (seed balls) that you can take with you while supplies last.

Registration is not required.
Date: Saturday, December 17, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, December 17, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (ages 3-6) Discovering the amazing natural world is as easy as opening a book! This volunteer naturalist led story program is ideal for preschool - kindergarten children and will take them on journeys to learn about wildlife, habitats and more.
Date: Saturday, December 17, 2022 11:00 am - Saturday, December 17, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (ages 7+) Join us to see your favorite backyard birds up close! At this family-oriented event, the Missouri River Bird Observatory will conduct a banding demonstration. We will capture birds such as chickadees, titmice, cardinals and woodpeckers at the Discovery Center's birdfeeders, study them and release them unharmed. We will discuss the variety of avian adaptations that allow our native birds to successfully find food and cover during Missouri's autumn and winter seasons. Bring all your questions about bird beaks, feet, colors, habitats and more!
Date: Saturday, December 17, 2022 11:30 am - Saturday, December 17, 2022 12:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (ages 3-6) Discovering the amazing natural world is as easy as opening a book! This volunteer naturalist led story program is ideal for preschool - kindergarten children and will take them on journeys to learn about wildlife, habitats and more.
Registration period: November 25 - December 17
Date: Saturday, December 17, 2022 12:00 pm - Saturday, December 17, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Join us at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center and learn to clean, and prepare your trout.

Staff will demonstrate some easy methods of cleaning trout, then participants will have a hands on opportunity to clean some trout themselves. We'll prepare those trout for everyone to sample using some favorite and delicious methods.

Each participant must register separately. Contact instructor for assistant with registration.
Registration period: November 28 - December 18
Date: Sunday, December 18, 2022 12:00 pm - Sunday, December 18, 2022 3:30 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Are you curious about the MR340? This program is appropriate for MR 340 racers, ground crew members and people who are just interested in learning what it takes to paddle across the state of Missouri in less than four days.

We will discuss the history of the race, Type of boat/single or team, how to prepare, what to expect along the way, what to take with you and what to leave at home, dangers on the river -real and perceived, weather, day paddle/night paddle, goals, and more plans, sleeping, choosing your ground crew, ramp volunteers, community involvement, and nature along the river.

Each participant is required to register for this program separately.
Date: Saturday, December 24, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, December 24, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (all ages) Come and learn about different natural teas you can make from native plants while sipping on some Discovery Center made tea!
Registration period: November 29 - December 28
Date: Thursday, December 29, 2022 1:00 pm - Thursday, December 29, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Lost Valley Hatchery

Join us for a fun afternoon of starting some native wildflower seeds in milk jugs! We will learn about collecting native wildflower seeds and discuss the native seeds we will be using. Then we will get our hands dirty and plant up a few milk jugs with native seeds. Participants will be provided with a couple of containers, potting soil, and seeds. If you wish to bring gardening gloves, please feel welcome to do so.

Date: Saturday, December 31, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, December 31, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (all ages) Nature provides incredible inspiration and one-of-a-kind art supplies in our own backyards. Welcome in the new year as we explore the naive habitats throughout the Discovery Center's big backyard and gather dried stems, leaves, berries, nuts, grasses, feathers and other winter treasures. Step back inside and use your creative side as you create your own unique nature art!
Date: Saturday, December 31, 2022 11:00 am - Saturday, December 31, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
Registration period: December 1 - December 30
Date: Saturday, December 31, 2022 1:00 pm - Saturday, December 31, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
Slither in and discover the incredible world of Missouri’s snakes. These legless, scaly reptiles are often misunderstood, but are beneficial to the environment and to us. Join us to untangle snake myths, learn who lives around us, and meet some live snakes up close.