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Registration period: September 23 - October 29
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021 10:30 am - Saturday, October 30, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center’s Naturalists need your help to uncover more about Missouri wildlife. Inside a room filled with puzzles and games, your group will have 30 minutes to solve clues to learn about amazing Missouri creatures and their unique characteristics. If your group beats the clock, a prize awaits at the finish. Are you up for the challenge? Recommended for families, teens, and adults. Limited slots available and group size limited to 6 individuals. All participants must register for this program separately. Please remember to wear a mask when unable to social distance.
Registration period: October 7 - November 3
Date: Wednesday, November 3, 2021 2:30 pm - Wednesday, November 3, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Online only
Join us as we highlight a few of the Conservation Areas in SW MO. We will discuss where they are located, game to hunt, restrictions, and other information needed for a successful outing.
Registration period: October 27 - November 5
Date: Friday, November 5, 2021 6:00 pm - Friday, November 5, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only

This program is virtual using the WebEx platform.

As temperatures cool down and days shorten, amphibians and reptiles (or herps) have a small window of time to get ready for winter. Unlike the majority of birds and mammals who can be active all winter long, this is not an option for herps. While most herps find shelter from freezing temperatures, some rely on changing their body chemistry, slowing their metabolism, or both. This presentation will show how herps have adapted to surviving the cold temperatures of our area and how their emergence signals the arrival of spring better than any groundhog.

Registration is required in order to receive the link to the WebEx event. Please make sure to provide a valid email address. If you do not receive the link by the morning of the event, please make sure to check your junk email.

For more information, email the host or Shepherd@mdc.mo.gov, or call (417) 334-4865 ext 0

Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021 8:30 am - Saturday, November 6, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Please leave all firearms in the vehicle until the class is dismissed to go to shoot. This includes concealed carry handguns and magazines.

Registration period: October 15 - November 6
Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, November 6, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Enjoy fall in the Ozarks and test your nature knowledge by taking part in our self-guided Trail Trivia! Stop by the outdoor pavilion to pick up a question sheet, pencil, and clipboard before hitting the trail and answering the questions found along the trail. Return to the table for a small prize. All ages.
Registration period: October 15 - November 5
Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021 9:30 am - Saturday, November 6, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
While known for trout fishing, Roaring River State Park also has an array of hiking trails. Volunteer naturalist Sandy Vaughn will help you become familiar with their trail system. Meet at the CCC Lodge at Roaring River State Park, near Cassville. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is five to six miles and rated moderate to difficult. Ages 18-adult.
Date: Sunday, November 7, 2021 3:00 pm - Sunday, November 7, 2021 4:30 pm
Location: Online only

Join us to learn the basics of caring and cleaning firearms. This program will include tips and techniques for all aspects of maintenance of your firearm.

Registration period: October 15 - November 9
Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, November 9, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only
Winter is a great time for birdwatching. In this virtual program, Naturalist Morgan Wyatt will discuss several common winter bird species, how to attract them, and how to participate in a special data-collecting study called Project Feeder Watch. The program will end with a live Q&A session with the naturalist. This program will not be recorded. All ages.
Registration period: October 18 - November 12
Date: Friday, November 12, 2021 10:30 am - Friday, November 12, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Online only

It’s finally that turkey time of year! Our feathered friends can be found all throughout Missouri’s forests and grasslands scratching at the ground and looking for yummy snacks. Join us virtually to learn more about turkeys in Missouri!

Recommended for Ages 3-7.

Registration period: October 15 - November 13
Date: Saturday, November 13, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, November 13, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Enjoy fall in the Ozarks and test your nature knowledge by taking part in our self-guided Trail Trivia! Stop by the outdoor pavilion to pick up a question sheet, pencil, and clipboard before hitting the trail and answering the questions found along the trail. Return to the table for a small prize. All ages.
Registration period: October 18 - November 13
Date: Saturday, November 13, 2021 10:30 am - Saturday, November 13, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Interested in nature but don’t know where to start? It can be as easy as downloading an app on your phone. As a popular nature app, iNaturalist helps people identify plants and animals and connects them with over a million scientists and naturalists who can help them learn more about the outdoors. Join us to learn how iNaturalist can turn your walks or hikes into nature adventures. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing for a short walk.
Date: Monday, November 15, 2021 6:00 pm - Monday, November 15, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Join Wildcat Glades and the Missouri Department of Conservation for a partnership program on primitive skills. During this class, we will be learning about fire starting and making char-cloths, as well as practicing with flint and steel strikers. Please bring an Altoids tin with you, and we will provide the rest! Please sign up by following the instructions on our Facebook page or emailing lauren@wildcatglades.org. The class will be taught at Wildcat Village in the Education Cottage.
Registration period: October 15 - November 17
Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, November 17, 2021 10:45 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
With their red feathers, noisy calls, and loud table manners, woodpeckers are some of the coolest birds in Missouri. We will learn about the different kinds of woodpeckers you might see in the winter forest and create a woodpecker craft to take home. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: October 15 - November 17
Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021 11:15 am - Wednesday, November 17, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
With their red feathers, noisy calls, and loud table manners, woodpeckers are some of the coolest birds in Missouri. We will learn about the different kinds of woodpeckers you might see in the winter forest and create a woodpecker craft to take home. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: October 15 - November 18
Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, November 18, 2021 7:45 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Dress for the weather and join us as we discover what's happening at the Nature Center at night! We'll walk the trail and look, smell, and listen for nocturnal wildlife as we explore together. This program will be moved indoors depending on the weather. Masks requested when physical distancing is not possible. Ages 7-12.
Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021 8:30 am - Saturday, November 20, 2021 10:00 am
Location: Online only

Ever wonder what people mean when they say their deer scored 170? Have you wanted to know if harvest was a trophy setting animal? Join us for this class to learn how they score your harvest and what it takes to become a recorded setting animal. This class does not qualify you to become a scorer yourself. An official scorer must score your animal to be eligible for any record setting.

Registration period: October 15 - November 20
Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, November 20, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Enjoy fall in the Ozarks and test your nature knowledge by taking part in our self-guided Trail Trivia! Stop by the outdoor pavilion to pick up a question sheet, pencil, and clipboard before hitting the trail and answering the questions found along the trail. Return to the table for a small prize. All ages.
Registration period: October 15 - November 19
Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, November 20, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
If you walk slowly and look closely, the forest tells a story. Join us as we explore the Springfield Conservation Nature Center forest to look for animal signs. Footprints, disturbed leaf litter, and bits of uneaten food are just a few of the ways we can tell what kinds of animals have been active. What kind of clues will you find? Find out during this hands-on animal tracking adventure. Dress for the weather. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Ages 12-17.
Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021 10:30 am - Saturday, November 20, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Stop by anytime to learn about white-tailed deer in Missouri and make a deer headband to wear home.
Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021 10:30 am - Saturday, November 20, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Stop by anytime to learn about white-tailed deer in Missouri and make a deer headband to wear home.
Date: Sunday, November 21, 2021 2:00 pm - Sunday, November 21, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to learn the basics of safely loading and shooting a modern in-line muzzle loading rifle. We will discuss all aspects of loading, shooting, and cleaning. There should be no live ammunition, or uncased firearms inside the classroom. Please leave all firearms in the vehicle until the class is dismissed to go to shoot. This includes concealed carry handguns and magazines.

Registration period: October 15 - November 23
Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, November 23, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only
Connect with nature online during Naturalist Notes, our regular virtual program where a naturalist shares information about a nature topic. During this program naturalist Jordi Raos will delve into the wild world of turkeys, how they survive, communicate, and more. The program will end with a live Q&A session with the naturalist. This program will not be recorded. All ages.
Registration period: October 15 - November 27
Date: Saturday, November 27, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, November 27, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Enjoy fall in the Ozarks and test your nature knowledge by taking part in our self-guided Trail Trivia! Stop by the outdoor pavilion to pick up a question sheet, pencil, and clipboard before hitting the trail and answering the questions found along the trail. Return to the table for a small prize. All ages.
Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, November 30, 2021 8:30 pm
Location: Online only

Basic Tree Pruning will be presented. No Registration required. WebEx is the software. Get the software at: https://www.webex.com/downloads.html.

Join the session at: https://mdc.webex.com/mdc/onstage/g.php?MTID=e32d2c72d7cc195e81af44b08f0f4b195. You may join starting at 5:50 PM. Program and sound will start about 6 PM.

No WebEx Registration is planned. If a password is asked for use "tree".

Have questions about program, email jon.skinner@mdc.mo.gov.
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 8:30 am - Saturday, December 4, 2021 10:00 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

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. There should be no live ammunition, or uncased firearms inside the classroom. Please leave all firearms in the vehicle until the class is dismissed to go to shoot. This includes concealed carry handguns and magazines.