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Date: Friday, December 9, 2022 5:00 pm - Friday, December 9, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Join us as we celebrate the holidays with light refreshments and holiday activities for young and old alike. Learn how to recycle last year’s Natural Event Calendar into this year’s holiday gifts. Enjoy an evening of crafting a variety of nature ornaments to take home. The Wildcat Glades Friends Group Nature store will be open for shopping, so you can find that perfect gift for the nature-lover on your shopping list. Stop by anytime!
Registration period: October 26 - December 9
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:30 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. If you plan to use your own, bring a minimum of 50 rounds of new ammunition for your firearm. Make sure all firearms are unloaded before arriving at the range. There should be no live ammunition, or uncased firearms inside the classroom. Please leave all firearms in the vehicle until the class is dismissed including all concealed carry handguns and magazines.

Registration period: November 2 - December 10
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:45 am
Location: Online only
Grab a warm beverage and join Naturalist Betzaida Rivera in this virtual program as she discusses observations of animals that are uncommon in Missouri. She will talk about the limpkin, roseate spoonbill, snowy owl, American alligator, and other animals. Please include a valid email address when you register so we can send you a virtual program link. Ages 7-adult.
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022 10:30 am - Saturday, December 10, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Stop by anytime to make some simple holiday ornaments from recycled and natural materials. We’ll supply the materials, kids bring the creativity, and parents provide guidance. Bring a bag to carry your ornaments home.
Registration period: November 2 - December 10
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022 11:00 am - Saturday, December 10, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Try your hand at woodcarving with members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists as they teach carving techniques and show how to transform wood into works of art. Ages 12-adult.
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022 1:00 pm - Saturday, December 10, 2022 4:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Visit with members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists as they share information with the “wood-be” carver, demonstrate carving techniques, and show works in progress. All ages. No registration required.
Registration period: November 2 - December 10
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022 1:00 pm - Saturday, December 10, 2022 4:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Discover the art of painting waterfowl with accomplished art instructor Greg Chappell. Greg will help build your skills in the foundations of drawing, anatomy, and composition. Skills learned in the class will also help you paint for a Junior Duck Stamp entry. All supplies provided. Ages 8-17.
Registration period: November 2 - December 10
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022 1:00 pm - Saturday, December 10, 2022 3:30 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
We will teach safe gun-handling techniques, then head outside to practice shooting skeet. Register and meet us at the Andy Dalton Shooting Range. Dress for the weather and bring a reusable water bottle. Ages 12-17.
Registration period: November 1 - December 9
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022 4:30 pm - Saturday, December 10, 2022 6:00 pm
Location: Shawnee Trail Conservation Area
Winter in Missouri means short-eared owls may be seen flying low over native grasslands in search of mice, rabbits, and other small mammals. Join us at Shawnee Trail Conservation Area to discover more about these uncommon winter residents. Bring the family and dress for the weather for this easy-rated hike. Call 417-629-3434 for more information.
Registration period: November 2 - December 13
Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2022 6:00 pm - Tuesday, December 13, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Online only
Discover the best trails in the Ozarks for day hiking during this virtual program. Please include a valid email address when you register so we can send you a virtual program link. All ages.
Registration period: November 3 - December 13
Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2022 10:00 am - Wednesday, December 14, 2022 11:30 am
Location: Online only
Winter is a great time to start the hobby of bird watching while stuck indoors. Join us to learn about common birds seen during winter and how to keep them around your feeders. Registration required. Please register with a valid email to receive link for the program. Recommended for ages 12 and up.
Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2022 11:00 am - Wednesday, December 14, 2022 11:30 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Join Ms. Ladybug as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your child. Ages 2-6. No registration required.
Registration period: November 4 - December 17
Date: Saturday, December 17, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, December 17, 2022 10:45 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Hoo wants to learn about owls? Find out what makes owls special and have a hoot of a time making an owl craft. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: November 4 - December 17
Date: Saturday, December 17, 2022 11:15 am - Saturday, December 17, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Hoo wants to learn about owls? Find out what makes owls special and have a hoot of a time making an owl craft. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: November 3 - December 19
Date: Tuesday, December 20, 2022 10:30 am - Tuesday, December 20, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
A winter breeze makes a busy bird. While some birds are moving south, others are finding food and a warm place to stay. Bring your little ones to learn about the wonders of our feathered friends during winter and make a bird feeder to take home. Registration is Required. Recommended for ages 3 to 6.
Registration period: November 4 - December 22
Date: Thursday, December 22, 2022 6:30 pm - Thursday, December 22, 2022 7:45 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Want to make some cool nature crafts to gift to people (or keep for yourself)? We will bring the supplies; you bring the creativity and the enthusiasm! This program is designed for children ages 7-12 and their adults/caregivers.
Registration period: November 4 - December 27
Date: Tuesday, December 27, 2022 11:00 am - Tuesday, December 27, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Dress warmly and join us for a winter bird walk on the Springfield Conservation Nature Center trails. Bring binoculars and a bird field guide if you have them. Ages 18-adult.
Date: Wednesday, December 28, 2022 11:00 am - Wednesday, December 28, 2022 11:30 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Bring your tot to hear a special tale about nature and to complete a craft project. Ages 2-6.
Registration period: November 4 - December 28
Date: Wednesday, December 28, 2022 2:00 pm - Wednesday, December 28, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Sometimes they startle us, but snakes always fascinate us. Learn about this often-misunderstood reptile, see snakes up close, and even touch one! All ages.
Date: Thursday, December 29, 2022 10:00 am - Thursday, December 29, 2022 11:30 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Win a prize and learn more about the amazing animals and plants of Missouri during Nature Bingo!
Date: Thursday, December 29, 2022 2:00 pm - Thursday, December 29, 2022 3:30 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Win a prize and learn more about the amazing animals and plants of Missouri during Nature Bingo!
Registration period: December 1 - December 29
Date: Thursday, December 29, 2022 2:00 pm - Thursday, December 29, 2022 3:30 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Looking for a free fun family activity while off for holiday break? Join us for a game of bingo that has a fun and educational twist. Win prizes and see some live animals, too.
Registration period: November 30 - January 6
Date: Friday, January 6, 2023 10:00 am - Friday, January 6, 2023 10:45 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Caw Caw Caw! Have you ever heard a crow calling to another crow? Come learn about how amazing and clever crows are with us. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: November 30 - January 6
Date: Friday, January 6, 2023 11:15 am - Friday, January 6, 2023 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Caw Caw Caw! Have you ever heard a crow calling to another crow? Come learn about how amazing and clever crows are with us. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: December 3 - January 6
Date: Saturday, January 7, 2023 9:00 am - Saturday, January 7, 2023 12:00 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Kids, enjoy a morning just for you and the birds. Discover the excitement of bird watching in the tradition of the annual Christmas Bird Count. Experienced birders from the Ozark Gateway Audubon Society Chapter and local staff will lead mentored birding experiences. After exploring the trails, we will discuss what birds were seen and enjoy lunch provided by the Ozark Gateway Audubon Society Chapter. Remember to bring your binoculars (if you have some), dress for the weather, and be prepared for an easy-rated hike. Required is required. For ages 7 to 17.