Events

Private Event | My Events | My Profile

Displaying 26 - 50 of 207

Find Hunter Education and Bowhunter Education classes near you.

Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 9:30 am - Saturday, December 11, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center
Come and find creative ways to enjoy nature throughout the holidays and make unique nature-related ornaments for windows, trees, and other indoor decorations.
Registration period: October 22 - December 9
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, December 11, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: MDC Northwest Regional Office
This will be an introduction into the use of a compass. There will be classroom instruction as well outdoor activities.
Registration period: October 27 - December 11
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, December 11, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 9+) If you are interested in becoming a part of the growing world of citizen science, then join us for Citizen Science Saturday. You will start by reviewing how to use iNaturalist, eBird other other bird identification apps. We will then blend technology and our natural habitats to learn how to record encounters with wildlife, connect to specialist in the science world and help gather wildlife data for one of the area winter bird counts. iPhones, iPads, Android phones or tablets are recommended. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: November 22 - December 10
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, December 11, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)

Brrrr its cold, but did you know humans aren’t the only ones who love to sleep more in the winter than summer. Missouri is home to a few animals known as hibernators. Join us and find out more about hibernation and the critters that do so.
Registration period: November 21 - December 11
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, December 11, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Make holiday treasures for your family with one-of-a-kind handmade gifts using items found in nature. The staff will show you how to use objects such as tree cookies, twigs, pine needles, pine cones, and acorns to create Christmas tree ornaments.

Sign up early as class space size is limited.
Registration period: December 1 - December 11
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, December 11, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Build a bee home to give to a family member, friend, or yourself. Discover which cavity nesting bees may use your bee home and the role they play in our daily lives. Registration required. Ages 7-12 years.
Registration period: October 15 - December 11
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, December 11, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Brrrrrr! It’s cold outside! How do wild animals handle this cold weather? Meet some animal puppet friends and learn the tricks to surviving the cold winter months. Then we will head outside in search of these animals and their hiding places.

Babes in the Woods programs are designed to empower parents to introduce babies and toddlers ages 0-2 years to the sights, sounds, and textures of nature.
Registration period: November 10 - December 10
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 11:00 am - Saturday, December 11, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Come and join us in-person at Rockwoods Reservation (first at the classroom) as we discuss the caves and cave life of Missouri and why we need to protect this unique ecosystem. We will briefly discuss Missouri's caves, biology, and safety, and then visit Rockwoods (Bathtub Cave).

Please dress in layers and dress appropriately for the weather. Bring an extra change of clothes, water, and snacks/lunch.

**Helmets and one flashlight will be provided. Please wear rubber boots as well as bring 2 additional sources of light (such as headlamps or flashlights).

***Only 10 people at a time can enter the cave, so we will have to do two groups into the cave.

**only the age range (7 and up) will be allowed in the cave.

**note: you will have to crawl into the entrance and crawl in the cave; knee pads are recommended.

***Program will be canceled in inclement weather and rescheduled at a different date.

***If large clusters of bats are encountered, the field trip portion will be cut short.

***Must attend the classroom session to attend the field trip portion.

***Register each person attending individually.

*** Masks will be required to wear inside the cave (surgical masks will be provided, or you may wear your own cloth mask).

*** MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate.

Registration period: October 27 - December 11
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 12:30 pm - Saturday, December 11, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 9+) If you are interested in becoming a part of the growing world of citizen science, then join us for Citizen Science Saturday. You will start by reviewing how to use iNaturalist, eBird other other bird identification apps. We will then blend technology and our natural habitats to learn how to record encounters with wildlife, connect to specialist in the science world and help gather wildlife data for one of the area winter bird counts. iPhones, iPads, Android phones or tablets are recommended. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: November 4 - December 10
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, December 11, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
This is your chance to see how trout are raised at MDC's largest cold-water fish hatchery, Shepherd of the Hills, in Branson. Meet us at the fish hatchery conservation center, where we will embark on a guided tour of the facility. Afterwards, we will go for a short hike along Lake Taneycomo, where the trout are stocked. We will be outdoors so dress for the weather. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Ages 12-17.
Registration period: October 15 - December 11
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, December 11, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
When the leaves fall and the forest appears more open, many of our winter birds are at their easiest to see. While many birds migrate south for the winter, southeast Missouri is alive with our year-round populations and visitors from the snowy north. Join us for a two-part program to learn the basics of spotting, and hearing, some of our more familiar winter birds. The program will begin with a presentation in the auditorium and then move to a roughly 1-mile hike over paved and gravel trails which are at times hilly. You are welcome to attend the auditorium portion only and then view birds from our feeder window or explore our forests on your own if you wish. This program is open to all ages, though the material is most appropriate for ages 10+ This program is just in time to prepare you for participating the in the Christmas Bird Count!
Registration period: November 9 - December 10
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 5:30 pm - Saturday, December 11, 2021 8:30 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Experience the sounds of the night during a moderate hike at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area. We will hike the Busch Hiking/Biking Trail which is approximately 3 ½ miles in length. We may hear coyotes howling and hear 2 or 3 species of owls calling their mates. Dress for the weather, Bring small flashlight

MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate
Registration period: November 16 - December 10
Date: Monday, December 13, 2021 10:00 am - Monday, December 13, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Join us as we take a hike around Rockwoods Reservation to explore some habitats, from small microhabitats, to glades, to forests. We will learn how Missouri wildlife use habitats to survive, and how their habitats might change over the seasons or their lifetime. The hike will be easy to moderate in difficulty. Please register everyone attending, and dress for the weather. Meet at the pavilion by the Rockwoods Reservation Education Center.

MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate.

Registration period: November 15 - December 13
Date: Monday, December 13, 2021 3:30 pm - Monday, December 13, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Online only
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 stories geared for the little ones but enjoyed by all ages. The presenter will send the program link to participants by e-mail the day of the program. Registration required. All ages.
Registration period: November 15 - December 14
Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 9:00 am - Tuesday, December 14, 2021 10:00 am
Location: Online only
Winter is a great time to watch birds in your own backyard. Virtually observe birds visiting birdfeeders while we discover what species may commonly be found in backyards, how to identify them, and how to attract and conserve birds on your property. Presenter will send participants the program link via e-mail the day before and the day of the presentation. Registration required. All ages.
Registration period: November 24 - December 14
Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, December 14, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Fly-tying is a great way to customize a fishing lure to a specific type of fish or a particular stretch of stream. It’s also way to get an added sense of accomplishment knowing that you caught a fish with a lure you made. MDC Conservation Educator, Sam Stewart, will guide participants through the tying process as well as discuss how flies are effective lures for a variety of sportfish species.

All materials will be provided. Please register early as space is limited.
Registration period: November 26 - December 13
Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 1:00 pm - Tuesday, December 14, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Online only
Fly-tying is a great way to customize a fishing lure to a specific type of fish or a particular stretch of stream. It’s also way to get an added sense of accomplishment knowing that you caught a fish with a lure you made. MDC Conservation Educator, Sam Stewart, will provide tips on materials used as well as techniques, and will also discuss how flies are effective lures for a variety of sportfish species.
Registration period: October 15 - December 14
Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 2:00 pm - Tuesday, December 14, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Missouri is home to two species of fox; the familiar red fox and the less common gray fox. We will look at the differences between these two beautiful furbearers and learn about how they survive the changing seasons. This program is designed for ages 8 and up but all are welcome.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address to receive a link to the virtual program.

Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 4:00 pm - Tuesday, December 14, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Online only
Have you ever seen a butterfly in the snow? Probably not. Butterflies can't survive cold weather, so when winter comes, many butterflies fly to warmer places. Woodchucks don't like cold weather either but they don't migrate; they hibernate. Join us to read Animals in Winter, by Henrietta Bancroft, and find out how other animals cope with winter's worst weather! There will be a presentation after the reading. This is a VIRTUAL program. Registration is required with a valid email (registration link will be sent to email prior to the program).
Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 5:00 pm - Tuesday, December 14, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Gaylord Laboratory Library at Duck Creek CA

Come learn all about native evergreens and how you can use their boughs and other amazing pieces from nature to create festive holiday decorations. It is recommended that you bring sturdy leather gloves, pruners, and your favorite bows and embellishments to create your own unique wreath OR a vertical/horizontal swag.

Greenery and wreath form/swag board will be provided. Limited amounts of embellishments will also be on hand.
Registration period: October 21 - December 13
Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, December 14, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only
Wintertime is an ideal season for beginning birders and avid naturalists to enjoy the outdoors and hone their birding skills. Naturalist and Conservation Educator Jeff Cantrell will virtually share with you tips and field marks to look for while investigating Missouri's birds of prey this season.
Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, December 14, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
We will walk you through step by step on some of our favorite ways to cook venison.
Registration period: November 4 - December 14
Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, December 14, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only
The Best of the Ozarks Virtual Series is designed to connect people with the best outdoor opportunities in the Ozarks through fun, virtual programs. This month we will discover some of the best places to go birdwatching in winter. From pine siskins to bald eagles, there are many special birds to spot in December. All ages.
Registration period: December 1 - December 14
Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2021 8:00 am - Wednesday, December 15, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Grab your hiking stick and join a guided hike at Lake of the Ozarks State Park in Miller County and explore the Trail of the Four Winds-North Loop. 4 miles-moderate. Meet at the Runge Nature Center or the trailhead. Hike leaders will contact participants before the hike to give directions if needed. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and pack a lunch/snack. Registration required. Ages 18 and up.
Registration period: November 4 - December 14
Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2021 12:00 pm - Wednesday, December 15, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
This virtual program is part two of a multi-part series on primitive skills and bushcraft. “Fire Building and Safety” virtual program is intended to help you better construct, start, and maintain a fire in any situation. We will also cover the basic campfire safety rules and care of any fires. Start time will be 12:10 PM using the Webex platform and all registered participants will receive a link with the log-in information 24 hours prior to the event.