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Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2023 12:00 pm - Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Pre-registration has ended.

Program is full and waiting list is full.

Engage in hands-on nature experiences and behind-the-scenes animal care action through a series of programs including outdoor skills, captive animal care and wildlife science.

Spring session is four weeks starting March 20th and ending April 15th.

Must commit to attending a minimum of one weeknight per week plus at least one of the two Saturdays.

First come, first serve with a waiting list utilized.

Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2023 6:00 am - Tuesday, February 28, 2023 9:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Look for the book pages posted along Runge’s Naturescape trail and enjoy a story while exploring and walking! A different book will be posted each month. No registration required. All ages
Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2023 8:00 am - Tuesday, February 28, 2023 8:00 am
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Lee Walter’s collection of watercolor illustrations and paintings, titled “Close to Home,” capture wildlife in a suburban St. Louis yard. Although she enjoys spending time in parks across the region, the animals she sees outside her house provide daily inspiration.
Registration period: January 28 - February 25
Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2023 11:30 am - Sunday, February 26, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, call 816-249-3194 for details

Have you just bought a new pistol and want to become more familiar with it? Do you need some help getting started as a new shooter or haven’t shot for a while and want to get back into it? Is there a technique that you want to learn or improve upon? This one-on-one instruction is for you! Participants must provide their own pistol and 100 rounds of ammunition.

Registration period: January 26 - February 23
Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2023 11:30 am - Sunday, February 26, 2023 2:30 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, call 816-249-3194 for details

Shotgun shooting is fun and exciting. If you want to learn about the shotgun fundamentals from the very beginning or improve your skill at skeet, trap or 5-stand, this one-on-one shotgun instruction course is for you! Our instructors will help you get started and work with you on the basics to prepare you for moving on to each discipline. Participants must provide their own shotgun and two (2) full boxes of shells. The shells must be # 7.5, 8 or 9 shot. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Registration period: December 15 - February 23
Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2023 11:30 am - Sunday, February 26, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, call 816-249-3194 for details

The Lake City Shooting Range wants to help you sight in your rifle...for FREE! The instructors will help you get ready for this year’s upcoming deer season, fine-tune your scope or improve on your shooting skills. If you are preparing for a hunt, bring the rifle and ammunition you plan to use during the hunt.

Date: Friday, February 3, 2023 2:00 pm - Tuesday, February 28, 2023 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 Wednesday and Saturday. The snakes are fed every other week.
Registration period: November 4 - February 6
Date: Monday, February 6, 2023 2:00 pm - Monday, February 6, 2023 3:30 pm
Location: Clinton MDC Office

Our ancestors utilized many parts of deer they harvested. Many products such as candles, skin moisturizing heel balms, soaps, fire starters, etc. can be made from deer fat (tallow). Come learn how to convert deer fat into a soothing heel balm and candles!

At this 1.5 hr. hands-on workshop, you will bring and work with frozen deer fat from deer you or your classmates have harvested this season. We will have fat available to demonstrate techniques and you will take home a sample of heel balm, a candle, and a fire starter. A handout with recipes and directions for heel balm, body butter, candles, and fire starters will be provided.

Wear old clothes and bring a rubber apron, if you have one. A heavy trash bag can be used in place of an apron. Bring along the fat from your harvested deer to add to the melting pot in class. After harvesting and skinning your deer, remove the hard, waxy fat from the back of the deer and around the kidneys and freeze. We will not be using the soft fat from around the meat and bones for this class.
Registration period: January 6 - February 5
Date: Monday, February 6, 2023 5:30 pm - Monday, February 6, 2023 7:30 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
Interest in learning how to Bass Fish? This program will cover the basic techniques and equipment to get you to a point where you can begin fishing on your own.
Registration period: November 4 - February 6
Date: Monday, February 6, 2023 5:30 pm - Monday, February 6, 2023 7:00 pm
Location: Clinton MDC Office

Our ancestors utilized many parts of deer they harvested. Many products such as candles, skin moisturizing heel balms, soaps, fire starters, etc. can be made from deer fat (tallow). Come learn how to convert deer fat into a soothing heel balm and candles!

At this 1.5 hr. hands-on workshop, you will bring and work with frozen deer fat from deer you or your classmates have harvested this season. We will have fat available to demonstrate techniques and you will take home a sample of heel balm, a candle, and a fire starter. A handout with recipes and directions for heel balm, body butter, candles, and fire starters will be provided.

Wear old clothes and bring a rubber apron, if you have one. A heavy trash bag can be used in place of an apron. Bring along the fat from your harvested deer to add to the melting pot in class. After harvesting and skinning your deer, remove the hard, waxy fat from the back of the deer and around the kidneys and freeze. We will not be using the soft fat from around the meat and bones for this class.

Registration period: January 3 - February 6
Date: Monday, February 6, 2023 6:00 pm - Monday, February 6, 2023 7:00 pm
Location: Online only
Learn how to identify and manage exotic invasive plants on your property. Natural History Biologist Susan Farrington will tell us why invasive plants are harmful to our songbirds and wildlife and will discuss practical methods for dealing with these annoying plants.
Registration period: January 2 - February 6
Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 10:00 am - Tuesday, February 7, 2023 11:30 am
Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Please register each participant.

Registration period: January 6 - February 7
Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 10:00 am - Tuesday, February 7, 2023 10:45 am
Location: Online only
Some animals have big, fluffy tails. Some animals have blue, wiggly tails. Why do animals have tails at all? Find out at this virtual program. Please provide a valid email as a link will be sent to you for this virtual program. This program is designed for children ages 3-6 but all ages are welcome.
Registration period: November 4 - February 6
Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 10:30 am - Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00 pm
Location: Lost Valley Hatchery

Our ancestors utilized many parts of deer they harvested. Many products such as candles, skin moisturizing heel balms, soaps, fire starters, etc. can be made from deer fat (tallow). Come learn how to convert deer fat into a soothing heel balm and candles!

At this 1.5 hr. hands-on workshop, you will bring and work with frozen deer fat from deer you or your classmates have harvested this season. We will have fat available to demonstrate techniques and you will take home a sample of heel balm, a candle, and a fire starter. A handout with recipes and directions for heel balm, body butter, candles, and fire starters will be provided.

Wear old clothes and bring a rubber apron, if you have one. A heavy trash bag can be used in place of an apron. Bring along the fat from your harvested deer to add to the melting pot in class. After harvesting and skinning your deer, remove the hard, waxy fat from the back of the deer and around the kidneys and freeze. We will not be using the soft fat from around the meat and bones for this class.

Registration period: January 2 - February 6
Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:30 pm - Tuesday, February 7, 2023 2:00 pm
Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Please register each participant.

Registration period: November 4 - February 6
Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 1:00 pm - Tuesday, February 7, 2023 2:30 pm
Location: Lost Valley Hatchery

Our ancestors utilized many parts of deer they harvested. Many products such as candles, skin moisturizing heel balms, soaps, fire starters, etc. can be made from deer fat (tallow). Come learn how to convert deer fat into a soothing heel balm and candles!

At this 1.5 hr. hands-on workshop, you will bring and work with frozen deer fat from deer you or your classmates have harvested this season. We will have fat available to demonstrate techniques and you will take home a sample of heel balm, a candle, and a fire starter. A handout with recipes and directions for heel balm, body butter, candles, and fire starters will be provided.

Wear old clothes and bring a rubber apron, if you have one. A heavy trash bag can be used in place of an apron. Bring along the fat from your harvested deer to add to the melting pot in class. After harvesting and skinning your deer, remove the hard, waxy fat from the back of the deer and around the kidneys and freeze. We will not be using the soft fat from around the meat and bones for this class.

Registration period: February 2 - February 7
Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 7:00 pm - Tuesday, February 7, 2023 9:00 pm
Location: Schuyler County Library
Come join us to learn how to tie Crappie/Panfish jigs. All supplies are provided, free of charge.
Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 11:00 am - Wednesday, February 8, 2023 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.
Registration period: January 23 - February 7
Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 1:00 pm - Wednesday, February 8, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Veterans Park Lake
Come join us for some trout fishing at Veterans Park Lake in Fulton. We will be catching and keeping our fish, and fish-cleaning techniques will be demonstrated. Equipment and instruction will be provided so no experience is necessary. Meet MDC staff at the lake. All participants ages 16 and 64 must come prepared with a Missouri fishing license; each participant must have a trout permit to possess trout. Registration required. Ages 6+
Registration period: January 1 - February 7
Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 2:30 pm - Wednesday, February 8, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Online only
Any time can be a great time to fish, soon the weather will turn warm and the Spring fishing season will be in full force. Now is the time to brush up on those fish-cleaning skills. This session will focus on cleaning scaled fish like crappie, bass, and perch. We will look at some of the common equipment needed and common methods of cleaning these fish.
Registration period: January 27 - February 8
Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:00 pm - Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:30 pm
Location: Online only

VIRTUAL Program

Now that almost all of the hunting seasons have wrapped up here in Missouri you will need to store your guns till turkey season or next fall. We will touch on how to clean all 5 action types of long guns. We will also share about storing them too. Participants must register to attend. The instructor will send you the link the day of the program.
Registration period: January 15 - February 9
Date: Thursday, February 9, 2023 9:00 am - Thursday, February 9, 2023 12:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Come join us for some local trout fishing at McKay Park in Jefferson City. We will be catching and keeping our fish, and fish-cleaning techniques will be demonstrated. Equipment and instruction will be provided so no experience is necessary. Meet MDC staff at the parking lot near the play area. All participants ages 16 and 64 must come prepared with a Missouri fishing license; each participant must have a trout permit to possess trout. Registration required. Ages 6+
Date: Thursday, February 9, 2023 10:00 am - Thursday, February 9, 2023 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Let's gather around the Runge fireplace, listen to a few nature-themed stories, and conclude with a craft. No registration required. Ages 0-6.
Registration period: January 6 - February 2
Date: Thursday, February 9, 2023 12:30 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
Discover interesting facts about the brown-headed nuthatch, a bird recently reintroduced to the Missouri Ozarks. We will by painting a brown-headed nuthatch with watercolors. Presenters will guide you through this unique way of painting and will supply all materials. Registration Required. Ages 18 and up.
Date: Thursday, February 9, 2023 2:00 pm - Thursday, February 9, 2023 2:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Discover the importance of Missouri reptiles and amphibians and see what it takes to keep our education animals happy and healthy. Bring your family and watch as we introduce and feed several different reptiles and amphibians.