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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.
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: 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.
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: 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 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: September 16 - December 10
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022 2:00 pm - Saturday, December 10, 2022 3:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
People have long depended on fire for survival. A good campfire can provide warmth, comfort, and a way to cook food. Learn how to safely make the perfect campfire. We will get the opportunity to try different methods of starting a fire and even have tasty s’mores treats at the end.
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 14 - December 10
Date: Sunday, December 11, 2022 1:00 pm - Sunday, December 11, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA
Are you looking for a last-minute holiday gift or a fun and festive DIY day? Join us at August A Busch Memorial Conservation Area to get outside for a bit and then warm up in the classroom as we put together some scented wax fire starters that are cute enough to gift, using materials gathered from nature. We will begin with a short walk on the Pine Trail, weather permitting, to gather fallen needles and cones, and then carpool back to the classroom. We will have plenty of materials available in the classroom for anyone unable to gather from the trail for any reason.
Registration period: December 1 - December 12
Date: Monday, December 12, 2022 10:30 am - Monday, December 12, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Online only
Join a naturalist virtually around our Runge fireplace for a nature story or two. 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 link to registered participants by e-mail the morning of the program. Registration required. All ages invited.
Registration period: November 7 - December 12
Date: Monday, December 12, 2022 5:30 pm - Monday, December 12, 2022 8:30 pm
Location: Pony Express Conservation Area

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: October 7 - December 13
Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2022 10:00 am - Tuesday, December 13, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come learn about one of Missouri’s largest mammals: elk! These big animals look a little like reindeer, but they’re not used to pull any sleighs. Elk are wild animals that grow massive antlers and make impressive bugling noises. These animals were reintroduced into our state a little over 10 years ago. For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn a red wildlife bead.

Little Acorns programs are designed to help children ages 3-6 learn about the natural world through hands on experiences, crafts, and focused free-play activities.
Registration period: November 12 - December 12
Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2022 5:30 pm - Tuesday, December 13, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
Please Join us for Firearms Basic Care and Cleaning program. One of the most important aspects of having a firearm is making sure your firearm is maintained and in good working condition. We will discuss the supplies and equipment needed to properly maintain your firearm. We will also demonstrate some of the basic procedures of firearm maintenance.
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 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 7 - December 12
Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2022 6:30 pm - Tuesday, December 13, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Let's admire some of Missouri's stunning snakes! These legless, scaly reptiles are often misunderstood, but are incredibly 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.

This program will be entirely indoors in the classroom at the main building.
Registration period: September 16 - December 14
Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2022 10:00 am - Wednesday, December 14, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Investigate the amazing lives of Missouri owls. We will explore the special features that make these feathered flyers excellent night-time hunters. Discover whoooo’s in an owl’s food chain by dissecting a real owl pellet.
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.
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!
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: October 21 - December 14
Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2022 12:00 pm - Wednesday, December 14, 2022 1:00 pm
Location: Online only

Missouri is crisscrossed with world class streams. Join us for a beginner’s guide to planning day floats and overnight trips on some of Missouri’s most scenic waterways. This program will include information on selecting the right gear, floating laws, safety, and rivers near you. So, float on down and learn a thing or two, the rivers are calling! Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

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: September 16 - December 14
Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2022 2:00 pm - Wednesday, December 14, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Investigate the amazing lives of Missouri owls. We will explore the special features that make these feathered flyers excellent night-time hunters. Discover whoooo’s in an owl’s food chain by dissecting a real owl pellet.