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Date: Friday, December 16, 2022 8:00 am - Sunday, February 5, 2023 6:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Calling all birders and nature lovers! Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center is participating in Audubon Center at Riverlands’ 3rd Annual Bows for Birds Scavenger Hunt. Between December 10th and February 5th, head to Powder Valley to participate in the scavenger hunt and find the mystery bird posted on a tree off one of our three paved trails. Powder Valley is one of twelve participating locations across the St. Louis region. Visit at least seven sites and fill out the submission form to be entered into a raffle for some awesome prizes! Make sure to head to Audubon Center at Riverlands’ website https://riverlands.audubon.org/programs/bows-birds for the Bows for Birds 2023 Packet that contains more information about the scavenger hunt including the submission form, locations/clues, and prizes!
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: 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.

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 - January 25
Date: Thursday, February 2, 2023 10:00 am - Thursday, February 2, 2023 12:00 pm
Location: Tower Grove Park-Stupp Center
For nature, survival is the game! Predators and prey have unique tools and behaviors that enable them to survive. Through skulls, a game, and a mysterious case of predator/ prey, participants will learn firsthand about animal adaptations. Program will be indoors and outdoors, weather permitted. Please use the front door at the Stupp Center.
Registration period: January 6 - February 2
Date: Thursday, February 2, 2023 12:30 pm - Thursday, February 2, 2023 3:00 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.
Registration period: January 19 - February 1
Date: Thursday, February 2, 2023 6:00 pm - Thursday, February 2, 2023 8:00 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Have you always wanted to get into the art of fly tying but do not know where to start? Join us for our 4-part fly tying series that will introduce you into the world of fly tying. You will learn about the basic tools, materials, and skills needed to get you rolling on tying your own flies. The materials used in this class will be provided however, if you would like to bring your own equipment, that is acceptable as well. Each class will build on the previous classes’ skills so attendance of all 4 classes is required. Each class will start at 6:00pm and will run for approximately 2 hours. The class will be held at the Education Center at the Jay Henges Shooting Range. February 2nd, 9th, 16h, 23rd.
Registration period: January 15 - February 3
Date: Friday, February 3, 2023 11:00 am - Friday, February 3, 2023 1:00 pm
Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Everyone loves a good story, and we have a lovely one here at Rockwoods Reservation! You and your little one can listen as our Naturalist reads a couple poems from Vulture Verses: Love Poems for Unloved by Diane Lang. **Story time will be every 30 minutes.

Participants will get to create their own valentines as they learn to befriend even the scariest critters. They will even get to meet some of the critters highlighted in the book.

Registration is not required. Feel free to stop by Rockwoods Reservation Education anytime between 11am-1pm.

Registration period: December 15 - February 3
Date: Friday, February 3, 2023 1:00 pm - Friday, February 3, 2023 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 14+) February is a great time to gear up for spring planting. Bed prep, plant choice and layout design are all very important to the success of native plant gardens. Visit with our native landscape specialists to get tips on how to prep for spring. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
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: January 3 - February 4
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023 8:30 am - Saturday, February 4, 2023 11:30 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discover the basics of responsible handgun ownership and the joys of shooting. We will cover safety, handgun nomenclature, sight picture, sight alignment, breath control, trigger squeeze, and much more. During the live fire portion, .22 handguns and ammunition will be provided. 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.

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023 8:30 am - Saturday, February 4, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Puxico Activity Center (FEMA Building)
We're celebrating the return of bald eagles to Mingo NWR, Duck Creek CA, and Lake Wappapello. This special event includes the indoor live bald eagle shows from our friends at the World Bird Sanctuary. Programs will be held at the Puxico Activity Center (FEMA building) at 8:30, 10:00, 11:30, and 2:00. Opportunities to view bald eagles in the wild, with the assistance of volunteers and spotting scopes, will be available at the Visitor Center at Lake Wappapello (from 8-10:00am) and 3 locations on Mingo NWR and 1 location at Duck Creek CA during event hours. Mingo Visitors Center will have presentations on the restoration project that took place on the refuge, as well as limited edition prints of the hacking towers. Limit 1 per family. All ages are welcome. No registration required, but eagle shows have a capacity of 400 people.
Registration period: December 22 - February 3
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023 9:00 am - Saturday, February 4, 2023 12:00 pm
Location: Knox County USDA Office
Upon registration, participants will be emailed a link to the virtual/online portion of the prescribed burn course. The online course is a mandatory prerequisite which requires a $25.00 fee to a third-party host (not MDC). Registrants will need to successfully complete the online course and quiz to attend the field day event. Please bring your certificate of completion and mileage record. Participants will review burn equipment, burn line installation, safe weather parameters, ignition operations, and other techniques to safely conduct a prescribed burn
Registration period: January 6 - February 4
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:45 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Come learn about the water puppies of Missouri! Ages 3-6.
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, February 4, 2023 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (ages 3-6) Discovering the amazing natural world is as easy as opening a book! This volunteer naturalist led story program is ideal for preschool - kindergarten children and will take them on journeys to learn about wildlife, habitats and more. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, February 4, 2023 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (all ages) It seems like there are very few animals outside this time of year...learn more about what happens to animals in the winter. Do they hide? Do they leave? Come investigate and find out! If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: January 11 - February 3
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, February 4, 2023 11:30 am
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area
Winter is a great time to enjoy some of Missouri’s largest birds. Ellis Island, located beside the Mississippi River at the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, is where one might view these birds and many more. Bring your binoculars and curiosity along on a hike around Ellis Island as we observe the wildlife and learn about the biology and life history of Bald Eagles, Trumpeter Swans, and Greater White-fronted Geese. Meet at the parking lot on the west end of Ellis Island. Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary is located East of Hwy 67 in West Alton, Missouri 63386.
Registration period: January 2 - February 3
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, February 4, 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 15 - February 4
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, February 4, 2023 12:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Whether you spend time reading IN nature or reading ABOUT nature, reading and nature offer an abundance of emotional and intellectual benefits. Runge Nature Center is excited to introduce its new “Into the Words” book discussion series. For the first session, bring your favorite nature-themed book for an informal “show and tell” discussion. This will be a great way to build your 2023 reading list! If there’s enough interest, “Into the Words” will become a bi-monthly book discussion group. Coffee and tea will be provided. Registration required. Ages 16+
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023 11:30 am - Saturday, February 4, 2023 12:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (ages 3-6) Discovering the amazing natural world is as easy as opening a book! This volunteer naturalist led story program is ideal for preschool - kindergarten children and will take them on journeys to learn about wildlife, habitats and more. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: January 2 - February 3
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023 12:30 pm - Saturday, February 4, 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: January 4 - February 3
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023 4:30 pm - Saturday, February 4, 2023 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 to discover more about these uncommon winter residents. Bring the family, dress for the weather, and meet us at Shawnee Trail Conservation Area for this easy-rated hike.