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Date: Friday, March 1, 2024 8:00 am - Sunday, March 31, 2024 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

From artist Terry Martin: "I was fortunate to grow up in Missouri, where there were lakes, streams, and rivers to explore. Mine is a state with a premier conservation effort! I had a bicycle and a fishing rod (a fortunate son!). As a boy, I was up at daylight each day and home when it got dark. I developed more and more of an interest in the wildlife and geography of my surroundings. I discovered artists like John James Audubon, Roger Tory Peterson, Maynard Reece, and fellow Missourian Charles W. Schwartz. Also of great influence were naturalists John Muir, Marlin Perkins, and Robert Bateman."

Terry Martin's art will be on exhibit in the Runge lobby until April 30. No registration required. All ages
Date: Friday, March 1, 2024 8:00 am - Sunday, March 31, 2024 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Raised on a farm in the Missouri river bottoms, Dan Brueggeman developed an early appreciation of wildlife and the out-of-doors. It wasn't until 1984 that the artist encountered his future vocation, when he met a decoy carver and was fascinated by the amount of realism obtainable in wood sculpture. Dan's first decoy, although it bears little resemblance to today's works, is still the most prized piece in his collection. In addition to the original waterfowl, Dan has expanded his focus to encompass songbirds, fish, game birds, mammals and raptors. He has been honored with numerous awards, including several "Best of Show" awards. His carvings currently grace many private and corporate art collections. The exhibition is located in the west wing at Runge and can be viewed through June 30, 2024.

Date: Friday, March 1, 2024 8:00 am - Sunday, March 31, 2024 5:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Calling all agents! In this Agents of Discovery mission, explore the natural beauty of Wood Duck Swamp. Using the app and trail prompts, complete challenges and answer questions as you walk through Wood Duck Swamp to complete the mission. Best of luck, agents!
Date: Friday, March 1, 2024 2:00 pm - Friday, March 29, 2024 3:30 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 Tuesday and Friday. The snakes are fed on the second and fourth Wednesday (March 13 & 27).
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2024 8:00 am - Saturday, March 2, 2024 11:30 am
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
We invite you to bring all your conservation questions to Powder Valley. One of our highly trained naturalists will be ready to answer any question. See you soon!
Registration period: January 18 - March 1
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2024 8:00 am - Saturday, March 2, 2024 11:30 am
Location: MDC Kansas City Regional Office

Learn all about catching feisty winter trout and catch a few for dinner.

We'll start the morning off with a trout fishing lesson in the class room at the Kansas City Regional Conservation Office where we'll learn how to catch and clean trout. Then we'll head down to Honker Pond to try our luck catching some hungry trout.

Dress for the weather but if you get cold while you are fishing you can take a break to warm up by the fire and enjoy some hot chocolate.

Only children can fish at Honker Pond but parents and family are welcome to attend and learn along with the kids.

Missouri Department of Conservation will provide all of the equipment, bait, fishing coaches, hot chocolate and a warm fire.

Children do not need a trout permit to fish at this event as long as they plan to release their fish, if they would like to keep the trout that they catch they will need a trout permit. Permits will not be available at this event but they can be purchased online here https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/permits

or at any permit vendor.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

If bad weather is forecast the day of this event it may be postponed. You will be contacted if any changes are necessary.

Dress appropriately for the weather.

Each child that attends the program must be registered separately. Contact instructor for assistance with registration.
Registration period: February 13 - March 1
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2024 9:00 am - Saturday, March 2, 2024 11:00 am
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Follow a seldom-used trail through the woods and look for long-buried forgotten treasures and new treasures under the fallen leaves.

Peek beneath the leaves to see green shoots of new plants pushing upward as they lift the fallen leaves. Look for early leaf buds on the trees.

Listen for the sweet spring songs of the birds, the gobbling of turkeys, the trills of spring peepers, and calls of chorus frogs.

Warm up with hot chocolate at the end of the hike.

Dress for the weather with sturdy shoes or boots. Bring a water bottle, camera, and a walking stick if you have one.

Meet the naturalist guides at lot "H," a 20-minute drive from the Columbia Bottom front gate.
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2024 10:00 am - Saturday, March 2, 2024 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.
Registration period: February 1 - March 2
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2024 10:00 am - Saturday, March 2, 2024 11:30 am
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Join MDC volunteer Pickett Lema for a hands-on lesson in watercolor. In this program you will learn the best ways to include wildlife in your paintings. Participants are encouraged to bring a photo of a Missouri landscape.

All materials will be provided.
Registration period: February 6 - March 2
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2024 11:15 am - Saturday, March 2, 2024 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
American woodcocks are wacky birds found “peenting” around the woods this month. Let’s learn what these unique birds look and sound like, and where to find them.