Discover Nature

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From Missouri Conservationist: Mar 2014

Discover 7 Ideas for Family Fun

To find more events near you, call your regional office, or visit and choose your region.

Naturescaping Workshop

  • March 15 • Saturday • 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Kansas City Region, Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 NW Park Rd., Blue Springs, MO 64015
  • Registration required, call 816-655-6263
  • Ages 18 and older

Learn how to save time and money and create wildlife habitat with educational sessions on shade-loving plants, butterfly gardening, stepping stones, wild edibles, treescaping, and more.

Primitive Skills

  • March 15 • Saturday • 1–4 p.m.
  • Southeast Region, Cape Girardeau Conservation Campus Nature Center, 2289 County Park Dr., Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
  • No registration
  • Ages 8 and older

Did you know that cordless drills existed thousands of years ago? Try your hand at historic pump drills, working cordage, making tools from cane, and more of these primitive yet ingenious skills.

Outdoors Explorers: Archery

  • March 18 • Tuesday • 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • St. Louis Region, Forest Park, 5595 Grand Dr., St. Louis, MO 63112
  • Registration required, call 314-877-1309
  • Ages 9 to 13

Learn how mammal identification and tracking are essential to archers. Practice with bow and arrow, and then take the archery skills challenge. This program meets at the Forest Park Hatchery.

Learning About Managing Your Land: Turkeys and Trees

  • March 19 • Wednesday • 5:30–7:30 p.m.
  • Northeast Region, Various locations
  • Registration required, call Ted Seiler at 660-385-2616, ext. 118, or email
  • Ages 18 and older

Learn how to manage turkeys on private land and how to harvest trees from your woodland in a sustainable fashion. Workshops will be held in the field at appropriate sites.

Night Hike

  • March 22 • Saturday • 6–9 p.m.
  • Ozark Region, Twin Pines Conservation Education Center, Route 1, Box 1998, Winona, MO 65588
  • Registration required, call 573-325-1381
  • All ages

A hike for ”night owls.” Our staff will introduce you to a variety of wildlife and help you learn more about ”nature’s night shift.”

Hunter Education Skills Session

  • March 24 • Monday • 5:30–9:30 p.m.
  • Central Region, North Jefferson City Recreation Area, Cedar City Room, 1101 Third St., Jefferson City, MO
  • Registration required, no later than March17, online at
  • Ages 11 and older

The Missouri Hunter Education Skills Session is the second half of the hunter education certification process after completing one of the knowledge-based options. Students should first visit to learn more about preparing for this session.

Introduction to Missouri Raptors

  • March 25 • Tuesday • 7–8 p.m.
  • Southwest Region, Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 4601 S. Nature Center Way, Springfield, MO 65804
  • Registration required, call 417-888-4237 beginning March1
  • Ages 8 and older

Raptors, also known as birds of prey, are a fascinating group of birds that are adapted to eating meat. Learn life history information and identification tips for these majestic birds.

Discover Nature Photo Contest

Show the world your idea of discovering nature in Missouri. Using your Google+, Instagram, or Twitter account, tag your Missouri nature photos with “#MDCdiscovernature.” Your photos will appear on our website at, where you can also read the contest rules. Every month, Department staff will select and post a winning photo. We’ll publish all of the monthly winners in the January 2015 issue of the Conservationist.

This Issue's Staff

Editor In Chief - vacant
Managing Editor - Nichole LeClair Terrill
Art Director - Cliff White
Staff Writer/Editor - Brett Dufur
Staff Writer - Jim Low
Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
Photographer - David Stonner
Designer - Stephanie Thurber
Circulation - Laura Scheuler