Get your Twin Pines nature fix before seasonal hours transition

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WINONA, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Twin Pines Conservation Education Nature Center in Winona has three nature programs scheduled for November, before implementing the new seasonal hours in December.

Preschoolers will love Little Stinker’s Storytime Nov. 16 at 9:30 a.m. “Fletcher and the Falling Leaves” by Julia Rawlinson explores the colors of autumn. Fletcher worries about his favorite tree and tries to save it when it begins to lose its leaves. But, the tree surprises him when winter arrives. After the story, children will make their own “Leaf Man” craft.

Ages eight to 12 are invited to attend Nature Nuts, Nov. 19, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., for an outdoor cooking lesson. Everyone will have a chance to prepare their own wild game dish and sample tasty treats. Everyone cooks and everyone eats.

Get ready for the holidays by attending Nature’s Ornaments Saturday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon. Guests ages 12 and up will make holiday treasures from an abundance of natural objects. The Twin Pines staff will demonstrate how to use items like twigs, pine needles, acorns, buckeyes and seed pods to make wreaths, reindeer and miniature tree ornaments. This is the last program at Twin Pines before the seasonal closure Dec. 1.

Reservations are required for all three of these nature programs and may be made by calling (573)325-1381.

Twin Pines will close for the winter season between Dec. 1 and March 31. Trails at the center will remain open to visitors through the winter months. The staff will be available to the public by email at The center’s blog, The Pine Needle, will be updated and available at with current information on how to discover nature. The facility will reopen and programs will resume April 1.

Twin Pines is located one mile east of Winona on U.S. Highway 60. For more information on Twin Pines, including directions and events, visit