MDC invites people to make holiday crafts at Dec. 11 program

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BRANSON, Mo. – Holiday ornaments can come from the backyard as well as a box.

People can learn how to transform pine cones, twigs, and other items from nature into holiday ornaments at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) “Nature Arts: Nature Ornaments” Dec. 11 at MDC’s Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center in Branson.

No registration is required for this free event, which will be from 9:30 a.m.-noon and is open to holiday decorating enthusiasts of all ages. MDC staff and volunteers will show how items from nature can be crafted into eye-catching ornaments for Christmas trees, windows, and other parts of the house. COVID-19 procedures will be in place for this event. More information about this program can be found at:

The Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center is part of MDC’s Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery and is located at 483 Hatchery Road on the west end of Lake Taneycomo near Branson. For more information about this or other upcoming events at the facility, call 417-334-4865, ext. 0.

Staff at MDC facilities across the state are holding in-person and virtual programs. A listing of these programs can be found at