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Kids, enjoy a morning just for you and the birds. Discover the excitement of bird watching in the tradition of the annual Christmas Bird Count. Experienced birders from the Ozark Gateway Audubon Society Chapter and local staff will lead mentored birding experiences. After exploring the trails, we will discuss what birds were seen and enjoy lunch provided by the Ozark Gateway Audubon Society Chapter. Remember to bring your binoculars (if you have some), dress for the weather, and be prepared for an easy-rated hike. Required is required. For ages 7 to 17.

Little Acorns

Winter has arrived in Missouri’s forests and that means our forest friends are taking special care to prepare and stay warm. Join us to explore Winter in the Woods!

Recommended for ages 3 to 7.


Enjoy time in the great outdoors and test your Bald Eagle knowledge by taking part in our self-guided Trail Trivia! Come inside the center to pick up a question sheet, a pencil, and a clipboard before hitting the trail and answering the questions (found along the trail). Answer as many or as few as you like but don't forget to stop back by the table to drop off your stuff and grab a prize!

Discover Nature

Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center’s Naturalists need your help to uncover more about Missouri wildlife. Inside a room filled with puzzles and games, your group will have 30 minutes to solve clues to learn about amazing Missouri creatures and their unique characteristics. If your group beats the clock, a prize awaits at the finish. Are you up for the challenge? Recommended for families, teens, and adults. Registration is required with a valid email address to receive time slot availability. Limited slots are available and group size is limited to 6 individuals.

Special Event

Join us as we celebrate the holidays with light refreshments and holiday activities for young and old alike. Learn how to recycle last year’s Natural Event Calendar into this year’s holiday gifts. Enjoy an evening of crafting a variety of nature ornaments to take home. The Wildcat Glades Friends Group Nature store will be open for shopping, so you can find that perfect gift for the nature-lover on your shopping list. Stop by anytime!


Winter is a great time to start the hobby of bird watching while stuck indoors. Join us to learn about common birds seen during winter and how to keep them around your feeders. Registration required. Please register with a valid email to receive link for the program. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Little Acorns

A winter breeze makes a busy bird. While some birds are moving south, others are finding food and a warm place to stay. Bring your little ones to learn about the wonders of our feathered friends during winter and make a bird feeder to take home. Registration is Required. Recommended for ages 3 to 6.