From Xplor for Kids
November 2015 Issue

Get Out

Publish Date

Nov 01, 2015

Don't miss the chance to discover nature at these fun events.

  1. Learn about Missouri’s elk at Nature Center at Night: Missouri’s Elk. Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. November 12, 5–8 p.m. For details, call 573-290-5218.
  2. Sharpen your rifle skills at Beginning Youth Rifle Shooting. Jay Henges Shooting Range in High Ridge. November 28, 8–9:30 a.m. Ages 9–15. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Register at 636-938-9548.
  3. Lace up your boots for a Short-eared Owl Hike . Shawnee Trail Conservation Area near Mindenmines. December 11 , 4:30–6 p.m. Ages 8 and older. Register at 417-629-3423.
  4. Decorate your tree with Nature’s Ornaments. Twin Pines Conservation Education Center in Winona. November 28, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Register at 573-325-1381.
  5. See the outdoors on the big screen at Nature Film Festival. Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center in Blue Springs. December 26, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. For more information, call 816-228 -3766.

There’s plenty to discover outdoors in late fall and early winter. Watch for these natural events around these dates.

  • November 13 - Scout for frost flowers after the first hard frost.
  • November 17 - Keep your eyes on the sky for the Leonid meteor shower.
  • November 20 - Fill your pockets as pecans drop from trees.
  • December 3 - Barred owls are courting. Listen for: “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?”
  • December 8 - Snow goose populations peak at wetlands.
  • December 12 - Bald eagles flock to southern Missouri.
  • December 24 - Look for woodpeckers at suet feeders: downy, hairy, pileated, and red-bellied.

Also in this issue

Into The Wild: Field Edge

Late fall is the perfect time to explore the edges of a brushy field.

photo of didymo

Alien Invaders

We're surrounded! The fate of Missouri's outdoors is in your hands.

Small Game Hunting

Deer and turkeys are fun to hunt, but if you’ve never shouldered a gun, why not start with something smaller? 

Strange but True!

Your guide to all the unusual, unique, and unbelievable stuff that goes on in nature.

How To: Start a One-Match Fire

What if you were lost in the winter woods and the only thing keeping you from turning into a yousicle was one wooden match? You’d better make it count.

This Issue's Staff:

Brett Dufur
Les Fortenberry
Karen Hudson
Regina Knauer
Angie Daly Morfeld
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
David Stonner
Nichole LeClair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Cliff White

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