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Date: Monday, November 18, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, January 10, 2020 - 5:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All Ages)
No reservations required
Trail Tales features a children’s book along the trail. Read, move, and play as you visit and engage in suggested activities at each stop. Both children and adults will love to play in nature this way! Check it out on TanglevineTrail.

Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 3:00pm to Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday. The week of Christmas and New Year's Day critter feeding will be Tuesday (December 24 & 31).

Register by December 10

Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Owl is trying to get rest. Why? Is it really good night for owl or is owl up for the night? Join us this month to learn about Missouri owl habitats and survival senses. Make an owl mask to take home. **Registration required: Ages 0-2**

Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Make a tree ornament for a family member or a feathered friend. All materials and supplies will be provided to help you create a special gift made from natural items. This is a family event. All ages welcome! Please call (660) 785-2420 to register!

Register by December 9

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Discover Nature Women: Breakfast with the Birds
Dec 11 • Wednesday • 9–10:30 a.m.
(Women,14 and up)
Reservations begin November 10
On a cold winter’s morning, there is nothing like having a breakfast of black oil sunflower seeds, or maybe a hot cup of coffee and a sweet roll. That would, of course, depend upon whether you are bird or human! So, while the birds feed outside, we’ll enjoy the coffee and sweet rolls as we identify them and watch their behavior from the comfort of the viewing windows. After that, weather permitting, there will be a short optional bird walk on Tanglevine Trail.

Register by December 11

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6 & up) Winter is challenging for wildlife because of the weather and the lack of food.
We may see bluebirds, turkeys, deer and foxes – how are they surviving? We don’t see swallows, frogs, chipmunks and butterflies – what happened to them? Join us for discussion, activities, crafts and a winter walk (so please dress for the weather).

Register by December 10

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 3–5 with an adult)
No matter how big or small your backyard is, you can provide something for our feathered friends and make their winter food struggles a little easier. Learn about our Missouri birds and make a feeder to take home with you.

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join Ms. Ladybug as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your child. Please no organized groups. Ages 2-6.

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Have you ever seen a butterfly in the snow? Probably not. Butterflies can't survive cold weather, so when winter comes, many butterflies fly to warmer places. Woodchucks don't like cold weather either but they don't migrate; they hibernate. Join us to read Animals in Winter, by Henrietta Bancroft, and find out how other animals cope with winter's worst weather!

Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 6:30am to 8:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join a volunteer naturalist in the outdoor staging area to experience some of the sights and sounds at Runge in the early morning. Then, at your own pace, we take to the trails (approximately 1.3-2 miles) for some fresh air, exercise, and nature. It's a great way to start your day!
**No registration required**

Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

The last butterfly in the Flying Jewels series is the zebra swallowtail. Learn the secret of how you can attract these beauties to your landscape.
**No registration is required**

Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Join us as we celebrate the holidays with light refreshments and holiday activities for the kids. The Wildcat Glades Friends Group nature store will also be open for shopping, so you can find that perfect gift for the nature-lover on your shopping list. Stop by any time.

Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

The Missouri River Bird Observatory presents "Recruiting the Next Generation of Birdwatchers and Conservationists"
**No registration required**

Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

The last butterfly in the Flying Jewels series is the zebra swallowtail. Learn the secret of how you can attract these beauties to your landscape.
**No registration required**

Register by December 11

Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Rabbit hunting is a great way to spend winter day afield. Join our staff in this class to learn about the habits and habitats of rabbits, rabbit hunting regulations and strategies, equipment needs, game care and more.

Register by December 12

Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Chillicothe MDC Office

This meeting will be with Eric Edwards the MDC state MO-NASP coordinator. He will discuss with us the rules and other information needed to conduct a MO-NASP tournament at your school. Tournaments are a great way for kids to compete plus make money for your school's archery program.
Call Adam Brandsgaard for more info. or help signing up at 660-646-6122 or adam.brandsgaard@mdc.mo.gov.

Register by December 12

Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Registration required (ages 18 and up) Another interest meeting will be held on Monday, January 6, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.
Come discover how Missouri Master Naturalists mix science with service. This orientation meeting is for individuals interested in joining the local conservation service chapter. Members volunteer at public events, conduct education demonstrations, participate in field trips and citizen science projects, and hold social events tied to a shared love of nature.

Register by December 11

Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children ages 6–13)
A cold winter’s night is a great time to get out and explore the wonders of nature. Learn about nocturnal adaptations and strategies for coping in this dark and incredible world.

Date: Friday, December 13, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

No registration required (ages 3- 6)
If you’re furry, you don’t need to worry about a cold winter flurry. Want to know why? Then hurry to the education center for this program on mammals and their fur.

Register by December 12

Date: Friday, December 13, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Who’s that hooting it up each December evening?? Owls, that’s who. You will learn what makes them such effective night time hunters and why they hoot so much this time of year. Then we will go outside and see if we can entice any owls to fly in and talk to us. Be prepared to spend the second part of the class outside.

Register by December 13

Date: Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join us around the fire as we tell stories of conservation lore around the campfire. We will be taking naturalist led night hikes on the Runge trails as well. This will be a great way to spend a cool winter evening!
Registration is Required (ages 7 and up)

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 8:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Whether an experienced birder or a beginner please join members of the Ozark Gateway Audubon Chapter and help count birds for this exciting and fun citizen science activity. Data collected are used to help track long-term trends in bird populations. Meet at the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center. Visit the Ozark Gateway Audubon Chapter on Facebook to find out more information.

Register by December 13

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:30pm

Location: Gist Ranch Conservation Area

Join us for a day of hiking through the beautiful Gist Ranch Conservation Area!

Participants will wind through the Ozark forests, glades and across a creek along a roughly 4 mile trail rated as moderate. The trail is mostly-flat but with several steeper inclines. All interested hikers are welcome at the minimum age of 12. Anyone under 16 needs to be accompanied by a participating adult.

Along the trail, MDC staff will introduce the basics of backpacking including water filtration and backpack stove options and procedures, and wildlife awareness. Participants will also be introduced to area management techniques including glade restoration, riparian management, burn vs. non-burn units and the growing black bear population in Missouri.

Please bring a day pack with a sack lunch, any snacks, and a large water bottle. Wear sturdy hiking shoes.

Meet MDC staff at the Gist Ranch Shooting Range where we will carpool to our starting point.

Any questions, please email the instructor.

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Thinking of making the holidays a little greener this season? Then join us for one of the Discovery Center's favorite holiday traditions. Discover how to decorate using native plants and trees. Fashion a festive holiday swag or wreath to hang using red cedar, prairie grasses, wild nuts, berries, seed pods, game bird feathers and your imagination.

Register by December 13

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All ages
Learn how to identify trees without their leaves! We will look at bark and other features of trees in the winter that can help us identify them. The program will begin with a presentation of the most common trees and how to identify them in the winter. We will then go outside to test our identification skills on the trees in Rockwoods Reservation. Please be dressed for the weather.

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