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Register by December 6

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Hummingbirds and many song birds are enjoying the tropical temperatures of Central America, but the hardy woodpeckers are at their most visible during our winter months! Come join us for a hands-on lesson about our native drummers and the opportunity to build a woodpecker feeder to attract these fancy fliers to your own backyard. All instruction, supplies, and equipment will be provided for this beginner’s woodworking project.

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 10:30am to 2:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

No registration required (all ages)
Stop by anytime to make some simple holiday ornaments from recycled and natural materials. We’ll supply the materials, kids bring the creativity, and parents provide the guidance. Bring a bag to carry your ornaments home.

Register by December 7

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Deck the halls with boughs of holly…the holidays are just around the corner and we’re in the mood to decorate! We’ll use nature’s resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (you choose the size and shape you want), and we’ll provide everything else to do your decorating.

Sessions are 1.5 hours long. Tools will be provided (pruners, pliers and wire cutters). Some gloves will be available but you may want to bring your own leather or garden gloves. You may bring your own tools if you wish.

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

We all know Bambi, but what do you know about real deer? Come in for some antler-related antics and learn some of the wonders of the whitetails. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Craft up some fun using nature-made materials! Walk-in anytime between noon and 2:30 p.m. to complete two on-your-own crafts.

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 9+) Are you interested in becoming part of the growing world of Citizen Science and are looking for ways to participate? Join us for our second Citizen Science Saturday. Let's start by reviewing how to use iNaturalist and learn about eBird. We will blend technology and our natural habitats to learn how to record encounters with wildlife, connect to specialists in the science world and help gather wildlife data for one of the area winter bird counts. iPhones, iPads, Android phones or tablets are recommended.

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity

Register by December 7

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Deck the halls with boughs of holly…the holidays are just around the corner and we’re in the mood to decorate! We’ll use nature’s resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (you choose the size and shape you want), and we’ll provide everything else to do your decorating.

Sessions are 1.5 hours long. Tools will be provided (pruners, pliers and wire cutters). Some gloves will be available but you may want to bring your own leather or garden gloves. You may bring your own tools if you wish.

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Have you ever wondered how the earliest Americans were able to take large game? Come to the nature center to try your hand at the earliest weapon system, the atlatl. Join staff in front of our building for open time on our atlatl range and see if you have what it takes to hunt a mastodon for dinner. All equipment provided. Ages 10+

Register by December 7

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Deck the halls with boughs of holly…the holidays are just around the corner and we’re in the mood to decorate! We’ll use nature’s resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (you choose the size and shape you want), and we’ll provide everything else to do your decorating.

Sessions are 1.5 hours long. Tools will be provided (pruners, pliers and wire cutters). Some gloves will be available but you may want to bring your own leather or garden gloves. You may bring your own tools if you wish.

Register by December 7

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: Shawnee Trail Conservation Area

Shawnee Trail Conservation Area (Mindenmines)
Registration required (ages 12 and up)
Winter in Missouri means short-eared owls may be seen flying low over native grasslands in search of mice, rabbits, and other small mammals. Join us to discover more about these uncommon winter residents. Bring the family and dress for the weather for this easy-rated hike. Call 417-629-3434 for directions to Shawnee Trail C.A.

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 10 • Tuesday • 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**

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 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.

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