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Date: Saturday, December 28, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Visit with members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists as they share information with the “wood-be” carver, demonstrate carving techniques, and show works in progress. All ages. No registration required.

Register by December 28

Date: Saturday, December 28, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

What can you do with the holiday tree, other than toss it to the curb? Lots of things! We will be using pine needles for cooking, crafting, and other fun activities.

Register by December 31

Date: Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

New Year’s Eve Stroll at Columbia Bottom
December 31 • Tuesday • 4:30 pm –6:00 pm
(All ages)
Reservations begin December 1
End this year and refresh for the new year with a quiet stroll at Columbia Bottom. Dress warmly and wear sturdy shoes. Meeting place TBD.

Date: Thursday, January 2, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ever wonder what it takes to keep all the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Thanks to some amazing animal care volunteers, they are fed a delicious smorgasbord of crickets, worms, minnows, and more! Drop by to visit with the volunteers and staff as they feed the hungry critters. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Date: Friday, January 3, 2020 - 3:00pm to 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 snakes enjoy their feast every other Friday.

Register by January 2

Date: Friday, January 3, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Who’s that hooting it up each January 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 January 3

Date: Saturday, January 4, 2020 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Break out of your cabin fever and discover a winter wildlife haven, Dresser Island! We will hike 6.5 miles (with an option for 3.5 miles) along the Mississippi River in search of a variety of wildlife including eagles, pelicans, waterfowl, muskrats, deer, and many others.

********Participants meet at: Dresser Island Conservation Area
Parking lot off of Highway 94 near West Alton, MO*******

Date: Saturday, January 4, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join us for a Fly Tying adventure from 10am to 2pm! All ages welcome. No registration required.

Date: Saturday, January 4, 2020 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Missouri River Bird Observatory staff and Burr Oak Woods partner in an on-going project to identify and track the birds that come to our feeders each winter. From the resident chickadees and cardinals to the migrating juncos and sparrows, we capture, apply colored bands and release these fascinating creatures. Once banded and recorded, you will be able to track individual birds through this and future seasons. This program is weather permitting.

Date: Saturday, January 4, 2020 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday.

Register by January 2

Date: Monday, January 6, 2020 - 6:00pm to Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 8:00pm

Location: MDC Northwest Regional Office

Come to the Traditional Fly Tying Class and learn how to make dozens of different traditional flies. The instructors have over 50 years of experience between them, and there's only 2 of them. This is a family class so feel free to invite friends and family to join you. Registration is required.

Register by January 5

Date: Monday, January 6, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

If you recently received a new firearm and want to learn more about how it functions, this
program will help you learn the basics. You may bring your firearm and owners- manual. Please, no ammunition.

Register by January 6

Date: Monday, January 6, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Registration required (ages 18 and up)
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 January 6

Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Predator hunting can be done at times of the year when other hunting seasons are closed. This introductory program will cover the basics of predator hunting and trapping. We will cover equipment needed, set-ups, and calling. Both basic as well as some advanced tactics will be covered.

Register by January 7

Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngster only (ages 3–5 with an adult)
Missouri is a winter home to many kinds of waterfowl. Find out how and why some ducks and geese migrate and learn how to identify them by sight and sound. Then become a scientist and discover how the right mix of feathers and oil help them to survive even the coldest winter.

Register by January 4

Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

What better way to enjoy nature’s bounty than to use Dutch oven cooking. Learn the techniques of this cooking style from Sara Bradshaw and enjoy the results of your work at the end of class. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Attendees under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Class size limit of 12. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, go on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by January 9

Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

With sightings of eagles on the rise in the area, Twin Pines is hosting a program to increase your knowledge of these magnificent birds. The Dickerson Park Zoo will be bringing both a Bald and Golden eagle to give attendees a closer look, answer questions and provide fun facts. This program is for school children ages 5 to 13. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, go on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by January 9

Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

With sightings of eagles on the rise in the area, Twin Pines is hosting a program to increase your knowledge of these magnificent birds. The Dickerson Park Zoo will be bringing both a Bald and Golden eagle to give attendees a closer look, answer questions and provide fun facts. This session is for school children ages 5 to 13. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, go on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by January 9

Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

With sightings of eagles on the rise in the area, Twin Pines is hosting a program to increase your knowledge of these magnificent birds. The Dickerson Park Zoo will be bringing a Bald and Golden eagle to give attendees a closer look, answer questions and provide fun facts. This program is for all ages and reservations are required. To make a reservation, go on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by January 10

Date: Friday, January 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Dutch oven baking with coals is a fun way to connect with the past. Come join us as we take on homemade Dutch oven bread. We will make several styles of bread and learn the tricks of the trade to make wonderful homemade loaves. Part of the program will be outdoors, so please bring weather appropriate clothing.

Register by January 11

Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Interested in hunting but need help getting started? We will be hosting a series of programs throughout 2020 to introduce people to the heritage sport of hunting. In this program we will answer the question of what is hunting along with what kind of social, time, and financial commitment an individual has to be ready to make to begin hunting safely. For more information call us at 417-742-4361. Online Registration is required to attend this program.

Register by January 11

Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

From the chuck wagon to the campfire, come learn fun ways to prepare great meals outside. Get hands-on with Dutch ovens, foil packets, and other ways to cook without a microwave. All participants will get to sample their work! Portions of the program will be outdoors, so please dress for weather.

Register by January 11

Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Fly on in to discover the lives of our seven Missouri woodpeckers. Find out why they make all that racket and how they keep our trees healthy.

Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
How did badgers get their fearless reputation? What is it they do underground anyway? Discover the answers to these questions and more interesting facts about one of Missouri’s elusive burrowers.

Register by January 12

Date: Monday, January 13, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

If you are not familiar or comfortable with firearms, and want to learn more, this class covers various firearms, their actions, rules for safe gun handling, maintenance, cleaning and safe storage.

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