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Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Discover nature in winter! Just because the temperatures have dropped, doesn’t mean you have to stay inside. MDC, along with many other local organizations, will partner at this event to provide examples of fun, cold-weather outdoor activities, such as maple sugaring, hiking, camping, bird-watching, and geocaching. You’ll also learn how Missouri’s wild animals survive the season. It’s a day your whole family will enjoy!

All activities are free and no reservations are required.

*All parking, except handicapped parking, will be off-site at Pond Elementary (17200 Manchester Rd) and the St. Louis Community College Wildwood campus (2645 Generations Dr). Shuttle buses to the event will be provided, and food trucks will be available on site. Please dress for the weather.

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Discover more about Missouri’s winter wildlife and how they survive the frigid temperatures through participating in several sensory-friendly activities. These child-directed activities are designed to provide many tactile opportunities through hands-on exploration. Feel free to come and go as you like. This program is geared towards families and children with disabilities as well as with sensory processing needs but all are welcome.

Register by February 8

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

Location: Andy Dalton 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 February 9

Date: Monday, February 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This clinic will teach the basics of upland hunting with emphasis on ringneck pheasants followed by a hunt on Saturday, February 15, 2020. This is for adults 18 and over who want to learn to hunt and have never purchased a small game permit. Attendees must be hunter education certified.

Register by February 9

Date: Monday, February 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This clinic is for youth age 11-15, interested in learning the skills needed for upland hunting with the emphasis on the ringneck pheasant, followed by a hunt on Saturday, February 22, 2020. The clinic is mandatory in order to attend the hunt and attendees must be hunter education certified.

Register by February 10

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: Southeast Regional Office

Prescribed fire is a low cost way for landowners to manage grasslands,CRP and old fields for forage production and/or improve wildlife habitat. This workshop will include classroom discussions on methods, equipment, safety, and why and when you would use fire as a management tool. Emphasis will include how to conduct a safe and effective burn to control sprouts, encourage beneficial plants and create better quality quail habitat. Participation will qualify landowners to have a prescribed burn plan prepared for their fields and use available loan equipment.

Register by February 10

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Maple sugaring is here and it’s time to tap the trees! Make maple syrup fun for your family, even with just one or two trees at home. Learn about sugar maple trees, how to tap trees, and turn sap into syrup.

The entire program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

Register by February 10

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Maple sugaring is here and it’s time to tap the trees! Make maple syrup fun for your family, even with just one or two trees at home. Learn about sugar maple trees, how to tap trees, and turn sap into syrup.

The entire program will be outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

Register by February 10

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Southeast Regional Office

Prescribed fire is a low cost way for landowners to manage grasslands,CRP and old fields for forage production and/or improve wildlife habitat. This workshop will include classroom discussions on methods, equipment, safety, and why and when you would use fire as a management tool. Emphasis will include how to conduct a safe and effective burn to control sprouts, encourage beneficial plants and create better quality quail habitat. Participation will qualify landowners to have a prescribed burn plan prepared for their fields and use available loan equipment.

Date: Thursday, February 13, 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.

Register by February 14

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Break out of your cabin fever! Discover Dresser Island, a winter wildlife haven. 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******

Register by February 14

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Maple sugaring is here and it’s time to tap the trees! Make maple syrup fun for your family, even with just one or two trees at home. Learn about sugar maple trees, how to tap trees, and turn sap into syrup.

The entire program will be outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

Register by February 15

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Pickle Springs Natural Area

Come explore one of the most beautiful places in southeast Missouri. This 2-mile hike will take us past giant sandstone formations shaped by time and the elements as we wind in and out of ravines and streams. There is so much to explore even in the cold, but please dress for the weather and bring a backpack with water and a sack lunch.

Register by February 17

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program includes handgun safety, operation, shooting fundamentals, maintenance, and safe storage. Equipment and ammunition will be provided; you may bring your own firearm and ammunition to the live-fire session.

Register by February 25

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Bring your little loved one to discover some of Missouri’s wild valentines. Find out the silly things some animals do to find a valentine through stories and interactive play.

Register by February 21

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Cure that cabin fever by joining us on a late winter hike in the open woods of Rockwoods Reservation. We’ll hike the 3.2 mile Lime Kiln Loop for unique winter views of the continually changing forest in search of winter wildlife and early signs of spring. Effort = Moderate to strenuous. Natural surface hiking with a couple short, steep hills.

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Often, we overlook the smallest things in nature around us. Fungi, insects, cells and other things which are too small to see easily still make up a wonderful and wild world all around us. Join us for open time in our nature center lab exploring these smallest of things through our scopes. This event is perfect for the whole family.

Register by February 23

Date: Monday, February 24, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Do you want to learn how to get started in shooting sports? This program will introduce .22 handgun, .22 rifle, and shotgun shooting to new shooters. We will begin in the classroom, then head out for some live fire at each of the stations.

Register by February 10

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Maple sugaring is here and it’s time to tap the trees! Make maple syrup fun for your family, even with just one or two trees at home. Learn about sugar maple trees, how to tap trees, and turn sap into syrup.

The entire program will be outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

Register by February 24

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Maple sugaring is here and it’s time to tap the trees! Make maple syrup fun for your family, even with just one or two trees at home. Learn about sugar maple trees, how to tap trees, and turn sap into syrup.

The entire program will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Meet Greg Nejmanowski, a veteran’s recreation instructor at Touch of Nature Environmental Center, who paddled his kayak down the Mississippi River to help fund recreation opportunities for returning veterans. You will enjoy learning about his adventure down the largest river in our nation and how the people and water shaped his journey. His inspiring work and trip are sure to make you smile.

Register by March 2

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This is an introduction program that will introduce the basics of modern firearms including how the action functions, cleaning, and maintaining the firearm.

Register by March 10

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin February 25
Dress for the weather. We will build a bird nest outside. Learn how you can help the birds build a cozy home to raise their young.

Register by March 15

Date: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program includes handgun fundamentals, operation, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start with classroom instruction then move to the range for a live-fire session. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided.

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