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Register by March 2

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

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Introduction to Animal Hide Tanning
March 3 • Tuesday • 6-8 p.m.
(Ages 11 and up)
Reservations begin February 18
In this course you will learn how to flesh, board and tan your hide, as well as go over different forms of tanning. Most of this class will be outside so dress for the weather. https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 3:00pm to Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 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.

Register by March 4

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Turkey Hunting, By Keith Wahlig
March 5 Thursday, 6pm – 8pm
Reservations begin February 20
Let us talk turkey with Pro Turkey Caller and Hunter, Keith Wahlig! Come discover how exciting turkey calling can be at this informative workshop. Keith will discuss calling tips and techniques for beginners as well as provide advanced instruction. We will then discuss how to apply calling in real turkey hunting situations, exploring different scenarios that hunters often encounter. Come learn useful turkey hunting and calling tips at this information packed seminar! https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Register by March 6

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: MDC Ozark Regional Office

Join us for a free Introduction to Orienteering course!

In the first part of this program, participants will use a provided 3-2-1 Silva Compass to practice dialing in and taking a bearing, sighting an object, pacing their distance and map-reading.

Next, participants will use their skills to complete one of several orienteering courses within the MDC Ozark Regional Office grounds by finding target trees with a special symbol specific to their course to work towards unscrambling a secret message!

The majority of the class will take place outdoors. Participants should be prepared for the weather by wearing appropriate footwear and cold-weather coats. The courses will require hiking up and down a steeper slope through forested areas that may be thick with brush - be prepared to orienteer like a pioneer!

Register by March 6

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: MDC Kansas City Regional Office

Learn everything you need to know about catching winter trout.

Join us for a winter trout fishing lesson at the Kansas City Regional Conservation Office where we'll learn how to catch and clean winter trout. After the lesson we'll head down to Plover Lake and spend a couple hours trying our luck at catching some hungry trout.

Dress for the weather and bring your own snacks and drinks. Missouri Department of Conservation will provide equipment, tackle, bait and fishing coaches.

Fishing permits are not required to fish during this event as long as participants DO NOT plan to keep the trout that they catch. If participants would like to keep their trout they WILL need a trout permit.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

In the event of bad weather on the day of this program we will go ahead with the inside fishing lesson but the outdoor fishing opportunity may be postponed. Participants will be contacted if changes are necessary.

Register by March 4

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

The beauty and diversity of lichens is more noticeable and easier to appreciate and study before spring leaf out. Lichens make a significant contribution to the biodiversity of Missouri’s natural communities.
The workshop will begin in the classroom where recognizing lichens, their growth forms and field marks will be covered along with the tools and skills needed to make identifications. The workshop includes a trail-hike foray into various lichen habitats where identification skills can be practiced.
A quality hand lens of at least 10x and a small sharp pocket knife will be useful tools to bring although these will also be provided as needed during the workshop.
Since lichen identification is best done in dry conditions, this outdoor workshop will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

Register by March 6

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Purple martins, a native swallow, will be arriving back from South America any day! We will discuss how you can have a colony of purple martins in your own backyard, and even get a look at the martin house at the Busch Visitor’s Center. John Miller, a volunteer with the Purple Martin Conservation Association, will be there as well to share his expertise.

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The state bird of Missouri is often associated with cheerfulness! Some say it's song sounds like "Cheer Cheerful Charmer." Perhaps that is why the Eastern bluebird is commonly thought of as a symbol of happiness. Join us at the Discovery Center as we learn to identify, foster and monitor Missouri's beautiful state bird!

Register by March 6

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Get outside and enjoy the beginnings of spring! We will be taking a lengthy and tough hike on the Green Rock Trail from the start at Rockwoods, to the boundary with Greensfelder County Park and back. This hike will total about 7 miles.

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required with Mid-Continent Public Library https://www.mymcpl.org/events/61747/introduction-nature-writing (adults 18+)
Poet, essayist, and University of Kansas professor, Megan Kaminski, leads participants through the complexities of nature writing in this workshop. Hosted at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, this unique opportunity helps writers sharpen their skills while deepening their connection with nature. This event is in celebration Aldo Leopold Weekend.

Register by March 7

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 10+) Bluebirds are year-round residents in Missouri. They usually begin nesting the first half of March. Perfect timing for this project! Would you like to help increase the local bluebird population while having many hours of enjoyment watching our beautiful state bird? Register for this session and you will build a bluebird house of your own!

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Mushrooms are a delight for animals and people alike! Explore the realm of the fungi and learn what role they play in our environment and which may be a good addition to your dinner plate. We will be joined by Kansas City Mycological Society President, Brittany Martinez. Foray hike in the woods of Burr Oak Woods to follow presentation (bring bag suitable for mushroom collecting if attending hike).

Register by March 7

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 10+) Bluebirds are year-round residents in Missouri. They usually begin nesting the first half of March. Perfect timing for this project! Would you like to help increase the local bluebird population while having many hours of enjoyment watching our beautiful state bird? Register for this session and you will build a bluebird house of your own!

Register by March 10

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

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin February 25
Ages 0 to 3
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.

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 11:00am to Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 1:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

For spring break join us for free fish hatchery tours. Learn how trout are raised from egg collecting all the way to release for public fishing. Tours start at the Hatchery Conservation Center at 11 am and 1 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Tours last for approximately 30-40 minutes.

Register by March 6

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

This workshop will include a 3 hour classroom session on prescribed fire methods, equipment, safety, and planning considerations. A follow-up demonstration burn is tentatively scheduled for March 28th. Details for the demo burn will be provided on March 10th. For more information, contact MDC Private Land Conservationist Jeff Esely (636-528-4877 x3).

Register by March 9

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children 6-13)
Caves have fascinated both children and adults throughout time. The truth they tell is as incredible as the legends that have been created about them. Join us as we use hands–on activities to discover this hidden world in the Burr Oak Woods portable cave.

Register by March 10

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 0-36 month with an adult)
Your reaction to nature will shape the attitude of your child. We will introduce you and your little one to a snake and discuss the facts and myths about these slithery creatures. Knowledge can bring confidence, tolerance and a deeper understanding.

Date: Friday, March 13, 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 week.

Register by March 11

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 8:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required beginning Friday, February 14 (adults 18+)
Beautify your landscape with some of Missouri’s best natural resources, native plants! Learn how to save time and money and create wildlife habitat with educational sessions on native plants, landscape design and many more. The Native Plant Sale is open from 9:00 am-12:30 pm for workshop participants.

Register by March 6

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: MU Extension Center

This workshop is intended to go over safe prescribed burn practices, equipment, and procedures. After the workshop, lunch will be provided.

Register by March 14

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 8:14am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Hike with us at Swan Creek, part of Mark Twain National Forest near Garrison, MO. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is five to seven miles and rated moderate to difficult with loose rocks along the trail. Ages 18-adult. Register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by March 14

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discover the basics of turkey hunting in the spring. We will cover safety, scouting, calling, proper setup, shotgun ballistics, and much more.

Register by March 13

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Peck Ranch Conservation Area

Join MDC Staff and hike along one of the most beautiful sections of the Ozark Trail (OT)!

Participants will meet staff at the Peck Ranch Office for an introduction to Peck Ranch Conservation Area and elk management efforts, a quick restroom break, and then drive to the Peck Ranch OT Trailhead to begin the hike. Expect to ascend a steep slope for 1/2 mile up to the Stegall Mountain Glade area, where we will discuss glade ecology and management, then a downhill descent for 1 mile and walking north to Rocky Creek Spur. We will eat our lunch along the trail and continue on to Klepzig Mill while passing the beautiful Buzzard Mountain shut-ins along the way. Information will be shared regarding the geology of the Ozark hills, the culture and history of the area, as well as a water filtration demo and the chance to refill your water bottles with the waters of Rocky Creek!

Trail length is approximately 6.5 miles. At the conclusion of the hike, staff will shuttle you from Klepzig Mill back to your vehicles at Peck Ranch Trailhead.

Please bring a sack lunch, refillable water bottle, a comfortable backpack for the hike, snacks, and hiking poles or a walking stick if you prefer for the steep inclines. Be prepared for the weather by dressing in layers and wearing a weather-proof jacket, and wear comfortable hiking shoes or boots. Maps of the route will be provided. You may find our route on the Ozark Trail website of the Current River Section: https://www.ozarktrail.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/current_river_maps...

Register by March 14

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6 and up)
Would you like to be a fish? Would you like to be able to swim up, down, forward, and backward? Do you think it would feel like flying? How would you breathe, though? How would you get along without arms and legs? In other words, how are fish different from the mammals around us? We’ll discuss the general biology of fish. Also we’ll consider some examples of fishy carnivores (bass, trout, and gar), omnivores (catfish and sturgeon), and herbivores (paddlefish). We’ll also play a fishy game and make a fishy craft.
Please register only children or adults coming for themselves, not those bringing children. For help with registration, please call 314-301-1500.

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