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NOTICE: In-Person Events Limited Due to COVID

In-person MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state are limited due to COVID-19 considerations. MDC is offering new online programs that allow people to attend virtually. Please check our class listings to see what classes are limited, in-person classes or virtual classes.

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Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 8:00am to Monday, March 1, 2021 - 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

The main goal of this hunt is to provide a positive mentored experience for six beginning turkey hunters. The hunt will take place May 1-2, 2021 at the Runge Conservation Nature Center, Jefferson City, MO. Longbow, recurve bow, compound bow, crossbow, or atlatl only.

Please read the following information carefully: All interested hunters must contact Kevin Lohraff to request an application (kevin.lohraff@mdc.mo.gov or 573-526-5544). Only hunters 11 and older who have never Telechecked a turkey are eligible to apply for the hunt. All hunters are required to hunt with a mentor assigned by MDC from ground blinds provided and placed by MDC. All hunters ages 11-17 must also be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Safety/Skill Requirement: All hunters are required to attend a safety/skill check session on April 30 at Runge. Sessions are one half-hour long and will be scheduled between 1-5:30 PM. A mandatory pre-hunt orientation meeting begins at 6 PM on April 30. Any hunter who does not attend the safety/skill check session or the pre-hunt orientation will be disqualified from the hunt.

Hunter Education Requirement: All hunters age 18 and older must be hunter-ed certified or exempt prior to May 1. Hunters age 11-17 are exempt from this requirement for this hunt.

Permit: All hunters must have purchased a 2021 Spring Turkey Hunting permit prior to the hunt.

Limit: One (1) turkey with a visible beard. NOTE: A turkey taken at this managed hunt counts toward the two-bird season limit.

Application: Hunters may apply only as individuals for this hunt. Contact Kevin Lohraff at kevin.lohraff@mdc.mo.gov or 573-526-5544 to request an application. Completed applications must be postmarked or emailed by 5 PM on March 1, 2021. You will be notified by March 15 whether you were selected for this hunt.

Register by February 26

Date: Friday, February 26, 2021 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Welcome Back Babes in the Woods
Let’s take a sensory walk to see what we have been missing! We will practice social distancing as we explore the beauty and gifts of the winter forest with our eyes and ears. Please dress appropriately for the weather and meet at the staging area, which is located at the trail head of Tanglevine Trail.
*Note that in the case of inclement weather, this program will be rescheduled. If that occurs, you will be notified by email with a new date.
*When registering, please register each individual attendee, including parent(s), guardian(s), siblings, and age-appropriate program participant. This will help us in our endeavors to follow COVID-19 regulations.

Register by February 26

Date: Friday, February 26, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Let’s take a sensory walk to see what we have been missing! We will practice social distancing as we explore the beauty and gifts of the openness in the woods. Please dress appropriately for the weather and meet at the staging area, which is located at the trail head of Tanglevine Trail.

*Note that in the case of inclement weather, this program will be rescheduled. If that occurs, you will be notified by email with a new date.
*When registering, please register each individual attendee, including parent(s), guardian(s), siblings, and age-appropriate program participant. This will help us in our endeavors to follow COVID-19 regulations.

Register by February 26

Date: Friday, February 26, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 10+) Winter is full of wonder and processing tree sap into syrup is one of those wonders. This program will cover the basics of tree selection, collection and processing to turn that watery sap into delicious syrup. This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.

Register by February 26

Date: Friday, February 26, 2021 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 10+) Winter is full of wonder and processing tree sap into syrup is one of those wonders. This program will cover the basics of tree selection, collection and processing to turn that watery sap into delicious syrup. This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.

Register by February 25

Date: Friday, February 26, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from others and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by February 25

Date: Friday, February 26, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to see where sap is collected, and learn how to turn the sap into syrup. The entire program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. A portion of the trail is not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Participants will be broken into 3 small groups, each led by staff, to better maintain social distancing. You must register each participant!

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from others and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Register by February 26

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join our volunteer led program, The Hikers, this month as they travel to Prairie Fork Conservation Area near Williamsburg in Callaway County. *Location has changed from Clifty Creek Conservation Area. Trail: Moderate; 4-5 miles. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, pack a lunch/snack, and bring a water bottle. We will not be carpooling in Runge vans, but ask that you meet at Runge to follow the hike leaders to Prairie Fork or meet at the location. Information on where to meet will be e-mailed to participants before the hike. Masks are required for this program. Registration Required. Ages 18 and up.

Register by February 26

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Although bluebirds are with us year-round, their joyful call and bright colors in early spring can bring great hope after a cold, drab winter. Join us at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, in-person, to discuss these valuable songbirds and build a bluebird house to take home.
We will meet at the staging area at the trail head of Tanglevine Trail, following COVID-19 regulations and guidance. Although a fire pit will be burning, please dress appropriately for outdoor weather.
Wood, screws, and hammers will be provided. One bluebird house per family, please.
Please register one person in the household, but you are welcome to bring your whole family to the program.

Register by February 26

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

As a part of the Virtual Vulture Venture series, staff from Wonders of Wildlife in Springfield will be partnering with Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center to bring you a live virtual session with a resident vulture! WOW staff will be presenting and answering questions on all things vulture related. Don't miss your chance to learn all about these misunderstood feathered friends!

Sign up online and provide a valid email address. An email will be sent in advance with the WebEx link. For more information call (417) 334-4865 or email Shepherd@mdc.mo.gov.

Program link will be sent the day before the event.

Register by February 27

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 10+) Winter is full of wonder and processing tree sap into syrup is one of those wonders. This program will cover the basics of tree selection, collection and processing to turn that watery sap into delicious syrup. This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.

Register by February 24

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
In our culture of a supermarket in every neighborhood, it is almost magical and spectacular to be able to make something delicious to eat out of some liquid flowing out of a tree. Savor this wonder of nature by learning how to tap trees, collect sap, and make delicious syrup from native trees.
Note: Dress for the weather and meet in front of the nature center. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and /or there is more than light rain/sleet/snow program will be cancelled.

Register by February 27

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 10+) Winter is full of wonder and processing tree sap into syrup is one of those wonders. This program will cover the basics of tree selection, collection and processing to turn that watery sap into delicious syrup. This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.

Register by February 26

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Although bluebirds are with us year-round, their joyful call and bright colors in early spring can bring great hope after a cold, drab winter. Join us at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, in-person, to discuss these valuable songbirds and build a bluebird house to take home.
We will meet at the staging area at the trail head of Tanglevine Trail, following COVID-19 regulations and guidance. Although a fire pit will be burning, please dress appropriately for outdoor weather.
Wood, screws, and hammers will be provided. One bluebird house per family, please.
Please register one person in the household, but you are welcome to bring your whole family to the program.

Register by February 26

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Virtual

Night time is the right time for many Missouri animals. Join us as we discover these nocturnal creatures and the adaptations that help them survive in the dark forests, field, and wetlands they call home. Recommended for all ages.

Register by February 26

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Virtual

Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird?! (yes) It’s a plane?! (uh…no) It’s a superhero VULTURE!!??

Have you ever considered vultures as environmental heroes with “superpowers”? Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center staff and volunteers invite you to tune in to our program about Missouri’s “other” raptor! Fun facts and a short story will give viewers a new perspective on these unconventional heroes. Plus, we will “build” a vulture to spotlight their surprising superpowers. This 30 minute program is part of our virtual Vulture Venture series. All ages are welcome, though content is geared toward kids aged 5-10 years of age.

Sign up online and provide a valid email address. An email will be sent in advance with the Webex link. For more information call (417) 334-4865 or email Shepherd@mdc.mo.gov.

Program link will be sent the day before the event.

Register by February 27

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

Celebrate our state bird by providing it with a safe place to raise its young. Delve into the natural history of these birds as we reveal what it takes to be a responsible bluebird landlord.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program. Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by February 24

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
In our culture of a supermarket in every neighborhood, it is almost magical and spectacular to be able to make something delicious to eat out of some liquid flowing out of a tree. Savor this wonder of nature by learning how to tap trees, collect sap, and make delicious syrup from native trees.
Note: Dress for the weather and meet in front of the nature center. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and /or there is more than light rain/sleet/snow program will be cancelled.

Register by February 26

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Virtual

Some of the least respected of Missouri’s wildlife are the vultures. Not particularly attractive, but a closer look at the vulture will reveal creatures that lead an interesting lifestyle, and are integral and invaluable to nature.
This WebEx program will introduce you to Missouri’s two species of vultures, the black and turkey, as well as other vulture trivia, through pictures and discussion. It’s a part of Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center's annual Vulture Venture program that’s going virtual!
When registering, please provide an active email address as you will receive a link to the program one day prior to the program. For more information call (417) 334-4865 ext 0.

Program link will be sent the day before the event.

Register by February 26

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Get your trusty fishing reels in tip top shape before spring weather arrives.

Learn how to maintain and make minor but common repairs to spincasting, spinning and bait casting reels.

During this program we'll learn how to disassemble, clean, lubricate and make some common repairs on these three common types of fishing reels.

This program is appropriate for adults and children over the age of 12. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Each participant must register for this program.
Email the instructor for assistance with registration.

Masks and social distancing will be required in the Nature Center during this program.

Register by February 26

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Who are the little prairie wolves? Where are the little prairie wolves at Columbia Bottom? When Lewis and Clark explored the trail of the Missouri River, they recorded hearing and finally seeing coyotes. They saw the bushy tails and heard the fierce barking, and called them “little prairie wolves.“ Coyotes play an important role in the wildlife community. We will explore the prairies at CB and listen for their yipping howls. Why do they howl? What is a good time to hear them? Learn interesting facts about coyotes. Take a short walk in the crisp winter air beneath the Full Snow Moon. Meet at lot “K”, the Cropland Overlook, to watch the setting sun and the rising full Snow Moon.
Dress for the weather in warm layers and bring a flashlight.

Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from others and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.

Sunset: 5:52 pm
Moonrise: 6:26 pm

Register by February 28

Date: Sunday, February 28, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Read Description Details- This program does not necessarily take place on the date advertised due to not knowing the date these salamanders will migrate to their ponds. Spring brings warm, wet weather... which means salamanders are coming. The best time to find spotted salamanders is during their annual migration to their breeding ponds during the first warm, evening rain of the spring, in late February or early March. Join us at Runge as we explore the migration and breeding habits of these slimy, secretive salamanders. Due to our inability to accurately forecast the weather in the future, this will be a short-notice program that may be any day of the week. We are asking participants to provide a telephone number during registration; we will then call participants the morning of the program with a specified start time. Please wear clothing and footwear that is appropriate for the wet weather.

Register by February 28

Date: Sunday, February 28, 2021 - 8:30pm to 10:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Read Description Details- This program does not necessarily take place on the date advertised due to not knowing the date these salamanders will migrate to their ponds. Spring brings warm, wet weather... which means salamanders are coming. The best time to find spotted salamanders is during their annual migration to their breeding ponds during the first warm, evening rain of the spring, in late February or early March. Join us at Runge as we explore the migration and breeding habits of these slimy, secretive salamanders. Due to our inability to accurately forecast the weather in the future, this will be a short-notice program that may be any day of the week. We are asking participants to provide a telephone number during registration; we will then call participants the morning of the program with a specified start time. Please wear clothing and footwear that is appropriate for the wet weather.

Register by March 2

Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Magical moments in nature are waiting for you! Go on an adventure with a Naturalist to make amazing discoveries as you explore on a trail close to the nature center.
Notes: Dress for the weather and meet in front of the nature center. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and/or there is more than light rain/sleet/snow program will be cancelled.

Register by March 2

Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

Location: Virtual

Thinking about turkey season is what gets hunters through the dreary months of February and March. Join Conservation Educator Dee Dee Dockins for information on what you can do right now to get ready for turkey season. Learn about the life cycle of the turkey, hatch, habitat and most importantly locating turkeys before the season opener. Time will be available at the end of the program for questions.

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