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Date: Monday, November 18, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, January 10, 2020 - 5:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All Ages)
No reservations required
Trail Tales features a children’s book along the trail. Read, move, and play as you visit and engage in suggested activities at each stop. Both children and adults will love to play in nature this way! Check it out on TanglevineTrail.

Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 3:00pm to Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - 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. The week of Christmas and New Year's Day critter feeding will be Tuesday (December 24 & 31).

Register by December 7

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

While known for trout fishing, Roaring River State Park also has an array of hiking trails. Volunteer Brian Conry will help you become familiar with their trail system and hike the Fire Tower Trail. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is approximately five miles and rated moderate to difficult. Ages 18-adult.

Register by December 6

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

We will meet at the Andy Dalton Shooting Rage for this program. Learn how to shoot .22-caliber rifles at the Andy Dalton Shooting Range at the Bois D’Arc Conservation Area. After classroom discussion, it is out to the range to practice and test your skills. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert shot, meet at the range and enjoy the fun! Refreshments will be provided. Ages 12-17.

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

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Who’s hopping up that tree, making that sound or eating that birdseed? Find out the answer to these and many more questions as we explore the feathery creatures of our backyards. Weather dependent we will go outside to explore the nearby woods for cool bird species.

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

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Friends of Eagle Bluffs, a nature photography group, will continue showcasing the results from their 2019 Photo Contest. Come meet the artists, learn more about photography, and challenge your inner artist by creating nature art through activities in the lobby. **No registration required**

Register by December 7

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 16 & up)
Show off the beauty of fall using the method of leaf printing. Create greeting cards and an ornament for the holidays using leaves from Missouri’s Trees. We will also learn more about how trees work for you! Feel free to bring family photos to add to your cards.

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

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 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Get in the holiday spirit while crafting ornaments
with materials from nature! Pine cones, twigs, and feathers can make for beautiful decorations. All craft supplies will be provided. Registration required. Call (417) 334-4865 ext. 0 for more details.

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.

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 - 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 - 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**

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