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Register by December 8

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Register by December 17

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Learning about nature from a young age is good for kids and for the environment. Every month, join Rockwoods naturalists for an outdoor-themed adventure with your little one. Join us for a special edition of knee-high naturalists where we create nature based gifts for the holiday season. Siblings are welcome, but please note this class is designed for ages 3–6.

Register by December 18

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

On the first day of winter nature gave to me…a cardinal in an oak tree! Come and celebrate nature’s winter animals as we practice counting in our own “12 days of winter” song. We’ll also read a winter story and make a gift to give back to nature!

Register by December 18

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Animals should NOT wear clothes! What exactly do animals "wear"? Join us this month to learn more about animal coverings and how they help our Missouri critters survive the winter.
**Registration Required**

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

The woolly bear caterpillar—also called woolly worm and fuzzy worm—has the reputation of being able to forecast the coming winter weather. Whether this is fact or folklore, join us to learn more about this legendary caterpillar and how to “read” the worm.

Register by December 17

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All Ages
Nature provides many things for us, including craft materials! Come create nature based gifts for the holiday season. We will have multiple crafts for people of all ages to assemble and take home. Please register all participants in your attending party.

Register by December 17

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Register by December 18

Date: Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Did you know that Missouri has 14 million acres of forest land containing thousands of trees? Learn more about trees and their uses not only to humans, but to animals as well. Discover one of those uses, first-hand, by completing a craft project to take home or give as a gift.

Date: Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join this volunteer-led activity and explore hibernation through stories and crafts. Activities are geared for ages 3-6, but siblings are welcome.
**No registration required**

Register by December 19

Date: Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Red Cedar is an invasive plant throughout much of Missouri. Join us at Runge as we make wreaths out of cedars that have been removed from the property to benefit the plants and animals that call Runge home.

Register by December 19

Date: Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Feeling crafty? It’s time for our annual natural and recycled craft night. We’ll make items that you can give as gifts during the holiday. Please bring a cloth tote bag, t-shirt, or plain bandana to print on, a bag to carry home all your items, and plenty of creativity! Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids. Ages 7-12.

Register by December 19

Date: Friday, December 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Tower Grove Park

Outdoor Animal Obstacle Course
Dec 20 • Friday • 10 a.m.-noon
Ages 6-12
It is winter break, let’s keep moving! Jump, skip, run, hop, and slide around as we learn how Missouri animals move. Meet at the Gurney Picnic Site (#4 map) within Tower Grove Park.
(Ages 6-12)

Register by December 20

Date: Friday, December 20, 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: at least one child in the 0-2 AND at least one child in the 3-6 age ranges**

Date: Friday, December 20, 2019 - 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.

Date: Friday, December 20, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Enjoy the serenity of a winter night as you stroll along our trail. We’ll light the path for you and provide hot, winter beverages for your enjoyment. After your walk, stop inside the nature center to warm up and view our exhibits. Our trail is paved and accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Register by December 19

Date: Friday, December 20, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Winter bass fishing can be a great time to catch monster bass if you have the skills and tackle which encourage sluggish fish to bite. This program is geared to new anglers or those who wish to learn finesse fishing skills such as drop shot, Ned rig, neko rig, shaky head and other techniques which may get the bass biting when fishing gets tough. While we will not be fishing, participants will be hands on with tackle and learn when each style of rigging is most effective on different parts of the lake. Participants will go home with several lures to test on their favorite winter water.

Register by December 20

Date: Friday, December 20, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join us as we celebrate the close of another successful year of Conservation TEENS. After viewing photos of the year’s outings, we’ll enjoy refreshments and vote on possible outings for 2020. Teens ages 12-17 and their families are welcome to attend.

Register by December 21

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (18+ years old).
Meet at the nature center and drive to Arrow Rock State Historic Site in Howard County. We will be hiking the Pierre A' Fleche and River Landing Trails. The historic town should be decorated for Christmas and some stores will be open for browsing. Bring a water bottle, lunch, and dress for the weather.
Terrain: Easy
Length: 3 miles

Register by December 20

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Do you enjoy fishing for trout and would love to know how to clean and cook it? MDC staff will demonstrate how to clean trout and discuss different ways to prepare your trout. You will get the opportunity to prepare your own trout over an open fire. Hot chocolate will be available to participants as we sit around the fire.
Please dress accordingly for the weather as a portion of the program will be done outside.

Register by December 21

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Owl is on the prowl in the dark, swooping down on silent wings. Using our senses and through interactive play we will discover why owls are such good hunters at night.

Register by December 20

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Raccoons are the most popular furbearer trapped in Missouri, with good reason too. They are abundant and relatively easy to catch. Join our team of experienced trappers to learn about raccoon habits and habitats, trapping equipment and techniques, fur handling and more.

Register by December 21

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Dutch ovens have a long and celebrated history spanning from Paul Revere, to Lewis and Clark, and into modern times. Come learn about this simple piece of cookware, how to use it, and sample some of the wonderful things that can be created in a Dutch Oven. This program is for women only. Girls 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult female. Ages 14-adult.

Date: Saturday, December 21, 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 21

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Owl is on the prowl in the dark, swooping down on silent wings. Using our senses and through interactive play we will discover why owls are such good hunters at night.

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The best time to feed birds is in the winter. Rewarding even for the novice, setting up a feeder will help connect you to the natural world. Join us to learn about different food options and the types of feeders to use. Visitors will have an opportunity to make a pinecone feeder to take home.

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