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Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 8:00am to Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

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!

Discover Nature with Trail Tales this month on Tanglevine Trail!

Date: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, January 30, 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.

Register by January 22

Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Aside from looking awesome, skulls can also tell you a lot about the animals that they come from! Join us as we study the unique features from a variety of different animal skulls. At the end of our program you will test your ability to identify animals by looking only at their skulls.

Register by January 22

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Joining us from the Dickerson Park Zoo, Phoenix and Aquila, will enable you to enjoy the sight, sound and study of both the golden and bald eagle. Space will be limited, so be sure to get your reservation in early. To make a reservation call 888-283-0364 or check out our website at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For information, call 573-325-1381.

Date: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

There’s more to a skunk than its smell. “Sniff out” some amazing skunk facts, learn a pre-spray skunk “dance,” and take home a craft that won’t stink. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

There’s more to a skunk than its smell. “Sniff out” some amazing skunk facts, learn a pre-spray skunk “dance,” and take home a craft that won’t stink. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by January 25

Date: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations are required and begin immediately.
Sign up each individual that will be attending.

This is a fun evening for all ages. Join us as we welcome back the Missouri falconers and their hunting partners! Falconry, a sport reported as early as 700 B.C.E. is still practiced today. Learn what falconry is and how to become a falconer. The evening will begin in the auditorium with a presentation on raptors and the art of falconry. Following the presentation you will have an opportunity to “meet and greet” the birds and their hunting partners, and see some of the equipment used in the sport of falconry. Be sure to bring your cameras.

Register by January 25

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Waterfowl are abundant in Missouri but can be hard to identify. Learn how to identify migrating waterfowl. There will be a brief classroom program followed by a trip to an area watershed for field ID. Binoculars, snacks and transportation will be provided. Ages 12-17. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by January 26

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Tis’ the season for maple sugaring! Before you can enjoy sweet maple syrup, you’ve got to collect the sap. Learn how to identify Sugar maple trees and select the right ones to tap. Then, go outside to try your hand at tapping the trees. This program covers only the tree tapping portion. Join us February 9 for our Maple Sugaring event to learn the rest of the syrup story. Program is free.
Dress for the weather.

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Stella Veteran's Memorial Park

The fish-filled streams of southwest Missouri are a winter home to bald eagles. Join the Chert Glades Master Naturalists, the community of Stella, and local MDC staff for an eagle viewing opportunity at Stella Veteran’s Memorial Park. There will be spotting scopes set up and fun educational activities throughout the day. No registration required. All ages.

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)
Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.

Register by January 26

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Tis’ the season for maple sugaring! Before you can enjoy sweet maple syrup, you’ve got to collect the sap. Learn how to identify Sugar maple trees and select the right ones to tap. Then, go outside to try your hand at tapping the trees. This program covers only the tree tapping portion. Join us February 9 for our Maple Sugaring event to learn the rest of the syrup story. Program is free.
Dress for the weather.

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Spend the afternoon watching local fly-tying experts tie a variety of flies for different types of fly-fishing. Local fly-tiers from the Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association will show us how to tie their favorite flies. So join us for a great afternoon.

Register by January 31

Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Howls in the night, tracks in the mud . . . could it be a wolf? Missouri has far more coyotes and foxes, but a few wolves have been confirmed in Missouri. Researchers continue to learn more about how large predators can benefit Missouri and how to avoid conflicts with them. Conservation Department Wildlife Damage Biologist Tom Meister is joined by Regina Mossotti, Director of Animal Care and Conservation, and Brian Chrysler, Director of Education with the world-renowned Endangered Wolf Center, to share fascinating information on the latest wolf research and findings.

Date: Friday, February 1, 2019 - 3:00pm to Friday, February 15, 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 snakes enjoy their feast every other Friday.

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Mingo National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

Winter is a great time to visit Mingo National Wildlife Refuge and Duck Creek Conservation Area for viewing bald eagles. Spotting scopes and guides will be provided to view eagles in the wild. Indoor programs will include live eagles plus exhibits, activities, and videos. Visitors can tour the Visitor Center at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. Youth and adult groups welcome. Event is free.

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Missouri River Bird Observatory staff and Burr Oak Woods partner in an on-going project to identify and track the birds that come to our feeders each winter. From the resident chickadees and cardinals to the migrating juncos and sparrows, we capture, apply colored bands, and release these fascinating creatures. Once banded and recorded, you will be able to track individual birds through this and future seasons. This program is weather permitting.

Date: Saturday, February 2, 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.

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

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Missouri is home to seven species of head banging woodpeckers that use our trees for homes as well as food sources. Come and learn about our sharp billed, feathered friends and how to attract them to your backyard. Make a woodpecker feeder and some home-made suet to take home and serve a healthy snack to those hungry headbangers. Kids can make a woodpecker hat to show their appreciation for our hard headed birds.

Date: Saturday, February 2, 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.

Register by February 1

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Now is the time to welcome our state bird to begin nesting. Bring your family to learn more about being landlords for this beautiful bird and to put together your own bluebird nesting box (one box per family). Each family must make their own reservation. Bring an electric screw driver or drill with a Phillips head drill bit if you have one. Note: bluebirds typically nest in urban or rural areas that are not heavily wooded.

Date: Saturday, February 2, 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.

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Raptors, or birds of prey, are a fascinating group of birds that can prove hard to identify. Come hone your birding skills through this program dedicated to improving your field identification. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by February 2

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Shawnee Trail Conservation Area

Winter in Missouri means short-eared owls may be seen flying low over native grasslands in search of mice, rabbits, and other small mammals. Come join us to discover more about these uncommon winter residents. Be sure to dress for the weather for this easy rated hike.

Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Take a break from winter with the Burroughs Audubon Society and learn about conservation out west! Clayton Daughenbaugh, conservation organizer with Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, will cover current and historical efforts to conserve southern Utah's canyon country and screen Wild Utah - a short film documenting citizen efforts to conserve public lands in the area. These areas contain the largest concentration of intact Native American archeological sites in the United States. Light refreshments will be served from 6-7 p.m. and Clayton will be on hand to visit with guests. Bring a friend!

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