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Date: Saturday, February 3, 2018 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 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. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Winter is a great time to view raptors in Missouri. Learn about their unique hunting abilities and other adaptations that help make them top predators of the sky. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 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 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Woodcraft is defined as knowledge of the woods, especially in reference to camping, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. Join us to learn how to light a campfire, swing an axe to split firewood and tap a backyard tree for syrup. Spend the day mastering these useful outdoor basics and others. Learn about the bounty of beavers and how the pre-settlement fur industry shaped our history. Properly prepared beaver meat tastes like roast beef. Stop by for a sample! There will also be kids' crafts and maple syrup tasting for the whole family.

Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 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, February 17, 2018 - 11:00am to 11:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

CALL 417-888-4237 TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BEGINS FEBRUARY 1. Will spring be early or late? Only the shadow knows. Come out to learn about groundhogs and their shadows. Ages 3-6.

Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Discover one of the forest’s sweetest gifts. Maple sugaring is rich in history and still practiced today. Learn the history, equipment, and process of making maple syrup. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 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 February 20

Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6 & up) Woodpeckers are wonderfully adapted to their way of life. If we had to pull out tasty bugs from inside the wood of tall trees, we might need ladders, safety harnesses, listening devices, hammers, chisels, drills and forceps or tweezers. All the woodpecker needs is the special adaptations of its head, beak, tongue and tail. Come learn about wonderful woodpeckers with an interactive presentation followed by hands-on activities and a craft.

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

CALL 417-888-4237 TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BEGINS FEBRUARY 1. Where do opossums live? Do they swing by their tails? What do they have in common with kangaroos? "Trot" on over to find out the answers to these questions as well as many others. Ages 3-6.

Register by February 20

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (babes under 36 months)
Nurture your child's attitude toward nature by being a great role model as we introduce you and your little one to a family friendly snake. We will shed some light on facts and myths about these slithery creatures to help you gain confidence and a deeper understanding. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

CALL 417-888-4237 TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BEGINS FEBRUARY 1. Where do opossums live? Do they swing by their tails? What do they have in common with kangaroos? "Trot" on over to find out the answers to these questions as well as many others. Ages 3-6.

Register by February 22

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Winter Birds
February 22nd • Thursday • 10am to 11:30am
(Ages 3 to 6)
Register each child only
Reservations begin February 8th
What makes a bird a bird? Come and learn all about birds we see during the winter in Missouri! We will even create some binoculars and home-made bird feeders for you to take home! We will use pine cones, lard and bird seed for our home-made bird feeders.

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

CALL 417-888-4237 TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BEGINS FEBRUARY 1. Even though we’re not at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, we can celebrate Olympians right here in Missouri. Learn about some true survivors as we discover the Olympic-like feats of some of Missouri’s wildlife species. Ages 7-12. Please, no younger siblings.

Date: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

CALL 417-888-4237 TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BEGINS JANUARY 2. Gayle Harper, travel photographer and author of Roadtrip with a Raindrop: 90 Days Along the Mississippi River, is captivated by the Mississippi River. Join us as Gayle takes you on the adventure of a lifetime as she shares photography and tales from her 90-day trip along the Mississippi River—the third largest watershed in the world and “aerial superhighway” for many North American birds on their annual migrations. The changes in the natural world that occur on this journey from Minnesota to Louisiana are astounding, as are the cultural and lifestyle changes of the people that live along her banks. A book signing by the award-winning author will follow the presentation. Ages 10-Adult.

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

CALL 417-888-4237 TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BEGINS FEBRUARY 1. Volunteer Naturalist Sandy Vaughn leads this six-mile hike at Bennett Spring State Park. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is rated as moderate to difficult. Ages 18-Adult.

Register by February 24

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

What’s black and white and smells all over? Skunks! These well-known furry mammals have more to say than just spray. Bring your little one in to hear all about skunks through a puppet show and activities.

Register by February 24

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 7 and up)
Reservations begin February 10.
*Register each participant**

Stop by Powder Valley to become a great fur trapper! Capture “furbearers”, barter with the post staff, and learn about the importance of fur trapping in Missouri. Learn why conservation pays by enriching our economy and quality of life.

Register by February 24

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

What’s black and white and smells all over? Skunks! These well-known furry mammals have more to say than just spray. Bring your little one in to hear all about skunks through a puppet show and activities.

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 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. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

This is our annual event that features the incredibly unique vultures in our area. Here is your opportunity to see one of the largest winter roosts of vultures in the state. The event includes hourly presentations featuring “Alice” a live turkey vulture from the Springfield’s WOW museum. There will also be indoor games, trivia, and activities. Outdoors you will get to see wild vultures roosting near the hatchery. Staff and volunteers will help you view the vultures with spotting scopes. The last presentation begins at 4 pm

Register by January 16

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required beginning January 2 (all ages)
In our culture of a supermarket in every neighborhood, it is almost magical to make something delicious to eat out of liquid flowing out of a tree. Savor this wonder of nature by learning how to tap trees, collect sap, and make syrup from native trees. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Stop on by to learn about the importance of milkweed species in Missouri. Milkweed is a host for a multitude of wildlife, most notably Monarch butterflies. Let’s dive into the bug-eat-plant kind of world that milkweed is a part of.

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Lori O’Dell began photographing nature around ten years ago as a hobby. A seminar by a National Geographic photographer lit a fire in her to get more into photography. Photographing the Missouri Ozarks is one of her obsessions. Besides working for MDC, Lori volunteers for the National Park Service at the Ozark National Scenic Riverways (Van Buren) in the interpretation division.

Date: Friday, March 2, 2018 - 3:00pm to Friday, March 30, 2018 - 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 are fed every other week on Mar. 2, 16. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

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