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Register by January 17

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Missouri is home to nearly 70 species of mammals! Find out what these furry creatures have in common and learn about some of our more unique species. Program is free.

Register by January 17

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Missouri is home to nearly 70 species of mammals! Find out what these furry creatures have in common and learn about some of our more unique species. Program is free.

Register by January 17

Date: Friday, January 18, 2019 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Bald Eagles have many adaptations to help them find and capture food. Join us and find out more about these majestic birds.(Walter Woods C.A.) Call (417) 629-3434 for more information

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This program is held at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge.

Register by January 19

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

It was just a little bit of luck that they were born a baby duck! Missouri is home to all sorts of ducks who whistle, quack, wheeze, and cackle. Learn about these feathered swimmers with us. Program is free.

Register by January 19

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

It was just a little bit of luck that they were born a baby duck! Missouri is home to all sorts of ducks who whistle, quack, wheeze, and cackle. Learn about these feathered swimmers with us. Program is free.

Register by January 19

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Have you ever wondered what kind of critters live in caves? How do they live in the dark and what do they eat? Come join us on an expedition to learn about the amazing world below us and the cool creatures that live in it. Program is free. FISH

Register by January 19

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Expand your skills beyond leaf identification and discover what other features may be used to identify tree species. After all, you don’t know a tree until you see it leafless. This hike will take place outside on Ridgetop Trail behind the Nature Center, so please dress accordingly. Program is free.

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Slither in and discover the incredible world of Missouri’s snakes. These legless, scaly reptiles are often misunderstood, but are beneficial to the environment and to us. Join us to untangle snake myths, learn who lives around us, and meet some live snakes up close.

Register by January 19

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Native plants are not only beautiful but have many purposes. Many have healing qualities that can be used for gardening and outdoor woes. This hands-on class will include information about plants that can help with bug bites, sunburn, poison ivy, and other complaints. Program is free.

Date: Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This program is held at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge.

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 - 10:30am to 11:30am

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. The 10:30 AM program is for school groups and reservations are required. Space will be limited, so be sure to get your reservation in early. For further information and group reservations call 573-325-1381.

Register by January 22

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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. The 12:00 PM program is for school groups and reservations are required. Space will be limited, so be sure to get your reservation in early. For further information and group reservations call 573-325-1381.

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.

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 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 - 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.

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 4:00pm

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.

Register by February 5

Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Fifth in the series, this month features the prairie chicken. Learn about this native bird, its habits and habitat while you create a quilt block based on this theme. By attending all twelve of the monthly programs, you will be able to complete a “prairie- based” quilt. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Attendees under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Reservations can be made by calling 888-283-0364 or on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call Twin Pines CEC at 573-325-1381.

Register by February 5

Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Fifth in the series, this month features the prairie chicken. Learn about this native bird, its habits and habitat while you create a quilt block based on this theme. By attending all twelve of the monthly programs, you will be able to complete a “prairie- based” quilt. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Attendees under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Reservations can be made by calling 888-283-0364 or on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call Twin Pines CEC at 573-325-1381.

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