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Register by November 6

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngster only(ages 3-5 with an adult)
Turkeys have some strange and entertaining behaviors and adaptations. Some of these behaviors we can see and some we can hear. Some we can even do ourselves! Come explore what it’s like to be a turkey.

Register by November 10

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Join us for our regular virtual program series where you can ask the naturalist questions about nature topics. Naturalist Jordi Raos will talk about the many ways animals in Missouri survive our winters (or do not). Ever wonder what they are doing or where they go? The program will be followed by a live Q&A session. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Recommended for all ages. Call 417-888-4237 for more information. Select the blue "Register" button in the top right corner to register.

Register by November 10

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Bees play an essential role in pollinating many flowering plants in the natural and agricultural system. In fact, nearly three quarters of all flowering plants rely on pollinators to reproduce. Honey bees, bumblebees and carpenter bees play important roles in pollination however, many other overlooked native bees play specific roles in pollination as well. Join in and learn about these other very interesting pollinators and how to attract and conserve them.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 6

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 3-5 with an adult)
Turkeys have some strange and entertaining behaviors and adaptations. Some of these behaviors we can see and some we can hear. Some we can even do ourselves! Come explore what it’s like to be a turkey.

Register by November 9

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Virtual

The winds have changed, and it is getting colder. Have you ever wondered why Mississippi kites and monarchs migrate or why do bats and bears hibernate? Come and join us as we dive into the wonders of why animals and plants Migrate, Adapt, go Dormant (MAD), and much more!

**This is a virtual program. Registration required. Everyone will receive a link to the Webex presentation through the Event Management System (DoNotReply-MOEvents@S3Gov.com) 24 hours in advance to the program. If you do not see this email in your inbox, please check your junk/spam mailbox. We will also send another reminder email around noon the day of the program (you will get this from the same email as above). Please contact the presenter no later than 5 p.m. the day of the program if you are not seeing the link.*

Register by November 12

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ever wonder what it takes to keep all the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Thanks to some amazing animal care volunteers, they are fed a delicious smorgasbord of crickets, worms, minnows, and more! Meet a few of our captive critters and observe them eating during this live, virtual program. (all ages)

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 13

Date: Friday, November 13, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Holiday gift giving generates a lot of trash which ends up in our landfills. There are many ways you can make your gift special and earth friendly. We are going to create reusable and natural decorations that will look wonderful under your tree. (ages 12-adult)

Masks are required, and participants will social distance. Each participant will have their own materials and tools to reduce contact.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 12

Date: Friday, November 13, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Tower Grove Park-New Comfort Station

Come celebrate fall and the wonderful changes the season brings with a nature story time. Families will go on an Autumn scavenger hunt for a “nature” adventure. Meet the naturalist at the West End Picnic Site. Everyone will hike with the naturalist to a special place and enjoy a nature story under the tree canopy.

For the safety of participants and our staff, MDC asks all guests observe social distancing guidelines and maintain at least 6 feet from others. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when indoors, or any time visitors are unable to maintain at least 6 feet from others. Local ordinances requiring face masks will be observed where applicable.

Register by November 13

Date: Friday, November 13, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Our relationship with plants is really varied. Some plants we hate, like Poison Ivy. Other plants we love, like Black-eyed Susan. Some plants have obvious uses like oak trees. Other plants have uses you may have never heard of like milkweed sandals. Plants are used in so many ways, and we are going to explore some of those uses.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by November 13

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each attending (families)
Project FeederWatch turns your love of feeding birds into scientific discoveries. Join us as we participate in this citizen scientist project. Your bird counts help the Cornell Lab track what is happening in our backyard and helps track long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. Birders of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair of ours.

Register by November 14

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 9+) Primitive skills enthusiasts use atlatls as a alternative form of hunting deer, turkey and fish in Missouri. Others use this Native American hunting tool for sport, throwing for distance or accuracy. Step outside with us to find a challenging new sport in today's modern world. Test your skill as you attempt to hit the target using this unique spear-thrower! Get ready to meet the challenge!

Register by November 14

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 9+) Primitive skills enthusiasts use atlatls as a alternative form of hunting deer, turkey and fish in Missouri. Others use this Native American hunting tool for sport, throwing for distance or accuracy. Step outside with us to find a challenging new sport in today's modern world. Test your skill as you attempt to hit the target using this unique spear-thrower! Get ready to meet the challenge!

Register by November 17

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Wild turkeys strut their stuff all around Missouri and November is a great month to learn more about these chatty birds. By the end of this virtual program you will be able to cluck and purr with the best of them! When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Ages 3-6. Call 417-888-4237 for more information. Select the blue "Register" button in the top right corner to register.

Register by November 17

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) The ability to make rope or cordage from plant fibers is an ancient skill essential to surviving in the wilds. We will learn to make simple cordage using the same plants Native Americans harvested from Missouri wild prairies to make bowstrings, fishing nets and clothing.

Register by November 18

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Oh deer, what a treat it is to see a wonderful whitetail! Deer can be tricky to spot in the woods or when they’re feeding in the fields. We’ll talk about these skilled animals while we make a darling deer craft to take home. (ages 3-6)

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and for anyone over the age of 9 to wear a face covering. Participants are limited to one adult per registered child, additional adults and unregistered siblings will be able to explore the exhibit area.

Register by November 17

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 13-18)
We’ve all seen and stepped on those little capped nuts, but did you know there is one species that differs from the rest. Burr oak trees produce a unique acorn. Come learn a little more about acorn diversity and how it effects Missouri’s ecosystem.

Register by November 19

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

There are many different mammals that live in Missouri. In this virtual program you will learn about their characteristics, habitats, and other interesting facts. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Recommended for all ages. Call 417-888-4237 for more information. Select the blue "Register" button in the top right corner to register.

Register by November 20

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Missouri trees are relatively easy to identify in the summer when they have all their leaves. As winter approaches these leaves fall off making the trees more difficult to distinguish. Attend this hands-on workshop to learn the tips and tricks to tree identification throughout the seasons.

Register by November 21

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 3-8) 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.

LITTLE ACORNS HAS A NEW FORMAT:
Because of COVID-19, Little Acorns sessions will now be by registration only. This will help us keep group sizes to just six families per session. We are working on improvements to our system that will allow for family registrations, but for now please REGISTER ONLY ONE PARENT. Please E-MAIL THE INSTRUCTOR TO LET THEM KNOW HOW MANY CHILDREN YOU WILL BRING. Sessions will be held outdoors when weather permits. When we must be inside, the sessions will be held in a larger room to accommodate social distancing between families. One thing that hasn't changed is our volunteers. While they will be masked, all of the volunteers who have run Little Acorns for us in the past are back!

If you have questions please contact Steve Jacobsen at steve.jacobsen@mdc.mo.gov or 816-759-7300 ext. 1146.

Register by November 21

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 3-8) 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.

LITTLE ACORNS HAS A NEW FORMAT:
Because of COVID-19, Little Acorns sessions will now be by registration only. This will help us keep group sizes to just six families per session. We are working on improvements to our system that will allow for family registrations, but for now please REGISTER ONLY ONE PARENT. Please E-MAIL THE INSTRUCTOR TO LET THEM KNOW HOW MANY CHILDREN YOU WILL BRING. Sessions will be held outdoors when weather permits. When we must be inside, the sessions will be held in a larger room to accommodate social distancing between families. One thing that hasn't changed is our volunteers. While they will be masked, all of the volunteers who have run Little Acorns for us in the past are back!

If you have questions please contact Steve Jacobsen at steve.jacobsen@mdc.mo.gov or 816-759-7300 ext. 1146.

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Fall is a great time to get out and enjoy nature. Celebrate the falling leaves by taking part in a leaf scavenger hunt. Participants can pick up their leaf booklet and then head outside to discover the many types of leaves on the forest floor. (all ages)

Please remember to wear a mask if you are indoors and practice social distancing.

Register by November 21

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 3-8) 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.

LITTLE ACORNS HAS A NEW FORMAT:
Because of COVID-19, Little Acorns sessions will now be by registration only. This will help us keep group sizes to just six families per session. We are working on improvements to our system that will allow for family registrations, but for now please REGISTER ONLY ONE PARENT. Please E-MAIL THE INSTRUCTOR TO LET THEM KNOW HOW MANY CHILDREN YOU WILL BRING. Sessions will be held outdoors when weather permits. When we must be inside, the sessions will be held in a larger room to accommodate social distancing between families. One thing that hasn't changed is our volunteers. While they will be masked, all of the volunteers who have run Little Acorns for us in the past are back!

If you have questions please contact Steve Jacobsen at steve.jacobsen@mdc.mo.gov or 816-759-7300 ext. 1146.

Register by November 21

Date: Saturday, November 28, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Make holiday treasures for your family or one-of-a-kind handmade gifts for the holidays from the abundance of natural objects this season offers. The Twin Pines staff will show you how to use items such as twigs, pine needles, acorns, buckeyes and seed pods to create wreath, reindeer and miniature tree ornaments. Designed for ages 12 and up, this program has a class limit of 5. Reservations are required. To ensure the good health of all, participants are reminded to social distance and to stay home if you are sick. Reservations can be made on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by November 28

Date: Saturday, November 28, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Start a new family Thanksgiving tradition. Stretch your legs, explore and connect with the natural world. Investigate the seasonal changes as days become shorter and temperatures begin to drop. Observe and collect signs of the coming winter, everyone will gather items that will be used to create a group art piece. Continue by engaging in monthly phenology explorations (the study of phenomena or happenings) or add this nature exploration to your November traditions.

Register by November 25

Date: Saturday, November 28, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each attending (all ages)
What in nature are you most thankful for? Search the trails near the Nature Center to find hidden “pumpkins” of knowledge about special things only the natural world can do for us. Collect four gratitude pumpkins to redeem for a special prize.

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