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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.

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
As you explore outdoors, have you ever come across an animal skull? A skull will give you all the evidence you need to identify which animal it came from. Teeth, eye sockets, and even the overall shape of a skull can provide great clues. Come on in and use new skills to identify the skulls of a few of Missouri’s wild animals.

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

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. Event is free.

Register by February 12

Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-5 with an adult)
Tis’ the season for those coats of ours, but what about Missouri’s wildlife? Did you know some animals grow their own winter coats? Some of them even change color! Join us to find out how some animals use their fur to adapt to Missouri’s harsh winters. Brief trip outside, dress for the weather. Registration required (ages 3-5 with an adult)
Tis’ the season for those coats of ours, but what about Missouri’s wildlife? Did you know some animals grow their own winter coats? Some of them even change color! Join us to find out how some animals use their fur to adapt to Missouri’s harsh winters. Brief trip outside, dress for the weather. Registration required for youngster attending only.

Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 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! Drop by to visit with the volunteers and staff as they feed the hungry critters. Youth and adult groups welcome. Program is free.

Register by February 13

Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children 6+)
Who’s been walking through my backyard? The tracks and other signs animals leave behind can tell us many things about them. Join us as we learn how to tell who has been in your neighborhood and where they might be going. Dress to be outside for this program. Registration required for all family members attending.

Register by February 15

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come with us as we hike along the bluffs and through the forest at Seventy-Six Conservation Area. We’ll get a wonderful view of the river on our 3-mile hike. Hike difficulty is rated as moderate with some steep slopes. Please pack a lunch, bring water, and dress for the weather. Youth ages 12 and older welcome with an adult.
Notes:
If riding with us, please select that option.
If driving on own, please select that option. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if raining. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is free.

Register by February 15

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come with us as we hike along the bluffs and through the forest at Seventy-Six Conservation Area. We’ll get a wonderful view of the river on our 3-mile hike. Hike difficulty is rated as moderate with some steep slopes. Please pack a lunch, bring water, and dress for the weather. Youth ages 12 and older welcome with an adult.
Notes:
If riding with us, please select that option.
If driving on own, please select that option. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if raining. Hike and transportation from the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is free.

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Owls have incredible adaptations that make them perfect nocturnal hunters. Join us as we learn about these amazing birds. We will find out Who lives here and learn their calls, and even dissect some owl pellets.

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Stop by between 1-3 pm today to visit with wildlife photographer Sharon Tuschhoff. She has been a wildlife photographer for about 12 years and loves all nature photography- macro, landscape, flowers, birds-but her favorite is wildlife, specifically bears. Program is free.

Register by February 20

Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

It’s never too early to learn about the world around you. Every month, infants and toddlers will learn about different nature related topics. We will be outside for part of the class so please dress for the weather. This month we will be exploring the topic of Maple Sugaring

Date: Friday, February 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Sit around the fire and discover nature through the stories of Lewis and Clark. These two, along with the Corps of Discovery, traveled west discovering new plants and animals as they went. How have things changed since then? Stop by to hear a tale or two and enjoy a hot beverage as you warm yourself by the fire. Please bring a chair and blanket for our lawn. Program is free. FISH

Register by February 23

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

There is a very special tree in Missouri called the sugar maple. From this tree, we can collect sap to make yummy treats. Celebrate the sugaring season with your little one by learning all about these trees. Program is free.

Register by February 23

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

There is a very special tree in Missouri called the sugar maple. From this tree, we can collect sap to make yummy treats. Celebrate the sugaring season with your little one by learning all about these trees. Program is free.

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