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Registration period: October 27 - December 2
Date: Friday, December 3, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, December 3, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only
Registration required (ages 3-6) Discovering the natural world is as easy as opening a book! This naturalist led virtual story program is ideal for preschool and kindergarten children and will take them on journeys to learn about wildlife, habitats and more.
Registration period: October 27 - December 3
Date: Friday, December 3, 2021 1:00 pm - Friday, December 3, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 14+) Native plants are crucial for wildlife as they prepare for winter. Native plants are not only food sources for birds and mammals, but they also provide overwintering habitat for most of our native insects. Join our native landscape specialists for a walk around the grounds to observe some of these plant/insect relationships. Bring your questions about your own native plantings and learn how you can help the wildlife in your own yard during the winter months. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Date: Friday, December 3, 2021 6:00 pm - Friday, December 3, 2021 9:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
You’ve seen the fancy flashing light displays all over town—now come out for a quieter, old-fashioned holiday evening. Enjoy a crackling fire, sip hot chocolate, and browse through the gift shop and exhibits when you come indoors to get warm. The trails will be open and patrolled, so bring a flashlight and a walking partner because you’re on your own. All ages.
Registration period: November 6 - December 3
Date: Friday, December 3, 2021 6:00 pm - Friday, December 3, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only
VIRTUAL EVENT: The Loess Bluffs Eagle Days live eagle show will be entirely virtual this year. Dickerson Park Zoo will be hosting these programs where participants will have an up close and personal view of live, rehabilitated eagles. They also will discuss facts about these amazing birds. An opportunity for a live Q&A session will follow. Register yourself or your family to tune into this live Zoom event. The Zoom web link will be emailed to you the day prior to the event.
Registration period: October 15 - December 3
Date: Friday, December 3, 2021 6:30 pm - Friday, December 3, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Join us for an evening of music right here at the nature center! Musical duo Carter and Connelley are a regional treasure. Their down home story telling and harmonies will remind you of country and folk acts like John Denver and John Prine but with a local twist. Their music was inspired by the natural world around us and often written on the beautiful rivers of Missouri. This program is part of our Nature Center at night series and is free to attend. Registration is required.
Registration period: November 15 - December 3
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, December 4, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (families)

Learning how to attract a variety of birds to your backyard can be a rewarding and fun way to make those winter blues flutter away. Join us in our warm and cozy solarium as we learn about Missouri’s winter backyard birds. Plus, stick around for a suet making demonstration!
Registration period: November 4 - December 3
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, December 4, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Enjoy the outdoors in early December with Naturalist Jordi Raos. She will lead you on a slower-paced hike as we discover what's along these moderate to difficult trails. This hike will be approximately 4.5 miles. Meet us at the eastern parking lot located off Farm Road 115 at 8:55 AM. We'll take a short lunch break while on the trail so pack a lunch, water, and some bug spray. Ages 14-adult. Girls aged 14-17 must attend with a registered adult.
Registration period: October 27 - December 4
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, December 4, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) What's left to identify trees when we no longer have the luxury of examining their leaves? Trees in winter still have many distinguishing features, including bark, buds and leaf scars. We'll trek the Discovery Center's grounds with dichotomous keys in hand to learn how these features vary from one Missouri tree species to the next. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: October 27 - December 4
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 12:30 pm - Saturday, December 4, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) What's left to identify trees when we no longer have the luxury of examining their leaves? Trees in winter still have many distinguishing features, including bark, buds and leaf scars. We'll trek the Discovery Center's grounds with dichotomous keys in hand to learn how these features vary from one Missouri tree species to the next. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: November 15 - December 6
Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, December 7, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 3-5 with an adult)

There’s a gift from a wild animal waiting for you! The wildlife of Missouri sure are generous. From other animals to us humans, wildlife knows just what the best gift is! They can sing, they share their things, they help us grow trees. There are more ways than one how the critters around us give the gifts and we give back!
Registration period: November 15 - December 6
Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2021 1:00 pm - Tuesday, December 7, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 3-5 with an adult)

There’s a gift from a wild animal waiting for you! The wildlife of Missouri sure are generous. From other animals to us humans, wildlife knows just what the best gift is! They can sing, they share their things, they help us grow trees. There are more ways than one how the critters around us give the gifts and we give back!
Registration period: October 15 - December 8
Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, December 8, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only
Investigate the amazing lives of Missouri owls. We will explore the special features that make these feathered flyers excellent night-time hunters. Discover whoooo’s in an owl’s food chain by virtually dissecting a real owl pellet. This program is designed for homeschool students ages 7-11 but all are welcome.
Registration period: November 16 - December 8
Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, December 8, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Online only

Holiday cards, songs and movies are full of snow, pinecones, holly and wild poinsettias. We do have native winter time plants here in Missouri, including holly. Let’s Dig Deep into native hollies and wild poinsettias and learn about their habitat and life cycle.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address to receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration period: November 10 - December 7
Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, December 8, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Does your little one love to be outdoors in the winter? Do they love animals, especially birds? Winter is a great time for bird watching, no matter your age or experience. Come and join us as we read Paddle, Perch, Climb: Bird Feet are Neat; a story about birds and how they live. We will also learn how to make an easy apple bird feeder that you can take home. Birds think this type of feeder is a treat, and you can make yourself a treat, too! You will be able to enjoy your homemade treat while you watch the birds enjoy your home-made bird feeder.

***While this program is intended for ages 3 to 6, all are welcome to participate.***

***Register each person attending individually.

Registration period: November 4 - December 8
Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, December 8, 2021 10:45 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Come in for some antler-related antics and learn some of the wonders of whitetails. Masks requested for this indoor program. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: November 4 - December 8
Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021 11:15 am - Wednesday, December 8, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Come in for some antler-related antics and learn some of the wonders of whitetails. Masks requested for this indoor program. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: October 15 - December 8
Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021 2:00 pm - Wednesday, December 8, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Investigate the amazing lives of Missouri owls. We will explore the special features that make these feathered flyers excellent night-time hunters. Discover whoooo’s in an owl’s food chain by virtually dissecting a real owl pellet. This program is designed for ages 7-11 but all are welcome.
Registration period: November 15 - December 7
Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021 2:30 pm - Wednesday, December 8, 2021 4:30 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 14+ youngsters 14-17 must be accompanied by a participating adult)

Celebrate the season by crafting a natural artisan wreath! Evergreens, pinecones, and many other natural trimmings will be provided. Bring your own WREATH FRAME to attach greenery and decorations.
Registration period: November 15 - December 6
Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021 6:30 pm - Wednesday, December 8, 2021 8:30 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 14+ youngsters 14-17 must be accompanied by a participating adult)

Celebrate the season by crafting a natural artisan wreath! Evergreens, pinecones, and many other natural trimmings will be provided. Bring your own WREATH FRAME to attach greenery and decorations.
Registration period: November 16 - December 9
Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021 10:00 am - Thursday, December 9, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only

Everyone loves a good story, and we have plenty of them here at the nature center! You and your little one can watch and listen as our Naturalist reads a couple nature stories. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age, but is open to all.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address to receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration period: October 27 - December 9
Date: Friday, December 10, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, December 10, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Online only
Registration required (ages 8+) No other birds can do exactly what they can! Join Paige with the Missouri River Bird Observatory to learn how woodpeckers are built for excavating cavities. You won't want to miss out on these amazing adaptations. We will also discuss how to identify the different species of woodpeckers in Missouri and where you can find them.
Registration period: November 4 - December 10
Date: Friday, December 10, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, December 10, 2021 10:45 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
How do animals survive the ice and cold in winter? We'll discover the amazing abilities that many animals use to get by during the winter months. Masks requested for this indoor program. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: November 4 - December 10
Date: Friday, December 10, 2021 11:15 am - Friday, December 10, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
How do animals survive the ice and cold in winter? We'll discover the amazing abilities that many animals use to get by during the winter months. Masks requested for this indoor program. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: October 20 - December 9
Date: Friday, December 10, 2021 6:30 pm - Friday, December 10, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA
Who’s that hooting it up each December evening?? Owls that’s who. You will learn what makes them such effective night time hunters and why they hoot so much this time of year. We will then take a short walk and see if we can entice any owls to fly in and talk to us. Dress appropriately since we will be outside part of the time. Please bring a flashlight. MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate.?
Registration period: October 15 - December 10
Date: Friday, December 10, 2021 7:00 pm - Friday, December 10, 2021 8:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Calling all owls! Discover the special features of owls with a brief indoor presentation. We will then hit the trail in search of these night-time predators. The trail is not stroller accessible and is rated moderate to difficult with steep hills and loose gravel. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather as a large portion of the program will take place outdoors.