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Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2021 8:00 am - Friday, December 31, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Artist Neil Heimsoth’s childhood in rural Missouri fostered his love of painting landscapes. He later shared his passion for the outdoors with the citizens of Missouri for eleven years when he worked as an illustrator for the U.S. Forest Service. Years spent attempting to perfect his craft led to Heimsoth’s paintings receiving numerous awards and being included in many private and corporate collections. Now living in Cole Camp, Missouri, Neil Heimsoth continues to share his passion for the outdoors by displaying his works with several galleries located throughout the state.
Registration period: October 6 - November 26
Date: Saturday, November 27, 2021 8:30 am - Friday, December 3, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Duck Creek Conservation Area

This ladies wing shooting program and duck hunt is designed for those who are new to/or are beginning duck hunters. This is a 2-day commitment.

On Saturday November 27th, you will meet at the Duck Creek Conservation Area Headquarters (Brown Building) where we will cover safety, appropriate firearms and ammunition, distance estimation, along with a duck wing ID, and practice wing shooting. Dress appropriately as we will be outside for most of the event. Please bring a 20 gauge or 12 gauge shotgun, along with steel shot to match your shotgun. If you do not have access to a shotgun, please let me know.

Early morning on Friday December 3rd, you will meet with your duck hunting guide at the Southeast Missouri location that your guide will designate. You will duck hunt the morning of Friday December 3rd. (Many locations will need waders and your guide will let you know prior to the Friday December 3rd if you will need them. If you do not have access to waders, please let me know)

Ladies need to have completed the Hunter Education course prior the first day of the event.

A confirmation email and list of “what to bring the day of the hunt” will be sent closer to the event. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Bradshaw: sara.bradshaw@mdc.mo.gov

Registration period: November 27 - December 28
Date: Wednesday, December 1, 2021 11:30 am - Friday, December 31, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
Have you just bought a new pistol and want to become more familiar with it? Do you need some help getting started as a new shooter or haven’t shot for a while and want to get back into it? Is there a technique that you want to learn or improve upon? This one-on-one instruction is for you! It is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Participants must provide their own pistol and 100 rounds of ammunition. For more information or to make an appointment, call 816-249-3194.
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: November 15 - December 2
Date: Friday, December 3, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, December 3, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
Join us for an opportunity to learn how to make your own beautiful holiday swag using greenery and other materials you can find in your own backyard. Space is limited so sign early.
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.
Registration period: November 15 - December 2
Date: Friday, December 3, 2021 1:00 pm - Friday, December 3, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Online only
Watch from your own home as we show you how to make your own beautiful holiday swag using greenery and other materials you can find in your own backyard. Space is limited so sign early.
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: November 19 - December 2
Date: Friday, December 3, 2021 6:30 pm - Friday, December 3, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Who’s that hooting it up each January 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. Then we will take a short walk and see if we can entice any owls to fly in and talk to us. Dress appropriately (warm clothing, including gloves) since we will be outside the whole hour. Please bring flashlights.
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 8 - December 2
Date: Friday, December 3, 2021 6:30 pm - Friday, December 3, 2021 11:30 pm
Location: Greene County Raccoon Hunters clubhouse

Do you want the experience of hearing coonhounds track and tree some of Missouri’s masked bandits? This program is for you! The Missouri Dept. of Conservation is partnering with members of the Greene County Coon Hunter’s Association to host a raccoon hunt for folks wanting to learn the basics of racoon hunting. Registered participants will be partnered with a hunting guide and hounds. Then sent out in the woods to harvest some racoons. Participants will be divided in groups of 5 and MUST provide their own transportation to and from the hunting locations, which will be determined the evening of the hunt. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the terrain and weather conditions and bring a flashlight to walk through the woods. Registered participants will learn the basics of Missouri racoon hunting, a treasured hunting activity for generations by many Missouri furbearers.

Topics of the Event

1) Seasons and Regulations of racoon hunting

2) Legal times and methods of harvest

3) Basic training and handling of a coonhound

4) Harvesting and skinning methods

5) Basic coonhound knowledge – how the hound’s scent, track, and tree and the associated barks with each.

6) Modern tracking collars and system operation

All participants must possess a Missouri small game hunting license if not exempt

Come join us for an educational and fun hunting event in the woods! Participants should expect to do a fair amount of walking, but hopefully the dogs will tree close form where they are turned out!

Driving directions - West from Springfield on I-44. 15 miles to PP Hwy, North 1/4 mile to Hwy 266, West 1 mile to F Hwy, North on F Hwy 2 miles

The Greene County Coon Hunter's is located on F Hwy directly across the road from a rural Bois D Arc fire station.
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 5:00 am - Saturday, December 4, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program and hunt is for women, new to duck hunting, that is interested in learning the skills needed to successfully hunt ducks. We will begin with a mandatory clinic on Tuesday, November 23 from 6-7 p.m. at Busch Range to discuss safety, firearms, clothing, hunting techniques, and details of the hunt. The hunt will be Saturday, December 4. All participants for the hunt must attend the mandatory clinic and be Hunter Education Certified to participate in the hunt on December 4th.
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 5:00 am - Sunday, December 5, 2021 6:00 pm
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve

First Time Archery Deer Hunters

December 4 & 5 and December 11 & 12

Hunt # 22

1 deer of either sex

Hunter must attend pre-hunt orientation, those who do not attend, are disqualified.

Only first-time deer hunters, 18 years of age or older, who have never harvested a deer by archery method are eligible.

Hunters who require an assistant must provide one.

Mandatory Pre-Hunt Orientation – Tuesday, September 21, 6pm – 8pm, Jay Henges Shooting Range, Education Center

Contact Kurt Otterstein at kurt.otterstein@mdc.mo.gov for questions

Registration period: November 20 - December 3
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, December 4, 2021 9:30 am
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning In-Line Muzzleloading Class

(Ages 9 and up)

In this introduction to in-line Muzzleloading class, we will discuss the components for the rifle, loading, firing and cleaning. Participants will have the opportunity to shoot as well. If you have your own in-line, please bring it, otherwise, one will be provided.

Registration period: November 1 - December 2
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, December 4, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range

This class covers the basic equipment, materials, and techniques needed to reload ammunition and customize the loads to your firearms. We will demonstrate the process and then give you some hands-on experience reloading ammunition. All equipment and materials are provided.

Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 8:30 am - Saturday, December 4, 2021 10:00 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Are your children interested in shooting, but you need help getting started? Air rifle is one of the safest ways to start the youth off in shooting safely. We will cover the basic safety of a firearm, fundamentals of shooting and other youth programs available. This will be a fun and safe way for children and their parents to learn and enjoy shooting together. There should be no live ammunition, or uncased firearms inside the classroom. Please leave all firearms in the vehicle until the class is dismissed to go to shoot. This includes concealed carry handguns and magazines.

Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 8:30 am - Saturday, December 4, 2021 10:00 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Are your children interested in shooting, but you need help getting started? Air rifle is one of the safest ways to start the youth off in shooting safely. We will cover the basic safety of a firearm, fundamentals of shooting and other youth programs available. This will be a fun and safe way for children and their parents to learn and enjoy shooting together. There should be no live ammunition, or uncased firearms inside the classroom. Please leave all firearms in the vehicle until the class is dismissed to go to shoot. This includes concealed carry handguns and magazines.

Registration period: October 15 - December 3
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, December 4, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Deck the halls with boughs of holly…the holidays are just around the corner and we’re in the mood to decorate! We’ll use nature’s resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (you choose the size and shape you want), and we’ll provide everything else to do your decorating. Grapevine wreaths can be found online or at local craft stores.

Sessions are 1.5 hours long. Tools will be provided (pruners, pliers and wire cutters). Some gloves will be available but you may want to bring your own leather or garden gloves. You may bring your own tools if you wish.

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

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: November 12 - December 2
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, December 4, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Forest Park Hatchery

We’re out for trout! Come and join us for a winter urban fishing program perfect for all experience levels. Whether you’re a novice fisher or an experienced angler, this program aims to connect participants with the winter fishing areas of Saint Louis city and provide a lively time as the holidays approach.

This will be a rainbow trout catch-and-release program. Poles and bait will be provided. Experienced anglers are welcome to bring their own poles and bait, regulations apply.

Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants 16 and over who plan to fish will need a valid fishing license which can be purchased here: https://mdc-web.s3licensing.com/

MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate.
Registration period: November 4 - December 2
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, December 4, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: MDC Hannibal Office
Dutch oven cooking is a great way to enjoy the outdoors while camping. This class will prepare you to turn any recipe that uses a conventional oven into a Dutch oven delight. We will be preparing and cooking a meal in the Dutch ovens. While we wait for the food to finish, bring a camp chair, and hot drink to enjoy while we wait.
Registration period: November 15 - December 4
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, December 4, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Learn about and create beautiful works of wearable art using a variety of natural items such as deer antlers and turkey and duck feathers. All materials provided. Registration required. Ages 16 and older.
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.