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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: 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.
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 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: 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.
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Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021 4:00 pm - Wednesday, December 8, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Online only
30-60 million bison once roamed the great plains of North America. What happened? Where did they all go? Can we still see Bison in Missouri today? Join us to get answers to these questions and more! This is a VIRTUAL program. Registration is required with a valid email (registration link will be sent to email prior to the program).
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.

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Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, December 9, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Online only
Our staff are often asked about details of hunting with handguns. Attend this session to get some answers on how to get started in handgun hunting this year. Learn from our experienced instructors about wildlife identification, habits and habitats, regulations, safety, hunting strategies, equipment, and game care. Attend this class to increase your success in the field.
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 15 - December 13
Date: Monday, December 13, 2021 3:30 pm - Monday, December 13, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Online only
Join a naturalist, virtually, for a nature story or two around our Runge fireplace. Grab your favorite blanket and snuggle up to watch and listen to stories geared for the little ones but enjoyed by all ages. The presenter will send the program link to participants by e-mail the day of the program. Registration required. All ages.
Registration period: November 15 - December 14
Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 9:00 am - Tuesday, December 14, 2021 10:00 am
Location: Online only
Winter is a great time to watch birds in your own backyard. Virtually observe birds visiting birdfeeders while we discover what species may commonly be found in backyards, how to identify them, and how to attract and conserve birds on your property. Presenter will send participants the program link via e-mail the day before and the day of the presentation. Registration required. All ages.
Registration period: November 26 - December 13
Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 1:00 pm - Tuesday, December 14, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Online only
Fly-tying is a great way to customize a fishing lure to a specific type of fish or a particular stretch of stream. It’s also way to get an added sense of accomplishment knowing that you caught a fish with a lure you made. MDC Conservation Educator, Sam Stewart, will provide tips on materials used as well as techniques, and will also discuss how flies are effective lures for a variety of sportfish species.
Registration period: October 15 - December 14
Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 2:00 pm - Tuesday, December 14, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Missouri is home to two species of fox; the familiar red fox and the less common gray fox. We will look at the differences between these two beautiful furbearers and learn about how they survive the changing seasons. This program is designed for ages 8 and up but all are welcome.

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

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Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 4:00 pm - Tuesday, December 14, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Online only
Have you ever seen a butterfly in the snow? Probably not. Butterflies can't survive cold weather, so when winter comes, many butterflies fly to warmer places. Woodchucks don't like cold weather either but they don't migrate; they hibernate. Join us to read Animals in Winter, by Henrietta Bancroft, and find out how other animals cope with winter's worst weather! There will be a presentation after the reading. This is a VIRTUAL program. Registration is required with a valid email (registration link will be sent to email prior to the program).
Registration period: October 21 - December 13
Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, December 14, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only
Wintertime is an ideal season for beginning birders and avid naturalists to enjoy the outdoors and hone their birding skills. Naturalist and Conservation Educator Jeff Cantrell will virtually share with you tips and field marks to look for while investigating Missouri's birds of prey this season.
Registration period: November 4 - December 14
Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, December 14, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only
The Best of the Ozarks Virtual Series is designed to connect people with the best outdoor opportunities in the Ozarks through fun, virtual programs. This month we will discover some of the best places to go birdwatching in winter. From pine siskins to bald eagles, there are many special birds to spot in December. All ages.
Registration period: November 4 - December 14
Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2021 12:00 pm - Wednesday, December 15, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
This virtual program is part two of a multi-part series on primitive skills and bushcraft. “Fire Building and Safety” virtual program is intended to help you better construct, start, and maintain a fire in any situation. We will also cover the basic campfire safety rules and care of any fires. Start time will be 12:10 PM using the Webex platform and all registered participants will receive a link with the log-in information 24 hours prior to the event.
Registration period: November 4 - December 15
Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2021 2:30 pm - Wednesday, December 15, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Online only
Join us as we review each Top 10 Series that we highlighted this year. As we look at each series, you will get the presenter's pick from each series.
Registration period: October 15 - December 14
Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2021 4:00 pm - Wednesday, December 15, 2021 4:45 pm
Location: Online only
Are you looking for that first bow or BB gun for your child? This program will discuss how to get your child started shooting and the proper equipment selection.
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Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021 12:00 pm - Thursday, December 16, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Online only

Every third Thursday at 12pm, we’ll tour the native landscape at MDC’s Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, this monthly series features a live look at native plants of interest throughout the year, This program is a partnership with Deep Roots.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED THROUGH THE DEEP ROOTS WEBSITE: https://deeproots.org/native-plants-at-noon/
Registration period: October 15 - December 16
Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021 2:00 pm - Thursday, December 16, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Ever wonder what it takes to keep the nature center reptiles and amphibians happy? Watch from your home or classroom as naturalists introduce and feed several Missouri amphibians and reptiles.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address to receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: November 15 - December 16
Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, December 16, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only
Take a trip virtually with us down a Missouri stream to discover plants and animals that depend on clean water to survive and flourish. Each month a different applique block based on this year’s theme, River Trail Discoveries, will be revealed. December's applique block and presentation features the wood duck. Participants will receive the link via e-mail both the day before and the day of the program. Ages 16 and up. Registration required.
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Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, December 16, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only

Want to take a more active approach to conservation? Join us and learn how to make a nesting box for the state bird, the Eastern Bluebird. We will explain how to cut the nesting box out of a single board and show you how to assemble your own blue bird nesting box.

Registration period: October 27 - December 16
Date: Friday, December 17, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, December 17, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only
Registration required (ages 3-6) Discovering the amazing 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.
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Date: Saturday, December 18, 2021 8:30 am - Saturday, December 18, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only

Join us to learn about cooking all sorts of wild game from rabbit and squirrel to deer and turkey. We will be looking at how to prepare good meals out of different game animals and share some reciepies that will make your mouth water. Feel free to have your favorite wild game recipe to share.