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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 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 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: 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.
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 10:30 am - Saturday, December 4, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Looking for a new way to explore and learn about Missouri’s outdoors? The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages kids and adults to check out the free mobile gaming app, Agents of Discovery. MDC is partnering with the gaming app to help the public explore natural areas around the state. Discover nature through completing “missions”, all while learning about Missouri’s forest, fish, and wildlife. Come to the center to complete our Habitat Adventure mission. If you complete the mission during this event, you will be entered to win a MDC field guide.
Registration period: November 23 - December 3
Date: Sunday, December 5, 2021 4:00 pm - Sunday, December 5, 2021 5:30 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

If you are not familiar with firearms, and want to learn more, this class covers various firearms, the actions, how to safely handle a firearm, maintenance, cleaning and safe storage. 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: 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: 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.
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 9:30 am - Saturday, December 11, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center
Come and find creative ways to enjoy nature throughout the holidays and make unique nature-related ornaments for windows, trees, and other indoor decorations.
Registration period: November 4 - December 10
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, December 11, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
This is your chance to see how trout are raised at MDC's largest cold-water fish hatchery, Shepherd of the Hills, in Branson. Meet us at the fish hatchery conservation center, where we will embark on a guided tour of the facility. Afterwards, we will go for a short hike along Lake Taneycomo, where the trout are stocked. We will be outdoors so dress for the weather. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Ages 12-17.
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: 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: 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.
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: November 4 - December 16
Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021 6:30 pm - Thursday, December 16, 2021 7:45 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Survive like a deer, dance like a prairie chicken, balance like a bobcat as we play nature games at the Nature Center! Masks requested for this indoor program. Ages 7-12.
Date: Friday, December 17, 2021 5:00 pm - Friday, December 17, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Join us as we celebrate the holidays with light

refreshments and holiday activities for the kids. Learn how to recycle last year’s Natural Event

Calendar into this year’s holiday gifts. The Wildcat Glades Friends Group Nature store will be open for shopping, so you can find that perfect gift for the nature-lover on your shopping list. Stop by anytime!

Registration period: November 4 - December 17
Date: Saturday, December 18, 2021 8:15 am - Saturday, December 18, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Enjoy a hike at Hulston Mill Historical Park in Dade County with volunteer naturalist Mike Mihalik. Meet at the Nature Center and follow us to the location in your personal vehicle. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is six to seven miles and rated moderate to difficult. Ages 18-adult.
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.

Date: Saturday, December 18, 2021 10:30 am - Saturday, December 18, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Stop by anytime to make some simple holiday ornaments from recycled and natural materials. We’ll supply the materials, kids bring the creativity, and parents provide the guidance. Bring a bag to carry your ornaments home.
Date: Sunday, December 19, 2021 1:00 pm - Sunday, December 19, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This clinic gives families an opportunity to learn about the skills necessary to hunt rabbits. Topics will include safety, rules and regulations, hunting methods, and techniques, as well as how to care and process for harvested game.

Registration period: November 23 - December 21
Date: Tuesday, December 21, 2021 10:30 am - Tuesday, December 21, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Online only
Winter has arrived in Missouri’s forests and that means our forest friends are taking special care to prepare and stay warm. Join us virtually to talk about Winter in the Woods! Registration Required with a valid email address. Best for ages 4 to 7.