Outdoors

Enjoy a virtual Breakfast with the Birds and MDC Jan. 23

On a cold winter’s morning, there is nothing like having a breakfast of black oil sunflower seeds, or maybe a hot cup of coffee and a sweet roll. That would, of course, depend upon whether you are bird or human.

MDC offers free virtual backpack camping workshop Jan. 22

Walking into the wild with shelter and food in a backpack is a good way to experience Missouri’s unspoiled natural places. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free virtual backpacking workshop from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22. This event for all ages will help individuals and families get started backpack camping.

MDC invites public to learn maple sugaring at Rockwoods Reservation in January and February

What makes winter so special for maple lovers? For about six weeks, from mid-January to the end of February, nature cooks up its own sweet delights within sugar maple trees as the sap begins to flow, ready to be tapped for making sugar and syrup. Anyone can learn skills to collect, boil down and, create their own maple syrup or sugar from trees they may have in their own backyards.

MDC virtual program to focus on winter bird feeding

Bird-feeding provides year-round enjoyment for some people, but interest in this activity increases in winter. Feeding birds is a great way to learn about different species and it’s an activity that can be enjoyed by the entire family.

Learn handgun care and cleaning at free MDC virtual class Jan. 12

Many people may have received a handgun as a holiday gift. Or perhaps you’ve had one for a while but never really had the chance to learn how best to take care of and maintain it.