Events

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Date: Apr 01, 2016 10:00 am - Nov 30, 2016 07:30 pm

The Jay Henges Range begins its extended hours for public shooting.

•The ranges are closed to public shooting on all Mondays, Tuesdays, and on state holidays.

April 1 through November 30

•Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

•Thursday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

•Friday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

•Shooting during public hours is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Date: Apr 06, 2016 11:00 am - Oct 26, 2016 07:00 pm

The extremely popular 5-Stand Sporting Clays is back and scheduled today and every Wednesday through October 26th.

What is 5-Stand Sporting Clays?

Sporting Clays is a challenging clay target game designed to simulate field shooting. On a Sporting Clays course, shooters are presented with a wide variety of targets that duplicate the flight path of gamebirds, such as flushing, crossing, incoming and other angling shots.

5-Stand is a condensed version of sporting clays. This game uses 6-8 automatic traps. 5-stand courses present targets in a variety of combinations to challenge the shooter. Targets are single target, report pairs, and true or simultaneous pairs.

A squad of five shooters can move from station to station with a predetermined menu of shots and combinations, or in a sequence unknown to the shooters.

Trap locations, target angles, and speed at individual stations may be changed from time to time, it is difficult for shooters to "groove in" as they might in trap or skeet.

Location: Duck Creek Conservation Area
Date: Aug 09, 2016 09:00 am - Sep 30, 2016 12:00 am

Here is your chance to learn all the skills you need to give waterfowl hunting a shot. This hands on program will give participants knowledge and skills in wingshooting, waterfowl hunting techniques, distance estimation, waterfowl identification, bird retrieval, ammunition selection and much more. No experience necessary. Participants must be Hunter Education certified and be 11-15 years of age. For more information about this free clinic, contact the Southeast Regional MDC office at 573-290-5730.

Reserve by Sep 18, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 01, 2016 08:00 am - Sep 30, 2016 05:00 pm

Visit the lobby in September to view “Fish: Fantasy & Fun,” which features an artistic flair with Missouri fish species by local digital artist Louise Bodenheimer.

Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Sep 02, 2016 03:00 pm - Sep 30, 2016 03:30 pm

Walk-in (all ages) Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday. The snakes will be fed every other Friday (Sep 2, 16 & 30) For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Location: Dawn Missouri
Date: Sep 02, 2016 05:30 pm - Sep 04, 2016 12:00 pm

New and beginner hunters can experience a Missouri dove hunt as well as a hunter safety discussion. The hunt is free and no equipment is necessary to participate. The safety meeting will be on Friday evening at 5:30. The hunt times will be Saturday morning, or evening, or Sunday morning.

Registration is required.
With questions and to register call Andrew White of Quail Forever at 660-619-1719 or e-mail
awhite@quailforever.org.

Reserve by Sep 01, 2016
Location: Northeast Regional Office - 3500 S. Baltimore, Kirksville, MO 63501
Date: Sep 03, 2016 09:00 am - Sep 03, 2016 12:00 pm

The cable restraint training course addresses how to use cable restraints in a responsible manner to catch live foxes, coyotes and nuisance animals.

Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Sep 03, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 03, 2016 12:00 pm

This first class includes instruction as well as hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish. This lesson must be taken before registering for any of the other lessons. Register online at DiscoverFishingSTL.com.

Location: Forest Park Hatchery
Date: Sep 03, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 03, 2016 12:00 pm

This first class includes instruction as well as hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish. This lesson must be taken before registering for any of the other lessons. Register online at DiscoverFishingSTL.com.

Reserve by Aug 31, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Sep 03, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 03, 2016 02:30 pm

Walk-in (all ages) The only mammals that can fly, bats use this unique adaptation to survive. Bats here in Missouri eat insects and their ability to fly and use echolocation to “see” their prey with their ears, allows them to catch flying insects in midair. Come learn more about these
amazing creatures as we discover where they live, why they are nocturnal and how echolocation really works.

Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Sep 03, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 03, 2016 11:00 am

Registration required beginning Aug 2 (3-5 with an adult) We will be marching alongside our ant friends, two by two, while we learn all about their terrestrial life. Hurrah! Hurrah! For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Sep 01, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Sep 03, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 03, 2016 11:00 am

Walk-in (ages 3–8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other
magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Sep 03, 2016 11:00 am - Sep 03, 2016 12:00 pm

Walk-in (ages 3–8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other
magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 03, 2016 01:00 pm - Sep 03, 2016 03:00 pm

Join us in celebrating vultures! Often overlooked or misunderstood, the vulture is an important player in human health! Enjoy our vulture day crafts as you learn more about these helpful birds. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Sep 03, 2016 01:00 pm - Sep 03, 2016 02:00 pm

Walk-in (ages 3–8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other
magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 06, 2016 07:00 am - Sep 06, 2016 08:00 am

Flowing with Nature: Yoga Walk
September 6 Tuesday 7– 8 AM
Registration begins August 16 (ages 16+)
Morning is the perfect time to enjoy a walk in nature while stopping occasionally to move through gentle yoga poses. Breathe in the scents of the woodland as we stretch our bodies and our senses. No yoga experience necessary.

Reserve by Sep 04, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Sep 06, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 06, 2016 11:00 am

Registration required beginning Aug 2 (0-36 months with an adult) Let’s take your little one to a creek! We will take a short hike to Burr Oak Creek to splash and experience this watery world. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Sep 01, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Sep 06, 2016 04:00 pm - Sep 06, 2016 08:00 pm

Registration required (Scouts) Scout leaders, are you lacking expertise or equipment to complete conservation badges? Bring your troop to the Discovery Center and education staff will provide a program to help Scouts with rank achievement. All Missouri Scout groups of 10-24 participants are welcome to schedule a free program. Please contact Steve Jacobsen at 816-759-7305 ext. 1146 or steve.jacobsen@mdc.mo.gov to learn more about how we can help and to schedule a program.

Reserve by Sep 04, 2016
Location: Cabool, MO (Montgomery Lake)
Date: Sep 06, 2016 06:00 pm - Sep 06, 2016 08:00 pm

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host a Discover Nature-Fishing - Clinic for ages 7 to 15 (families welcome) at the Montgomery Lake in Cabool. All equipment and bait will be provided. An hour of hands-on fishing will accompany the one hour educational instruction.

Lesson One: Equipment, Casting, and Proper Fish Handling
Lesson Two: How to Rig a Pole and Bait a Hook


For more information or to register, contact the MDC’s Ozark Regional Office at 417-256-7161

Reserve by Sep 05, 2016
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 07, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 07, 2016 11:00 am

(Ages 2-6)Come see the topic we are exploring this month. Families, meet in the nature center lobby for a “nature” adventure. Make sure to dress for the weather because we won’t be in the building long. Everyone will hike with the naturalist to a special place in the forest and enjoy a nature story under the tree canopy. Siblings are welcome. (In case of inclement weather the program will be indoors and may be shortened.) (Reservations begin Aug 23 by calling 314-301-1500.)

Reserve by Sep 06, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Sep 07, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 07, 2016 11:00 am

Registration required beginning Aug 2 (3-5 with an adult) We will be marching alongside our ant friends, two by two, while we learn all about their terrestrial life. Hurrah! Hurrah! For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Sep 05, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Sep 07, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 07, 2016 11:30 am

Registration required (ages 6-8; 9-11 and 12-18) Slow down; look closely, closer…there! Open your brain to new discoveries by observing nature in new ways and taking more time to discover its secrets. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Sep 05, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Sep 07, 2016 01:00 pm - Sep 07, 2016 02:00 pm

Registration required beginning Aug 2 (3-5 with an adult) We will be marching alongside our ant friends, two by two, while we learn all about their terrestrial life. Hurrah! Hurrah! For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Sep 05, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Sep 07, 2016 01:00 pm - Sep 07, 2016 02:30 pm

Registration required (ages 6-8 or 9-11) Slow down; look closely, closer…there! Open your brain to new discoveries by observing nature in new ways and taking more time to discover its secrets. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Sep 05, 2016
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 08, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 08, 2016 12:00 pm

(Ages 7–12) Join the fun as we celebrate the Monarch butterfly with games, crafts, and ways to attract them. Learn about the magnificent migration and the magical lifestyle of this dainty insect. (Reservations begin Aug 24 by calling 314-301-1500.)

Reserve by Sep 07, 2016

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