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: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area
Date: Jul 01, 2016 08:00 am - Jul 31, 2016 04:00 pm

(All ages)Spend some of your summer discovering Columbia Bottom’s diverse ecosystems. The bottomland prairies, wetlands, and forests are waking up and are primed for discovering. Wednesday through Sunday come into the visitor center and check out a discovery backpack for a few hours to add in your efforts. We offer forest, birding, prairie, and wetland/slough backpacks. You will need some form of identification to check out a backpack. Visitor Center hours are Wednesday – Friday 8a.m. – 5p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8a.m. – 4p.m. Call for more information.

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area
Date: Jul 01, 2016 08:00 am - Jul 31, 2016 08:30 am

Save the Dates! Managed Youth Dove Clinic & Hunt
Aug 27 • Saturday • 4 p.m.–7 p.m. (Clinic)
Sept 1 • Thursday • 1 p.m.–sunset (Hunt)
(Ages 11-15)
Join us for our managed youth dove clinic and hunt. Bring your sponsor, shotgun, safety glasses, and hearing protection to Jay Henges Shooting Range on August 27 for the clinic. Don’t have a firearm? Some are available for loan. You will learn about dove biology, hunter safety, and hunting regulations before practicing in effective wing shooting with clay birds. Once you’ve attended this mandatory clinic, become Hunter Education certified by September 1st and you can join our youth dove hunt at Columbia Bottom. Up to forty youth will be selected depending on field conditions. Preference is given to first time applicants. Call 314-877-6014 Wed.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. for an application.

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Jul 01, 2016 08:00 am - Jul 30, 2016 05:00 pm

Visit the nature center’s lobby this month to view, “Into the Woods,” a collection of oil and watercolor paintings by Vel Marshall. The paintings feature birds, wildflowers, and trees found in southeast Missouri.

Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Jul 02, 2016 03:00 pm - Jul 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 Jul 8 & 22. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Date: Jul 25, 2016 09:00 am - Jul 29, 2016 03:00 pm

Youth Hunter Education Day Camp
July 25-29 • Mon-Fri • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., each day
(Ages 11 – 15)
Our Annual Youth Hunter Education Day Camp incorporates the Missouri Hunter Education Certification Course as well as shooting activities and other hunting and outdoor related skills. Participants should bring a lunch for each day except Friday. We will have a pizza party on Friday after taking the exam. Each participant will receive their hunter education certification upon passing the exam. A birth certificate is required for age verification. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. To register call (636) 938-9548 ext. 0 or email henges.range@mdc.mo.gov (Reservations begin June 15.)

Reserve by Jul 24, 2016
Location: Bray Conservation Area, Rolla, MO
Date: Jul 25, 2016 05:00 pm - Jul 25, 2016 07:00 pm

Come join us for an evening of angler education and fishing at the Bray Conservation area outside of Rolla, MO. An hour of hands-on fishing will accompany the education material discussed below.

Lesson 1 – Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling Techniques.

Lesson 2 – How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook.

All equipment and bait will be provided.

To register, please contact the Missouri Department of Conservation at (417)-257-7161.

Reserve by Jul 24, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Jul 25, 2016 06:00 pm - Jul 25, 2016 09:00 pm

This two-part program will include handgun operation, shooting fundamentals, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start with a classroom session, followed by a live-fire session. Although equipment and ammunition will be provided, you may bring your own. Due to the Busch Range renovation, this program will be held at the Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. (Ages 16 and up, ages 16-18 must be accompanied by an adult). (Reservations begin June 24 by calling 636-441-4554).

Reserve by Jul 21, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Jul 26, 2016 09:00 am - Jul 26, 2016 11:00 am

Registration required July 1 by calling 816-228-3766 (ages 6-8)Get ready to feel the tug on your line! Join us for a fun and unique fishing experience using cane poles. No reels needed! Cane fishing poles are primitive, but their simple design makes fishing easy and exciting for anglers of any age. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Jul 21, 2016
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Jul 26, 2016 09:30 am - Jul 26, 2016 11:00 am

(Ages 6 and up) Armadillos are mammals. Strange mammals! Our nine-banded armadillos have armored bodies but can roll up nearly into a ball. When startled, they can jump 4 feet straight up in the air. They have exactly four identical babies at a time. In many ways they are very different from most other mammals. Come prepared to be amazed by armadillos! (Reservations begin July 12 by calling 314-301-1500.)

Reserve by Jul 25, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Jul 26, 2016 10:00 am - Jul 26, 2016 02:00 pm

Rodents are more than just rats. They're found in forests, prairies, wetlands, and deep below ground. Learn about the cool adaptations rodents have to survive in the different ecosystems of Missouri. Drop by anytime. All ages. No registration required.

Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Jul 26, 2016 10:30 am - Jul 26, 2016 01:00 pm

Registration required July 1 by calling 816-228-3766 (ages 6-8)Splash and learn your way up a creek. Kids will explore the water for signs of wildlife and discover all the ways a creek is important. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Jul 21, 2016
Location: West Plains, MO - MDC Office
Date: Jul 26, 2016 05:00 pm - Jul 26, 2016 07:00 pm

Come join us for an evening of angler education and fishing at the MDC office in West Plains, MO. An hour of hands-on fishing will accompany the education material discussed below.

Lesson 3 - Five Common Missouri Fishes – Anatomy, Habitat and Life Cycles.

Lesson 4 – Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations.

All equipment and bait will be provided.

To register, please contact the Missouri Department of Conservation at (417)-257-7161.

Reserve by Jul 28, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Jul 26, 2016 05:00 pm - Jul 26, 2016 08:30 pm

(Ages 12 to Adult)
Charge your phone and load up on pokey balls in preparation for a group hike on Clark trail. Over this 5 mile stretch you’re bound to find some new Pokemon and maybe even hatch an egg or two! Reservations begin July 13 and can be made by calling 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Reserve by Jul 25, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Jul 26, 2016 06:00 pm - Jul 26, 2016 08:00 pm

In this final lesson you will learn how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather, and water conditions. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. Children age 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult and adults may fish alongside their child. Register online at DiscoverFishingSTL.com.

Reserve by Jul 24, 2016
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Date: Jul 26, 2016 07:30 pm - Jul 26, 2016 09:00 pm

(Families with children ages 4 and up) Come hang out with the fireflies and experience a natural light show! We’ll learn about these fascinating creatures and play a fun game or two. Please bring a flashlight and water bottle, and wear closed-toe shoes. The entire program will take place outside. (For reservations, please call 636-458-2236.)

Reserve by Jul 24, 2016
Location: Bennett Spring State Park
Date: Jul 27, 2016 09:00 am - Jul 27, 2016 03:00 pm

Bennett spring hatchery staff will be cutting weeds in the spring branch. We will start in zone 3 and work our way upstream into zone 1. Please pardon this temporary inconvenience as we work to make these trout waters more accessible to fishermen.

Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Jul 27, 2016 09:00 am - Jul 27, 2016 12:00 pm

Registration required July 1 by calling 816-228-3766 (ages 9-11) Have you ever heard of geocaching? It’s a fun way to combine technology and nature while searching for treasure. Join us as we learn how to operate a GPS then head outside for our very own treasure hunt. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Jul 25, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Jul 27, 2016 09:30 am - Jul 27, 2016 10:15 am

Greater roadrunners are more than just a cartoon, so run in and learn about this really cool bird. Beep, beep! Ages 3-6. Registration begins July 1. Call 417-888-4237. Little Acorns programs are limited to one per month.

Reserve by Jul 26, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Jul 27, 2016 10:00 am - Jul 27, 2016 11:00 am

Registration required (ages 3-6 years) What's all that noise? The sounds of summer are all around us. Bug sounds are as distinct as bird songs. Come and join our bug chorus this month. 573-526-5544

Reserve by Jul 26, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Jul 27, 2016 11:00 am - Jul 27, 2016 11:45 am

Greater roadrunners are more than just a cartoon, so run in and learn about this really cool bird. Beep, beep! Ages 3-6. Registration begins July 1. Call 417-888-4237. Little Acorns programs are limited to one per month.

Reserve by Jul 26, 2016
Location: Northeast Regional Office - Kirksville
Date: Jul 27, 2016 03:30 pm - Jul 27, 2016 04:30 pm

You can learn a lot about an animal by examining its skull. The size, shape, and parts of a skull offer clues to an animals identity and how it lives. Join us to play detective and see what we can learn from different animal skulls!

Location: Bray Conservation Area, Rolla, MO
Date: Jul 27, 2016 05:00 pm - Jul 27, 2016 07:00 pm

Come join us for an evening of angler education and fishing at the Bray Conservation area outside of Rolla, MO. An hour of hands-on fishing will accompany the education material discussed below.

Lesson 3 - Five Common Missouri Fishes – Anatomy, Habitat and Life Cycles.

Lesson 4 – Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations.

All equipment and bait will be provided.

To register, please contact the Missouri Department of Conservation at (417)-257-7161.

Reserve by Jul 26, 2016
Location: Ozark Regional Library- Fredericktown, Mo
Date: Jul 27, 2016 05:00 pm - Jul 27, 2016 07:00 pm

The opening lesson for the Discover Nature-Fishing class covers the parts of a rod and reel, casting, basic tackle, and how to catch and release a fish. Each lesson is immediately followed by a one hour fishing session to practices skills. Parent or guardian must be in attendance with child(ren).**Completion of Lesson 1 before completion of any other lessons, in any order is a prerequisite of this course**

Reserve by Jul 25, 2016

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