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: Sep 21, 2016 08:00 am - Oct 14, 2016 04:00 pm

Nature is a wonderful source of artistic inspiration! Drop in Wednesday-Sunday, 8am-4pm to view volunteer naturalist, Angie Jungbluth's beautiful water color pieces. Angie finds that art deepens her sense of connection with the natural world and helps observers notice more detail. For more information call Columbia Bottom CA at 314-877-6014.

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 29, 2016 06:30 pm - Oct 01, 2016 04:00 pm

Making a Longbow (must attend all 3 sessions)
September 29 • Thursday • 6:30-9:30 PM,
September 30 • Friday • 8 AM-5 PM and
October 1 • Saturday • 8 AM-4 PM
Registration begins September 1 (ages 15+)
Explore the history of archery in North America from raw material harvest to bow design and performance. Then, using only hand tools and patience, craft your own hickory longbow work of art. Cost for materials is $100.

Reserve by Sep 28, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Sep 30, 2016 12:30 pm - Sep 30, 2016 08:00 pm

Registration required (adults)Join the Missouri Chapter of Walnut Council at Burr Oak Woods to learn about proper management of your privately owned forest. Topics will include invasive species control, pollinators, edge feathering, timber stand improvement, and much more. Go to the website: https://www.walnutcouncil.org/events/ to view the full agenda and RSVP instructions.

Reserve by Sep 24, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 08:00 am - Oct 29, 2016 05:00 pm

Visit the auditorium to view entries from the “Mingo Swamp Flora and Fauna” photography contest sponsored by the Mingo Swamp Friends Association. This annual contest showcases the best of the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge and the local photographers who cherish it.

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 08:00 am - Oct 29, 2016 05:00 pm

Visit the nature center gallery in November to view “Drawings and Conversation from a Missouri Artist's Nature Journal.” This exhibit of graphite sketches with journal entries by Margaret Randol Dement is a must see display this fall!

Location: Reifsnider State Forest
Date: Oct 01, 2016 08:30 am - Oct 01, 2016 09:30 am

(10 and up)
Reifsnider State Forest is worth the drive! Come find out why on a naturalist-led hike as we explore the forest and the unique Charrette Creek. To register or for more information please call 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Reserve by Sep 27, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 09:00 am - Oct 01, 2016 12:00 pm

This program will teach what to do with the deer after the shot. We will cover all the aspects of field dressing, safe knife handling, and tools you need to properly prepare your venison for the freezer. We will also cover proper packaging techniques and may go over some cooking methods. Program will take place in the Busch CA. Dress for the weather. Children 11- 16 must be accompanied by an adult. (Reservations begin Sept. 1 by calling 636-441-4554.)

Reserve by Sep 29, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 01, 2016 02:30 pm

Walk-in (all ages) Quack! Quack! Honk! Honk! Join us for a day
of learning about the upcoming waterfowl migrations and hunting seasons. Bring your duck and goose calls to practice and get advice from experienced hunters. Learn how to set a spread
of decoys to
get those birds
in close. Watch
trained dogs from
the Kansas City
Hunting Retriever
Club demonstrate
their skills and
learn how to train
your dog to be a more effective retriever.
You can also learn some of the waterfowl
hunting opportunities available in Missouri
and how to manage a wetland to attract and
benefit waterfowl.

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 01, 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: Oct 01, 2016 11:00 am - Oct 01, 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: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 11:30 am - Oct 01, 2016 04:30 pm

Jakes stands for Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship. Designed for the 6 to 12 year old, this skill-building day is filled with a variety of outdoor activities. Join the NWTF members and Twin Pines staff for sessions on archery, air rifle, hunting safety, outdoor skills and fishing. Lunch will be served. Participants will have a chance in our drawings and don't forget to pick up your goodie bag before you leave. Pre-registration is strongly advised. For further information or to make a reservation, call 573-325-1381

Reserve by Sep 29, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 12:00 pm - Oct 02, 2016 04:00 pm

Women’s Overnight
October 1 • Saturday • NOON – October 2 • Sunday • 4 PM
Registration begins September 15 (ages 12+)
Fall is a wonderful time to go camping; the days are warm and clear while the evenings are cool and crisp. We want to share the joys of fall camping with you! We’ll learn how to build a fire, cook outdoors, paddle a canoe, and cast a line. We’ll camp out weather permitting (there is other shelter if necessary). Girls 12-17 welcome with a female adult.

Reserve by Sep 30, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 12:00 pm - Oct 01, 2016 04:00 pm

Join the Discovery Center staff at the Harvest Moon Festival located on Troost Avenue between 31st and Linwood. This
family friendly street fair will feature live entertainment, arts, crafts and storytelling. The Discovery Center staff will be at the festival from noon until 4 p.m. so stop by,
and try out the fun activity we will have.

Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 12:00 pm - Oct 01, 2016 07:30 pm

Matinee · Noon-3:30 PM (final matinee tour departs at 3:30 PM)
Meet & Greet · 4:30-5 PM
Evening · 6-7:30PM (final evening tour departs at 7:30 PM)
No registration required (all ages) Strange things are happening in the forest. We’ve heard unusual sounds coming from the Missouri Tree Trail and something that looks like a space ship just landed! Let’s check it out. You never know what or who we might find! Join us in celebrating the forest with many of your favorite Star Wars characters along the trail such as Hans Solo, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader as we discover all the important jobs that trees do on this planet! For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 01:00 pm - Oct 01, 2016 02:30 pm

We are teaming again with the Moxie Cinema for a special free showing of The Messenger—"a visually thrilling ode to the beauty and importance of the imperiled songbird, and what it will mean to all of us on both a global and human level if we lose them. In ancient times humans looked to the flight and songs of birds to protect the future. Today once again, birds have something to tell us." This award-winning 90-minute documentary film will show one time only at the Moxie, so don't miss it. (This film is not rated. View the trailer at <songbirdsos.com>.) Ages 18-adult. Registration begins September 15 by calling the nature center at 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 30, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 01:00 pm - Oct 01, 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: Oct 01, 2016 01:00 pm - Oct 01, 2016 03:30 pm

Dutch Oven and Campfire Cooking
October 1 • Saturday • 1-3:30 pm
Registration begins September 15 (ages 12+)
Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy cooking around the campfire. What better to include on the menu but some of our local wild edibles!! Learn some techniques and recipes to make family meals both fun and tasty. We will be using cast iron for some recipes but will be using some other methods also. This will be a hands-on course, so be prepared to lend a hand in the kitchen and get a little smoky at the fire pit. It will be worth it when we taste our finished dishes.

Reserve by Sep 30, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 01, 2016 03:00 pm - Oct 29, 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 (Oct 14 & 28). For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area (5 min south of Wildcat Glades)
Date: Oct 01, 2016 03:00 pm - Oct 01, 2016 05:00 pm

Learn how to cook outside over the campfire for your next
adventure. Parents, grandparents, and mentors discover fun
and tasty ways to cook a meal and involve the whole family. We will be stirring up and tasting several delicious dishes while enjoying time in the out-of-doors. Registration required
(families, ages 5 and up)Call 417-629-3423.

Reserve by Sep 30, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 02, 2016 01:00 pm - Oct 02, 2016 05:00 pm

Primitive Skills Day returns! See demonstrations in flint knapping, bow and arrow construction, making cordage out of plant fibers, beadwork, and fire making from some of the Ozarks best primitive skills specialists. Try your hand at some of these age-old skills and enjoy Dutch oven cooking demonstrations and samples. All ages. Drop by anytime. No registration required.

Reserve by Oct 01, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Oct 03, 2016 08:00 am - Oct 03, 2016 09:00 am

(10 and up)
Escaping to the great outdoors does wonders for your health physically and mentally so switch up your routine and take your cardio outside! Join us for an easy going run as we explore a different area of Busch each week!Reservations begin Sept 20 and can be made at 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Reserve by Sep 29, 2016
Location: Northeast Regional Office - Kirksville
Date: Oct 03, 2016 10:30 am - Oct 03, 2016 11:30 am

Join us in enjoying a beautiful Autumn Day out on the trail

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Date: Oct 03, 2016 06:00 pm - Oct 03, 2016 08:00 pm

(Ages 11 and up)
Learn the steps necessary to process deer meat yourself. We will demonstrate how to skin and butcher a deer in simple easy steps with minimum equipment. You'll learn tips on how to make sure your venison is the best quality possible. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. To register, call (636) 938-9548 ext. 0 or email henges.range@mdc.mo.gov (Reservations begin September 19)

Reserve by Oct 02, 2016

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