Events

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Aug 27, 2016 08:30 am - Aug 27, 2016 02:00 pm

Join us to learn the most effective methods for dove hunting. We will discuss the biology of the bird and then teach you how to wingshoot using the Effective Wingshooting for the Hunter techniques. We will discuss using decoys and how to use concealment to your benefit. To register please call 417-742-4361 or email daltonrange@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Aug 26, 2016
Location: Rutledge - Wilson Farm Park
Date: Aug 27, 2016 09:00 am - Aug 27, 2016 11:00 am

Lesson 4: Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families 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. Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 – 15 and families with children. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. For reservation, please call (417) 895-6880. For more information on Discover Nature-Fishing please visit http://mdc.mo.gov/node/27175

Reserve by Aug 25, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Aug 27, 2016 11:00 am - Aug 27, 2016 11:45 am

Butterflies grow up in a magical way. Join us and travel through the butterfly's life cycle—from its humble beginnings to its glorious finish! Ages 3-6. Registration begins August 2. Call 417-888-4237. Little Acorns programs are limited to one per month.

Reserve by Aug 26, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Aug 27, 2016 11:00 am - Aug 27, 2016 12:00 pm

Try your hand at woodcarving with members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists as they teach carving techniques and show how to transform wood into works of art. Ages 12-adult. Registration begins August 2. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Aug 26, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Aug 27, 2016 01:00 pm - Aug 27, 2016 04:00 pm

Visit with members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists as they share information with the "wood-be" carver, demonstrate carving techniques, and show works in progress. Stop by anytime. All ages. No registration required.

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Aug 28, 2016 05:00 pm - Aug 28, 2016 06:30 pm

Join hummingbird bander Sarah Driver as she shares her knowledge about Missouri's smallest bird and attempts to capture and band some. All ages. Registration begins August 2. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Aug 27, 2016
Location: Bennett Spring State Park
Date: Aug 31, 2016 09:00 am - Aug 31, 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: Shawnee Trail Conservation Area
Date: Aug 31, 2016 07:00 pm - Aug 31, 2016 09:00 pm

To attend the Youth Dove Hunt on September 5, participants must attend the pre-hunt workshop. This will include instruction on firearm safety, bird identification, shooting technique and dove management at the Shawnee Trail Shop. Youth must be ages 11-15, Hunter Ed. Certified and registered to attend. Space is limited so register early by calling the Joplin Conservation Office at 417-629-3423.

Reserve by Aug 30, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 08, 2016 11:00 am - Sep 08, 2016 11:45 am

Grasshoppers, crickets, and katydids provide some of the familiar sounds of summer. Join Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Ryan and learn how and why they make "music" and make a little insect music yourself. Ages 3-6. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 07, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 08, 2016 01:30 pm - Sep 08, 2016 02:15 pm

Grasshoppers, crickets, and katydids provide some of the familiar sounds of summer. Join Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Ryan and learn how and why they make "music" and make a little insect music yourself. Ages 3-6. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 07, 2016
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Sep 08, 2016 06:00 pm - Sep 08, 2016 07:30 pm

Join us to discover the basics of archery shooting. We will cover things like bow nomenclature, hand set, bow set, pre-draw, stance and much more and then go shooting on the static archery range. You may bring your own bow to the program or use ours. To register please call 417-742-4361 or email daltonrange@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Sep 07, 2016
Location: Leonard Park, 10 minutes north of Wildcat
Date: Sep 08, 2016 06:30 pm - Sep 08, 2016 07:30 pm

What kind of tree is it? Is it native to the area or not?
Is it invasive? How do we use it in our landscape?
These are common questions you should ask when
selecting a tree. The tree identification walk will
answer many questions for each tree visited. Come
for a leisurely walk in a local park and find a tree
that is best for your yard next spring. Registration is preferred (all ages)

Reserve by Sep 07, 2016
Location: Neosho National Fish Hatchery - 520 E. Park St., Neosho, MO 64850
Date: Sep 10, 2016 09:00 am - Sep 10, 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: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 11, 2016 05:00 pm - Sep 11, 2016 06:30 pm

Here's a last chance send-off for ruby-throated hummingbirds as they head for Mexico. Hummingbird bander Sarah Driver will share her knowledge about these tiny birds and attempt to capture and band some. All ages. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 10, 2016
Location: Fort Crowder Shooting Range, 20 minutes south of Wildcat
Date: Sep 12, 2016 05:30 pm - Sep 12, 2016 08:30 pm

This is a basic shotgun course designed to get new
shooters on target! We will discuss gun fit, basic
shooting techniques, and breaking simple target
presentations. Shotguns and ammunition will be
provided; however, you may bring an unloaded
shotgun and the ammunition you are comfortable
shooting. Registration required (ages 11 and up;
ages 11–17 must be accompanied by an adult)

Reserve by Sep 07, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 14, 2016 11:00 am - Sep 14, 2016 11:30 am

Join Volunteer Naturalist Joyce Tolliver as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your 2-6 year olds. Please, no organized groups. No registration required.

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 15, 2016 07:00 pm - Sep 15, 2016 09:00 pm

Join avid outdoorsmen Volunteer Specialist Don Brink and special guest Richard Donaldson for an introduction to backpacking. Learn about the types of equipment, things beginners should know, and places to go in the Ozarks. After attending this program, you'll be ready to venture out on your own. Ages 10-adult. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 14, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 16, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 16, 2016 11:00 am

Bring your children ages 0-2 for a guided nature walk with Volunteer Naturalist Dana Tideman. Bring a stroller and join the fun! Ages 0-2. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 15, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 17, 2016 04:00 pm

Lots of different crawfish inhabit the Ozarks creeks and waterways. Join us for the last river trip of the season. We will try to catch and identify crayfish. Ages 12-17. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 16, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 17, 2016 11:00 am

Bring your children ages 0-2 for a guided nature walk with Volunteer Naturalist Dana Tideman. Bring a stroller and join the fun! Ages 0-2. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 16, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 01:00 pm - Sep 17, 2016 04:00 pm

Every fall millions of monarch butterflies wing over the Ozarks to their winter home in Mexico. Join Volunteer Naturalists Bob and Ruby Ball and Dana Tideman for an indoor/outdoor adventure to explore the fascinating behavior and life cycle of these beautiful travelers. Ages 5-adult. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 16, 2016
Location: Fort Crowder Shooting Range, 20 minutes south of Wildcat
Date: Sep 17, 2016 03:00 pm - Sep 17, 2016 06:00 pm

Join us for this Alternative Hunting Methods Sampler and learn about these “other” methods such as big boar handguns, crossbows, inline muzzleloaders as well as recurve
bows, longbows, and the atlatl! All equipment and firearms will be provided as well as ammunition! Registration required (all ages but handgun shooting is only open to
those 18 years and up)

Reserve by Sep 16, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 06:00 pm - Sep 17, 2016 07:00 pm

Conservatory of the Ozarks music students—from toddlers to senior citizens—will provide a concert featuring "Songs About Animals." A variety of musical genres and instruments (including voice) will be included in this program for all ages. You're invited to wear your favorite animal costume to this fun event. All ages. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 16, 2016
Location: Monett South Park
Date: Sep 20, 2016 06:30 pm - Sep 20, 2016 07:30 pm

What kind of tree is it? Is it native to the area or not? Is it invasive? How do we use it in our landscape? These are common questions you should ask when selecting a tree. The tree identification walk will answer many questions for each tree visited. Come for a leisurely walk in a local park and find a tree that is best for your yard next spring. Registration is preferred, 417-629-3423. (all ages)

Reserve by Sep 19, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 21, 2016 09:30 am - Sep 21, 2016 10:15 am

Where do opossums live? Do they swing by their tails? What do they have in common with dinosaurs? "Trot" on over to find out the answers to these questions as well as many others. Ages 3-6. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Sep 20, 2016

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