Events

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Jul 28, 2016 11:00 am - Jul 28, 2016 11:45 am

Kids, slither in and get up close and personal with nature's most misunderstood reptile. Ages 3-6. Registration begins July 1. Call 417-888-4237. Little Acorns programs are limited to one per month.

Reserve by Jul 27, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Jul 28, 2016 01:30 pm - Jul 28, 2016 02:15 pm

Kids, slither in and get up close and personal with nature's most misunderstood reptile. Ages 3-6. Registration begins July 1. Call 417-888-4237. Little Acorns programs are limited to one per month.

Reserve by Jul 27, 2016
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Date: Jul 28, 2016 06:00 pm - Jul 28, 2016 09:00 pm

(Experienced shotgun shooters, ages 16 & up)
Do you enjoy shooting a shotgun, but don’t know the specifics of trapshooting? Join us as we learn the basics of trapshooting by covering appropriate guns, ammunition, rules of the game, etiquette on the field, and shoot a round for score. Shotguns, ammunition and safety equipment will be provided, or you may bring your own 12 or 20 gauge shotgun. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. To register call (636) 938-9548 ext. 0 or email henges.range@mdc.mo.gov (Reservations begin July 14.)

Reserve by Jul 27, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Jul 28, 2016 07:00 pm - Jul 28, 2016 08:15 pm

Get a "taste" for crustaceans as you meet (and eat!) the lowly crayfish. Learn about this crusty crustacean through activities, games, and exhibits. Bring a pre-washed piece of cotton (or any cloth material) to paint with crayfish stamps. Ages 7-12. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids. Registration begins July 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Jul 27, 2016
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Jul 29, 2016 09:30 am - Jul 29, 2016 11:30 am

(All ages. Groups and camps welcome.) Discover the world of camping and survivor skills. Visit the different stations at your own pace. Indoor and outdoor activities available (weather permitting). (Reservations required for groups of 10 or more and begin immediately, by calling 314-301-1500.)

Reserve by Jul 28, 2016
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Jul 29, 2016 01:00 pm - Jul 29, 2016 03:00 pm

(All ages. Groups and camps welcome.) Discover the world of camping and survivor skills. Visit the different stations at your own pace. Indoor and outdoor activities available (weather permitting). (Reservations required for groups of 10 or more and begin immediately, by calling 314-301-1500.)

Reserve by Jul 28, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Jul 29, 2016 01:00 pm - Jul 29, 2016 02:30 pm

Art instructor and nature enthusiast Hing Wah Hatch will increase your powers of observation as she demonstrates, step-by-step, how to capture the essence of local plants and animals through Chinese-style painting. Participants will go home with more nature knowledge and their own artistic masterpiece. Ages 8-adult. Registration begins July 1. Call 417-888-4237. Observers are welcome to stop by anytime.

Reserve by Jul 28, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Jul 29, 2016 02:45 pm - Jul 29, 2016 04:15 pm

Art instructor and nature enthusiast Hing Wah Hatch will increase your powers of observation as she demonstrates, step-by-step, how to capture the essence of local plants and animals through Chinese-style painting. Participants will go home with more nature knowledge and their own artistic masterpiece. Ages 8-adult. Registration begins July 1. Call 417-888-4237. Observers are welcome to stop by anytime.

Reserve by Jul 28, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center Pond, Blue Springs
Date: Jul 29, 2016 06:00 pm - Jul 29, 2016 08:00 pm

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. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 or 4. For reservations, please call (816) 622-0900. For more information on Discover Nature – Fishing, please visit http://mdc.mo.gov/node/27175

Reserve by Jul 25, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Jul 29, 2016 06:00 pm - Jul 29, 2016 09:00 pm

No registration required (all ages) Start your buzzy weekend off by celebrating insect pollinators at Runge. We'll sing the praises of pollinators as we discover how important they are to our lives. Have fun waggling like a bee, being lured to flowers, and meeting some peculiar characters as we share our passion about pollinators with you. It is fun for everyone. 573-526-5544

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Jul 29, 2016 06:00 pm - Jul 29, 2016 09:00 pm

Walk-in (all ages) Summer Camp isn't just for the kids, tonight it's for the whole family! Spend the evening participating in all the fun activities a day at summer camp would offer. Kids of all ages and adults will enjoy archery, fire starting, nature art, atlatl, camp games and many more activities. Come enjoy a warm evening outdoors to wrap up and celebrate a fun summer!

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery
Date: Jul 29, 2016 07:00 pm - Jul 29, 2016 09:00 pm

Registration Required. Ages 12 and above. Join Wildlife Biologist James Dixon to find out where feral hogs came from and how much damage they can do in SW Missouri. He will let you know the latest methods that are being used to eliminate this invasive species. Indoor presentation.

Reserve by Jul 27, 2016
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Date: Jul 30, 2016 08:00 am - Jul 30, 2016 09:30 am

(Ages 9 - 15)
Interested young people who have never had experience shooting .22 handguns are invited to participate in a Saturday morning session learning safety and the proper techniques of shooting .22 rimfire handguns. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment are provided. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. To register call (636) 938-9548 ext. 0 or email henges.range@mdc.mo.gov (Reservations begin July 16.)

Reserve by Jul 29, 2016
Location: Rutledge - Wilson Farm Park
Date: Jul 30, 2016 09:00 am - Jul 30, 2016 11:00 am

Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish-Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, participants will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. 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 Jul 28, 2016
Location: Ozark Regional Library- Ironton, Mo
Date: Jul 30, 2016 09:00 am - Jul 30, 2016 11:00 am

Lesson 3 of Discover Nature-Fishing teaches students about five common Missouri fish species, their anatomy, habitats, and life cycles. 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 28, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Jul 30, 2016 09:00 am - Jul 30, 2016 09:45 am

Saturday, July 30 - 9 AM
“Swim little fishy all over the pond!” Of course we know that fish swim, but what else are fish doing in the water? Engage your little one in activities to find out all about fish and what they do during the day. Ages 0-2. Registration begins July 1.

Reserve by Jul 29, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Jul 30, 2016 10:00 am - Jul 30, 2016 10:00 am

In this class, participants will learn basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will also learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, you will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. 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 27, 2016
Location: Bellefontaine Conservation Area
Date: Jul 30, 2016 10:00 am - Jul 30, 2016 12:00 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 27, 2016
Location: Suson Rearing Pond
Date: Jul 30, 2016 10:00 am - Jul 30, 2016 12:00 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 27, 2016
Location: Suson Rearing Pond
Date: Jul 30, 2016 10:00 am - Jul 30, 2016 12:00 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 27, 2016
Location: Forest Park Hatchery
Date: Jul 30, 2016 10:00 am - Jul 30, 2016 12:00 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 27, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Jul 30, 2016 10:00 am - Jul 30, 2016 10:45 am

Saturday, July 30 -10 AM
“Swim little fishy all over the pond!” Of course we know that fish swim, but what else are fish doing in the water? Engage your little one in activities to find out all about fish and what they do during the day. Ages 0-2. Registration begins July 1.

Reserve by Jul 29, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Jul 30, 2016 11:00 am - Jul 30, 2016 12:00 pm

Walk-in (ages 2+) Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Jul 30, 2016 01:00 pm - Jul 30, 2016 02:30 pm

No registration required (all ages)
Nature’s cleanup crew can be intriguing and disgusting at the same time. Come learn some fun facts about Missouri vultures then head out to the prairie for a chance at spotting them in the flesh. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Location: Northeast Regional Office - Kirksville
Date: Aug 01, 2016 10:30 am - Aug 01, 2016 11:30 am

Wild parents know what’s best for their babies. They give them a home and yummy things to eat. They keep them away from danger, and some show their young how to care for themselves. Join us to learn how some of Missouri’s wild critters raise their babies.

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