Events

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: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 09, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 09, 2016 11:30 am

(Adults) Our book club meets every other month to discuss an important work of fiction or nonfiction related to the natural world. Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, by Ben Montgomery, is an inspiring story of the woman who saved the Appalachian Trail, at 67 years old! Start reading, and we will see you soon! (Reservations begin Aug 26 by calling 314-301-1500.)

Reserve by Sep 08, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Sep 09, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 09, 2016 11:00 am

Ages 3-6 years. Registration required. Learn about the many shapes and sizes of seeds, what they need to grow, how they get from here to there, and what they are used for. 573-526-5544

Reserve by Sep 08, 2016
Location: Lake City Shooting Range - 28505 E. Truman Rd., Buckner, MO 64016
Date: Sep 09, 2016 06:00 pm - Sep 09, 2016 09:00 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: Lake City Range
Date: Sep 09, 2016 06:00 pm - Sep 09, 2016 09:00 pm

Registration required. (All ages) If you are a trapper looking for another tool to help you on the trapping line, then you might want to explore cable restraint. The course of instruction includes general history of cable restraint, rules and regulations, length of season, and more. This class is a requirement to trap with the cable restraint technique and certification will appear on your Resident Trapping Permit. This class will fill quickly. To register or for more information, call 816-249-3194.

Reserve by Sep 01, 2016
Location: Lake City Range
Date: Sep 10, 2016 08:00 am - Sep 10, 2016 04:30 pm

Registration required. (Women 18+) This program is a safe and fun way for like-minded women to enjoy a day of shooting in a friendly, safe environment. This all-day event will cover everything from rifles and pistols to shotguns and archery. It is a great way to introduce you and others to the shooting sports. The one-on-one coaching offered by Lake City staff will give you the support needed to obtain the skills of a basic shooter and give you a better understanding of what the shooting sports can offer. This class fills up quickly, so call as soon as registration opens! To register or for more information, call 816-249-3194.

Reserve by Sep 02, 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: LaBarque Creek
Date: Sep 10, 2016 09:00 am - Sep 10, 2016 01:00 pm

(Adults only)
Join us for a 3 mile hike on one of our newest Conservation Areas, LaBarque Creek. We will see LaBarque Creek, for which the area is named, and then hike to the highest point in the area before returning to the parking lot. We will visit several small sandstone glades and sandstone outcrops that have been exposed by intermittent streams. For reservations please call 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Reserve by Sep 08, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Sep 10, 2016 09:00 am - Sep 10, 2016 12:00 pm

Come join our experts and learn the art of ATLATL. The atlatl predates the bow and arrow and in 2010 became a legal method of harvesting a deer in MO. It is used to throw a 4- to 6-foot-long, spear-like projectile known as a dart. The atlatl is a wooden shaft approximately a foot-and-a-half long with a socket or knock at the rear to engage the dart. The dart is placed along the shaft with its back end resting in the socket or knock. The hunter grips the atlatl near its front end and performs a forward throw using the upper arm and wrist. The flipping motion of the atlatl creates angular momentum that propels the dart with greater speed and power than can be achieved with the arm alone. (Ages 11 and up). Ages 11-15 must be accompanied by an adult. We will meet in the Busch CA classroom. (Reservations begin August 10 by calling 636-441-4554).

Reserve by Sep 07, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Sep 10, 2016 09:00 am - Sep 10, 2016 11:30 am

Registration required (families) Fall is a great time to take your family fishing. We will teach some fishing basics; provide equipment and worms and then your family will try their luck fishing. Kids who attend will be entered in a drawing at the end of the summer for a new fishing pole and tackle box. Lessons 1 and 2 of the Discover Nature Fishing program are included in this class. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Sep 08, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 10, 2016 09:30 am - Sep 10, 2016 10:30 am

Mudpuppies- Spider Spree
Saturday, September 10 – 9:30 AM
Spider man, spider man (or ladies) doing whatever a spider can... Join us as we learn all about spiders and their amazing skills! Ages 3-6. Registration begins September 1.

Reserve by Sep 09, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Sep 10, 2016 09:30 am - Sep 10, 2016 10:30 am

Registration required (all ages) Monarch butterflies are now migrating to their winter home in central Mexico, and we are ready to tag them! Become a scientist for a day by capturing, tagging and releasing Monarchs and other unique butterflies. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Sep 08, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Sep 10, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 10, 2016 02:00 pm

All ages. No registration required. "Deep in a forest, a great Oak tree stands..." Explore Runge's century white oak trees from acorn to decaying log through lobby and trail activities. 573-526-5544

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 10, 2016 11:00 am - Sep 10, 2016 12:00 pm

Mudpuppies: Spider Spree Saturday, September 10 – 11 AM
Spider man, spider man (or ladies) doing whatever a spider can... Join us as we learn all about spiders and their amazing skills! Ages 3-6. Registration begins September 1.

Reserve by Sep 09, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Sep 10, 2016 11:00 am - Sep 10, 2016 12:00 pm

Registration required (all ages) Monarch butterflies are now migrating to their winter home in central Mexico, and we are ready to tag them! Become a scientist for a day by capturing, tagging and releasing Monarchs and other unique butterflies. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Sep 08, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Sep 10, 2016 06:00 pm - Sep 10, 2016 09:00 pm

Ages 11 and older, children accompanied by an adult. Registration required. We are going out on the town tonight to find birds that are active at dusk in Jefferson City. Transportation will be provided as we explore the city for Chimney swifts, Common nighthawks, owls, and other feathered friends. Dress for the weather and bring your binoculars or borrow a pair of ours. Meet at the nature center. 573-526-5544

Reserve by Sep 09, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Sep 11, 2016 01:00 pm - Sep 11, 2016 03:00 pm

It's never too early to get your kiddos hooked on fishing! Join our expert fisherman to learn all the fishing basics and make lasting memories as your child catches their first fish! All gear will be provided. To register please call 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Reserve by Sep 07, 2016
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: Weldon Springs Interpretive Site
Date: Sep 12, 2016 09:00 am - Sep 12, 2016 12:00 pm

(Ages 8-Adult)
Monarchs are migrating through our area! Drop in between 9am-12pm and become a citizen scientist. Learn about flight patterns, Monarch behavior, proper netting techniques, and hopefully, tag a few in an effort to track their Southern flight. No reservations required. For more info call 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

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: Brickyard Hill Conservation Area, Charity Lake
Date: Sep 12, 2016 06:00 pm - Sep 12, 2016 07:30 pm

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing pole, parts of a fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish.

Lesson 2: How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure a variety of baits to various types of hooks.

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 (816)271-3100. For more information on Discover Nature-Fishing please visit http://mdc.mo.gov/node/27175

Reserve by Sep 11, 2016
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area
Date: Sep 13, 2016 09:00 am - Sep 13, 2016 01:00 pm

(Senior adults) Visit a treasure in your own back yard for a picnic. Look for Monarch butterflies visiting milkweed and other native plants as they continue their southward migration. We will discuss the role of pollinators in creating and maintaining a prairie, and visit the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Our fall adventure will include some light walking with easy access to all the areas we visit. Bring a sack lunch to eat in one of our pavilions. Water and dessert will be provided. Reservations begin August 24. Call 314-877-6014 Wed.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Reserve by Sep 12, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Sep 13, 2016 01:30 pm - Sep 13, 2016 02:30 pm

Registration required.
Fall migration begins this month and we will explore this vibrant wonder of nature. We’ll color and gain insight about monarch butterflies, songbirds, and waterfowl leaving Missouri for warmer regions. Enjoy relaxing and learning with us. Coloring sheets and pencils are provided.573-526-5544

Reserve by Sep 12, 2016
Location: Bass Pro Lake Columbia MO
Date: Sep 13, 2016 06:00 pm - Sep 13, 2016 08:00 pm

Lesson 3 of 4 - covers 5 common fish of Missouri. Their anatomy, habitat and life cycle. Target group youth ages 7 to 15, participants must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Class time includes hands on fishing. All equipment provided. There are 4 lessons to this class each on Tuesday evening in Aug and Sept. Contact Don Rahm at 573-815-7900, or Don.Rahm@mdc.mo.gov for more information. NOTE Only one registration required for all 4 classes. Participants are requested to attend Lesson 1 first and complete all 4 Lessons to be eligible for a $25.00 grift card for use at Bass Pro Shops.

Reserve by Aug 22, 2016
Location: Brickyard Hill Conservation Area, Charity Lake
Date: Sep 13, 2016 06:00 pm - Sep 13, 2016 07:30 pm

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.

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 (816)271-3100. For more information on Discover Nature-Fishing please visit http://mdc.mo.gov/node/27175

Reserve by Sep 11, 2016

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