Events

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
Date: Oct 15, 2016 08:00 am - Oct 16, 2016 05:00 pm

Take a walk on the "wild side" and enjoy the Missouri Ozarks with a two-day, overnight hike on the Ozark Trail. The hike starts in the elk restoration zone at Peck Ranch and ends on the banks of the Current River. Food will be provided. Backpacking equipment is available on request. For further details contact Wyatt Layman at 573-325-1381 ex 224. Reservations are required. Limit 20. This program is designed for ages 12 and up. Attendees under 16 must have a parent or guardian present.

Reserve by Oct 07, 2016
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Date: Oct 15, 2016 08:00 am - Oct 15, 2016 09:30 am

(Ages 11 and up)
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 deer in Missouri. Ages 11-15 must be accompanied by an adult. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. To register, call (636) 938-9548 ext. 0 or email henges.range@mdc.mo.gov (Reservations begin October 1)

Reserve by Oct 14, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Oct 15, 2016 08:30 am - Oct 15, 2016 10:00 am

(10 and up)
The August A. Busch Memorial CA is more than just a great fishin’ hole! Come explore one of our many beautiful trails on a Naturalist-led hike. Registration begins Sept 19 and can be made at 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Reserve by Oct 13, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 15, 2016 09:00 am - Oct 15, 2016 11:00 am

Join Volunteer Naturalist and retired forester Earl Niewald for a tree identification hike. Learn to identify common trees by a variety of methods and enjoy spectacular fall color on this guided hike. Ages 12-adult. Registration begins October 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 14, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 15, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 15, 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 October 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 14, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 15, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 15, 2016 03:00 pm

Registration required (11+; youngsters 11-15 must be accompanied by an adult) Have you thought about hunting, but just don’t know where to start? Deer hunting is a challenging, yet exciting Missouri tradition. Come out to Burr Oak Woods and learn the basics of pursuing white-tailed deer. We will cover everything from scouting locations to hunting methods and processing your own deer and more. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Oct 13, 2016
Location: Northwest Regional Office
Date: Oct 15, 2016 11:00 am - Oct 15, 2016 02:00 pm

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling. Lesson 2: How to Tie a Knot and Bait A Hook. Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish - Their Anatomy, Habitat and Life Cycle. Lesson 4: Fishing with Lures and 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 Oct 13, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 15, 2016 11:00 am - Oct 15, 2016 11:45 am

Spiders aren't so bad! Scurry in to learn what spiders eat, where they live, and why they're good to have around. Ages 3-6. Registration begins October 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 14, 2016
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Date: Oct 15, 2016 01:00 pm - Oct 15, 2016 04:00 pm

(Adults) Did you ever wonder how soap was originally discovered and made? Learn the basics of making soap, the role wildlife played in the historic process, and how it differs today. Try your hand at making different soaps, including insect-repellant bars. (Reservations begin Sept 30. Please call 636-458-2236.)

Reserve by Oct 13, 2016
Location: Litton 4-H / FFA Community Center - Chilicothe, MO
Date: Oct 16, 2016 03:00 pm - Oct 16, 2016 06:00 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: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Oct 17, 2016 08:00 am - Oct 17, 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 Oct 13, 2016
Location: Pony Express Conservation Area, Fishing Dock
Date: Oct 17, 2016 05:30 pm - Oct 17, 2016 07:00 pm

Lesson 1: 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: 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 Oct 16, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 18, 2016 09:00 am - Oct 18, 2016 10:00 am

We encourage you to read for the first time or re-read Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Often called the "Patron Saint" of the environmental movement, Carson alerted the world to how pesticides and chemicals were affecting bird populations. Her beloved book, translated into 30 languages and on the bestseller list for 86 weeks, is credited with protecting human health and the environment. Join us for progressive book discussions held weekly (October 4, 11 and 18) and led by retired Springfield-Greene County Librarian Lorraine Sandstrom for morning sessions or by Reference Associate and Volunteer Naturalist Kimberly Duquette for afternoons. Books will be available for loan. Ages 15-adult. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 17, 2016
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Date: Oct 18, 2016 09:30 am - Oct 18, 2016 11:00 am

(Ages 3–6) Why are squirrels gray, what do they eat, and how do they climb trees? Stories, games, a craft, and an outdoor acorn hunt will help your child learn about these familiar Missouri mammals. (Reservations begin Oct 4. Please call 636-458-2236.)

Reserve by Oct 16, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 18, 2016 02:00 pm - Oct 18, 2016 03:00 pm

We encourage you to read for the first time or re-read Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Often called the "Patron Saint" of the environmental movement, Carson alerted the world to how pesticides and chemicals were affecting bird populations. Her beloved book, translated into 30 languages and on the bestseller list for 86 weeks, is credited with protecting human health and the environment. Join us for progressive book discussions held weekly (October 4, 11 and 18) and led by retired Springfield-Greene County Librarian Lorraine Sandstrom for morning sessions or by Reference Associate and Volunteer Naturalist Kimberly Duquette for afternoons. Books will be available for loan. Ages 15-adult. Registration begins September 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 17, 2016
Location: Pony Express Conservation Area, Fishing Dock
Date: Oct 18, 2016 05:30 pm - Oct 18, 2016 07:00 pm

Lesson 3: 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: 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 Oct 16, 2016
Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area (5 min south of Wildcat Glades)
Date: Oct 18, 2016 05:30 pm - Oct 18, 2016 06:30 pm

Learn the fundamental skills and safety of archery shooting. Discover the fun of this family activity and learn together outdoors. We will teach the basics including bow nomenclature, hand set, bow set, pre-draw, and proper stance to help you shoot more consistently and accurately. All equipment will be provided. (families, ages 7 and up) For more information or to register call 417-629-3423.

Reserve by Oct 17, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Oct 18, 2016 06:00 pm - Oct 18, 2016 07:30 pm

Registration required (Scouts) Scout leaders, are you lacking expertise or equipment to complete conservation badges? Bring your troop to the Discovery Center and education staff will provide a program to help Scouts with rank achievement. All Missouri Scout groups of 10-24 participants are welcome to schedule a free program. Please contact Steve Jacobsen at 816-759-7305 ext. 1146 or steve.jacobsen@mdc.mo.gov to learn more about how we can help and to schedule a program.

Reserve by Oct 16, 2016
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Date: Oct 18, 2016 06:00 pm - Oct 18, 2016 09:00 pm

Do you want to learn how to prepare deer meat? Then join us for an evening of venison cooking that everyone will enjoy. We will discuss the supplies and equipment needed as well as provide several recipes you can take with you. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. To register, call (636) 938-9548 ext. 0 or email henges.range@mdc.mo.gov (Reservations begin October 4)

Reserve by Oct 17, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Oct 18, 2016 06:30 pm - Oct 18, 2016 08:30 pm

Registration required beginning September 20 by calling 816-759-7300 (adults) October is for the birds! Learn how to clean a wild turkey and a Canada goose. Then learn the best ways to prepare these two delicious birds as Alex Pope and Matt Kafka of “The Local Pig” demonstrate their skills in turning honks and gobbles into yummy morsels! A $20.00 per person refundable deposit is required to hold your spot.

Reserve by Oct 17, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 19, 2016 09:30 am - Oct 19, 2016 10:15 am

Bats are one of the most misunderstood animals in nature. Go batty as we learn the truth about bats, how they survive at night, and why they are so important. Ages 3-6. Registration begins October 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 18, 2016
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
Date: Oct 19, 2016 09:30 am - Oct 19, 2016 10:30 am

Designed for the preschool child, this month’s story, song and craft features the wild turkey, a game bird that almost went extinct but now has made a strong come-back due to Missouri conservation efforts. Reservations are required. For further information, to make a reservation or request a time for your group, call 573-325-1381.

Reserve by Oct 11, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 19, 2016 11:00 am - Oct 19, 2016 11:45 am

Bats are one of the most misunderstood animals in nature. Go batty as we learn the truth about bats, how they survive at night, and why they are so important. Ages 3-6. Registration begins October 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 18, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 19, 2016 01:30 pm - Oct 19, 2016 02:15 pm

Bats are one of the most misunderstood animals in nature. Go batty as we learn the truth about bats, how they survive at night, and why they are so important. Ages 3-6. Registration begins October 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 18, 2016
Location: Parma Woods Range
Date: Oct 19, 2016 06:00 pm - Oct 19, 2016 10:00 pm

CREATING CARTRIDGES: METALLIC RELOADING BASICS
OCTOBER 19 / WEDNESDAY / 6:00-10:00 PM
Registration required (Ages 11+; ages 11-17 must be accompanied by an adult)
Reloading cartridges is a great way to enjoy your firearms even after the season is over. Whether your goals include squeezing out additional accuracy or shooting more for less money, this class will give you the foundation needed to start making safe cartridges right away. You may register at 816-891-9941

Reserve by Oct 18, 2016

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