Events

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
Location: James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area, Prairie Hollow Lake, Lees Summit
Date: Sep 13, 2016 06:00 pm - Sep 13, 2016 07:30 pm

Get ready to feel the tug on your line! Join us for a fun and unique fishing experience using cane poles. No reels needed. Cane fishing poles are primitive, but their simple design makes fishing easy and exciting for anglers of any age. Ages 5-10, accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. Call 816-622-0900 to register.

Reserve by Sep 08, 2016
Location: Weldon Springs Interpretive Site
Date: Sep 14, 2016 09:00 am - Sep 14, 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 please call 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

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: Northeast Regional Office - Kirksville
Date: Sep 14, 2016 03:30 pm - Sep 14, 2016 04:30 pm

This Halloween, you might see make-believe zombies lumbering around seeking tricks-and-treats. These costumed creatures won’t eat your flesh or hijack your brain—that only happens in scary, made-up movies. For some animals, though, zombies are all too real. Join us to learn about Nature’s Zombies and their killers.

Location: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Sep 14, 2016 06:00 pm - Sep 14, 2016 09:00 pm

After the hunt, or a day at the range, do you how to properly clean your firearm? Join our experts as they go over cleaning the different firearm actions, equipment needed, materials, and techniques to keep your firearm in top condition. (Ages 11 and up). Ages 11 -15 must be accompanied by an adult. (Reservations begin August 15 by calling 636-441-4554).

Reserve by Sep 11, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Sep 15, 2016 10:30 am - Sep 15, 2016 12:00 pm

Adults. Registration required. Are mussels a mystery to you? Learn to recognize the more common ones and find out the part they play in our streams and rivers. The mussel is the ninth block in The Seasons of Nature series. 573-526-5544

Reserve by Sep 14, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Sep 15, 2016 06:00 pm - Sep 15, 2016 07:30 pm

Adults. Registration required. Are mussels a mystery to you? Learn to recognize the more common ones and find out the part they play in our streams and rivers. The mussel is the ninth block in The Seasons of Nature series. 573-526-5544

Reserve by Sep 14, 2016
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: Ozark Regional Office - 551 Joe Jones Blvd., West Plains, MO 65775
Date: Sep 16, 2016 09:00 am - Sep 16, 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: Runge Nature Center
Date: Sep 16, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 16, 2016 11:00 am

Ages 0-2 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 15, 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: James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area, Prairie Hollow Lake, Lees Summit
Date: Sep 16, 2016 05:30 pm - Sep 16, 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 rod, parts of a fishing rod, 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 bait on hooks. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. For reservations, please call 816-622-0900. For more information on Discover Nature – Fishing, please visit http://mdc.mo.gov/node/27175

Reserve by Sep 13, 2016
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area
Date: Sep 16, 2016 06:30 pm - Sep 16, 2016 08:30 pm

All ages) The gold and red of the setting sun lights up the fields and prairies of Columbia Bottom. At the same time the rising Harvest Moon casts its cool blue light on the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Bring your camera to capture both of these events in a late summer evening. Meet at lot ”M” about 41/2 miles from the entrance gate. Reservations begin August 31. Call 314-877-6014 Wed.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Reserve by Sep 15, 2016
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 08:00 am - Sep 17, 2016 11:30 am

Take time to enjoy the elk at Peck Ranch with a guided tour and information on the Elk Restoration project. The tour will leave Twin Pines at 8:00 AM. The Nature Nuts program is designed for ages 7 to 12. For further information or to make a reservation, call 573-325-1381.

Reserve by Sep 09, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 08:00 am - Sep 17, 2016 12:00 pm

Registration required (ages 8 and older, children accompanied by an adult) rise and shine! We are off for a morning adventure to Hart Creek Conservation Area, located in Boone County. Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary. Bring water, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and come dress fort he weather. Cory Gregg, MDC, Resource Forester, will join us as you learn about trees.

Reserve by Sep 16, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Sep 17, 2016 09:00 am - Sep 17, 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 please call 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 09:00 am - Sep 17, 2016 04:00 pm

Day on the River September 17 • Saturday • 9 AM–4 PM
No registration required (all ages).
Discover what the river has to offer you. Hands-on activities will teach you the importance of the Mississippi river and surrounding wetlands. This event is fun for the entire family featuring live river animals, Asian carp samples, and free boat rides on the Mississippi. Boat rides will take place every half hour (except from noon – 1pm) at Riverfront Park. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Location: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 09:00 am - Sep 17, 2016 12:00 pm

This program provides students with an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to safely participate in this fun and rewarding outdoor activity. All equipment and materials will be provided for this class. Our instructors will help all participants develop their archery skills as we cover types of bows, parts of the bow and arrow, proper stance, grip, form, release, and other important tips and techniques. Children ages 9-16 must be accompanied by an adult. Class will meet in the Busch CA classroom. (Ages 9 and up). Ages 9-15 must be accompanied by an adult(Reservations begin August 18 by calling 636-441-4554).

Reserve by Sep 14, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 09:30 am - Sep 17, 2016 09:30 am

Walk-in (all ages) The monarch is without a doubt one of the most remarkable insects we have the opportunity to enjoy in Missouri. Discover the majesty of this butterfly through various hands on activities that will leave you in a state of “Monarch Mania.” There will be monarchs to tag and release, milkweed giveaways and much more for all ages. Join
the mania and learn how you can help the population of the monarch butterfly.

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Sep 17, 2016 09:30 am - Sep 17, 2016 02:30 pm

Walk-in (all ages) Missouri Prairie Foundation will be on site
for Monarch Mania to offer a native plant sale. Missouri Wildflowers Nursery will be providing a variety of native flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees to purchase. If you wish
to preorder your choices, contact Missouri Wildflowers Nursery at 573-496-3492 or mowldflrs@socket.net. A percentage of proceeds from plant sales will benefit prairie conservation in Missouri.

Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Sep 17, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 17, 2016 12:00 pm

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 Sep 14, 2016
Location: Forest Park Hatchery
Date: Sep 17, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 17, 2016 12:00 pm

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 Sep 14, 2016
Location: Suson Rearing Pond
Date: Sep 17, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 17, 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 Sep 14, 2016
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Mo. (off I-44, exit #253)
Date: Sep 17, 2016 10:00 am - Sep 17, 2016 04:00 pm

Interact with early settlers and explore what life was like on the great American frontier during this bi-annual event. Kids and adults alike will enjoy a day of historical activities and exhibits, storytelling, music and food. The Reserve’s 250-acre tall grass prairie provides an authentic backdrop for the day’s cultural festivities. Take a guided hike with a naturalist to learn about the land and its unique natural characteristics. Visit the teepee, watch a blacksmith work and make your own arrowhead. Basket weavers and artists will create and display traditional crafts. Ride in a hay wagon, play pioneer games and try throwing an atl-atl, tomahawk or rabbit stick. Learn living history first-hand as characters re-enact the lives of early prairie inhabitants. Admission is $6 adults, $2 children (ages 15 and under), $3 Missouri Botanical Garden members. Visit www.shawnature.org or call (636) 451-3512 for more information.

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