Events

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
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: 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

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