Events

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
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area
Date: Oct 20, 2016 05:30 pm - Oct 20, 2016 09:00 pm

Hunter’s Moon Hayride
Oct 20•Thursday•5:30-9 p.m.
Join us for a hayride under the waning hunter’s moon. The night comes alive with the sights and sounds of Columbia Bottom’s night life residents. Rides will require a reservation and will leave the visitor center at 5:30, 5:45, 7:15, and 7:30. Call for handicapped accessible ride information. Reservations begin October 5. Call 314-877-6014 Wed.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Reserve by Oct 19, 2016
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area
Date: Oct 20, 2016 05:30 pm - Oct 20, 2016 09:00 pm

(All ages) Join us for a hayride under the waning hunter’s moon. The night comes alive with the sights and sounds of Columbia Bottom’s night life residents. Rides will require a reservation and will leave the visitor center at 5:30, 5:45, 7:15, and 7:30. Call for handicapped accessible ride information. Reservations begin October 5. Call 314-877-6014 Wed.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Reserve by Oct 19, 2016
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Date: Oct 20, 2016 06:00 pm - Oct 20, 2016 09:00 pm

(Experienced shotgun shooters, ages 16 & up)
Join us as we learn the basics of trapshooting by covering appropriate guns, ammunition, rules and etiquette. Then we will shoot a round of trap for fun. Shotguns, ammunition and safety equipment will be provided. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. To register call (636) 938-9548 ext. 0 or email henges.range@mdc.mo.gov (Reservations begin October 6)

Reserve by Oct 19, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 20, 2016 07:00 pm - Oct 20, 2016 08:30 pm

Local musician Bo Brown is well known for his musical talent but many may not know about his birding prowess. Drawing from his background in music, field biology, and primitive skills instructing, Bo will weave together a program featuring music, stories, images, and musings about birds, nature, and other outdoor pursuits during this special Nature And The Arts presentation co-sponsored by the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society. Ages 12-adult. Registration begins September 15. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 19, 2016
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area
Date: Oct 21, 2016 05:30 pm - Oct 21, 2016 09:00 pm

(All ages) Join us for a hayride under the waning hunter’s moon. The night comes alive with the sights and sounds of Columbia Bottom’s night life residents. Rides will require a reservation and will leave the visitor center at 5:30, 5:45, 7:15, and 7:30. Call for handicapped accessible ride information. Reservations begin October 5. Call 314-877-6014 Wed.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Reserve by Oct 20, 2016
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 21, 2016 07:00 pm - Oct 21, 2016 09:00 pm

(Ages 12 and up) Enjoy an evening with MDC’s award winning photographer, Noppadol Paothong as he shares his work in progress photography and 25 years of conservation success! Nop has painstakingly photographed the development of life processes, which he calls “works in progress,” including the monarch butterfly and three-toed box turtle. He will also show some of his most popular photos of Missouri conservation successes. His stories and awe-inspiring photography instill a sense of wonder for Missouri’s outdoor world. (Reservations begin immediately by calling 314-301-1500.)

Reserve by Oct 19, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 22, 2016 08:15 am - Oct 22, 2016 05:00 pm

Explore Piney Creek Wilderness with Volunteer Naturalist Sandy Vaughn. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is approximately five miles and rated moderate in difficulty. Ages 18-adult. Registration begins October 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 21, 2016
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range
Date: Oct 22, 2016 09:00 am - Oct 22, 2016 12:00 pm

Novice hunters can learn how to turn harvested game into neat packages of lean, healthful meat. This event covers regulations, field dressing, supplies, transporting, and techniques for processing deer. To register for this program please call 417-742-4361 or send an email to daltonrange@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Oct 21, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Oct 22, 2016 09:00 am - Oct 22, 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. (Ages 9 and up.) Children ages 9-16 must be accompanied by an adult. Class will meet in the Busch CA classroom. (Reservations begin Sept. 22 by calling 636-441-4554.)

Reserve by Oct 19, 2016
Location: Lewis & Clark Trail Parking Lot
Date: Oct 22, 2016 09:00 am - Oct 22, 2016 03:00 pm

(Adults)
Join us for an 8.3 mile hike through the beautiful forests at the Weldon Spring Conservation Area. This difficult hike is worth the trek once you see the panoramic views of the floodplains and varying fall colors from the high terrain of the river bluffs!Reservations begin Oct 7, please call 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Reserve by Oct 20, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 22, 2016 09:00 am - Oct 22, 2016 12:00 pm

You don't have to be a hunter to become a skilled archer. Learn a new skill and spend time practicing. No experience is necessary and archery equipment will be provided. This program takes place on the archery range which is not ADA accessible. Ages 12-17. Registration begins October 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 21, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Oct 22, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 22, 2016 11:00 am

Registration required (3-5 with an adult) Big snakes, little snakes, fast snakes and slow. How are they different? What do they have in common? Join us to learn more! For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Oct 20, 2016
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
Date: Oct 22, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 22, 2016 01:00 pm

As gifts or for your own use, fly tying jewelry makes a great addition to any wardrobe. Learn how to tie a fly. Then using natural materials and standard jewelry findings and beads, create your own unique pieces. Materials will be provided. This program is designed for ages 12 and up. Limit 15. Reservations are required. For further information or to make a reservation, call 573-325-1381.

Reserve by Oct 14, 2016
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 22, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 22, 2016 03:00 pm

(All ages) Special activities, music, and fun for all ages are planned throughout the day. (No reservations are required.)

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 22, 2016 10:00 am - Oct 22, 2016 03:00 pm

(All ages) Explore the world of the wild with Emmy® Award-winning singers and songwriters Jan and George Syrigos of WildHeart. Come along on their musical journey discovering nature right here in Missouri. Upbeat conservation-friendly tunes sing of wild animals, their characteristics, and habitats. WildHeart will perform during the 25th Anniversary Celebration.(No reservations are required.)

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 22, 2016 01:00 pm - Oct 22, 2016 02:30 pm

You don't have to be a hunter to become a skilled archer. Learn a new skill and spend time practicing. No experience is necessary and archery equipment will be provided. This program takes place on the archery range which is not ADA accessible. Ages 12-17. Registration begins October 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 21, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 22, 2016 02:30 pm - Oct 22, 2016 04:00 pm

You don't have to be a hunter to become a skilled archer. Learn a new skill and spend time practicing. No experience is necessary and archery equipment will be provided. This program takes place on the archery range which is not ADA accessible. Ages 12-17. Registration begins October 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Oct 21, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Oct 22, 2016 04:00 pm - Oct 22, 2016 08:00 pm

Fall Festival October 22 • Saturday • 4–8 PM
No registration required (all ages)
Come on out for a fantastic fall festival. Join us to explore the world of nighttime flyers. Meet magnificent owls in our live bird presentations at 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30. Take a stroll down our trail on one of our naturalist-led hikes to discover more about whooo’s awake at night. Sit outside, enjoy a fire and a few fall treats or come on in for crafts. Bring the whole family for the fun! Youth and adult groups welcome.

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