Events

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery
Date: Aug 13, 2016 08:00 am - Aug 13, 2016 08:30 am

Reservations Required. Families, ages 12 and above.
Join us as we go back in time to discover what plants and animals were used for food during by soldiers and citizens over 150 years ago. You will be amazed at the variety of foods that people relied on. In addition to an indoor portion, we will take a short hike to find some of these wild edible plants that are still food for humans today. Bring a bottle of water and hiking shoes.

Reserve by Aug 11, 2016
Location: Rutledge - Wilson Farm Park
Date: Aug 13, 2016 09:00 am - Aug 13, 2016 11:00 am

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 (417) 895-6880. For more information on Discover Nature-Fishing please visit http://mdc.mo.gov/node/27175

Reserve by Aug 11, 2016
Location: Chesapeake Fish Hatchery
Date: Aug 13, 2016 09:00 am - Aug 13, 2016 11:00 am

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 (417) 895-6880. For more information on Discover Nature-Fishing please visit http://mdc.mo.gov/node/27175

Reserve by Aug 05, 2016
Location: Lawson City Lake
Date: Aug 13, 2016 09:00 am - Aug 13, 2016 11:30 am

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, and 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 Aug 11, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Aug 13, 2016 09:00 am - Aug 13, 2016 11:30 am

Registration required by calling 816-228-3766 (families)
Summer 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 Aug 11, 2016
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
Date: Aug 13, 2016 10:00 am - Aug 13, 2016 01:00 pm

Do you want color in the landscape that lasts even when the Missouri weather becomes hot and dry? Native plants can be the answer. Not only do they thrive in our climate but they provide food for native birds, butterflies and other pollinators, as well as, endless hours of viewing enjoyment. Ages 12 and up. Reservations are required. Class size limit is 15. For further information or to make a reservation, call 573-325-1381.

Reserve by Aug 05, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Aug 13, 2016 10:00 am - Aug 13, 2016 02:00 pm

No registration required (all ages) Visit us today in our lobby and see how nature inspires art. Members of the Columbia Weavers' and Spinners' Guild will be on hand to demonstrate weaving and other fiber arts. Hands-on opportunities await you as well. 573-526-5544

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Aug 13, 2016 10:00 am - Aug 13, 2016 11:30 am

Do you like insects and want to learn more? Gain an appreciation for their beauty and diversity as you start a mini collection. We will learn how to properly collect insects and pin them for your collection. Ages 7–11. Registration begins August 2.

Reserve by Aug 12, 2016
Location: Northeast Regional Office - Kirksville
Date: Aug 13, 2016 01:00 pm - Aug 13, 2016 02:00 pm

Beautiful Nature is all around us. Famous painters — such as Monet, Van Gogh, and Winslow Homer — found inspiration for their art in nature. You can, too. Join us in painting a nature scene!

Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Aug 13, 2016 01:00 pm - Aug 13, 2016 01:30 pm

No registration required. Bizz-zz-z...cha-zz-a...brez-zz-z...gazzee-e. What's all that noise about? It's the "Boisterous Bugs" getting ready for their show in Runge's Puppet Theater. When you come to their performance, you'll meet Grasshopper, Cricket, and their friends. Perhaps Salamander and Turtle will be there, too. Come see who pops up. 573-526-5544

Location: Northeast Regional Office - Kirksville
Date: Aug 15, 2016 10:30 am - Aug 15, 2016 11:30 am

Fifteen kinds of catfish cruise Missouri’s waters. They range from trash-can-sized blue cats to minnow-sized madtoms. Join us to learn cool facts about Missouri’s Catfish!

Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Aug 16, 2016 08:00 am - Aug 16, 2016 08:30 am

(12 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! Every Tuesday morning for the month of August join us for an easy going run as we explore a different area of Busch each week! Reservations begin July 26, please call 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Reserve by Aug 14, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Aug 16, 2016 10:00 am - Aug 16, 2016 11:00 am

Registration required (ages 0-2 years) Waddling, paddling, or flying, take your pick. Ducks can do it all! These feathered friends will highlight our program this month. Quack, quack- come join us! 573-526-5544

Reserve by Aug 15, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Aug 16, 2016 05:30 pm - Aug 16, 2016 08:00 pm

Registration required beginning July 19 by calling 816-759-7300 (adults) Step aboard the MDC river boat for an evening of exploration on the Missouri River. Your journey will be via motor boat and will give you an opportunity to experience the river in ways many people don't get. View wildlife, learn how the river has changed over time and discover other features of the Missouri River. More information will be shared with those who plan to attend.

Reserve by Aug 14, 2016
Location: James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area, Prairie Hollow Lake, Lees Summit
Date: Aug 16, 2016 06:00 pm - Aug 16, 2016 08:30 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 Aug 11, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Aug 16, 2016 06:30 pm - Aug 16, 2016 08:30 pm

Registration required beginning July 19 (adults) Flathead catfish, channel catfish, blue catfish, gar, carp, buffalo, Asian carp and drum; these fish may not be beautiful, but they can be delicious! We'll start our Field to Fork Series learning special ways to clean these unique fish. Then Chef Brett Atkinson of "Wilma's Real Good Food" and Chef Carlos Falcon of "Jaracho Pescados y Mariscos" will teach us how to turn them into tasty dishes. A $20.00 per person refundable deposit is required to hold your spot.

Reserve by Aug 14, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Aug 17, 2016 08:00 am - Aug 17, 2016 05:00 pm

Registration required (adults) Join our volunteer-led program designed to provide opportunities for people to hike Missouri trails and learn about our plants, animals, and natural communities. Meet at the nature center, drive to Scrivner Conservation Area in Cole County and hike one or two of the best trails. Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary Bring water, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and come dressed for the weather. Trail length: 5 miles. Terrain: moderate inclines and/or occasional rocks/roots. Notes: bring lunch. 573-526-5544

Reserve by Aug 16, 2016
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
Date: Aug 17, 2016 09:30 am - Aug 17, 2016 10:30 am

Find out what the buzz is about with this month’s story about bees. Then stay for the game, craft and song selected to match the theme of the story. This program is designed for the preschool child. Reservations are required. For further information or to make a reservation, call 573-325-1381. Large groups may request a special day and time for their visit.

Reserve by Aug 09, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Aug 17, 2016 10:00 am - Aug 17, 2016 11:00 am

Registration required (ages 3-6 years) Waddling, paddling, or flying, take your pick. Ducks can do it all! These feathered friends will highlight our program this month. Quack, quack- come join us! 573-526-5544

Reserve by Aug 10, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Aug 17, 2016 01:30 pm - Aug 17, 2016 02:30 pm

Registration required (adults) Dragonflies, butterflies, and moths are adding their unique colors and acrobatics to our summer skies. Share an afternoon hearing about their appearances and antics as we color. Leaders will provide sheets and pencils or you may bring your own drawing tools. 573-526-5544

Reserve by Aug 16, 2016
Location: Ozark Regional Library- Fredericktown, Mo
Date: Aug 17, 2016 05:00 pm - Aug 17, 2016 07:00 pm

The last lesson of the Discover Nature-Fishing class covers lure selection and their basic characteristics, a review over fish identification from lesson 3, and types of regulations and why they are enforced. Parent or guardian must be in attendance with child(ren).**Completion of Lesson 1 before completion of any other lessons, in any order is a prerequisite of this course**

Reserve by Aug 15, 2016
Location: Parma Wods Range
Date: Aug 17, 2016 06:00 pm - Aug 17, 2016 08:00 pm

August 17 · Wednesday · 6–8 PM Registration required (all ages)Part of being a responsible hunter is makingevery possible effort to recover your game. Most hunters can improve their tracking skills with some basic knowledge and a bit of practice. Join our experienced staff to improve your recovery skills. You may register by calling 816-891-9941

Reserve by Aug 16, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Aug 17, 2016 06:00 pm - Aug 17, 2016 09:30 pm

Bugs, bugs, bugs! Come join the fun as we go insect hunting. Insects will be collected and identified. Meet at the nature center where dinner and drinks will be provided. Ages 12-17. Registration begins August 2. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Aug 16, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Aug 17, 2016 06:00 pm - Aug 17, 2016 09:00 pm

This class will introduce you to the equipment, materials, and techniques of reloading metallic cartridges, and give you hands-on experience of reloading rifle and/or handgun ammunition. This class will be held at the Busch Conservation Area Regional Office classrooms. (Ages 11 and up). Ages 11-15 must be accompanied by an adult. (Reservations begin July 19 by calling 636-441-4554).

Reserve by Aug 14, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Aug 18, 2016 10:30 am - Aug 18, 2016 12:00 pm

Registration required (adults) The mink is a fascinating mammal weighing in at one and a half pounds to three and a half pounds and standing 3 to 4 inches tall. Learn all about their lifestyle and create the eight block in The Seasons of Nature series. 573-526-5544

Reserve by Aug 17, 2016

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