Events

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
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Aug 18, 2016 01:00 pm - Aug 18, 2016 02:00 pm

Ever wonder what it takes to keep all of the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Thanks to some amazing animal care volunteers, they are fed a delicious smorgasbord of crickets, worms, minnows, and more! Drop by to visit with the volunteers and staff as they feed the hungry critters. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Aug 18, 2016 06:00 pm - Aug 18, 2016 07:30 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
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Date: Aug 18, 2016 06:00 pm - Aug 18, 2016 09:00 pm

(Ages 12 and up)
Class will start in the Education Center where you will learn safety, actions, chokes, stance, and how choose and shoot shotguns. Then you will go to the range for live fire, including some clay target shooting. Children ages 12-16 must be accompanied by an adult. Not recommended for students under 90 lbs. (Reservations begin August 4.)

Reserve by Aug 17, 2016
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Aug 19, 2016 09:30 am - Aug 19, 2016 11:30 am

(Adults) Ready, Aim, Fire! Learn the basics of safe archery and practice your skills in an open field with stationary targets. All equipment will be provided. To get to Emmenegger Nature Park, go west on Cragwold Rd. (past the Powder Valley entrance), cross over the highway and go south (left) on Stoneywood. Please meet at the pavilion. The entire program will be outdoors, so please dress for the weather. (Reservations begin August 5 by calling 314-301-1500.)

Reserve by Aug 18, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Aug 19, 2016 06:30 pm - Aug 19, 2016 09:30 pm

Our annual celebration of insects and the important role they play in nature returns! Insects—they fascinate us, they bug us, they surround us, and they bite us, but what would a summer evening be like without them? Join insect specialists, biologists, artists, and enthusiasts for an evening devoted to discovering insects. Grab your entire family and participate in some creepy-crawly fun for all ages. No registration required.

Location: Roaring River State Park
Date: Aug 20, 2016 07:00 am - Aug 20, 2016 08:00 pm

The Missouri Department of Conservation and The Department of Natural Resources proudly present Kids Fishing Day, August 20, at Roaring River State Park. Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish and learn about fishing at Roaring River State Park’s Kids’ Fishing Day. At Kids’ Fishing Day, children age 15 and under will be able to pick up free trout tags at the hatchery office any time on the Friday before the event or all day on Saturday. A portion of the fishing area of the park will be reserved for youths age 15 and under. Volunteers will be on hand to help out. Children are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment. Parents are welcome to help kids, but only one pole may be used between the helper and the child. Adults are not allowed to fish by themselves. Free hotdogs, chips, and soda will be available 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Education is also part of Kids’ Fishing Day. Throughout the day, seminars will be held on fish cleaning, fish cooking, knife sharpening, knot tying, fly tying and fly casting, how to fish Roaring River, stream biology and other subjects. A hatchery tour will be held to show how trout are raised. A program on Missouri Snakes will be given using live specimens. Activities such as critter stamp head bands will also be available. If kids attend three classes they will be entered into a drawing for prizes. The drawing will be held at 5:00 p.m. Children must be present to win. Classes are also open to the whole family, but only children may enter the drawings. Volunteers are needed to help with this event. Individuals wishing to volunteer do not need to be experienced anglers. If you would like to help out with Kids Fishing Day, or for more information, please call the Roaring River Hatchery at 417-847-2430 or email at paul.spurgeon@mdc.mo.gov
Fishing starts at 7:00 A.M. and will continue until 8:00 P.M. Come out and enjoy beautiful Roaring River State Park and let the youngsters catch a fish. This event will be held rain or shine. Roaring River State Park is located on Highway112 about seven miles south of Cassville, Missouri.

Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Aug 20, 2016 08:00 am - Aug 20, 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 Rocky Falls and Klepzig mill Shut-ins, east of Eminence in Shannon County. Some transportation is provided, but carpooling may be necessary Bring water, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and come dressed for the weather. Trail length: 2 miles. Terrain: moderate inclines and/or occasional rocks/roots. Notes: Bring your lunch. Also, bring wading shoes and wear something that can double as swim attire if you wish to take a dip in the creek. 573-526-5544

Reserve by Aug 19, 2016
Location: Marais Temps Clair
Date: Aug 20, 2016 08:00 am - Aug 20, 2016 11:00 am

(All Ages)
A warm summer morning is a good time to see turtles and snakes basking in the sun in their native habitat. Several species of turtles and snakes can usually be seen during a summer hike at MTC. Join us for a 2 ½ mile hike on the levees at MTC to view reptiles and other native wildlife of eastern St. Charles County. Learn the identifying characteristics of the native turtles and snakes as we view them thru spotting scopes. For reservations please call 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Reserve by Aug 18, 2016
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Date: Aug 20, 2016 08:00 am - Aug 20, 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 begin August 6.)

Reserve by Aug 19, 2016

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