Events

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Aug 20, 2016 10:00 am - Aug 20, 2016 11:00 am

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hand-on nature activity.

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Aug 20, 2016 10:00 am - Aug 20, 2016 02:30 pm

Walk-in (all ages) Developed in Japan as a method for fisherman to record their catch, gyotaku or "fish printing" is an ancient art form still practiced today. We'll use molded fish and textile inks to create beautiful wearable works of art of Missouri fishes. T-shirts provided or bring one of your own.

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
Date: Aug 20, 2016 10:00 am - Aug 20, 2016 12:00 pm

Want to go a little batty this summer? Then join the Twin Pines staff and learn why bats are so important to our ecosystems and ways to protect them. Finish the day by making a bat house to take home. This program is designed for ages 7 to 12. Reservations are required. For further information or to make a reservation, call 573-325-1381.

Reserve by Aug 12, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Aug 20, 2016 10:00 am - Aug 20, 2016 11:30 am

Walk-in (all ages) Break out your magnifying glasses for some fun citizen science and help us survey the butterfly population of Burr Oak Woods! We will be tracking the number and variety of species at our site by looking for all stages of their life cycle, taking special note of the monarchs. Just drop by and join in the fun (create a life cycle craft while supplies last). For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Aug 20, 2016 11:00 am - Aug 20, 2016 12:00 pm

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hand-on nature activity.

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Aug 20, 2016 01:00 pm - Aug 20, 2016 02:00 pm

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hand-on nature activity.

Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Aug 20, 2016 01:00 pm - Aug 20, 2016 03:00 pm

Registration required (adults, women) Summer is prime time for insects. Explore the life of the ladybug beetle as we create a card using origami The card will be designed for a special child in your life. 573-526-5544

Reserve by Aug 19, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Aug 20, 2016 01:00 pm - Aug 20, 2016 02:30 pm

Walk-in (all ages) Break out your magnifying glasses for some fun citizen science and help us survey the butterfly population of Burr Oak Woods! We will be tracking the number and variety of species at our site by looking for all stages of their life cycle, taking special note of the monarchs. Just drop by and join in the fun (create a life cycle craft while supplies last). For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Aug 23, 2016 08:00 am - Aug 23, 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 21, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Aug 23, 2016 09:30 am - Aug 23, 2016 10:15 am

Butterflies grow up in a magical way. Join us and travel through the butterfly's life cycle—from its humble beginnings to its glorious finish! Ages 3-6. Registration begins August 2. Call 417-888-4237. Little Acorns programs are limited to one per month.

Reserve by Aug 22, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Aug 23, 2016 10:00 am - Aug 23, 2016 11:00 am

Registration required (For this program, you need one child in the 0-2 ages arrange AND one child in the 3-6 age range.) 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 22, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Aug 23, 2016 11:00 am - Aug 23, 2016 11:45 am

Butterflies grow up in a magical way. Join us and travel through the butterfly's life cycle—from its humble beginnings to its glorious finish! Ages 3-6. Registration begins August 2. Call 417-888-4237. Little Acorns programs are limited to one per month.

Reserve by Aug 22, 2016
Location: James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area, Prairie Hollow Pond, Lees Summit
Date: Aug 23, 2016 06:00 pm - Aug 23, 2016 08:00 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. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 or 4. 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 18, 2016
Location: Bass pro Shops Bass Pro shop Lake
Date: Aug 23, 2016 06:00 pm - Aug 23, 2016 08:00 pm

Lesson 1 - covers equipment, including rod and reel, casting, and proper fishing handling. 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 a Tuesday evening in Aug/Sept. Contact Don Rahm at 573-815-7900, or Don.Rahm@mdc.mo.gov to register. NOTE Only one registration required for all 4 classes. Please register on-line at http://tinyurl.com/o7s5gst

Reserve by Aug 22, 2016
Location: Northeast Regional Office - Kirksville
Date: Aug 24, 2016 03:30 pm - Aug 24, 2016 04:30 pm

Humans aren’t the only animals that hunt. To eat, wild predators must catch their dinner. And though they don’t have rifles or fishing rods, animal assassins are armed to the teeth. Join us to learn about some of the amazing adaptations animals have for capturing prey.

Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Date: Aug 24, 2016 05:00 pm - Aug 24, 2016 07:00 pm

(Ages 8 and up) Rockwoods Reservation is known for its trees, but did you know the area is home to many springs, creeks, and ponds? Learn about aquatic animals, stream health and the natural history responsible for the water features. Make sure to wear your water shoes as you'll be encouraged to wade in the creek to collect samples for investigation. (Reservations begin August 10. Please call 636-458-2236.)

Reserve by Aug 22, 2016
Location: Parma Woods Range
Date: Aug 24, 2016 06:00 pm - Aug 26, 2016 09:00 pm

August 24–26 · Wednesday–Friday · 6–9 PM Registration required (ages 11+; ages 11–17 must be accompanied by an adult)Hunting doves is a great way to spend time in nature. Actually bagging a few doves is the challenging part. This three-part clinic is designed to work through some of the common barriers to dove hunting success. There will be a fair amount of shooting in this workshop so feel free to bring your own shotgun or use ours. You may register by calling 816-891-9941

Reserve by Aug 23, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Aug 24, 2016 06:00 pm - Aug 24, 2016 09:00 pm

This introductory course will teach the basics of what it takes to become a successful hunter using a bow and arrow. We will cover safety, equipment, tree stands, clothing, arrows, bows, shot placement, hunting techniques, and more to help you be successful hunting with a bow. This program will take place at the August A. Busch Conservation Area classrooms. (Ages 11 and up). Children 11-16 must be accompanied by an adult. (Reservations begin July 25 by calling 636-441-4554).

Reserve by Aug 21, 2016
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Aug 25, 2016 09:30 am - Aug 25, 2016 11:30 am

(Ages 3–6) Remember the fun days of sand boxes and mud pies? Here is the chance to relive some of the joys of our childhood with your own children. We’ll provide the dirt; you bring the clean clothes for the ride home! Adults, separate from the children, will learn about the importance of unstructured play and nature exploration for the healthy development of young children. At the same time, our naturalists will take the children to the nature play area where they use their imaginations to get down and dirty in our big pile of dirt! (Reservations begin August 11 by calling 314-301-1500.)

Reserve by Aug 24, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Aug 25, 2016 06:00 pm - Aug 25, 2016 09:00 pm

This is an introduction course to duck hunting how to have a successful hunt. Class will cover habitat, migration patterns, hunting opportunities, blinds, decoys, ammo, chokes, calls, waterfowl identification and more. This program will take place at the August A. Busch CA classrooms. (Ages 11 and up). Children ages 11-16 must be accompanied by an adult. (Reservations begin July 26 by calling 636-441-4554).

Reserve by Aug 22, 2016
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Date: Aug 27, 2016 08:00 am - Aug 27, 2016 09:30 am

(Ages 9 - 15)
Interested young people who have never had experience shooting .22 rifles are invited to participate in a Saturday morning session learning safety and the proper techniques of shooting .22 rimfire rifles. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment are provided. (Reservations begin August 13.)

Reserve by Aug 26, 2016
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Aug 27, 2016 08:30 am - Aug 27, 2016 02:00 pm

Join us to learn the most effective methods for dove hunting. We will discuss the biology of the bird and then teach you how to wingshoot using the Effective Wingshooting for the Hunter techniques. We will discuss using decoys and how to use concealment to your benefit. To register please call 417-742-4361 or email daltonrange@mdc.mo.gov

Reserve by Aug 26, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Aug 27, 2016 08:30 am - Aug 27, 2016 09:30 am

(12 and up)
The August A. Busch Memorial CA is more than just a great fishin’ hole! The area has many great trails and wildlife viewing opportunities just waiting to be explored. Join us for a Naturalist led 2-mile hike on the scenic Busch Hiking/Biking Trail. This relatively flat and easy going hike offers beautiful wooded scenery and close up exploration of old TNT storage bunkers from the early 1940’s!Reservations begin Aug 15, please call 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Reserve by Aug 25, 2016
Location: Rutledge - Wilson Farm Park
Date: Aug 27, 2016 09:00 am - Aug 27, 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 25, 2016
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
Date: Aug 27, 2016 09:00 am - Aug 28, 2016 05:00 pm

One way to fully appreciate the beauty of the Ozarks is to travel down one of its rivers. This program gives you the opportunity to discover nature by spending two days on the water in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. We will meet at Twin Pines Conservations Education Center on Saturday at 9:00 am and will be back at Twin Pines by 5:00 pm Sunday. Equipment and meals will be provided. Ages 12 and up. Eightteen and under must have a parent or guardian present. Reservations are required. For further information or to make a reservation, call 573-325-1381.

Reserve by Aug 19, 2016

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