Events

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Nov 19, 2016 01:00 pm - Nov 19, 2016 03:30 pm

“Treasure” Hunting with GPS
November 19 • Saturday • 1–3:30 PM
Registration begins November 1 (ages 8+)
Geocaching is an outdoor “treasure” hunt using GPS units. We’ll go over basic GPS use and then hit the trails to find some “treasure.” GPS units provided. Ages 8 and up with an adult mentor.

Reserve by Nov 18, 2016
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Date: Nov 19, 2016 01:00 pm - Nov 19, 2016 03:00 pm

(Any age that can hike 2 miles)Join us for an invigorating mid-November hike of the 2 mile Turkey Ridge Trail. As we progress along the trail we will talk about the habitat, food, habits, and calls of wild turkeys, and if we are lucky we may see one! (Reservations begin Nov 4th call 636-458-2236)

Reserve by Nov 17, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Nov 19, 2016 05:30 pm - Nov 19, 2016 08:30 pm

(Adults)
Experience the sounds of the night during a moderate hike on the 3.5 mile Busch Hiking/Biking trail. We may hear howling coyotes and owls if we're lucky! Reservations begin Nov 4 and can made by calling 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Reserve by Nov 17, 2016
Location: Upcycle Treasure Box
Date: Nov 21, 2016 07:00 pm - Nov 21, 2016 08:00 pm

(Ages 8 & Up)
Reservations begin Nov 1
Temperatures are dropping but evergreens are still green! Come learn how these trees hold on to their greenery year round and how they benefit our wildlife. Then, using upcycled materials make a tree of your own that will forever stay green too! This program is off-site at Upcycle Treasure Box on Telegraph Road. To register please call 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Reserve by Nov 17, 2016
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Date: Nov 24, 2016 12:00 am - Nov 24, 2016 11:30 pm

The range will be closed for the observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Date: Nov 26, 2016 08:00 am - Nov 26, 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 REQUIRED. To register, call (636) 938-9548 ext. 0 or email henges.range@mdc.mo.gov (Reservations begin November 12)

Reserve by Nov 25, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Nov 26, 2016 09:00 am - Nov 26, 2016 09:45 am

Tadpoles: Building like a Beaver
Saturday, November 26 - 9 AM or 10 AM
Do beavers actually use their tails to build? What do they cut down trees with? We will hear from a beaver puppet about how he’s always busy building. Then we’ll get busy with activities to answer those questions and discover even more! Ages 0-2. Registration begins November 1.

Reserve by Nov 25, 2016
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
Date: Nov 26, 2016 10:00 am - Nov 26, 2016 12:00 pm

Make holiday treasures for your family from the abundance of natural objects this season has to offer. The Twin Pines staff will show you how to use items such as twigs, pine needles, acorns, buckeyes and seed pods to create wreath, reindeer and miniature tree ornaments. Designed for ages 12 and up, this program has a class limit of 20. Reservations are required. For further information or to make a reservation, call 573-325-1381.

Reserve by Nov 18, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Nov 26, 2016 10:00 am - Nov 26, 2016 10:45 am

Tadpoles: Building like a Beaver
Saturday, November 26 - 10 AM
Do beavers actually use their tails to build? What do they cut down trees with? We will hear from a beaver puppet about how he’s always busy building. Then we’ll get busy with activities to answer those questions and discover even more! Ages 0-2. Registration begins November 1.

Reserve by Nov 25, 2016
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Date: Dec 01, 2016 06:00 pm - Dec 01, 2016 09:00 pm

(Ages 16 and up)
This women's program will include handgun operation, shooting fundamentals, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start with a classroom session then move to the range for a live-fire session. Although equipment and ammunition will be provided, you may bring your own handgun and ammunition to the live-fire session. (Reservations begin September 22)

Reserve by Nov 30, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Facility
Date: Dec 01, 2016 06:30 pm - Dec 01, 2016 08:30 pm

If you are a youth up to 17 years of age and interested in participating in the exciting sport of trap shooting please join us in the Busch CA classroom for our annual team kickoff meeting to join our Scholastic Clay Target Program Gateway Claybusters trap team. Team coaches will be present to answer any question you may have. No registration required.

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Dec 02, 2016 06:00 pm - Dec 03, 2016 02:00 pm

Duck Decoy Carving
December 2 • Friday • 6-10 PM and
December 3 • Saturday 8 AM-2 PM (must attend both sessions)
Registration begins November 15 (ages 18+)
Make a beautiful cork decoy to use for waterfowl hunting or as unique art. Learn duck identification, duck ecology and decoy history as you sculpt and paint your own decoy. Cost for materials is $15.

Reserve by Dec 01, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Dec 03, 2016 08:00 am - Dec 03, 2016 04:00 pm

Conservation Destination: Ketcherside Mountain CA
December 3 • Saturday • 8 AM–4 PM
Registration begins November 15 (ages 12+)
Join us for a rugged hike at Ketcherside Mountain Conservation Area. We’ll hike along Royal Gorge Natural Area and stop by Taum Sauk Mountain (Missouri’s highest point). Hike is 4 miles and rated moderate to difficult. Adult supervision required for ages 12-17.

Reserve by Dec 01, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Dec 03, 2016 10:00 am - Dec 03, 2016 11:30 am

Snappers: Nature’s Gifts Saturday, December 3 10–11:30 AM
It’s the time of year for gift giving! Use nature as an inspiration to make a few gifts for your loved ones. To keep it a surprise, parents won’t be allowed to join. Parents may drop participants off at 10 AM and should return by 11:30 AM.
Ages 7–11. Early registration begins November 15.

Reserve by Dec 02, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Facility
Date: Dec 06, 2016 06:00 pm - Dec 06, 2016 09:00 pm

This two-part program will include handgun operation, shooting fundamentals, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start with a classroom session, followed by a live-fire session. Although equipment and ammunition will be provided, you may bring your own. Due to the Busch Range renovation, this program will be held at the Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center.(Reservations begin November 7 by calling 636-441-4554).

Reserve by Dec 04, 2016
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Date: Dec 08, 2016 06:00 pm - Dec 08, 2016 09:00 pm

(Ages 11 and up)
Prepare yourself for cold weather activities. Our program will provide information on a selection of proper clothing, outdoor gear, fire-building, shelters, direction finding, avoiding weather-related hazards plus other outdoor tips to make your winter experiences safe and enjoyable.
(Ages 11 and up, ages 11-18 must be accompanied by an adult) RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. To register, call (636) 938-9548 ext. 0 or email henges.range@mdc.mo.gov (Reservations begin November 23)

Reserve by Dec 07, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education F
Date: Dec 10, 2016 09:00 am - Dec 10, 2016 12:00 pm

Come join us and learn the art of ATLATL. The atlatl predates the bow and arrow and in 2010 became a legal method of harvesting a deer in MO. It is used to throw a 4- to 6-foot-long, spear-like projectile known as a dart. The atlatl is a wooden shaft approximately a foot-and-a-half long with a socket or knock at the rear to engage the dart. The dart is placed along the shaft with its back end resting in the socket or knock. The hunter grips the atlatl near its front end and performs a forward throw using the upper arm and wrist. The flipping motion of the atlatl creates angular momentum that propels the dart with greater speed and power than can be achieved with the arm alone. (Ages 11 and up) Ages 11-15 must be accompanied by an adult. We will meet in the Busch CA classroom. (Reservations begin November 10 by calling 636-441-4554).

Reserve by Dec 07, 2016
Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Dec 10, 2016 09:00 am - Dec 10, 2016 04:30 pm

Nature Art: Nature’s Decor
December 10 • Saturday • 9 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM or 3 PM
Early registration begins November 15 (ages 18+)
Deck the halls with boughs of holly…the holidays are just around the corner and we’re in the mood to decorate! We’ll use nature’s resources to create wonderful winter wreaths, swags, and garlands. You provide a grapevine wreath (you choose the size and shape you want) and we’ll provide everything else to do your decorating.

Reserve by Dec 09, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center
Date: Dec 14, 2016 06:00 pm - Dec 14, 2016 09:00 pm

All of your hard work is finally going to pay off. You have harvested a deer, processed the meat and now it is time to cook. You will want to bring your appetite to this class. Our experienced hunters and cooks will give you hands on training on cooking venison and sausage making recipes and how to prepare the venison for the table. When complete, there will be some food to sample. This program will be held at the Busch CA regional office classroom.(Ages 11 and up). Ages 11-16 must be accompanied by an adult. (Reservations begin November 14 by calling 636-441-4554).

Reserve by Dec 11, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Dec 20, 2016 06:30 pm - Dec 20, 2016 08:30 pm

Registration required beginning November 15 by calling 816-759-7300 (adults) Learn how to pluck a duck and break it down to manageable pieces. Then Chef Martin Heuser of “Affäre Restaurant” will be preparing our birds in delectable ways that will make you want to learn how to use a duck call! A $20.00 per person refundable deposit is required to hold your spot.

Reserve by Dec 19, 2016
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Date: Dec 24, 2016 08:00 am - Dec 24, 2016 09:30 am

(Ages 9 - 15)
Interested young people who have never had experience shooting .22 handguns are invited to participate in a Saturday morning session learning safety and the proper techniques of shooting .22 rimfire handguns. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment are provided. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. To register, call (636) 938-9548 ext. 0 or email henges.range@mdc.mo.gov (Reservations begin September 10)

Reserve by Dec 23, 2016
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Date: Dec 25, 2016 12:00 am - Dec 25, 2016 11:30 pm

The range facility will be closed for observance of Christmas Day.

Location: Bennett Spring State Park
Date: May 06, 2017 06:30 am - May 06, 2017 08:15 pm

The Missouri Department of Conservation proudly presents Kid’s Free Fishing Day, May 6, at Bennett Spring State Park. Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish and learn about fishing at Bennett Spring Kid’s Fishing Day. A designated fishing area will be reserved for youths age 15 and under. Limited fishing equipment will be available on a first come basis to borrow so children are encouraged to bring their own. Lunch will be available for the children 15 and younger from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If there are any questions please call the hatchery at 417-532-4418.

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