Events

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Date: Apr 01, 2016 10:00 am - Nov 30, 2016 07:30 pm

The Jay Henges Range begins its extended hours for public shooting.

•The ranges are closed to public shooting on all Mondays, Tuesdays, and on state holidays.

April 1 through November 30

•Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

•Thursday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

•Friday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

•Shooting during public hours is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Date: Apr 06, 2016 11:00 am - Oct 26, 2016 07:00 pm

The extremely popular 5-Stand Sporting Clays is back and scheduled today and every Wednesday through October 26th.

What is 5-Stand Sporting Clays?

Sporting Clays is a challenging clay target game designed to simulate field shooting. On a Sporting Clays course, shooters are presented with a wide variety of targets that duplicate the flight path of gamebirds, such as flushing, crossing, incoming and other angling shots.

5-Stand is a condensed version of sporting clays. This game uses 6-8 automatic traps. 5-stand courses present targets in a variety of combinations to challenge the shooter. Targets are single target, report pairs, and true or simultaneous pairs.

A squad of five shooters can move from station to station with a predetermined menu of shots and combinations, or in a sequence unknown to the shooters.

Trap locations, target angles, and speed at individual stations may be changed from time to time, it is difficult for shooters to "groove in" as they might in trap or skeet.

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area
Date: Jul 01, 2016 08:00 am - Jul 31, 2016 04:00 pm

(All ages)Spend some of your summer discovering Columbia Bottom’s diverse ecosystems. The bottomland prairies, wetlands, and forests are waking up and are primed for discovering. Wednesday through Sunday come into the visitor center and check out a discovery backpack for a few hours to add in your efforts. We offer forest, birding, prairie, and wetland/slough backpacks. You will need some form of identification to check out a backpack. Visitor Center hours are Wednesday – Friday 8a.m. – 5p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8a.m. – 4p.m. Call for more information.

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area
Date: Jul 01, 2016 08:00 am - Jul 31, 2016 08:30 am

Save the Dates! Managed Youth Dove Clinic & Hunt
Aug 27 • Saturday • 4 p.m.–7 p.m. (Clinic)
Sept 1 • Thursday • 1 p.m.–sunset (Hunt)
(Ages 11-15)
Join us for our managed youth dove clinic and hunt. Bring your sponsor, shotgun, safety glasses, and hearing protection to Jay Henges Shooting Range on August 27 for the clinic. Don’t have a firearm? Some are available for loan. You will learn about dove biology, hunter safety, and hunting regulations before practicing in effective wing shooting with clay birds. Once you’ve attended this mandatory clinic, become Hunter Education certified by September 1st and you can join our youth dove hunt at Columbia Bottom. Up to forty youth will be selected depending on field conditions. Preference is given to first time applicants. Call 314-877-6014 Wed.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. for an application.

Location: Northeast Regional Office - Kirksville
Date: Aug 01, 2016 10:30 am - Aug 01, 2016 11:30 am

Wild parents know what’s best for their babies. They give them a home and yummy things to eat. They keep them away from danger, and some show their young how to care for themselves. Join us to learn how some of Missouri’s wild critters raise their babies.

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Date: Aug 02, 2016 08:00 am - Aug 31, 2016 05:00 pm

Dr. Jack Zibluk's exhibit, entitled "Four Seasons in Southeast Missouri," will focus on the scenes we see all around us as we walk the nature trails and state parks. Zibluk is a professor of mass media at Southeast Missouri State who has also had his photography featured in National Geographic and Rolling Stone.

Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Aug 02, 2016 08:00 am - Aug 02, 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 Jul 31, 2016
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Aug 02, 2016 10:00 am - Aug 02, 2016 12:00 pm

(Ages 7 - 12) Mountain lions, bobcats, cheetahs, jaguars… all of these animals are in the cat family. Which ones live in Missouri? Why have you not seen one? Visit Powder Valley for one last nature adventure before school starts to learn about these successful predators. There will be several activities, including games and hands-on tables. (Reservations begin July 19 by calling 314-301-1500.)

Reserve by Aug 01, 2016
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Date: Aug 02, 2016 05:30 pm - Aug 02, 2016 08:00 pm

Registration required beginning July 5 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 Jul 31, 2016
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Date: Aug 03, 2016 09:00 am - Aug 03, 2016 11:00 am

(Ages 6 - 12) What could be more fun in early August than to see what cool things live in an aquatic habitat? Come and learn about an aquatic food chain and how we can affect it. There will be plenty of time to actually interact with a real aquatic environment. Dress appropriately for the weather and netting aquatic critters along the shore of the Rockwoods woodland pond. All necessary equipment will be provided. (Reservations begin July 20. Please call 636-458-2236.)

Reserve by Aug 01, 2016
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Aug 03, 2016 10:00 am - Aug 03, 2016 11:30 am

(Ages 3-6) August is a great month to play in the water. In this interactive program, we will learn about the creatures that live in and around the water. With nets and magnifying viewer cups, we can have a lot of fun and learn something at the same time. (Reservations begin July 20 by calling 314-301-1500.)

Reserve by Aug 02, 2016
Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
Date: Aug 03, 2016 03:00 pm - Aug 03, 2016 03:30 pm

Walk-in (all ages) Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday. The snakes will be fed Friday (August 5 & 19). For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov

Location: Ozark Regional Library- Fredericktown, Mo
Date: Aug 03, 2016 05:00 pm - Aug 03, 2016 07:00 pm

Lesson 2 of Discover Nature Fishing covers knot tying, how to bait a hook and unhook a fish, and how to properly stock a tackle box. 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 01, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Aug 04, 2016 09:00 am - Aug 04, 2016 11:00 am

(Ages 6-12)
What could be more fun in early August than to see what cool things live in an aquatic habitat? Come and learn about an aquatic food chain and how we can affect it. There will be plenty of time to actually interact with a real aquatic environment. Dress appropriately for the weather and netting aquatic critters along the shore of the Busch Refuge Lake. All necessary equipment will be provided. Reservations begin July 21, please call 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Reserve by Aug 02, 2016
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range
Date: Aug 04, 2016 06:00 pm - Aug 04, 2016 09:00 pm

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 July 21.)

Reserve by Aug 03, 2016
Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Aug 04, 2016 06:00 pm - Aug 04, 2016 08:00 pm

Classroom: August 4 • Thursday • 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Field Day: August 6 • Saturday • 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
(Ages 12 & up) This introductory two-day program is for beginners who want to learn how to get started in this exciting sport. We will go over the safety aspects, proper gear, fish ID, regulations, and ethics while in the classroom. All participants who attend the first day will have the opportunity to use department provided gear with guidance from staff on the second day (Field day location is dependent on water levels and accessibility). You must attend day one in order to participate on day two. A valid fishing or hunting permit is required in order to attend this program (15 years of age or younger / 65 years of age or older are exempt). Reservations begin July 25th, please call 636-441-4554, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

Reserve by Aug 03, 2016
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Aug 05, 2016 09:30 am - Aug 05, 2016 11:30 am

(Families, ages 9 and up) Glades are one of the most unique ecosystems found in Missouri. Join Missouri Department of Conservation Naturalists as we explore a glade, and discover the unique creatures that call glades home. (Reservations begin July 22 by calling 314-301-1500.)

Reserve by Aug 04, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Aug 05, 2016 10:00 am - Aug 05, 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 04, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Aug 05, 2016 11:00 am - Aug 05, 2016 11:45 am

Don't be in the dark about cool cave creatures and features. Join the fun as we go "underground" to see what life in a cave is all about. Ages 3-6. Registration begins July 15. Call 417-888-4237. Little Acorns programs are limited to one per month.

Reserve by Aug 04, 2016
Location: Runge Nature Center
Date: Aug 05, 2016 01:00 pm - Aug 05, 2016 01:30 pm

No registration required. (all ages) The animals are hungry. Join us and watch as we feed the aquarium fish and snapping turtles. 573-526-5544

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Aug 05, 2016 01:30 pm - Aug 05, 2016 02:15 pm

Don't be in the dark about cool cave creatures and features. Join the fun as we go "underground" to see what life in a cave is all about. Ages 3-6. Registration begins July 15. Call 417-888-4237. Little Acorns programs are limited to one per month.

Reserve by Aug 04, 2016
Location: Lake City Range
Date: Aug 05, 2016 06:00 pm - Aug 05, 2016 09:00 pm

Registration required. (All ages) If you are a trapper looking for another tool to help you on the trapping line, then you might want to explore cable restraint. The course of instruction includes general history of cable restraint, rules and regulations, length of season, and more. This class is a requirement to trap with the cable restraint technique and certification will appear on your Resident Trapping Permit. This class will fill quickly. To register or for more information, call 816-249-3194.

Reserve by Jul 28, 2016
Location: B.K. Leach Conservation Area
Date: Aug 05, 2016 07:00 pm - Aug 05, 2016 11:00 pm

Join the staff of the Missouri Dept. of Conservation for an exciting and educational experience in frog gigging. Participants will learn the basics of frog gigging safety, equipment, identification, regulations and will go on a guided frog gigging trip. This program will consist of classroom lessons followed by a field trip. Discover Nature – Families programs are designed to help adults & children explore nature & master outdoor skills together. This program is open to youth ages 11 to 15 and their parent or adult mentor. Registration opens on July 1 by calling:636-441-4554.

Reserve by Jul 28, 2016
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Date: Aug 06, 2016 08:15 am - Aug 06, 2016 05:00 pm

Hike Hercules Glades Wilderness with Volunteer Naturalist Mike Mihalik. One mile of this hike will be wading through a creek to cool off so pack water shoes. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear clothes you can get wet and sturdy shoes. Hike is approximately five miles and rated moderate to difficult. Ages 18-adult. Registration begins August 2. Call 417-888-4237.

Reserve by Aug 05, 2016
Location: Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery
Date: Aug 06, 2016 09:00 am - Aug 06, 2016 11:00 am

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. 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 04, 2016

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