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Archery is the skill of using a bow to propel arrows. It can be used in hunting, but is also a competitive sport and recreational activity. Nearly everyone — regardless of age, size, or physical ability — can succeed at archery.

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Registration period: May 1 - June 1
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 8:30 am - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 12-18)

Become a Part of the Outdoor Skills Adventure!

If you love to have fun outdoors, and would like to learn new skills, then this program is for you! Teamwork, safety, and leadership are stressed. Join us in June as we learn the basics of these outdoor skills. A contact email address is required for follow-up information.
Registration period: May 17 - June 11
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only

Many people have an old longbow or recurve bow somewhere in their household or in a family member’s house. Maybe it was passed down from a grandparent or parent and now it’s buried in a closet or stored away somewhere. Maybe you’ve seen it and have an interest in learning how to shoot it, but just don’t really know where to begin. “Traditional Treasures” is a virtual program for those folks that might have a new interest in shooting a longbow or recurve bow, like the ones used before the compound bow was invented. Or maybe you have a renewed interest in an activity you participated in when you were first introduced to archery years ago. This program is just a basic introduction into the wonderful world of traditional archery! What is a “traditional bow”? What are the most common kinds of traditional bows and what are the differences between them? What to look for to know that your bow is in good shooting condition. The basic parts of traditional bows, advantages and disadvantages of shooting traditional equipment, and what accessories are needed to shoot traditional equipment. Recommended age range for this program is 12 years old to adult.

Traditional Treasures is a free virtual program, but advanced online registration is required here.

Please provide a good email address when you register. Participants will receive an email with a WebEx link approximately 24 hours prior to the program, as well as a reminder email the day of the program. If the emails do not appear in their inbox, participants should check junk/spam folders.

For questions you can contact Conrad Mallady at: 314-577-9555 ext. 76044 or at: Conrad.Mallady@mdc.mo.gov

Registration period: May 1 - June 1
Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 12:30 pm - Wednesday, June 16, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 8-11)

Become a Part of the Outdoor Skills Adventure!

If you love to have fun outdoors, and would like to learn new skills, then this program is for you! Teamwork, safety, and leadership are stressed. Join us in June as we learn the basics of these outdoor skills. A contact email address is required for follow-up information.
Registration period: June 1 - June 17
Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021 10:00 am - Thursday, June 17, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Ready to take on a new and exciting archery challenge? Runge 3D archery is here! This is an intermediate program meant for honing archery skills and introducing the basics of archery hunting. Meet at the outdoor pavilion. Dress for the weather with closed toe shoes and non baggy clothing. The Runge archery range is not ADA accessible. Masks are encouraged when social distancing cannot be maintained. Registration required. Ages 10 and up.
Registration period: June 1 - June 18
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 1:30 pm - Saturday, June 19, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families)

Archery and bow hunting continue to grow in popularity! Discover the fun of this family activity as parents and kids learn together. We will teach and practice the basics and help you perfect your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately.
Date: Sunday, June 20, 2021 3:00 pm - Sunday, June 20, 2021 4:30 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range
Parents, grandparents, and adult mentors bring your youngster(s) to learn a new skill and spend time practicing. You don’t have to be a hunter to become a skilled archer. No experience is necessary and archery equipment will be provided We will teach and practice the basics and help you perfect your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately.
Date: Monday, June 21, 2021 9:00 am - Monday, June 21, 2021 10:30 am
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program will teach the fundamentals of archery and atlatl including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. This event will take place on the static archery range. All equipment will be provided.
Date: Monday, June 21, 2021 12:00 pm - Monday, June 21, 2021 1:30 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program will teach the fundamentals of archery and atlatl including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. This event will take place on the static archery range. All equipment will be provided.
Registration period: June 1 - June 22
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 6:30 pm - Tuesday, June 22, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Archery has come a long way, from wooden longbows to the modern crossbow. Learn the basics of how to safely load and shoot a crossbow and make your best shot with this easy and fun archery method. Dress for the weather in closed toe shoes. The Runge outdoor range is not ADA accessible. Masks encouraged when social distancing cannot be maintained. Registration Required. Ages 12 and up.
Registration period: May 15 - June 25
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Learn the basics of safe archery and practice your skills in an open field with stationary targets. All equipment will be provided. Please register each person participating so that we have an accurate count for social distancing and equipment needs.
Registration period: May 12 - June 28
Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, June 29, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Do you want to learn how to survive the wilds of Missouri? Join us at Emmenegger Nature Park as we spend our summer day learning the ins and outs of survival in the wild. Survivalist trainees will learn how to properly identify Missouri native plants and animal tracks as well as build a shelter out of debris found in the woods. Survivalists will also learn archery and atlatl as well as take part in a short orienteering course.

Registration is required. Participants should bring lunch and wear clothes to get a little dirty and wet.

Registration period: June 15 - June 28
Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, June 29, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Archery

June 29, Tuesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

(Ages 9 and up)

Reservations begin June 15

Join our instructors as we learn the fundamentals of shooting archery. This is a fun program for the entire family, ages 9 and up

As these are in-person programs MDC asks all guests to observe social distancing guidelines and maintain at least 6 feet from others for the safety of participants and staff. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when indoors, or any time visitors are unable to maintain at least 6 feet from others. Local ordinances requiring face masks will be observed where applicable.

Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2021 9:00 am - Tuesday, July 6, 2021 10:30 am
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program will teach the fundamentals of archery and atlatl including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. This event will take place on the static archery range. All equipment will be provided.
Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2021 12:00 pm - Tuesday, July 6, 2021 1:30 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program will teach the fundamentals of archery and atlatl including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. This event will take place on the static archery range. All equipment will be provided.
Registration period: May 26 - July 6
Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, July 6, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (adults) Let's get outside for a fun-filled sunny summer night of outdoor skills and adventure! Would you like to discover the fun in learning to use an atlatl, testing your archery skills, mastering the skill of fire starting and participating in other outdoor skills that will enhance your experiences in nature? Join us for our annual 'Ladies Night Out' at the Discovery Center! This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.
Registration period: June 1 - July 2
Date: Friday, July 9, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, July 9, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Bellefontaine Conservation Area

Have you ever wanted to learn outdoor skills like fishing and archery? Join us as we discover the different aspects of both of these skills at our minicamp! We will learn about the different fish that call Missouri home, how to bait a hook, and practice casting before fishing in our educational lakes. You will also have the opportunity to learn how to use a compound bow and practice your aim during some scheduled shooting

This minicamp will take place at Bellefontaine Conservation Area near highway 270 and 367. You will head south on 367 and make the first left towards the veteran’s home. You should see a brown conservation sign directing you to the conservation area at the first left. Please bring a water bottle, sunscreen, a lunch, and other supplies needed for the duration of camp.

Please register each camper that is planning to attend.

*Parents/guardians will receive a waiver for each camper. Parents/guardians will drop-off campers via waiver and emergency contact form.

Registration period: April 26 - June 14
Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 7:00 am - Tuesday, July 13, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Discover Nature Girls’ Camp is a FREE, 1-day camp held by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for girls ages 11-15. One goal of this camp is to encourage participants to leave with the confidence to explore Missouri’s diverse outdoors on their own. Discover Nature Girls’ Camp will provide them with a supportive learning environment where they can actively participate in “hands-on” outdoor skills led by Conservation Agents and MDC staff. Some of these skills include: archery, shooting sports, fishing, atlatl, and canoeing. At the completion of camp, the girls will become Hunter Education certified so that they may continue using their newly learned skills. Registration is open to the first 60 girls.

This is a multistep process step 1) register online 2) watch for an email and a packet in the mail (PLEASE MAKE SURE TO HAVE A CURRENT EMAIL AND ADDRESS LISTED WHEN REGISTEREING) 3) fill out the packet ASAP and return 4) student must complete the knowledge portion explained in packet and return.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out by email Becky.Robertson@mdc.mo.gov or phone (636) 441-4554.

Registration period: April 26 - June 1
Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 7:00 am - Tuesday, July 13, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Discover Nature Girls’ Camp is a FREE, 1-day camp held by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for girls ages 11-15. The camp will be held on July 13th. One goal of this camp is to encourage participants to leave with the confidence to explore Missouri’s diverse outdoors on their own. Discover Nature Girls’ Camp will provide them with a supportive learning environment where they can actively participate in “hands-on” outdoor skills led by Conservation Agents and MDC staff. Some of these skills include: archery, shooting sports, fishing, atlatl, and canoeing. At the completion of camp, the girls will become Hunter Education certified so that they may continue using their newly learned skills. Registration is open to the first 60 girls. You will need to create a user name and password for your child to register.

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This is a multistep process step 1) register online 2) watch for an email and a packet in the mail (PLEASE MAKE SURE TO HAVE A CURRENT EMAIL AND ADDRESS LISTED WHEN REGISTEREING) 3) fill out the packet ASAP and return 4) student must complete the knowledge portion explained in packet and return.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out by email Becky.Robertson@mdc.mo.gov or phone (636) 441-4554.
Registration period: June 15 - July 12
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 12:00 pm - Thursday, July 15, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Bellefontaine Conservation Area

This program will introduce the fundamentals for safely and successfully shooting a compound bow, with hands on practice. All equipment will be provided. Class will meet at the pavilion on the Bellefontaine Conservation Area. The class will be held outdoors so please dress for the weather. Ages 9 and up, participants 9-15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration period: July 1 - July 23
Date: Friday, July 30, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, July 30, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Is there a better way to spend a summer day than spending time outdoors? Join us as we sample different ways you can enjoy conservation right in your own backyard. We will spend time learning about the different plants and animals of Missouri, practicing mini archery and other fun activities in the comfort of the nature center and the surrounding woods.

This minicamp will take place at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center. Please bring a water bottle, a lunch, and any other supplies that you might need for the duration of the camp.

Please register each camper that is planning to attend.

*Parents/guardians will receive a waiver for each camper. Parents/guardians will drop-off campers via waiver and emergency contact form.

Registration period: May 21 - August 5
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, August 7, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Are you a Scout wanting to get closer to earning a badge? Join us at August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area on Saturday, August 7, 2021 for the scout event of the year! Scouts will be able to visit multiple stations and complete activities that will satisfy a multitude of badges. The following stations will be on site:

• Wilderness Survival

• Water Conservation*

• Orienteering*

• Mammal Study

• Bird Study

• Archery*

• Kayaking*

• Canoeing*

• Geocaching

• Forestry

• Fishing*

• Environmental Science

• Forest Bathing

• Hiking

• Reptile and Amphibian Study

* Indicates stations that require reservation through email, due to limited spaces

If you wish to attend this event, you must register here. if you wish to add an activity that has limited spaces available to your registration (see * in list above):

• Email Powder.Val@mdc.mo.gov with your:

o Pack/troop number

o Age/s

o Whether you will be attending with your pack/troop

o A list of the stations with limited spaces you would like to attend that require reservations

• You will then receive an email with a special code to sign up with

This event is designed for Scouts of America and Girl Scouts.

Scouts are responsible for securing Merit Badge Counselors for the event.

Scouts must bring their Merit Badge Cards.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase through the bait shop concession stand.

Registration period: June 11 - September 15
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, September 18, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve

Are you someone that has never shot a bow and arrow before and you’re not sure how to get started? Or maybe you did when you were young, but never pursued the activity any further. Learn the basics of shooting the bow and arrow utilizing some of the techniques and methods that have been adopted by the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). This course is for those 14 years of age or older with the desire to shoot a bow and arrow, but have little or no experience. Learn archery shooting fundamentals while gaining knowledge about equipment options and choices. Note: All equipment will be provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Not recommended for adults with shoulder or back injuries.

* Classes will be CANCELLED if we encounter inclement weather — rain or heat (temps more than 90 degrees).

Thanks!