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NOTICE: In-Person Events Limited Due to COVID

In-person MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state are limited due to COVID-19 considerations. MDC is offering new online programs that allow people to attend virtually. Please check our class listings to see what classes are limited, in-person classes or virtual classes.

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Date: Friday, August 14, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:30pm

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

What is 5-Stand? It’s a great way to improve on your shotgun shooting skills! This combination of trap, skeet, and sporting clays affords the challenge of all three games but with less walking. Bring your friends and your favorite shotgun and experience the fun of this game. No registration required. WEATHER PERMITTING!

Register by August 13

Date: Friday, August 14, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Join us on a virtual field exploration as we learn about, and identify, some of our most common native bees in St. Louis city and county. We will have naturalists catching and releasing live bees as they forage on flowers for pollen and nectar. Naturalists will help viewers learn how to identify these most common native bees, and will give tips and information on how to attract native bees to your own garden.
Registration is required.

Please provide an email in your profile so a program link can be sent.

*Please note this is a virtual program.*

Register by August 14

Date: Friday, August 14, 2020 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

A cool, clear Missouri stream or creek is a great place to spend a warm summer day. Each stream is full of life; some can be seen swimming by while others stay hidden. Join us for a virtual webcast as we dive below the water’s surface and discover what aquatic creatures are hidden in our creeks and what role they play. You must register to attend and provide a valid email to receive a link to join the program. Class will be available ten minutes prior to start time for log-in. Recommended for ages 5 and above.

Register by August 14

Date: Friday, August 14, 2020 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Did you know there are over 400 species of bees living in Missouri? Most of these bees don’t store honey or live in a hive. We’ll talk about what kinds of homes native bees prefer, discuss some bee benefits, and provide pointers on how to build your own hotel for bees! Place your bee hotel in your garden, and it’ll be buzzing with visitors in no time!
(all ages) Registration ends 2 hours before program starts.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Register by August 14

Date: Friday, August 14, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Have you ever wondered if Missouri has strange, possibly mythological creatures roaming the state? Here at the Missouri Department of Conservation, we receive many calls about strange animals being spotted. Included are animals such as a wolf, a black panther, and even a swamp ape! Are these strange creatures real, or is it just a trick of the eye? Join the naturalists at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center for a virtual program on cryptids and Strange Missouri Critters. In this program, we will learn about native Missouri animals that have been mistaken for non-native and cryptid creatures, as well as strange Missouri animals that should be cryptids.

This program will be held on Friday, August 14, 2020 from 6-7 p.m. and is designed for all ages. Please register each person attending. This is a free WebEx Event, and you will receive the invitation by email from WebEx by noon the day of the program.

Register by August 14

Date: Friday, August 14, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

You are invited to our annual stream team clean-up at Runge on our section of Wears Creek. Let's wade in the water, pick up trash and scoop for "live" aquatic insects, fish or amphibians. Then take a break for a quick snack. Don't forget to wear old clothes and shoes to get wet and muddy. Only one adult per family allowed. In an effort to follow social distancing and group gathering guidelines, non-participant guests or siblings are not allowed. **Registration required

Register by August 14

Date: Friday, August 14, 2020 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Experience the nature center at night in a short hike on Paw Paw Valley trail. We will use our senses as we discover the amazing ways nocturnal animals survive in the night.

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and for anyone over the age of 9 to wear a face covering. To help us have an accurate count, please register each family member that plans to attend.

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 7:00am to 8:00pm

Location: Roaring River Hatchery

A section of the stream will be reserved just for kids 15 and under. Free tags will be available at the park store all day Friday August 14 and Saturday August 15th. To get more information, call MDC’s Roaring River Hatchery at 417-847-2430 or e-mail paul.spurgeon@mdc.mo.gov

Register by August 14

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Cane poles are primitive but they are also fun and easy for anyone to use. Especially for young children who aren't sure how to handle rod and reel combos yet. Almost anyone can master a cane pole in just a few minutes.

Come out to Prairie Hollow Educational Lake, learn how to build a cane pole and then try your luck with this trusty but ancient equipment that's been catching big fish for thousands of years. All ages are welcome and adults are encouraged to grab a pole and fish along with the kids.

We'll help every child build their own cane pole during this program. They'll learn how to tie clinch knots, use bobbers and split shot weights and how to properly rig a cane pole.

After the program children can take their pole home for more fishing adventures on their own.

Poles, tackle, bait, coaches and a basic cane pole fishing lesson will be provided.

Fishing permits are NOT required for anyone fishing during this program.

All children must be accompanied by an adult and adults may fish along with the children.

Register by August 15

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Lake Girardeau Conservation Area

Come borrow a canoe! This is an opportunity for you and your family to join us for a peaceful paddle on the lake. This is an unguided experience, but canoe safety instruction will be provided as well as MDC staff to monitor safety on the water. Please meet at the main put-in off of County Rd 383. Sessions will last 2 hours. Boats are required to have 1 participant over the age of 16, and a maximum of 3 persons per boat. If your family wishes to borrow 2 boats, please register 2 participants to insure your spot. Masks are required during instruction period but are not required during time on the water. (all ages)
Registration ends 2 hours before program starts.

Register by August 15

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 9+) Catching a fish on a jig or fly that you created is a very satisfying experience. Discover the process to make jigs and flies that will catch lots of fish. This hands-on class is for beginner to intermediate levels. All materials will be provided, and participants will take home the lures they create. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 15

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Hummingbirds are tiny travelers. Their fall migration to the south is an amazing journey. Learn how they do it and other interesting hummer information.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Register by August 15

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Lake Girardeau Conservation Area

Come borrow a canoe! This is an opportunity for you and your family to join us for a peaceful paddle on the lake. This is an unguided experience, but canoe safety instruction will be provided as well as MDC staff to monitor safety on the water. Please meet at the main put-in off of County Rd 383. Sessions will last 2 hours. Boats are required to have 1 participant over the age of 16, and a maximum of 3 persons per boat. If your family wishes to borrow 2 boats, please register 2 participants to insure your spot. Masks are required during instruction period but are not required during time on the water. (all ages)
Registration ends 2 hours before program starts.

Register by August 17

Date: Monday, August 17, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Ficke Property Pond

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 pole, parts of a fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. 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 visit Discover Nature-Fishing https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161

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 a variety of baits to various types of hooks. 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 visit Discover Nature-Fishing https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161

Register by August 17

Date: Monday, August 17, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Missouri is home to a beautiful variety of bees, birds, and butterflies that help pollinate the plants of this great state. Pollinators are essential for creating a healthy landscape, and their work allows us to have an abundance of foods to eat as well as many beautiful flowers to enjoy. In this virtual program, you will learn how these native pollinators have been helping us in our daily lives, and in return, you will also learn how you can help them!

This is a virtual program, and you will receive a WebEx invitation around noon on the day of the program. The invite will be from WebEx. Register each individual separately.

Register by August 18

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Did you know there are treasures hiding all around you? Geocaching is a fun pastime in which you follow GPS coordinates to a specific location or box filled with trinkets. In this program, we will discuss different types of caches, safety, and give you a set of coordinates to explore (Cape County). (all ages)
Registration ends 2 hours before program starts.

Note: Participants will need a mobile GPS unit or to download a GPS app to their smart device to participate in geocaching activity. Participants are welcome to tune in from other parts of the state even though they will be unable to follow the coordinates given.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Register by August 18

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

“Shell-ebrate” turtles virtually and learn more about these funky reptiles and what makes them special. Ages 3-6. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Call 417-888-4237 for more information. Select the blue "Register" button in the top right corner to register.

Register by August 18

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Missouri's warmest season is often one of the most active. Nature can come alive at any moment, revealing to us many fascinating interactions. Join us each week in August for a 30-minute naturalist-led program, each exploring a new and exciting summer surprise!

Register by August 18

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Runge Virtual Program: Hummingbirds are one of the most uniquely adapted group of birds in the world, with many specialized adaptations. Join us as we uncover some of the secrets of their miniature world, and discover ways to help conserve and attract hummingbirds within your yard.
**Registration required

Register by August 18

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 16+) Navigate through nature; learn to read a map and how to use a compass. We'll look at topographic maps and talk about how to know where you are. We'll be using compasses in a scavenger hunt for participants to learn a new skill in navigating. Participants, please meet the instructor at the front door to the Discovery Center. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 19

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join us as we explore Shooting Star Trail at RBSP. Due to Covid-19 concerns we will not be carpooling in Runge vans. Participants can either meet at Runge at 8 a.m. and follow the hike leaders or meet at RBSP Shooting Star trail head at 8:35 a.m. Bring lunch, water, and insect repellent and dress for the weather. Trail: Moderate 4 miles

Register by August 18

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Native pollinators are amazing and vital parts of nature! Join a naturalist to search for these cool critters around the nature center, play a game to learn the 3 key parts of great bee habitat and take a native plant home (1 per household).

Register by August 18

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Native pollinators are amazing and vital parts of nature! Join a naturalist to search for these cool critters around the nature center, play a game to learn the 3 key parts of great bee habitat and take a native plant home (1 per household).

Register by August 19

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Join us to learn about the different snakes that call Missouri home, how to identify them and which are dangerous. Live snakes will be at the program.
You MUST REGISTER at mdc.mo.gov/events by 5pm, August 18th. Class is limited to 20 participants (this includes adults & children). If you need help registering your child, please email the email address listed below.. This is a FREE program!
All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
Email the Naturalist (Alyssa.garver@mdc.mo.gov) for more information.

Register by August 19

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

During the month of August, migratory waterfowl begin to return to Missouri. These birds use our waterways as a stopover point to rest and refuel before continuing their southward trek. This virtual program will help you identify waterfowl in late summer and autumn. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Recommended for all ages. Call 417-888-4237 for more information. Select the blue "Register" button in the top right corner to register.

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