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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: Monday, March 22, 2021 - 8:00am to Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - 8:00am

Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Are you part of a school, camp, scout, or other community group in the St. Louis Region that would like a presentation about Missouri fish, forest, and wildlife? We have Naturalist staff and volunteers that can come to you with programs, or programs are available at our sites. Programs are offered June through August. To request a summer program brochure and application, please e-mail Pat Behle at Pat.Behle@mdc.mo.gov.

Register by April 30

Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 8:00am to Friday, April 30, 2021 - 8:00am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Have you just bought a new pistol and want to become more familiar with it? Do you need some help getting started as a new shooter or haven’t shot for a while and want to get back into it? Is there a technique that you want to learn or improve upon? This one-on-one instruction is for you! It is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Participants must provide their own pistol and 100 rounds of ammunition. For more information or to make an appointment, call 816-249-3194.

Register by April 8

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 6:30pm to Saturday, April 10, 2021 - 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

This is a two part clinic:

Join us for a crappie fishing lesson on Thursday evening, April 8th, 6:30 pm - 8:00pm at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center. Where participants will learn how to catch crappie during all seasons and on all conditions. We'll discuss fishing methods, techniques, gear and tackle.

Then we'll meet again on Saturday morning, April 10th, 8:30am - 11:30 am at Jackrabbit Lake, (James A Reed Memorial Wildlife Area) for a hands on opportunity to try and catch some hungry crappie.

Fishing permits are not required for participants to fish during this clinic. Missouri Department of Conservation will provide all equipment, tackle and bait. Each participant must register for this clinic separately. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult at all times during this clinic.

Date: Saturday, April 10, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Runge Nature Center Staff Volunteers are somewhere along the trails ready to explore a seasonal nature topic with you! Trail station locations and topics are different every Saturday as nature always has something new to offer. Visit the Runge building to get a trail map and hints about where the volunteers may be found. This is not a formal program; stop by anytime between the designated exploration station hours. Masks required. No registration required. All ages.

Register by April 9

Date: Saturday, April 10, 2021 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Mushrooms are a delight for animals and people alike! Explore the realm of the fungi and learn what role they play in our environment and which may be a good addition to your dinner plate. We will have a mushroom foray hike in the woods of Burr Oak Woods following the presentation.

Register by April 10

Date: Saturday, April 10, 2021 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Get ready for spring turkey season with a handcrafted call made out of turkey wing bones. Wing bones and other supplies are included in this workshop. This program is for an adult mentor with a child/teen. Both participants need to register. Only one turkey call per group of two is available. Masks required. Registration required. Ages 10 and up.

Date: Sunday, April 11, 2021 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Lesson 1: This lesson must be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4.
Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spin-cast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish.
Lesson 2: Participants will learn intermediate fishing techniques and skills as well as hands-on fishing. Participants will be taught how to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure a variety of baits to various kinds of hooks.
All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing suitable for outdoor and water activities. Face masks are required at all time during the program. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen. This program is for anyone 6 years old and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by April 10

Date: Sunday, April 11, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Virtual

Are you nature smart? Test your brain, ears, and eyes as we explore Missouri's great outdoors with mind-bending and totally awesome trivia questions. Categories are to include Interesting Insects, What is it?, and Scoop or Poop just to name a few. Join us for an evening with family or friends as we have fun learning about nature in Missouri in game form!

This program will be held through WebEx. You will receive an email with a WebEx link 24 hours prior to the program, as well as a reminder email before 3 pm on the day of the program. If the emails do not appear in your inbox, search your junk/spam folder.

Register by April 12

Date: Monday, April 12, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

The spring woods are coming to life with the color and beauty of spring wildflowers. Tune in virtually to learn the basics of wildflower identification in our Missouri natural communities. Program links will be sent out 24 hours and 30 minutes before the program. Registration Required. All Ages.

Register by April 13

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 7:30am to 9:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join MDC naturalists and area birders as we discover the avian life that call Runge home. These short birding walks are for all experience-levels. We will gather near the front doors of the nature center. Binoculars and field guides will be provided for those that need them. Masks are required to attend this program. Registration preferred. Ages 8 and up.

Register by April 13

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

It’s time to get outdoors and start planting but how do seeds work? We will learn about what a seed is, why there are so many different kinds, and see just how amazing they really are. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Ages 3-6.

Register by April 13

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

There’s fungus among us!! Morels are Missourians' favorite mushroom for good reason. They are delicious to eat, easy to identify and can be hunted during five fabulous weeks in spring. Best of all, you can find them in every county. Join us to learn about Missouri’s edible spring mushrooms, and those you should avoid!

This program will be held in the Northeast Regional Office classroom. Space is limited. Masks are required into the building. Registration is required! You must register online by 5pm, April 12th.

Register by April 13

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join us at Binder Lake in Jefferson City as we learn how to identify many of the common spring wildflowers found in central Missouri. Masks are required to attend this program. Naturalist will send additional info on where to meet to registered participants via e-mail. Registration Required. Ages 6 and up.

Register by April 13

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Virtual

Hopping down the bunny trail comes Missouri’s own rabbit! But what do they eat? Where do they live? Why in the world do they have such big ears? Join us to answer these questions and discover more about cottontail rabbits. Registration is required with a valid email address to receive the program link. Recommended for ages 3 to 7.

Register by April 13

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Magical moments in nature are waiting for you! Go on an adventure with a Naturalist to make amazing discoveries as you explore on a trail close to the nature center.
Notes: Dress for the weather. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and/or there is more than light rain/sleet/snow program will be cancelled.

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Lesson 3: Lessons 1 & 2 must be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing Lessons 3-4. Participants will learn basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout as well as hands-on fishing. Participants will also learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, you will learn various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs.
Lesson 4: Participants will learn how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions as well as hands-on fishing. In addition, participants will learn to identify and understand fishing regulations.
All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and closed-toe shoes suitable for outdoor and water conditions. Face masks are required for the entire program. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen. This class is for ages 6 and up.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Class at Lake 15

Register by April 9

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

This virtual program will provide an opportunity to learn and ask questions about Urban Fishing in the St. Louis area. During the 45-minute program we will discuss the following topics: What lakes are part of the urban fishing program, where, when, and how many fish were stocked, where to borrow fishing equipment, and who needs a fishing permit. You must register to attend and provide a valid email to receive a link to join the virtual program.

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This Online class is designed for beginners wanting to get into Trap Shooting. It will cover safety, marksmanship fundamentals for shotgun, recommended gear for trap shooting, and the rules and etiquette for trap shooting. There will be a follow up live fire portion of this class on Saturday the 17 of April. If you would like to participate in the live fire portion a separate registration is required.

Register by April 13

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Virtual

It is finally spring and the neotropical migrants are back! Join us virtually as we discuss both the common and rare warblers that call Missouri home (even if only for migration). We will discuss their identification by sight and sound and discuss where to go to see these beautiful birds. This will be followed by a limited in-person warbler hike on April 28th; separate registration required. Please register each individual separately. This is a virtual event through Webex. You will receive an email with the link approximately 24 hours prior to the event. Please check your junk mail/spam folders and let us know if you do not receive the link.

Register by April 13

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 9-11)
Burr Oak Woods is home to many plants and animals, but they don’t all live in the same places. We will visit a forest, prairie and pond to find out who lives there and what makes each habitat unique. Plus, we will investigate how plants and animals can use and change their habitat to meet their survival needs.

Register by April 13

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 3-5 with an adult)
Burr Oak Woods is home to many plants and animals, but they don’t all live in the same places. We will visit a forest, prairie and pond to find out who lives there and what makes each habitat unique. Plus, we will investigate how plants and animals can use and change their habitat to meet their survival needs.

Register by April 13

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 12-18)
Burr Oak Woods is home to many plants and animals, but they don’t all live in the same places. We will visit a forest, prairie and pond to find out who lives there and what makes each habitat unique. Plus, we will investigate how plants and animals can use and change their habitat to meet their survival needs.

Register by April 13

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 6-8)
Burr Oak Woods is home to many plants and animals, but they don’t all live in the same places. We will visit a forest, prairie and pond to find out who lives there and what makes each habitat unique. Plus, we will investigate how plants and animals can use and change their habitat to meet their survival needs.

Register by April 13

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This program will be held in-person only We will meet in-person at Powder Valley; exact location will be send in pre-program information.

Have you ever heard of the Seek App by iNaturalist? This is an amazing tool created to help you learn more about and feel more connected to nature. This program will take place at Powder Valley where there will be a quick introduction and lesson on how to use the Seek App, followed by a guided tour where you will have the opportunity to utilize this app in nature. This application is free for any Android or Apple device and downloading this app prior to the program is strongly encouraged.

This program will have a limit of 20 people with use of mask and social distancing practices.

Register by April 13

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 9-11)
Burr Oak Woods is home to many plants and animals, but they don’t all live in the same places. We will visit a forest, prairie and pond to find out who lives there and what makes each habitat unique. Plus, we will investigate how plants and animals can use and change their habitat to meet their survival needs.

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