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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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Register by August 6

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

This virtual “Kayak for Beginners” program is designed to help the first time Kayaker understand the basics of one of the most popular watersports in Missouri today. We will talk about the types of kayaks and basic equipment needed to float Missouri’s rivers, lakes, and streams safely. Your full name is required at registration along with a viable email address as we will be sending you the link to log into the class at noon the day of. Class will be available five minutes prior to start time for log-in. Feel free to email me if you have any questions!

Register by August 6

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Did you know we have 16 species of bats that can be found in Missouri? Can you guess what they eat? Come and join us naturalists on a virtual program on Missouri's bats! We will discuss bats around the world, what makes a bat a bat, and then focus on Missouri's bats and what we can do to help them.

**This is a virtual program. Please register each person attending. You all will receive a WebEx invitation around noon (12 pm) the day of the event.

Register by August 7

Date: Friday, August 7, 2020 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Beat the midday heat by hiking early with one of our knowledgeable naturalists! There is no telling what treasures we will find blooming, crawling, and flying through the forest at the nature center. This leisurely walk will take roughly 1.5 hours and cover about 1.5 miles some of which is hilly.
To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and wear a face covering. Please meet near the front door of the Nature Center.(all ages)
Registration ends 2 hours before program starts.

Date: Friday, August 7, 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 6

Date: Friday, August 7, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

You can find this long-eared furry animal in your own back yard. You might not spot it, catch it, or sneak up on it because the cottontail is made to avoid predators. Learn all about the cottontail rabbit in a VIRTUAL Little Acorns program with naturalist Alan Reed. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link the day prior to the program. Ages 3-6 years old is recommended. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by August 7

Date: Friday, August 7, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Between enjoying the large variety of blooms and battling weeds and other maintenance issues, summer can be bittersweet in your gardens. Join our native landscape specialist to talk about tips and tricks to help you keep your summer garden looking and functioning it's best. Bring your questions about pruning, weeding and maintaining order in your summer garden. Participants, please meet the instructor at the front door to the Discovery Center. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 7

Date: Friday, August 7, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Between enjoying the large variety of blooms and battling weeds and other maintenance issues, summer can be bittersweet in your gardens. Join our native landscape specialist to talk about tips and tricks to help you keep your summer garden looking and functioning it's best. Bring your questions about pruning, weeding and maintaining order in your summer garden. Participants, please meet the instructor at the front door to the Discovery Center. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 7

Date: Friday, August 7, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ready to try a new gardenscape? Rain gardens are the best way to deal with storm water runoff or just a soggy spot in your yard. The nature center has a rain garden that handles our parking lot runoff. We will visit the garden and explore this method of gardening and look at the plants that live there. (ages 12+)

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 7

Date: Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 8:30am to 9:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to learn the most effective methods for dove hunting. We will discuss the biology of the bird and then teach you how to wing shoot using the Effective Wing Shooting for the Hunter techniques. We will discuss using decoys and how to use concealment to your benefit.

Register by August 8

Date: Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Let's head outdoors for a sunny and exciting day to discover the fun-filled activities and adventures that you can do in your backyard? We will be learning and exploring through play by discovering different textures, colors and shapes of nature. We will hunt and find various treasures that you may find in your backyard. Participants, please meet the instructor at the pavilion on the south side of the Discovery Center. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 8

Date: Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Let's head outdoors for a sunny and exciting day to discover the fun-filled activities and adventures that you can do in your backyard? We will be learning and exploring through play by discovering different textures, colors and shapes of nature. We will hunt and find various treasures that you may find in your backyard. Participants, please meet the instructor at the pavilion on the south side of the Discovery Center. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 8

Date: Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Let's head outdoors for a sunny and exciting day to discover the fun-filled activities and adventures that you can do in your backyard? We will be learning and exploring through play by discovering different textures, colors and shapes of nature. We will hunt and find various treasures that you may find in your backyard. Participants, please meet the instructor at the pavilion on the south side of the Discovery Center. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 10

Date: Monday, August 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

The forest is a wonderful place to relax and unwind from our busy days. It is no secret that we feel better after being in nature, but have you ever wondered why and how the forest can benefit us throughout our lives? Tune into this virtual program to learn more about how the forest helps us and how we, in return, can help our forests!

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 9

Date: Monday, August 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Rock Fork Lakes Conservation Area

Join us for an evening on the water for a basic kayaking program. Participants will learn information and safety about kayaking during a ground school portion of the class, then take to the water for paddling instruction and practice. Participants aged 13 and older are welcome to register; those aged younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Kayaks, paddles, and life-jackets will be provided. Close-toed shoes are required.

For questions please contact Rhys McCracken at Rhys.McCracken@mdc.mo.gov.

Register by August 11

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The nature center’s garden is so colorful this time of year. It is also very busy, busy, busy. Native plants are great for pollinators. See what is blooming in the garden and who all is buzzing around. You will learn a lot about how to attract all sorts of pollinators to your garden. (ages 12+)

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 11

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join us for a new regular virtual program series where you can ask the naturalist questions about nature topics. Learn fun and important facts about black rat snakes with Naturalist Jordi Raos followed by a live Q&A session. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link the 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.

Register by August 10

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program will teach the fundamentals of archery and atlatl, including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. All equipment will be provided. Dress for the weather we will be outside for the program.

Register by August 11

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Old Plantation Access

Join us as we explore Whitewater Creek and discover the cool creatures that call it home. We will provide nets and containers for aquatic animal observation. Meet at the north parking lot at Old Plantation Access. Come dressed to be in the creek with shoes that can get wet (no flip-flops or crocs). To ensure the safety of all, this program requires face coverings for anyone over the age of 9 during instruction period but are not required during time in the creek. To help us have an accurate count, please register each family member that plans to attend. (ages 6+)

Register by August 11

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 16+)
Join a naturalist to learn about a primitive hunting method that helped bring home dinner. Today atlatl is remerging, and in Missouri is an approved hunting method during alternative seasons. Participants will practice newly learned skills on targets and a 3D deer. Participants should be dressed to be outside. Water bottle and closed toe shoes are required. Participants, please meet the naturalist at the front door to the Discovery Center. Masks are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 11

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Tagging monarchs is a large-scale citizen science effort that began in 1992 across North America to understand the dynamics of the fall migration. You will have the opportunity to join the 2020 tagging effort at the Discovery Center. Participants will learn about the value of tagging and use nets to capture, tag and release monarchs. Participants, please meet the naturalist at the pavilion on the south side of the Discovery Center.

Register by August 11

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 16+)
Join a naturalist to learn about a primitive hunting method that helped bring home dinner. Today atlatl is remerging, and in Missouri is an approved hunting method during alternative seasons. Participants will practice newly learned skills on targets and a 3D deer. Participants should be dressed to be outside. Water bottle and closed toe shoes are required. Participants, please meet the naturalist at the front door to the Discovery Center. Masks are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 11

Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Native shrubs are the good “bones” to a bird friendly yard. Plants that are adapted to our climate, moisture, soil conditions are ideal for our resident and migratory birds. If you are interested in bringing “feathered action” to your yard and benefiting our environment, you are welcome to join in on this presentation. Conservation educator Jeff Cantrell will cover a variety of species of woody cover sources and food for the backyard birds. In addition, a discussion of native flowers will be presented for those wanting to garden for hummingbirds. There will be a native plant pick up in September at the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center, the timing of this program is perfect to plan a garden design and purchase plants from the vendors that will be available for the native plant pick up.

Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 2:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Register by August 12

Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Have you ever wanted to go camping, but are not sure how to get started? Join us for a virtual program to learn the basics like where to camp, what tent you should use, cooking techniques, and more.

Please provide an email with your registration so a link can be sent to you.

You will receive a link for the program the day before.

Register by August 13

Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ever wonder what it takes to keep all the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Thanks to some amazing animal care volunteers, they are fed a delicious smorgasbord of crickets, worms, minnows, and more! Meet a few of our captive critters and observe them eating during this live, virtual program. (all ages)
Registration ends 2 hours prior to program beginning.
Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

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