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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 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.

Register by April 12

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 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 - 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 - 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.

Register by April 13

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

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 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

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 14

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

Location: Virtual

Swallowtails are wonderful butterflies. How do you identify them? What plants are important to them? Join us for our regular virtual program series where you can ask the naturalist questions about nature topics. Learn about these interesting creatures with Naturalist Alan Reed followed by a live Q&A session. 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 ages 10-adult.

Register by April 14

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Virtual

Spring is here and the frogs are calling! Learn all about the common frogs and toads of Missouri as we explore their life cycle, identify their calls, and discover how they help us. Plus, you will learn tips and tricks on how you can help them.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program. Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Virtual

Every third Thursday at 12pm, we’ll tour the native landscape at MDC’s Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, this monthly series features a live look at native plants of interest throughout the year, This program is a partnership with Deep Roots.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED THROUGH THE DEEP ROOTS WEBSITE: https://deeproots.org/native-plants-at-noon/

Register by April 14

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Come spend a beautiful spring afternoon hiking in Rockwoods Reservation. We should be able to see and identify many native wildflowers and flowering trees. You will also see how “Wise Use” over the past 83 years has transformed Rockwoods into an amazing place. For the safety of participants and our staff, participants will be asked to maintain social distance from staff and other participants, and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.
Must be able to hike 1.5 miles with a 200 foot elevation gain.

Register by April 15

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Virtual

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 is a VIRTUAL program! Registration is required. You must register with a valid email by 5pm, April 14th. A link to the program will be sent to the email with which you register.

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