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Notice: Events Cancelled

Most MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state have been cancelled until April 15 to help protect the public amid ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

The cancellations are effective immediately and include scheduled hunter education classes, nature center programs and events, shooting range programs and events, and landowner workshops.

Please contact the specific MDC location for more information.

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Register by April 15

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All Ages

Learn all about trees in this four-part series of programs! In this second portion, we will learn about the extraordinary ways a tree lives. We will begin with a short biology lesson, and end with an activity where we will become trees ourselves!

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

What insects make their homes in caves and how do they contribute to nature's ecosystem? One insect, the herald moth finds caves a safe place to hibernate during the winter. This is our 4th quilt block subject. Quilt blocks this year are based on traditional quilt patterns and are less difficult to construct than in previous years.

Register by April 16

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Ants are amazing insects and they are found everywhere there is land - and food! We will watch ants move and work and discover how they talk and what they like to eat. Join us for some ANTics this month.
*Registration is required (ages 3-6)

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

What insects make their homes in caves and how do they contribute to nature's ecosystem? One insect the Herald Moth finds caves a safe place to hibernate during the winter. This is our 4th quilt block subject. Quilt blocks this year are based on traditional quilt patterns and are less difficult to construct than in previous years.
**No registration required
(Ages: 18+)

Register by April 16

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Date: Friday, April 17, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Celebrate Earth Day and learn how to protect the planet and help the special animals that live in Missouri. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, April 17, 2020 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Celebrate Earth Day and learn how to protect the planet and help the special animals that live in Missouri. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by April 18

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discover the joys of shotgun shooting. We will discuss shotgun nomenclature, stance, dominant eye, mounting, moving the shotgun, and much more. You may use our shotguns or plan to use your own. Please make sure your shotgun is completely unloaded before arriving.

Register by April 16

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Caldwell Memorial Wildlife Area

Join us for a free Introduction to Orienteering course! In the first part of this program, participants will use a provided compass to practice dialing in and taking a bearing, sighting an object, and pacing their distance. Next, participants will use their skills to complete one of several orienteering courses at Caldwell Memorial by finding hidden treasures! The majority of the class will take place outdoors. Participants should be prepared for the weather by wearing appropriate footwear and clothing as well as a bright orange vest for visibility. The courses will require hiking up and down a steeper slope through forested areas that may be thick with brush - be prepared to orienteer like a pioneer!

Participants will be notified via email prior to the day of the event of any cancellations due to inclement weather or low enrollment.

Register by April 18

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: MDC Ozark Regional Office

Private event Pack 86

Register by April 17

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Come learn how to identify some of the most beautiful, flowering trees in Missouri. We will look at blooms, bark, leaves, and twigs to help us identify these aesthetically pleasing trees. There will be a short presentation on tree identification to start, and then we will go try to identify trees on the property. Please be prepared to hike up to 2 miles.

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Stop by to celebrate Earth Day as we focus on the amazing birds found in Southwest Missouri and how we can help them. Walk the trail to answer trivia questions or to just enjoy a nice spring day. Stop by the classroom to take part in an Earth Day craft. Youth and adult groups welcome. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by April 20

Date: Monday, April 20, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: MDC Ozark Regional Office

Private event for Pack86

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program will teach the fundamentals of archery and atlatl, including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. We begin in the Education Center and then we will move to the static archery range. All equipment will be provided.

Register by April 22

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Ants are amazing insects and they are found everywhere there is land - and food! We will watch ants move and work and discover how they talk and what they like to eat. Join us for some ANTics this month.

Register by April 22

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Learning about nature from a young age is good for kids and for the environment. Every month, join Rockwoods naturalists for an outdoor adventure with your little one. The entire class is presented outside, so please dress for the weather, wear sunscreen, and bring bug spray. Siblings are welcome, but please note this class is designed for ages 3–6.

Register by April 22

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All ages

Learn how to identify and prepare wild, edible foods found in Missouri during spring! We will begin with a short presentation on identifying some of these edible plants and fungi. Afterwards, we will go out into the area to use our new identification skills. You will also get the chance to taste some prepared wild edibles. Please wear appropriate shoes, and bring any essentials to hike 1-2 miles.

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Parent Educators from Parents as Teachers will offer a Nature at It’s Best story time. Enjoy stories, activities, and finger plays designed for children from birth to age five. Each session is forty-five minutes in length. Ages 0-5. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:15pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Parent Educators from Parents as Teachers will offer a Nature at It’s Best story time. Enjoy stories, activities, and finger plays designed for children from birth to age five. Each session is forty-five minutes in length. Ages 0-5. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:15pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Parent Educators from Parents as Teachers will offer a Nature at It’s Best story time. Enjoy stories, activities, and finger plays designed for children from birth to age five. Each session is forty-five minutes in length. Ages 0-5. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by April 22

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Mid Continent Public Library Liberty Branch

This will be a two part program....

Part 1 - on April 23rd, 5:30pm - 7:00pm will meet in the classroom area of the Liberty Mid Continent Public Library for an educational fishing lesson.

Part 2 - We will meet again on April 30th, 5:30pm - 7:00pm at Fountain Bluff Sports Complex for our fishing opportunity. Participants must attend the lessons at the library before they can participate in the fishing opportunity.

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 rod, parts of a fishing rod, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. 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 bait on hooks. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Ages 7 and above. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Permits are not required to fish during this program.

Register by April 23

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Learn about making good environmental choices, recycling, and what kids can do to make our earth a little more “green”. Please, no younger siblings. Ages 7-12.

Date: Friday, April 24, 2020 - 7:30am to 9:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Register by April 24

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Air Rifle
April 25, Saturday, 8am – 9:30am
(Ages 9 - 15)
Reservations begin April 11
Interested families who have never experienced shooting are invited to participate in an instructor led session covering shooting fundamentals, safety and proper techniques of an air rifle. All necessary equipment will be provided

Register by April 25

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

We will be hiking the Little Lost Creek Conservation Area. We will be looking (and listening) to spot Ruffed Grouse that have been reintroduced to the area this past year. Please wear appropriate footwear, and dres appropriately for all types of weather conditions, including rain. Bring your lunch, water and bug repellant.
*Registration Required (ages 18+)
*NOTE: Those wishing to meet us at the trailhead please call Runge a couple of days before the hike to find out the time and place to meet our group.
*Location: Southwest of Warrenton Warren County

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