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Register by May 31

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 15 (ages 12+)
Come enjoy a naturalist lead hike at two of Missouri’s beautiful natural areas in honor of National Trails Day! We’ll see waterfalls, unique rock features, and interesting plants along the way. Hike is 3.5 miles and rated moderate. Ages 12-17 with adult supervision. Pick this option if you are riding with us from the Nature Center. Must dress appropriately for the weather and must wear sturdy shoes. Please bring water, lunch, and any comfort items (insect repellant, hat, binoculars, sunscreen, etc.). Will be canceled if severe weather is in the area.

Register by May 30

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Registration Required (Women 18+) This program is a safe and fun way for women to enjoy a day of shooting in a friendly, safe environment. This all-day event will cover everything from rifles and pistols to shotguns and archery. It is a great way to introduce you and others to the sport of shooting and to the different shooting disciplines offered. The one-on-one coaching offered by Lake City staff will give you the support needed to obtain the skills of a basic shooter and give you a better understanding of what the shooting sports can offer you. LUNCH WILL NOT BE PROVIDED, SO PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH/SNACKS. Refreshments will be provided.

Register by June 1

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Bray (Marguerite) Conservation Area

This series of four instructional lessons will assist children and families to gain skills and confidence to enjoy fishing. All classes are free and opened to youth ages 7-15, but the focus isn’t solely on kids. To be eligible to participate, youth must be accompanied by an adult or better yet bring entire family. All kids who complete all four classes will receive a 25$ gift certificate from Bass Pro Shops. Bait, tackle and pole will be provided for the class, all we need is YOU!

Lesson 3: Five common Missouri fish – their anatomy, habitats and life cycles

Lesson 4: Fishing with lures, fishing regulations

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Spend a couple of hours hiking and testing your nature knowledge to celebrate National Trails Day! Trek our trails and answer nature-related questions along the way. Stop by the nature center between 9-4 to pick up your question sheet and then return to check your answers and claim your prize. Youth and adult groups welcome.

Register by May 30

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake #1

This first class includes instruction as well as hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish. This lesson must be taken before registering for any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.

The Discover Nature Fishing Program is designed for children ages 7-15 years old, although parents/guardians are encouraged to learn and fish with their children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm, and Tuesday classes the day before at 4:00pm.

Register by May 30

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

This first class includes instruction as well as hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish. This lesson must be taken before registering for any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.

The Discover Nature Fishing Program is designed for children ages 7-15 years old, although parents/guardians are encouraged to learn and fish with their children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm, and Tuesday classes the day before at 4:00pm.

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Have you ever thought to yourself on a warm summer day, it’s so hot I just want to take a nap? Well you are not alone, some of Missouri’s wildlife do just that! Come on in and learn about estivation and the critters who use it as a survival tool.

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Register by May 31

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Help your family be prepared for safe outings this summer by learning how “an ounce of prevention” before an outdoor excursion can prevent needing “a pound of cure” afterwards. Learn how to identify and avoid various poisonous plants and venomous animals and the best way to deal with ticks, mosquitoes, and more.

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Register by June 1

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 1 (ages 12+)
Gar are among the largest and most ancient fish to swim Missouri waters but are wildly misunderstood. Join us to learn about these fascinating fish and how they are managed in Missouri. Participants will learn the basics of bowfishing, make lures specific to gar, learn how to clean these armored fish, and taste something that very few anglers know, just how delicious they are!

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday.

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Blinking and dancing in the evening sky, the magic and beauty of fireflies is breathtaking. Use this evening to learn more about these favorite insects, how you could register your own backyard for Firefly Watch (a fun citizen science program) and make a cool firefly craft. We will then hike into the darkening forest to watch the fireflies appear.

Date: Monday, June 3, 2019 - 8:00am to Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 12:00pm

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. Discover Nature Fishing Program is put on by the MDC Urban Fishing Partners. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. TO REGISTER CALL THE ST. LOUIS CITY PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT AT 314-367-2292.

Register by May 31

Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

This fishing program will include all the basics of cane pole fishing including proper fish handling. Please meet at Lake 15 at the August A Busch Conservation Area. Ages 6 and up, participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants 16 and over who plan to fish will need a valid fishing license which can be purchased here https://mdc-web.s3licensing.com/.

Register by June 3

Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Osage Beach City Park

Lesson 1:June 4
This lesson must be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4.

This first class includes instruction as well as hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. 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. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.
This class is for ages 7 years old and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by June 3

Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Suson Park - Rearing Pond

Location: Suson Rearing Pond

This first class includes instruction as well as hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish. This lesson must be taken before registering for any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.

The Discover Nature Fishing Program is designed for children ages 7-15 years old, although parents/guardians are encouraged to learn and fish with their children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm, and Tuesday classes the day before at 4:00pm.

Register by June 3

Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Family Shooting Sports Sampler
June 4 • Tuesday • 6-8 pm
(Ages 11 and up)
Reservations begin May 21
Are you interested in the shooting sports, but have no experience with guns or bows? Here is your opportunity! This program will offer you a chance to experience air rifles, shotguns and archery equipment. Find out what interests you most. All necessary equipment will be provided

Register by June 1

Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 6:00pm to Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 10:00pm

Location: Platte Landing Park

A $20.00 REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT IS REQUIRED FOR THIS CLASS AND REGISTRATION IS NOT COMPLETE UNLESS WE RECEIVE THE DEPOSIT WITHIN ONE WEEK OF REGISTRATION.
Registration required beginning April 22 (adults)
MANDATORY ORIENTATION: June 4 from 6-8 PM in Swope Park. Logistics of this float, Missouri River navigation and paddle techniques will be covered in this session.
THE FLOAT: There is magic in the night as we experience the lively lights of Kansas City twinkling with the moon and stars on the Missouri River after dark, creating a masterpiece you will not soon forget! We will depart from Platte Landing Park in Parkville and leisurely paddle to the Kaw Point Access in the Fairfax district. Shuttle service will be provided. Presented in cooperation with the Missouri Humanities Council. Registration is not complete unless we receive your $20.00 refundable deposit within one week of registration.
The deposit should be made out to the MISSOURI CONSERVATION HERITAGE FOUNDATION. Please deliver it to the Discovery Center at 4750 Troost, Kansas City, MO 64110. You will receive an e-mail confirming your reservation after we receive your deposit

Register by May 31

Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (ages 8-11)

If you love to have fun outdoors and like to learn new skills, then this program is for you! Teamwork, safety and leadership skills are stressed. Join us as we learn the basics of these outdoor skills (Archery, Atlatl, Canoeing).

Registration on-line reserves your spot. A confirmation telephone call will be received after May 14th to complete your registration. If you have questions, please call the nature center at 816-228-3766.

Register by May 31

Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 12:30pm to 4:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (ages 8-11)

If you love to have fun outdoors and like to learn new skills, then this program is for you! Teamwork, safety and leadership skills are stressed. Join us as we learn the basics of these outdoor skills (Fishing, Compass, Air Rifle).

Registration on-line reserves your spot. A confirmation telephone call will be received after May 14th to complete your registration. If you have questions, please call the nature center at 816-228-3766.

Register by June 4

Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Register by June 1

Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

The prairie is home to a wide variety of plants, animals, birds and insects. With that in mind, the Pine Needlers ninth block for a themed quilt now focuses on the meadow lark. A robin-sized bird with a bright yellow breast marked with a black V, this bird is best known for its call. So join the Twin Pines staff and learn more about this favorite prairie resident. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, you can call 573-325-1381.

Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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! Drop by to visit with the volunteers and staff as they feed the hungry critters. Youth and adult groups welcome.

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