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Register by September 2

Date: Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Would you like to improve your wing shooting skills using non-toxic shot? Join us in learning the proper way to select the best ammunition and choke combination for different migratory and upland game bird hunting. We will also discuss how to judge distances and properly pattern your shotgun. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided however you are encouraged to bring your own shotgun and chokes if they are approved for use with nontoxic shot.

Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, September 28, 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.

Register by September 27

Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond

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.

Register by September 4

Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Enjoy learning about fish while we practice the traditional art of Japanese fish printing. Bring a plain t-shirt, bandana, or other cotton textile to create a wearable work of art. We will make up to 3 prints. You supply the textiles. Ages 10-adult. Adult supervision required for ages 10-17.

Register by September 6

Date: Friday, September 6, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6 -16) When we think about intelligent animals, we don’t often think about birds. However, crows are remarkably clever. They learn quickly, solve problems easily, and can even make and use tools! We will celebrate these abilities with discussion, videos, activities and a craft. Come prepared to “be a crow” as we act out several experiments that highlight the cleverness of crows.

Date: Friday, September 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

We are celebrating the reopening of our facility with an open house. Stop by anytime for light refreshments and to browse the exhibits. Guest speakers from Missouri Department of Conservation and several of our partnerships will be featured at 10:30 A.M. Call 417-629-3434 for more information.

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Meet us at the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center’s gazebo (next to the building) for a September stroll along the Wildcat Park trails while we hunt for natural objects in a scavenger hunt. The walk will be a little more than a mile and is rated easy. Please bring strollers for toddlers.

Register by September 7

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All ages) There's much to explore in nature, even in your own backyard. In this program you'll learn some scientific ways to observe, identify, and appreciate our wild neighbors. Even kids can become a citizen scientist!

Register by September 6

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Join us for a 2 mile hike along the rocky Turkey Ridge Trail. We will explore a stand of towering pines, the remnants of old limestone mining, and seasonal flora and fauna. Meet at the Rockwoods Reservation Visitor Center at 10 a.m. where you will follow the guides to the trail head.

Register by September 7

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Lots of different crayfish inhabit the Ozarks creeks and waterways. Join us for the last river trip of the season to catch and identify crayfish. Transportation, drinks, and snacks will be provided. Ages 12-17.

Register by September 7

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All ages) There's much to explore in nature, even in your own backyard. In this program you'll learn some scientific ways to observe, identify, and appreciate our wild neighbors. Even kids can become a citizen scientist!

Register by September 6

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Cable Restraint
September 7 • Saturday • 12, noon. - 4 p.m.
(Ages 11 and up)
Reservations begin August 24
In this 1-day course, you will learn the basic design of cable restraints as well as how to properly prepare, maintain, and how to use cable restraints ethically in the outdoors. The cable restraint regulations in the Wildlife Code of Missouri will be covered. https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All ages) There's much to explore in nature, even in your own backyard. In this program you'll learn some scientific ways to observe, identify, and appreciate our wild neighbors. Even kids can become a citizen scientist!

Register by September 6

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children ages 8+)
Archery and bow hunting are increasing in popularity! Discover the fun of this family activity as parents and kids learn the basics together. We will help you to improve your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately. The program is presented at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by September 7

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Geocaching is an outdoor “treasure” hunt using GPS units. We’ll go over basic GPS use and then hit the trails to find some “treasure.”

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Learn more about the snakes, turtles, and lizards that call Missouri home with the opportunity to see live specimens. A discovery table and craft will be available after the program.

Register by September 6

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children ages 8+)
Archery and bow hunting are increasing in popularity! Discover the fun of this family activity as parents and kids learn the basics together. We will help you to improve your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately. The program is presented at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Swim on over to discover the underwater world of fish. We’ll talk about types of fish, catching them, and more. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required.

Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Swim on over to discover the underwater world of fish. We’ll talk about types of fish, catching them, and more. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required.

Register by September 10

Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program teaches the fundamentals of shotgun shooting including types, safety, fit, stance, and shooting techniques. We will start in the classroom then move to the field for some live-fire.

Register by September 10

Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)

Get your feet wet in a very “cool” stream while learning about aquatic organisms and stream quality monitoring. We will catch and identify different kinds of stream dwelling critters, as well as test the water for quality and components. Please wear clothing and gear that can get wet.

Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join Ms. Ladybug as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your child. Please no organized groups. Ages 2-6. No registration required.

Register by September 12

Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin August 29
It’s always a perfect time to enjoy nature. Join us for a stroller walk outdoors. Discover how nature appeals to our senses no matter what our age.

Register by September 12

Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin August 29
It’s always a perfect time to enjoy nature. Join us for a stroller walk outdoors. Discover how nature appeals to our senses no matter what our age.

Register by September 7

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

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Get ready for the twelfth block of our prairie themed quilt! This month features the coneflower. Glade, pale purple, purple, yellow and gray headed, this member of the daisy family starts showing its colors starting in May and continues its show through October. Unfortunately, those colors are threatened by harvest for the medicinal herb market. 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.

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