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Register by May 8

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Long Branch Lake Macon Area Ramp

MDC invites participants to come enjoy nature by learning the basics of bowfishing. This is a legal method to pursue nongame fish, including bluegill, green sunfish, carp, carpsuckers, suckers, buffalo, drum, gar, and all other species not defined as game fish or listed as endangered in the Wildlife Code of Missouri. Bowfishing offers an exciting way to pursue these fish that typically draw little interest with traditional pole-and-line or setline methods. Participants will have an opportunity to practice with bowfishing bows, and will then be taken out on the lake to attempt harvesting some fish. This event is for participants 11 years of age and older. Participants should bring a water bottle, hat, sunscreen, and any snacks they may want. Equipment and life jackets will be provided to those who need them. Registration is required. For questions contact Rob Garver (660)785-2420 or rob.garver@mdc.mo.gov.

Register by May 9

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Register by May 11

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Roby Lake

Register by May 10

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each family member attending (families)
This is a great time of year to take your family fishing. We will teach some fishing basics, provide equipment and worms and then let you practice your new fishing skills. Kids who attend will be entered in a drawing at the end of the summer for a new fishing pole and tackle box. Program is presnted at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by May 9

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Suson Park - Rearing Pond

Location: Suson Rearing Pond

Participants will learn intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will be taught how to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure a variety of baits to various types of hooks. 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.
*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Register by May 11

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Online registration begins April 20 (ages 3-6)
Have you ever noticed that every type of plant has a unique type of flower? Pretty wild, isn’t it? We’ll talk about some different types of wildflowers and the animals that might visit them. We’ll go on a short hike to see what wildflowers we can identify.

Register by May 10

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Start Mother's Day weekend hiking through the woods looking for and enjoying wildflowers provided by Mother Nature. Hike the full 3.5 mile loop or turn back at overlook; trail difficulty is moderate, proper shoes required, bring water and other essentials to enjoy the hike. Please meet at the Glassberg parking lot.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Join 2200-mile Appalachian Trail hiker, Lisa Richter, to discover some great backpacking trails in Missouri! Learn how to carry everything you need for a multi-day trip on your back. Program will include hands-on activities outside, weather permitting.

Register by May 11

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Online registration begins April 20 (ages 3-6)
Have you ever noticed that every type of plant has a unique type of flower? Pretty wild, isn’t it? We’ll talk about some different types of wildflowers and the animals that might visit them. We’ll go on a short hike to see what wildflowers we can identify.

Register by May 10

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for all family members attending (ages 8+ parent participation required)
Lakes and streams are beautiful and are a unique part of the outdoor recreation opportunities in Missouri. Gain confidence exploring out on the water as you learn basic canoe and kayak strokes, problem-solving tips, and how to plan your own river trip. Program presented at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Stop by the nature center from 1-3 and check out our discovery table. Learn about some of the migratory birds that pass through Missouri. We’ll have a table of information you can take home and some migratory bird activities! Youth and adult groups welcome.

Register by May 11

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Celebrate your mother (or mother figure) while you sip and nibble on teas and treats made from native plants. We’ll stroll the grounds to point out native edibles and make a spring-related craft. All ages. Adult supervision required for ages 0-17.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Many wild animal mothers take special care of their young by feeding, cleaning, and protecting their babies, but many do not. Discover which of these “other mothers” are most like our own!

Register by May 11

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 14+).
Save your turkey wings and turn them into wingbone turkey calls in this hands-on workshop. Turkey wings must be complete with shoulder and elbow joints. There will be a limited number of wing bones for those who can not provide their own.

Register by May 14

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Online registration begins April 20 (ages 3-6)
Have you ever noticed that every type of plant has a unique type of flower? Pretty wild, isn’t it? We’ll talk about some different types of wildflowers and the animals that might visit them. We’ll go on a short hike to see what wildflowers we can identify.

Register by May 9

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Spring Senior Picnic
May 14 •Tuesday • 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
(Senior adults)
Reservations begin April 15.
Spring is finally here! Listen to the birds and feel the warm spring breezes as you enjoy lunch in one of our covered pavilions. Bring a sack lunch. Water and dessert will be provided.

Register by May 14

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Online registration begins April 20 (ages 3-6)
Have you ever noticed that every type of plant has a unique type of flower? Pretty wild, isn’t it? We’ll talk about some different types of wildflowers and the animals that might visit them. We’ll go on a short hike to see what wildflowers we can identify.

Register by May 14

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
Did you know that you can create delightful natural teas from leaves collected just outside your door? Come in and enjoy a cup of tea as you learn how to identify, harvest and dry these delicious leaves for later use. Hike included weather permitting.

Register by May 13

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: St. Louis Regional Office

Living with Wildlife
May 14 • Tuesday • 6:00 –7:30 p.m.
(Ages 18 and up)
Reservations begin April 15th.
Is the wildlife getting a little too close for comfort and trying to make your home their home too? Learn tips to enjoy the different wildlife in your backyard and how to keep them out of your home. We will go over common entry points and tips on how to secure them.

Register by May 13

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake #15

Participants will learn intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will be taught how to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure a variety of baits to various types of hooks. 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.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Register by May 14

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required. (ages 6 years and older, children accompanied by an adult)
What is a topographic map? How do you navigate with a compass? Learn the basics of using a map and compass during this workshop. Bring your compass or use one of ours and be prepared to go outside.

Register by May 13

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 6:00pm to Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Skeet Shooting
May 14-15 • Tuesday-Wednesday • 6-8 p.m.
(Ages 11 and up)
(Reservations begin April 30)
We will cover safety, appropriate firearms and ammunition, rules of the game, etiquette on the field, and field layout. Firearms and ammunition will be provided, or you may bring your own.

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

No registration required (ages 10+)
Tom Milligan as Jay N. “Ding” Darling visits from his 11th floor office at the Des Moines Register, where he worked from 1906-1943. Beginning with his early years in Sioux City, where he became aware of the natural world around him, as well as his developing skills as an editorial cartoonist, he reflects upon his remarkable life journey. His story continues to include two Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoons for the Register, and a remarkable career as a nationally known conservationist. From the introduction of the duck stamp to the creation of the National Wildlife Federation, Darling’s influence was felt, not only through his cartoons, but through his actions as well. Considered by many to be one of the most influential members of the modern conservation movement in the first half of the 20th century, the impact of his work is still felt today.

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, June 7, 2019 - 8:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

No reservations required
Trail Tales features a children’s book along the trail. Read, move, and play as you visit and engage in suggested activities at each stop. Both children and adults will love to play in nature this way!

Register by May 15

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (18+ ages).
Audubon Trail-Rolla, Phelps County
Bring a water bottle, lunch, and dress for the weather.
Terrain: Moderate
Length: 4 miles

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