Events

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Register by November 1

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 8:00am to Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 11:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Powder Valley Photo Contest
Powder Valley wants to see what our visitors love about discovering nature! This photo contest is for amateur photographers (all ages). It is free and open to all visitors of Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, Emmenegger Nature Park & Possum Woods, and Claire Gempp Davidson Memorial Wildlife Area. Deadline for all entries will be November 1, 2018. Winners will be announced in the Conservation Connections Newsletter and displayed at Powder Valley in February 2019. For more details and an entry form, please contact Shelly Colatskie at shelly.colatskie@mdc.mo.gov , 314-301-1506 ex 4222 or stop by and pick one up at the front desk.

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 3:00pm to Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 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 23, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Missouri is home to a variety of mammals. Stop by this display to learn more about our furry neighbors. There will be no live animals.

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Chillicothe Baptist Home

Register by June 23

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: MDC Ozark Regional Office

We will be teaching:
Lesson 3 - Five Common Missouri Fishes – Anatomy, Habitat and Life Cycles
Lesson 4 – Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations
All equipment and bait will be provided. You must complete lessons 1 and 2 to take these next lessons.

Register by June 23

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Who is buzzing around those flowers? A bee! Come learn about the buzzy bees and why they’re so busy. We’ll head out to our front garden to see bees in action. Ages 0-2. Registration begins June 1.

Register by June 23

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Register by June 23

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Call to register. Adults Registration required.
Seeds play a vital role in plant reproduction. Certain seeds might stick to your clothes. Others are distributed by the wind and twirl to earth. Animals and birds also play an important role in dispersing seeds. Join us as we paint dandelions using recycled paper. Please dress appropriately for painting. 573.526.5544

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
No reservations are required.
On June 27, 1938, Rockwoods Reservation and its 1,440 acres were purchased by the
Conservation Commission for $30/acre, making it the first purchased Conservation
Area for all citizens of Missouri to enjoy. Join us as we celebrate the area, with a selfguided
scavenger hunt hike, displays about the plants and animals that inhabit the
area, and an “Ask the Forester” station.

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required. Just below our feet lies an exciting world of insects. Come explore the Runge area with insect nets and bug viewers! There will be lobby activities, games, crafts, and insect investigation groups exploring Runge! 573.526.5544

Register by June 22

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: MDC Headquarters

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites kids (up to age 15) and their families to a day of free fishing 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, at MDC headquarters in Jefferson City, 2901 West Truman Blvd. near the intersection of Truman Boulevard and Hwy 179.

MDC staff and volunteers will teach participants about fish, fish habitat, and fishing techniques. The free event will include plenty of catch and release fishing at MDC fishing ponds. Fishing gear and bait will be available, or bring your own fishing equipment. A free hot dog lunch will be provided for all participants.
For more information call 573-522-4115 ext. 3501.

Register by June 23

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Who is buzzing around those flowers? A bee! Come learn about the buzzy bees and why they’re so busy. We’ll head out to our front garden to see bees in action. Ages 0-2. Registration begins June 1.

Register by June 23

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Call to register. Adults Registration required.
Seeds play a vital role in plant reproduction. Certain seeds might stick to your clothes. Others are distributed by the wind and twirl to earth. Animals and birds also play an important role in dispersing seeds. Join us as we paint dandelions using recycled paper. Please dress appropriately for painting. 573.526.5544

Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 8:30am to 1:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

No registration required. All ages. Do your trees have disease or insect problems? Bring infected twigs (at least 12” long), branches, or leaves to Urban Foresters for identification and a solution to your tree problems. Stop by anytime.

Register by June 26

Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 9:00am to Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Early registration begins May 15 (ages 7-11) Registration will be -ONLINE-
Child must attend both days.
Are you curious about the outside world? Come see if you have what it takes to be a naturalist! We’ll explore the plants and animals of Missouri as we do fun outdoor activities. Join us for a nature adventure and hone your naturalist skills!

Register by June 23

Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Would you like to expand your talents, be creative and use what nature has available? Then join this month's Nature Nuts and make your own "rock art." This program is designed for ages 8 to 15.

Register by June 26

Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Call to register. Ages 0-2 years. These beautiful orange butterflies make a long and dangerous journey as they migrate across North America. Fly in to learn what makes the monarch butterfly so loved and so marvelous! Reservations required. 573.526.5544

Register by June 25

Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

(Ages 6 and under)
Reservations begin June 11
Get ready to celebrate our nations birthday with the insects that light up the night every night. Join us as we learn about the “brightest” insects and even take home one to help you celebrate all summer long.
************* Please only register children participating in the program **************************

Register by June 25

Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake 15

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.

This class is for children ages 7-15 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm. Both your EMAIL and PHONE NUMBER are REQUIRED during registration, so that we may contact you in the event of cancellations due to inclement weather or other circumstances.

Register by June 25

Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program includes basic crossbow operation and maintenance. We start in the classroom then move to the range for a shooting session. Equipment will be provided; however you may bring your own crossbow and bolts.

Register by June 25

Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Southwest Regional Office

Come explore the James River by canoe with MDC staff as we share our knowledge and skill of canoeing and fishing the river. Participants will meet at the Southwest Regional MDC Office, 2630 N Mayfair, Springfield, at 9 AM and return around 3 PM. Participants 16-65 must have a valid fishing permit. Transportation and canoes will be provided; however, participants will need to pack a lunch, drinks (no alcohol please), and protective gear, i.e. sunglasses, hat, and sunscreen. This event is for women ages 14 and up. Women 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult. Online registration is required.

Register by June 26

Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Wild Wednesdays/Fish
June 13 • Wednesdays • 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
(Ages 8–12)
Reservations begin May 16.
Who says you can’t mix biology and art? Join us each Wednesday in June for an all-day adventure exploring the beauty in nature and creating artwork inspired by our area’s plant, insect, fish, and wildlife resources. Sign up for one or all dates in the series. Dress for the weather, and bring a water bottle and a sack lunch.

June 6-Plants
June 13-Insects
June 20-Wildlife
June 27-Fish

Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

The river system has served as a highway for Native Americans, European explorers and early Settlers. Today it is used as a major inland transportation route for barges carrying grain. Join us to learn how and why a river changes over time.

Register by June 27

Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Northwest Regional Office

Register by June 28

Date: Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 9:00am to Friday, June 29, 2018 - 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Early registration begins May 15 (ages 7-11) Registration will be -ONLINE-
Child must attend both days.
Are you curious about the outside world? Come see if you have what it takes to be a naturalist! We’ll explore the plants and animals of Missouri as we do fun outdoor activities. Join us for a nature adventure and hone your naturalist skills!

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