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Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Each year on the forth Saturday in September we celebrate NHF day by providing one free hour of shooting on the rifle/pistol range, shotgun patterning range, or the archery range and for shotgun shooters we allow one free round of trap or skeet. Bring your own firearms and ammunition to participate and regular check in, hours, and fees apply for other hours/rounds needed.

Register by September 21

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (families with children 8+)
Archery is becoming more and more popular! Discover the fun of this family activity as parents and kids learn together. We will teach and practice the basics and help you perfect your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately. All family members participating must register. Participants will meet at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by September 21

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Have you been yearning to enjoy one of the Ozarks favorite outdoor activities and don’t know where to start? Come join us for an afternoon of fishing and family memories. We will start with the basics and then head to the ol’ fishing hole and catch a few. Bring your own poles or borrow ours. Bait will be provided. A valid fishing permit is required for Missouri residents ages 16 to 64 and nonresidents ages 16 and up. For more information call 417-629-3423.

Register by September 21

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (families with children 8+)
Archery is becoming more and more popular! Discover the fun of this family activity as parents and kids learn together. We will teach and practice the basics and help you perfect your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately. All family members participating must register. Participants will meet at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by September 22

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 3:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 12-17. Online registration begins September 1. Have you ever caught a fish on a fly rod? Join us at the Bois D’Arc Conservation Area education pond and learn how to use a fly rod, then catch a few! Meet at the pond. Snacks will be provided.

Date: Monday, September 24, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: St. Louis Regional Office

Monarchs are migrating through our area! Drop by between 9 a.m. and noon, and become a citizen scientist. Learn about Monarch ID, behavior, proper netting techniques, and hopefully, tag a few in an effort to track their Southern flight.
****We will meet in the garden in front of the Weldon Spring Interpretive Center 7295 Highway 94 South, St. Charles, MO 63304 *****

Date: Monday, September 24, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Cluck, Hiss, Gobble, Kelp! Come learn the language of Missouri’s Turkeys, learn how the turkey grows and how they survive to wander our woods. We will also read the book Gobble Gobble by Cathryn Falwell and make our own turkey after the presentation!

Register by September 25

Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 8+ years, 8-11 accompanied by an adult, 12+ years, without an adult will need to complete a permission form. Accompanying adults must also register). Let’s Explore! Glades are interesting ecosystems that sustain curious creatures. We will carpool to Painted Rock Conservation Area where we will explore the rugged but beautiful terrain of a natural glade habitat. Wear sturdy shoes, bring a water bottle, and a snack.

Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Osage Beach City Park

**Adults must accompany youth**

Lesson 2: How to tie a knot and bait a hook

Register by September 24

Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Please dress for the weather. We will start in the classroom with a safety briefing and skeet shooting orientation. Open toed shoes are not recommended for shooting activities. This program is for experienced shotgun shooters that have either taken Beginning Shotgun or Trap. Participants must be at least 90 lbs.

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required. Have you ever heard of a mudbug? Come and learn about these “crusty” creatures, also known as crayfish, and see some up close. Please, no organized groups.

Register by September 25

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required on-line (babes under 36 months with an adult)
Splash on down to the creek to learn about aquatic critters! We will take a short hike to Burr Oak Creek and explore this special watery world. Registration required for attending youngster only. Participants will meet at the Bethany Falls pavilion, dress to get wet and muddy (no swimsuits or opened toed shoes). Bring a towel and/or change of clothes.

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required. Have you ever heard of a mudbug? Come and learn about these “crusty” creatures, also known as crayfish, and see some up close. Please, no organized groups.

Register by September 25

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

(Families)
Reservations begin September 10
Black bears are Missouri’s largest omnivore and are making a comeback in our state. Come learn the “bear necessities” about sharing bear country with its wild inhabitants.

Register by September 27

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 0-2 years).
In a single bound, you can see them leap a tall fence, flash white in the blink of an eye, snort, grunt, and stamp their feet. Calling all little “dears” to learn about the life of a white-tailed deer.

Register by September 20

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 5:00pm to Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 5:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

If you enjoy working with your hands, you will enjoy this workshop. Participants study the history of the longbow, bow design and performance. Then you will carve your own longbow from a wooden stave using basic hand tools. Some woodworking skill is helpful. The class starts with an introductory session on Thursday from 5:00 to 9:00 PM and continues Friday and Saturday with sessions that run from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Attendance at ALL sessions is REQUIRED. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by September 26

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(Ages 8 and up)
Birding is a fun activity that all ages can enjoy! Learn about the basics of birding and the birds you might find at Rockwoods Reservation this fall. Then join us for a hike to find some of our feathered friends.

We will supply binoculars and field guides; however, you may bring your own if you prefer. Dress comfortably for a 1 mile hike and bring bug repellent.

For this class, please register all adults and children who will be attending.

Register by September 27

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Ronald and Maude Hartell Conservation Area

Register by September 27

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins September 1 (ages 12+)
Enjoy learning about fish while we practice the traditional art of Japanese fish printing. Each participant will make 1-3 prints during this short class which will cover the basic techniques of this beautiful art.

Register by September 26

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Register by September 27

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 7-12. Online registration begins September 1. Have you ever seen a parakeet or a passenger pigeon in the wild? While your answer is “no” since these birds are now extinct, they were once common in Missouri. Discover the stories behind the loss of these birds because “forgetting is another kind of extinction.” Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids.

Date: Friday, September 28, 2018 - 8:00am to 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. The snakes are fed Friday September 28.

Register by September 28

Date: Friday, September 28, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This month we will be discussing David George Haskell’s book, The Forest Unseen A Year’s Watch in Nature. This biologist reveals the secret world hidden in a single square meter of old-growth forest–a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Pen/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.

Register by September 28

Date: Friday, September 28, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 12+ years, children 12-15 accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adult must also register). Fly-fishing isn’t just for trout! Here’s your chance to learn basic fly-fishing techniques while catching bluegill (catch-and-release only) at County Park Lake in Jefferson City. Bring your fishing license (16+), water bottle, and your lucky fishing hat! Meet at the blue Runge tent at County Park Lake. All fly-fishing equipment will be provided.

Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 7:30am to 7:15pm

Location: Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery

Girls Free Fishing Day at Bennett Spring State Park. Girls of all ages fish for free! For more information contact Ben Havens at Ben.Havens@mdc.mo.gov or call the hatchery at 417-532-4418

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