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Register by July 19

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

In this class, participants will learn basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will also learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, you will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. 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.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Register by July 19

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

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.

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.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Celebrate with us the beauty, life cycle, and habitats of moths for National Moth Week. This event will include a kid’s craft, Missouri moth collection display and a moth program at 1:00. We will have something for “Moth-ers” of all ages

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Summer camp isn't just for kids, today it's for the whole family. Spend the day participating in all the fun activities summer camp would offer: kids and adults will practice camp games, atlatl, fire starting, nature art and more. Then cool off exploring the wonderful world of mussels. Learn how these small, fresh water animals are important for healthy rivers, streams and ponds. Come enjoy being outdoors to celebrate a fun summer.

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 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.

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 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 July 21

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 8-adult. Online registration begins July 1.
Art instructor and nature enthusiast Hing Wah Hatch will increase your powers of observation as she demonstrates, step-by-step, how to capture the essence of local plants and animals through Chinese-style painting. Participants will go home with more nature knowledge and their own artistic masterpiece.

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 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, July 21, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Join us to paint your own pet rock! We will have all the supplies, just bring your ideas!

No registration is required for these programs unless stated in description. Children must be accompanied
by an adult. All programs are free.

Register by July 21

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 2:45pm to 4:15pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 8-adult. Online registration begins July 1.
Art instructor and nature enthusiast Hing Wah Hatch will increase your powers of observation as she demonstrates, step-by-step, how to capture the essence of local plants and animals through Chinese-style painting. Participants will go home with more nature knowledge and their own artistic masterpiece.

Register by July 24

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required.
Before you fly, dragonfly, you have to swim. You have interesting body parts. You do amazing things in the water and in the air. Join us and discover the dragonfly's life.
573-526-5544

Register by July 24

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us at the nature center as we find a nice shady spot to enjoy a good story together. After a volunteer reads a story or two, parents will have follow along activities to help explore nature together.

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Sunny summer days are the perfect time to step outside for a scavenger hunt and a nature walk! Join us as we explore the pond, prairie and forest to collect beautiful native flowers, grasses, leaves and more. Then step back inside and use your collection to create your own unique nature art. A perfect reminder of your sunny adventure. ~ Recommended for ages 7 to 12.

Register by July 23

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Guess "hoo" we'll be learning about? That's right - owls! Let's look at some of our native owls, dissect an owl pellet, and make an owl nature craft. "Owl" bet you'll be an owl expert by the end.

Siblings welcome. Please register all children ages 7-12.

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Pond 3 Fountain Grove Conservation Area

FREE Fishing Event. MDC will provide fishing poles and worms for bait. Feel free to bring your own equipment as well.

Register by July 24

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Trap Shooting
July 24, Tuesday • 6-8 p.m.
(Experienced shotgun shooters, ages 10 & up)
This program is designed for those who have had some experience with shotguns. We will cover safety, appropriate guns 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. An adult must accompany participants under 18. (Reservations begin July 10.)

Register by July 23

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Rocky Fork Lakes Conservation Area

Participants will learn basic kayaking safety, techniques, and terminology from trained MDC staff. We will also take a leisurely paddle around Peabody Lake to help participants become more comfortable with kayaking. This event is free of cost and all equipment will be provided. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by July 23

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Register by July 24

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Southwest Regional Office

Whether you’re a seasoned bowhunter or new archer, summertime is a great time to try bowfishing! This presentation will help you learn what you need to know to get started bowfishing. Topics will include bowfishing equipment, fish identification, and rules & regulations. This is a classroom presentation only and intended as a beginner level program. Online registration is required.

Register by July 23

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake 15

In this class, participants will learn basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will also learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, you will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. 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.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Register by July 24

Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters (ages 3-5 with an adult)
Flutter on over to learn why ladybugs and butterflies are two of our favorite insects. We will learn how they both go through a magical change and how each has a special job in the garden. We may even get to meet some! Participants meet at the nature center.

Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
Kids, slither in and get up close and personal with nature’s most misunderstood reptile. Please no organized groups.

Register by July 25

Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required.
Before you fly, dragonfly, you have to swim. You have interesting body parts. You do amazing things in the water and in the air. Join us and discover the dragonfly's life.
573-526-5544

Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
Kids, slither in and get up close and personal with nature’s most misunderstood reptile. Please no organized groups.

Register by July 25

Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Northwest Regional Office

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