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NOTICE: In-Person Events Limited Due to COVID

In-person MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state are limited due to COVID-19 considerations. MDC is offering new online programs that allow people to attend virtually. Please check our class listings to see what classes are limited, in-person classes or virtual classes.

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Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 8:00am to Thursday, December 31, 2020 - 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Adventure calls and family fun awaits! Visit the Runge Nature Center front desk to start your quest. You will receive a booklet of adventures, activities, and challenges to complete and earn prizes!

Register by October 22

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 7:30am to 9:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join MDC naturalists and area birders as we discover the avian life that call Runge home. These short birding walks are for all experience-levels. We will gather near the front doors of the nature center. Binoculars and field guides will be provided for those that need them. Wearing a mask is required to attend this program.
*Registration preferred (ages 8+)

Register by October 22

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us for part 2 of this virtual program and learn the basics of hunting the whitetail deer. We will cover scouting, setup, taking the shot and much more.

Register by October 22

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Old Marceline City Reservoir

Equipment Provided
MASKS RECOMMENDED
ONLY 10 Participants
ALL Attendees MUST REGISTER

Register by October 22

Date: Friday, October 23, 2020 - 8:00am to 3:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Ages 18 and up (Must be able to hike 14.3 miles)

Hike the entire Green Rock Trail through Rockwoods Reservation, Greensfelder County Park, and Rockwoods Range with Rockwoods Reservations Naturalists. We will hike the entire trail one way starting at Rockwoods Reservations and ending at Rockwoods Range. Fall color will be near peak brilliance all along the trail. Naturalist staff will pick up participants after finishing the trail and take them back to Rockwoods Reservation. Please come prepared to hike the entire day with backpacks, snacks, a light lunch, water, and other essentials. The Green Rock Trail is a moderate to difficult trail. Please wear appropriate clothing and gear for the weather and terrain.
For the safety of participants and our staff, MDC asks all guests to observe social distancing guidelines and maintain at least 6 feet from others. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when indoors, or any time visitors are unable to maintain at least 6 feet from others. Local ordinances requiring face masks will be observed where applicable.

Register by October 23

Date: Friday, October 23, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

What is a nightjar? It is not what you might think! It is a group of birds that are active at night. Swoop into this virtual program and learn about these fascinating birds. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Ages 3-6. Call 417-888-4237 for more information. Select the blue "Register" button in the top right corner to register.

Register by October 23

Date: Friday, October 23, 2020 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Fall is here, and the trees are bursting with color. Join us for a kayak paddle on nearby Ashland Lake. We will learn the basics and paddle into the lake to enjoy the fall colors. Please meet at the parking lot access and dress for cooler weather.
* Directions from Jeff City: Head north on Hwy 63 toward Columbia, take Ashland exit and turn right on to Hwy Y. Travel about 3 miles until you cross Brushy Creek Bridge. The sign and turn for Ashland Lake Access will be immediately on the right. *Registration required (ages 12+)

Register by October 21

Date: Friday, October 23, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Although many people are afraid of spiders, most are harmless to humans. Learn all about these eight-legged predators, find out why they are so important and see some up close. Join us at the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center Gazebo beside the west side of the center. After a short program, we’ll start a spider safari where we'll search for them in the dark. This program will be outdoors. Please bring a flashlight and dress for the
weather.

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 5:00am to Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 9:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

MDC is hosting a managed deer hunt on October 24 and 25, 2020. The Nature Center, conservation area, and trails will be closed during the hunt.

Register by October 24

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

The Saturday Hikers will be hiking Gans Creek Wild Area in Rock Bridge State Park. We will meet at Wagon Wheel Trailhead at 8:30am. The trailhead is accessed from Highway 63 by exiting at Discovery Parkway and heading southwest. Discovery Pkwy will merge with E. Gans Rd. Continue west on E. Gans Rd. to S. Bearfield Rd and turn left and go all the way to the end of the road.
*Registration required
**Bring lunch, water, bug repellant and rain gear if rain threatens. Hike moderate approx. 4-5 miles

Register by October 23

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: Big Piney Sportsman Club

This Women's Only Beginner Handgun program will include safety, operation, and techniques of shooting semi-auto and revolver handguns. Participants must be at least 16 years old. All equipment will be provided, including guns, ammo, targets, eye and ear protection. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear (no open toed shoes). You are welcome to bring your personal handgun as long as it is unloaded and cased. If you choose to bring your personal handgun, you will need to provide your own ammunition if it is a caliber other than .22 long rifle or 9mm. After a short lecture session, participants will practice shooting at paper targets.

Register by October 24

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Students will learn to make a simple square basket using basic tools and processes. Techniques learned will be putting ribs in a slotted pine base, simple twining, basic over and under weaving, decorative chain weaving, rimming and lashing. Students will also learn shaping and spacing as they weave to achieve an attractive finished basket. (ages 12+)
All materials are provided.

Masks are required, and participants will social distance. Each participant will have their own materials and tools to reduce contact.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by October 24

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Tywappity Community Lake

Come borrow a canoe! This is an opportunity for you and your family to join us for a peaceful paddle on the lake. This is an unguided experience, but canoe safety instruction will be provided as well as MDC staff to monitor safety on the water. Please meet at the boat ramp on Tywappity Lake just outside Chaffee. Sessions will last 1.5 hours. Boats are required to have 1 participant over the age of 16, and a maximum of 3 persons per boat. If your family wishes to borrow 2 boats, please register 2 participants to insure your spot. Masks are required for instruction period but are not required during time on the water. Only register one person per boat borrowed. Life jackets, paddles, and canoes will be provided. (all ages)

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by October 23

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Big Piney Sportsman Club

This Women's Only Beginner Handgun program will include safety, operation, and techniques of shooting semi-auto and revolver handguns. Participants must be at least 16 years old. All equipment will be provided, including guns, ammo, targets, eye and ear protection. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear (no open toed shoes). You are welcome to bring your personal handgun as long as it is unloaded and cased. If you choose to bring your personal handgun, you will need to provide your own ammunition if it is a caliber other than .22 long rifle or 9mm. After a short lecture session, participants will practice shooting at paper targets.

Register by October 24

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Join us for a virtual program discussing Missouri’s wild edibles. We will explore some yummy forest finds as well as the importance of ethical, informed collecting. Then, we will make something sweet to eat! While you won’t be able to taste our treats, we will show you how to make your own step-by-step. Please provide an email in your profile so a program link can be sent. Registration ends two hours before the program begins.

Register by October 24

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 16+) Do you love the texture and colors of fall? Join a naturalist for a fall hike to gather golden grasses, dried seeds and pops of color from berries. Learn about the native plants that work well in the landscape. Participants will then create a door swag from their bounty.

Register by October 24

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 16+) Do you love the texture and colors of fall? Join a naturalist for a fall hike to gather golden grasses, dried seeds and pops of color from berries. Learn about the native plants that work well in the landscape. Participants will then create a door swag from their bounty.

Register by October 23

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Big Piney Sportsman Club

This Women's Only Beginner Handgun program will include safety, operation, and techniques of shooting semi-auto and revolver handguns. Participants must be at least 16 years old. All equipment will be provided, including guns, ammo, targets, eye and ear protection. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear (no open toed shoes). You are welcome to bring your personal handgun as long as it is unloaded and cased. If you choose to bring your personal handgun, you will need to provide your own ammunition if it is a caliber other than .22 long rifle or 9mm. After a short lecture session, participants will practice shooting at paper targets.

Register by October 24

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: Tywappity Community Lake

Come borrow a canoe! This is an opportunity for you and your family to join us for a peaceful paddle on the lake. This is an unguided experience, but canoe safety instruction will be provided as well as MDC staff to monitor safety on the water. Please meet at the boat ramp on Tywappity Lake just outside Chaffee. Sessions will last 1.5 hours. Boats are required to have 1 participant over the age of 16, and a maximum of 3 persons per boat. If your family wishes to borrow 2 boats, please register 2 participants to insure your spot. Masks are required for instruction period but are not required during time on the water. Only register one person per boat borrowed. Life jackets, paddles, and canoes will be provided. (all ages)

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by October 24

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Peek behind the scenes of the Discovery Center animal exhibits. Join us as we care for our turtles, amphibians and fish and see what these animals eat. A naturalist will be available to answer any of your questions.

Register by October 23

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: Big Piney Sportsman Club

This Women's Only Beginner Handgun program will include safety, operation, and techniques of shooting semi-auto and revolver handguns. Participants must be at least 16 years old. All equipment will be provided, including guns, ammo, targets, eye and ear protection. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear (no open toed shoes). You are welcome to bring your personal handgun as long as it is unloaded and cased. If you choose to bring your personal handgun, you will need to provide your own ammunition if it is a caliber other than .22 long rifle or 9mm. After a short lecture session, participants will practice shooting at paper targets.

Register by October 22

Date: Monday, October 26, 2020 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Shaw Nature Reserve

Basic Archery for Youth and Adults
If you have an interest in learning how to shoot a bow and arrow, but don’t know where to begin --- or maybe you’ve shot a bow once, but never pursued the activity any further --- this may be the class you’re looking for. Learn the basics of shooting the bow and arrow utilizing some of the techniques and methods that have been adopted by the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). This course is for youth and adults alike, ages 10 years old and older, with the desire to shoot a bow and arrow, but have little or no experience. Learn archery shooting fundamentals while gaining knowledge about equipment options and choices. Note: All equipment will be provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Not recommended if you have shoulder or back injuries.
Dress for the weather and time of year. Entire course will be outdoors. Class will be cancelled in the event of rain.
• Monday October 26, 2020
• 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
• Shaw Nature Reserve -- Freund Center Parking Lot -- 300 Freund Ln --- Pacific, MO 63069
• No fee required. Class is free
Please note the following COVID-19 related procedures.
• Bows and arrows will be disinfected before use. Hand sanitizer will be available and will be required at the beginning of class prior to handling equipment.

• Masks should be worn by instructors and participants if social distancing cannot be maintained. Masks are not required during proper social distancing. Please ensure 6 feet of social distance always.

a. If you answer yes to any of the following self-certification questions, you should not attend.
1. Do you, or a person you live with, have:
a. A temperature of 100.4°F or higher, OR
b. Two or more of the following: chills, new loss of taste or smell, or unexplained body aches, headache, or sore throat, OR
c. One or more of the following: dry, non-productive cough (new onset or worsening of chronic cough), shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing?
2. If you have traveled outside of Missouri, did you have contact with anyone known to have COVID-19 or visit an area with high incident of COVID-19?
3. Have you come into contact with anyone who has been sick?
4. In the last two weeks, did you care for or have close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19?

Register by October 27

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

The weather is changing and the colors of nature are too! Bring your little acorn in to experience the changing colors of fall. We will go on a short hike and explore the forest fun area. No more than one adult with each registered participant. Additional siblings or unregistered participants will not be able to attend.

Register by October 27

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Missouri is home to more than 300 kinds of spiders. Some are the size of a pinhead and are easily overlooked. Others are surprisingly large, with a leg span of 4 or more inches. Join us to learn what makes a spider different than an insect how they are important to our surroundings.

You MUST REGISTER at mdc.mo.gov/events by 5pm, October 26th.
Class is limited to 20 participants (this includes adults & children).
If you need help registering please email the email address listed below.

This is a FREE program! All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
Email the Naturalist (Alyssa.garver@mdc.mo.gov) for more information.

Register by October 27

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: Virtual

Fall is coming! With its cooler temperatures plants and animals will be starting to change and prepare for the next of our Missouri seasons. Join us for a few 30-minute virtual programs hosted by our Runge Naturalists, each exploring a different aspect of our natural world.
*Registration is requested (All ages)

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