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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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Register by July 10

Date: Friday, July 10, 2020 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (adults) Missing the chance to end your workweek with something special? Join us for an hour of fun as you learn the basics of archery. There will be plenty of time for shooting and some fun games for those who want to challenge their friends. Participants, please meet the naturalist at the pavilion on the south side of the Discovery Center.
Our building remains closed. Please bring your own water to this all outdoor event. While no indoor restrooms are available there is a portable toilet if needed. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by July 10

Date: Friday, July 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (adults) Missing the chance to end your workweek with something special? Join us for an hour of fun as you learn the basics of archery. There will be plenty of time for shooting and some fun games for those who want to challenge their friends. Participants, please meet the naturalist at the pavilion on the south side of the Discovery Center.
Our building remains closed. Please bring your own water to this all outdoor event. While no indoor restrooms are available there is a portable toilet if needed. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by July 14

Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Join a Naturalist to learn about a primitive hunting method that helped bring home dinner. Today atlatl is remerging, and in Missouri is an approved hunting method during alternative seasons. Participants will practice newly learned skills on targets and a 3D deer target.
Participants should be dressed to be outside and wear closed toe shoes. Our building remains closed. Please bring your own water to this all outdoor event. While no indoor restrooms are available there is a portable toilet if needed. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by July 9

Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Missouri is home to thousands of ponds that support abundant life and provide great recreation opportunities. Join us for a virtual exploration of our pond at Burr Oak Woods. We will find out who lives in the pond and what roles they play. We will also discuss fun things to do on a pond and ways to tell if your pond is healthy. Register with an active email address and a link to the live virtual program will be sent to you by July 10.

Register by July 14

Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families)
Do you want to contribute to science but not sure how? iNaturalist is a great way to start! We will blend technology and the outdoors as we learn how to record encounters with wildlife, connect with experts in identification and help resource managers understand when and where wildlife occurs. Please download the free iNaturalist app to your smart device before arriving. Dress to be outdoors and meet in front of the nature center.

Register by July 15

Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families)
There are more tree species in Missouri than you can shake a stick at but we’re going to try! Come learn some common tree species, what characteristics to identify them by and how to tell what kind of stick you’ll be shaking. We’ll also learn terminology and anatomy that will be useful in utilizing tree ID guide books. Stroller and wheelchair accessible for this outside program! Meet in front of nature center.

Register by July 16

Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Join a Naturalist to learn about a primitive hunting method that helped bring home dinner. Today atlatl is remerging, and in Missouri is an approved hunting method during alternative seasons. Participants will practice newly learned skills on targets and a 3D deer target.
Participants should be dressed to be outside and wear closed toe shoes. Our building remains closed. Please bring your own water to this all outdoor event. While no indoor restrooms are available there is a portable toilet if needed. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by July 16

Date: Friday, July 17, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children 6+)
It’s time for a wet and wild adventure in Burr Oak Creek! We will leave from the Bethany Falls parking lot to explore the forest by following the stream along its course. We will find out who lives in the creek by sampling for fish and aquatic macroinvertebrates. Bring water bottles and towels. Do not wear a swimsuit. Wear closed-toed shoes (no aqua socks).

Register by July 17

Date: Friday, July 17, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

The ruby-throated hummingbird is one of Missouri’s most intriguing birds! Would you like to learn how to attract these spring visitors by providing food sources for them in your yard or garden? Join us as we learn about the native plants, sweet nectar and insects loved by this tiny creature, also known as nature’s helicopter! Families are welcome, but all participants must be registered in advance of the program. Space is limited. Participants, please meet the naturalist at the front door to the Discovery Center.
Our building remains closed. Please bring your own water to this all outdoor event. While no indoor restrooms are available there is a portable toilet if needed. Face coverings are strongly encouraged

Register by July 17

Date: Friday, July 17, 2020 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (adults) Missing the chance to end your workweek with something special? Join us for an hour of fun as you learn the basics of archery. There will be plenty of time for shooting and some fun games for those who want to challenge their friends. Participants, please meet the naturalist at the pavilion on the south side of the Discovery Center.
Our building remains closed. Please bring your own water to this all outdoor event. While no indoor restrooms are available there is a portable toilet if needed. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by July 17

Date: Friday, July 17, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (adults) Missing the chance to end your workweek with something special? Join us for an hour of fun as you learn the basics of archery. There will be plenty of time for shooting and some fun games for those who want to challenge their friends. Participants, please meet the naturalist at the pavilion on the south side of the Discovery Center.
Our building remains closed. Please bring your own water to this all outdoor event. While no indoor restrooms are available there is a portable toilet if needed. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by July 17

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach anglers basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing rod, parts of a fishing rod, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. Lesson.

Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Program is limited to ages 5 and above. All children ages 5 -15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Fishing permits are NOT required to fish during this program.

Participants will be asked to maintain safe social distance from staff and other participants who are not their family members during this program.

Register by July 16

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

THIS IS A VIRTUAL PROGRAM. IT WILL TAKE PLACE ON CISCO WEBEX VIRTUAL MEETINGS. This program can be attended from your home using your computer or mobile device.
Tune in to learn about what to consider before your first fishing outing. We'll be discussing gear, regulations, permits and more. A virtual meeting invitation will be sent to the email address you provide during registration.

Register by July 17

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond

Learn how to catch channel, flathead and blue catfish in Missouri's farm ponds, lakes and rivers, then try your luck with a fishing opportunity at the Burr Oaks Woods educational pond. Afterwards, learn how to clean a catfish and sample a couple of catfish recipes during a cooking demonstration.

This event will take place at the Burr Oaks Woods educational pond and pavilion. Do not go to the nature center.

No fishing permit required to fish at this event.

Participants must be 7 years or older and participants under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
souri's farm ponds, lakes and rivers, then try your luck with a fishing opportunity at the Burr Oaks Woods educational pond. Afterwards, learn how to clean a catfish and sample a couple of catfish recipes during a cooking demonstration.

This event will take place at the Burr Oaks Woods educational pond and pavilion. Do not go to the nature center.

No fishing permit required to fish at this event.

Participants must be 7 years or older and participants under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by July 20

Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Trek into an amazing creek ecosystem to discover what depends on Burr Oak Creek for survival. Splish and splash in the mud and water in search of tadpoles, fish, insects and more. Bring water bottles and towels. Do not wear a swimsuit. Wear closed-toed shoes (no aqua socks). Program starts at the Bethany Falls parking lot.

Register by July 21

Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Japanese beetles are a major non-native invasive pest in our region, and they are very easy to spot and catch in July. Learn how to make a trap out of items from your recycling bin, bring your trap to the Discovery Center, catch Japanese beetles and learn about the different uses for them (culinary and otherwise) while helping our landscape be free of this non-native pest.
Our building remains closed. Please bring your own water to this all outdoor event. While no indoor restrooms are available there is a portable toilet if needed. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by July 21

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult)
Teaching your young child to fish will give them a lifetime of enjoyment and allow them to discover nature all around them at the same time. Join us for this fun-filled event as we learn how to tie on a hook, bait a worm, cast and care for a fishing pole. Now let’s go fishing! There will be ribbons and prizes for all! Meet at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by July 22

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Japanese beetles are a major non-native invasive pest in our region, and they are very easy to spot and catch in July. Learn how to make a trap out of items from your recycling bin, bring your trap to the Discovery Center, catch Japanese beetles and learn about the different uses for them (culinary and otherwise) while helping our landscape be free of this non-native pest.
Our building remains closed. Please bring your own water to this all outdoor event. While no indoor restrooms are available there is a portable toilet if needed. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by July 21

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 2: How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach anglers intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure bait on hooks. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Program limited to ages 5 and above. All children ages 5-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Fishing permits are NOT required to fish during this program.

Participants will be asked to maintain safe social distance from staff and other participants who are not their family members during this program.

Register by July 22

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Snakes are one of Missouri’s most commonly observed critters, this is in part due to their diet. Where there’s humans there’s leftovers and where there’s leftovers there’s rodents. Snakes are great for mice/rat control, be it around your house or out on the farm. Somehow snakes can eat with nothing but their mouths. Come watch & learn more on the life of Missouri’s snakes. Meet at the nature center, this is an outside program.

Register by July 22

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Platte Ridge Park

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing rod, parts of a fishing rod, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. Lesson 2: How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure bait on hooks. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided.

Ages 7 and above. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Participants do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program.

Register by July 24

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

The ability to make rope or cordage from plant fibers is an ancient skill essential to surviving in the wilds. We will learn to make simple cordage using the same plants Native Americans harvested from Missouri wild prairies to make bowstrings, fishing nets and clothing. Presented outdoor for proper social distancing. Participants, please meet at the pavilion on the south side of the Discovery Center.
Our building remains closed. Please bring your own water to this all outdoor event. While no indoor restrooms are available there is a portable toilet if needed. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by July 24

Date: Friday, July 24, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

The ruby-throated hummingbird is one of Missouri’s most intriguing birds! Would you like to learn how to attract these spring visitors by providing food sources for them in your yard or garden? Join us as we learn about the native plants, sweet nectar and insects loved by this tiny creature, also known as nature’s helicopter! Families are welcome, but all participants must be registered in advance of the program. Space is limited. Participants, please meet the naturalist at the front door to the Discovery Center.
Our building remains closed. Please bring your own water to this all outdoor event. While no indoor restrooms are available there is a portable toilet if needed. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Date: Friday, July 24, 2020 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

What is 5-Stand? It’s a great way to improve on your shotgun shooting skills! This combination of trap, skeet, and sporting clays affords the challenge of all three games but with less walking. Bring your friends and your favorite shotgun and experience the fun of this game. No registration required. WEATHER PERMITTING!

Register by July 24

Date: Saturday, July 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Missouri is a summer home to many kinds of waterfowl, but there’s one species that seems to be everywhere throughout the year. Find out how and why some Canada Geese seem to be everywhere from downtown all the way out to suburbia and even rural areas.

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