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Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 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.

Register by August 19

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
In this fast-paced world, we go to big box stores to buy everything from medicines to cleansers. Slow down, get back to your roots and imagine if we could create medicinal salves, soaps and tonics from native plants in our own backyard.

Register by August 21

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

The crossbow is not a new technology, but it is a very effective hunting tool that can now be utilized by nearly anyone who would like to give crossbow hunting a try. This class is designed to complement the growing trend of crossbow use. Our instructors will provide some basic safety instruction, crossbow facts, and give everyone a chance to try a crossbow.

Register by August 21

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish-Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, participants will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 or 4.

Date: Friday, August 23, 2019 - 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 August 22

Date: Friday, August 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond

Learn different methods of cleaning common fish like sunfish and catfish as well as larger fish like bass and walleye. also learn some best methods of storing your catch.

We will spend some time fishing, then we will have a hands on opportunity to clean a few of the fish that we catch. We will also prepare some delicious recipes with the fish that we clean for everyone to sample.

Rods, tackle, bait, knives and cleaning boards will be provided for this program. Fishing permits are not required to fish during this program.

Register by August 22

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 8:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
It’s summer and beneficial bees are buzzing but so are those pesky blood thirsty mosquitos! Everyone knows them, but what do we really know about them? Why do they have a taste for blood and what is their role in Missouri’s food web?

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Kissing a frog won't turn them into a prince and touching a toad won't give you warts! Frogs and toads are our most common amphibians and are fascinating creatures. Let's learn about all the different species in Missouri, then go out to the pond to see if we can find some.

Register by August 28

Date: Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 6:00pm to Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 8:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Hunting doves is a great way to spend time in nature. Actually bagging a few doves is the challenging part. This 3-evening clinic is designed to work through some of the common barriers to dove hunting success. There will be a fair amount of shooting in this workshop so feel free to bring your own shotgun or use ours.

Register by August 28

Date: Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 4: Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 or 4.

Date: Friday, August 30, 2019 - 3:00pm 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 snakes enjoy their feast.

Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Insects are beneficial and an amazing part of the natural world. Grab a net and discover the insects that call the Discovery Center home. You will learn identification tips and even discover if any insects are edible! There will be activities for all ages to enjoy and the opportunity to post your insect discovery on our iNaturalist page.

Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)
Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.

Date: Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The art exhibit of Mary Ann Foster, MDC volunteer, will be on display the last half of August and all of September. This is your chance to meet her in person. Her work displays the beauty of nature in mixed media of all kinds. "My art work is seeing and depicting nature in Missouri. As sitting in a field of thistles at Nell Lake and watching the gold finch feed on the thistles." As a former art teacher Mary Ann's work includes very detailed drawings of sunflowers, succulent spring plants and impressionistic paintings in acrylics or watercolor. Make plans to visit with Mary Ann Foster and learn how she brings nature alive through art.

Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 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.

Register by September 4

Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond

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.

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 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, September 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 9+) Are you interested in becoming part of the growing world of Citizen Science but aren't sure how to get started? Join us for our first Citizen Science Saturday. Let's start by learning to use iNaturalist and Monarch SOS. We will blend technology and our natural habitats to learn how to record encounters with wildlife, connect to specialist in the science world and help gather wildlife data we can share. iPhones, iPads, Android phones or tablets are recommended.

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 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.

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 9+) Are you interested in becoming part of the growing world of Citizen Science but aren't sure how to get started? Join us for our first Citizen Science Saturday. Let's start by learning to use iNaturalist and Monarch SOS. We will blend technology and our natural habitats to learn how to record encounters with wildlife, connect to specialist in the science world and help gather wildlife data we can share. iPhones, iPads, Android phones or tablets are recommended.

Register by September 6

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children ages 8+)
Archery and bow hunting are increasing in popularity! Discover the fun of this family activity as parents and kids learn the basics together. We will help you to improve your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately. The program is presented at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 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.

Register by September 6

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children ages 8+)
Archery and bow hunting are increasing in popularity! Discover the fun of this family activity as parents and kids learn the basics together. We will help you to improve your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately. The program is presented at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by September 11

Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children ages 6–13)
Get ready to feel the tug on your line! Join us for a fun and unique fishing experience using cane poles. No reels needed! Cane fishing poles are primitive, but their simple design makes fishing easy and exciting for anglers of any age. The program is presented at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

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