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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 April 30

Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 8:00am to Friday, April 30, 2021 - 8:00am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Have you just bought a new pistol and want to become more familiar with it? Do you need some help getting started as a new shooter or haven’t shot for a while and want to get back into it? Is there a technique that you want to learn or improve upon? This one-on-one instruction is for you! It is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Participants must provide their own pistol and 100 rounds of ammunition. For more information or to make an appointment, call 816-249-3194.

Register by April 19

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
By including a few spring flowers in your recipes, you will add essential nutrients and appealing color to your meals. Discover which edible native wildflowers you can include in your salads, pastries and even ice cubes.

Register by April 20

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Magical moments in nature are waiting for you! Go on an adventure with a Naturalist to make amazing discoveries as you explore on a trail close to the nature center.
Notes: Dress for the weather. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and/or there is more than light rain/sleet/snow program will be cancelled.

Register by April 20

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (0-36 months)
Sniff, feel and listen! Open your senses up wider to nature as you explore new textures, sights, sounds and smells of spring. Learn how some animals use their senses differently than people do.

Register by April 1

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
Do you want lush green gardens without the high-water bills? Well, we have your solution! Using rain barrels can be an easy, inexpensive way to have beautiful native gardens all growing season. During this program you will learn why and how to use a rain barrel. Plus, we will demonstrate how you can make a rain barrel of your very own!

Register by April 21

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Registration required (ages 8+) Celebrate Earth Day by diving into the world of aquatic ecosystems. Learn how to identify macroinvertebrates and what they tell us about water quality. Discover the watershed you live in and how our actions can have an impact and get up close with aquatic wildlife. Discover Missouri's aquatic ecosystems and discover a world of wonder.

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Virtual

Every third Thursday at 12pm, we’ll tour the native landscape at MDC’s Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, this monthly series features a live look at native plants of interest throughout the year, This program is a partnership with Deep Roots.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED THROUGH THE DEEP ROOTS WEBSITE: https://deeproots.org/native-plants-at-noon/

Register by April 22

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 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 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.

Children must be accompanied by a registered adult at all times.

All participants must register separately. Email instructor for assistance with registration.

Date: Friday, April 23, 2021 - 10:00am to 3:30pm

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 April 21

Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 8:30am to 10:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Skeet is a great way to improve your skills with the shotgun. This program is for those who have little to no experience with shotguns or want to move onto a new game. We’ll cover safety, appropriate firearms 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.

Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

DRIVE-THRU (all ages) Want to incorporate some native plants into your landscape? The Discovery Center will host a drive-thru native plant and tree give away. Participants may come anytime between the scheduled program hours and should remain in their vehicles while the Discovery Center staff bring the plants and trees to you. This is a free program and quantities are limited.

Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Lake Remembrance - Gregory O. Grounds Park

Walk-in (all ages)
There are numerous opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy nature in Blue Springs! The Missouri Department of Conservation is partners with Blue Springs and Jackson County Parks and Recreation to offer this celebration of the outdoors in our community. The event will be held at Lake Remembrance on Saturday, April 24 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Activities include: kayaking, fishing, wild edible plants, birding, outdoor yoga, archery, outdoor cooking and so much more! There will be something for all ages. Call 816-228-3766 for more information.

Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 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.

Register by April 27

Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Magical moments in nature are waiting for you! Go on an adventure with a Naturalist to make amazing discoveries as you explore on a trail close to the nature center.
Notes: Dress for the weather. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and/or there is more than light rain/sleet/snow program will be cancelled.

Register by April 29

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

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.
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 & 4. Participants do not need a fishing permit 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.

Each participant must register for this program individually. For assistance with registration please contact the program instructor.

Register by April 29

Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

This program includes archery safety, operation, shooting fundamentals, maintenance, and safe storage. You may bring your own equipment to this program; however, equipment will be provided.

Register by May 1

Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 3-8) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other nature related places as they read stories, play a game or two and participate in a nature related activity. All this fun while enjoying the great outdoors! This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.
REGISTRATION NOTE: ONE ADULT SHOULD REGISTER TO REPRESENT THE FAMILY AND THEN E-MAIL STEVE.JACOBSEN@MDC.MO.GOV TO COMMUNICATE HOW MANY WILL BE ATTENDING.

Register by April 30

Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Eww! What’s that smell? Dinner! Come in and learn about one of Missouri’s most overlooked wild animals, the turkey vulture. Using a keen sense of smell, these birds are well adapted to a job that many take for granted.

Register by May 1

Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 10+) Enjoying backyard birds is something that Missourians can do year-round. Building your own bird feeder is a rewarding nature experience and the perfect way to draw birds to your backyard. Make plans to take part in this woodworking session where you will construct your own feeder and learn where to place it in your backyard.

Register by May 1

Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 3-8) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other nature related places as they read stories, play a game or two and participate in a nature related activity. All this fun while enjoying the great outdoors! This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.
REGISTRATION NOTE: ONE ADULT SHOULD REGISTER TO REPRESENT THE FAMILY AND THEN E-MAIL STEVE.JACOBSEN@MDC.MO.GOV TO COMMUNICATE HOW MANY WILL BE ATTENDING.

Register by May 1

Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 10+) Enjoying backyard birds is something that Missourians can do year-round. Building your own bird feeder is a rewarding nature experience and the perfect way to draw birds to your backyard. Make plans to take part in this woodworking session where you will construct your own feeder and learn where to place it in your backyard.

Register by May 1

Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 3-8) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other nature related places as they read stories, play a game or two and participate in a nature related activity. All this fun while enjoying the great outdoors! This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.
REGISTRATION NOTE: ONE ADULT SHOULD REGISTER TO REPRESENT THE FAMILY AND THEN E-MAIL STEVE.JACOBSEN@MDC.MO.GOV TO COMMUNICATE HOW MANY WILL BE ATTENDING.

Register by May 4

Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Magical moments in nature are waiting for you! Go on an adventure with a Naturalist to make amazing discoveries as you explore on a trail close to the nature center.
Notes: Dress for the weather. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and/or there is more than light rain program will be cancelled.

Register by May 4

Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (adults) Missouri is home to 167 species of native trees and over 50 of them are represented right here in the Discovery Center's native landscape gardens. Join us for a treemendous tour of the grounds where we will collect leaves of your favorites and use them to create a wearable work of art using recycled tee shirts and fabric ink.

Register by May 8

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (adults) Missouri is home to 167 species of native trees and over 50 of them are represented right here in the Discovery Center's native landscape gardens. Join us for a treemendous tour of the grounds where we will collect leaves of your favorites and use them to create a wearable work of art using recycled tee shirts and fabric ink.

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