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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 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 26

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

Learn how to make the right calls at the right time to attract deer closer to your position. We will discuss the different vocalizations whitetails make and what those sounds communicate to other deer. We will finish with calling scenarios in hunting situations followed by a Q & A session. You must register to attend and provide a valid email to receive a link to join the virtual program.

Register by October 26

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Virtual

This virtual program will help hunters ensure that they are keeping safety in mind, as they take to the field this fall. We will review the key components to be a safe hunter which will include the following: primary safety rules, safe loading and unloading of firearms, safe firearm carries, safe zones of fire, crossing an obstacle, hunting from a ground blind, hunting from elevated stands, and using a hunting plan. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during the program. You must register to attend and provide a valid email to receive a link to join the virtual program. * Please note that this does not meet hunter education certification requirement's*

Register by October 29

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

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All Ages
Let’s get spooky! Join us at Rockwoods Reservation for a nature-themed Halloween event. At this event participants will hike a guided trail that includes s’mores, fireside ghost stories, meeting costumed native wildlife characters, and more. Family friendly costumes are welcome. Please choose from the two listed postings to secure a timeslot. We request that you sign up all individuals in your party so that we may effectively practice social distancing guidelines. Please bring a flashlight, bug spray, and a sense of adventure.

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 29

Date: Friday, October 30, 2020 - 6:45pm to 8:15pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All Ages
Let’s get spooky! Join us at Rockwoods Reservation for a nature-themed Halloween event. At this event participants will hike a guided trail that includes s’mores, fireside ghost stories, meeting costumed native wildlife characters, and more. Family friendly costumes are welcome. Please choose from the two listed postings to secure a timeslot. We request that you sign up all individuals in your party so that we may effectively practice social distancing guidelines. Please bring a flashlight, bug spray, and a sense of adventure.

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 30

Date: Sunday, November 1, 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Listen for the sounds of migrating geese and hooting owls as we take a walk at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area. Watch the nearly full “blue moon” as it rises and shines its light over the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.

We will walk the trail and road from parking lot ”L” to the confluence.
Bring a flashlight, insect repellant and a water bottle. Do not wear open-toed shoes.

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 November 12

Date: Friday, November 13, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Tower Grove Park-New Comfort Station

Come celebrate fall and the wonderful changes the season brings with a nature story time. Families will go on an Autumn scavenger hunt for a “nature” adventure. Meet the naturalist at the West End Picnic Site. Everyone will hike with the naturalist to a special place and enjoy a nature story under the tree canopy.

For the safety of participants and our staff, MDC asks all guests 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 November 12

Date: Sunday, November 15, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: World Bird Sanctuary Outdoor Amphitheater

What is a Raptor? How is a Raptor different from other birds? How do they hunt and where do they live? Learn all this and more! See live birds of prey and learn about their incredible adaptations! This program will be held at the World Bird Sanctuary Outdoor Amphitheater and is a free program due to a education cooperative agreement with the Missouri Department of Conservation. Registration is required for everyone attending due to COVID 19 restrictions. Mask are strongly encouraged for everyone ages 5 and up.

Register by November 20

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Tower Grove Park-New Comfort Station

Fantastic beasts of nature and the fantastic beasts of magic collide in this cache series. Uncover a new world of geocaching! Recently, 10 sightings of magical creatures and otherworldly beings have been reported. Your challenge is to find these creatures in their natural habitats and confirm the existence of as many as you can. Meet the naturalist at the West End Picnic Site.

For the safety of participants and our staff, MDC asks all guests 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 November 20

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Join us as we walk to the Confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. See firsthand the destructive force and lasting impact of the 2019 flood at Columbia Bottom. We will discuss the challenges faced by MDC as it maintains a Conservation Area on the floodplain of the two largest rivers in North America.

Sturdy, closed toed shoes are mandatory. Hiking poles, water bottles, binoculars are recommended. Meet at Parking Lot L, about 4 ½ miles from the entrance.

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 November 27

Date: Sunday, November 29, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Beavers are especially busy this time of year as they prepare for the cold winter months. Walk a wooded path to the bank of the Mississippi River at Columbia Bottom where there is evidence of these industrious engineers’ work. Watch the full “Beaver Moon” as it rises over Duck Island and floods the river’s surface with its silvery light.
We will walk from parking lot ”0” to the Mississippi River.
Dress for the weather, including shoes suitable for walking on a dirt path and sand, and bring a flashlight and a water bottle. Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from staff and other participants and follow St. Louis County mask-wearing directives.
Meet at parking lot “O,” about 4 miles from the front entrance. Allow 10 minutes to drive from the front entrance to lot “0.”

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 December 6

Date: Monday, December 7, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Virtual

This online virtual program will cover how to get started shooting handguns. We will cover handgun fundamentals, calibers, handgun actions, operation, safety, shooting techniques, maintenance, and safe storage.

Register by December 6

Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This two part program includes handgun fundamentals, shooting, operation, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start with virtual classroom instruction on Monday, December 7 from 6-7:30 p.m., then head to the range for a live-fire session on Tuesday, December 8 from 6-7:30 p.m.. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment are provided. We will start by using our firearms, however you may bring your own handgun and ammunition to the live-fire session to shoot if time permits. The virtual classroom portion on December 7 is required in order to attend the live fire portion on December 8.

Register by December 10

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: World Bird Sanctuary Outdoor Amphitheater

What is a Raptor? How is a Raptor different from other birds? How do they hunt and where do they live? Learn all this and more! See live birds of prey and learn about their incredible adaptations! This program will be held at the World Bird Sanctuary Outdoor Amphitheater and is a free program due to a education cooperative agreement with the Missouri Department of Conservation. Registration is required for everyone attending due to COVID 19 restrictions. Mask are strongly encouraged for everyone ages 5 and up.

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