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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 August 13

Date: Friday, August 14, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Join us on a virtual field exploration as we learn about, and identify, some of our most common native bees in St. Louis city and county. We will have naturalists catching and releasing live bees as they forage on flowers for pollen and nectar. Naturalists will help viewers learn how to identify these most common native bees, and will give tips and information on how to attract native bees to your own garden.
Registration is required.

Please provide an email in your profile so a program link can be sent.

*Please note this is a virtual program.*

Register by August 14

Date: Friday, August 14, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Have you ever wondered if Missouri has strange, possibly mythological creatures roaming the state? Here at the Missouri Department of Conservation, we receive many calls about strange animals being spotted. Included are animals such as a wolf, a black panther, and even a swamp ape! Are these strange creatures real, or is it just a trick of the eye? Join the naturalists at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center for a virtual program on cryptids and Strange Missouri Critters. In this program, we will learn about native Missouri animals that have been mistaken for non-native and cryptid creatures, as well as strange Missouri animals that should be cryptids.

This program will be held on Friday, August 14, 2020 from 6-7 p.m. and is designed for all ages. Please register each person attending. This is a free WebEx Event, and you will receive the invitation by email from WebEx by noon the day of the program.

Register by August 17

Date: Monday, August 17, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Missouri is home to a beautiful variety of bees, birds, and butterflies that help pollinate the plants of this great state. Pollinators are essential for creating a healthy landscape, and their work allows us to have an abundance of foods to eat as well as many beautiful flowers to enjoy. In this virtual program, you will learn how these native pollinators have been helping us in our daily lives, and in return, you will also learn how you can help them!

This is a virtual program, and you will receive a WebEx invitation around noon on the day of the program. The invite will be from WebEx. Register each individual separately.

Register by August 19

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Field guides can be wonderful tools for discovering and learning about nature, especially in this time of social distancing. They can also be difficult to use, and there are so many options to chose from. In this program, we will learn about the pros and cons of certain types of field guides, as well as how to use them efficiently. We will also look at the best field guides available for the St. Louis region in many different animal kingdoms and categories. Registration required.

Please provide an email in your profile so a program link can be sent.

*Please note that this is a virtual program*

Register by August 23

Date: Monday, August 24, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This virtual program will introduce to you to shotgun shooting. We will discuss shotgun actions, gauges, chokes, proper stance and ammunition selection.

Register by August 24

Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

In this introduction to shotguns, you will discuss shotgun actions, gauges, chokes, proper stance and ammunition selection. Participants will have the opportunity to pattern a shotgun and break some clay targets. The shooting portion is not recommended for students weighing less than 90 lbs. Participants ages 11 to 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by August 24

Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

If you have not duck hunted and want to learn how to get started, this virtual introductory course to duck hunting is designed to get you started. We will cover habitat, biology, migration patterns, blinds, decoys, ammo, chokes, calls, hunting opportunities, and more.

Register by August 26

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

August • 27 Thursday • 6pm-8pm
(Ages 11 and up)
Bring your shotgun and warm-up for dove season. We’ll create typical hunting scenarios to practice your wingshooting for the September 1st opener.

Register by September 7

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

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

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

Register by September 19

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Enjoy a trip on Turkey Ridge trail with a friend, family member or significant other. This brisk 2-mile hike highlights interesting glades, bird habitat, and challenging uphill climbs. Please register all participants planning on coming, wear sturdy shoes, and bring your own flashlight and bug spray.

“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 September 26

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Enjoy a fall evening at Rockwoods Reservation with that special someone. Activities will include a privately set candle lit picnic table, music, crafts, and games. Then join us from 7 p.m. on for a s’mores campfire and storytelling . For this event bring your own picnic dinners, blankets, and coolers, but please refrain from alcohol. A flashlight and bug spray are strongly encouraged. S’mores kits will be provided. We request that you sign up all individuals in your party so that we may effectively practice social distancing

“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.”

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