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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 September 21

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

DUE TO THE CURRENT STATE OF AFFAIRS IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO OFFER A LIVE FIRE PORTION OF THIS CLASS. The Modern Sporting Rifle Class is a live online class that will cover the basics of adjusting of iron sights and zeroing of scopes; safely loading, unloading, and the cycle of operation; nomenclature, parts, and controls; routine care and cleaning; and special considerations when hunting with a Modern Sporting Rifle.

Register by September 22

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm

Location: Virtual

Spiders are everywhere, in your yard, on your house, and occasionally in your house. If you like spiders, or even if they freak you out a bit, this virtual program will help you to recognize and appreciate very common types of spiders that can be encountered close to home. This Webex Event will include a chat feature that can be used to ask questions to the presenter.
One day ahead of the program, the virtual program link will be sent to the email associated with the MDC account used to register for this program. (Tip: If you do not receive this link, check your junk email folder.) Log-in for the program will be available ten minutes prior to the program start time.

Register by September 25

Date: Friday, September 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Tower Grove Park-New Comfort Station

(Ages 3-6)
Isn’t it amazing that one tiny acorn can grow into such an enormous oak tree? Join us as we investigate seeds and how they move! Dress for the weather, because we will also go for a hike to search for these seeds – We will have a story and a craft, too. Please select one session only. 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 September 24

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Tower Grove Park-New Comfort Station

(Ages 16 & up)
Cunning, resourceful, and legendary, this canine is known to outfox their competitors and play tricks on unsuspecting prey. Learn, discover, and get crafty as we create a string art masterpiece inspired by the red fox. Bring your own hammer. Meet the naturalist at the Tunica 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 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.”

Register by September 25

Date: Sunday, September 27, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Immerse yourself in natural wonders at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers! Stroll past the prairies and fields of Columbia Bottom under the silvery light of the full Harvest Moon. Catch the setting sun from the highest point of Columbia Bottom.
Bring insect repellant and a water bottle.

Meet at lot “K” about 4/ ¾ miles from the front 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 September 27

Date: Monday, September 28, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Archery
September 28, Monday, 6pm –7:30pm.
(Ages 9 and up)
Reservations begin September 14
Join our instructors as we learn the fundamentals of shooting archery. This is a fun program for the entire family, ages 9 and up

As these are in-person programs MDC asks all guests to observe social distancing guidelines and maintain at least 6 feet from others for the safety of participants and staff. 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 28

Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Archery
September 29, Tuesday, 6pm –7:30pm.
(Ages 9 and up)
Reservations begin September 15
Join our instructors as we learn the fundamentals of shooting archery. This is a fun program for the entire family, ages 9 and up

As these are in-person programs MDC asks all guests to observe social distancing guidelines and maintain at least 6 feet from others for the safety of participants and staff. 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 29

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 6:00pm to 6:45pm

Location: Virtual

Join us to learn how to cook outdoors whether stationary camping or on the move. This virtual event will cover basic fire making methods, cooking utensils for the outdoors, food options, and cooking demonstrations.

All registrants should check their email the morning of the event for a link to the virtual event. If you have any questions, please contact the host.

We look forward to having you join us! Take care and enjoy nature.

Register by September 25

Date: Friday, October 2, 2020 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Please join us at the pavilion at Rockwoods Reservation to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of the Tree City, Tree Line, and Tree Campus USA 2019 Award recipients! Due to the nature of Covid-19, the event will be an outdoor open house format. Come and go as you please between 9am and 3pm. Pickup your awards and chat with Community Foresters Mark Grueber and Danny Moncheski, along with Program Coordinator Russell Hinnah. Boxed snacks and bottled water will be provided. Wearing a mask and social distancing is required at this time, however this may change by October. Awards will be spread out amongst tables. Please RSVP Daniel.moncheski@mdc.mo.gov with an estimated time of arrival and number of attendees. We're going to use 2-hour time blocks upon registration to keep the capacity down at peak times. Let's keep it to no more than 4 folks per entity as usual.

Register by October 1

Date: Friday, October 2, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Watch the setting sun from the highest point at Columbia Bottom as its light enhances the rich colors of the fields and prairies. Walk by the silvery light of the nearly Hunters Moon to the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Bring insect repellant and water bottle.

Do not wear open-toed shoes.

Meet at lot “K” about 4/ ¾ miles from the front 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 October 2

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Shaw Nature Reserve

The compass is an excellent tool to help you reach your destination, identify your location, and map your route. Learn how to do all three by joining us at Shaw Nature Reserve for this free orienteering program. Included will be a treasure hunt for free giveaways. This event will take place outdoors, so be sure to come prepared with proper footwear and clothing attire for gravel trails and potentially cold weather.

All planning to attend the event should register separately. Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you there!

Register by October 1

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Imagine a salamander the length of a rolling pin hiding under the rocks of Missouri’s southern rivers. This mysterious amphibian is getting ready to become…… a dad! Come find out information about these endangered animals and why September and October are important months for them. Enjoy a fun day out with family and friends as we combine art with nature, and each family makes their very own painted wooden hellbender to take home.

This class is for all experience levels. We will be using acrylic paint so please wear clothes that can be ruined or bring a smock.

The program will be held outdoors behind the main building and families will be socially distanced. 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.

Please register everyone that is planning to attend. Registration will only be complete by sending an email to Nichole.wheaton@mdc.mo.gov with the names in your party

Register by October 1

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Imagine a salamander the length of a rolling pin hiding under the rocks of Missouri’s southern rivers. This mysterious amphibian is getting ready to become…… a dad! Come find out information about these endangered animals and why September and October are important months for them. Enjoy a fun day out with family and friends as we combine art with nature, and each family makes their very own painted wooden hellbender to take home.

This class is for all experience levels. We will be using acrylic paint so please wear clothes that can be ruined or bring a smock.

The program will be held outdoors behind the main building and families will be socially distanced. 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.

Please register everyone that is planning to attend. Registration will only be complete by sending an email to Nichole.wheaton@mdc.mo.gov with the names in your party

Register by October 5

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

October 6, Tuesday, 6 - 8 p.m.
(Ages 11 and up)
Reservations begin September 22
Learn the steps necessary to process deer meat yourself. We will demonstrate how to skin and butcher a deer in simple easy steps with minimum equipment. You will learn tips on how to make sure your venison is the best quality possible.

Register by October 8

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Virtual

(All Ages)
Sometimes animals must be sly as a fox in order to survive. Join us as we explore animals that can weasel out of danger and seem to always have something up their paws. Discover how nature inspires people to create crafty innovative solutions to make life easier.

Please provide an email in your profile so a program link can be sent.
Please check your spam folder for the email with the WebEx link if you do not receive one after 5:00pm the day before the program.

*Please note that this is a virtual program*

Register by October 14

Date: Friday, October 16, 2020 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: Tower Grove Park-Stone Shelter

(Ages 3 & up)
Join us for some fall-oween fun as we use inspiration from nature to create a Jack-O’-Lantern. Choose one of our carving stencils to add Missouri’s wildlife to your fall decor. For the little ones, we have simple and unique no-carve pumpkin ideas, too!! Please bring your own craving tools if you have them! Meet the naturalist at the Gurney Picnic Site. Register each person.

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 October 20

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Tower Grove Park-Stone Shelter

(Ages 7-16)
Discover some common Missouri trees and their fall colors in Tower Grove Park. Learn more about how our trees are used and their importance. We will be creating leaf print shirts using fabric paint and leaves to commemorate the natural beauty and style of Autumn. Please bring in your own t-shirt! 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 October 12

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 5:00am to 12:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program and hunt is for youth, new to duck hunting, that is interested in learning the skills needed to successfully hunt ducks. We will begin with a mandatory online class on Tuesday, October 13 from 6-7 p.m. to discuss safety, firearms, clothing, hunting techniques, and details of the hunt. All participants for the hunt must attend the mandatory online clinic and be Hunter Education Certified to participate in the hunt on October 24.

Register by October 12

Date: Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 5:00am to 12:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program and hunt is for youth, new to duck hunting, that is interested in learning the skills needed to successfully hunt ducks. We will begin with a mandatory online class on Tuesday, October 13 from 6-7 p.m. to discuss safety, firearms, clothing, hunting techniques, and details of the hunt. All participants for the hunt must attend the mandatory online clinic and be Hunter Education Certified to participate in the hunt on October 25.

Register by October 27

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*

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