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Date: Friday, August 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

The animals are hungry! Join us and watch as we feed the snakes, aquarium fish, and snapping turtles.

Register by August 23

Date: Friday, August 23, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

***Meet at the Binder Lake Tackle Shop across from the playground*** There's nothing like the freedom on the water a kayak gives. If you've ever wanted to learn more about paddling a kayak come join us. This program will cover all the basics and get you water-ready!

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.

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

Location: Private Property

To register for the event please call Private Land Conservationist Christin Byrd at 417-686-5043

Register by August 22

Date: Friday, August 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(All Ages)
Reservations begin August 1
Did you know Missouri has a wide variety of native fruits? Come learn about the tasty foods that could be growing in your own backyard! We will sample different native edible plants and fruits.

Register by August 23

Date: Friday, August 23, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Spend an evening with Dr. Benjamin C. Jellen learning about a new snake study in the St. Louis area, including Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center as a study site. Researchers are tracking snakes, including Copperheads, to better understand their overall ecology and population dynamics. Learn how they do this and see some of their findings. Unique to this investigation is an emphasis on working with the public to gain insight into perspectives about native snakes in order to combine snake ecology with public opinions to learn ways to lessen negative associations and risks to both animals and people.

Register by August 22

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

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Register by August 24

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

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to learn the most effective methods for dove hunting. We will discuss the biology of the bird and then teach you how to wing shoot using the Effective Wing Shooting for the Hunter techniques. We will discuss using decoys and how to use concealment to your benefit.

Register by August 23

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Chesapeake Fish Hatchery

This beginners clinic will show you how to fish for lots of different species commonly found in farm ponds. Worms and equipment will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own! We will fish the Aquatic Education Pond on the Chesapeake Fish Hatchery near Mt. Vernon. Anyone 16 and over must have a valid fishing license and all ages are welcome to attend!

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Slide right in to learn about our slithering friends! Snakes don’t have legs, and they don’t even need them! That’s right, they move along on their bellies. Discover more about these fascinating reptiles that live in our area. Program is free.

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Bray (Marguerite) Conservation Area

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. Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 – 15 and families with children. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. For reservation, please visit https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161. For more information.

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. Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 – 15 and families with children. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. For reservation, please visit https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161.

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Crawdads and aquatic insects can tell you about the health of a river or lake. Join us to find out how. Live water critters will be available to look at.

Register by August 24

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Slide right in to learn about our slithering friends! Snakes don’t have legs, and they don’t even need them! That’s right, they move along on their bellies. Discover more about these fascinating reptiles that live in our area. Program is free.

Register by August 24

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

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Do you wish you could get away and enjoy a little time as a family? Join the Twin Pines staff as we host our annual Family Fishing Day. Enjoy grilled hot dogs and lemonade. Compete to see who can catch the most or the biggest fish. Let the kids try their hand at making a fish print tee shirt or other craft. Try your luck at our free prize drawing. Or you can just relax in the shade of one of Missouri’s pines. For this event only, no Missouri fishing license is required. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

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

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Runge offers touch tables, activities, and/or crafts every Saturday from 10am until 2pm throughout the year. Join us to learn about a different nature topic each week!

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.

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 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

No registration required. (Ages 3 – 6)
Held at Walter Woods Conservation Area.

Although ants are considered annoying pests by many people, they are some of the most fascinating and abundant insects on the earth! Bring your little ones to find out about the antics of these tiny, intelligent insects.

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Try your hand at woodcarving with members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists as they teach carving techniques and show how to transform wood into works of art. Ages 12-adult. Register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join Volunteer Naturalist Dana Tideman to learn about monarch butterfly conservation, citizen science opportunities, monarch life cycle, and how to rear and tag them. Ages 10-adult. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Discover the many different plants you can harvest through the year to make jams and jellies. You will get a chance to make and take home some jams and jellies. Adult supervision is required for ages 12-17. Program is free.

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Visit with members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists as they share information with the “wood-be” carver, demonstrate carving techniques, and show works in progress. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

MDC, in partnership with Recreation Council of Greater St Louis, is offering a wheelchair, bike, scooter, cycle, wagon ride on the Busch Greenway in St. Charles county. This event is tailored for people who have disabilities, their family, friends and anyone interested in taking a leisurely ride; those wishing to walk are also welcome. Participants may ride as much or little as you choose along the paved, partly shaded approximately 1 mile trail. Those wishing for more time on the trail can continue onto the KATY Trail. All participants must have working equipment, bike riders will need a helmet and accompiment.as needed. Gas powered units may not be used. It is strongly recommended participants bring water and bug spray; also note there are not working restrooms so plan accordingly

Directions to Greenway:
From Highway 64/40 south Highway 94. Turn left immediately after the stoplight onto the Research Park Drive (commuter parking lot). Continue past the lot for approximately 1 mile to Duckett Creek Sanitary District (not stop sign), go left and follow bike trail to parking lot. Volunteers will assist unloading bicycles / cycles, etc from cars

Date: Monday, August 26, 2019 - 10:00am to Friday, August 30, 2019 - 2:30pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Join us for free hatchery tours this summer. Learn how trout are raised from egg collecting all the way to release for public fishing. Tours run Monday through Friday at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 2 pm. Tours start at the Hatchery Conservation Center and last 30-40 minutes.

Register by August 25

Date: Monday, August 26, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program will teach the fundamentals of archery and atlatl, including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. We begin in the classroom and then we will move to the static archery range for some live fire. All equipment will be provided.

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