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Register by May 21

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6 and up)
Pollination is like a party the flowers give every spring. It’s as if you gave a pizza party for friends to come over and help with some work. The flowers’ party is for pollinators come over and help with moving pollen. Who gets invited? What are the invitations like? What do the guests eat and drink? How do they help move pollen? Spend a fun-filled morning finding out, with exhibits, crafts and games.

Please register only children or adults coming for themselves, not those bringing children. For help with registration, please call 314-301-1500.

Register by May 21

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Interested in hunting but need help getting started? We will be hosting a series of programs throughout 2020 to introduce people to the heritage sport of hunting. In this program, we will answer the question of what is hunting along with what kind of social, time, and financial commitment an individual must be ready to make to begin hunting safely.

Register by May 23

Date: Saturday, May 23, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Parents, grandparents, and adult mentors, bring your youngster(s) to learn a new skill and spend time practicing. You don’t have to be a hunter to become a skilled archer. No experience is necessary and archery equipment will be provided We will teach and practice the basics and help you perfect your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately.

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Amphitheater

Register by June 1

Date: Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shaw Nature Reserve - Adlyne Freund Center

Discover Nature: Women’s Day (SNR)
For women ages 14 and up. Ages 14- 17 must be accompanied by an adult. This program offers the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities led by knowledgeable instructors. Learn, improve, or practice outdoor skills in kayaking, tree identification, and learn natural dyes through flower pounding. In partnership with the Missouri Department of Conservation. Price includes snacks and lunch with wild edible sweets and savory items to enjoy too. Price per person. Registration required. See Note below.

Note: The Missouri Dept. of Conservation and Shaw Nature Reserve, of the Missouri Botanical Garden, work together to provide the courses, and the instructors to teach those courses, for this event. The registration information you provide will be shared by both agencies in order to provide the most positive experience for the participants. Please go to the Shaw Nature Reserve website to sign up for class and to pay the registration fee. The registration web link is: https://mbgregistration.mobot.org/emc00/EventSearch.htm?mid=4

Or you can call for assistance at: 314-577-9506

Max 5 kayakers
Thursday, June 4th
$35 members; $42 nonmembers
8:30am-4:30pm
Adlyne Freund Center
Shaw Nature Reserve Staff and Missouri Department of Conservation Staff
Min 15 Max 20

Register by June 13

Date: Saturday, June 13, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to learn about cooking all sorts of wild game from rabbit and squirrel to deer and turkey. Not only will we be looking at how to prepare good meals, we will also be sampling them. Feel free to bring your favorite wild game recipe or make your favorite dish to share.

Date: Saturday, June 20, 2020 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

MDC is accepting applications for a free, one-day Discover Nature Youth Camp on Saturday, June 20 in Lee’s Summit at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. This camp is aimed at teaching youth ages 11 to 15 how to explore Missouri’s diverse outdoors using skills such as fishing, firearms safety, shooting, and water safety. Space is limited to the first 16 girls and 16 boys that submit completed and signed applications. Participants accepted to attend must complete the first portion of MDC’s hunter education class online and submit results to MDC prior to the camp. The final portion of hunter education will be completed during camp. The deadline to apply is May 1.

To request an application or for more information, contact Conservation Agent Brian Bartlett at 816- 835-6087, brian.bartlett@mdc.mo.gov or call the Kansas City Regional Office at 816-622-0900. Applications may be picked up at MDC public offices in the Kansas City area.

Date: Saturday, June 20, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discover the basics of responsible handgun ownership and the joys of shooting. We will cover safety, handgun nomenclature, sight picture, sight alignment, breath control, trigger squeeze, and much more. All firearms and ammunition will be provided, and you may bring your personal handgun to use during the live fire portion. There should be no live ammunition, concealed firearms, or uncased firearms inside the classroom.

Date: Sunday, June 21, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

In honor of all fathers on their special day, everyone may enjoy one free hour of shooting or a round of trap or skeet shooting on us.

Date: Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Amphitheater

Register by June 27

Date: Saturday, June 27, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This course is an introduction to our Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) being taught in our Missouri School system. See what is available to your students while in school and the future it may provide for them.

Register by July 11

Date: Saturday, July 11, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This basic program includes an introduction to wingshooting fundamentals, distance estimation, non-toxic shotshell ammunition selection for hunting, and shotgun patterning with a goal to help migratory and upland bird hunters improve their hunting skills with non-toxic shot.

Register by July 18

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Clay target shooting is a fun and exciting way to further your shotgun shooting knowledge. We will be spending time talking about the game of trap, skeet and 5-stand sporting clays. Then we will head out to the fields to assist each individual shotgun shooter in learning gun mount, moving the shotgun, hold points, break points, forward allowance, and many more of the mechanics as it pertains to clay target shooting. This program is not for the beginning shotgun shooter as it is an intermediate level program so unless you are beyond the basics in shotgunning this program is not for you. You will need to bring your unloaded shotgun to this program to use and both .12 and .20-gauge ammunition will be provided for the program.

Register by July 22

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Platte Ridge Park

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing rod, parts of a fishing rod, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. 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.

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Amphitheater

Register by July 25

Date: Saturday, July 25, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

If you’re an avid bowhunter, the spring and summer months can be excruciating. Flinging arrows at foam not cutting it for you? Come learn about trying your skill at bow fishing and discover a great new adventure.

Register by July 29

Date: Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Platte Ridge Park

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.

Register by August 8

Date: Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 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 15

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Trap shooting is a fun and exciting way to further your shotgun shooting knowledge. We will be spending time talking about the game of trap and then work with you individually on the trap field to assist the shotgun shooter in learning gun mount, moving the shotgun, hold points, break points, forward allowance, and many more of the mechanics as it pertains to trap shooting. This program is not for the beginning shotgun shooter as it is an intermediate level program so unless you are beyond the basics in shotgunning this program is not for you. You will need to bring your unloaded shotgun to this program to use and both .12 and .20-gauge ammunition will be provided for the program.

Register by August 22

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

You have selected the bow of your choice, now what do I need to make me a more effective archer and hunter. Now discover all the accessory items that can be added to make your bow hunting or recreational shooting the most enjoyable.

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Amphitheater

Register by September 19

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discuss how to select the right optic, options for mounting it and hot to mount it. Then we’ll discuss how to bore sight and zero your new scope.

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Amphitheater

Register by September 26

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This class will be the complete guide to using all methods of bow and arrow, long bow, compound, cross bow and atlatl, that you will ever want to know about and more. We will shoot each method in hunting like situations, be prepared to be outside for this class.

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF)- Each year on the forth Saturday in September we celebrate NHF day by providing one free hour of shooting on the rifle/pistol range, shotgun patterning range, or the archery range and for shotgun shooters we allow one free round of trap or skeet. Bring your own firearms and ammunition to participate and regular check in, hours, and fees apply for other hours/rounds needed.

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