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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 6

Date: Friday, August 7, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

You can find this long-eared furry animal in your own back yard. You might not spot it, catch it, or sneak up on it because the cottontail is made to avoid predators. Learn all about the cottontail rabbit in a VIRTUAL Little Acorns program with naturalist Alan Reed. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link the day prior to the program. Ages 3-6 years old is recommended. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

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 14

Date: Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families)
This is a great time of year to take your family fishing. We will teach some fishing basics, provide equipment and worms and then let you practice your new fishing skills. Kids who attend will be entered in a drawing at the end of the summer for a new fishing pole and tackle box. Program is at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by August 7

Date: Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Break out your magnifying glasses for some fun citizen science and help us survey the caterpillars of Burr Oak Woods! We will be tracking the number and variety of butterflies in the native gardens around the nature center by looking for larva, adults and even chrysalis. Join in the “hunt” and/or create a life cycle craft. This program is part of Let’s Move! Saturdays.

Register by August 7

Date: Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Break out your magnifying glasses for some fun citizen science and help us survey the caterpillars of Burr Oak Woods! We will be tracking the number and variety of butterflies in the native gardens around the nature center by looking for larva, adults and even chrysalis. Join in the “hunt” and/or create a life cycle craft. This program is part of Let’s Move! Saturdays.

Register by August 11

Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children 7+)
There is nothing like exploring nature in a canoe or kayak! It allows us intimate glimpses into wild Missouri. Under our own power, we become a part of the natural world. It isn’t difficult. Missouri has over 57,000 miles of navigable streams and rivers for your family to explore. Join me on the Education Pond to learn or brush up on a few strokes, discover what equipment you will need and how to get it, learn how to navigate and how to plan a trip of your own. Program is at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by August 12

Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families)
What is one thing all mammals have in common? Fur! Come see and learn what other traits all mammals share and more with this show and tell outdoor experience. We’ll also be learning about skulls of mammals and what to look for to identify the species of mammal from which it came.

Register by August 12

Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Snakes are one of Missouri’s most commonly observed critters, this is in part due to their diet. Where there’s humans there’s leftovers and where there’s leftovers there’s rodents. Snakes are great for mice/rat control, be it around your house or out on the farm. Somehow snakes can eat with nothing but their mouths. Come watch & learn more on the life of Missouri’s snakes.

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 7:00am to 8:00pm

Location: Roaring River Hatchery

The Missouri Department of Conservation and The Department of Natural Resources proudly present Kids Fishing Day and Nature Festival, August 15th, at Roaring River State Park. Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish, connect with nature and have fun participating in the many activities offered to parents and children. At 5:00 pm, a large drawing will be held and many prizes will be given away!

Kids’ Fishing Day will be held from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

At Kids’ Fishing Day, an area of the park will be designated as a fishing area for youths age 15 and under. Children in that age range can pick up free trout tags at the hatchery office any time on August 14 or all day on the day of the event. Volunteers will be available to assist the young anglers. Children are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment. Parents are welcome to assist kids, too, but only one pole may be used between the helper and the child. Adults are not allowed to fish by themselves. Free hotdogs, chips and soda will be available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Education is also part of Kids’ Fishing Day. Throughout the day, seminars will be held on fish cleaning, fish cooking, Dutch oven cooking, Mexican cuisine, outdoor survival, target shooting, taxidermy, watersheds, knot tying, fly tying and fly casting, how to fish Roaring River, stream biology and other subjects. A hatchery tour will show how trout are raised. A program on Missouri snakes will be given using live specimens. If kids attend three classes, they will be entered into a drawing for prizes. The drawing will be held at 5 p.m. Children must be present to win. Classes are also open to the whole family, but only children may enter the drawings.

Volunteers are needed to help out with this event. Individuals wishing to volunteer do not need to be experienced anglers. If you would like to help out with Kids’ Fishing Day or you want to get more information, call MDC’s Roaring River Hatchery at 417-847-2430 or e-mail paul.spurgeon@mdc.mo.gov

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 14

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
The recent global crisis has taught us that being self-reliant is an important skill to cultivate even in these modern times. Discover how to make useful products from greens in your own backyard.

Register by August 14

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families)
Insects play important roles in nature and in our lives but are often overlooked, sometimes even despised. We will take a closer look into the fantastic world of insects and other creepy crawlies. We will then head outside to catch and identify different insects.

Register by August 18

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Native pollinators are amazing and vital parts of nature! Join a naturalist to search for these cool critters around the nature center, play a game to learn the 3 key parts of great bee habitat and take a native plant home (1 per household).

Register by August 18

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Native pollinators are amazing and vital parts of nature! Join a naturalist to search for these cool critters around the nature center, play a game to learn the 3 key parts of great bee habitat and take a native plant home (1 per household).

Register by August 19

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Bray (Marguerite) Conservation Area

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.

Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 and up. We encourage the entire family to participate. 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. Participants will be asked to maintain safe social distance from staff and other participants who are not their family members during this program. Participants do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program. For additional information or questions contact Dwight Warnke at (573) 368-2225 ext. 1584.

Register by August 21

Date: Friday, August 21, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Southwest Regional Office

Want to learn more about catfishing using alternative methods? If so, join this informative virtual program. Topics will include methods, commonly used baits, as well as rules and regulations.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual 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.

Register by August 21

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

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. 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 and up. We encourage the entire family to participate. 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. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lessons 3 & 4. Participants will be asked to maintain safe social distance from staff and other participants who are not their family members during this program. Participants do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program. After participants have completed and participated in all four sessions, they will receive a $25 Bass Pro gift card (children and parents that participated). For additional information or questions contact Dwight Warnke at (573) 368-2225 ext. 1584.

Register by August 21

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
While working in your gardens, have you ever seen something disappear into the grass or scurry beneath your mulch pile? More than likely, it was a member of the backyard buster squad - a multitude of 100% all-natural pest controllers. Come on in and learn who’s who.

Register by August 26

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: George O. White Nursery

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.

Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 and up. We encourage the entire family to participate. 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. Participants will be asked to maintain safe social distance from staff and other participants who are not their family members during this program. Participants do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program. For additional information or questions contact Travis Mills at (417) 255-9561 ext. 4756.

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

Location: Krug Park Amphitheater

Register by August 28

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: George O. White Nursery

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.

Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 and up. We encourage the entire family to participate. 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. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lessons 3 & 4. Participants will be asked to maintain safe social distance from staff and other participants who are not their family members during this program. Participants do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program. After participants have completed and participated in all four sessions, they will receive a $25 Bass Pro gift card (children and parents that participated). For additional information or questions contact Travis Mills at (417) 255-9561 ext. 4756.

Register by August 28

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Predators are natural and necessary to have in the wild. Join us in learning about what predators are native to Missouri past and present and what to expect in the future. The native animals of Missouri exist in harmony and balance when all components are involved.

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: Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Gist Ranch Conservation Area

This class is an introduction to shotgun shooting sports. After a short lecture session, participants will practice live shooting. We will provide shotguns, ammo, clay bird targets, eye and ear protection. No open-toed shoes allowed. Participants under 17 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

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