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Register by September 20

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 1:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

This program includes handgun safety, operation, shooting fundamentals, maintenance and safe storage. Equipment and ammunition will be provided; you may bring your own firearm and ammunition to the live-fire session. Schedule includes a 1-hour break from 4-5 pm.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Register by September 24

Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Register by September 20

Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

What do I need to do if I want to hunt deer in Missouri? If I harvest a deer what do I do next? These questions and more will be answered in this informative program on deer hunting. During this clinic we will cover the following topics: Biology of white-tail deer, what to do before the hunt, what to do during the hunt, and what to do after the hunt. Ages 6 and up, participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by September 24

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngster only (ages 3–5 with an adult)
Hey, where did all these black and orange butterflies come from? Where are they going? Monarchs are one of Missouri’s prettiest insects; but did you know this famous migrant is born without wings? Discover the amazing life cycle of the monarch butterfly.

Register by September 24

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 12–18)
What animals live at Burr Oak Woods? Join us as we go sleuthing to solve this riddle by looking for evidence that animals leave behind. Who knows, the answer could even show us how animals interact with each other and even us! Dress to be outside for a portion of the program.

Register by September 24

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 6–8)
What animals live at Burr Oak Woods? Join us as we go sleuthing to solve this riddle by looking for evidence that animals leave behind. Who knows, the answer could even show us how animals interact with each other and even us! Dress to be outside for a portion of the program.

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

The black bear population is growing in the Ozarks. Join us as we learn about these amazing animals. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required.

Register by September 24

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Learning about nature from a young age is good for kids and for the environment. Every month, join Rockwoods naturalists for an outdoor adventure with your little one. The entire class is presented outside, so please dress to be in the water, wear sunscreen, and bring bug spray. Siblings are welcome, but please note this class is designed for ages 3–6.

Register by September 24

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 9–11)
What animals live at Burr Oak Woods? Join us as we go sleuthing to solve this riddle by looking for evidence that animals leave behind. Who knows, the answer could even show us how animals interact with each other and even us! Dress to be outside for a portion of the program.

Register by September 25

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin September 1
Come see the topic we are exploring this month. Families, meet in the nature center lobby for a “nature” adventure. Everyone will hike with the naturalist to a special place in the forest and enjoy a nature story under the tree canopy. Siblings are welcome. This program will be canceled in the case of inclement weather.

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Trees provide food and shelter for many kinds of wildlife, but that's not all they do. Bring your tots and find out why trees are so terrific.

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

The black bear population is growing in the Ozarks. Join us as we learn about these amazing animals. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required.

Register by September 24

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 6–8)
What animals live at Burr Oak Woods? Join us as we go sleuthing to solve this riddle by looking for evidence that animals leave behind. Who knows, the answer could even show us how animals interact with each other and even us! Dress to be outside for a portion of the program.

Register by September 24

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 9–11)
What animals live at Burr Oak Woods? Join us as we go sleuthing to solve this riddle by looking for evidence that animals leave behind. Who knows, the answer could even show us how animals interact with each other and even us! Dress to be outside for a portion of the program.

Register by September 24

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngster only (ages 3–5 with an adult)
Hey, where did all these black and orange butterflies come from? Where are they going? Monarchs are one of Missouri’s prettiest insects; but did you know this famous migrant is born without wings? Discover the amazing life cycle of the monarch butterfly.

Register by September 25

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Help us monitor the health of a local stream by conducting a Stream Team survey. Get an up-close look at some of the cool creatures that call stream ecosystems home. We will be wading so please wear clothing and closed-toed shoes that can get wet.

Register by September 25

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Waste not, want not! Reusing items we already have saves our natural habitat. We will learn how to take an old feed bag and make it into a jazzy tote bag. Machine sewing skills necessary. Please bring your own machine if you have one.

Register by September 26

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Delve into a local stream and discover the cool creatures that call it home. We will be wading so please wear clothing and closed-toed shoes that can get wet.

Register by September 25

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Reservations begin Sept 1

(All Ages)
Spend the morning discovering different kinds of trees! We will use different “clues” to figure which tree is which. Afterwards, we will make murals out of the clues we find.

Register by September 26

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Delve into a local stream and discover the cool creatures that call it home. We will be wading so please wear clothing and closed-toed shoes that can get wet.

Register by September 25

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond

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 or 4.

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Amphitheater

Register by September 26

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Get ready for your next camping adventure by learning how to set up a tent, safely build a fire, and other important camping skills. Ages 7-12.

Register by September 24

Date: Friday, September 27, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: MDC Discovery Room Missouri State Fairgrounds

Registration required by contacting Cory Gregg rather than online:
cory.gregg@mdc.mo.gov or 573-796-0286 ext. 4285

This training is geared towards the ‘do-it-yourself’ landowners interested in managing their woodlots via forest thinning, harvesting, and wildlife habitat improvement projects that require the use of a chainsaw. MDC recognizes the safety hazards that are associated with chainsaw use, and work to ensure the well-being of landowner cooperators who are improving Missouri’s forest, fish, and wildlife resources.

Instructor Joe Glenn is nationally known in the field of chainsaw training and competition. He uses the world-recognized “Safety and Woods Worker” (SAWW) training program, which utilizes combined learning environments of the classroom, workshop, and the field, to educate participants in the safest and most efficient techniques for maintaining and operating a chainsaw.

The training will place special emphasis on protective equipment, proper saw maintenance, proper sharpening techniques, safe felling techniques for a variety of circumstances as well as bucking and limbing hazards.

Required participant materials include: Properly operating chainsaw, chainsaw chaps, leather boots, leather gloves, hearing protection, and eye protection.

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