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Register by August 19

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Pollinator Party!
August 20 • Tuesday • 10–11:30 a.m.
(Ages 3–6)
Reservations begin July 20
You can bee and feel amazing while learning about our native pollinators! Come and learn how invertebrates such as bees and butterflies pollinate plants. Then see bees, butterflies, and other invertebrates up close and personal as we go searching for these amazing creatures.

Register by August 20

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Summer is a great time to go camping! There are lots cool critters you might see when you go camping. You might spot some of these critters during the day, but others are only out at night. Come discover some of the animals that may visit your campsite! Program is free.

Register by August 20

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

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 pole, parts of a fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. 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 Discover Nature-Fishing https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161

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 a variety of baits to various types of hooks. 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 Discover Nature-Fishing https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161

Register by August 20

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Bass Pro Shops

Lesson 3: August 20th
Lesson 1 on August 13th must be taken before any of other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4.
In this class, participants will learn basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout as well as hands-on fishing. Participants will also learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, you will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.
This class is for children ages 6 years old and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
After participants have completed and participated in all four sessions, they will receive a bass pro gift card (children and parents that participated), and the kids will also receive a brand new, all set up fishing pole!

Register by August 18

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

New and potential hunters are often overwhelmed by all the equipment one seems to need to undertake hunting. Truth is, it’s simple to get started. Join our team of experienced hunters to learn about the different hunting strategies and the gear you will need for each one.

Register by August 19

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This clinic will introduce you to the sport of duck hunting. We will cover habitat, biology, migration patterns, clothing, firearms, blinds, safety and more. Then we will work on some calling techniques.

Register by August 20

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Rocky Fork Lakes Conservation Area

Join us for an evening on the water for a basic kayaking program. Participants will learn information and safety about kayaking during a ground school portion of the class, then take to the water for paddling instruction and practice. Participants aged 13 and older are welcome to register; those aged younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Kayaks, paddles, and life-jackets will be provided. Close-toed shoes are required.

For questions please contact Emily Porter at Emily.Porter@mdc.mo.gov.

Register by August 21

Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Meet at the nature center and drive to Arrow Rock State Park in Saline County. Trail: Moderate, 5 miles.

Register by August 21

Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Young hummingbirds have much to learn about finding food! Fly in to learn more about what hummingbirds like to eat and where they find it.

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Dragonflies are dazzling creatures. Learn about this fun and fascinating insect. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by August 22

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Young hummingbirds have much to learn about finding food! Fly in to learn more about what hummingbirds like to eat and where they find it.

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Dragonflies are dazzling creatures. Learn about this fun and fascinating insect. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by August 1

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: St. Louis Regional Office

Nature 2.0
Thursday 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
(12+) Love technology? Also Love getting outdoors? Why not combine the two and use technology in the form of your smartphone and the i-Naturalist App to discover what types of plants and animals live in your backyard, and local conservation areas. I-Naturalist is an online database and network of casual and professional observers who help document plants and animals worldwide. The app uses new photo recognition software to help identify or narrow down what species of plant or animal you’re seeing. In this program we will do a brief classroom session to go over the features of the i-Naturalist app and how to use it. Afterwards we will go outside to explore a .7-mile paved trail and use the app to make observations of what we find. (Please dress accordingly as the majority of the program will be held outdoors).
(Participants should have a wireless device with a camera that can be used with cellular data service and already have the i-Naturalist App loaded on their device and already created their free i-Naturalist account before coming to the program. (Please note that data use and other service charges may apply depending on your plan and service provider).

Register by August 22

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Bass Pro Shops

Lesson 4: August 22nd
Lesson 1 on August 13th must be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4.
In this final lesson you will learn how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions as well as hands-on fishing. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.
This class is for children ages 6 years old and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
After participants have completed and participated in all four sessions, they will receive a bass pro gift card (children and parents that participated), and the kids will also receive a brand new, all set up fishing pole!

Register by August 21

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

The crossbow is not a new technology, but it is a very effective hunting tool that can now be utilized by nearly anyone who would like to give crossbow hunting a try. This class is designed to complement the growing trend of crossbow use. Our instructors will provide some basic safety instruction, crossbow facts, and give everyone a chance to try a crossbow.

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Amphitheater

Register by August 21

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

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. 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: Friday, August 23, 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.

Date: Friday, August 23, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

What is 5-Stand? It’s a great way to improve on your shotgun shooting skills! This combination of trap, skeet, and sporting clays affords the challenge of all three games but with less walking. Bring your friends and your favorite shotgun and experience the fun of this game. No registration required. WEATHER PERMITTING!

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.

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