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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 July 21

Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Northeast Virtual Classroom

MDC invites participants to enjoy nature by learning the basics of bow fishing though a virtual classroom. Bow fishing offers an exciting way to pursue these fish that typically draw little interest with the traditional pole-and-line or setline methods. Topics will include types of bows, reels, lines, and arrows; as well as fish identification, places to go, and rules and regulations.
This program will be presented via a live presentation webinar, where participants will have opportunities to ask questions. Recorded videos and presentations will also be sent to registered participants for viewing before the live meetings. Links for each webinar will be emailed to participants prior to the meeting.

Register by July 29

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ready to try a new gardenscape? Rain gardens are the best way to deal with storm water runoff or just a soggy spot in your yard. The nature center has a rain garden that handles our parking lot runoff. We will visit the garden and explore this method of gardening and look at the plants that live there. (ages 12+)

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 July 29

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Bring your little ones for a little water play in nature. Everything in nature needs water, to drink, to clean and to live. This hands-on program is designed for you to interact with your little one in nature. Space is limited, and age range is 0-36-month-old with a care-giver. Your little ones will need a change of clothes. Stroller for non-walkers is advised. Meet at the front door of the Discover Center.
Our building remains closed. Please bring your own water bottle to this all outdoor event. While no indoor restrooms are available there is a portable toilet if needed. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by July 27

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Whether you're just getting into hunting, considering shooting sports, or are simply curious about how to load a firearm, this virtual class is for you! We'll cover how to properly load and unload various handguns, rifles, and shotguns, including semi-automatics, revolvers, a bolt action, and more. We'll also touch on the difference between magazines and clips as well as the main parts of a firearm. At the end there will be a Q&A, so be sure to stick around and submit your questions.

As always, stay safe and enjoy the outdoors!

Register by July 28

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

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.
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 5-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 & 4. Participants do not need a fishing permit to fish during this program.

Participants will be asked to maintain safe social distance from staff and other participants who are not their family membersembers during this program.

Register by July 29

Date: Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Attending this program may help you to develop a deeper understanding and possibly even appreciation for the rodent family. What is their role in nature? Did you know rats and mice giggle? Or that there is a Missouri rodent that can weigh up to 70 pounds? These are just a few of the truly amazing unknown facts about these remarkable creatures.

Register by July 29

Date: Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Many Missourians enjoy time on the water during summer, but so do many of our wildlife friends. Join us for a VIRTUAL program discussing how to identify the Water Moccasin from other water snakes in Missouri. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link the day prior to the program. All ages. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by July 30

Date: Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: MDC Ozark Regional Office

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 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.

Participants do not need a fishing permit to fish during this program.

Date: Friday, July 31, 2020 - 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!

Register by July 31

Date: Friday, July 31, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Southwest Regional Office

Want to get the most out of using spincast fishing equipment to catch more trout? If so, join this informative virtual program: Spincast Fishing for Trout. Topics will include selecting the right reel, rod, line, and tackle.

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 July 30

Date: Saturday, August 1, 2020 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Like to improve your wing shooting skills using non-toxic shot? Join us in learning the proper way to select the best ammunition and choke combination for different migratory and upland game bird hunting. We will discuss the latest technology on non-toxic shotgun ammunition, how to judge distances and properly patterning your shotgun.

Register by July 31

Date: Saturday, August 1, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: MDC Ozark Regional Office

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.

Register by August 1

Date: Saturday, August 1, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Bumblebees are on the decline and they need your help! Join us for a presentation on our delightful bumblebees to learn about their natural history and find out how you can help through a citizen science project. (ages 12+)

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 July 31

Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 10:00am to Friday, August 7, 2020 - 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Nature is full of sneaky, crafty, undercover agents, and we want you to join the team! During this 4-part virtual camp you will tune in with a computer, tablet or smartphone to learn the tricks of the trade. Come see if you have what it takes to be one of nature’s secret agents. This fun program includes a box full of top secret activities, which will be picked up prior to the program so you can play along with our team at home.

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 4

Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families)
Aquatic habitats are very important for wildlife and for you and me! Join us as we dip into the magical world of macroinvertebrates to discover how they use their unique habitat for survival and reveal a hidden story about the health of the water where they live. Dress to be outside and get wet! Meet at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by August 4

Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

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 Reva Dow at (573) 325-1381.

Register by August 5

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

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 Reva Dow at (573) 325-1381.

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 7

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: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin July 28
Plan on a great play day on the dirt pile, in the water, and in the sand box. Bring a change of clothes because you will get dirty!

Register by August 11

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin July 28
Plan on a great play day on the dirt pile, in the water, and in the sand box. Bring a change of clothes because you will get dirty!

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