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Register by August 31

Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Discover the basics of archery shooting. We will cover things like bow nomenclature, hand set, bow set, pre-draw, stance, and much more and then go shooting on the static archery range. You may bring your own bow to the program or use ours.

Register by August 31

Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

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. 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 30

Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Join us on this treasure hunt for creatures with 2 pairs of wings and discover their secret lives, why they are important, and how to classify them in order to help identify them. We will meet at the pavilion by the Visitor Center to start with an introductory discussion. We will then drive our cars to a couple of different locations to observe damselflies and dragonflies. Dress for the weather. We will be walking on uneven terrain by lakes. Make sure you bring sunblock, bug spray, and a water bottle, (sunglasses, hat with brim, and binoculars optional).

Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Have you ever walked through the forest and been stung by stinging nettles, bitten by a mosquito, or pricked by a thorn? Join us as we discover, and learn how to avoid, the plants and animals that stick, prick, sting, and bite.

Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Insects are beneficial and an amazing part of the natural world. Grab a net and discover the insects that call the Discovery Center home. You will learn identification tips and even discover if any insects are edible! There will be activities for all ages to enjoy and the opportunity to post your insect discovery on our iNaturalist page.

Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 3 & up)
No reservations
Get the family outdoors for some Tree-mendous fun! Learn about trees and animal tracks, then create wearable art take home, using those leaves and tracks. Please bring you own all-cotton shirt to decorate and we will provide the rest. Children under 7 will need adult help and supervision. Come while supplies last.

Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)
Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.

Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Smokey Bear is celebrating his 75th birthday this year. We want to congratulate him on the many years he has helped us prevent wildfires. The nature center is having a pre-party on August 31st from 1-3 pm. You are invited to come make your own Smokey Bear t-shirt, enjoy bear crafts and make birthday cards to give to Smokey at his party during the SEMO fair on Sunday, September 8th at 3 pm. Please join Smokey and some of his local friends like Rowdy Redhawk at the Fair Conservation Pavilion while they dance the hokey pokey and enjoy a free cupcake.

Register by August 26

Date: Sunday, September 1, 2019 - 5:30am to Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 6:00pm

Location: Diamond Grove Prairie

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Register by August 26

Date: Sunday, September 1, 2019 - 5:30am to Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 6:00pm

Location: Chillicothe MDC Office

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Register by August 26

Date: Sunday, September 1, 2019 - 5:30am to Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 6:00pm

Location: USDA Service Center - Paris

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Register by August 26

Date: Sunday, September 1, 2019 - 5:30am to Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 6:00pm

Location: Callawy Dove Field

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Register by August 26

Date: Sunday, September 1, 2019 - 5:30am to Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 6:00pm

Location: NRCS - Union

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Date: Sunday, September 1, 2019 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Big Piney Sportsman Club

This Women's Only Beginner Handgun program will include safety, operation and techniques of shooting semi-auto and revolver handguns. Participants must be at least 16 years old. All equipment will be provided, including guns, ammo, targets, eye and ear protection. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. No open toed shoes allowed. You are welcome to bring your personal handgun as long as it is unloaded and cased. If you choose to bring your own handgun, you will need to provide your own ammunition. After a short lecture session, we will practice shooting at paper and steel targets.

Register by September 2

Date: Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Claire Gempp Davidson Memorial Wildlife Area

Join a naturalist as we discover nature in our region's conservation areas! This month we will explore Claire Gempp-Davidson Memorial Wildlife Area in Sunset Hills to discover its natural features, history, and more. Please prepare to walk approximately 1/2 mile at a leisurely pace along a flat mulch path. Wear comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes, and bring a water bottle. Directions and more information will be emailed to participants upon registration. For questions, contact Powder Valley at 314-301-1500.

Register by September 2

Date: Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Would you 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 also discuss how to judge distances and properly pattern your shotgun. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided however you are encouraged to bring your own shotgun and chokes if they are approved for use with nontoxic shot.

Date: Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The art exhibit of Mary Ann Foster, MDC volunteer, will be on display the last half of August and all of September. This is your chance to meet her in person. Her work displays the beauty of nature in mixed media of all kinds. "My art work is seeing and depicting nature in Missouri. As sitting in a field of thistles at Nell Lake and watching the gold finch feed on the thistles." As a former art teacher Mary Ann's work includes very detailed drawings of sunflowers, succulent spring plants and impressionistic paintings in acrylics or watercolor. Make plans to visit with Mary Ann Foster and learn how she brings nature alive through art.

Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday.

Register by September 4

Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond

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.

Register by September 3

Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

This program includes archery safety, operation, shooting fundamentals, maintenance and safe storage. You may bring your own equipment to this program; however, equipment will be provided.

Register by September 4

Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Enjoy learning about fish while we practice the traditional art of Japanese fish printing. Bring a plain t-shirt, bandana, or other cotton textile to create a wearable work of art. We will make up to 3 prints. You supply the textiles. Ages 10-adult. Adult supervision required for ages 10-17.

Register by September 6

Date: Friday, September 6, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6 -16) When we think about intelligent animals, we don’t often think about birds. However, crows are remarkably clever. They learn quickly, solve problems easily, and can even make and use tools! We will celebrate these abilities with discussion, videos, activities and a craft. Come prepared to “be a crow” as we act out several experiments that highlight the cleverness of crows.

Date: Friday, September 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

We are celebrating the reopening of our facility with an open house. Stop by anytime for light refreshments and to browse the exhibits. Guest speakers from Missouri Department of Conservation and several of our partnerships will be featured at 10:30 A.M. Call 417-629-3434 for more information.

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Meet us at the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center’s gazebo (next to the building) for a September stroll along the Wildcat Park trails while we hunt for natural objects in a scavenger hunt. The walk will be a little more than a mile and is rated easy. Please bring strollers for toddlers.

Register by September 6

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Join us for a 2 mile hike along the rocky Turkey Ridge Trail. We will explore a stand of towering pines, the remnants of old limestone mining, and seasonal flora and fauna. Meet at the Rockwoods Reservation Visitor Center at 10 a.m. where you will follow the guides to the trail head.

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