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Register by March 4

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

The beauty and diversity of lichens is more noticeable and easier to appreciate and study before spring leaf out. Lichens make a significant contribution to the biodiversity of Missouri’s natural communities.
The workshop will begin in the classroom where recognizing lichens, their growth forms and field marks will be covered along with the tools and skills needed to make identifications. The workshop includes a trail-hike foray into various lichen habitats where identification skills can be practiced.
A quality hand lens of at least 10x and a small sharp pocket knife will be useful tools to bring although these will also be provided as needed during the workshop.
Since lichen identification is best done in dry conditions, this outdoor workshop will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

Register by March 6

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: MDC Kansas City Regional Office

Learn everything you need to know about catching winter trout.

Join us for a winter trout fishing lesson at the Kansas City Regional Conservation Office where we'll learn how to catch and clean winter trout. After the lesson we'll head down to Plover Lake and spend a couple hours trying our luck at catching some hungry trout.

Dress for the weather and bring your own snacks and drinks. Missouri Department of Conservation will provide equipment, tackle, bait and fishing coaches.

Fishing permits are not required to fish during this event as long as participants DO NOT plan to keep the trout that they catch. If participants would like to keep their trout they WILL need a trout permit.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

In the event of bad weather on the day of this program we will go ahead with the inside fishing lesson but the outdoor fishing opportunity may be postponed. Participants will be contacted if changes are necessary.

Register by March 6

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Purple martins, a native swallow, will be arriving back from South America any day! We will discuss how you can have a colony of purple martins in your own backyard, and even get a look at the martin house at the Busch Visitor’s Center. John Miller, a volunteer with the Purple Martin Conservation Association, will be there as well to share his expertise.

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The state bird of Missouri is often associated with cheerfulness! Some say it's song sounds like "Cheer Cheerful Charmer." Perhaps that is why the Eastern bluebird is commonly thought of as a symbol of happiness. Join us at the Discovery Center as we learn to identify, foster and monitor Missouri's beautiful state bird!

Register by March 6

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Get outside and enjoy the beginnings of spring! We will be taking a lengthy and tough hike on the Green Rock Trail from the start at Rockwoods, to the boundary with Greensfelder County Park and back. This hike will total about 7 miles.

Register by March 7

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 10+) Bluebirds are year-round residents in Missouri. They usually begin nesting the first half of March. Perfect timing for this project! Would you like to help increase the local bluebird population while having many hours of enjoyment watching our beautiful state bird? Register for this session and you will build a bluebird house of your own!

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required with Mid-Continent Public Library https://www.mymcpl.org/events/61747/introduction-nature-writing (adults 18+)
Poet, essayist, and University of Kansas professor, Megan Kaminski, leads participants through the complexities of nature writing in this workshop. Hosted at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, this unique opportunity helps writers sharpen their skills while deepening their connection with nature. This event is in celebration Aldo Leopold Weekend.

Register by March 7

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 10+) Bluebirds are year-round residents in Missouri. They usually begin nesting the first half of March. Perfect timing for this project! Would you like to help increase the local bluebird population while having many hours of enjoyment watching our beautiful state bird? Register for this session and you will build a bluebird house of your own!

Register by March 10

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin February 25
Ages 0 to 3
Dress for the weather. We will build a bird nest outside. Learn how you can help the birds build a cozy home to raise their young.

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 11:00am to Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 1:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

For spring break join us for free fish hatchery tours. Learn how trout are raised from egg collecting all the way to release for public fishing. Tours start at the Hatchery Conservation Center at 11 am and 1 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Tours last for approximately 30-40 minutes.

Register by March 6

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

This workshop will include a 3 hour classroom session on prescribed fire methods, equipment, safety, and planning considerations. A follow-up demonstration burn is tentatively scheduled for March 28th. Details for the demo burn will be provided on March 10th. For more information, contact MDC Private Land Conservationist Jeff Esely (636-528-4877 x3).

Register by March 11

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 8:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required beginning Friday, February 14 (adults 18+)
Beautify your landscape with some of Missouri’s best natural resources, native plants! Learn how to save time and money and create wildlife habitat with educational sessions on native plants, landscape design and many more. The Native Plant Sale is open from 9:00 am-12:30 pm for workshop participants.

Register by March 6

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: MU Extension Center

This workshop is intended to go over safe prescribed burn practices, equipment, and procedures. After the workshop, lunch will be provided.

Register by March 14

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discover the basics of turkey hunting in the spring. We will cover safety, scouting, calling, proper setup, shotgun ballistics, and much more.

Register by March 14

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6 and up)
Would you like to be a fish? Would you like to be able to swim up, down, forward, and backward? Do you think it would feel like flying? How would you breathe, though? How would you get along without arms and legs? In other words, how are fish different from the mammals around us? We’ll discuss the general biology of fish. Also we’ll consider some examples of fishy carnivores (bass, trout, and gar), omnivores (catfish and sturgeon), and herbivores (paddlefish). We’ll also play a fishy game and make a fishy craft.
Please register only children or adults coming for themselves, not those bringing children. For help with registration, please call 314-301-1500.

Register by March 13

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: MDC Northwest Regional Office

Learn the basics of fly tying and you can catch panfish, bass, and of course trout on your own flies! Students will learn how to tie their own flies in classroom setting. This is not a fishing event, all equipment is provided and you get to keep the flies you tie! Feel free to bring snacks or a lunch. Event will be held at Rothwell Park in Moberly. 100 Holman Rd. Moberly, MO 65270 from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Register by March 13

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Food chains and food webs are at the heart of every ecosystem. Explore the dynamics of the relationships between consumers and producers, predators any prey. Then get a chance to dissect a real owl pellet to see the food chain system at work.

Register by March 7

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Cast iron cooking can enhance any experience in nature. There are certainly tasty benefits to practicing this valuable outdoor skill. Discover the basics of Dutch oven cooking including how to prepare food, temperature control, cleaning and more. We will provide all the fixings and coffee too.

Register by March 13

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Witness a “nature show” that belongs to one of the strangest members of the bird world, the Timberdoodle. Also look and listen for one of the loudest singers of the amphibian world, the Spring Peeper. Includes a 1 ½ mile hike.

Register by March 15

Date: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program includes handgun fundamentals, operation, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start with classroom instruction then move to the range for a live-fire session. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided.

Register by March 15

Date: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: Callaway Electric Cooperative

This Pond Workshop will be beneficial to any landowner building or managing a pond. This is a free workshop.

Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 11:00am to Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 1:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

For spring break join us for free fish hatchery tours. Learn how trout are raised from egg collecting all the way to release for public fishing. Tours start at the Hatchery Conservation Center at 11 am and 1 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Tours last for approximately 30-40 minutes.

Register by March 9

Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program will teach the fundamentals of archery and atlatl, including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. We begin in the classroom and then we will move to the static archery range for some live fire. All equipment will be provided.

Register by March 17

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: MDC Central Regional Office

This Pond Workshop is free and beneficial to any landowner who is building or managing a pond.

Register by March 18

Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Mark Twain National Forest Office

Drinks and snacks will be provided
To register contact Devin Wood
573-996-7116 ext. 3
devin.wood@mdc.mo.gov

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