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Register by September 28

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:45am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Scurry on over with your squirrelly, little ones and discover the life of Missouri’s tree squirrels. We will experience why squirrels stay so busy, explore their wild habitat, and make them a take-home treat.

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) There are many native plants whose fiber can be used to weave rope or cordage. We will experiment with this primitive technology to make ropes and bracelets by braiding fibers of cedar, dogbane, cattails, rattlesnake master and yucca. In a wilderness survival situation this new-found skill will enable you to make fishing lines, bows and arrows and shelters.

Register by September 28

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All ages) There's much to explore in nature, even in your own backyard. In this program you'll learn some scientific ways to observe, identify, and appreciate our wild neighbors. Even kids can become a citizen scientist!

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: MDC Kansas City Regional Office

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day with Missouri Department of Conservation and Ducks Unlimited at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area. Learn how to fish, practice archery and air rifle skills, touch real animal furs, test your wildlife identification skills, take a picture with Smokey Bear to celebrate his 75th birthday, and much more. All ages are welcome. Activities are free. No advance reservations needed; just follow the signs when you arrive to register and pick up a map. For more information, call 816-622-0900.

Register by September 28

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 11+; ages11–15 must be accompanied by a participating adult)
Have you thought about hunting, but just don’t know where to start? Deer hunting is a challenging, yet exciting tradition here in Missouri. Come out to Burr Oak Woods and learn the basics of pursuing white-tailed deer. We will cover everything from scouting locations to hunting methods, tracking your deer and more. Dress to be outside. There will be a break for lunch.

Register by September 28

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Scurry on over with your squirrelly, little ones and discover the life of Missouri’s tree squirrels. We will experience why squirrels stay so busy, explore their wild habitat, and make them a take-home treat.

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Runge offers touch tables, activities, and/or crafts every Saturday from 10am until 2pm throughout the year. Join us to learn about a different nature topic each week!

Date: Saturday, September 28, 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.

Register by September 28

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All ages) There's much to explore in nature, even in your own backyard. In this program you'll learn some scientific ways to observe, identify, and appreciate our wild neighbors. Even kids can become a citizen scientist!

Date: Saturday, September 28, 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 28

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All ages) There's much to explore in nature, even in your own backyard. In this program you'll learn some scientific ways to observe, identify, and appreciate our wild neighbors. Even kids can become a citizen scientist!

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF)- Each year on the forth Saturday in September we celebrate NHF day by providing one free hour of shooting on the rifle/pistol range, shotgun patterning range, or the archery range and for shotgun shooters we allow one free round of trap or skeet. Bring your own firearms and ammunition to participate and regular check in, hours, and fees apply for other hours/rounds needed.

Register by September 27

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 1:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Hunting squirrels is a time-honored tradition and rite of passage for many youth. It is also a great way to spend time as a family and provide meat for the table. Join our team of experienced hunters as we teach you everything you need to know to find success hunting squirrels. We’ll talk about regulations, equipment, how to find squirrels and what to do if you take a few. This class does involve an actual hunting experience, so all participants must meet any legal requirements for hunting including licensing and Hunter Education, if required.

Register by September 28

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Sand Prairie Conservation Area

If you are riding with us from the Cape Girardeau Nature Center, please select the "Ride with Us" option. If you want to meet us there, select the "Drive Yourself" sign up.
A rare habitat can be found in Southeast Missouri. A place where Dusty hognose snakes burrow and Prickly pear cactus grows. Trek the sandy soils of Sand Prairie Conservation area in search of unique plants and animals that depend on this site for survival.
Participants must dress appropriately for the weather and must wear sturdy shoes. Bring water and any comfort items (insect repellant, hat, binoculars, sunscreen, etc.) Program will be canceled if severe weather is in the area. You will be contacted if program is canceled.

Register by September 28

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Sand Prairie Conservation Area

If you are riding with us from the Cape Girardeau Nature Center, please select this option. If you want to meet us there, select the "Drive Yourself" sign up.
A rare habitat can be found in Southeast Missouri. A place where Dusty hognose snakes burrow and Prickly pear cactus grows. Trek the sandy soils of Sand Prairie Conservation area in search of unique plants and animals that depend on this site for survival.
Participants must dress appropriately for the weather and must wear sturdy shoes. Bring water and any comfort items (insect repellant, hat, binoculars, sunscreen, etc.) Program will be canceled if severe weather is in the area. You will be contacted if program is canceled.

Register by September 27

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin September 1
Harvesting from nature can be a delicious treat! Come explore the many benefits water provide for wildlife and people, such as endless opportunities for popular recreational activities. Continue, rekindle, or start a family tradition with hunting and fishing by being good stewards of Missouri’s fish, forest, and wildlife. See demonstrations, learn where to go, and taste samples from the field to the table. Copies of your favorite recipes will be available. Get your taste buds ready and come to Powder Valley for a culinary adventure you’ll never forget!

Date: Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Southeast Regional Office

Free fishing event hosted by Missouri Department of Conservation, Cape Girardeau Police Department, and Fishing League Worldwide. This event will take place at the Cape County Park North Lake. Bring the kids (ages 1-15) out and join us for a fun-filled day where they can learn check out a fishing pole to fish at the lake, shoot archery, and meet some special guests that will be attending the event. There will other activities for the kids to participate in throughout the duration of the event. There will be prizes given away towards the end of the event. Participants must register at the event. Registration begins at 12:00pm. All registered anglers will be provided with a free lunch by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Food will also be available for purchase.

Register by September 29

Date: Monday, September 30, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Deer – Field to Freezer
September 30 • Monday • 6 - 8 p.m.
(Ages 11 and up)
Reservations begin September 16
Learn the steps necessary to process deer meat yourself. We will demonstrate how to skin and butcher a deer in simple easy steps with minimum equipment. You will learn tips on how to make sure your venison is the best quality possible. https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Register by September 29

Date: Monday, September 30, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

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 are provided. You may bring your own handgun and ammunition to the live-fire session.

Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 8:00am to Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

October Hallway Exhibit: Kyran Leeker
Kyran Leeker is a self-taught amateur naturalist who researches and photographs wildlife as a hobby. She has a particular passion for reptiles and amphibians but also studies and photographs birds, mammals, fish, insects, and arachnids. Over the course of four years, she has photographed approximately 1,000 species in Missouri. She has a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology, but she is currently engrossed in studying wildlife and strives to educate others on native biodiversity. Kyran hopes that visitors to the exhibit will be enticed by the photographs and gain an appreciation for the role that each species plays in our ecosystem.

Register by September 30

Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This time is reserved for Fort Zumwalt East students only.

Register by September 30

Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

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. Equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Ages 5 and above. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Fishing permits are not required to fish during this program.

Register by September 30

Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Deer – Sausage and Burger Making
October 1• Tuesday • 6 - 8 p.m.
Reservations begin September 17
We will demonstrate the steps necessary to make deer meat into sausage and burger. We will also discuss the needed supplies and equipment. You will learn tips on how to store your tasty venison sausage and burger once it is prepared. https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, October 30, 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 October 2

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Lagoon

Free for Everyone
All Equipment Provided
Receive a $25 Bass Pro Gift Card Upon Completion of Lessons 1-4
Children must be accompanied by an adult

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