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Register by September 24

Date: Friday, September 27, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: MDC Discovery Room Missouri State Fairgrounds

Registration required by contacting Cory Gregg rather than online:
cory.gregg@mdc.mo.gov or 573-796-0286 ext. 4285

This training is geared towards the ‘do-it-yourself’ landowners interested in managing their woodlots via forest thinning, harvesting, and wildlife habitat improvement projects that require the use of a chainsaw. MDC recognizes the safety hazards that are associated with chainsaw use, and work to ensure the well-being of landowner cooperators who are improving Missouri’s forest, fish, and wildlife resources.

Instructor Joe Glenn is nationally known in the field of chainsaw training and competition. He uses the world-recognized “Safety and Woods Worker” (SAWW) training program, which utilizes combined learning environments of the classroom, workshop, and the field, to educate participants in the safest and most efficient techniques for maintaining and operating a chainsaw.

The training will place special emphasis on protective equipment, proper saw maintenance, proper sharpening techniques, safe felling techniques for a variety of circumstances as well as bucking and limbing hazards.

Required participant materials include: Properly operating chainsaw, chainsaw chaps, leather boots, leather gloves, hearing protection, and eye protection.

Register by September 27

Date: Friday, September 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This month we will be discussing Coyote America by Dan Flores. Despite the many ill-informed efforts to annihilate coyotes, they haven’t just survived, they’ve thrived. Found throughout the St. Louis region, and across the continent, these mammals have a fascinating natural and supernatural history.

Date: Friday, September 27, 2019 - 3:00pm to 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 snakes enjoy their feast every other week.

Register by September 27

Date: Friday, September 27, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

If you want to become an experienced birder, this is your chance. Dr. Allen Gathman will be teaching the basics of bird identification in this workshop. If you want to apply your new knowledge, sign up for the birding hike Saturday morning. Join more experienced birders who can mentor you.

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 7:30am to 7:15pm

Location: Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery

Women's Free Fishing Day at Bennett Spring State Park. Girls of all ages fish for free! For more information contact Ben Havens at Ben.Havens@mdc.mo.gov or call the hatchery at 417-532-4418

Register by September 28

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (18+ years old).
Meet at the nature center and drive to Lake of the Ozarks State Park in Miller County. We will be hiking Hidden Springs, Fawn's Ridge, and White Oak Trails. Bring a water bottle, lunch, and dress for the weather.
Trail: Moderate
Length: 6 miles

Register by September 27

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Families interested in learning how to shoot .22 rifles are invited to participate in an instructor led, live fire session learning safety and the proper techniques of shooting .22 rim fire rifles. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided.

Register by September 27

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Enjoy a hike at Hercules Glades Wilderness. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is approximately seven miles and rated moderate in difficulty. Ages 18-adult.

Register by September 28

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Paul Breitenstein Farm

Join Dr. Allen Gathman as he leads a morning hike, looking and listening for birds. Whether you are new to birding or experienced, this will be enjoyable hike. You will need to bring your own binoculars and water bottle. Good hiking boots are recommended. After registration, directions to the location will be emailed to you. The hike will be near Patton. If you want to bring your lunch and enjoy it there, you are welcome.

Register by September 27

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 8:30am to 1:00pm

Location: Union Ridge Conservation Area

This event is oriented toward young hunters and anglers, and is open to the public. All participants will earn free membership to JAKES, in partnership with the National Wild Turkey Federation, and area sponsors. Youth are welcome to bring their own shotgun, but firearms, ammunition, fishing equipment, and bait are all provided. Lunch will include hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and drinks.

Register by September 27

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Kick off fall with a family fun filled morning discovering different ways to get outside! Enjoy activities like archery, basic camping skills, and constructing a craft to take home. Please bring a water bottle, bug spray, and sunscreen.

**Please also note that archery does require participants to be 9 years or older.**

Register by September 27

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: LaBarque Creek Conservation Area

Discover the beauty of one of Missouri’s Natural Areas on a 3 mile hike through LaBarque Creek. We will hike from the area’s namesake creek to the highest point to see what this stunning area has to offer. This hike is rated as moderate to difficult due to elevation change.

***This program meets at LaBarque Creek Conservation Area***

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.

Register by September 28

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join us as we learn the basics of shooting a pellet rifle. We will learn how to load, aim, and make our best shot, all while staying safe. This program will take place at Runge's outdoor range which is not ADA accessible.

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.

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!

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 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 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 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 - 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 - 11:00am 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, 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.

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.

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

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Come and try your shotgun skills on the Huntsman! What a challenging way to get ready for bird season!

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