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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!

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 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.

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

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

Register by October 1

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Venison Cooking
October 2 • Wednesday • 6 - 8 p.m.
Reservations begin September 18
Do you want to learn how to prepare deer meat? Then join us for an evening of venison cooking that everyone will enjoy. We will discuss the supplies and equipment needed as well as provide several recipes you can take with you. https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Register by October 3

Date: Thursday, October 3, 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

Register by October 2

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

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 October 3

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 6:30pm to Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Thursday, October 3 6:30-9:30 PM,
Friday, October 4 8 AM-5 PM and
Saturday, October 5 8 AM-4 PM (this is a 3 day program)
Registration begins September 1 (ages 15+)
Explore the history of archery in North America from raw material harvest to bow design and performance. Then, using only hand tools and patience, craft your own hickory longbow work of art. Cost for materials is $110. Checks should be made to MCHF and mailed or brought to the Nature Center before the class to complete your registration. Woodworking skills recommended. This program requires stamina and upper arm strength. Lists of references and resources for making future bows on your own will be provided. If you have questions call 573-290-5218.

Date: Friday, October 4, 2019 - 9:30am to 10:15am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

The weather is cooling down and it’s time to explore what’s going on outdoors in the fall. We’ll head down the trail so bring your stroller or carrier. Ages 0-2. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by October 4

Date: Friday, October 4, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All ages) So you say you want to be a Wildlife Veterinarian? Wildlife Veterinarians in general- what do they do? Specifically, what does the Missouri Department of Conservation’s wildlife veterinarian do on a daily basis? Join Sherri Russell, MDC's Wildlife Veterinarian for a behind the scenes look at her job and the work of wildlife health including bears, grouse, deer, and fish.

Register by October 4

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 8:00am to 11:30am

Location: Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce

Prescribed fire is a low cost way for landowners to manage grasslands, CRP and old fields for forage production and/or improve wildlife habitat. This workshop will include classroom discussions on methods, equipment, safety, and why and when you would use fire as a management tool. Emphasis will include how to conduct a safe and effective burn to control sprouts, encourage beneficial plants and create better quality quail habitat. Participation will qualify landowners to have a prescribed burn plan prepared for their fields and use available loan equipment.

Register by October 5

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 8+ years accompanied by a registered adult).
3rd Seasonal Hike
Shooting Star Trail

Register by October 5

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Seventy-Six Conservation Area

The river bluffs will be awash with fall color for this hike. Bring a refillable water bottle and lunch. Wear good hiking shoes/boots and bring bug spray. This is a more difficult hike with some hills to climb. If the weather prohibits hiking, it will be rescheduled for October 12.

Register by October 5

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Cane poles are primitive but they are also fun and easy for anyone to use. Especially young children who aren't sure of rod and reel combos yet. Almost anyone can master a cane pole in just a few minutes.

Come out to Prairie Hollow Educational Lake and try your luck with this trusty old equipment that's been catching big fish for thousands of years. All ages are welcome and adults are encouraged to grab a pole and fish along with kids.

We'll help every child build their own cane pole then they can take it home for more fishing adventures after the program.

Poles, tackle, bait, coaches and a basic cane pole fishing lesson will be provided.

Fishing permits are not required for anyone fishing during this program.

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 9:30am to 10:15am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

The weather is cooling down and it’s time to explore what’s going on outdoors in the fall. We’ll head down the trail so bring your stroller or carrier. Ages 0-2. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

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