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Date: Saturday, July 27, 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, July 27, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

No registration required (all ages) The Discovery Center's backyard is a six-acre urban oasis for native plants and wildlife. Join the naturalist for a one-hour interpretive walk around our trails. We'll meet the wild and native trees, flowers and animals that make a living right here in the middle of Kansas City!

Register by July 26

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Introduction to Trapping
July 27 • Saturday 12:00 • noon – 3p.m.
(Ages 11 and up)
Reservations begin July 13.
This program will explain and demonstrate the basic equipment and techniques for trapping furbearing animals in Missouri. Program instruction will include different types of traps for specific animals, use of scents and lures, preparation and sale of furs, and discussion of the regulations pertaining to trapping. Class limit is 25. https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

No registration required (all ages) The Discovery Center's backyard is a six-acre urban oasis for native plants and wildlife. Join the naturalist for a one-hour interpretive walk around our trails. We'll meet the wild and native trees, flowers and animals that make a living right here in the middle of Kansas City!

Register by July 27

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Many people feel that cell phones are damaging our relationship with nature. It is disturbing to see people walking along with their head down, missing all the beauty along the trail. Smart phone apps can enhance your family’s experience in nature. We are going to take a look at a couple of apps and how they can help you learn more about nature. Program is free.

Register by July 27

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

When the sun sets you won’t believe how wild it gets here at the nature center! Join staff for a 1.5-mile after-hours adventure on the nature center trails. All ages are welcome for this group hike but be aware that our trails are hilly and can be challenging for some. Please bring a flashlight and suitable shoes. Program is free.

Date: Monday, July 29, 2019 - 10:00am to Friday, August 2, 2019 - 2:30pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Join us for free hatchery tours this summer. Learn how trout are raised from egg collecting all the way to release for public fishing. Tours start at the Hatchery Conservation Center and last 30-40 minutes.

Register by July 29

Date: Monday, July 29, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Bruce C. Clark Library

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 pole, parts of a fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. 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 Discover Nature-Fishing https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161

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 a variety of baits to various types of hooks. 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 Discover Nature-Fishing https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161

Register by July 28

Date: Monday, July 29, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program teaches the fundamentals of shotgun shooting including types, safety, fit, stance, and shooting techniques. We will start in the classroom then move to the field for some live-fire.

Register by July 30

Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join us as we float and explore one of the Ozarks’ many streams. Life jackets will be provided and worn during the float trip. Wear shoes that can get wet (no flip-flops). Drinks and transportation will be provided. Bring a change of clothes and a sack lunch. Ages 12-17. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by July 30

Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Let’s go outside! We will take a “safari” at the nature center this month and learn more about what summer animals and plants are out and about!

Register by July 30

Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: MDC Ozark Regional Office

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 pole, parts of a fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. 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 Discover Nature-Fishing https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161

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 a variety of baits to various types of hooks. 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 Discover Nature-Fishing https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161

Register by July 29

Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

The meeting will be from 6 – 8 p.m. with a presentation at 6 p.m.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites the public to learn more about black bears in Missouri. The open house will include information on MDC black-bear research projects and management efforts, MDC’s black bear management plan, potential future hunting opportunities, and how to handle conflicts with nuisance bears. MDC staff will also be taking comments on these and other related topics regarding black bears in Missouri. An interpreter for the hearing impaired will be provided.

Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Slither in to find out more about this fascinating reptile, see some up close, and make a snake craft to take home.

Register by July 30

Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 5:30pm to Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 8:30pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Registration required (Ages 11+; ages 11–17 must be accompanied by an adult)
This program includes firearms safety, operation, shooting fundamentals, maintenance, and safe storage. Equipment and ammunition will be provided; you may bring your own firearm and ammunition to the live-fire session.

Register by July 31

Date: Wednesday, July 31, 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. Each participant will make 1-3 prints during this program which will cover the basic techniques of this beautiful art. Ages 10-adult. Ages 10-17 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

August Hallway Exhibit
Approximately two dozen members of the Missouri Nature and Environmental Photographers (MoNEP) will be showing their vision of summer during the month of August. MoNEP members are all ages and have different levels of experience. Meetings are held at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center usually on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Join the fun in three ways:
• Come to one of the monthly meetings
• Come to the Powder Valley Nature Photography Workshop (August 10th)
• Attend the multiday photography seminar, hosted by MoNep, featuring renowned nature photographer Jennifer king (September 14 and 15).
• Please visit www.monep.org for more information.

Register by August 1

Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Bruce C. Clark Library

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 July 31

Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Needle Felting
August 1 • Thursday • 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
(Ages 10 and up, ages 10–16 must be accompanied by an adult)
Reservations begin July 1
Learn how to sculpt wool into beautiful works of art. In this beginner-friendly class, we will explore the art of needle felting and each participant will a create needle felted owl to take home. All supplies will be provided.

Register by July 31

Date: Friday, August 2, 2019 - 9:30am to 2:30pm

Location: Claire Gempp Davidson Memorial Wildlife Area

Explore the pond and prairie life at Claire Gempp Davidson Memorial Wildlife Area. You will become a citizen scientist as we net for pond life, collect and identify insects and look for wildlife signs.

Date: Friday, August 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Slide on in and have a turtle-tastic time at the Nature Center as we learn all about these fun little reptiles. Missouri has 17 kinds of turtles and they’re all fantastic! Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, August 2, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Slide on in and have a turtle-tastic time at the Nature Center as we learn all about these fun little reptiles. Missouri has 17 kinds of turtles and they’re all fantastic! Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, August 2, 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.

Date: Friday, August 2, 2019 - 4:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

What better way to spend a summer afternoon than cooling off in the river? Join us for snorkeling and exploring at the Bruns Access on the Maries River. Drop in anytime, no registration needed. Dress to get wet and wear shoes for walking in the water.

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