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Register by August 10

Date: Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Roby Lake

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 August 9

Date: Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each family member attending (families)
This is a great time of year to take your family fishing. We will teach some fishing basics, provide equipment and worms and then let you practice your new fishing skills. Kids who attend will be entered in a drawing at the end of the summer for a new fishing pole and tackle box. The program is presented at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by August 8

Date: Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

In this class, participants will learn basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will also learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, you will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.

The Discover Nature Fishing Program is designed for children ages 7-15 years old, although parents/guardians are encouraged to learn and fish with their children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm, and Tuesday classes the day before at 4:00pm.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

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

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Learning to become a birder is a unique experience that can begin in your own backyard! Would you like to discover how to attract a variety of native songbirds to your backyard, including making a simple homemade feeder? Once you know more about their nesting habits, eating behaviors and favorite foods it's a sure bet you'll have them as guests for your viewing pleasure year-round!

Date: Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Missouri is home to a variety of mammals. Stop by this display to learn more about our furry neighbors. Pelts, skulls and tracks will be available to see and touch. There will be no live animals.

Date: Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Break out your magnifying glasses for some fun citizen science and help us survey the caterpillars of Burr Oak Woods! We will be tracking the number and variety of butterflies in the native gardens around the nature center by looking for larva, adults and even chrysalis. Just drop by and join in the fun (create a life cycle craft while supplies last).

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

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Come join us as we explore our six-legged friends — insects! Whether they jump, crawl, or fly we will investigate just what makes an insect special with activities, crafts, games, and naturalist-led hikes at 11AM and 1 PM.

Register by August 8

Date: Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 5+, ages 5–15 must be accompanied by a participating adult; limit of three stepping stones per family)
Step into summer by creating your own decorative stepping stone! Learn this fun process to get started with an easy to maintain walkway through your native garden. Bring a friend or family member and create a lasting memory together.

Register by August 11

Date: Monday, August 12, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

This program includes rifle safety, operation, shooting fundamentals, maintenance and safe storage. You are required to provide your own rifle and at least 60 rounds of ammunition.

Date: Monday, August 12, 2019 - 10:00am to Friday, August 16, 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 August 11

Date: Monday, August 12, 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 however you may bring your own handgun and ammunition to the live-fire session.

Register by August 12

Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Tower Grove Park

Babes in the Woods: August Sensations
Aug 13 • Tuesday • 9–10 a.m.
(Ages 0–3)
Reservations begin August 1.
Introduce your little one to summer’s sights, sounds, and shades. Meet at the Comfort Station near the Kingshighway entrance in Tower Grove Park.

Register by August 13

Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(Ages 6-16) Lizards are common wildlife you can often see outdoors in the daytime. How are they different from other common wildlife like birds or squirrels? You might be surprised by the answer. Also, are they slimy? Can they really lose their tails? Have fun learning about lizards with discussion, activities and crafts.

Register by August 13

Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Bass Pro Shops

Lesson 1:Aug. 13
This lesson must be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4.

This first class includes instruction as well as hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spin-cast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.
This class is for ages 6 years old and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
After participants have completed and participated in all four sessions, they will receive a bass pro gift card (children and parents that participated), and the kids will also receive a brand new, all set up fishing pole!

Register by August 12

Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This is an introduction course on how to become a successful hunter using a bow and arrow. We will cover equipment, safety, clothing, tree stand placement, shot placement, and more. Feel free to bring your personal archery equipment along. This will allow you a chance to get it set up and a little range time.

Register by August 14

Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Young hummingbirds have much to learn about finding food! Fly in to learn more about what hummingbirds like to eat and where they find it.

Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join Ms. Ladybug as she reads a nature story and share activities with your child. Please no organized groups. Ages 2-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

One of the most distinctive moths, the luna, is the eighth block in the Flying Jewels series. The semi-annual quilt show display continues in the Runge lobby through August. Take a look at the beautiful creations by the participants for the past two years.

Register by August 9

Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 3:00pm to Friday, August 16, 2019 - 12:00pm

Location: Shawnee Bend Shelter #1

This Clinic is designed for individuals who would like to catfish on Truman Lake, particularly with juglines and trotlines, but need assistance getting started. Each participant will be provided with the materials to make two juglines. Participants will learn about the management of catfish on Truman Lake, how to build juglines and trotlines, get hands-on experience setting and running juglines and trotlines, learn how to clean catfish and get a basic overview of techniques for rod and reel fishing Truman Lake. This clinic will be completed by noon on Friday, participants are encouraged to use the rest of the weekend to catfish on their own. Materials to make additional juglines and trotlines can be purchased in Warsaw, we will assist participants who wish to build additional juglines or trotlines at the conclusion of the clinic.

Participants will be fishing from MDC boats. Everyone attending must possess a valid Missouri fishing license. Personal flotation devices will be provided and must be worn while on the boats.

Chris Brooke 660-885-6981
Mark Miller 660 530 5500

Register by August 9

Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Missouri River Celebration!
August 24, 2019

Many of us drive over the Missouri River daily without giving it a second thought. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to join in on an exploration of Missouri’s most magnificent natural and cultural resource in a canoe, kayak or on a powered pontoon? Join us for one of these floats to celebrate this incredible masterpiece in our own backyard! (Adults only)

Join the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) on the 4th annual Missouri River Masterpiece
MDC will provide canoes, kayaks, paddles, PFD’s, shuttle service and boat lights for the evening float. Reservations required online at: https://mdc.mo.gov/ and hover over the events tab. Search for events in Kansas City.
You must choose both 1 orientation time and 1 float.
August 15 Canoe Orientation at Burr Oak Woods Education Pond: Burr Oak Woods 1401 NW Park Road Blue Springs, MO 64015 (choose one) Wednesday 4:00 – 5:30, 5:30 – 7:00 or 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Attend an orientation at the Burr Oak Woods Education Pond to learn about Missouri River navigation and to brush up on our canoe strokes before we head out on the river. We will prepare you for your choice of the upcoming floats. Must attend to participate in any of the floats.
August 24
The Day Dawns Bright 6:00 am – 9:00 am
It is magic on the river as the sun peeks over the horizon. We will set out in canoes on an 8-mile float trip on the Missouri River from Platte Landing to Kaw Point. Please dress for the weather and bring water and a good flashlight. Bring a simple breakfast to enjoy out on the river.

Day Float on the Wide Missouri 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
We will set out in canoes on a 15-mile float trip on the Missouri River from Kaw Point to LaBenite Park. Please dress for the weather and bring a hat, water and sunscreen. Bring a simple lunch to enjoy out on the river.

A Missouri River Sunset 3:30 – 8:00 pm
This float embarks on a 14-mile float from LaBenite Park to Ft Osage. Please join us as we explore issues impacting our waterways along the Missouri River with our friends at the Missouri Department of Conservation for our Environmental Humanities Program Series. As the sun lowers in the sky, the Missouri River will take your breath away at sunset! Please dress for the weather and bring a hat, water, sunscreen, bug spray, and good flashlight. Bring a simple dinner to enjoy out on the river.

Register by August 9

Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Missouri River Celebration!
August 24, 2019

Many of us drive over the Missouri River daily without giving it a second thought. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to join in on an exploration of Missouri’s most magnificent natural and cultural resource in a canoe, kayak or on a powered pontoon? Join us for one of these floats to celebrate this incredible masterpiece in our own backyard! (Adults only)

Join the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) on the 4th annual Missouri River Masterpiece
MDC will provide canoes, kayaks, paddles, PFD’s, shuttle service and boat lights for the evening float. Reservations required online at: https://mdc.mo.gov/ and hover over the events tab. Search for events in Kansas City.
You must choose both 1 orientation time and 1 float.
August 15 Canoe Orientation at Burr Oak Woods Education Pond: Burr Oak Woods 1401 NW Park Road Blue Springs, MO 64015 (choose one) Wednesday 4:00 – 5:30, 5:30 – 7:00 or 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Attend an orientation at the Burr Oak Woods Education Pond to learn about Missouri River navigation and to brush up on our canoe strokes before we head out on the river. We will prepare you for your choice of the upcoming floats. Must attend to participate in any of the floats.
August 24
The Day Dawns Bright 6:00 am – 9:00 am
It is magic on the river as the sun peeks over the horizon. We will set out in canoes on an 8-mile float trip on the Missouri River from Platte Landing to Kaw Point. Please dress for the weather and bring water and a good flashlight. Bring a simple breakfast to enjoy out on the river.

Day Float on the Wide Missouri 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
We will set out in canoes on a 15-mile float trip on the Missouri River from Kaw Point to LaBenite Park. Please dress for the weather and bring a hat, water and sunscreen. Bring a simple lunch to enjoy out on the river.

A Missouri River Sunset 3:30 – 8:00 pm
This float embarks on a 14-mile float from LaBenite Park to Ft Osage. Please join us as we explore issues impacting our waterways along the Missouri River with our friends at the Missouri Department of Conservation for our Environmental Humanities Program Series. As the sun lowers in the sky, the Missouri River will take your breath away at sunset! Please dress for the weather and bring a hat, water, sunscreen, bug spray, and good flashlight. Bring a simple dinner to enjoy out on the river.

Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

One of the most distinctive moths, the luna, is the eighth block in the Flying Jewels series. The semi-annual quilt show display continues in the Runge lobby through August. Take a look at the beautiful creations by the participants for the past two years.

Register by August 15

Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Bass Pro Shops

Lesson 2: August 15th
Lesson 1 on August 13th must be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4.
Participants will learn intermediate fishing techniques and skills as well as hands-on fishing. Participants will be taught how to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure a variety of baits to various types of hooks. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.
This class is for children ages 6 years old and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
After participants have completed and participated in all four sessions, they will receive a bass pro gift card (children and parents that participated), and the kids will also receive a brand new, all set up fishing pole!

Register by August 15

Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Participants will learn how to use driftwood to create a beautiful piece of art.
Materials will be provided but feel free to bring small pieces of driftwood.

Register by August 9

Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Missouri River Celebration!
August 24, 2019

Many of us drive over the Missouri River daily without giving it a second thought. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to join in on an exploration of Missouri’s most magnificent natural and cultural resource in a canoe, kayak or on a powered pontoon? Join us for one of these floats to celebrate this incredible masterpiece in our own backyard! (Adults only)

Join the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) on the 4th annual Missouri River Masterpiece
MDC will provide canoes, kayaks, paddles, PFD’s, shuttle service and boat lights for the evening float. Reservations required online at: https://mdc.mo.gov/ and hover over the events tab. Search for events in Kansas City.
You must choose both 1 orientation time and 1 float.
August 15 Canoe Orientation at Burr Oak Woods Education Pond: Burr Oak Woods 1401 NW Park Road Blue Springs, MO 64015 (choose one) Wednesday 4:00 – 5:30, 5:30 – 7:00 or 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Attend an orientation at the Burr Oak Woods Education Pond to learn about Missouri River navigation and to brush up on our canoe strokes before we head out on the river. We will prepare you for your choice of the upcoming floats. Must attend to participate in any of the floats.
August 24
The Day Dawns Bright 6:00 am – 9:00 am
It is magic on the river as the sun peeks over the horizon. We will set out in canoes on an 8-mile float trip on the Missouri River from Platte Landing to Kaw Point. Please dress for the weather and bring water and a good flashlight. Bring a simple breakfast to enjoy out on the river.

Day Float on the Wide Missouri 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
We will set out in canoes on a 15-mile float trip on the Missouri River from Kaw Point to LaBenite Park. Please dress for the weather and bring a hat, water and sunscreen. Bring a simple lunch to enjoy out on the river.

A Missouri River Sunset 3:30 – 8:00 pm
This float embarks on a 14-mile float from LaBenite Park to Ft Osage. Please join us as we explore issues impacting our waterways along the Missouri River with our friends at the Missouri Department of Conservation for our Environmental Humanities Program Series. As the sun lowers in the sky, the Missouri River will take your breath away at sunset! Please dress for the weather and bring a hat, water, sunscreen, bug spray, and good flashlight. Bring a simple dinner to enjoy out on the river.

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