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Register by August 8

Date: Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

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Register by August 8

Date: Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Nature Artisan Series: Nature Photography Workshop
August 10 • Saturday • 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
(Ages 14 and up)
Reservations begin July 10
Come and join Missouri Nature and Environmental Photographers (MONEP: www. monep.org) as they present simple techniques on how to improve your nature photography skills. MONEP members will also be present to assist participants in the field. Photos taken during the workshop can be entered the 2019 Powder Valley Photo Contest. Bring your cameras and a sack lunch.

Register by August 9

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

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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 12:00pm

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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 2:30pm

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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!

Register by August 8

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

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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

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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.

Register by August 11

Date: Monday, August 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

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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 13

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

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(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

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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.

Register by August 12

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

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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.

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.

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

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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

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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 15

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

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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 15

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

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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.

Register by August 9

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

Location:

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: Friday, August 16, 2019 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm

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Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive snakesenjoy their feast.

Register by August 16

Date: Friday, August 16, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

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Registration required (adults)
Do you have questions and want to learn more about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)? Join the Missouri Department of Conservation, in partnership with the Quality Deer Management Association and the Missouri Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers for a CWD Symposium with Questions & Answers with guest speakers Jason Sumners, MDC Resource Science Division Chief and Kip Adams, QDMA Director of Conservation.
registration now on line or email
Missouri@backcountryhunters.org

Date: Friday, August 16, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Our annual celebration of insects and the important role they play in nature returns! Insects—they fascinate us, they bug us, they surround us, and they bite us; but what would a summer evening be like without them? Join insect specialists and enthusiasts for an evening devoted to discovering insects. Grab your entire family and participate in some creepy-crawly fun for all ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by August 16

Date: Friday, August 16, 2019 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: Perry County Community Lake

Watch the near-full moon rise on a warm summer night at Perry County Lake. Expect to see nocturnal creatures and hear the chorus of frogs as we paddle as a group. Canoes and instruction will be provided. Please bring water, appropriate clothing, and a flashlight. If you wish to ride with us and use our equipment, that option is available, sign up for the ride with us option. Participants who ride with us may not bring their own boats. Program and transportation from the Nature Center are free. If you are driving yourself but want to use our canoe, please call the Nature Center at 573-290-5218 when you register.

Register by August 16

Date: Friday, August 16, 2019 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: Perry County Community Lake

Watch the near-full moon rise on a warm summer night at Perry County Lake. Expect to see nocturnal creatures and hear the chorus of frogs as we paddle as a group. Canoes and instruction will be provided. Please bring water, appropriate clothing, insect spray and a flashlight. If you wish to drive yourself or bring your own canoe or kayak, that option is available, sign up for the drive yourself option. Participants who ride with us may not bring their own boats. Program and transportation from the Nature Center are free.

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