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Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 7:00am to 8:00pm

Location: Roaring River Hatchery

The Missouri Department of Conservation and The Department of Natural Resources proudly present Kids Fishing Day and Nature Festival, August 17th, at Roaring River State Park. Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish, connect with nature and have fun participating in the many activities offered to parents and children. At 5:00 pm, a large drawing will be held and many prizes will be given away!

Kids’ Fishing Day will be held from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

At Kids’ Fishing Day, an area of the park will be designated as a fishing area for youths age 15 and under. Children in that age range can pick up free trout tags at the hatchery office any time on August 16 or all day on the day of the event. Volunteers will be available to assist the young anglers. Children are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment. Parents are welcome to assist kids, too, but only one pole may be used between the helper and the child. Adults are not allowed to fish by themselves. Free hotdogs, chips and soda will be available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Education is also part of Kids’ Fishing Day. Throughout the day, seminars will be held on fish cleaning, fish cooking, Dutch oven cooking, Mexican cuisine, outdoor survival, target shooting, taxidermy, watersheds, knot tying, fly tying and fly casting, how to fish Roaring River, stream biology and other subjects. A hatchery tour will show how trout are raised. A program on Missouri snakes will be given using live specimens. If kids attend three classes, they will be entered into a drawing for prizes. The drawing will be held at 5 p.m. Children must be present to win. Classes are also open to the whole family, but only children may enter the drawings.

Volunteers are needed to help out with this event. Individuals wishing to volunteer do not need to be experienced anglers. If you would like to help out with Kids’ Fishing Day or you want to get more information, call MDC’s Roaring River Hatchery at 417-847-2430 or e-mail paul.spurgeon@mdc.mo.gov

Register by August 15

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 8:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

This is a Women's ONLY class.

Register by August 17

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

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Join us to discover the joys of shotgun shooting. We will discuss shotgun nomenclature, stance, dominant eye, mounting, moving the shotgun, and much more. You may use our shotguns or plan to use your own. Please make sure your shotgun is completely unloaded before arriving.

Register by August 13

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

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Missouri’s original settlers were very independent and self-sufficient. If they needed an item for their home they usually found a way to make it using materials provided by nature. Kitchen items were no exception. With this in mind, join the Twin Pines staff and volunteers and learn how to make a spoon using a Missouri hardwood. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by August 15

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

In this final lesson you will learn 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. 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 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

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Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

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Walk-in (all ages) The Missouri River is one of the longest and most powerful rivers on earth but it is often mischaracterized. Learn more about this amazing natural resource right in our own backyard. What kind of fish and animals live there? What did Lewis and Clark find on the river? Where can you access the river and learn more about it?

Register by August 17

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

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Summer is a great time to go camping! There are lots cool critters you might see when you go camping. You might spot some of these critters during the day, but others are only out at night. Come discover some of the animals that may visit your campsite! Program is free.

Register by August 16

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

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Deer browse through the leaves, muskrats munch on reeds, and our lawnmowers chop our lawns, but plants have a surprising number of ways to fight back. Learn how plants protect themselves from predators with thorns and chemical weapons. Program is free.

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

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Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Register by August 17

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

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Summer is a great time to go camping! There are lots cool critters you might see when you go camping. You might spot some of these critters during the day, but others are only out at night. Come discover some of the animals that may visit your campsite! Program is free.

Register by August 17

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Bring your camera and take a closer look at insect photography with Volunteer Naturalist Dan Liles. We’ll review macro photography and walk the trails to take photos of bugs and insects. Afterwards we will discuss tools and techniques and review photos. Ages 10-adult. Register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

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No registration required (families)
Raising butterflies from caterpillars can be a fun way to learn about native butterflies, their lifecycle and importance in the natural world. From where to find larvae to housing and food, you will learn how you can be a part of this magical process at home.

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Register by August 17

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

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Insects are an incredibly diverse and beautiful class of animals. Learn how to identify the more common orders of insects as we practice proper collection and curation of our very own specimens to take home. Program is free.

Register by August 18

Date: Monday, August 19, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

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This program is designed for those who have had some experience with shotguns and want to learn the sport of skeet shooting. The clinic will cover safety, appropriate firearms and ammunition, rules of the skeet game, etiquette on the field, and field layout. Then we will head out to the field for live fire. Firearms and ammunition will be provided or you may bring your own.

Register by August 20

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

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Summer is a great time to go camping! There are lots cool critters you might see when you go camping. You might spot some of these critters during the day, but others are only out at night. Come discover some of the animals that may visit your campsite! Program is free.

Register by August 19

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults) In this fast-paced world, we go to big box stores to buy everything from medicines to cleansers. Slow down, get back to your roots and imagine if we could create medicinal salves, soaps and tonics from native plants in our own backyard.

Register by August 19

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Pollinator Party! August 20 • Tuesday • 10–11:30 a.m. (Ages 3–6) Reservations begin July 20 You can bee and feel amazing while learning about our native pollinators! Come and learn how invertebrates such as bees and butterflies pollinate plants. Then see bees, butterflies, and other invertebrates up close and personal as we go searching for these amazing creatures.

Register by August 20

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

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Summer is a great time to go camping! There are lots cool critters you might see when you go camping. You might spot some of these critters during the day, but others are only out at night. Come discover some of the animals that may visit your campsite! Program is free.

Register by August 20

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Bass Pro Shop

Lesson 3: August 20th Lesson 1 on August 13th must be taken before any of other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4. In this class, participants will learn basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout as well as hands-on fishing. 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. This class is for children ages 6 years old and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by August 18

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

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New and potential hunters are often overwhelmed by all the equipment one seems to need to undertake hunting. Truth is, it’s simple to get started. Join our team of experienced hunters to learn about the different hunting strategies and the gear you will need for each one.

Register by August 19

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

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This clinic will introduce you to the sport of duck hunting. We will cover habitat, biology, migration patterns, clothing, firearms, blinds, safety and more. Then we will work on some calling techniques.

Register by August 16

Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

Location: LaBenite Park

Registration required (adults) Step aboard the MDC river boat for an opportunity of exploration on the Missouri River. Your journey will be via motor boat and will give you an opportunity to experience the river in many ways, you will view wildlife, learn how the river has changed over time and discover other features of the Missouri River. Participants will need to provide their own transportation. More information will be shared with those who register.

Register by August 16

Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Location: LaBenite Park

Registration required (adults) Step aboard the MDC river boat for an opportunity of exploration on the Missouri River. Your journey will be via motor boat and will give you an opportunity to experience the river in many ways, you will view wildlife, learn how the river has changed over time and discover other features of the Missouri River. Participants will need to provide their own transportation. More information will be shared with those who register.

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