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Notice: In-Person Events Cancelled

In-person MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state have been cancelled until June 30 to help protect the public amid ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. The cancellations are effective immediately and include scheduled hunter education classes, nature center programs and events, shooting range programs and events, and landowner workshops.

MDC will be offering online programs that allow people to attend virtually. The online programs will be listed when they become available.

Please contact the specific MDC location for more information.

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Register by June 10

Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join naturalist and fishing fanatic Alex Holmes for a virtual program about how you can land more smallmouth, even when the temperatures are high and the fish are sluggish. Topics covered will include tackle and gear selection, where to fish, and how to find fish when you get to the stream. This program will help prepare you to land one of these athletic bass on your own in one of the many streams in Missouri where smallmouth live.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Register by June 11

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Amphibians are found in every Missouri habitat, even your own backyard! Tune in to meet some of our slimy friends as we de-bunk some amphibian myths and learn how they help us. (For all ages)
Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Register by June 16

Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Summer time is a spectacular time to spend some time in our garden. Join us for a virtual walk to see what is blooming on a beautiful afternoon. If we are lucky there may be some butterflies or hummingbirds. The only thing you may miss out on is the incredible floral aroma in our gardens. (For all ages)
Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Register by June 16

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Please join us for a virtual basic firearms safety and knowledge class. We will discuss basic safety of firearms, hunting opportunities, and open locations to shoot your firearm. This quick 30-minute refresher will have you headed out the door for a safe experience! Registration is required. Please provide an email so a program link can be sent.

Register by June 17

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

** A link to the virtual program will be sent via email 24 hours prior to the scheduled start time. **

Why do snakes stick out their tongues? How tough is a turtle’s shell? Slither in to a naturalist-led program that will include activities, presentation slides, and live animals! We will dispel fear and make connections as we learn Missouri reptiles aren’t scary, they are unique, and have important jobs! There will be a live Q&A session following the program. Program content is designed for ages 5-12 but all ages are welcome to attend.

Register by June 17

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Nothing catches people’s attention like snakes! Why are snakes important? How do you tell if they are venomous? Find out the answers to these questions and more! Join us for a free virtual program where you will learn about and meet some of the slithering serpents that call Missouri home. Registration is required. Please provide an email so a program link can be sent.

Register by June 17

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us online for our first Virtual Learning Program; Learning to Shoot Series - Rifles. This program is online only and you must preregister and watch for an email from the instructor regarding webinar access details. There is no fee and the program will last about 30 minutes.

Register by June 20

Date: Saturday, June 20, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Songbirds and waterfowl often grab our attention, whether it be at a backyard feeder or on your pond. However, some of the largest and most magnificent birds we see around our towns and cities are our birds of prey. Owls, eagles, hawks, falcons, and kites all call our neighborhoods home. Learning to recognize them and study their habits can be a wonderful aspect of enjoying nature. (For ages 10+)

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Register by June 25

Date: Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The forest is full of life! Discover the different animals that live among the trees through watching a naturalist-led puppet show. (For ages 0-6)
Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Register by June 25

Date: Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The forest is full of life! Discover the different animals that live among the trees through watching a naturalist-led puppet show. (For ages 0-6)
Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Register by June 25

Date: Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 6:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Summer wildflowers are so beautiful, you want to save their bright colors and the memory of the warm sunshine. You can press flowers to preserve them for later use. Many crafts can feature pressed flowers and we will look at a few. (For ages 9+)

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Register by July 9

Date: Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Krug Park Lagoon

Come learn basic fish filleting skills then practice your newly learned skills. All equipment and bait is provided. Fishing permits are required for individuals between 16 and 64. No registration required.

Register by July 11

Date: Saturday, July 11, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This basic program includes an introduction to wingshooting fundamentals, distance estimation, non-toxic shotshell ammunition selection for hunting, and shotgun patterning with a goal to help migratory and upland bird hunters improve their hunting skills with non-toxic shot.

Register by July 10

Date: Saturday, July 11, 2020 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Southwest Missouri offers lots of opportunities to fish and enjoy the outdoors. This river fishing clinic will focus on fishing for bass species in our local waterways! We will talk about locations to fish, strategies, equipment, rules and regulations, and how to catch different species of bass. We will meet at Shoal Creek Conservation Center and after the classroom portion go down to shoal creek and fish. All students 16 and older must have a valid fishing license. All equipment will be provided buy you may bring your own but registration is required!

Register by July 14

Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: Callaway Electric Cooperative

This free pond workshop will provide landowners with information about building, managing and using a pond.

Register by July 14

Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: MDC Central Regional Office

This Pond Workshop is free and beneficial to any landowner who is building or managing a pond.

Register by July 18

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Clay target shooting is a fun and exciting way to further your shotgun shooting knowledge. We will be spending time talking about the game of trap, skeet and 5-stand sporting clays. Then we will head out to the fields to assist each individual shotgun shooter in learning gun mount, moving the shotgun, hold points, break points, forward allowance, and many more of the mechanics as it pertains to clay target shooting. This program is not for the beginning shotgun shooter as it is an intermediate level program so unless you are beyond the basics in shotgunning this program is not for you. You will need to bring your unloaded shotgun to this program to use and both .12 and .20-gauge ammunition will be provided for the program.

Register by July 21

Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: Co-Mo Electric Cooperative

This workshop will provide attendees with information on pond construction, fish stocking, fish management, aquatic plant identification and management, and pond related wildlife issues.

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Amphitheater

Register by July 22

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Platte Ridge Park

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. 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 July 25

Date: Saturday, July 25, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

If you’re an avid bowhunter, the spring and summer months can be excruciating. Flinging arrows at foam not cutting it for you? Come learn about trying your skill at bow fishing and discover a great new adventure.

Register by July 29

Date: Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Platte Ridge Park

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.
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. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 & 4. Participants do not need a fishing permit to fish during this program.

Register by August 8

Date: Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to learn the most effective methods for dove hunting. We will discuss the biology of the bird and then teach you how to wing shoot using the Effective Wing Shooting for the Hunter techniques. We will discuss using decoys and how to use concealment to your benefit.

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 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 15th, 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 14 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 15, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Trap shooting is a fun and exciting way to further your shotgun shooting knowledge. We will be spending time talking about the game of trap and then work with you individually on the trap field to assist the shotgun shooter in learning gun mount, moving the shotgun, hold points, break points, forward allowance, and many more of the mechanics as it pertains to trap shooting. This program is not for the beginning shotgun shooter as it is an intermediate level program so unless you are beyond the basics in shotgunning this program is not for you. You will need to bring your unloaded shotgun to this program to use and both .12 and .20-gauge ammunition will be provided for the program.

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