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NOTICE: In-Person Events Limited Due to COVID

In-person MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state are limited due to COVID-19 considerations. MDC is offering new online programs that allow people to attend virtually. Please check our class listings to see what classes are limited, in-person classes or virtual classes.

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Register by August 15

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 9+) Catching a fish on a jig or fly that you created is a very satisfying experience. Discover the process to make jigs and flies that will catch lots of fish. This hands-on class is for beginner to intermediate levels. All materials will be provided, and participants will take home the lures they create. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 18

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 16+) Navigate through nature; learn to read a map and how to use a compass. We'll look at topographic maps and talk about how to know where you are. We'll be using compasses in a scavenger hunt for participants to learn a new skill in navigating. Participants, please meet the instructor at the front door to the Discovery Center. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 22

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) The ability to make rope or cordage from plant fibers is an ancient skill essential to surviving in the wilds. We will learn to make simple cordage using the same plants Native Americans harvested from Missouri wild prairies to make bowstrings, fishing nets and clothing. Presented outdoors for proper social distancing. Participants, please meet the naturalist at the pavilion on the south side of the Discovery Center. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 22

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) The ability to make rope or cordage from plant fibers is an ancient skill essential to surviving in the wilds. We will learn to make simple cordage using the same plants Native Americans harvested from Missouri wild prairies to make bowstrings, fishing nets and clothing. Presented outdoors for proper social distancing. Participants, please meet the naturalist at the pavilion on the south side of the Discovery Center. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 22

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) The ability to make rope or cordage from plant fibers is an ancient skill essential to surviving in the wilds. We will learn to make simple cordage using the same plants Native Americans harvested from Missouri wild prairies to make bowstrings, fishing nets and clothing. Presented outdoors for proper social distancing. Participants, please meet the naturalist at the pavilion on the south side of the Discovery Center. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 26

Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Tagging monarchs is a large-scale citizen science effort that began in 1992 across North America to understand the dynamics of the fall migration. You will have the opportunity to join the 2020 tagging effort at the Discovery Center. Participants will learn about the value of tagging and use nets to capture, tag and release monarchs. Participants, please meet the naturalist at the pavilion on the south side of the Discovery Center.

Register by August 29

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Pollinator activity is at its peak and not all of them fly. Join a naturalist to learn about the various types of pollinators. Then go on a pollinator hunt by using nets to capture local butterflies, bees, beetles, ants, flies... We will identify those we catch. All insects will be released at the end of our experience. This program will be outside. Participants, please meet the naturalist at the front door to the Discovery Center. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 29

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Pollinator activity is at its peak and not all of them fly. Join a naturalist to learn about the various types of pollinators. Then go on a pollinator hunt by using nets to capture local butterflies, bees, beetles, ants, flies... We will identify those we catch. All insects will be released at the end of our experience. This program will be outside. Participants, please meet the naturalist at the front door to the Discovery Center. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 29

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Take a peek behind the scenes. Join us as we care for our turtles, amphibians and fish. See what these animals eat and get your questions answered by our naturalist. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by September 1

Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (adults) Missouri is home to 167 species of native trees and over 50 of them are represented right here in the Discovery Center native landscape gardens. Join us for a treemendous tour of the grounds where we will collect your favorite leaves and use them to create a wearable work of art using recycled tee shirts and fabric ink.

Register by September 1

Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 18+) Do you have what it takes to be crowned a Nature Trivia Champion? Can you name the country that monarchs migrate and overwinter in? What is altitudinal migration? Come answer these questions and more at our first ever monthly trivia night! Come individually or bring some friends for a night full of fun and carefree competition. A mobile device is required so you or your team can buzz in your answers. Trivia Tuesday will happen on the first Tuesday of every month and will take place outdoors...so bring your chairs, blankets, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks and come fight for the title of Trivia Champion and the awesome prize that comes with it.

Register by September 4

Date: Friday, September 4, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Between enjoying the large variety of blooms and battling weeds and other maintenance issues, summer can be bittersweet in your gardens. Join our native landscape specialist to talk about tips and tricks to help you keep your summer garden looking and functioning it's best. Bring your questions about pruning, weeding and maintaining order in your summer garden.

Register by September 4

Date: Friday, September 4, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Between enjoying the large variety of blooms and battling weeds and other maintenance issues, summer can be bittersweet in your gardens. Join our native landscape specialist to talk about tips and tricks to help you keep your summer garden looking and functioning it's best. Bring your questions about pruning, weeding and maintaining order in your summer garden.

Register by September 5

Date: Saturday, September 5, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

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 walk around our trails. We'll meet the wild and native trees, flowers and animals that make a living right here is the middle of Kansas City!

Register by September 5

Date: Saturday, September 5, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

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 walk around our trails. We'll meet the wild and native trees, flowers and animals that make a living right here is the middle of Kansas City!

Register by September 5

Date: Saturday, September 5, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

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 walk around our trails. We'll meet the wild and native trees, flowers and animals that make a living right here is the middle of Kansas City!

Register by September 8

Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Tagging monarchs is a large-scale citizen science effort that began in 1992 across North America to understand the dynamics of the fall migration. You will have the opportunity to join the 2020 tagging effort at the Discovery Center. Participants will learn about the value of tagging and use nets to capture, tag and release monarchs.

Register by September 8

Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Tagging monarchs is a large-scale citizen science effort that began in 1992 across North America to understand the dynamics of the fall migration. You will have the opportunity to join the 2020 tagging effort at the Discovery Center. Participants will learn about the value of tagging and use nets to capture, tag and release monarchs.

Register by September 9

Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Are you interested in attracting monarchs and other pollinators to your own yard? Join the native landscape specialists for a walk around the Discovery Center gardens to see monarchs in action on some of their favorite plants. Monarchs need milkweed as a host plant for their caterpillars, but they also need to feed on native blooms all throughout their migration. Find out what pollinator friendly plants would work in your own yard.

Register by September 11

Date: Friday, September 11, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Tagging monarchs is a large-scale citizen science effort that began in 1992 across North America to understand the dynamics of the fall migration. You will have the opportunity to join the 2020 tagging effort at the Discovery Center. Participants will learn about the value of tagging and use nets to capture, tag and release monarchs.

Register by September 11

Date: Friday, September 11, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Tagging monarchs is a large-scale citizen science effort that began in 1992 across North America to understand the dynamics of the fall migration. You will have the opportunity to join the 2020 tagging effort at the Discovery Center. Participants will learn about the value of tagging and use nets to capture, tag and release monarchs.

Date: Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

(Drive thru event only) 10 AM-1 PM OR UNTIL THE PLANTS ARE GONE. The monarch is without a doubt one of the most remarkable insects we have the opportunity to enjoy in Missouri. Discover how you can attract this butterfly to your yard with native plants. This drive thru event will allow you to go home with pollinator and milkweed plants. Join the mania and learn how you can help the population of the monarch butterfly. 10 AM-1 PM OR UNTIL THE PLANTS ARE GONE.

Register by September 18

Date: Friday, September 18, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (babes under 36 months with a care-giver) Your little ones waddle, crawl and eventually run. Insects have various ways to move too. Spend time learning and sharing the experience of insects and arachnoids. This hands-on program is designed for you to interact with your little ones in nature. You and your little ones will need to be dressed to be outside. A stroller for non-walkers is advised. Please meet at the front door to the Discovery Center.

Register by September 23

Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Are you interested in attracting monarchs and other pollinators to your own yard? Join the native landscape specialists for a walk around the Discovery Center gardens to see monarchs in action on some of their favorite plants. Monarchs need milkweed as a host plant for their caterpillars, but they also need to feed on native blooms all throughout their migration. Find out what pollinator friendly plants would work in your own yard.

Register by September 24

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Tagging monarchs is a large-scale citizen science effort that began in 1992 across North America to understand the dynamics of the fall migration. You will have the opportunity to join the 2020 tagging effort at the Discovery Center. Participants will learn about the value of tagging and use nets to capture, tag and release monarchs.

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