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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 May 5

Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 7:30am to 9:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Discover the avian life that calls Runge home. These short birding walks are for all experience levels. We will gather near the front doors of the nature center. Binoculars and field guides will be provided for those that need them. Masks required. Registration preferred. Ages 8 and up.

Register by May 6

Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join us as we learn the basics of shooting a pellet rifle. Learn how to load, aim, and make the best shot, all while staying safe. Meet at the Runge outdoor pavilion.. This program will take place at Runge's outdoor range which is not ADA accessible. Masks required. Registration required. Ages 12 and up.

Register by May 8

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join us to create a 5" x 7" nature journal. All supplies including stickers and embellishments provided. Masks required. Registration required. Ages 18 and up.

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Runge Nature Center Staff Volunteers are somewhere along the trails ready to explore a seasonal nature topic with you! Trail station locations and topics are different every Saturday as nature always has something new to offer. Visit the Runge building to get a trail map and hints about where the volunteers may be found. This is not a formal program; stop by anytime between the designated exploration station hours. Masks required. No registration required. All ages.

Register by May 8

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join us to create a 5" x 7" nature journal. All supplies including stickers and embellishments provided. Masks required. Registration required. Ages 18 and up.

Register by May 10

Date: Monday, May 10, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Spring is one of the best times of the year to watch birds in your backyard. Discover what common backyard and migrant birds are visiting your yard this spring while exploring simple steps we can all take to conserve these species. Presenter will e-mail a link to the program the day before and the morning of the presentation. Registration Required. All Ages.

Register by May 10

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Ammo Alley

Women’s Basic Handgun Workshop. Women will learn handgun parts and operation, ammunition, handgun safety, and shooting fundamentals. Workshop will include shooting at a climate controlled indoor shooting range. Participants will receive classroom training and one-on-one shooting instruction. This workshop and classroom instruction is offered free of charge. There will be a range fee of $10 per participant paid directly to Ammo Alley. Handguns and ammunition will be provided by MDC. Participants are welcome to bring their own unloaded, cased handguns but will be required to provide their own new factory ammunition (no reloads). This workshop is open to women ages 14 and over. Girls age 14 to 17 may attend with a parent or guardian who is also registered for the workshop.

Register by May 12

Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 7:30am to 9:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Discover the avian life that calls Runge home. These short birding walks are for all experience levels. We will gather near the front doors of the nature center. Binoculars and field guides will be provided for those that need them. Masks required. Registration preferred. Ages 8 and up.

Register by May 10

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Virtual

This will be a virtual watershed and stream engagement workshop that will present programs and practices from state and federal agencies providing information on various topics such as watershed planning, funding opportunities for water quality improvement projects, and practices offered by Missouri Department of Conservation Community and Private Lands staff. There will also be information about recreation opportunities on streams in the state with information about local paddling opportunities as well.

Register by May 14

Date: Friday, May 14, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

There's nothing quite like the freedom on the water that a kayak offers. If you have ever wanted to learn more about paddling, jump in and join us to cover all the basics and get you water ready! Love to paddle, but already attended this basic course? Keep an eye out for more program options at mdc.mo.gov/centralevents. We will meet at the Binder Lake boat ramp located in Jefferson City. Masks required. Registration required. Ages 10 and up.

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Runge Nature Center Staff Volunteers are somewhere along the trails ready to explore a seasonal nature topic with you! Trail station locations and topics are different every Saturday as nature always has something new to offer. Visit the Runge building to get a trail map and hints about where the volunteers may be found. This is not a formal program; stop by anytime between the designated exploration station hours. Masks required. No registration required. All ages.

Register by May 18

Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Celebrate spring by searching for the colors of the rainbow. We will walk a trail and see how many colors in nature we can find. Be ready to look up, down, and all around in this all outdoors program. Dress for the weather. Meet at the Runge outdoor pavilion. Masks required. Registration Required. Ages 3-6 years.

Register by May 18

Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Bass Pro Shops

Lesson 1:
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.
Lesson 2:
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 May 19

Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 7:30am to 9:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Discover the avian life that calls Runge home. These short birding walks are for all experience levels. We will gather near the front doors of the nature center. Binoculars and field guides will be provided for those that need them. Masks required. Registration preferred. Ages 8 and up.

Register by May 18

Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Put on your hiking shoes and travel to Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site in Pettis County to join a guided hike on the Radiant Trail and Stonyridge Trail: 3 miles-moderate/difficult. Meet at the Runge Nature Center and follow our hike leaders to the location or meet at the trailhead. Hike leaders will contact participants before the hike to give directions if needed. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and pack a lunch/snack. Masks are required. Registration Required. Ages 18 and up.

Register by May 20

Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join us to learn the basics of archery and how to shoot safely. You will be hitting the bullseye in no time! Meet at the Runge outdoor pavilion. Dress for the weather with closed toe shoes and non-baggy clothing. The Runge archery range is not ADA accessible. Love to shoot, but already attended this basic course? Keep an eye out for more options at mdc.mo.gov/centralevents. Masks required. Registration required. Ages 10 and up.

Register by May 18

Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Bass Pro Shops

Lesson 3:
Lesson 1&2 must be taken before any of other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 3-4.
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.
Lesson 4:
In this final lesson you will learn how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions as well as hands-on fishing. 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.
This class is for children ages 6 years old and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by May 20

Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

Take a (virtual) trip with us and float down a Missouri stream to discover plants and animals that depend on clean water to survive and flourish. Each month a different applique block based on this year’s theme, River Trail Discoveries, will be revealed. May's applique block and presentation will feature the Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly. Participants need to attend this virtual program to receive the applique block/pattern for that month which will be e-mailed after the presentation. Ages 16 and up. Registration Required. Participants will receive an e-mail with a link to the program both 24 hours and 1 hour prior to the start of the virtual presentation.

Register by May 21

Date: Friday, May 21, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Virtual

Technology and nature are often thought of as being opposites. However, using select technology can be used as a tool to enhance our nature experience, expand our curiosity, and benefit our understanding of the natural world. iNaturalist and Seek are two apps that encourage users to carefully observe nature, help identify a variety of plants and animals, and share your observations with professional scientists. Learn how to use these apps to boost your nature experience in this virtual program. Presenter will send an e-mail with the link to the program the day before and the day of the presentation. Registration required. Ages 8 and up.

Register by May 21

Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Put on your hiking shoes and travel to Clifty Creek Conservation Area near Dixon in Maries County to join a guided hike. Trail: 3-4 miles-moderate. Meet at the Runge Nature Center and follow the hike leaders to the location or meet at the trailhead. Hike leaders will contact participants before the hike to give directions. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and pack a lunch/snack. Masks are required. Registration Required. Ages 18 and up.

Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Runge Nature Center Staff Volunteers are somewhere along the trails ready to explore a seasonal nature topic with you! Trail station locations and topics are different every Saturday as nature always has something new to offer. Visit the Runge building to get a trail map and hints about where the volunteers may be found. This is not a formal program; stop by anytime between the designated exploration station hours. Masks required. No registration required. All ages.

Register by May 22

Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

You are invited to our annual stream team clean up at Runge on our section of Wears Creek. Wade in the water, pick up trash, and explore the life that calls our creek home. Wear old clothes and shoes that can get wet and muddy. Gloves and trash bags are provided. Masks required. Registration required. Ages 7 and up.

Register by May 25

Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 7:30am to 9:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Discover the avian life that calls Runge home. These short birding walks are for all experience levels. We will gather near the front doors of the nature center. Binoculars and field guides will be provided for those that need them. Masks required. Registration preferred. Ages 8 and up.

Register by May 24

Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Ammo Alley

Women’s Basic Handgun Workshop. Women will learn handgun parts and operation, ammunition, handgun safety, and shooting fundamentals. Workshop will include shooting at a climate controlled indoor shooting range. Participants will receive classroom training and one-on-one shooting instruction. This workshop and classroom instruction is offered free of charge. There will be a range fee of $10 per participant paid directly to Ammo Alley. Handguns and ammunition will be provided by MDC. Participants are welcome to bring their own unloaded, cased handguns but will be required to provide their own new factory ammunition (no reloads). This workshop is open to women ages 14 and over. Girls age 14 to 17 may attend with a parent or guardian who is also registered for the workshop.

Register by May 28

Date: Friday, May 28, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Celebrate spring by searching for the colors of the rainbow. We will walk a trail and see how many colors in nature we can find. Be ready to look up, down, and all around in this all outdoors program. Dress for the weather. Meet at the Runge outdoor pavilion. Masks required. Registration Required. Ages 3-6 years.

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