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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 September 22

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 7:30am to 9:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join MDC naturalists and area birders as we discover the avian life that call 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. Wearing a mask is required to attend this program.

Register by September 22

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Virtual

During the fall, a monarch, which is half the weight of a paperclip, may travel 50 to 100 miles a day and migrate a total of 3,000 miles over two months. Learn all about this incredible journey and those made by a variety of other fantastic insect migrators.
*Registration is required
*you will receive an email with the webex link the day of this program

Register by September 22

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 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 September 24

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Many of us can trace our first fishing memories to catching sunfish in a small pond. We will meet at the Runge outdoor pavilion before heading to the pond. Please dress for the weather, all equipment will be provided. Each person present at the program MUST register.

Register by September 22

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 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 September 25

Date: Friday, September 25, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

There's nothing quite like the freedom on the water that a kayak offers. If you've 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 options at mdc.mo.gov/centralevents
*Registration is required

Register by September 30

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Let's take to the trails to experience our senses in new and natural ways. This naturalist led hike is designed to engage your little acorn while teaching them about Missouri's rich natural resources. No more than one adult with each registered participant. Additional siblings or unregistered participants will NOT be able to attend.

Register by October 2

Date: Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 6:00pm to Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 2:00pm

Location: Charles A Green Conservation Area

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites new hunters to attend a free virtual squirrel hunting clinic and in-person mentored hunt in Boone County. The virtual program will be Thursday, October 1 from 6:00pm-7:00pm. An in-person mentored hunt will take place in Boone County on Saturday, October 3 from 8:00am-2:00pm. More information about the virtual program will be provided to registered participants closer to the date of the program. Participants in the mentored hunt need to meet all hunter education requirements detailed at www.mdc.mo.gov/huntereducation. Participants are allowed to bring their own firearms or firearms and ammunition will be made available upon request at no cost.

Register by October 3

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Help connect yourself and others with the natural world during this nature-art program. While nature tagging, we will be exploring Runge in search of bold, brightly colored and beautiful plants and animals. After identifying the plant or animal, you will create your own inspirational chalk artwork to help others discover nature.
*Registration required (ages 7-12yrs)

Register by October 3

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Learn how to skin and process the deer you harvest this year. This program will include a step-by-step video with a live instructor to cover techniques, safety tips and answer any questions you have about do-it-yourself processing.
*Registration required ages 6+, all children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Register by October 2

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 1:00pm to Sunday, October 4, 2020 - 7:00am

Location: Whetstone Creek Conservation Area

Missouri Trappers Association Beginners Trapping Clinic. This clinic is for beginning trappers of all ages.

Register by October 6

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

Location: Virtual

Fall is coming! With it's cooler temperatures plants and animals will be starting to change and prepare for the next of our Missouri seasons. Join us for a few 30-minute virtual programs hosted by our Runge Naturalists, each exploring a different aspect of our natural world.
*Registration is requested (All ages)

Register by October 7

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 7:30am to 9:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join MDC naturalists and area birders as we discover the avian life that call 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. Wearing a mask is required to attend this program.
*Registration is preferred (ages 8+)

Register by October 7

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: Virtual

Are you interested in discovering Missouri's natural foods? Berries, nuts, greens and many other tasty treats can be found in nature. Join us for a virtual lesson and hike on some of the wild edibles that arrive during the fall. Learn how to begin your foraging journey and what to look for in our natural habitats!
*Registration required (all ages)

Register by October 15

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

Fall is coming! With it's cooler temperatures plants and animals will be starting to change and prepare for the next of our Missouri seasons. Join us for a few 30-minute virtual programs hosted by our Runge Naturalists, each exploring a different aspect of our natural world.
*Registration is requested (All ages)

Register by October 16

Date: Friday, October 16, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Many people are discovering the soothing space nature provides for us. Join naturalists here at the Runge Nature Center for an afternoon of mindfulness and serenity in the forest. We will be learning about the many ways nature can be a part of a healthy lifestyle. This program will include a barefoot sensory hike, a beginners YOGA session IN THE FOREST, hammock demonstrations and a hammock meditation. We will meet in the outdoor staging area to begin our Healing Hike.
*Registration is required (ages 18+)

Register by October 20

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Virtual

Fall is coming! With it's cooler temperatures plants and animals will be starting to change and prepare for the next chapter of our Missouri seasons. Join us for a few 30-minute virtual programs hosted by our Runge Naturalists, each exploring a different aspect of our natural world.
*Registration is requested

Register by October 21

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+)
The Midweek Trekkers are traveling to Three Creeks CA in Boone County this month. Bring lunch, water, bug repellent and dress for the weather. Trail: Easy, 3-4 miles.

Register by October 22

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 7:30am to 9:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join MDC naturalists and area birders as we discover the avian life that call 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. Wearing a mask is required to attend this program.
*Registration preferred (ages 8+)

Register by October 23

Date: Friday, October 23, 2020 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Fall is here, and the trees are bursting with color. Join us for a kayak paddle on nearby Ashland Lake. We will learn the basics and paddle into the lake to enjoy the fall colors. Please meet at the parking lot access and dress for cooler weather.
* Directions from Jeff City: Head north on Hwy 63 toward Columbia, take Ashland exit and turn right on to Hwy Y. Travel about 3 miles until you cross Brushy Creek Bridge. The sign and turn for Ashland Lake Access will be immediately on the right. *Registration required (ages 12+)

Register by October 24

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

The Saturday Hikers will be hiking Gans Creek Wild Area in Rock Bridge State Park. We will meet at Wagon Wheel Trailhead at 8:30am. The trailhead is accessed from Highway 63 by exiting at Discovery Parkway and heading southwest. Discovery Pkwy will merge with E. Gans Rd. Continue west on E. Gans Rd. to S. Bearfield Rd and turn left and go all the way to the end of the road.
*Registration required
**Bring lunch, water, bug repellant and rain gear if rain threatens. Hike moderate approx. 4-5 miles

Register by October 27

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

The weather is changing and the colors of nature are too! Bring your little acorn in to experience the changing colors of fall. We will go on a short hike and explore the forest fun area. No more than one adult with each registered participant. Additional siblings or unregistered participants will not be able to attend.

Register by October 27

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: Virtual

Fall is coming! With its cooler temperatures plants and animals will be starting to change and prepare for the next of our Missouri seasons. Join us for a few 30-minute virtual programs hosted by our Runge Naturalists, each exploring a different aspect of our natural world.
*Registration is requested (All ages)

Register by October 29

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Archery has come a long way, from wooden longbows to the modern crossbow. Join us as we learn the basics of how to safely load and shoot a crossbow and make our best shot with this easy and fun archery method. Meet at the Runge outdoor pavilion before heading to the Runge outdoor range. Dress for the weather in closed-toed shoes. The Runge outdoor range is not ADA accessible.
*Registration required (ages 12+)

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