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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 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 16

Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach anglers 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.

Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Program is limited to ages 5 and above. All children ages 5 -15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Fishing permits are NOT required to fish during this program.

Participants will be asked to maintain safe social distance from staff and other participants who are not their family members during this program.

All participants must sign up for this program individually. For assistance with registration please contact the program instructor.

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 23

Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

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.

Program limited to children ages 5 and above. All children ages 5-15 must be

Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Program is limited to ages 5 and above. All children ages 5 -15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Fishing permits are NOT required to fish during this program.

Participants will be asked to maintain safe social distance from staff and other participants who are not their family members during this program.

All participants must sign up for this program individually. For assistance with registration please contact the program instructor.

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.

Register by September 24

Date: Thursday, September 24, 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 26

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Let's pause and enjoy the season of change and beauty, a family scavenger hunt made for a crew or even just one. Stop in at the Discovery Center to get your instructions and your set of challenges. You'll be looking inside and out for some of nature's treasures.

Register by September 26

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Let's pause and enjoy the season of change and beauty, a family scavenger hunt made for a crew or even just one. Stop in at the Discovery Center to get your instructions and your set of challenges. You'll be looking inside and out for some of nature's treasures.

Register by September 26

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Let's pause and enjoy the season of change and beauty, a family scavenger hunt made for a crew or even just one. Stop in at the Discovery Center to get your instructions and your set of challenges. You'll be looking inside and out for some of nature's treasures.

Register by September 26

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Let's pause and enjoy the season of change and beauty, a family scavenger hunt made for a crew or even just one. Stop in at the Discovery Center to get your instructions and your set of challenges. You'll be looking inside and out for some of nature's treasures.

Register by September 26

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Peek behind the scenes of the Discovery Center animal exhibits. Join us as we care for our turtles, amphibians and fish and see what these animals eat. A naturalist will be available to answer any of your questions.

Register by September 30

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

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 5-15 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.

Participants will be asked to maintain safe social distance from staff and other participants who are not their family membersembers during this program.

Each participant must sign up for this program individually. For assistance with registration please contact the program instructor.

Register by October 1

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 5:00am to Sunday, November 8, 2020 - 1:00pm

Location: Lost Valley Hatchery

This hunt is designed for hunters who have archery hunted for deer in the past, but have been unsuccessful. To be eligible for this hunt you must not have previously filled an Archery Deer Permit .Beginning hunters are also welcome to apply. We can work with you help you gain the knowledge and experience you need. For more information contact Mark Miller. Email- mark.miller@mdc.mo.gov Phone 660-530-5500

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