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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 November 17

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

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.

Register by November 17

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 13-18)
We’ve all seen and stepped on those little capped nuts, but did you know there is one species that differs from the rest. Burr oak trees produce a unique acorn. Come learn a little more about acorn diversity and how it effects Missouri’s ecosystem.

Register by November 19

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

This program includes handgun safety, operation, shooting fundamentals, maintenance, and safe storage. Equipment and ammunition will be provided; you may bring your own firearm and ammunition to the live-fire session.

Register by November 20

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Missouri trees are relatively easy to identify in the summer when they have all their leaves. As winter approaches these leaves fall off making the trees more difficult to distinguish. Attend this hands-on workshop to learn the tips and tricks to tree identification throughout the seasons.

Register by November 21

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 18+) Are you a foodie? Have you been curious about Dutch oven cooking? Use this skill on your next car camping trip or during the holidays to free up space in the oven. Come out and learn a new technique. This program will be held outdoors so dress appropriately.

Register by November 21

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 18+) Are you a foodie? Have you been curious about Dutch oven cooking? Use this skill on your next car camping trip or during the holidays to free up space in the oven. Come out and learn a new technique. This program will be held outdoors so dress appropriately.

Register by November 21

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 18+) Are you a foodie? Have you been curious about Dutch oven cooking? Use this skill on your next car camping trip or during the holidays to free up space in the oven. Come out and learn a new technique. This program will be held outdoors so dress appropriately.

Register by November 28

Date: Saturday, November 28, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Start a new family Thanksgiving tradition. Stretch your legs, explore and connect with the natural world. Investigate the seasonal changes as days become shorter and temperatures begin to drop. Observe and collect signs of the coming winter, everyone will gather items that will be used to create a group art piece. Continue by engaging in monthly phenology explorations (the study of phenomena or happenings) or add this nature exploration to your November traditions.

Register by November 25

Date: Saturday, November 28, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each attending (all ages)
What in nature are you most thankful for? Search the trails near the Nature Center to find hidden “pumpkins” of knowledge about special things only the natural world can do for us. Collect four gratitude pumpkins to redeem for a special prize.

Register by November 28

Date: Saturday, November 28, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Start a new family Thanksgiving tradition. Stretch your legs, explore and connect with the natural world. Investigate the seasonal changes as days become shorter and temperatures begin to drop. Observe and collect signs of the coming winter, everyone will gather items that will be used to create a group art piece. Continue by engaging in monthly phenology explorations (the study of phenomena or happenings) or add this nature exploration to your November traditions.

Register by November 25

Date: Saturday, November 28, 2020 - 1:45pm to 2:15pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each attending (all ages)
What in nature are you most thankful for? Search the trails near the Nature Center to find hidden “pumpkins” of knowledge about special things only the natural world can do for us. Collect four gratitude pumpkins to redeem for a special prize.

Register by November 25

Date: Saturday, November 28, 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each attending (all ages)
What in nature are you most thankful for? Search the trails near the Nature Center to find hidden “pumpkins” of knowledge about special things only the natural world can do for us. Collect four gratitude pumpkins to redeem for a special prize.

Register by December 5

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

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
If you live near trees you have no doubt heard the distinct drumming of a woodpecker. But did you know that woodpeckers play an important role in Missouri’s forest communities? Join us as we peck into the wacky world of Missouri’s woodpeckers. Plus, we will demonstrate how you can make suet to attract woodpeckers to your backyard.

Register by November 16

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Virtual

Participants will be making a Balsa crankbait at location of their choice through the convenience of Web-Ex programming. Materials and instructions will be sent to you prior to the on-line clinic. Some additional supplies will be needed. A list will be included in the packet. To participate in this clinic a device with internet capabilities to run the Web-Ex application is necessary .

Register by December 11

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Who’s hopping up that tree, making that sound or eating that birdseed? Find out the answer to these and many more questions as we explore the feathery creatures of our backyards. Weather dependent we will hike down the trail to explore the nearby woods for cool bird species. This program is part of the Blue Springs Let’s Move.

Register by December 11

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each attending (all ages)
Energy flows through nature in amazing and dynamic ways. Explore food webs through games to help understand how nature is all connected.

Register by December 11

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 1:45pm to 2:15pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each attending (all ages)
Energy flows through nature in amazing and dynamic ways. Explore food webs through games to help understand how nature is all connected.

Register by December 11

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each attending (all ages)
Energy flows through nature in amazing and dynamic ways. Explore food webs through games to help understand how nature is all connected.

Register by December 14

Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngster only (ages 3-5 with an adult)
There are critters in those woods! Out in that field, there is wildlife! Don’t believe me? We may not always see animals out in the wild but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Critters may think they’re sneaky but. . . they always leave a trail!

Register by December 14

Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngster only(ages 3-5 with an adult)
There are critters in those woods! Out in that field, there is wildlife! Don’t believe me? We may not always see animals out in the wild but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Critters may think they’re sneaky but…they always leave a trail!

Register by December 18

Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Winter seems to be a time when wild animals either hibernate or head south but there are quite a few who are winter warriors! Adapting to the environment is just one of the many ways animals seem to thrive in the sometimes-harsh conditions of the Missouri winters. Join us in an exploration of how some animals not only survive in the chilly winter but thrive.

Date: Saturday, December 26, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Join us once again for an end of the year film festival! We are featuring the wonderful fish, forests and wildlife found right here in Missouri. We will also be showing other nature movies and short documentaries throughout the day. Sit back and enjoy these spectacular films.
Line-up of films:
10:00 AM - Eagles in Missouri
11:00 AM - Where Eagles Soar
11:30 AM - The Snake's Tale
Noon - Exploring Outdoor MO
12:30 PM - The Snake's Tale
1:00 PM - Where Eagles Soar
1:30 PM - Eagles In Missouri

Register by December 31

Date: Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 6:00pm to Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 8:00pm

Location: Virtual

Objectives: Students will learn a variety of techniques for the art of fly tying. Students will make flies that catch fish as well as look good.

Format: A typical class will consist of 2 hours of classroom work per night. Students may bring note taking materials if desired. Room will be open one half hour prior to class if anyone needs extra practice or has questions. This class will have the "In Classroom" session socially distanced, and there will be another session to run concurrently as an Online Virtual class for people who want to stay home, or are too far away to attend in person.

Required: You must pre-register by going to our website and register under the events tab, before December 30th, 2020. If you have a set of fly tying tools please indicate that with your registration (tools are not required for the live class, but they are required for the virtual class). All classes are structured to add knowledge by session. If you miss a class you will need to catch up before the next class. Things we learn later in the class will utilize acquired knowledge from previous classes.

To be successful: Each virtual participant must acquire their own tools. The materials will be sent to you once a week, a week ahead of time, to the mailing address you provide in registration. The tools you will need: Common Vice, thread bobbin, black tying thread 140, and 210 Denier (2/0 and 6/0), bobbin threader, "Dr. Slick Rotary whip finisher, or Cabela’s brand (the kind that freely spins in the handle), hair packer, hair stacker, dubbing brush, fly tying scissors, tying wax, hackle pliers, and bodkin. Optional additions: head cement, multiple bobbins, other colors of thread (red, white, and tan) a wine cork for displaying tied flies, small block of wood with 1/8, -1/4 inch holes drilled in it for tool storage, cheap magnet for organizing hooks, extra scissors, small wire cutters, and small tackle box for storage.

Register by December 31

Date: Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 6:00pm to Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 8:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Objectives: Students will learn a variety of techniques for the art of fly tying. Students will make flies that catch fish as well as look good.

Format: A typical class will consist of 2 hours of classroom work per night. Students may bring note taking materials if desired. Room will be open one hour prior to class if anyone needs extra practice or has questions. This class will have the "In Classroom" session socially distanced, and there will be another session to run concurrently as an Online Virtual class for people who want to stay home, or are too far away to attend in person.

Required: You must pre-register by going to our website and register under the events tab, before January 2nd, 2018. If you have a set of fly tying tools please indicate that with your registration (tools are not required). All classes are progressive. If you miss a class you will need to catch up before the next class. Things we learn later in the class will result in assumed knowledge of previous classes.

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