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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 April 20

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (0-36 months)
Sniff, feel and listen! Open your senses up wider to nature as you explore new textures, sights, sounds and smells of spring. Learn how some animals use their senses differently than people do.

Register by April 1

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
Do you want lush green gardens without the high-water bills? Well, we have your solution! Using rain barrels can be an easy, inexpensive way to have beautiful native gardens all growing season. During this program you will learn why and how to use a rain barrel. Plus, we will demonstrate how you can make a rain barrel of your very own!

Register by April 21

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Registration required (ages 8+) Celebrate Earth Day by diving into the world of aquatic ecosystems. Learn how to identify macroinvertebrates and what they tell us about water quality. Discover the watershed you live in and how our actions can have an impact and get up close with aquatic wildlife. Discover Missouri's aquatic ecosystems and discover a world of wonder.

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Virtual

Every third Thursday at 12pm, we’ll tour the native landscape at MDC’s Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, this monthly series features a live look at native plants of interest throughout the year, This program is a partnership with Deep Roots.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED THROUGH THE DEEP ROOTS WEBSITE: https://deeproots.org/native-plants-at-noon/

Register by April 22

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

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. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided.

Ages 7 and above. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Participants do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program.

Children must be accompanied by a registered adult at all times.

All participants must register separately. Email instructor for assistance with registration.

Register by April 11

Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 8:30am to 10:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Skeet is a great way to improve your skills with the shotgun. This program is for those who have little to no experience with shotguns or want to move onto a new game. We’ll cover safety, appropriate firearms and ammunition, rules of the game, etiquette on the field, and field layout. Firearms and ammunition will be provided, or you may bring your own.

Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Lake Remembrance - Gregory O. Grounds Park

Walk-in (all ages)
There are numerous opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy nature in Blue Springs! The Missouri Department of Conservation is partners with Blue Springs and Jackson County Parks and Recreation to offer this celebration of the outdoors in our community. The event will be held at Lake Remembrance on Saturday, April 24 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Activities include: kayaking, fishing, wild edible plants, birding, outdoor yoga, archery, outdoor cooking and so much more! There will be something for all ages. Call 816-228-3766 for more information.

Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

DRIVE-THRU (all ages) Want to incorporate some native plants into your landscape? The Discovery Center will host a drive-thru native plant and tree give away. Participants may come anytime between the scheduled program hours and should remain in their vehicles while the Discovery Center staff bring the plants and trees to you. This is a free program and quantities are limited.

Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)
Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.

Register by April 27

Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Magical moments in nature are waiting for you! Go on an adventure with a Naturalist to make amazing discoveries as you explore on a trail close to the nature center.
Notes: Dress for the weather. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and/or there is more than light rain/sleet/snow program will be cancelled.

Register by April 29

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

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 7-15 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 members during this program.

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

Register by April 29

Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

This program includes archery safety, operation, shooting fundamentals, maintenance, and safe storage. You may bring your own equipment to this program; however, equipment will be provided.

Register by April 30

Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Eww! What’s that smell? Dinner! Come in and learn about one of Missouri’s most overlooked wild animals, the turkey vulture. Using a keen sense of smell, these birds are well adapted to a job that many take for granted.

Register by May 4

Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Magical moments in nature are waiting for you! Go on an adventure with a Naturalist to make amazing discoveries as you explore on a trail close to the nature center.
Notes: Dress for the weather. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and/or there is more than light rain program will be cancelled.

Register by May 7

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families)
Global Big Day is an opportunity to observe and share what birds live around you. Your observations help us better understand global bird populations. Join us and be a part of a global citizen science project. Binoculars and smart phone or mobile device is recommended.

Register by May 7

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families)
This is a great time of year to take your family fishing. We will teach some fishing basics, provide equipment and worms and then let you practice your new fishing skills. Kids who attend will be entered in a drawing at the end of the summer for a new fishing pole and tackle box.

Register by May 7

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Amphibians are a fun and important group that scientist’s study to determine the health of an ecosystem. Learn how to identify frogs by their calls and create a froggy craft to take home. We will walk to a pond to listen for and maybe even catch a few frogs!

Register by May 11

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Magical moments in nature are waiting for you! Go on an adventure with a Naturalist to make amazing discoveries as you explore on a trail close to the nature center.
Notes: Dress for the weather. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and/or there is more than light rain program will be cancelled.

Register by May 11

Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (0-36 months with an adult)
Explore a creek with your little one! We will meet at the Bethany Falls parking lot pavilion and take a short hike to Burr Oak Creek to splash and experience this watery world.
Meet at the Bethany Falls Pavilion, bring bottled water, a towel and a change of clothes if would like to change after the program.

Register by May 13

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families 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. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided.

Ages 7 and above. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Participants do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program.

All participants must register separately. Please email the instructor for assistance with registration.

Register by May 12

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Virtual

Registration required (adults)
This will be the second Missouri Butterfly Monitoring Network training for the Kansas City area! Learn more about 25 beautiful, common species of butterflies, how surveys are conducted and complete one of the three requirements in order to do surveys. Link to virtual program will be sent by email prior to program.

Register by May 14

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 8+) ages 8-15 must be accompanied by a participating adult
Spring is here, and the toms are strutting. That can only mean one thing to some people; spring turkey season is here! For more than 50 years, Missourians have enjoyed pursuing these large elusive birds. Join us as we explore the basics of turkey hunting, including locations, equipment, techniques and more. Meet at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by May 14

Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
Did you know that you can create delightful natural teas from leaves collected just outside your door? Come in and enjoy a cup of tea as you learn how to identify, harvest and dry these delicious leaves for later use.

Register by May 18

Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Magical moments in nature are waiting for you! Go on an adventure with a Naturalist to make amazing discoveries as you explore on a trail close to the nature center.
Notes: Dress for the weather. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and/or there is more than light rain program will be cancelled.

Register by May 19

Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngster only (ages 3-5 with an adult)
Fishing is a classic family activity and just plain fun! Come bring your little one on a fantastic journey to learn one of life’s greatest activities. Program will take place at the Education Pond.
Meet at the W Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

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