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Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Have you ever wondered how chemicals, sediment, and other materials get into Missouri rivers and streams? Before using the interactive Stream Trailer/Enviroscape we will watch a presentation to understand why water quality is important!

Register by April 25

Date: Friday, April 26, 2019 - 6:30pm to Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

On Friday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, the basics of binocular use and bird identification will be presented with a focus on common bird calls. Participants should bring their own binoculars; however some binoculars will be available for use during the workshop.

On Saturday, we will meet at the Royal Oaks entrance to Big Creek Conservation Area at 7:00 am to practice what we have learned. Birds should be calling and in their mating plumage. Participants should dress accordingly for the weather conditions.

All ages are welcome to attend. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by April 14

Date: Friday, May 3, 2019 - 5:30pm to Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 1:00pm

Location: Mark Twain Lake - M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor

This partnership event with the Corps of Engineers, MDC, and NWTF is for adults who have never harvested a turkey. Participants must provide their own camouflage clothing. 2019 spring turkey permits are required. An Apprentice tag is required for those not Hunter Education Certified. Firearms are available upon request. Mentors/callers will be provided. Participants must attend pre-hunt clinic on May 3rd. If participants happen to harvest a bird before this event they will become ineligible. A waiting list will be filled after the first ten applicants. An email will be sent to everyone on the waiting list each time spots open up. For questions contact Rob Garver (MDC) @ 660-785-2420 or Allen Mehrer (CORP)@ 573-735-4097.

Register by May 8

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Long Branch Lake Macon Area Ramp

MDC invites participants to come enjoy nature by learning the basics of bowfishing. This is a legal method to pursue nongame fish, including bluegill, green sunfish, carp, carpsuckers, suckers, buffalo, drum, gar, and all other species not defined as game fish or listed as endangered in the Wildlife Code of Missouri. Bowfishing offers an exciting way to pursue these fish that typically draw little interest with traditional pole-and-line or setline methods. Participants will have an opportunity to practice with bowfishing bows, and will then be taken out on the lake to attempt harvesting some fish. This event is for participants 11 years of age and older. Participants should bring a water bottle, hat, sunscreen, and any snacks they may want. Equipment and life jackets will be provided to those who need them. Registration is required. For questions contact Rob Garver (660)785-2420 or

Register by July 1

Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 8:30am to Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 6:00pm

Location: Camp Colburn - Stoutsville

Discover Nature Girls’ Camp is a FREE 2-day, 1-night camp held by the Missouri Department of Conservation for girls ages 11-15. This camp will give them a supportive learning environment to actively participate in “hands-on” outdoor skills led by experts in their field. One of the goals of camp is to encourage participants to leave with the confidence to explore Missouri’s diverse outdoors on their own. Of all the experiences a girl can have during her childhood, few offer the profound, life-changing power of camp. She has the opportunity to grow her self-esteem, explore the great outdoors, make new friends and have great experiences she will not soon forget. Previous attendees are not eligible to participate.

Some of the skills they will be participating in are:
* Archery ** Fishing Equipment
* Rifle Shooting ** Shotgun Shooting
* Conservation Management and Ethics ** Firearm Safety
* Tree Stand Safety ** Water Safety/Canoeing

** Women in Conservation * Fish ID * Fishing

At the completion of camp the girls will become Hunter Education certified so they may continue using their newly learned skills. Your child must complete the online portion before camp. If they arrive at camp without this completed, she will be turned away.

To fulfill this requirement, choose one of three options:

Option 1: SELF-STUDY MANUAL: Students can learn at their own pace by studying the hunter education student manual. Contact your local Conservation Agent to obtain a copy.
Option 2: ONLINE COURSE: Log on to to learn the information online through a computer or mobile device and complete the review quizzes. Print and mail a copy of the Missouri Skills Session Qualifier Certificate for $15.00 fee.
Option 3: CLASSROOM SESSION: Register by logging onto and attend the 4-hour Classroom Session presented by Hunter Education instructors. Students will receive the Missouri Skills Session Qualifier Certificate.

Guardians interested in becoming a chaperone should contact Conservation Agent Kevin Powell at 660/216-1389. Chaperones will arrive on Monday, July 22, 2019

Please provide an email address at registration.

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