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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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Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Twin Pines Heritage Day Celebration. Live demonstrations illustrating traditions of the Ozarks - basket and rug weaving, spinning, archery, quilting and more. Fish fry from 11 to 1 (or while supplies). For more information call 573-325-1381

Register by April 23

Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 8:00am to 11:00am

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Join us for a morning of birding, hiking, and nature study at Big Spring (part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways) in Van Buren, MO. We will begin our adventure in the parking lot near the old lodge, and hike through the diverse areas along the Current River and nearby Big Spring. Bring your binoculars and be ready to see lots of migrating bird species and local avian residents.

Meeting time/locations:
Twin Pines parking lot by 8:00 a.m. - will caravan over to Big Spring from here (or)
Big Spring Lodge parking lot at 8:30 a.m.

Register by June 4

Date: Saturday, June 5, 2021 - 3:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: Little Prairie CA

Flatwater Kayaking: June 5th at the Towell Lake Boat Ramp located within Little Prairie CA near Rolla
Join us for an evening on the water for a basic kayaking program. Participants will learn information and safety about kayaking during a ground school portion of the class, then take to the water for paddling instruction and practice. Participants aged 13 and older are welcome to register; those aged younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Fishing poles and bait will be provided if you wish to experience fishing from a kayak the later portion of the program; participants 16 and older must possess a valid fishing permit if you choose to fish.

Kayaks, paddles, and life-jackets will be provided. Close-toed shoes are required. Social distancing will be observed.

For questions please contact Dwight Warnke at Dwight.Warnke@mdc.mo.gov

Register by June 18

Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Rolla Shooting Club

This class is an introduction to shotgun shooting sports. After a short lecture session, participants will practice live 5-stand shooting. We will provide shotguns, ammo, clay bird targets, eye and ear protection. No open-toed shoes allowed. Participants under 17 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by June 18

Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Rolla Shooting Club

This Women's Only Beginner Handgun program will include safety, operation, and techniques of shooting semi-auto and revolver handguns. Participants must be at least 16 years old. All equipment will be provided, including guns, ammo, targets, eye and ear protection. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear (no open toed shoes). You are welcome to bring your personal handgun as long as it is unloaded and cased. If you choose to bring your personal handgun, you will need to provide your own ammunition if it is a caliber other than .22 long rifle. After a short lecture session, participants will practice shooting at paper targets.

Register by June 18

Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Rolla Shooting Club

This Women's Only Beginner Handgun program will include safety, operation, and techniques of shooting semi-auto and revolver handguns. Participants must be at least 16 years old. All equipment will be provided, including guns, ammo, targets, eye and ear protection. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear (no open toed shoes). You are welcome to bring your personal handgun as long as it is unloaded and cased. If you choose to bring your personal handgun, you will need to provide your own ammunition if it is a caliber other than .22 long rifle. After a short lecture session, participants will practice shooting at paper targets.

Register by June 18

Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: Rolla Shooting Club

This Beginner Handgun program is open to men and women and will include safety, operation, and techniques of shooting semi-auto and revolver handguns. Participants must be at least 16 years old. All equipment will be provided, including guns, ammo, targets, eye and ear protection. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear (no open toed shoes). You are welcome to bring your personal handgun as long as it is unloaded and cased. If you choose to bring your personal handgun, you will need to provide your own ammunition if it is a caliber other than .22 long rifle. After a short lecture session, participants will practice shooting at paper targets.

Register by July 19

Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 3:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: Rinquelin Trail Lake CA

Introduction to Flatwater Kayaking: July 20th at the Joe Hanauer Lake Boat Ramp located within Rinquelin Trail Lake Conservation Area in Maries County.
Join us for an evening on the water for a basic kayaking program. Participants will learn information and safety about kayaking during a ground school portion of the class, then take to the water for paddling instruction and practice. Participants aged 13 and older are welcome to register; those aged younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Fishing poles and bait will be provided if you wish to experience fishing from a kayak the later portion of the program; participants 16 and older must possess a valid fishing permit if you choose to fish.

Kayaks, paddles, and life-jackets will be provided. Close-toed shoes are required. Social distancing will be observed.

For questions please contact Dwight Warnke at Dwight.Warnke@mdc.mo.gov

Register by July 20

Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Woodson K Woods Memorial CA Hwy 8 River Access

Introduction to Flatwater & Stream Kayaking: July 21st on the Meramec River between MDC Hwy 8 River Access (26.2 river mileage marker) to Scotts Ford Access (35.1 river mileage marker).
Participants will learn information and safety about kayaking during a ground school portion of the class, then take to a flatwater pool for paddling instruction and practice prior to kayaking the river. Participants aged 13 and older are welcome to register; those aged younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants should bring a hat, sun screen, insect repellant, extra water, and lunch. Food and water is not available for purchase nor will be provided. A dry bag is recommended for personal gear. Fishing poles and bait will be provided if you wish to experience fishing from a kayak the later portion of the program; participants 16 and older must possess a valid fishing permit if you choose to fish.

Kayaks, paddles, and life-jackets will be provided. Close-toed shoes are required. Social distancing will be observed.

For questions please contact Dwight Warnke at Dwight.Warnke@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Saturday, September 11, 2021 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Little Prairie CA

Welcome to the first Little Prairie Nature Trail Run / Hike! The 3.6 mile trail is unpaved but has wooden bridges crossing small streams. Participants will register on-site between 8-9 am, with run starting at 9am. The first 100 finishers will receive a MDC water bottle. Come explore nature!

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