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Register by June 21

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 8:00am

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Celebrate the wonders of nature . Join a naturalist roam through a variety of Ozark settings while you do some birding and learn about the habits and habitats of the birds you find. You never know what awaits at the next bend in the trail. Participants will meet at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center at 8:00 a.m and will shuttle to Peck Ranch Conservation Area. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by June 25

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: MDC Ozark Regional Office

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 pole, parts of a fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 – 15 and families with children. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. For reservation, please visit Discover Nature-Fishing https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161

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 a variety of baits to various types of hooks. Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 – 15 and families with children. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. For reservation, please visit Discover Nature-Fishing https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161

Register by June 21

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Join Little Stinkers as the group takes a look at the daily life of a box turtle through the book, “Box Turtle at Long Pond,” by William T. George. Find out how the turtle uses what is in its environment to make a meal, only to lose that meal in order to avoid being eaten by a raccoon. Written from the turtle’s perspective, this story is a great introduction to pond ecology. Then stay and enjoy the Turtle Box Races. This program is designed for the preschool child up to second grade. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by June 21

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Vertebrate? Invertebrate? What’s that? Join the Nature Nuts and learn the difference between these two divisions of the animal kingdom and the types of animals that make up these groups. Be sure to wear clothing and shoes appropriate for the outdoors. Nature Nuts is designed for ages 7 to 12. To make a reservation call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by June 27

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: MDC Ozark Regional Office

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. Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 – 15 and families with children. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. For reservation, please visit https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161. For more information.

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. Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 – 15 and families with children. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. For reservation, please visit https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161.

Register by July 11

Date: Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: George O. White Nursery

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 pole, parts of a fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 – 15 and families with children. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. For reservation, please visit Discover Nature-Fishing https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161

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 a variety of baits to various types of hooks. Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 – 15 and families with children. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. For reservation, please visit Discover Nature-Fishing https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161

Register by July 13

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: George O. White Nursery

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. Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 – 15 and families with children. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. For reservation, please visit https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161. For more information.

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. Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 – 15 and families with children. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. For reservation, please visit https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161.

Register by July 13

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Tenth in the series, this month features the coyote. Called the “song dog” by Native Americans, the coyote is known for its ability to adapt to a wide variety of environments. Learn more about this prairie native and complete the next quilt block in the series. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Attendees under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Reservations can be made by calling 888-283-0364 or on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines . For further information, call Twin Pines CEC at 573-325-1381.

Register by July 13

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Tenth in the series, this month features the coyote. Called the “song dog” by Native Americans, the coyote is known for its ability to adapt to a wide variety of environments. Learn more about this prairie native and complete the next quilt block in the series. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Attendees under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Reservations can be made by calling 888-283-0364 or on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines . For further information, call Twin Pines CEC at 573-325-1381.

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

This will be a women's only program in beginner archery and crossbow. We will cover nomenclature, shooting techniques, safety and maintenance. This program will include actual shooting experience at bulls eye and 3D targets. No open toed shoes allowed. All equipment will be provided.

Register by July 20

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

This program starts just before dark at Twin Pines, which is the best time to explore the “night shift” of nature. What is the “night shift?” It is more than owls and bats. Many animals are active only at night. Learn what you can expect to see and hear, then we will head out on the trail to enjoy the Missouri Ozarks after dark. Suitable shoes are recommended. This program is suitable for all ages. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or go on line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines . For further information, please call 573-325-1381.

Register by August 3

Date: Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Next up for the Pine Needlers is the eleventh block of your “prairie” themed quilt, featuring the badger. Preferring to live in dry, open fields this animal is a great “housekeeper” and keeps its burrow exceptionally clean. Join us and learn more about this little-known prairie native. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by August 3

Date: Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Next up for the Pine Needlers is the eleventh block of your “prairie” themed quilt, featuring the badger. Preferring to live in dry, open fields this animal is a great “housekeeper” and keeps its burrow exceptionally clean. Join us and learn more about this little-known prairie native. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by August 13

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Missouri’s original settlers were very independent and self-sufficient. If they needed an item for their home they usually found a way to make it using materials provided by nature. Kitchen items were no exception. With this in mind, join the Twin Pines staff and volunteers and learn how to make a spoon using a Missouri hardwood. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Do you wish you could get away and enjoy a little time as a family? Join the Twin Pines staff as we host our annual Family Fishing Day. Enjoy grilled hot dogs and lemonade. Compete to see who can catch the most or the biggest fish. Let the kids try their hand at making a fish print tee shirt or other craft. Try your luck at our free prize drawing. Or you can just relax in the shade of one of Missouri’s pines. For this event only, no Missouri fishing license is required. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by September 7

Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Get ready for the twelfth block of our prairie themed quilt! This month features the coneflower. Glade, pale purple, purple, yellow and gray headed, this member of the daisy family starts showing its colors starting in May and continues its show through October. Unfortunately, those colors are threatened by harvest for the medicinal herb market. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, you can call 573-325-1381.

Register by September 7

Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Get ready for the twelfth block of our prairie themed quilt! This month features the coneflower. Glade, pale purple, purple, yellow and gray headed, this member of the daisy family starts showing its colors starting in May and continues its show through October. Unfortunately, those colors are threatened by harvest for the medicinal herb market. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, you can call 573-325-1381.

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