Events

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Register by June 20

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Learn about water’s incredible journey and who lives in Missouri’s waters as we dive into summer. Ages 7-12. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by June 20

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Those tiny specks of light that spark our imagination every summer are back! Learn all about these special beetles that are nature’s “flashlights”, make a special firefly jar to take home, and help us catch some fireflies on the lawn at Walter Woods Conservation Area. Bring a flashlight if you have one. Walter Wood Conservation Area

Register by June 21

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Kayaking can be a great way to get outdoors and see the Ozarks from a new perspective. Join instructors from the Ozark Mountain Paddlers for an introductory lesson at Lake Springfield. Equipment is provided. Registered participants will meet at the Lake Springfield Park boathouse. Ages 18-adult. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019 - 9:30am to 10:15am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Summer is officially here. We’ll start inside to learn about summer before we take the little ones on a summer sensory stroll. Ages 0-2. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by June 21

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

This program is for women only. Girls 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult female. Kayaking can be a great way to get outdoors and see the Ozarks from a new perspective. Join instructors from the Ozark Mountain Paddlers for an introductory lesson at Lake Springfield. Equipment is provided. Registered participants will meet at the Lake Springfield Park boathouse. 14-adult. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by June 21

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Volunteer Naturalist Pat Stritzel leads this six-mile hike at Bennett Spring State Park. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is rated moderate to difficult. Ages 18-adult. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by June 22

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Advance your knowledge of shooting and hunting with your crossbow, safely and effectively. We will cover nomenclature of the crossbow, hand placement, stance, loading and drawing of string. We will also cover the optics, care and cleaning and storage. The difference between bolts and arrows, practice points versus hunting points. We will shoot on the static and 3-D range. Youth under 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by June 21

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Are you interested in taking your family fishing, but aren’t sure how to begin? We will cover: basic equipment needed, knot-tying, baiting a hook, and how to handle fish in this beginner’s class. You can then fish in a stocked pond and develop confidence to take your family fishing. Equipment will be provided or you may also bring your own. All participants 16 years of age and older need to have a valid Missouri fishing license. No organized groups, please.

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Worried about what hazards lurk in the out-of-doors? This come and go table-top presentation will help answer questions about poison ivy, snakes, spiders and other aggravating and potentially dangerous plants and animals you MIGHT encounter when enjoying Missouri's outdoors. No registration required.

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 8:30am to 1:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Do your trees have disease or insect problems? Bring infected twigs (at least 12 inches long), branches, or leaves for Urban Foresters to identify and suggest a solution for your tree problems. All ages. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Late spring and early summer are busy times for birds. Volunteer Naturalist Myra Scroggs will help find common nesting birds, as well as some that are not so easy to spot, during this indoor and outdoor program. Ages 7-adult. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by June 20

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Southwest Regional Office

You will receive:
Missouri’s Project Learning Tree containing over 90 interdisciplinary, educator- tested activities.

Hands on instruction on conducting the Learning Tree activities.

A variety of supplies and materials that will assist in your teaching.
Cost is $25/person, make checks out to Project Learning Tree

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Summer evenings will be filled with magic and fun when your little ones discover fireflies with Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Ryan. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Learn all about the lives of these very busy mammals and the many special ways they are made to live in the water.

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Summer evenings will be filled with magic and fun when your little ones discover fireflies with Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Ryan. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Fireflies have intrigued and fascinated children and adults on countless summer evenings. Join Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Ryan to learn everything you ever wanted to know about nature’s “flashlights.” Bring your flashlight and join the fun. All ages. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Sunday, July 7, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Primitive skills specialists Don Brink and Roin Green demonstrate how to weave plant fibers into cordage. Try your hand at this age-old skill and learn about the plants primitive man used to make cordage. Stop by anytime. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Invasive plants are often non-native species and their aggressive nature outcompetes many of our native plants. Volunteer Naturalist Myra Scroggs will teach you how to identify common invasive plants found in the Springfield area and then lead a short hike to see some of the culprits up close. Ages 12-adult. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join MDC Furbearer Biologist Laura Conlee as she presents information on black bear research, management, nuisance issues, and the Black Bear Management Plan. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback about black bears and the management plan following the presentation. Ages 10-adult. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by July 11

Date: Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Southwest Regional Office

This unique clinic is an opportunity to gain valuable fishing skills and learn how to fish from a canoe. This clinic is intended for beginner anglers who would like to learn about stream fishing while floating on the beautiful James River. No large groups-individuals only please.
The fishing trip is led by MDC staff. Canoes and transportation are provided. Participants must be at least 14, and those between 14 and 17 must be accompanied by a woman over 18. Participants 16 years of age or older must possess a Missouri fishing license. Participants must bring their own food, drinks, and supplies (hat, glasses, sun screen, bug spray, etc.). Please wear clothes and shoes that you do not mind getting wet. Participation is free.
We will be meeting at the Southwest Regional Office at 2630 N Mayfair, Springfield, MO 65803 and leaving as a group from there.
If you register for the clinic but end up not being able to attend, please email Morgan.Rodery@mdc.mo.gov. If registration is full and you would like to be put on a waiting list, please email Morgan.Rodery@mdc.mo.gov.

Register by July 13

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Discover the joys of shooting one of the all-time favorite rifles–the .22 rifle. We will discuss rifle nomenclature, dominant eye, sight picture, sight alignment, breath control, trigger squeeze, shooting positions, plus much more. You may use our rifles or plan to use your own. Please make sure your rifle is completely unloaded before you arrive at the range.

Register by July 12

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Southwest Missouri offers lots of opportunities to fish and enjoy the outdoors. This river fishing clinic will focus on fishing for bass species in our local waterways! We will talk about locations to fish, strategies, equipment, rules and regulations, and how to catch different species of bass. We will meet at Shoal Creek Conservation Center and after the classroom portion go down to shoal creek and fish. All students 16 and older must have a valid fishing license. All equipment will be provided buy you may bring your own!

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Camping can be fun for all ages! Join us at our indoor campsite to experience what it’s like to spend a night in the woods. You’ll sit in a tent, toast some pretend s’mores, and gather around the campfire for a story. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by July 13

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Art instructor and nature enthusiast Hing Wah Hatch will increase your powers of observation as she demonstrates, step-by-step, how to capture the essence of local plants and animals through Chinese-style painting. Participants will go home with more nature knowledge and their own artistic masterpiece. Ages 8-adult. Register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by July 13

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 2:45pm to 4:15pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Art instructor and nature enthusiast Hing Wah Hatch will increase your powers of observation as she demonstrates, step-by-step, how to capture the essence of local plants and animals through Chinese-style painting. Participants will go home with more nature knowledge and their own artistic masterpiece. Ages 8-adult. Register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

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