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Notice: Events Cancelled

Most MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state have been cancelled until April 15 to help protect the public amid ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

The cancellations are effective immediately and include scheduled hunter education classes, nature center programs and events, shooting range programs and events, and landowner workshops.

Please contact the specific MDC location for more information.

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Date: Friday, April 17, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Celebrate Earth Day and learn how to protect the planet and help the special animals that live in Missouri. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, April 17, 2020 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Celebrate Earth Day and learn how to protect the planet and help the special animals that live in Missouri. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by April 18

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discover the joys of shotgun shooting. We will discuss shotgun nomenclature, stance, dominant eye, mounting, moving the shotgun, and much more. You may use our shotguns or plan to use your own. Please make sure your shotgun is completely unloaded before arriving.

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Stop by to celebrate Earth Day as we focus on the amazing birds found in Southwest Missouri and how we can help them. Walk the trail to answer trivia questions or to just enjoy a nice spring day. Stop by the classroom to take part in an Earth Day craft. Youth and adult groups welcome. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Parent Educators from Parents as Teachers will offer a Nature at It’s Best story time. Enjoy stories, activities, and finger plays designed for children from birth to age five. Each session is forty-five minutes in length. Ages 0-5. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:15pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Parent Educators from Parents as Teachers will offer a Nature at It’s Best story time. Enjoy stories, activities, and finger plays designed for children from birth to age five. Each session is forty-five minutes in length. Ages 0-5. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:15pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Parent Educators from Parents as Teachers will offer a Nature at It’s Best story time. Enjoy stories, activities, and finger plays designed for children from birth to age five. Each session is forty-five minutes in length. Ages 0-5. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by April 23

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Learn about making good environmental choices, recycling, and what kids can do to make our earth a little more “green”. Please, no younger siblings. Ages 7-12.

Register by April 25

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 8:30am to 10:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Learn to identify spring migrants, then hike our trails to look for them. Ages 14-adult. Girls ages 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult female.

Register by April 25

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Take your archery skills to the next level. We will go one on one with each archer to improve all aspects of your shooting. Learn the latest techniques for your shooting abilities and methods to hone those skills.

Register by April 25

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Springtime in the Ozarks means fishing! Learn the basics and have a great time chasing lunkers. Fishing will be catch-and-release. Meet at the Bois D’Arc pond and dress for the weather. Bring a sack lunch. Snacks will be provided. Ages 12-17.

Register by April 24

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Learn about Missouri’s springtime mushrooms, including the morel, from a former President of the Springfield Chapter of the Missouri Mycological Society. Afterwards, everyone will go out and test their new mushroom ID skills. Registration is required.

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Stop by to see members of the Ozarks Whittlers and Woodcarvers transform wood into treasures. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by April 29

Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Many species of warblers don’t stay, so enjoy these passing birds now with guest Naturalist Bo Brown. Program will include thirty minutes indoors followed by a guided trail hike. Bring field guides and binoculars if you have them. Ages 10-adult.

Register by May 9

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

It’s unbelievable what nature provides! Join us in finding out what is in the outdoors that is edible and what you need to stay away from.

Date: Sunday, May 10, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

In honor of all mothers on their special day, everyone may enjoy one free hour of shooting or a round of trap or skeet shooting on us.

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 6:30am to 8:30pm

Location: Roaring River Hatchery

The Missouri Department of Conservation and The Department of Natural Resources proudly present Kids Fishing Day and Nature Festival, May 16th, at Roaring River State Park. Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish, connect with nature and have fun participating in the many activities offered to parents and children. At 5:00 pm, a large drawing will be held and many prizes will be given away!

Kids’ Fishing Day will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.

At Kids’ Fishing Day, an area of the park will be designated as a fishing area for youths age 15 and under. Children in that age range can pick up free trout tags at the hatchery office any time on May 15 or all day on the day of the event. Volunteers will be available to assist the young anglers. Children are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment. Parents are welcome to assist kids, too, but only one pole may be used between the helper and the child. Adults are not allowed to fish by themselves. Free hotdogs, chips and soda will be available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Education is also part of Kids’ Fishing Day. Throughout the day, seminars will be held on fish cleaning, fish cooking, Dutch oven cooking, Mexican cuisine, outdoor survival, target shooting, taxidermy, watersheds, knot tying, fly tying and fly casting, how to fish Roaring River, stream biology and other subjects. A hatchery tour will show how trout are raised. A program on Missouri snakes will be given using live specimens. If kids attend three classes, they will be entered into a drawing for prizes. The drawing will be held at 5 p.m. Children must be present to win. Classes are also open to the whole family, but only children may enter the drawings.

Volunteers are needed to help out with this event. Individuals wishing to volunteer do not need to be experienced anglers. If you would like to help out with Kids’ Fishing Day or you want to get more information, call MDC’s Roaring River Hatchery at 417-847-2430 or e-mail paul.spurgeon@mdc.mo.gov

Register by May 16

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 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 May 21

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Interested in hunting but need help getting started? We will be hosting a series of programs throughout 2020 to introduce people to the heritage sport of hunting. In this program, we will answer the question of what is hunting along with what kind of social, time, and financial commitment an individual must be ready to make to begin hunting safely.

Register by May 23

Date: Saturday, May 23, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Parents, grandparents, and adult mentors, bring your youngster(s) to learn a new skill and spend time practicing. You don’t have to be a hunter to become a skilled archer. No experience is necessary and archery equipment will be provided We will teach and practice the basics and help you perfect your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately.

Register by June 13

Date: Saturday, June 13, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to learn about cooking all sorts of wild game from rabbit and squirrel to deer and turkey. Not only will we be looking at how to prepare good meals, we will also be sampling them. Feel free to bring your favorite wild game recipe or make your favorite dish to share.

Date: Saturday, June 20, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discover the basics of responsible handgun ownership and the joys of shooting. We will cover safety, handgun nomenclature, sight picture, sight alignment, breath control, trigger squeeze, and much more. All firearms and ammunition will be provided, and you may bring your personal handgun to use during the live fire portion. There should be no live ammunition, concealed firearms, or uncased firearms inside the classroom.

Date: Sunday, June 21, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

In honor of all fathers on their special day, everyone may enjoy one free hour of shooting or a round of trap or skeet shooting on us.

Register by June 27

Date: Saturday, June 27, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This course is an introduction to our Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) being taught in our Missouri School system. See what is available to your students while in school and the future it may provide for them.

Register by July 11

Date: Saturday, July 11, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This basic program includes an introduction to wingshooting fundamentals, distance estimation, non-toxic shotshell ammunition selection for hunting, and shotgun patterning with a goal to help migratory and upland bird hunters improve their hunting skills with non-toxic shot.

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