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Date: Friday, August 17, 2018 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required.
Our annual celebration of insects and the important role they play in nature returns! Insects—they fascinate us, they bug us, they surround us, and they bite us, but what would a summer evening be like without them? Join insect specialists and enthusiasts for an evening devoted to discovering insects. Grab your entire family and participate in some creepy-crawly fun.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 7:00am to 8:00pm

Location: Roaring River Hatchery

The Missouri Department of Conservation and The Department of Natural Resources proudly present Kids Fishing Day and Nature Festival, August 19th, 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 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 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 19 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 August 18

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to learn the most effective methods for dove hunting. We will discuss the biology of the bird and then teach you how to wing shoot using the Effective Wing Shooting for the Hunter techniques. We will discuss using decoys and how to use concealment to your benefit.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
Don’t be in the dark about cool cave creatures and features. Join the fun as we go “underground” to see what life in a cave is all about. Please no organized groups.

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
Don’t be in the dark about cool cave creatures and features. Join the fun as we go “underground” to see what life in a cave is all about. Please no organized groups.

Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
Roadrunners…beep, beep! Greater roadrunners are more than just a cartoon, so run in and learn about this really cool bird. Beep, beep! Please no organized groups.

Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required.
Roadrunners…beep, beep! Greater roadrunners are more than just a cartoon, so run in and learn about this really cool bird. Beep, beep! Please no organized groups.

Register by August 25

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 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: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

A discovery table will feature live turtles, lizards, and snakes to see and touch. The two-headed western (black) ratsnake will be available to touch. There will be a few replica snakes to help you learn which Missouri species are venomous.

Register by August 25

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 12-adult. Online registration begins August 1.
Try your hand at woodcarving with members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists as they teach carving techniques and show how to transform wood into works of art.

Register by August 25

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 10-adult. Online registration begins August 1.
Join Volunteer Naturalist Dana Tideman to learn about monarch butterfly conservation, their life cycle, and how to rear and tag them.

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required.
Visit with members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists as they share information with the “wood-be” carver, demonstrate carving techniques, and show works in progress.

Date: Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required.
Here is your chance to see a ruby-throated hummingbird up close! Join master hummingbird bander Sarah Driver to learn more about this winged jewel while attempting to capture some for banding.

Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required. We are partnering with the Missouri Mycological Society Springfield Chapter to bring Taylor Lockwood for a program covering highlights of his 34-year mushroom adventure career. See his new photos and animations of beautiful and bioluminescent mushrooms. He is the author of two books and several video programs including two popular educational mushroom DVDs The Mushroom Identification Trilogy and The Good, The Bad, and the Deadly. A book signing opportunity will follow his presentation.

Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center will be closed to public shooting for the Day at the Range and Outdoor Adventure Fair for persons with disabilities. This event is a partnership effort between the Southwest Center for Independent Living, The National Wild Turkey Federation, and Missouri Department of Conservation. If you have a friend or family member who is disabled, this is their event. Come and enjoy a day in the outdoors shooting, fishing, and participating in a variety of other nature-related activities at this one-day event. To register, please call the Southwest Center for Independent Living at 417-886-1188 or go online to http://www.swmodatr.com/.

Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 2-6. No registration required. Join Volunteer Naturalist Joyce Tolliver as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your 2-6 year olds. Please, no organized groups.

Register by September 15

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Discover the basics of archery shooting. We will cover things like bow nomenclature, hand set, bow set, pre-draw, stance, and much more and then go shooting on the static archery range. You may bring your own bow to the program or use ours.

Register by September 15

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Online registration required (ages12-adult)
This program is for anyone with little or no experience fly-fishing. We will teach the basics of rigging, casting, and selecting flies for the fishing conditions.

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 11:00am to 11:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required. Have you ever heard of a mudbug? Come and learn about these “crusty” creatures, also known as crayfish, and see some up close. Please, no organized groups.

Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

All ages. No registration required. Drop by anytime to learn about some basic emergency items to take on your outdoor activities from avid outdoorsmen Don Brink and Roin Green. Whether you enjoy day outings or extended hiking, backpacking, or hunting trips, learn how to make your outings safe.

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required. Squirrels scoot, scurry, and scamper all year long, but are especially busy in fall. Learn what they are up to while scampering around. Please, no organized groups.

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 3-6. No registration required. Squirrels scoot, scurry, and scamper all year long, but are especially busy in fall. Learn what they are up to while scampering around. Please, no organized groups.

Register by September 20

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 10-adult. Online registration begins September 1. Join avid outdoorsmen Volunteer Specialist Don Brink and special guest Richard Donaldson for an introduction to backpacking. Learn about the types of equipment, things beginners should know, and places to go in the Ozarks. After attending this program, you’ll be ready to venture out on your own.

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Each year on the forth Saturday in September we celebrate NHF day by providing one free hour of shooting on the rifle/pistol range, shotgun patterning range, or the archery range and for shotgun shooters we allow one free round of trap or skeet. Bring your own firearms and ammunition to participate and regular check in, hours, and fees apply for other hours/rounds needed.

Register by September 22

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 3:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ages 12-17. Online registration begins September 1. Have you ever caught a fish on a fly rod? Join us at the Bois D’Arc Conservation Area education pond and learn how to use a fly rod, then catch a few! Meet at the pond. Snacks will be provided.

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