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Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Bring your favorite little ones and learn egg-sactly how and why animals begin their lives in these wonderful little packages.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 7:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery

Veteran's Free Fishing Day at Bennett Spring State Park. All veterans fish for free! For more information contact Ben Havens at Ben.Havens@mdc.mo.gov or call the hatchery at 417-532-4418

Register by April 26

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:30am to 10:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Spring welcomes many migratory birds to our state, but learning to identify these feathered visitors can be tricky. Learn about spring migrants, then hike our trails to try and find them. Bring field guides and binoculars if you have them. This program is for women only. Ages 14-adult. Girls 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult female.

Register by April 26

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:30am to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Springtime in the Ozarks means fishing! Come and have a great time catch and release fishing at Walter Woods education pond. Participants 16 years and older must have a valid fishing permit. Dress for the weather. Snacks, drinks, and transportation will be provided. Bring a sack lunch. Ages 12-17.

Register by April 26

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

(Presented by Jeff Cantrell, Conservation Education Consultant with the MDC)
Naturescaping is simply utilizing native flowers, shrubs, and other plants that share our environment for our landscaping needs. They may be as manicured as a formal garden or have a little wild space in a backyard corner. The benefits of a purposeful flowerbed or landscape will be covered from the roots up, including starting with a new space to rehabbing an existing flowerbed. The design and plant components of a butterfly garden, hummingbird haven, and more ideas to entice wanted wildlife will be included. The class is geared for all interested adults including educators interested in outdoor classrooms.

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

This advanced naturescaping class, taught by Jeff Cantrell, Conservation Education Consultant, will place the habitat needs of our native birds in focus. One of the best ways to help and provide for our feathered neighbors is planting native plants. These yard designs and featured plants will assist resident and migrating songbirds and hummingbirds by making our flowerbed, trellis, or entire yard a refuge. The entertainment of birdsong and wildlife viewing are just a side benefit of an attractive nature-friendly, purposeful yard.

Register by May 1

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Celebrate Migratory Bird Day by learning to identify migrating warblers. Many species of warblers don’t stay, so enjoy the 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.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 6:30am to 8:15pm

Location: Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery

Annual Kid's Free Fishing Day at Bennett Spring State Park. For More information contact Ben Havens at Ben.Havens@mdc.mo.gov

Register by May 3

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Celebrate Migratory Bird Day by learning to identify migrating warblers. Many species of warblers don’t stay, so enjoy the 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 4

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 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, May 5, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Volunteer Naturalist and primitive skills specialist Don Brink and Roin Green return for another primitive skills session. Watch them transform simple rocks into artistic and functional points similar to the ones used by early man for arrowheads and other tools. See the basics of flint knapping and try your hand at this age-old skill. Stop by anytime. All ages.

Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

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 she attempts to capture some for banding. All ages.

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Many wild animal mothers take special care of their young by feeding, cleaning, and protecting their babies, but many do not. Discover which of these “other mothers” are most like our own!

Register by May 11

Date: Saturday, May 11, 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 May 10

Date: Saturday, May 11, 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!

Register by May 10

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Registration required. Please join us to learn the basics of fly fishing. We have several fly fishing rigs available, but students are encouraged to bring their own gear, if possible. Dress for the weather. A brimmed hat and polarized sunglasses are recommended. We will not be wading, so waders are not needed. For more information call (417) 334-4865 ext 0.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Many wild animal mothers take special care of their young by feeding, cleaning, and protecting their babies, but many do not. Discover which of these “other mothers” are most like our own!

Register by May 11

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Celebrate your mother (or mother figure) while you sip and nibble on teas and treats made from native plants. We’ll stroll the grounds to point out native edibles and make a spring-related craft. All ages. Adult supervision required for ages 0-17.

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join Ms. Ladybug as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your child. Please no organized groups. Ages 2-6.

Date: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Birds are busy and noisy this time of year! Fly in to find out why, make a craft, and then go for a short walk to watch our feathered friends.

Register by May 17

Date: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Tom Milligan as Jay N. “Ding” Darling visits and reflects upon his remarkable life journey. From the introduction of the duck stamp to the creation of the National Wildlife Federation, Darling’s influence was felt, not only through his cartoons, but through his actions as well. Considered by many to be one of the most influential members of the modern conservation movement, the impact of his work is still felt today. All ages.

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 6:30am to 8:30pm

Location: Roaring River State Park

The Missouri Department of Conservation and The Department of Natural Resources proudly present Kids Fishing Day and Nature Festival, May 18th, 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 17 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 17

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Here’s a chance to see migrating warblers. They don’t stay long, so learn to identify these passing birds with staff from the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center. Meet at the nature center’s gazebo for a walk along the creek. Bring field guides and binoculars if you have them.

Register by May 17

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 8:15am to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Trek the trails of Little Sac Woods Conservation Area with Volunteer Naturalist Sandy Vaughn. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is four miles and rated moderate in difficulty. Ages 18-adult.

Register by May 18

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Have you ever needed to know how to tie a square knot, a bowline, or a knot for a specific task? Tying the correct knot will anchor a tent, keep fishing hooks on, or join two pieces of rope together. Learn the best knots for the job. Ages 12-17.

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