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Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 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 17th, 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 August 16 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 17

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 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.

Register by August 17

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Bring your camera and take a closer look at insect photography with Volunteer Naturalist Dan Liles. We’ll review macro photography and walk the trails to take photos of bugs and insects. Afterwards we will discuss tools and techniques and review photos. Ages 10-adult. Register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Monday, August 19, 2019 - 10:00am to Friday, August 23, 2019 - 2:30pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Join us for free hatchery tours this summer. Learn how trout are raised from egg collecting all the way to release for public fishing. Tours run Monday through Friday at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 2 pm. Tours start at the Hatchery Conservation Center and last 30-40 minutes.

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Dragonflies are dazzling creatures. Learn about this fun and fascinating insect. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Dragonflies are dazzling creatures. Learn about this fun and fascinating insect. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, August 23, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

No registration required. (Ages 3 – 6)
Held at Walter Woods Conservation Area.

Although ants are considered annoying pests by many people, they are some of the most fascinating and abundant insects on the earth! Bring your little ones to find out about the antics of these tiny, intelligent insects.

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 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.

Register by August 23

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Chesapeake Fish Hatchery

This beginners clinic will show you how to fish for lots of different species commonly found in farm ponds. Worms and equipment will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own! We will fish the Aquatic Education Pond on the Chesapeake Fish Hatchery near Mt. Vernon. Anyone 16 and over must have a valid fishing license and all ages are welcome to attend!

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Crawdads and aquatic insects can tell you about the health of a river or lake. Join us to find out how. Live water critters will be available to look at.

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

No registration required. (Ages 3 – 6)
Held at Walter Woods Conservation Area.

Although ants are considered annoying pests by many people, they are some of the most fascinating and abundant insects on the earth! Bring your little ones to find out about the antics of these tiny, intelligent insects.

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

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. Ages 12-adult. Register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

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. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join Volunteer Naturalist Dana Tideman to learn about monarch butterfly conservation, citizen science opportunities, monarch life cycle, and how to rear and tag them. Ages 10-adult. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Monday, August 26, 2019 - 10:00am to Friday, August 30, 2019 - 2:30pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Join us for free hatchery tours this summer. Learn how trout are raised from egg collecting all the way to release for public fishing. Tours run Monday through Friday at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 2 pm. Tours start at the Hatchery Conservation Center and last 30-40 minutes.

Register by August 29

Date: Friday, August 30, 2019 - 8:30am to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

This program is for women only. Enjoy trout fishing and a fish fry at Roaring River State Park and Conservation Area. We will fish in our own privately stocked trout pool in the morning and then learn how to clean and fry trout for lunch. Make plans to join us for a great outdoor experience. Register and meet at the Nature Center. Transportation will be provided. Ages 12-adult. Girls 12-17 must be accompanied by an adult female. Register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by August 31

Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 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 August 26

Date: Sunday, September 1, 2019 - 5:30am to Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 6:00pm

Location: Diamond Grove Prairie

You must sign up online using the following link, cut and paste this link to a new browser:

https://docs.google.com/a/nwtf.net/forms/d/1d-139WODPgspJmP9qVD09_pI2Qm9...

Register by September 4

Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Enjoy learning about fish while we practice the traditional art of Japanese fish printing. Bring a plain t-shirt, bandana, or other cotton textile to create a wearable work of art. We will make up to 3 prints. You supply the textiles. Ages 10-adult. Adult supervision required for ages 10-17.

Date: Friday, September 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

We are celebrating the reopening of our facility with an open house. Stop by anytime for light refreshments and to browse the exhibits. Guest speakers from Missouri Department of Conservation and several of our partnerships will be featured at 10:30 A.M. Call 417-629-3434 for more information.

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Meet us at the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center’s gazebo (next to the building) for a September stroll along the Wildcat Park trails while we hunt for natural objects in a scavenger hunt. The walk will be a little more than a mile and is rated easy. Please bring strollers for toddlers.

Register by September 7

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Lots of different crayfish inhabit the Ozarks creeks and waterways. Join us for the last river trip of the season to catch and identify crayfish. Transportation, drinks, and snacks will be provided. Ages 12-17.

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Learn more about the snakes, turtles, and lizards that call Missouri home with the opportunity to see live specimens. A discovery table and craft will be available after the program.

Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Swim on over to discover the underwater world of fish. We’ll talk about types of fish, catching them, and more. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required.

Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Swim on over to discover the underwater world of fish. We’ll talk about types of fish, catching them, and more. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required.

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