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NOTICE: In-Person Events Limited Due to COVID

In-person MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state are limited due to COVID-19 considerations. MDC is offering new online programs that allow people to attend virtually. Please check our class listings to see what classes are limited, in-person classes or virtual classes.

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Register by April 22

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Get involved with beautifying the Nature Center area! We are removing invasive plants during this work project that involves cutting bush honeysuckle – a plant that outcompetes native plants. We will provide loppers and safety glasses. Bring work gloves and clothes that you can get dirty. Dress for the weather and wear proper footwear for being off-trail. Please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 18-adult.

Register by April 22

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Get involved with beautifying the Nature Center area! We are removing invasive plants during this work project that involves cutting bush honeysuckle – a plant that outcompetes native plants. We will provide loppers and safety glasses. Bring work gloves and clothes that you can get dirty. Dress for the weather and wear proper footwear for being off-trail. Please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 18-adult.

Register by April 23

Date: Friday, April 23, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

With April showers bring May flowers and the perfect time to learn about Missouri wildflowers. Join us for 4th Friday family conservation fun by exploring flowers inside and out while discovering why they are important to wildlife. During this program we will discuss basic flower anatomy and create some easy floral artwork. All ages but recommended for 5 and above. Registration is required with a valid email address to receive the program link.

Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This program is designed for the beginning shotgun shooter. We will talk about firearm safety, the parts of the shotgun, how to load, fire, and unload the firearm, and how to safely shoot the shotgun. Space is limited to 15 students. INFORMATION: COVID-19 continues to impact daily operations at all MDC facilities including in-person programs and education classes. Protocols are now in place to provide safety for students and staff including:
• Only pre-registered students and staff are allowed in the classroom
• All staff are required to wear a facemask and practice social distancing
• All students are encouraged to wear a facemask and must practice social distancing
• All students will be asked to use hand sanitizer when arriving and prior to handling firearms
Everyone will be asked self-certification questions related to COVID-19. If you answer yes to any of the following self-certification questions, you should NOT attend.
• Do you, or a person you live with, have:
o A temperature of 100.4°F or higher, OR
o Two or more of the following: chills, new loss of taste or smell, or unexplained body aches, headache, or sore throat, OR
o One or more of the following: dry, non-productive cough (new onset or worsening of chronic cough), shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing?
• If you have traveled outside of Missouri, did you have contact with anyone known to have COVID-19 or visit an area with high incident of COVID-19?
• Have you come into contact with anyone who has been sick?
• In the last two weeks, did you care for or have close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19?
Please self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before attending the program and stay home if you are exhibiting symptoms.
All in-person classes are subject to cancelation or postponement due to COVID-19. If you decide that you are not going to attend the program, please remove yourself from the registration roster online so others may have the opportunity since space is limited. If you have any questions, please contact the lead instructor listed for this session. Thank you.

Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Join staff and volunteers outside at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery to celebrate Earth Day! There will be Earth Day ideas for you to restore the areas you live in: your yard, your land, your business and community. Discover ways to eliminate invasive and non-native plants, and plant natives to help build nature's life cycle to attract Monarchs (our keystone species) and other beauties. Learn ways to keep our water clean, for drinking and necessities, and for recreation. Gather information about what you can do to help keep our home clean!

Also- Plant a tree! There will be a LIMITED amount of tree seedlings available for you to take home and plant.

This event will be outdoors only, social distancing and masks are required. For more information, call 417-334-4865 ext.0 or email Shepherd@mdc.mo.gov.

Thank you for growing through each Earth Day to improve our world!

Register by April 23

Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Hopping down the bunny trail comes Missouri’s own rabbit! But what do they eat? Where do they live? Why in the world do they have such big ears? Join us to answer these questions and discover more about cottontail rabbits. Registration is required with a valid email address to receive the program link. Recommended for ages 3 to 7.

Date: Sunday, April 25, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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.

INFORMATION: COVID-19 continues to impact daily operations at all MDC facilities including in-person programs and education classes. Protocols are now in place to provide safety for students and staff including:
• Only pre-registered students and staff are allowed in the classroom
• All staff are required to wear a facemask and practice social distancing
• All students are encouraged to wear a facemask and must practice social distancing
• All students will be asked to use hand sanitizer when arriving and prior to handling firearms
Everyone will be asked self-certification questions related to COVID-19. If you answer yes to any of the following self-certification questions, you should NOT attend.
• Do you, or a person you live with, have:
o A temperature of 100.4°F or higher, OR
o Two or more of the following: chills, new loss of taste or smell, or unexplained body aches, headache, or sore throat, OR
o One or more of the following: dry, non-productive cough (new onset or worsening of chronic cough), shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing?
• If you have traveled outside of Missouri, did you have contact with anyone known to have COVID-19 or visit an area with high incident of COVID-19?
• Have you come into contact with anyone who has been sick?
• In the last two weeks, did you care for or have close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19?
Please self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before attending the program and stay home if you are exhibiting symptoms.
All in-person classes are subject to cancelation or postponement due to COVID-19. If you decide that you are not going to attend the program, please remove yourself from the registration roster online so others may have the opportunity since space is limited. If you have any questions, please contact the lead instructor listed for this session. Thank you.

Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This clinic gives families an opportunity to learn about the skills necessary to hunt Squirrel. Topics include safety, rules and regulations, hunting methods, hunting techniques, as well as how to care and process for harvested game.

INFORMATION: COVID-19 continues to impact daily operations at all MDC facilities including in-person programs and education classes. Protocols are now in place to provide safety for students and staff including:
• Only pre-registered students and staff are allowed in the classroom
• All staff are required to wear a facemask and practice social distancing
• All students are encouraged to wear a facemask and must practice social distancing
• All students will be asked to use hand sanitizer when arriving and prior to handling firearms
Everyone will be asked self-certification questions related to COVID-19. If you answer yes to any of the following self-certification questions, you should NOT attend.
• Do you, or a person you live with, have:
o A temperature of 100.4°F or higher, OR
o Two or more of the following: chills, new loss of taste or smell, or unexplained body aches, headache, or sore throat, OR
o One or more of the following: dry, non-productive cough (new onset or worsening of chronic cough), shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing?
• If you have traveled outside of Missouri, did you have contact with anyone known to have COVID-19 or visit an area with high incident of COVID-19?
• Have you come into contact with anyone who has been sick?
• In the last two weeks, did you care for or have close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19?
Please self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before attending the program and stay home if you are exhibiting symptoms.
All in-person classes are subject to cancelation or postponement due to COVID-19. If you decide that you are not going to attend the program, please remove yourself from the registration roster online so others may have the opportunity since space is limited. If you have any questions, please contact the lead instructor listed for this session. Thank you.

Register by April 29

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

Interested in nature but don’t know where to start? It can be as easy as downloading an app on your phone. As a popular nature app, iNaturalist helps people identify plants and animals and connects them with over a million scientists and naturalists who can help them learn more about the outdoors. By recording and sharing their data, subscribers to iNaturalist also broaden the data bases for biologists and researchers working in a variety of natural resource fields. Join us to learn how iNaturalist can turn your walks or hikes into nature adventures. Recommended for ages 12 and above. Registration is required with a valid email address to receive the program link.

Register by May 5

Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: Virtual

Join us as we highlight a few native plants you can use for landscaping and native gardens. We will discuss how to identify them and other interesting information about the flower.

Register by May 8

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Watch primitive skills specialist Don Brink transform simple rocks into artistic and functional points similar to the ones used by early man. Learn the basics and try your hand at this age-old skill. Please remember to wear a mask and social distance. All ages.

Register by May 7

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 10:30am to 2:30pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center’s Naturalists need your help to uncover more about Missouri wildlife. Inside a room filled with puzzles and games, your group will have 30 minutes to solve clues to learn about amazing Missouri creatures and their unique characteristics. If your group beats the clock, a prize awaits at the finish. Are you up for the challenge? Recommended for families, teens, and adults. Registration is required with a valid email address to receive time slot availability. Limited slots available and group size limited to 6 individuals. All participants must register for this program separately. Please remember to wear a mask and social distance.

Register by May 8

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join Naturalist Jordi Raos as we scour the Nature Center trails to learn more about wild edible plants growing in our area. We will point out which plants are good to eat, when best to harvest, and give the basics on how they can be used. Comfortable shoes, insect repellant, and sunscreen are recommended as we will walk over a mile on hilly trails. Please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Recommended for ages 10-adult.

Register by May 11

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Join us for our regular virtual program series where you can ask the naturalist questions about nature topics. Learn about some amazing amphibians, the frogs of Missouri, with Naturalist Morgan Wyatt followed by a live Q&A session. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Recommended for all ages.

Register by May 11

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Virtual

It won't be long before these winged jewels will arrive for summer nesting. Join us to learn about Missouri's smallest and most energetic bird. Registration is required with a valid email address to receive the program link. Recommended for ages 3 to 7.

Register by May 11

Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:15am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Bring your baby to explore the Nature Center trails with Naturalist Jordi Raos. We will let baby touch and see new things. Bring a trail-ready stroller or baby carrier as we'll be walking the hilly Nature Center trails. Please also bring a small blanket for you and baby to sit on when we stop to look at things. Adults, please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 0-2.

Register by May 12

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Up for a bit of birding? The Springfield Conservation Nature Center is a great place to see and hear a variety of bird species. Please bring binoculars if you have them. No birding experience required. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 18-adult.

Register by May 13

Date: Friday, May 14, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Hike the Homesteaders Trail at the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area near Branson. Meet at the parking lot on the north end of the area (from the intersection of Highway 248 and Shepherd of the Hills Expressway in Branson, take Highway 248 north 3.70 miles, then Sycamore Log Church Road south 3.40 miles to a gravel parking lot). Bring water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is four miles and rated moderate to difficult. Please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 18-adult.

Register by May 14

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Fishing is a great past time. Join us at the Bois D’Arc Educational Pond for a morning of fishing. Meet at the pond. We will provide drinks and fishing gear, or you may bring your own. Please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 12-17.

Register by May 14

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

It won't be long before these winged jewels will arrive for summer nesting. Join us to learn about Missouri's smallest and most energetic bird. Registration is required with a valid email address to receive the program link. Recommended for ages 3 to 7.

Date: Sunday, May 16, 2021 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Virtual

If you’re an avid bowhunter, the spring and summer months can be excruciating. Flinging arrows at foam not cutting it for you? Come learn about trying your skill at bow fishing and discover a great new adventure.

Date: Sunday, May 16, 2021 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

If you’re an avid bowhunter, the spring and summer months can be excruciating. Flinging arrows at foam not cutting it for you? Come learn about trying your skill at bow fishing and discover a great new adventure.

INFORMATION: COVID-19 continues to impact daily operations at all MDC facilities including in-person programs and education classes. Protocols are now in place to provide safety for students and staff including:
• Only pre-registered students and staff are allowed in the classroom
• All staff are required to wear a facemask and practice social distancing
• All students are encouraged to wear a facemask and must practice social distancing
• All students will be asked to use hand sanitizer when arriving and prior to handling firearms
Everyone will be asked self-certification questions related to COVID-19. If you answer yes to any of the following self-certification questions, you should NOT attend.
• Do you, or a person you live with, have:
A temperature of 100.4°F or higher, OR
Two or more of the following: chills, new loss of taste or smell, or unexplained body aches, headache, or sore throat, OR
One or more of the following: dry, non-productive cough (new onset or worsening of chronic cough), shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing?
• If you have traveled outside of Missouri, did you have contact with anyone known to have COVID-19 or visit an area with high incident of COVID-19?
• Have you come into contact with anyone who has been sick?
• In the last two weeks, did you care for or have close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19?
Please self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before attending the program and stay home if you are exhibiting symptoms.
All in-person classes are subject to cancelation or postponement due to COVID-19. If you decide that you are not going to attend the program, please remove yourself from the registration roster online so others may have the opportunity since space is limited. If you have any questions, please contact the lead instructor listed for this session. Thank you.

Register by May 20

Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

Help your family be prepared for safe outings this summer by learning how “an ounce of prevention” before an outdoor excursion can prevent needing “a pound of cure” afterwards. Learn how to identify and avoid various poisonous plants and venomous animals and the best way to deal with ticks, mosquitoes, and more. Registration is required with a valid email address to receive the program link. Recommended for all ages.

Register by May 21

Date: Friday, May 21, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Have you ever been camping? It is exciting to spend the night outside! Discover how fun camping can be! We will show you some camping equipment, have some pretend camping moments, and you will get a special camping journal to take on your next trip. Meet at the outdoor classroom. Please bring a blanket to sit on and wear insect repellant. Adults, please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 3-6.

Register by May 21

Date: Friday, May 21, 2021 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Have you ever been camping? It is exciting to spend the night outside! Discover how fun camping can be! We will show you some camping equipment, have some pretend camping moments, and you will get a special camping journal to take on your next trip. Meet at the outdoor classroom. Please bring a blanket to sit on and wear insect repellant. Adults, please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 3-6.

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