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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 September 22

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Join us for a new regular virtual program series where you can ask the naturalist questions about nature topics. Learn about some of the wild edibles to harvest in our state with Naturalist Jordi Raos followed by a 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 ages 10 and up. Call 417-888-4237 for more information. Select the blue "Register" button in the top right corner to register.

Register by September 23

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Trees provide food and shelter for many kinds of wildlife, but that's not all they do. Watch with your tots and find out why trees are so terrific. You must register to attend and provide a valid email to receive a link to join the program. Recommended for ages 3 to 6 years old.

Register by September 24

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Virtual

Many people have heard the soft coo of doves along the edges of fields and forests in Missouri during early mornings or in the evening. These quiet, eerie calls lend the name “mourning” to these birds. However, they are not the only dove in our state. In this virtual program you will learn about three common species of dove that can be found in Missouri. 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. Call 417-888-4237 for more information. Select the blue "Register" button in the top right corner to register.

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 7:30am to 7:00pm

Location: Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery

Women's Free Fishing Day at Bennett Spring State Park. Girls of all ages 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 October 1

Date: Friday, October 2, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Trees & Vines of Fall Color: virtual

A little tree id in the Ozarks. We will cover the details of two colorful vines and eight trees typical along an Ozark Trail in Southwest Missouri.
A great introduction to students of all ages whether homeschooled, scout leaders for ideas or beginning naturalists. Questions will be discussed in a chat box fashion. Join Conservation Educator Jeff Cantrell for a naturalist look at just a few things that make the Ozarks great!

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Bears are Elementary
We will look at bears and their way of life in the Ozarks. This virtual class is geared for homeschool, third and fourth grade classes utilizing the DNS Nature Unleashed student books. Examples in Southwest Missouri will be featured, students have your Nature Unleashed books handy. Educators go to the website’s teacher portal to order free school materials.

Register by October 10

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Virtual

Join us for this virtual program and learn the basics of hunting the whitetail deer. We will cover scouting, setup, taking the shot and much more.

Register by December 12

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Virtual

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

Register by December 19

Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020 - 8:30am to 9:30am

Location: Virtual

Online Virtual Program: Are your children interested in shooting, but you need help getting started? Air rifle is one of the safest ways to start the youth off in shooting safely. We will cover the basic safety of a firearm, fundamentals of shooting and other youth programs available. This will be a fun and safe way for children and their parents to learn and enjoy shooting together.

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