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Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

We’re celebrating the annual return of bald eagles to Lake Springfield. This special event includes the indoor presence of Phoenix, a live bald eagle from Dickerson Park Zoo. Programs will be held at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center every hour on the hour from 9 am to 3 pm. Stop by anytime and plan to spend about two hours. Opportunities to view bald eagles in the wild, with the assistance of volunteers and spotting scopes, will be available at the Lake Springfield Boathouse and Marina during event hours. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 12:30pm to 4:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

We’re celebrating the annual return of bald eagles to Lake Springfield. This special event includes the indoor presence of Phoenix, a live bald eagle from Dickerson Park Zoo. Programs will be held at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm. Stop by anytime and plan to spend about two hours. Opportunities to view bald eagles in the wild, with the assistance of volunteers and spotting scopes, will be available at the Lake Springfield Boathouse and Marina during event hours. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Sneaky, smart, and ferocious – Missouri is lucky to be home to several types of weasels. We’ll figure out what makes these wily creatures so special! Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Sneaky, smart, and ferocious – Missouri is lucky to be home to several types of weasels. We’ll figure out what makes these wily creatures so special! Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by January 25

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Learn how to identify migrating waterfowl. There will be a brief classroom program followed by a trip to an area watershed. Binoculars, snacks, and transportation will be provided. Dress for the weather. Ages 12-17. Register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Sneaky, smart, and ferocious – Missouri is lucky to be home to several types of weasels. We’ll figure out what makes these wily creatures so special! Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Members of the Missouri Trout Fishermen’s Association will be on hand to demonstrate basic fly-tying techniques. Stop by anytime and learn how combinations of feathers, yarn, and thread can imitate insects or other food that will fool a fish. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by February 7

Date: Friday, February 7, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Why are owls active at night? What kind of owls live in our area? Find the answer to these and many more questions about owls. The program will include an indoor presentation about owls and their special adaptations. A short hike on a nearby trail is included to call for owls. Please bring a flashlight and dress for the weather

Register by February 8

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Predator hunting can be done at times of the year when other hunting seasons are closed. This introductory program will cover the basics of predator hunting and trapping. We will cover equipment needed, set-ups, and calling. Both basic as well as some advanced tactics will be covered.

Register by February 15

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to learn the basics of the care and cleaning of firearms. This program will include tips and techniques for all aspects of maintenance of your firearm. You may bring your own unloaded firearm to class or use ours.

Register by February 15

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Join us to learn more about Missouri's state bird!We will also build 12 bluebird nest boxes. Each family will work together to build 1 box to take home. Bring a hammer. Registration is required.

Register by February 22

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 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.

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Join us to learn more about an important, yet often overlooked member of the outdoors - the vulture. Live vulture presentations will start at the top of the hour from noon until 4 pm. There will be outdoor viewing with spotting scopes and other indoor activities. Dress for the weather.

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 11:00am to Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 1:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

For spring break join us for free fish hatchery tours. Learn how trout are raised from egg collecting all the way to release for public fishing. Tours start at the Hatchery Conservation Center at 11 am and 1 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Tours last for approximately 30-40 minutes.

Register by March 14

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discover the basics of turkey hunting in the spring. We will cover safety, scouting, calling, proper setup, shotgun ballistics, and much more.

Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 11:00am to Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 1:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

For spring break join us for free fish hatchery tours. Learn how trout are raised from egg collecting all the way to release for public fishing. Tours start at the Hatchery Conservation Center at 11 am and 1 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Tours last for approximately 30-40 minutes.

Register by March 19

Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

You decided you want to shoot archery or hunt this year, what next? We will help you with what you need to know when purchasing a bow. After the purchase, we will show you how to care for your new bow.

Register by March 21

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Now is the time to start saving money while having fun reloading your own ammunition for hunting or target shooting. Join us for this basic course about reloading rifle, pistol, and shotgun shell ammunition because you will have great satisfaction breaking targets or shooting bull’s-eyes using your own manufactured rounds. We will cover all aspects of reloading from brass care and preparation to bullet and primer selection and much more.

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

What is that noise in the leaves? Could it be a snake? Learn why snakes make great neighbors. There will be opportunities to see and touch live snakes, including our famous two-headed snake Tiger-Lily!

Register by April 11

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

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.

Register by April 18

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 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 April 25

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Take your archery skills to the next level. We will go one on one with each archer to improve all aspects of your shooting. Learn the latest techniques for your shooting abilities and methods to hone those skills.

Register by May 9

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

It’s unbelievable what nature provides! Join us in finding out what is in the outdoors that is edible and what you need to stay away from.

Register by May 16

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 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 21

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Interested in hunting but need help getting started? We will be hosting a series of programs throughout 2020 to introduce people to the heritage sport of hunting. In this program, we will answer the question of what is hunting along with what kind of social, time, and financial commitment an individual must be ready to make to begin hunting safely.

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