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Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join Ms. Ladybug as she reads a nature story and share activities with your child. Please no organized groups. Ages 2-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, August 16, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Our annual celebration of insects and the important role they play in nature returns! Insects—they fascinate us, they bug us, they surround us, and they bite us; but what would a summer evening be like without them? Join insect specialists and enthusiasts for an evening devoted to discovering insects. Grab your entire family and participate in some creepy-crawly fun for all ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

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

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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: 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.

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

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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 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.

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: 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 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

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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 September 14

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

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Join us for the 1st Annual Missouri's Accessible Outdoors Adaptive Shooting Day at the Range; a special event for people with special needs to come and make their dreams come true by shooting a firearm for the first time or getting reacquainted with the shooting sports after a life changing event. This is a free event and families and caregivers are welcome. For information please call 417-742-4361.

Register by September 14

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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Join us for the 1st Annual Missouri's Accessible Outdoors Adaptive Fishing Day at the Aquatic Education Pond; a special event for people with special needs to come and make their dreams come true by catching a fish for the first time or getting reacquainted with fishing after a life changing event. This is a free event and families and caregivers are welcome. For information please call 417-742-4361.

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 7:30am to 7:15pm

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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

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

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National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF)- Each year on the forth Saturday in September we celebrate NHF day by providing one free hour of shooting on the rifle/pistol range, shotgun patterning range, or the archery range and for shotgun shooters we allow one free round of trap or skeet. Bring your own firearms and ammunition to participate and regular check in, hours, and fees apply for other hours/rounds needed.

Register by October 12

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

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Modern Sporting Rifles are one of the most popular rifles owned and used by hunters and shooters today. They are lightweight, modular for ease of modification, and available in many popular calibers for both recreational shooting and hunting applications. Join us to learn more about the Modern Sporting Rifle, how to safely use, clean and maintain it, how to select the proper caliber for your application, and much more.

Register by October 26

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

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Novice hunters can learn how to turn harvested game into neat packages of lean, healthful meat. This event covers regulations, field dressing, supplies, transporting, and techniques for processing deer.

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