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Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

There’s more to a skunk than its smell. “Sniff out” some amazing skunk facts, learn a pre-spray skunk dance, and make a craft to take home. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by February 27

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Ducks, geese, and other waterfowl provide hours of entertainment while out on the water. Paddle in and join us for an evening of fun and learning about our waterfowl friends. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids. Ages 7-12.

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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.

Date: Sunday, May 10, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

In honor of all mothers on their special day, everyone may enjoy one free hour of shooting or a round of trap or skeet shooting on us.

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 6:30am to 8:30pm

Location: Roaring River Hatchery

The Missouri Department of Conservation and The Department of Natural Resources proudly present Kids Fishing Day and Nature Festival, May 16th, 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 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 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 May 15 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 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.

Register by May 23

Date: Saturday, May 23, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

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.

Register by June 13

Date: Saturday, June 13, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to learn about cooking all sorts of wild game from rabbit and squirrel to deer and turkey. Not only will we be looking at how to prepare good meals, we will also be sampling them. Feel free to bring your favorite wild game recipe or make your favorite dish to share.

Date: Saturday, June 20, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discover the basics of responsible handgun ownership and the joys of shooting. We will cover safety, handgun nomenclature, sight picture, sight alignment, breath control, trigger squeeze, and much more. All firearms and ammunition will be provided, and you may bring your personal handgun to use during the live fire portion. There should be no live ammunition, concealed firearms, or uncased firearms inside the classroom.

Date: Sunday, June 21, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

In honor of all fathers on their special day, everyone may enjoy one free hour of shooting or a round of trap or skeet shooting on us.

Register by June 27

Date: Saturday, June 27, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This course is an introduction to our Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) being taught in our Missouri School system. See what is available to your students while in school and the future it may provide for them.

Register by July 11

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

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This basic program includes an introduction to wingshooting fundamentals, distance estimation, non-toxic shotshell ammunition selection for hunting, and shotgun patterning with a goal to help migratory and upland bird hunters improve their hunting skills with non-toxic shot.

Register by July 18

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Clay target shooting is a fun and exciting way to further your shotgun shooting knowledge. We will be spending time talking about the game of trap, skeet and 5-stand sporting clays. Then we will head out to the fields to assist each individual shotgun shooter in learning gun mount, moving the shotgun, hold points, break points, forward allowance, and many more of the mechanics as it pertains to clay target shooting. This program is not for the beginning shotgun shooter as it is an intermediate level program so unless you are beyond the basics in shotgunning this program is not for you. You will need to bring your unloaded shotgun to this program to use and both .12 and .20-gauge ammunition will be provided for the program.

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