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Notice: Events Cancelled

Most MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state have been cancelled until April 15 to help protect the public amid ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

The cancellations are effective immediately and include scheduled hunter education classes, nature center programs and events, shooting range programs and events, and landowner workshops.

Please contact the specific MDC location for more information.

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Register by April 15

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All Ages

Learn all about trees in this four-part series of programs! In this second portion, we will learn about the extraordinary ways a tree lives. We will begin with a short biology lesson, and end with an activity where we will become trees ourselves!

Register by April 16

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Caldwell Memorial Wildlife Area

Join us for a free Introduction to Orienteering course! In the first part of this program, participants will use a provided compass to practice dialing in and taking a bearing, sighting an object, and pacing their distance. Next, participants will use their skills to complete one of several orienteering courses at Caldwell Memorial by finding hidden treasures! The majority of the class will take place outdoors. Participants should be prepared for the weather by wearing appropriate footwear and clothing as well as a bright orange vest for visibility. The courses will require hiking up and down a steeper slope through forested areas that may be thick with brush - be prepared to orienteer like a pioneer!

Participants will be notified via email prior to the day of the event of any cancellations due to inclement weather or low enrollment.

Register by April 17

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Come learn how to identify some of the most beautiful, flowering trees in Missouri. We will look at blooms, bark, leaves, and twigs to help us identify these aesthetically pleasing trees. There will be a short presentation on tree identification to start, and then we will go try to identify trees on the property. Please be prepared to hike up to 2 miles.

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program will teach the fundamentals of archery and atlatl, including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. We begin in the Education Center and then we will move to the static archery range. All equipment will be provided.

Register by April 22

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Learning about nature from a young age is good for kids and for the environment. Every month, join Rockwoods naturalists for an outdoor adventure with your little one. The entire class is presented outside, so please dress for the weather, wear sunscreen, and bring bug spray. Siblings are welcome, but please note this class is designed for ages 3–6.

Register by April 22

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All ages

Learn how to identify and prepare wild, edible foods found in Missouri during spring! We will begin with a short presentation on identifying some of these edible plants and fungi. Afterwards, we will go out into the area to use our new identification skills. You will also get the chance to taste some prepared wild edibles. Please wear appropriate shoes, and bring any essentials to hike 1-2 miles.

Register by May 24

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Interested young people and their families who have never had experience shooting .22 rifles are invited to participate in an instructor led, live fire session learning safety and the proper techniques of shooting .22 rim fire rifles. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided.

Register by April 24

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Air Rifle
April 25, Saturday, 8am – 9:30am
(Ages 9 - 15)
Reservations begin April 11
Interested families who have never experienced shooting are invited to participate in an instructor led session covering shooting fundamentals, safety and proper techniques of an air rifle. All necessary equipment will be provided

Register by April 24

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Become a part of the exciting global nature identification effort hosted by iNaturalist! Hosted on the Saturday of the city-wide weekend event, this annual event challenges cities to participate and post as many species as possible to the iNaturalist app. Visit Rockwoods to help contribute to the event project. For more info on the event please visit the iNaturalist website: https://citynaturechallenge.org/

Register by April 25

Date: Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Bring your furry friends to Rockwoods for a naturalist-led hike along the Trail Among the Trees. This trail is moderate in difficulty and is 1.5 miles in length. All dogs must be leashed, please bring waste bags. In case of inclement weather, the hike will be canceled. Owners must have proof of current vaccinations via tags or paperwork on hand.

Register by May 4

Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Introduction to 5-Stand/Sporting Clays
May 5 • Tuesday • 6pm – 8pm
(Ages 11 and up, ages 11-16 must be accompanied by an adult)
Reservations begin April 21
This is an introductory course on how to shoot 5-stand. The program will start in the classroom where you will learn safety, stance, etiquette, and technique. Afterwards, the program will proceed to live fire on the 5-stand course. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided.

Register by May 8

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

THIS HIKE IS TAKING PLACE AT MYRON AND SONYA GLASSBERG FAMILY CONSERVATION AREA OFF OF HIGHWAY FF IN EUREKA MO, NOT ROCKWOODS RESERVATION.
(Ages 15 and up)
Start Mother's Day weekend hiking through the woods and enjoying wildflowers provided by Mother Nature. Hike the full 3.5 mile loop, or turn back at the overlook. Trail difficulty is moderate, so proper shoes are required. Please bring water and other essentials to enjoy the hike as well. We will meet at the Glassberg parking lot.

Register by May 8

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All ages

Start your Mother’s Day weekend relaxing to the sounds of a spring-fed stream while sipping wild violet lemonade and eating strawberries. While the mothers relax, the kids (and mothers or other adults if they would like to) will learn about stream ecology, and net for aquatic invertebrates and fish. We will provide comfy lawn chairs for all mothers. Please wear clothing and shoes that can get wet and dirty if you plan on going into the stream. Please also bring bug spray, sunscreen, and other outdoor essentials.

Register by May 8

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Spring is finally here! Listen to the birds and feel the warm spring breezes as you enjoy lunch in one of our covered pavilions. Bring a sack lunch. Water and dessert will be provided.

Register by May 11

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program is for beginners that want to learn how to shoot a shotgun. We will cover shotgun fundamentals including actions, gauges, chokes, proper stance and ammunition selection. Participants will start in the classroom then head to the field for live-fire. All equipment will be provided.

Register by May 13

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All Ages

Learn all about trees in this four-part series of programs! In this third portion, we will learn how to identify trees based on their leaves. We will begin with a short presentation on how to identify trees with their leaves. We will then go out onto the area to use our new skills. Afterwards, we will come back and discuss what we saw, and paint our favorite leaves on a special medium to take home! Please wear appropriate footwear, and bring any essentials for hiking 1-2 miles.

Register by May 13

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Trap Shooting
May 14, Thursday, 6-8 p.m.
(Experienced shotgun shooters, ages 11 & up)
Reservations begin April 30.
This program is designed for those who have had some experience with shotguns. We will cover safety, appropriate guns and ammunition, rules of the game, etiquette on the field, and field layout. Firearms and ammunition will be provided, or you may bring your own. An adult must accompany participants under 18.

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program will teach the fundamentals of archery including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. We begin in the Education Center and then we will move to the static archery range. All equipment will be provided.

Register by May 18

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program includes basic handgun fundamentals, operation, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start with classroom instruction then move to the range for a live-fire session. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided.

Register by May 18

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Skeet Shooting
May 19 Tuesday • 6-9 p.m.
(Ages 11 and up)
Reservations begin April 28
We will cover safety, appropriate firearms and ammunition, rules of the game, etiquette on the field, and field layout. Firearms and ammunition will be provided, or you may bring your own. This class will be held at St. Louis Skeet and Trap. Please meet there

Register by May 22

Date: Saturday, May 23, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All Ages (must be able to walk 3 miles in tough terrain)

Explore the usually untrodden woodlands of Rockwoods! We will be adventuring off trail to see some the rarer spring wildflowers that appear in the St. Louis region. Please wear good hiking boots, long sleeves, and long pants. Bring bug spray if you would like to use it. We will be walking through tough terrain (brush, rocky hills, steep slopes) and may walk up to 3 miles.

Register by May 23

Date: Saturday, May 23, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Archery is the skill of using a bow to propel arrows. Nearly everyone, regardless of age, size, or physical ability, can succeed at archery. Join naturalist staff to learn the basics of this fun and challenging sport and get a chance to try real target shooting.

Register by May 25

Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program will teach the fundamentals of archery and atlatl, including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. We begin in the Education Center classroom and then we will move to the static archery range for some live fire. All equipment will be provided.

Register by May 29

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Families interested in learning how to shoot .22 handguns are invited to participate in an instructor led, live fire session learning safety and the proper techniques of shooting .22 rim fire handguns. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided.

Register by June 1

Date: Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shaw Nature Reserve - Adlyne Freund Center

Discover Nature: Women’s Day (SNR)
For women ages 14 and up. Ages 14- 17 must be accompanied by an adult. This program offers the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities led by knowledgeable instructors. Learn, improve, or practice outdoor skills in kayaking, tree identification, and learn natural dyes through flower pounding. In partnership with the Missouri Department of Conservation. Price includes snacks and lunch with wild edible sweets and savory items to enjoy too. Price per person. Registration required. See Note below.

Note: The Missouri Dept. of Conservation and Shaw Nature Reserve, of the Missouri Botanical Garden, work together to provide the courses, and the instructors to teach those courses, for this event. The registration information you provide will be shared by both agencies in order to provide the most positive experience for the participants. Please go to the Shaw Nature Reserve website to sign up for class and to pay the registration fee. The registration web link is: https://mbgregistration.mobot.org/emc00/EventSearch.htm?mid=4

Or you can call for assistance at: 314-577-9506

Max 5 kayakers
Thursday, June 4th
$35 members; $42 nonmembers
8:30am-4:30pm
Adlyne Freund Center
Shaw Nature Reserve Staff and Missouri Department of Conservation Staff
Min 15 Max 20

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