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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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Date: Monday, March 22, 2021 - 8:00am to Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - 8:00am

Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Are you part of a school, camp, scout, or other community group in the St. Louis Region that would like a presentation about Missouri fish, forest, and wildlife? We have Naturalist staff and volunteers that can come to you with programs, or programs are available at our sites. Programs are offered June through August. To request a summer program brochure and application, please e-mail Pat Behle at Pat.Behle@mdc.mo.gov.

Date: Sunday, April 11, 2021 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Lesson 1: This lesson must be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4.
Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spin-cast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish.
Lesson 2: Participants will learn intermediate fishing techniques and skills as well as hands-on fishing. Participants will be taught how to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure a variety of baits to various kinds of hooks.
All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing suitable for outdoor and water activities. Face masks are required at all time during the program. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen. This program is for anyone 6 years old and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by April 10

Date: Sunday, April 11, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Virtual

Are you nature smart? Test your brain, ears, and eyes as we explore Missouri's great outdoors with mind-bending and totally awesome trivia questions. Categories are to include Interesting Insects, What is it?, and Scoop or Poop just to name a few. Join us for an evening with family or friends as we have fun learning about nature in Missouri in game form!

This program will be held through WebEx. You will receive an email with a WebEx link 24 hours prior to the program, as well as a reminder email before 3 pm on the day of the program. If the emails do not appear in your inbox, search your junk/spam folder.

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Lesson 3: Lessons 1 & 2 must be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing Lessons 3-4. Participants will learn basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout as well as hands-on fishing. Participants will also learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, you will learn various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs.
Lesson 4: Participants will learn how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions as well as hands-on fishing. In addition, participants will learn to identify and understand fishing regulations.
All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and closed-toe shoes suitable for outdoor and water conditions. Face masks are required for the entire program. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen. This class is for ages 6 and up.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Class at Lake 15

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This Online class is designed for beginners wanting to get into Trap Shooting. It will cover safety, marksmanship fundamentals for shotgun, recommended gear for trap shooting, and the rules and etiquette for trap shooting. There will be a follow up live fire portion of this class on Saturday the 17 of April. If you would like to participate in the live fire portion a separate registration is required.

Register by April 9

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

This virtual program will provide an opportunity to learn and ask questions about Urban Fishing in the St. Louis area. During the 45-minute program we will discuss the following topics: What lakes are part of the urban fishing program, where, when, and how many fish were stocked, where to borrow fishing equipment, and who needs a fishing permit. You must register to attend and provide a valid email to receive a link to join the virtual program.

Register by April 13

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Virtual

It is finally spring and the neotropical migrants are back! Join us virtually as we discuss both the common and rare warblers that call Missouri home (even if only for migration). We will discuss their identification by sight and sound and discuss where to go to see these beautiful birds. This will be followed by a limited in-person warbler hike on April 28th; separate registration required. Please register each individual separately. This is a virtual event through Webex. You will receive an email with the link approximately 24 hours prior to the event. Please check your junk mail/spam folders and let us know if you do not receive the link.

Register by April 13

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This program will be held in-person only We will meet in-person at Powder Valley; exact location will be send in pre-program information.

Have you ever heard of the Seek App by iNaturalist? This is an amazing tool created to help you learn more about and feel more connected to nature. This program will take place at Powder Valley where there will be a quick introduction and lesson on how to use the Seek App, followed by a guided tour where you will have the opportunity to utilize this app in nature. This application is free for any Android or Apple device and downloading this app prior to the program is strongly encouraged.

This program will have a limit of 20 people with use of mask and social distancing practices.

Register by April 14

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Come spend a beautiful spring afternoon hiking in Rockwoods Reservation. We should be able to see and identify many native wildflowers and flowering trees. You will also see how “Wise Use” over the past 83 years has transformed Rockwoods into an amazing place. For the safety of participants and our staff, participants will be asked to maintain social distance from staff and other participants, and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.
Must be able to hike 1.5 miles with a 200 foot elevation gain.

Register by April 15

Date: Friday, April 16, 2021 - 3:30pm to 4:00pm

Location: Virtual

Do you enjoy sharing your photos of nature with others? Are you looking for a way to enhance your nature sightings or become better with native species ID? Looking for a way for your family to contribute to citizen science? Then iNaturalist is for you! Join staff for an in-depth look at the free smartphone app iNatualist, what it does for the science community, and how you can use it to enhance your experiences in nature. This event is part of an ongoing series in April. Participants must have the app pre-downloaded on their phone or be capable of visiting the iNaturalist website to properly engage in this program.

In this portion of the series, we will go over iNaturalist, talk about its use, scientific value, and projects in Missouri and Globally.

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Lesson 3: Lessons 1 & 2 must be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing Lessons 3-4. Participants will learn basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout as well as hands-on fishing. Participants will also learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, you will learn various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs.
Lesson 4: Participants will learn how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions as well as hands-on fishing. In addition, participants will learn to identify and understand fishing regulations.
All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and closed-toe shoes suitable for outdoor and water conditions. Face masks are required for the entire program. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen. This class is for ages 6 and up.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program will allow the attendees from the Virtual introduction to trap shooting class on Apr.13 to come to the range and shoot 2 free rounds of trap with an instructor. We will provide a shotgun and ammunition to those who need it. You MUST have attended the Virtual Introduction to Trap shooting to be able to attend. Once you have registered you ma come at any time between 10am and 2pm to shoot and receive instruction. this will be first come first serve to get on the field to shoot.

Register by April 16

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

We will be looking for wildflowers as we hike the natural wooded trail that leads to a platform overlooking the Meramec River valley. At the overlook you can turn back or continue to complete the 3.5 mile trail. Dress for the weather with appropriate footwear, and bring water and snacks. Please meet at the Glassberg parking lot.

Register by April 16

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 10:30am to 2:30pm

Location: Cliff Cave County Park

Join MDC volunteer naturalist Christy Ritter at Cliff Cave County Park for a four-mile spring wildflower hike on the beautiful Spring Valley Trail. We will discover a variety of native spring wildflowers and blooming trees, and learn about the identification of these blooming spring beauties! Natural history of the area and uses of the plants may also be discussed.
Dress for the weather and for hiking in a forest: long pants, water, snacks, insect repellent, and sturdy hiking shoes or boots are highly recommended. Bring a camera!
Meet Christy at the main parking lot to begin the hike.
The elevation is easy to moderate, but the longer distance will require participants to be experienced hikers.
Cliff Cave Park - St. Louis County Website (stlouiscountymo.gov)

Date: Sunday, April 18, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Tower Grove Park

Introducing new Community Days at Tower Grove Park! Bring the whole family for activities for children and volunteer opportunities.

Meet at the Piper Palm House plaza for these activities:

Free native plant seedlings from the Missouri Department of Conservation

Free activities for kids, provided by Artscope

No cars! The west & east roads will be closed ALL DAY to vehicles to allow extra space for visitors. (Kingshighway and S. Grand entrances both closed. The only open roads will be Center Cross and a small portion of Main Drive to the Music Stand.)

Enjoy the beautiful, blossoming spring landscape.

Volunteer your time to help keep the park clean. Sign up to volunteer here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tower-grove-park-community-clean-up-tickets...

Stay tuned for details on more Community Days throughout the year. We want visitors to feel welcomed and appreciated by offering special days to celebrate our Park People!

Date: Monday, April 19, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This online virtual program will cover what to do to get started shooting handguns. We will cover handgun fundamentals, including handgun actions, operation, safety, shooting techniques, maintenance, and safe storage. There will be a live fire portion of this class to take place on the 20th of April. A separate registration is required to attend the live fire portion.

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Lesson 1: This lesson must be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4.
Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spin-cast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish.
Lesson 2: Participants will learn intermediate fishing techniques and skills as well as hands-on fishing. Participants will be taught how to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure a variety of baits to various kinds of hooks.
All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing suitable for outdoor and water activities. Face masks are required at all time during the program. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen. This program is for anyone 6 years old and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Class at Lake 15.

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This two part program includes handgun fundamentals, shooting, operation, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start with virtual classroom instruction on Monday, April 19 from 6-7:30 p.m., then head to the range for a live-fire session on Tuesday, April 20 from 5-6 p.m. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment are provided. The virtual classroom portion on April 19th is required in order to attend the live fire portion on April 20th.

Register by April 19

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Virtual

Have you ever envisioned yourself working outside, with the public, as a game warden, around trees, conserving habitats, with fish, or with other wildlife? If you have, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) may be the place for you. Join us at our virtual career fair where several MDC staff will share what education you should pursue, what their job entails, and be available for questions.

The event will take place on the WebEx platform, you will receive a link and more information for the program about 24 hours before the program.

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This two part program includes handgun fundamentals, shooting, operation, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start with virtual classroom instruction on Monday, April 19 from 6-7:30 p.m., then head to the range for a live-fire session on Tuesday, April 20 from 6-7:30 p.m. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment are provided. The virtual classroom portion on April 19th is required in order to attend the live fire portion on April 20th.

Register by April 20

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Spring ephemerals consist of several species of wildflowers that only come up for a short period during the spring. Come join me on a hike at Myron and Sonya Glassberg Family Conservation Area in Jefferson County as we enjoy a beautiful spring hike looking not only for these spring ephemerals but also birds and other wildlife. Trail is a fairly easy 3 mile loop on natural terrain, so please wear appropriate shoes for mud and/or water. We may not walk the entire 3 miles. Spaces will be limited, and social distancing will be practiced, please bring a mask. Please register each individual separately.

Myron and Sonya Glassberg Family Conservation Area is in Jefferson County off of HWY FF. It is just west of Young Conservation Area by roughly a mile. Parking lot is on the right hand side of HWY FF. We will meet in the parking lot. I will send directions the night before to make sure everyone has instructions.

Register by April 21

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: Virtual

Ages 15 and up
Gardening season is here! Find reliable, native plants for the tricky spots in your garden! Examples of areas we will be discussing are spots with dry soil, areas with little sunlight and wet soil, and sloped gardens. We will also go over plants that are generally successful, and would be great for gardens with poor soil or for new gardeners.
**PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS VIRTUAL PROGRAM**
You will receive a link to the WebEx event at 12:00pm the day of the program. Please check your spam folder if you do not receive the link.

Register by April 23

Date: Friday, April 23, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Let's go on a hike to gather our own collection of natural items we will find along the trail. Meet at the staging area. Dress for the weather.
(This program has been created for 0 - 3 year old children and their adults.)

Register by April 23

Date: Friday, April 23, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Let's go on a hike to gather our own collection of natural items we will find along the trail. Meet at the staging area, and dress for the weather.
(This program has been created for 0 - 3 year old children and their adults.)

Register by April 22

Date: Friday, April 23, 2021 - 3:30pm to 4:00pm

Location: Virtual

Do you enjoy sharing your photos of nature with others? Are you looking for a way to enhance your nature sightings or become better with native species ID? Looking for a way for your family to contribute to citizen science? Then iNaturalist is for you! Join staff for an in-depth look at the free smartphone app iNatualist, what it does for the science community, and how you can use it to enhance your experiences in nature. This event is part of an ongoing series in April. Participants must have the app pre-downloaded on their phone or be capable of visiting the iNaturalist website to properly engage in this program.

- In this portion of the series we will present a “how-to” with us logging observations in live time on iPhone and Android. We will also detail how to upload a photo to the main website from a computer if you choose to use a point and shoot or DLSR camera.

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