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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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Register by April 30

Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:45pm

Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Witness a “marsh concert” presented by the toads and frogs of Missouri. Join us for an evening out on the levees at the Marias Temps Clair Conservation Area. We will learn how to identify toads and frogs by their calls. Bring a small flashlight, water, snacks, and dress for the weather. This event wil be held at Marais Temp Claire Conservation Area. We will follow St. Charles County recommendations regarding masks and social distancing.

Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Lessons 1 & 2 MUST be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing Lessons.
Lesson 3: Participants will learn about aquatic habitats, food webs, and the basic biology of common Missouri fish species.
Lesson 4: Participants will learn about various fishing lures techniques, as well as identify and understand Missouri 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. All persons in your group MUST be individually registered.
Class at Lake 15.

Register by May 3

Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Virtual

Did you know we have 16 species of bats that can be found in Missouri? Can you guess what they eat? Come and join Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center Naturalist Shelly Colatskie and MDC’s bat ecologists Jordan Meyer and Jeanette Bailey, and United States Fish and Wildlife Service Fish and Wildlife Biologist Vona Kucynska on a virtual program on Missouri's bats! We will briefly discuss bats around the world, what makes a bat a bat, and then focus on Missouri's bats including but not limited to, Missouri’s species of bats, threats to Missouri’s bats (including diseases such as white-nose syndrome, wind turbine collisions, and habitat destruction), diseases such as rabies and histoplasmosis, and bat houses (proper placement and tips). There will be a question and answer session after the presentation.

**This is a virtual program. Please register each person attending. You all will receive an email with a WebEx invitation the evening prior to the event.

Register by May 5

Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Let’s spend a beautiful late spring morning hiking the 2.2-mile Rock Quarry Trail. There will be many native wildflowers and ferns to identify along the way. You will learn some of the amazing history of Rockwoods as we pass scars of man’s presence in the past. For the safety of participants and our staff, MDC asks all guests to observe social distancing guidelines and maintain at least 6 feet from others. St. Louis County ordinances requiring face masks will be observed where applicable. Effort = Moderate. Must be able to hike 2.2 miles with a 150 foot elevation gain.

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Lessons 1 & 2 MUST be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing Lessons.
Lesson 3: Participants will learn about aquatic habitats, food webs, and the basic biology of common Missouri fish species.
Lesson 4: Participants will learn about various fishing lures techniques, as well as identify and understand Missouri 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. All persons in your group MUST be individually registered.

Register by May 7

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Start Mother's Day weekend hiking through the woods looking for and enjoying wildflowers provided by Mother Nature. Hike the full 3.5 mile loop or turn back at overlook. The trail difficulty is moderate. Please wear sturdy shoes, and bring water and other essentials to enjoy the hike. Please meet at the Glassberg parking lot.

Register by May 6

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Tower Grove Park-New Comfort Station

(Ages 7-16)
Celebrate Migratory Bird Day by learning all about some of Missouri’s different birds. We will learn how to ID some of our common visitors, take a look at adaptations, and see if we can survive the Great Migration Challenge! After the program, test your new skills in the bird garden.

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 City mask mandates. Parents are encouraged to stay with their child/ren during this program.

Register by May 9

Date: Monday, May 10, 2021 - 6:00pm 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. This event will take place on the static archery range. All equipment will be provided.

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 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.
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, such as 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. All persons in your party MUST be individually registered.
Class is at Lake 15.

Register by May 10

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This Online class is designed for beginners wanting to get into shooting 5 Stand. It will cover safety, marksmanship fundamentals for shotgun, recommended gear for 5 Stand, and rules and etiquette. We will meet on the Shotgun Fields at the August A. Busch Shooting Range. If you have your own shotgun you are welcome to bring it and ammunition. If you do not have your own shotgun we can provide one and ammunition.

Register by May 10

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Virtual

Have you ever wanted to capture the beauty of the great outdoors, but don’t know how to start? Join us as we discuss basic camera types, tips and tricks, and some great places to start your nature photography.

This program will be held through WebEx. You will receive an email with a WebEx link approximately 24 hours prior to the program, as well as a reminder email on the day of the program. If the emails do not appear in your inbox, search your junk/spam folder. If you are having trouble finding these emails or have any questions, please contact nichole.wheaton@mdc.mo.gov.

Register by May 14

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program is designed as a basic course to provide family's an opportunity to become familiar with shooting. It is required to register each member of your family. We will provide .22 caliber handguns and rifles and ammunition for them to shoot. There will be a short class covering safety, parts of a firearm, and fundamentals of marksmanship. Due to time constraints we will not have any time to provide individuals an opportunity to shoot their own firearms.

Register by May 14

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Let’s spend a beautiful late spring morning hiking the 2.2-mile Rock Quarry Trail. There will be many native wildflowers and ferns to identify along the way. You will learn some of the amazing history of Rockwoods as we pass scars of man’s presence in the past. For the safety of participants and our staff, MDC asks all guests to observe social distancing guidelines and maintain at least 6 feet from others. St. Louis County ordinances requiring face masks will be observed where applicable. Effort = Moderate. Must be able to hike 2.2 miles with a 150 foot elevation gain.

Date: Saturday, May 15, 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.
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, such as 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. All persons in your party MUST be individually registered.

Register by May 17

Date: Monday, May 17, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Virtual

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. Please make sure to check your emails spam or junk inbox. Sometimes the email with the class link is sent to those folders.

Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Lessons 1 & 2 MUST be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing Lessons.
Lesson 3: Participants will learn about aquatic habitats, food webs, and the basic biology of common Missouri fish species.
Lesson 4: Participants will learn about various fishing lures techniques, as well as identify and understand Missouri 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. All persons in your group MUST be individually registered.
Class at Lake 15.

Register by May 17

Date: Tuesday, May 18, 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, May 17 from 6-7:30 p.m., then head to the range for a live-fire session on Tuesday, May 18 from 5-6:00 p.m. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment are provided. The virtual classroom portion on May 17th is required in order to attend the live fire portion on May 18th.

Register by May 17

Date: Tuesday, May 18, 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, May 17 from 6-7:30 p.m., then head to the range for a live-fire session on Tuesday, May 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment are provided. The virtual classroom portion on May 17th is required in order to attend the live fire portion on May 18th.

Register by May 20

Date: Friday, May 21, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Tower Grove Park-New Comfort Station

(Ages 3-6)
Bird is the word! We will take a journey while reading about these winged wonders, and take a closer look at bird wings, feet, and beaks. Through songs and movement, learn how these body parts and other adaptations are essential for a bird to survive in the wild!

Please meet the naturalist at the West End Picnic Site. 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 City mask mandates.

Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Lessons 1 & 2 MUST be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing Lessons.
Lesson 3: Participants will learn about aquatic habitats, food webs, and the basic biology of common Missouri fish species.
Lesson 4: Participants will learn about various fishing lures techniques, as well as identify and understand Missouri 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. All persons in your group MUST be individually registered.

Register by May 21

Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(Ages 10 and up)
Learn the basics of safe archery and practice your skills in an open field with stationary targets. All equipment will be provided. Please register each person participating so that we have an accurate count for social distancing and equipment needs.

Register by May 21

Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(Ages 10 and up)
Learn the basics of safe archery and practice your skills in an open field with stationary targets. All equipment will be provided. Please register each person participating so that we have an accurate count for social distancing and equipment needs.

Register by May 26

Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Get ready to celebrate the unofficial start of summer with the insects that light up the summer nights. Join us as we learn about the “brightest” insects and even take one home to help you celebrate all summer long.

This is an in-person program. You will receive an email prior to the program with the exact meeting location at Powder Valley.

Register by May 28

Date: Friday, May 28, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

We will be meeting outside in the Staging area to discuss Tales from the Ant World by Edward O. Wilson

Wilson recalls his fascinating lifetime with ants, from his first boyhood encounters in the woods of Alabama to perilous journeys into the Brazilian rainforest. “Ants are the most warlike of all animals, with colony pitted against colony. Their clashes dwarf Waterloo and Gettysburg.” Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Wilson takes us on a wonderful journey recalling his nine-decade-long scientific obsession with many of the Earth’s more than 15,000 ant species.

Register by May 27

Date: Saturday, May 29, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

All ages

They say, “April showers bring May flowers.” Join us as we welcome the return of spring and discover the many shades of green and other colors in the landscape. Sunflowers, planted in April, have pushed their way out of the ground and are now standing in tidy rows as they begin their growth into tall stalks with golden blossoms in July. The songs of Meadowlarks and the buzzing of bees will accompany us as we walk the edges of the prairies and fields. We will end the walk by watching the setting sun from the highest spot on Columbia Bottom.

Meet at the Cropland Overlook, lot “K,” about 41/2 miles from the front entrance.

We will be wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

Sunset 8:17 pm

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