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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 October 1

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Imagine a salamander the length of a rolling pin hiding under the rocks of Missouri’s southern rivers. This mysterious amphibian is getting ready to become…… a dad! Come find out information about these endangered animals and why September and October are important months for them. Enjoy a fun day out with family and friends as we combine art with nature, and each family makes their very own painted wooden hellbender to take home.

This class is for all experience levels. We will be using acrylic paint so please wear clothes that can be ruined or bring a smock.

The program will be held outdoors behind the main building and families will be socially distanced. 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. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when indoors, or any time visitors are unable to maintain at least 6 feet from others. Local ordinances requiring face masks will be observed where applicable.

Please register everyone that is planning to attend. Registration will only be complete by sending an email to Nichole.wheaton@mdc.mo.gov with the names in your party

Register by October 3

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Learn how to skin and process the deer you harvest this year. This program will not include a real deer, but will feature an in person instructor, a step-by-step video, and equipment used in deer processing. We will cover techniques, safety tips and answer any questions you have about preparing your deer for the freezer. *Registration required ages 6+, all children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Masks are required to attend this program.

Register by October 2

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 1:00pm to Sunday, October 4, 2020 - 7:00am

Location: Whetstone Creek Conservation Area

Missouri Trappers Association Beginners Trapping Clinic. This clinic is for beginning trappers of all ages.

Register by October 3

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Fall is the finest time to forage for fruits and nuts of the forest. Come experience our harvest table of wild mushrooms, hickory nuts, walnuts and fruits like pawpaws and persimmons. There will be taste tests and a few wild recipes to try. Dress for the weather. We will be outside for a beautiful crisp fall day!

Register by October 2

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Join us at the Education Pond to learn about Dutch Oven Cooking and more! We will give a short program on Dutch Oven basics and other outdoor cooking methods, then you will help prepare a delicious meal and dessert. Leave with a happy taste buds and recipes. This program is at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by October 4

Date: Monday, October 5, 2020 - 6:00pm to Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 7:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

This event will be conducted over 2 evenings. The first evening will start from 6 pm to 8:30 pm at the Cape Girardeau Nature Center located at 2289 County Park Drive. Participants will learn the basics of safety, operation of handguns, shooting stances, types of ammunition, etc. The second evening students will be assigned a shooting time based on their schedule and meet at the Apple Creek Conservation Area for an evening of shooting revolver and semi-automatic handguns. Firearms and ammunition provided at no charge. Students are not permitted to bring their own handgun to the classroom portion but permitted to bring their firearm to the range. Students will be contacted by email prior to the class with more details.

Register by October 6

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Join us for our regular virtual program series where you can ask the naturalist questions about nature topics. Minnows, darters, sunfish: learn about the colorful little fish in your local stream with Naturalist Alan Reed followed by a live Q&A session. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Recommended for all ages. Call 417-888-4237 for more information. Select the blue "Register" button in the top right corner to register.

Register by October 6

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Virtual

Fall is coming! With it's cooler temperatures plants and animals will be starting to change and prepare for the next of our Missouri seasons. Join us for a few 30-minute virtual programs hosted by our Runge Naturalists, each exploring a different aspect of our natural world.
*Registration is requested (All ages)

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

Location: Virtual

Brush Creek Art Walk was three days of outdoor painting on the Discovery Center grounds and all along Brush Creek. Art will be on display throughout Oct at the Discovery Center, but visit https://buttonwoodartspace.com/show/bcaw-2020 for details on the virtual awards night. A must see for any art lover!

Register by October 5

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Brickyard Hill Conservation Area (Charity Lake)

Equipment Provided
MASKS RECOMMENDED
ONLY 10 Participants
ALL Attendees MUST REGISTER

Register by October 6

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 5:00pm to 5:45pm

Location: Virtual

Sometimes nature can get downright slimy! Come join us as we virtually explore all things ooey, gooey, squishy and squirmy in this hands-on experience. Students will be provided with a materials list prior to the program if they wish to play along at home. This is a virtual program viewable on a mobile device or home computer.
Complete instructions for joining will be emailed several days prior to the program date. Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address. (ages 7-11)

Register by October 5

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

October 6, Tuesday, 6 - 8 p.m.
(Ages 11 and up)
Reservations begin September 22
Learn the steps necessary to process deer meat yourself. We will demonstrate how to skin and butcher a deer in simple easy steps with minimum equipment. You will learn tips on how to make sure your venison is the best quality possible.

Register by October 5

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program will discuss what to do after the shot when deer hunting and how to get the deer from the field to the freezer. We will discuss the field dressing process and demonstrate how to skin and butcher a deer in simple easy steps with minimum equipment and how to wrap and store it in the freezer making it ready for the table. You'll learn tips on how to make sure your venison is the best quality possible. Due to Covid19 this program will be outside with social distancing in place.

Register by October 6

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 18+) Do you have what it takes to be crowned a Nature Trivia Champion? What are the two venomous spiders in Missouri? Do centipedes really have 100 legs? Come answer these questions and more at our second monthly trivia night! Come individually or bring some friends for a night full of fun and carefree competition. A mobile device is required so you or your team can buzz in your answers. Trivia Tuesday will happen on the first Tuesday of every month and will take place...outdoors so bring your chairs, blankets, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks and come fight for the title of Trivia Champion and the awesome prize that comes with it.

Register by October 7

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 7:30am to 9:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join MDC naturalists and area birders as we discover the avian life that call Runge home. These short birding walks are for all experience-levels. We will gather near the front doors of the nature center. Binoculars and field guides will be provided for those that need them. Wearing a mask is required to attend this program.
*Registration is preferred (ages 8+)

Register by October 6

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 0-36 mon)
Don’t miss the fun! Hike out with your little one to the Bethany Falls Trail, voted #1 in Kansas City! “Falls” refer to the unique limestone boulders that we will explore. We’ll stop to play and take pictures.

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Bears are Elementary
We will look at bears and their way of life in the Ozarks. This virtual class is geared for homeschool, third and fourth grade classes utilizing the DNS Nature Unleashed student books. Examples in Southwest Missouri will be featured, students have your Nature Unleashed books handy. Educators go to the website’s teacher portal to order free school materials.

Register by October 7

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: Virtual

Are you interested in discovering Missouri's natural foods? Berries, nuts, greens and many other tasty treats can be found in nature. Join us for a virtual lesson and hike on some of the wild edibles that arrive during the fall. Learn how to begin your foraging journey and what to look for in our natural habitats!
*Registration required (all ages)

Register by October 8

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

Ever wonder what it takes to keep all the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Thanks to some amazing animal care volunteers, they are fed a delicious smorgasbord of crickets, worms, minnows, and more! Meet a few of our captive critters and observe them eating during this live, virtual program. (all ages)

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by October 7

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Brickyard Hill Conservation Area (Charity Lake)

Equipment Provided
MASKS RECOMMENDED
ONLY 10 Participants
ALL Attendees MUST REGISTER

Register by September 28

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: Virtual

Create a unique wearable work of art while using slices of deer antler to make a set of dangle earrings, and a pendant necklace. Join us as we examine deer antlers as you craft your jewelry. This will be an interactive virtual class during which participants will make their own jewelry. Antler slices and jewelry findings will be shipped to participants prior to the workshop. In addition, you will need a pair of either round-nosed or flat nose jewelry pliers and a pair of wire cutters. You can use a pair of needle noes plies if you do not have jewelry pliers.

A WebEx link to the program will be emailed from Kathi.Moore@mdc.mo.gov the morning of October 8th.

Register by October 8

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Reduce, recycle, repurpose, reuse are important strategies for becoming more sustainable. The upcoming holidays offer the opportunity to start to practice sustainability and calm some of the craziness. This class will explore one of the many ways to reuse magazines. Old Conservationist magazines will be transformed into colorful beads. These could make a great bracelet or necklace for the holidays. (ages 12+)

Masks are required, and participants will social distance. Each participant will have their own materials and tools to reduce contact.

Register by October 8

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Virtual

(All Ages)
Sometimes animals must be sly as a fox in order to survive. Join us as we explore animals that can weasel out of danger and seem to always have something up their paws. Discover how nature inspires people to create crafty innovative solutions to make life easier.

Please provide an email in your profile so a program link can be sent.
Please check your spam folder for the email with the WebEx link if you do not receive one after 5:00pm the day before the program.

*Please note that this is a virtual program*

Register by October 8

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 8:00am to 10:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

This program is designed for those who have had some experience with shotguns. We’ll 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. Also, please bring a chair as the class will be held outside on the shotgun range, acknowledging social distancing.

Register by October 9

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
A seed that stops the heart, a leaf that sheds poisonous daggers, while enjoying Missouri’s great outdoors it is good to know what plants to avoid. Join us for a fun look at Missouri’s plants behaving badly.

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