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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 July 17

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach anglers basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing rod, parts of a fishing rod, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. Lesson.

Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Program is limited to ages 5 and above. All children ages 5 -15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Fishing permits are NOT required to fish during this program.

Participants will be asked to maintain safe social distance from staff and other participants who are not their family members during this program.

Register by July 16

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

THIS IS A VIRTUAL PROGRAM. IT WILL TAKE PLACE ON CISCO WEBEX VIRTUAL MEETINGS. This program can be attended from your home using your computer or mobile device.
Tune in to learn about what to consider before your first fishing outing. We'll be discussing gear, regulations, permits and more. A virtual meeting invitation will be sent to the email address you provide during registration.

Register by July 17

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond

Learn how to catch channel, flathead and blue catfish in Missouri's farm ponds, lakes and rivers, then try your luck with a fishing opportunity at the Burr Oaks Woods educational pond. Afterwards, learn how to clean a catfish and sample a couple of catfish recipes during a cooking demonstration.

This event will take place at the Burr Oaks Woods educational pond and pavilion. Do not go to the nature center.

No fishing permit required to fish at this event.

Participants must be 7 years or older and participants under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
souri's farm ponds, lakes and rivers, then try your luck with a fishing opportunity at the Burr Oaks Woods educational pond. Afterwards, learn how to clean a catfish and sample a couple of catfish recipes during a cooking demonstration.

This event will take place at the Burr Oaks Woods educational pond and pavilion. Do not go to the nature center.

No fishing permit required to fish at this event.

Participants must be 7 years or older and participants under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by July 20

Date: Monday, July 20, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Binder Lake Boat Ramp

Kayaking: July 20th at the Binder Lake Boat Ramp in Jefferson City
Join us for an evening on the water for a basic kayaking program. Participants will learn information and safety about kayaking during a ground school portion of the class, then take to the water for paddling instruction and practice. Participants aged 13 and older are welcome to register; those aged younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Kayaks, paddles, and life-jackets will be provided. Close-toed shoes are required.

For questions please contact Rhys McCracken at Rhys.McCracken@mdc.mo.gov

Register by July 17

Date: Monday, July 20, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Please Join us for an online Rifle Basic Care and Cleaning program. One of the most important aspects of having a rifle is making sure your rifle is maintained and in good working condition. We will discuss the supplies and equipment needed to properly maintain your rifle. We will also demonstrate some of the basic procedures of rifle maintenance. Please provide an email address and a link to the training will be sent prior to the program time.

Register by July 17

Date: Monday, July 20, 2020 - 6:00pm to 6:45pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

This virtual program will provide an opportunity to learn and ask questions about the following: What lakes are part of the urban fishing program, how to find out when and how many fish were stocked, where you can borrow fishing equipment, if you need a fishing permit. A e-mail will be sent out to all registered participants a few days before the program with the link to join in virtually.

Register by July 21

Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Japanese beetles are a major non-native invasive pest in our region, and they are very easy to spot and catch in July. Learn how to make a trap out of items from your recycling bin, bring your trap to the Discovery Center, catch Japanese beetles and learn about the different uses for them (culinary and otherwise) while helping our landscape be free of this non-native pest.

Register by July 20

Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Trek into an amazing creek ecosystem to discover what depends on Burr Oak Creek for survival. Splish and splash in the mud and water in search of tadpoles, fish, insects and more. Bring water bottles and towels. Do not wear a swimsuit. Wear closed-toed shoes (no aqua socks). Program starts at the Bethany Falls parking lot.

Register by July 20

Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Hummingbirds have zipped their ways into many hearts but there is still a lot to know about these tiny wonders! Join us for a VIRTUAL program about the ruby-throated hummingbird with Naturalist Jordi Raos. She'll give a short virtual presentation followed by a Q&A session. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link the day prior to the program. Ages 6 to adult recommended. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by July 21

Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Missouri's warmest season is often one of the most active. Nature can come alive at any moment, revealing to us many fascinating interactions. Join us each week in July for a 30-minute Naturalist led program, each exploring a new and exciting summer surprise!

Register by July 20

Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program will teach the fundamentals of archery and atlatl, including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. We will meet at the shooting range Don Johnson static archery range. All equipment will be provided. Dress for the weather we will be outside for the program.

Register by July 20

Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: MDC Headquarters

Lesson 1:
This lesson must be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4.
This first class includes instruction as well as hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. 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 types of hooks. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.
This class is for children ages 4 years old and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
After participants have completed and participated in all four sessions, they will receive a bass pro gift card (children and parents that participated).
We will start out in the basement of the Credit Union at MDC Headquarters for the "classroom portion".

Register by July 21

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult)
Teaching your young child to fish will give them a lifetime of enjoyment and allow them to discover nature all around them at the same time. Join us for this fun-filled event as we learn how to tie on a hook, bait a worm, cast and care for a fishing pole. Now let’s go fishing! There will be ribbons and prizes for all! Meet at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by July 22

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Japanese beetles are a major non-native invasive pest in our region, and they are very easy to spot and catch in July. Learn how to make a trap out of items from your recycling bin, bring your trap to the Discovery Center, catch Japanese beetles and learn about the different uses for them (culinary and otherwise) while helping our landscape be free of this non-native pest.

Register by July 22

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Missouri’s summer presents a treasure of wild edibles. Wild berries may be the most delicious. Learn about some of the wild berries growing in our forests and how they can be used. (ages 12+)

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

Register by July 21

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 2: How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach anglers intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure bait on hooks. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Program limited to ages 5 and above. All children ages 5-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Fishing permits are NOT required to fish during this program.

Participants will be asked to maintain safe social distance from staff and other participants who are not their family members during this program.

Register by July 22

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Almost everyone has heard about white-tailed deer, bears, squirrels and catfish. But did you know we have some really bizarre and wacky creatures in Missouri (Such as the silver lamprey and three-toed amphiuma)?

Join us as we feature some of Missouri's most bizarre creatures, that also happen to be on display at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center!

This will be a live virtual program via WebEx, and you will receive the link to the WebEx the morning of the program. The program will last approximately 30 minutes.

Register by July 23

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The forest is full of life! Discover the different animals that live among the trees through watching a naturalist-led puppet show. (For ages 0-6)

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

Register by July 22

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Snakes are one of Missouri’s most commonly observed critters, this is in part due to their diet. Where there’s humans there’s leftovers and where there’s leftovers there’s rodents. Snakes are great for mice/rat control, be it around your house or out on the farm. Somehow snakes can eat with nothing but their mouths. Come watch & learn more on the life of Missouri’s snakes. Meet at the nature center, this is an outside program.

Register by July 20

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: MDC Headquarters

Lesson 3:
Lesson 1&2 must be taken before any of other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 3-4.
In this class, 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 about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs.
Lesson 4:
In this final lesson you 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 how to identify and understand fishing regulations. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.
This class is for children ages 4 years old and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
After participants have completed and participated in all four sessions, they will receive a bass pro gift card (children and parents that participated).
We will start out in the basement of the Credit Union at MDC Headquarters for the "classroom portion".

Register by July 23

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

There's nothing quite like the freedom on the water that a kayak offers. If you've ever wanted to learn more about paddling, jump in and join us to cover all the basics and get you water ready!

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Amphitheater

Register by July 22

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Platte Ridge Park

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing rod, parts of a fishing rod, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. Lesson 2: How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure bait on hooks. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided.

Ages 7 and above. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Participants do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program.

Register by July 24

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Register by July 24

Date: Friday, July 24, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

The ruby-throated hummingbird is one of Missouri’s most intriguing birds! Would you like to learn how to attract these spring visitors by providing food sources for them in your yard or garden? Join us as we learn about the native plants, sweet nectar and insects loved by this tiny creature, also known as nature’s helicopter! Families are welcome, but all participants must be registered in advance of the program. Space is limited.

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