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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 13

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 12-18)
Burr Oak Woods is home to many plants and animals, but they don’t all live in the same places. We will visit a forest, prairie and pond to find out who lives there and what makes each habitat unique. Plus, we will investigate how plants and animals can use and change their habitat to meet their survival needs.

Register by April 13

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 6-8)
Burr Oak Woods is home to many plants and animals, but they don’t all live in the same places. We will visit a forest, prairie and pond to find out who lives there and what makes each habitat unique. Plus, we will investigate how plants and animals can use and change their habitat to meet their survival needs.

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 13

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 6-8)
Burr Oak Woods is home to many plants and animals, but they don’t all live in the same places. We will visit a forest, prairie and pond to find out who lives there and what makes each habitat unique. Plus, we will investigate how plants and animals can use and change their habitat to meet their survival needs.

Register by April 13

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 9-11)
Burr Oak Woods is home to many plants and animals, but they don’t all live in the same places. We will visit a forest, prairie and pond to find out who lives there and what makes each habitat unique. Plus, we will investigate how plants and animals can use and change their habitat to meet their survival needs.

Register by April 13

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 3-5 with an adult)
Burr Oak Woods is home to many plants and animals, but they don’t all live in the same places. We will visit a forest, prairie and pond to find out who lives there and what makes each habitat unique. Plus, we will investigate how plants and animals can use and change their habitat to meet their survival needs.

Register by April 14

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Virtual

Spring is here and the frogs are calling! Learn all about the common frogs and toads of Missouri as we explore their life cycle, identify their calls, and discover how they help us. Plus, you will learn tips and tricks on how you can help them.

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 April 14

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Virtual

Swallowtails are wonderful butterflies. How do you identify them? What plants are important to them? Join us for our regular virtual program series where you can ask the naturalist questions about nature topics. Learn about these interesting creatures 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 ages 10-adult.

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Virtual

Every third Thursday at 12pm, we’ll tour the native landscape at MDC’s Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, this monthly series features a live look at native plants of interest throughout the year, This program is a partnership with Deep Roots.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED THROUGH THE DEEP ROOTS WEBSITE: https://deeproots.org/native-plants-at-noon/

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: Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Virtual

There’s fungus among us!! Morels are Missourians' favorite mushroom for good reason. They are delicious to eat, easy to identify and can be hunted during five fabulous weeks in spring. Best of all, you can find them in every county. Join us to learn about Missouri’s edible spring mushrooms, and those you should avoid!

This is a VIRTUAL program! Registration is required. You must register with a valid email by 5pm, April 14th. A link to the program will be sent to the email with which you register.

Register by April 15

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Virtual

When many think of summer, we may think of sunny days and butterflies. But summer is not the only time to discover these beautiful winged insects. Explore what butterflies can be found in Missouri in early spring, including those that exclusively fly during this time of year. Registration Required. All Ages. Participants will receive a link via e-mail to the program the day before AND the day of the presentation.

Register by April 15

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach 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. 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. All participants must register for this program separately. Email the instructor for assistance with registration.

Register by April 15

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

We will be busier than bees in the spring! We are going to learn about native bees and their role in healthy habitats. Afterwards we will create a bee using string and nails.

Register by April 15

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

New to nature journaling? Nature journaling is an amazing way to study and be mindful of the world around us. You keep your journal your way; if you have artistic skills draw, take photos and tape them in your journal, or write what you observe. This introduction will focus on activities to get you past the first blank pages on into a nature adventure. Following the introduction we will be doing some activities together to get our creative energy flowing. If you have seen the intro before you are welcome to join us at 6:30pm just in time for this months activities.

Please note that this program is in-person NOT virtual.

Register by April 15

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

Take a (virtual) trip with us and float down a Missouri stream to discover plants and animals that depend on clean water to survive and flourish. Each month a different applique block based on this year’s theme, River Trail Discoveries, will be revealed. April's applique block and presentation will feature the Willow tree. Participants need to attend this virtual program to receive the applique block/pattern for that month which will be e-mailed after the presentation. Ages 16 and up. Registration Required. Participants will receive an e-mail with a link to the program both 24 hours and 1 hour prior to the start of the virtual presentation.

Date: Friday, April 16, 2021 - 10:00am to 3:30pm

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

What is 5-Stand? It’s a great way to improve on your shotgun shooting skills! This combination of trap, skeet, and sporting clays affords the challenge of all three games but with less walking. Bring your friends and your favorite shotgun and experience the fun of this game. No registration required. WEATHER PERMITTING!

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.

Register by April 16

Date: Friday, April 16, 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Note: Registering for this kayaking program requires that you attend a safety and logistics meeting on Friday April 16 at 6:30 pm at the Cape Nature Center or tune in virtually via webcam. The actual trip date is April 24 from 9:00am-5:00pm. This registration is for the meeting, upon attendance of the safety meeting you will be registered for the trip.

Looking for adventure? The Castor River winds its way through the hills of Missouri before finding its way to the Mississippi near Cape Girardeau. Though less well known than its higher profile Ozark cousins, this small river offers crystal clear water and sunny gravel banks to rival the best of them. Eagles, mink, smallmouth and countless dragon flies call this stream home. This float is more physical than streams like the Current or Black due to its smaller size, shallower sections, and possible obstacles which need to be portaged around. The program is open to beginners; however, participants should expect a moderately high level of physical activity on this 6-8 mile trip. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 situation MDC is unable to shuttle participants. Participants must therefore register together with friends or family and bring two vehicles to the meeting point and self shuttle over well maintained roads. One vehicle will remain at the put in, the other will be moved to the take out down stream. Further details will be provided at the pre-meeting; however, your shuttling vehicles do not need to carry a kayak, as MDC will shuttle all equipment. Experienced instructors, lifejackets, kayaks, and paddles will all be provided. Masks are recommended at the pre-meeting.

Register by April 13

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 8:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Warsaw Comm. Building Habor Room

Registration required. CALL 660-530-5500 TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BEGINS MARCH 10 at 8:00am. Participants 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Only open to first time participants.

Participants will learn about conservation efforts with paddlefish, techniques for snagging and go out snagging on Lake of the Ozarks for 2-hours.

Masks will be required when social distancing cannot be maintained and while in boats.

For more information email Trish.Yasger@mdc.mo.gov

Register by April 16

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Seize the time to enjoy the beauty of this short season! Spring refreshes the cycle of life, brings out the birds and flowers start their show. Join us for some beginner birding, crafts, and wildflower walks.

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.

Register by April 17

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Take a spring hike with a naturalist on the nature center trails. Learn about key features along the way and plants and animals that inhabit the area. Hike is two miles. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 10-adult.

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 9:30am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

PRE-PAID/PICKUP ONLY The Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF) is partnering with the Discovery Center to present a Native Plant & Seed Sale. Please consult the MPF website for any updates, closer to the date, at https://moprairie.org. See the MPF website for vendor contact information and place orders no later than April 13. Vendors include Missouri Wildflower Nursery, Allendan Seed Company, Ozark Soul, Colonial Gardens, City Roods, LLC and Gaylena's Garden. For the safety of our vendors, staff, volunteers and guests, THIS WILL BE A PRE-ORDER SALE ONLY. No extra plants will be available for purchase the day of the sale.

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.

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