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Notice: Events Cancelled

Most MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state have been cancelled until April 15 to help protect the public amid ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

The cancellations are effective immediately and include scheduled hunter education classes, nature center programs and events, shooting range programs and events, and landowner workshops.

Please contact the specific MDC location for more information.

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Register by April 22

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Mid Continent Public Library Liberty Branch

This will be a two part program....

Part 1 - on April 23rd, 5:30pm - 7:00pm will meet in the classroom area of the Liberty Mid Continent Public Library for an educational fishing lesson.

Part 2 - We will meet again on April 30th, 5:30pm - 7:00pm at Fountain Bluff Sports Complex for our fishing opportunity. Participants must attend the lessons at the library before they can participate in the fishing opportunity.

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. Permits are not required to fish during this program.

Register by April 23

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Learn about making good environmental choices, recycling, and what kids can do to make our earth a little more “green”. Please, no younger siblings. Ages 7-12.

Register by April 24

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Air Rifle
April 25, Saturday, 8am – 9:30am
(Ages 9 - 15)
Reservations begin April 11
Interested families who have never experienced shooting are invited to participate in an instructor led session covering shooting fundamentals, safety and proper techniques of an air rifle. All necessary equipment will be provided

Register by April 25

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

We will be hiking the Little Lost Creek Conservation Area. We will be looking (and listening) to spot Ruffed Grouse that have been reintroduced to the area this past year. Please wear appropriate footwear, and dres appropriately for all types of weather conditions, including rain. Bring your lunch, water and bug repellant.
*Registration Required (ages 18+)
*NOTE: Those wishing to meet us at the trailhead please call Runge a couple of days before the hike to find out the time and place to meet our group.
*Location: Southwest of Warrenton Warren County

Register by May 24

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Interested young people and their families who have never had experience shooting .22 rifles are invited to participate in an instructor led, live fire session learning safety and the proper techniques of shooting .22 rim fire rifles. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided.

Register by April 25

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 8:30am to 10:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Learn to identify spring migrants, then hike our trails to look for them. Ages 14-adult. Girls ages 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult female.

Register by April 25

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Take your archery skills to the next level. We will go one on one with each archer to improve all aspects of your shooting. Learn the latest techniques for your shooting abilities and methods to hone those skills.

Register by April 25

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Bring your little loved ones for a howling good time as we reveal the secret lives of coyotes. Through interactive play, we will learn all about these canine friends.

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: A.C. Brase Arena Building

The nature center is partnering with the Cape Girardeau Parks & Recreation Department to clean up Cape LaCroix Creek during their annual Park Day. Gather your friends, family, or organization to help bring the beauty back to the creek between Walden Park and Shawnee Sports Complex. We’ll meet at the 4-H Shelter in Arena Park to divide and conquer. Lunch and t-shirts will be provided at Capaha Park afterwards. Youth and adult groups welcome. To register, call 573-290-5218 with names and t-shirt sizes. Wear comfortable water shoes or mud boots. Wear clothes that can get stained. Bring a water bottle. We will meet at the 4-H Shelter in Arena Park in Cape. Lunch and t-shirts will be provided at Capaha Park at 11 am.

Register by April 18

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Celebrate the wonders of spring as the Twin Pines Conservation Education staff guides you along the trails at Greer Spring. Roam through a variety of natural Ozark settings while you do some birding and learn about the habits and habitats of the birds that make Missouri their home at this time of year. All ages are welcome. Reservations are required. This hike starts at the Eleven Point River Access near 19 HWY at 9:00 am or at Twin Pines at 8:00 am to shuttle to the Eleven Point Access. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by April 24

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Become a part of the exciting global nature identification effort hosted by iNaturalist! Hosted on the Saturday of the city-wide weekend event, this annual event challenges cities to participate and post as many species as possible to the iNaturalist app. Visit Rockwoods to help contribute to the event project. For more info on the event please visit the iNaturalist website: https://citynaturechallenge.org/

Register by April 25

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Magnolia Hollow Conservation Area

This hike loops for one mile through a beautiful wooded area. At end of the trail there is a beautiful overlook onto the Mississippi. On clear days you can see way into Illinois. This hike is rated difficult and has uneven terrain and hills. Please wear good hiking shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Bring a refillable water bottle and lunch if you wish.

Register by April 24

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Learn about Missouri’s springtime mushrooms, including the morel, from a former President of the Springfield Chapter of the Missouri Mycological Society. Afterwards, everyone will go out and test their new mushroom ID skills. Registration is required.

Register by April 24

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) The last week of April is usually the most beautiful week in Missouri for spring wildflowers, blooming trees and shrubs. The native landscape at the Discovery Center is no exception. Join us for a one hour walk around our big backyard enjoying and learning about the blooms. We will also be scanning the treetops for colorful migrating warblers making their way north on the spring migration.

Register by April 25

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Bring your little loved ones for a howling good time as we reveal the secret lives of coyotes. Through interactive play, we will learn all about these canine friends.

Register by April 25

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Magnolia Hollow Conservation Area

This hike loops for one mile through a beautiful wooded area. At end of the trail there is a beautiful overlook onto the Mississippi. On clear days you can see way into Illinois. This hike is rated difficult and has uneven terrain and hills. Please wear good hiking shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Bring a refillable water bottle and lunch if you wish.

Register by April 25

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Springtime in the Ozarks means fishing! Learn the basics and have a great time chasing lunkers. Fishing will be catch-and-release. Meet at the Bois D’Arc pond and dress for the weather. Bring a sack lunch. Snacks will be provided. Ages 12-17.

Register by April 24

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) The last week of April is usually the most beautiful week in Missouri for spring wildflowers, blooming trees and shrubs. The native landscape at the Discovery Center is no exception. Join us for a one hour walk around our big backyard enjoying and learning about the blooms. We will also be scanning the treetops for colorful migrating warblers making their way north on the spring migration.

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Celebrate the blooming of wild flowers and the young leaves of spring at the nature center. Continuing our “Year of the Tree,” we will have an afternoon full of forest fun, with games, activities, tree hikes and other forest activities perfect for the whole family. There will also be an appearance by everyone’s favorite forest bear, Smokey.

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Stop by to see members of the Ozarks Whittlers and Woodcarvers transform wood into treasures. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by April 24

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) The last week of April is usually the most beautiful week in Missouri for spring wildflowers, blooming trees and shrubs. The native landscape at the Discovery Center is no exception. Join us for a one hour walk around our big backyard enjoying and learning about the blooms. We will also be scanning the treetops for colorful migrating warblers making their way north on the spring migration.

Register by April 25

Date: Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Bring your furry friends to Rockwoods for a naturalist-led hike along the Trail Among the Trees. This trail is moderate in difficulty and is 1.5 miles in length. All dogs must be leashed, please bring waste bags. In case of inclement weather, the hike will be canceled. Owners must have proof of current vaccinations via tags or paperwork on hand.

Register by April 29

Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Many species of warblers don’t stay, so enjoy these passing birds now with guest Naturalist Bo Brown. Program will include thirty minutes indoors followed by a guided trail hike. Bring field guides and binoculars if you have them. Ages 10-adult.

Register by April 30

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

There's nothing like the freedom on the water that a kayak gives. If you've ever wanted to learn more about paddling a kayak come join us. This program will cover all the basics and get you water ready!

Register by May 4

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

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Introduction to 5-Stand/Sporting Clays
May 5 • Tuesday • 6pm – 8pm
(Ages 11 and up, ages 11-16 must be accompanied by an adult)
Reservations begin April 21
This is an introductory course on how to shoot 5-stand. The program will start in the classroom where you will learn safety, stance, etiquette, and technique. Afterwards, the program will proceed to live fire on the 5-stand course. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided.

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