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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 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 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.

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.

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.

Register by May 9

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

It’s unbelievable what nature provides! Join us in finding out what is in the outdoors that is edible and what you need to stay away from.

Date: Sunday, May 10, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

In honor of all mothers on their special day, everyone may enjoy one free hour of shooting or a round of trap or skeet shooting on us.

Register by May 8

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Spring is finally here! Listen to the birds and feel the warm spring breezes as you enjoy lunch in one of our covered pavilions. Bring a sack lunch. Water and dessert will be provided.

Register by May 11

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program is for beginners that want to learn how to shoot a shotgun. We will cover shotgun fundamentals including actions, gauges, chokes, proper stance and ammunition selection. Participants will start in the classroom then head to the field for live-fire. All equipment will be provided.

Register by May 13

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Trap Shooting
May 14, Thursday, 6-8 p.m.
(Experienced shotgun shooters, ages 11 & up)
Reservations begin April 30.
This program is designed for those who have had some experience with shotguns. We will cover safety, appropriate guns 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. An adult must accompany participants under 18.

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 6:30am to 8:30pm

Location: Roaring River Hatchery

The Missouri Department of Conservation and The Department of Natural Resources proudly present Kids Fishing Day and Nature Festival, May 16th, at Roaring River State Park. Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish, connect with nature and have fun participating in the many activities offered to parents and children. At 5:00 pm, a large drawing will be held and many prizes will be given away!

Kids’ Fishing Day will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.

At Kids’ Fishing Day, an area of the park will be designated as a fishing area for youths age 15 and under. Children in that age range can pick up free trout tags at the hatchery office any time on May 15 or all day on the day of the event. Volunteers will be available to assist the young anglers. Children are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment. Parents are welcome to assist kids, too, but only one pole may be used between the helper and the child. Adults are not allowed to fish by themselves. Free hotdogs, chips and soda will be available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Education is also part of Kids’ Fishing Day. Throughout the day, seminars will be held on fish cleaning, fish cooking, Dutch oven cooking, Mexican cuisine, outdoor survival, target shooting, taxidermy, watersheds, knot tying, fly tying and fly casting, how to fish Roaring River, stream biology and other subjects. A hatchery tour will show how trout are raised. A program on Missouri snakes will be given using live specimens. If kids attend three classes, they will be entered into a drawing for prizes. The drawing will be held at 5 p.m. Children must be present to win. Classes are also open to the whole family, but only children may enter the drawings.

Volunteers are needed to help out with this event. Individuals wishing to volunteer do not need to be experienced anglers. If you would like to help out with Kids’ Fishing Day or you want to get more information, call MDC’s Roaring River Hatchery at 417-847-2430 or e-mail paul.spurgeon@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program will teach the fundamentals of archery including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. We begin in the Education Center and then we will move to the static archery range. All equipment will be provided.

Register by May 16

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Discover the joys of shooting one of the all-time favorite rifles–the .22 rifle. We will discuss rifle nomenclature, dominant eye, sight picture, sight alignment, breath control, trigger squeeze, shooting positions, plus much more. You may use our rifles or plan to use your own. Please make sure your rifle is completely unloaded before you arrive at the range.

Register by May 18

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Skeet Shooting
May 19 Tuesday • 6-9 p.m.
(Ages 11 and up)
Reservations begin April 28
We will 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. This class will be held at St. Louis Skeet and Trap. Please meet there

Register by May 21

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Interested in hunting but need help getting started? We will be hosting a series of programs throughout 2020 to introduce people to the heritage sport of hunting. In this program, we will answer the question of what is hunting along with what kind of social, time, and financial commitment an individual must be ready to make to begin hunting safely.

Register by May 23

Date: Saturday, May 23, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Parents, grandparents, and adult mentors, bring your youngster(s) to learn a new skill and spend time practicing. You don’t have to be a hunter to become a skilled archer. No experience is necessary and archery equipment will be provided We will teach and practice the basics and help you perfect your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately.

Register by June 1

Date: Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shaw Nature Reserve - Adlyne Freund Center

Discover Nature: Women’s Day (SNR)
For women ages 14 and up. Ages 14- 17 must be accompanied by an adult. This program offers the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities led by knowledgeable instructors. Learn, improve, or practice outdoor skills in kayaking, tree identification, and learn natural dyes through flower pounding. In partnership with the Missouri Department of Conservation. Price includes snacks and lunch with wild edible sweets and savory items to enjoy too. Price per person. Registration required. See Note below.

Note: The Missouri Dept. of Conservation and Shaw Nature Reserve, of the Missouri Botanical Garden, work together to provide the courses, and the instructors to teach those courses, for this event. The registration information you provide will be shared by both agencies in order to provide the most positive experience for the participants. Please go to the Shaw Nature Reserve website to sign up for class and to pay the registration fee. The registration web link is: https://mbgregistration.mobot.org/emc00/EventSearch.htm?mid=4

Or you can call for assistance at: 314-577-9506

Max 5 kayakers
Thursday, June 4th
$35 members; $42 nonmembers
8:30am-4:30pm
Adlyne Freund Center
Shaw Nature Reserve Staff and Missouri Department of Conservation Staff
Min 15 Max 20

Register by June 13

Date: Saturday, June 13, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to learn about cooking all sorts of wild game from rabbit and squirrel to deer and turkey. Not only will we be looking at how to prepare good meals, we will also be sampling them. Feel free to bring your favorite wild game recipe or make your favorite dish to share.

Date: Saturday, June 20, 2020 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

MDC is accepting applications for a free, one-day Discover Nature Youth Camp on Saturday, June 20 in Lee’s Summit at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. This camp is aimed at teaching youth ages 11 to 15 how to explore Missouri’s diverse outdoors using skills such as fishing, firearms safety, shooting, and water safety. Space is limited to the first 16 girls and 16 boys that submit completed and signed applications. Participants accepted to attend must complete the first portion of MDC’s hunter education class online and submit results to MDC prior to the camp. The final portion of hunter education will be completed during camp. The deadline to apply is May 1.

To request an application or for more information, contact Conservation Agent Brian Bartlett at 816- 835-6087, brian.bartlett@mdc.mo.gov or call the Kansas City Regional Office at 816-622-0900. Applications may be picked up at MDC public offices in the Kansas City area.

Date: Saturday, June 20, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discover the basics of responsible handgun ownership and the joys of shooting. We will cover safety, handgun nomenclature, sight picture, sight alignment, breath control, trigger squeeze, and much more. All firearms and ammunition will be provided, and you may bring your personal handgun to use during the live fire portion. There should be no live ammunition, concealed firearms, or uncased firearms inside the classroom.

Date: Sunday, June 21, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

In honor of all fathers on their special day, everyone may enjoy one free hour of shooting or a round of trap or skeet shooting on us.

Register by June 27

Date: Saturday, June 27, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This course is an introduction to our Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) being taught in our Missouri School system. See what is available to your students while in school and the future it may provide for them.

Register by July 11

Date: Saturday, July 11, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This basic program includes an introduction to wingshooting fundamentals, distance estimation, non-toxic shotshell ammunition selection for hunting, and shotgun patterning with a goal to help migratory and upland bird hunters improve their hunting skills with non-toxic shot.

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