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Register by June 21

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins June 1 (ages 18+)
Deb Cambron from Herbs ‘n Handspun will provide an in-depth presentation on the history of indigo, its use, chemical composition, and dye process. The presentation will be followed with the development of the dye vat and then actually dying items. Participants should bring a 100% cotton T-shirt or any other 100% natural fiber item/fabric to dye.

Date: Monday, June 24, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, June 28, 2019 - 12:00pm

Location: January-Wabash Park Lake

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. The Discover Nature Fishing program is put on by our urban fishing program partners. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. TO REGISTER CALL THE CITY OF FERGUSON PARKS DEPARTMENT AT 314-521-4661.

Date: Monday, June 24, 2019 - 8:00am to Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 12:00pm

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. Discover Nature Fishing program is put on by the MDC Urban Fishing Program Partners. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. TO REGISTER CALL THE ST. LOUIS CITY PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT AT 314-367-2292.

Register by June 17

Date: Monday, June 24, 2019 - 6:00pm to Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 11:00am

Location: Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park

Graduate from DNF Camp by attending all 3 Lessons. Last day of camp on Saturday is family fishing. Equipment is provided.

Register by June 24

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Osage Beach City Park

Lesson 4: June 25
Lesson 1 on June 4 must be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4.
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 7years old and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by June 24

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Basics of the Modern Sporting Rifle
June • 25 • Tuesday • 6-8 pm
(Ages 18 and up)
Reservations begin June 11
The Basics of the Modern Sporting Rifle (AR type) course is designed to provide beginners a hands-on introduction to the safe handling and proper orientation to modern sporting rifle shooting. This course is classroom only. Students will learn rules for safe gun handling at home, in the field and on the range; rifle actions, parts and operation, ammunition, cleaning the rifle, and continued opportunities for developing rifle skills

Register by June 21

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Join Little Stinkers as the group takes a look at the daily life of a box turtle through the book, “Box Turtle at Long Pond,” by William T. George. Find out how the turtle uses what is in its environment to make a meal, only to lose that meal in order to avoid being eaten by a raccoon. Written from the turtle’s perspective, this story is a great introduction to pond ecology. Then stay and enjoy the Turtle Box Races. This program is designed for the preschool child up to second grade. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by June 21

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Vertebrate? Invertebrate? What’s that? Join the Nature Nuts and learn the difference between these two divisions of the animal kingdom and the types of animals that make up these groups. Be sure to wear clothing and shoes appropriate for the outdoors. Nature Nuts is designed for ages 7 to 12. To make a reservation call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by June 29

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 25 (ages 0–2)
Discover what it takes to catch a big one! We’ll learn about what we need for a successful fishing trip and learn about some of the common fish you might catch in a pond. We will pretend to go fishing in our pretend pond.

Register by June 27

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Suson Park - Rearing Pond

Location: Suson Rearing Pond

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 spincast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish. This lesson must be taken before registering for any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4. 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.

The Discover Nature Fishing Program is designed for children ages 7-15 years old, although parents/guardians are encouraged to learn and fish with their children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm, and Tuesday classes the day before at 4:00pm.

Register by June 27

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

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 spincast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish. This lesson must be taken before registering for any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4. 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.

The Discover Nature Fishing Program is designed for children ages 7-15 years old, although parents/guardians are encouraged to learn and fish with their children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm, and Tuesday classes the day before at 4:00pm.

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (families with all ages)
How does a bug make light? Battery acid? Alien soda? Perhaps its glow-in-the dark slime! “Lightning Bugs” are synonymous with a good time on those warm summer nights. Come on in to find out why & what fires up the beetles you see at night.

Register by June 29

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 25 (ages 0–2)
Discover what it takes to catch a big one! We’ll learn about what we need for a successful fishing trip and learn about some of the common fish you might catch in a pond. We will pretend to go fishing in our pretend pond.

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)
Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Blinking and dancing in the evening sky, the magic and beauty of fireflies is breathtaking. Use this evening to learn more about these favorite insects, how you could register your own backyard for Firefly Watch (a fun citizen science program) and make a cool firefly craft. We will then hike into the darkening forest to watch the fireflies appear.

Register by June 30

Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program will introduce the fundamentals for safely and successfully shooting a compound bow, with hands on practice. All equipment will be provided. Class will meet at the Don R. Johnson Static Archery Range located at the August A Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. The class will be held outdoors so please dress for the weather. Ages 9 and up, participants 9-15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by July 1

Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake #15

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 spincast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish. This lesson must be taken before registering for any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4. 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.

The Discover Nature Fishing Program is designed for children ages 7-15 years old, although parents/guardians are encouraged to learn and fish with their children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm, and Tuesday classes the day before at 4:00pm.

Register by June 30

Date: Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

This fishing program will include all the basics of cane pole fishing including proper fish handling. Please meet at Lake 15 at the August A Busch Conservation Area. Ages 6 and up, participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants 16 and over who plan to fish will need a valid fishing license which can be purchased here https://mdc-web.s3licensing.com/.

Register by July 4

Date: Saturday, July 6, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Suson Park - Rearing Pond

Location: Suson Rearing Pond

Participants will learn intermediate fishing techniques and skills. 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.

The Discover Nature Fishing Program is designed for children ages 7-15 years old, although parents/guardians are encouraged to learn and fish with their children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm, and Tuesday classes the day before at 4:00pm.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Register by July 4

Date: Saturday, July 6, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Participants will learn intermediate fishing techniques and skills. 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.

The Discover Nature Fishing Program is designed for children ages 7-15 years old, although parents/guardians are encouraged to learn and fish with their children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm, and Tuesday classes the day before at 4:00pm.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Date: Monday, July 8, 2019 - 8:00am to Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:00pm

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. Discover Nature Fishing Program is put on by the MDC Urban Fishing Program Partners. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. TO REGISTER CALL THE ST. LOUIS CITY PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT AT 314-367-2292.

Register by June 11

Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 9:00am to Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 15 (ages 7-11)
From tiny trickling streams to the mighty Mississippi, this year’s camp highlights southeast Missouri’s aquatic habitats. Get wet as we find out who lives where and why.

Register by July 8

Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake #15

Participants will learn intermediate fishing techniques and skills. 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.

The Discover Nature Fishing Program is designed for children ages 7-15 years old, although parents/guardians are encouraged to learn and fish with their children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm, and Tuesday classes the day before at 4:00pm.

*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Register by July 10

Date: Friday, July 12, 2019 - 9:30am to 2:30pm

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Cast a line learning the basics of fishing, look for special insects in the water, and go on a geocaching treasure hunt. Try your hand at some of these great activities while soaking up the summer sun. This program will meet at the Education Fishing Lakes and Hatchery in Forest Park. Although fishing is permitted in the park with a license, the Forest Park Education Fishing Lakes are not open to public fishing unless registered for a program.

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Suson Park - Rearing Pond

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. The Discover Nature Fishing program is put on by our urban fishing program partners. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. TO REGISTER CALL THE ST. LOUIS COUNTY PARKS DEPARTMENT AT 314-615-8911.

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