Events

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 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 29

Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Ants are amazing insects and they are found everywhere there is land - and food! We will watch ants move and work and discover how they talk and what they like to eat. Join us for some ANTics this month.

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 7:30am to 9:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

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!

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

Location: Lost Valley Hatchery

A fun-filled day of activities for families. Fishing for those 15 and younger. A gift bag will be provided, while supplies last, and lunch will be served. Door prizes every hour. Help will be available to those who need to brush up on their fishing skills. Tackle, poles, and bait are provided. Two fish per child may be taken home but bring a bucket or cooler as no cleaning station is available. The visitor center will be open during the event. On-site registration on the day of the event.

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 5

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

Location: Fountain Buffs Sports Complex

Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish-Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, participants will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs.
Lesson 4: Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 & 4. Fishing permits are not required to fish during this program.

Register by May 1

Date: Friday, May 8, 2020 - 3:00pm to Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 1:00pm

Location: Mark Twain Lake - M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor

This partnership event with the Corps of Engineers, MDC, NWTF, and Missouri Disabled Sportsmen is for adults who have never harvested a turkey. Participants must provide their own camouflage clothing. 2020 spring turkey permits are required. An Apprentice tag is required for those not Hunter Education Certified. Firearms are available upon request. Mentors/callers will be provided. Participants must attend pre-hunt clinic on May 8th. If participants happen to harvest a bird before this event they will become ineligible. A waiting list will be filled after the first ten applicants. An email will be sent to everyone on the waiting list each time spots open up.If Hunters and Mentors agree they may hunt Sunday as well. For questions contact Rob Garver (MDC) @ 660-785-2420 or Allen Mehrer (CORPS)@ 573-735-4097.

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.

Register by May 8

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

THIS HIKE IS TAKING PLACE AT MYRON AND SONYA GLASSBERG FAMILY CONSERVATION AREA OFF OF HIGHWAY FF IN EUREKA MO, NOT ROCKWOODS RESERVATION.
(Ages 15 and up)
Start Mother's Day weekend hiking through the woods and enjoying wildflowers provided by Mother Nature. Hike the full 3.5 mile loop, or turn back at the overlook. Trail difficulty is moderate, so proper shoes are required. Please bring water and other essentials to enjoy the hike as well. We will meet at the Glassberg parking lot.

Register by May 8

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All ages

Start your Mother’s Day weekend relaxing to the sounds of a spring-fed stream while sipping wild violet lemonade and eating strawberries. While the mothers relax, the kids (and mothers or other adults if they would like to) will learn about stream ecology, and net for aquatic invertebrates and fish. We will provide comfy lawn chairs for all mothers. Please wear clothing and shoes that can get wet and dirty if you plan on going into the stream. Please also bring bug spray, sunscreen, and other outdoor essentials.

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 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All Ages

Learn all about trees in this four-part series of programs! In this third portion, we will learn how to identify trees based on their leaves. We will begin with a short presentation on how to identify trees with their leaves. We will then go out onto the area to use our new skills. Afterwards, we will come back and discuss what we saw, and paint our favorite leaves on a special medium to take home! Please wear appropriate footwear, and bring any essentials for hiking 1-2 miles.

Register by May 14

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

Location: Krug Park Lagoon

Come learn basic fly fishing skills then practice your newly learned skills. All equipment and bait is provided. Fishing Permits are required for individuals between 16 and 64.

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 15

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond

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. Fishing permits are not required for any participant to fish during this program.

Register by May 18

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program includes basic handgun fundamentals, operation, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start with classroom instruction then move to the range for a live-fire session. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided.

Register by May 18

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond

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. Fishing permits are not required for any participant to fish during this program.

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 20

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Lake Jacomo Marina

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. Fishing permits are not required to fish during this program. Participants who complete all four of Discover Nature - Fishing lesson together with family members will each receive a 25.00 Bass Pro Shop gift card from the Missouri Department of Conservation.

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