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Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 12:00pm to 6:00pm

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Bring the family out for a FREE day of shooting.

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Register by July 19

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Falconry is the ancient art and hunting sport of using trained birds of prey to hunt wild game. Falconry was introduced to the United States in 1622 by England, and though it has evolved over the years one thing remains the same: the bond between the falconer and their bird. Join Meagan Duffee-Yates, Master falconer, as she discusses the rich history of falconry. Discover what makes birds of prey such fascinating animals and see live birds of prey. She’ll discuss the steps involved in becoming a falconer and the importance of raptor conservation.

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Sometimes they startle us, but snakes always fascinate us. Learn about this often-misunderstood reptile, see snakes up close, and even have the opportunity to touch one! All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

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This will be a women's only program in beginner archery and crossbow. We will cover nomenclature, shooting techniques, safety and maintenance. This program will include actual shooting experience at bulls eye and 3D targets. No open toed shoes allowed. All equipment will be provided.

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

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No registration required
Join Rockwoods Naturalists for a nocturnal nature party and explore the fascinating world of the many moth species of Missouri. This event will feature an outdoor ID station, crafts, food truck, and other activities. Bring your own headphones and music for the silent dance party. Lights in the area will be out, so bring your own flashlight or headlamp.

Register by July 19

Date: Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm

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Morels aren’t the only mushrooms worth finding! Join Dan Liles from the Missouri Mycological Society and learn about the mushrooms of Southwest Missouri in the summertime. After a short presentation, we will search the Walter Woods Conservation Area for chanterelles and chicken of the woods.

Register by July 22

Date: Monday, July 22, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

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Register by July 18

Date: Monday, July 22, 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.

Date: Monday, July 22, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Students will have a highflying time when participating in the story Are You A Ladybug? by Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries. Children learn about the ladybug lifecycle, colors and patterns on ladybugs, and design their own ladybug to take home

Register by July 20

Date: Monday, July 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to Saturday, July 27, 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 July 22

Date: Monday, July 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Ronald and Maude Hartell Conservation Area

Free for Everyone
All Equipment Provided
Receive a $25 Bass Pro Gift Card Upon Completion of Lessons 1-4
Children must be accompanied by an adult

Register by July 21

Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 8:00am to 10:00am

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Do you know the difference between a red fox and a gray fox? How many different kinds of skunks live in Missouri? What’s the largest rodent in North America? These are just some of the things you will learn when you attend the “Missouri Mammals and More” program brought to you by the Missouri Department of Conservation and hosted by East Central College. See if you can identify the pelts of the 14 different species of furbearers that live in Missouri, plus a few other kinds of mammals that share the same habitat. Believe it or not, many of these animals communicate with various calls and vocalizations out in the wild. See if you can tell the difference between the sounds that mammals make verses the sounds some birds make. It’s not as easy as you might think! So come join us at East Central College this summer and enjoy this interactive program that is sure to peak your interest as we learn about Missouri mammals, and a few birds too.

East Central College is hosting this program and there is a $20 registration fee per person. Please call East Central College at 636/584-6529 to complete the registration process with them.

Note: There are no live mammals or birds at this program. The pelts of furbearers and other mammals are used for display and teaching aids.

Ages: 8 - 15 years old
This program is not recommended for people who are allergic to domestic animals

Register by July 23

Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

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Register by July 22

Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

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Registration required (adults)
Summer is a time of plenty for people and nature! Discover how to share in the bounty by learning to make jellies and how to pickle summer’s wild harvest.

Register by July 23

Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Rocky Fork Lakes Conservation Area

Join us for an evening on the water for a basic kayaking program. Participants will learn information and safety about kayaking during a ground school portion of the class, then take to the water for paddling instruction and practice. Participants aged 13 and older are welcome to register; those aged younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Kayaks, paddles, and life-jackets will be provided. Close-toed shoes are required.

For questions please contact Emily Porter at Emily.Porter@mdc.mo.gov.

Register by July 22

Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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Location: Lake #15

In this final lesson you will learn 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. 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 22

Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Family Beginning Archery
July 23 • Tuesday • 6-8 p.m.
(Families, ages 9 and up)
Reservations begin July 9.
Join our instructors as we learn the fundamentals of shooting arrows with the compound bow. This program begins in the Education Center then moves to the static archery range. This is a fun program for the entire family, ages 9 and up. Although all equipment will be provided, you may bring your own bow and arrows. An adult must accompany participants under 15. https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Register by July 21

Date: Wednesday, July 24, 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 23

Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

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(All Ages)
Reservations begin July 1
Come learn about and interact with some of Missouri’s many legged arthropods! We will go into the stream to look for water arthropods and outside to look for terrestrial arthropods. We will also have some arthropod friends you can hold and look at up close. Please wear clothing that can get wet and is appropriate for some mild hiking.

Register by July 23

Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

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Registration required (ages 9–11)
Whether you live in the country or the city, bugs are never far away. Join us as we take a closer look into the life of insects and other creepy crawlies and how they help in our everyday lives. Dress to be outside, use insect repellant and sun screen and bring a water bottle.

Register by July 24

Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Accomplished art instructor Greg Chappell helps participants paint waterfowl. Greg will build your skills in the foundations of drawing, anatomy, and composition. Skills learned in the class will help you paint for a Junior Duck Stamp entry. Ages 6-17. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by July 24

Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Ronald and Maude Hartell Conservation Area

Free for Everyone
All Equipment Provided
Receive a $25 Bass Pro Gift Card Upon Completion of Lessons 1-4
Children must be accompanied by an adult

Register by July 24

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

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Registration required (ages 12–18)
Get ready to put down the worm and bobber and jump into the world of fishing with artificial lures. There are many types, from spinners and divers to spoons and jigs. There are different lures for different fish and different locations to catch them. Join us as we learn the lure types and try to catch some fish. Dress to be outside, use insect repellant and sun screen and bring a water bottle. This program is presented at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by July 25

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Let’s go outside! We will take a “safari” at the nature center this month and learn more about what summer animals and plants are out and about!

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