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NOTICE: In-Person Events Limited Due to COVID

In-person MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state are limited due to COVID-19 considerations. MDC is offering new online programs that allow people to attend virtually. Please check our class listings to see what classes are limited, in-person classes or virtual classes.

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Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program will allow the attendees from the Virtual introduction to trap shooting class on Apr.13 to come to the range and shoot 2 free rounds of trap with an instructor. We will provide a shotgun and ammunition to those who need it. You MUST have attended the Virtual Introduction to Trap shooting to be able to attend. Once you have registered you ma come at any time between 10am and 2pm to shoot and receive instruction. this will be first come first serve to get on the field to shoot.

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Twin Pines Heritage Day Celebration. Live demonstrations illustrating traditions of the Ozarks - basket and rug weaving, spinning, archery, quilting and more. Fish fry from 11 to 1 (or while supplies). For more information call 573-325-1381

Register by April 17

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Feeling froggy? Hop on in to the nature center to check out some toads and frogs. We’ll learn about their unique life cycle and what it takes to be a frog.

This Little Acorns program will be held outdoors. Please dress children in clothes and shoes that can get muddy, as a portion of this program will be held at our amphibian pools. Please register each child that plans to attend. Social distancing and the use of face coverings is strongly recommended for all attendees 9 and over.

Register by April 16

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Celebrate Spring by taking the kids outside and discover the basics of family fishing. What’s better than spending your time outdoors around a pond fishing with your family? Rekindle memories from your youth or start a new family tradition by learning the very basics of fishing to get any beginner angler on the water and catching fish. You will learn about some of the basic gear and how to use it. Then we will wet a line and do some catch and release fishing at the education pond.
This program is appropriate for families with children. Dress for the weather and bring your own snacks and drinks. You can bring your own pole, or the Missouri Department of Conservation will provide basic equipment, tackle, and bait.
All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Participants do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program. All participants must register for this program separately.
Please remember to wear a mask and social distance.

Register by April 16

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

We will be looking for wildflowers as we hike the natural wooded trail that leads to a platform overlooking the Meramec River valley. At the overlook you can turn back or continue to complete the 3.5 mile trail. Dress for the weather with appropriate footwear, and bring water and snacks. Please meet at the Glassberg parking lot.

Register by April 17

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Spring is beautiful and so is one of this season's smallest wildflowers, the aptly named Spring Beauty! Relax and learn to draw a decorative pattern of this popular wildflower from the comfort of your home. Participants will receive a link to the program the day before and the day of the presentation. Registration Required. All Ages.

Register by April 16

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 10:30am to 2:30pm

Location: Cliff Cave County Park

Join MDC volunteer naturalist Christy Ritter at Cliff Cave County Park for a four-mile spring wildflower hike on the beautiful Spring Valley Trail. We will discover a variety of native spring wildflowers and blooming trees, and learn about the identification of these blooming spring beauties! Natural history of the area and uses of the plants may also be discussed.
Dress for the weather and for hiking in a forest: long pants, water, snacks, insect repellent, and sturdy hiking shoes or boots are highly recommended. Bring a camera!
Meet Christy at the main parking lot to begin the hike.
The elevation is easy to moderate, but the longer distance will require participants to be experienced hikers.
Cliff Cave Park - St. Louis County Website (stlouiscountymo.gov)

Register by April 13

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 10:30am to 3:00pm

Location: Warsaw Comm. Building Habor Room

Registration required. CALL 660-530-5500 TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BEGINS MARCH 10 at 8:00am. Participants 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Only open to first time participants.

Participants will learn about conservation efforts with paddlefish, techniques for snagging and go out snagging on Lake of the Ozarks for 2-hours.

Masks will be required when social distancing cannot be maintained and while in boats.

For more information email Trish.Yasger@mdc.mo.gov

Register by April 16

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Celebrate Spring by taking the kids outside and discover the basics of family fishing. What’s better than spending your time outdoors around a pond fishing with your family? Rekindle memories from your youth or start a new family tradition by learning the very basics of fishing to get any beginner angler on the water and catching fish. You will learn about some of the basic gear and how to use it. Then we will wet a line and do some catch and release fishing at the education pond.
This program is appropriate for families with children. Dress for the weather and bring your own snacks and drinks. You can bring your own pole, or the Missouri Department of Conservation will provide basic equipment, tackle, and bait.
All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Participants do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program. All participants must register for this program separately.
Please remember to wear a mask and social distance.

Register by April 17

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Be right on target! Try your hand at archery and experience a fun way to enjoy the outdoors. All archery equipment will be provided. Adult supervision is required for ages 9-17.

Please register each family member that plans to attend. Social distancing and the use of face coverings is strongly recommended for all attendees 9 and over.

Register by April 17

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Our wildlife friends need healthy habitat to build their homes in. Stop by and learn what makes a place a good wild home and then build a paper habitat for sticker wildlife.

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Runge Nature Center Staff Volunteers are somewhere along the trails ready to explore a seasonal nature topic with you! Trail station locations and topics are different every Saturday as nature always has something new to offer. Visit the Runge building to get a trail map and hints about where the volunteers may be found. This is not a formal program; stop by anytime between the designated exploration station hours. Masks required. No registration required. All ages.

Register by April 16

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:15pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children 8+)
Archery and bow hunting continue to grow in popularity! Discover the fun of this family activity as parents and kids learn together. We will teach and practice the basics and help you perfect your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately.
Program is presented at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by April 16

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 3:15pm to 4:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children 8+)
Archery and bow hunting continue to grow in popularity! Discover the fun of this family activity as parents and kids learn together. We will teach and practice the basics and help you perfect your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately.
Program is presented at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Date: Sunday, April 18, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Tower Grove Park

Introducing new Community Days at Tower Grove Park! Bring the whole family for activities for children and volunteer opportunities.

Meet at the Piper Palm House plaza for these activities:

Free native plant seedlings from the Missouri Department of Conservation

Free activities for kids, provided by Artscope

No cars! The west & east roads will be closed ALL DAY to vehicles to allow extra space for visitors. (Kingshighway and S. Grand entrances both closed. The only open roads will be Center Cross and a small portion of Main Drive to the Music Stand.)

Enjoy the beautiful, blossoming spring landscape.

Volunteer your time to help keep the park clean. Sign up to volunteer here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tower-grove-park-community-clean-up-tickets...

Stay tuned for details on more Community Days throughout the year. We want visitors to feel welcomed and appreciated by offering special days to celebrate our Park People!

Date: Monday, April 19, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This online virtual program will cover what to do to get started shooting handguns. We will cover handgun fundamentals, including handgun actions, operation, safety, shooting techniques, maintenance, and safe storage. There will be a live fire portion of this class to take place on the 20th of April. A separate registration is required to attend the live fire portion.

Register by April 19

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
By including a few spring flowers in your recipes, you will add essential nutrients and appealing color to your meals. Discover which edible native wildflowers you can include in your salads, pastries and even ice cubes.

Register by April 20

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

Now you see them. Now you don’t. Early spring has many lovely plants that have a very short life cycle. They bloom and then fade away back to their roots or just a few leaves. We will be digging into some spring ephemerals native to Missouri.

Register by April 20

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Magical moments in nature are waiting for you! Go on an adventure with a Naturalist to make amazing discoveries as you explore on a trail close to the nature center.
Notes: Dress for the weather. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and/or there is more than light rain/sleet/snow program will be cancelled.

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Lesson 1: This lesson must be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4.
Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spin-cast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish.
Lesson 2: Participants will learn intermediate fishing techniques and skills as well as hands-on fishing. Participants will be taught how to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure a variety of baits to various kinds of hooks.
All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing suitable for outdoor and water activities. Face masks are required at all time during the program. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen. This program is for anyone 6 years old and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Class at Lake 15.

Register by April 20

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: Virtual

Spring has sprung finally sprung! Discover what natural phenomena may be awaiting you outdoors this spring during these 30-minute Naturalist led programs. Registration Required. All Ages. Participants will receive a link to the program via e-mail the day before AND the day of the presentation.

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This two part program includes handgun fundamentals, shooting, operation, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start with virtual classroom instruction on Monday, April 19 from 6-7:30 p.m., then head to the range for a live-fire session on Tuesday, April 20 from 5-6 p.m. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment are provided. The virtual classroom portion on April 19th is required in order to attend the live fire portion on April 20th.

Register by April 19

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Virtual

Have you ever envisioned yourself working outside, with the public, as a game warden, around trees, conserving habitats, with fish, or with other wildlife? If you have, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) may be the place for you. Join us at our virtual career fair where several MDC staff will share what education you should pursue, what their job entails, and be available for questions.

The event will take place on the WebEx platform, you will receive a link and more information for the program about 24 hours before the program.

Register by April 19

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Create a unique wearable work of art while using a deer shed to make a set of dangle earrings, post earrings, or a necklace pendant. Join us as we examine deer antlers and shed hunting as you craft your jewelry. This will be a hands-on class during which participants will make their own jewelry. Must be at least 16 years of age.

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This two part program includes handgun fundamentals, shooting, operation, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start with virtual classroom instruction on Monday, April 19 from 6-7:30 p.m., then head to the range for a live-fire session on Tuesday, April 20 from 6-7:30 p.m. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment are provided. The virtual classroom portion on April 19th is required in order to attend the live fire portion on April 20th.

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