Events

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Register by April 24

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Smoke & Fire: history and legend of the long rifle on the American frontier, 1754 - 1850. No other single object in the American experience has as much history, legend or lore associated with it. The long rifle is a truly American invention and in the forests and prairies of the expanding frontier it made its mark. Whether carried by Daniel Boone into the wilds of Kentucky, Lewis & Clark on the Corps of Discover or with William Becknell down the Santa Fe trail, these rifles shaped our country. Join MDC Regional Supervisor Brian Flowers as we explore the history and contemporary use of the long rifle.

Register by April 24

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: MDC Northwest Regional Office

This fishing clinic will be held at the Everyday pond on the Missouri Western State Univ. campus.

Register by April 22

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

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.

Register by April 25

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-6 years).
Some turtles have armor, some turtles have skin, some are tiny and some really big! Crawl in for some turtle talks, turtle walks, turtle tales, and even some close encounters with real turtles!

Register by April 25

Date: Friday, April 26, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Come and learn lots of neat things about snakes like how they move, smell, hear and eat. There will be live snakes found in Missouri to looks at and even touch. We will also go outside and try to find some snakes in their natural habitat.

Register by April 25

Date: Friday, April 26, 2019 - 6:30pm to Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

On Friday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, the basics of binocular use and bird identification will be presented with a focus on common bird calls. Participants should bring their own binoculars; however some binoculars will be available for use during the workshop.

On Saturday, we will meet at the Royal Oaks entrance to Big Creek Conservation Area at 7:00 am to practice what we have learned. Birds should be calling and in their mating plumage. Participants should dress accordingly for the weather conditions.

All ages are welcome to attend. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by April 26

Date: Friday, April 26, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Enjoy an evening outside with your significant other, best friend, or family member. Warmer weather and longer days make for great hikes, join a Naturalist for a guided hike on the Rock Quarry Trail- Long Loop(Moderate difficulty, 2.2 miles).

Register by April 26

Date: Friday, April 26, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Join us for a magical night of nature and music! Oregon pianist John Nilsen will play music inspired by nature with a backdrop of photography by MDC's own Noppadol Paothong.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 7:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery

Veteran's Free Fishing Day at Bennett Spring State Park. All veterans fish for free! For more information contact Ben Havens at Ben.Havens@mdc.mo.gov or call the hatchery at 417-532-4418

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Carondelet Park - Boathouse Lake

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. This family fishing event is open to the public. Events include special stockings, fishing instruction and much more. No registration is required.

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 15+).
Meet at Runge and carpool to Prairie Garden Trust, which is known for its wonderful birding in the spring. It is a popular stopover for many very colorful migrants. Dress for the weather and bring water, snacks, and binoculars.

Register by April 26

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Pershing State Park

Please register if you plan to attend. If you have questions you may call Adam Brandsgaard at 660-646-6122.

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (18+ years old).
Meet at the nature center and drive to Ha Ha Tonka State Park in Camden County. We will be hiking the Devil's Kitchen and Spring Trails. Bring a water bottle, lunch, and dress for the weather.
Terrain: Moderate
Length: 4 miles

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: O'Fallon Park Lake

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. This family fishing event is open to the public. Events include special stockings, fishing instruction and much more. No registration is required.

Register by April 26

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Jefferson Lake - Forest Park

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. This family fishing event is open to the public. Events include special stockings, fishing instruction and much more. No registration is required.

Register by April 26

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 8:30am to 10:00am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Spring welcomes many migratory birds to our state, but learning to identify these feathered visitors can be tricky. Learn about spring migrants, then hike our trails to try and find them. Bring field guides and binoculars if you have them. This program is for women only. Ages 14-adult. Girls 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult female.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (families)
Join us as we learn about the French-American ornithologist, naturalist and painter, John James Audubon, and his contributions to natural history. We will then head out on the stroller friendly trails for one of Audubon’s favorite activities, a bird hike of course! Dress for the weather. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair from us.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration is required, please call the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center at 573-290-5218 beginning March 1. 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. Registration is required, please call the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center at 573-290-5218 beginning March 1.

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: George O. White Nursery

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins March 30 (Ages 0–2)
Putt, putt, putt and gobble, gobble, gobble goes the turkey. Who is doing all the talking and what are they trying to say? Strut on in to gab like a turkey and find out more with your little one.

Register by April 26

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Snakes and Lizards are really amazing reptiles. Come and discover many incredible things about snakes and lizards that live in Missouri. We will also go outside and try to find some snakes in their natural habitat.

Register by April 26

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:30am to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Springtime in the Ozarks means fishing! Come and have a great time catch and release fishing at Walter Woods education pond. Participants 16 years and older must have a valid fishing permit. Dress for the weather. Snacks, drinks, and transportation will be provided. Bring a sack lunch. Ages 12-17.

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins April 1 (ages 7-15)
Before the rod and reel came along, cane pole fishing was the way to go. Join us as we go back in time and you can learn how to make your very own cane pole, then try it out at the kid’s pond!

Register by April 27

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Lost Valley Hatchery

Fun-filled day of activities for families. Fishing for those 15 and younger, archery, casting area, fish cleaning demonstration, craft area, and educational displays. 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 fishing skills. Tackle, poles, and bait are provided or children may bring their own. Only those baits not held in water may be used. Two fish per child may be taken home: bring a bucket or cooler as no cleaning station is available. The visitor center will be open during the event. On-site registration day of the event.

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