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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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Register by August 18

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 16+) Navigate through nature; learn to read a map and how to use a compass. We'll look at topographic maps and talk about how to know where you are. We'll be using compasses in a scavenger hunt for participants to learn a new skill in navigating. Participants, please meet the instructor at the front door to the Discovery Center. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 19

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join us as we explore Shooting Star Trail at RBSP. Due to Covid-19 concerns we will not be carpooling in Runge vans. Participants can either meet at Runge at 8 a.m. and follow the hike leaders or meet at RBSP Shooting Star trail head at 8:35 a.m. Bring lunch, water, and insect repellent and dress for the weather. Trail: Moderate 4 miles

Register by August 18

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Native pollinators are amazing and vital parts of nature! Join a naturalist to search for these cool critters around the nature center, play a game to learn the 3 key parts of great bee habitat and take a native plant home (1 per household).

Register by August 18

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Native pollinators are amazing and vital parts of nature! Join a naturalist to search for these cool critters around the nature center, play a game to learn the 3 key parts of great bee habitat and take a native plant home (1 per household).

Register by August 19

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape LaCroix Creek

Help us monitor the health of Cape LaCroix Creek by conducting a Stream Team survey. Get an up-close look at some of the cool creatures that call stream ecosystems home. We will be wading so please wear clothing and closed-toed shoes that can get wet. We will meet in the parking lot next to the recreation trail just south of the Lexington/Route W round-about. (ages 10-15) Registration ends 2 hours before program starts.

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and wear face coverings for anyone over the age of 9 during instruction period but are not required during time in the creek. To help us have an accurate count, please register each family member that plans to attend.

Register by August 17

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Little Prairie CA

Kayaking: August 19th at the Towell Lake Boat Ramp located within Little Prairie CA near Rolla
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. Social distancing will be observed.

For questions please contact Dwight Warnke at Dwight.Warnke@mdc.mo.gov

Register by August 19

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Ficke Property Pond

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. Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 – 15 and families with children. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. For reservation, please visit https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161. For more information.

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. Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 – 15 and families with children. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. For reservation, please visit https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161.

Register by August 18

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: MDC Headquarters

Come on out to MDC Headquarters and join us for some fly fishing! In this clinic we will teach the basics of fly fishing. There will be an intro to fly fish portion where we will go over some of the history behind it, then go into what all you need to get started with fly fishing and how to use all these things. We will also be going over the difference between using flies and using lures. To finish it all out you will learn how to cast and then get to do some fishing! This is a great way to try something new with the family! If you like fishing but have been looking for more of a challenge I offer you to come on out and see just what fly fishing is all about. Again, this is a beginner’s course, so no experience is need, this is definitely a great way to get together and have lots of fun! Make sure to wear the appropriate clothing, and bring a water or something to drink if you would like. Also if you are 16 or older you must have a fishing license. This will be catch and release only.

Register by August 19

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 8-11)
Fishing is a great way to spend time in nature, and Missouri has lots of great places to go fishing and lots of cool fish to catch. Join us at our Education pond for a morning of fishing fun. We will go over the basics of rod-and-reel fishing then head down to the water to see how many we can catch. Fish on! Program is at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by August 20

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape LaCroix Creek

Help us monitor the health of Cape LaCroix Creek by conducting a Stream Team survey. Get an up-close look at some of the cool creatures that call stream ecosystems home. We will be wading so please wear clothing and closed-toed shoes that can get wet. We will meet in the parking lot next to the recreation trail just south of the Lexington/Route W round-about. (ages 6-10) Registration ends 2 hours before program starts.

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and wear face coverings for anyone over the age of 9 during instruction period but are not required during time in the creek. To help us have an accurate count, please register each family member that plans to attend.

Register by August 20

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape LaCroix Creek

Help us monitor the health of Cape LaCroix Creek by conducting a Stream Team survey. Get an up-close look at some of the cool creatures that call stream ecosystems home. We will be wading so please wear clothing and closed-toed shoes that can get wet. We will meet in the parking lot next to the recreation trail just south of the Lexington/Route W round-about. (ages 6-10) Registration ends 2 hours before program starts.

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and wear face coverings for anyone over the age of 9 during instruction period but are not required during time in the creek. To help us have an accurate count, please register each family member that plans to attend.

Register by August 19

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Bray (Marguerite) Conservation Area

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.

Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 and up. We encourage the entire family to participate. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. Participants will be asked to maintain safe social distance from staff and other participants who are not their family members during this program. Participants do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program. For additional information or questions contact Dwight Warnke at (573) 368-2225 ext. 1584.

Register by August 20

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

A flower’s natural colors come from pigments in the petals. Let’s learn how to use them to create art. We will be using a color extractor (hammer) to transfer the color to fabric. We will be going outside to do the pounding on the concrete pavement. You must be able to get up and down on your knees. (ages 12+)

Social distancing will be practiced and masks are required, and everyone will only touch their own creation.

Register by August 19

Date: Thursday, August 20, 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.

Participants who attend all four Discover Nature-Fishing lessons together with family members will each receive a 25.00 bass Pro Shop gift card from the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Program limited to children ages 5 and above. All children ages 5-15 must be

Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Program is limited to ages 5 and above. All children ages 5 -15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Fishing permits are NOT required to fish during this program.

Participants will be asked to maintain safe social distance from staff and other participants who are not their family members during this program.

Register by August 20

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

There's nothing quite like the freedom on the water that a kayak offers. If you've ever wanted to learn more about paddling, jump in and join us to cover all the basics and get you water ready!
** Registration required

Register by August 21

Date: Friday, August 21, 2020 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Beat the midday heat by hiking early with one of our knowledgeable naturalists! There is no telling what treasures we will find blooming, crawling, and flying through the forest at the nature center. This leisurely walk will take roughly 1.5 hours and cover about 1.5 miles some of which is hilly.
To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and wear a face covering. Please meet near the front door of the Nature Center.(all ages)
Registration ends 2 hours before program starts.

Register by August 21

Date: Friday, August 21, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Southwest Regional Office

Want to learn more about catfishing using alternative methods? If so, join this informative virtual program. Topics will include methods, commonly used baits, as well as rules and regulations.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Register by August 22

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 8:30am to 9:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

You have selected the bow of your choice, now what do I need to make me a more effective archer and hunter. Now discover all the accessory items that can be added to make your bow hunting or recreational shooting the most enjoyable.

Register by August 21

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Bray (Marguerite) Conservation Area

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.

Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 and up. We encourage the entire family to participate. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lessons 3 & 4. Participants will be asked to maintain safe social distance from staff and other participants who are not their family members during this program. Participants do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program. After participants have completed and participated in all four sessions, they will receive a $25 Bass Pro gift card (children and parents that participated). For additional information or questions contact Dwight Warnke at (573) 368-2225 ext. 1584.

Register by August 22

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) The ability to make rope or cordage from plant fibers is an ancient skill essential to surviving in the wilds. We will learn to make simple cordage using the same plants Native Americans harvested from Missouri wild prairies to make bowstrings, fishing nets and clothing. Presented outdoors for proper social distancing. Participants, please meet the naturalist at the pavilion on the south side of the Discovery Center. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Mother Nature weaves some spectacular sights for us. Stop by the front lawn of the nature center and try your hand at nature weaving. You will make your own loom from sticks, then take it our on the trail with you. You can hunt for leaves, sticks grass, and flowers to create a unique and colorful masterpiece. (ages 1-10)

Social distancing will be practiced and everyone will only touch their own creation.

Register by August 22

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Butterflies seem almost magical with their ability to turn from caterpillar to adult. Our puppet friend will help us explore the beauty of their metamorphosis, discover how they are unique, and how they survive. (ages 0-6)
Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Register by August 21

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
While working in your gardens, have you ever seen something disappear into the grass or scurry beneath your mulch pile? More than likely, it was a member of the backyard buster squad - a multitude of 100% all-natural pest controllers. Come on in and learn who’s who.

Register by August 22

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) The ability to make rope or cordage from plant fibers is an ancient skill essential to surviving in the wilds. We will learn to make simple cordage using the same plants Native Americans harvested from Missouri wild prairies to make bowstrings, fishing nets and clothing. Presented outdoors for proper social distancing. Participants, please meet the naturalist at the pavilion on the south side of the Discovery Center. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 22

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join Runge naturalists to get up close and personal with some of Missouri's coolest critters. Different creatures will be featured as we watch and learn how Runge's animal ambassadors eat their food. Get your friends and family ready... summer snack time is about to get WILD!

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