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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 22

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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 23

Date: Monday, August 24, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This virtual program will introduce to you to shotgun shooting. We will discuss shotgun actions, gauges, chokes, proper stance and ammunition selection.

Register by August 25

Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: MDC Central Regional Office

Where, Where, What, BIG, Shape, (YOU), Color
This is a beginning birding program to teach you skills in bird identification. The simple saying above will empower you to identify what you hear and see in the avian world. Bird identification is like being a detective, the more clues you have, the better apt you are in solving the mystery. Let’s put all the clues together, and the mystery of “What is that bird?” will be solved.

Register by August 24

Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

If you have not duck hunted and want to learn how to get started, this virtual introductory course to duck hunting is designed to get you started. We will cover habitat, biology, migration patterns, blinds, decoys, ammo, chokes, calls, hunting opportunities, and more.

Register by August 26

Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Tagging monarchs is a large-scale citizen science effort that began in 1992 across North America to understand the dynamics of the fall migration. You will have the opportunity to join the 2020 tagging effort at the Discovery Center. Participants will learn about the value of tagging and use nets to capture, tag and release monarchs. Participants, please meet the naturalist at the pavilion on the south side of the Discovery Center.

Register by August 26

Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

THIS IS A VIRTUAL EVENT HOSTED THROUGH WEBEX.
Have you ever seen a snake eat? What about a two-headed snake? Take part in watching a virtual snake feeding program! Staff at Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center will talk about 4 of their live exhibit snakes, play a video of how each snake is fed, followed by a live look at a few snakes. Registration is required to virtually attend. Provide a valid email address with your registration to receive the program link. This is an online WebEx program that can be viewed from your computer or mobile device. Participants will be able to ask questions through the WebEx chat box. For more information on this program, call (417) 334-4865 ext. 0 or email Shepherd@mdc.mo.gov.

Register by August 25

Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cosmo-Bethel Lake

Come on out to Cosmo Bethel Lake 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 26

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: George O. White Nursery

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 Travis Mills at (417) 255-9561 ext. 4756.

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Amphitheater

Register by August 26

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education 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.
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 5-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 & 4. Participants do not need a fishing permit to fish during this program.

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.

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

Register by August 27

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Missouri's warmest season is ofen one of the most active. Nature can come alive at any moment, revealing to us many fascinating interactions. Join us each week in August for a 30-minute naturalist-led program, each exploring a new and exciting summer surprise!

Register by August 28

Date: Friday, August 28, 2020 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

When the sun sets, you won’t believe how wild it gets here at the nature center! Join staff for a 1-mile after-hours adventure on the nature center trails. All ages are welcome for this group hike but be aware that our trails are hilly and can be challenging for some. Please bring a flashlight and suitable shoes. Due to COVID-19 concerns, social distancing and/or the use of masks will be required. To help us have an accurate count, please register each family member that plans to attend. (all ages)

Register by August 29

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

We will be hiking Little Dixie Conservation Area. Please wear appropriate footwear, and dress appropriately for all types of weather conditions, including rain. Bring your lunch, water and bug repellant.
*Registration Required (18+)
*NOTE: Those wishing to meet us at the trailhead please call Runge a couple of days before the hike to find out the time and place to meet our group.
Location: South of Camdenton Camden County

Register by August 29

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Perry County Community Lake

Come borrow a canoe! This is an opportunity for you and your family to join us for a peaceful paddle on the lake. This is an unguided experience, but canoe safety instruction will be provided as well as MDC staff to monitor safety on the water. Please meet at the main north put-in off of County Rd. 700. Sessions will last 2 hours. Boats are required to have 1 participant over the age of 16, and a maximum of 3 persons per boat. If your family wishes to borrow 2 boats, please register 2 participants to insure your spot. Masks are required for instruction period but are not required during time on the water. (all ages)
Registration ends 2 hours before program starts.

Register by August 28

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: George O. White Nursery

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 Travis Mills at (417) 255-9561 ext. 4756.

Register by August 29

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Pollinator activity is at its peak and not all of them fly. Join a naturalist to learn about the various types of pollinators. Then go on a pollinator hunt by using nets to capture local butterflies, bees, beetles, ants, flies... We will identify those we catch. All insects will be released at the end of our experience. This program will be outside. Participants, please meet the naturalist at the front door to the Discovery Center. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 28

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Predators are natural and necessary to have in the wild. Join us in learning about what predators are native to Missouri past and present and what to expect in the future. The native animals of Missouri exist in harmony and balance when all components are involved.

Register by August 29

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Pollinator activity is at its peak and not all of them fly. Join a naturalist to learn about the various types of pollinators. Then go on a pollinator hunt by using nets to capture local butterflies, bees, beetles, ants, flies... We will identify those we catch. All insects will be released at the end of our experience. This program will be outside. Participants, please meet the naturalist at the front door to the Discovery Center. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 29

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Perry County Community Lake

Come borrow a canoe! This is an opportunity for you and your family to join us for a peaceful paddle on the lake. This is an unguided experience, but canoe safety instruction will be provided as well as MDC staff to monitor safety on the water. Please meet at the main north put-in off of County Rd. 700. Sessions will last 2 hours. Boats are required to have 1 participant over the age of 16, and a maximum of 3 persons per boat. If your family wishes to borrow 2 boats, please register 2 participants to insure your spot. Masks are required for instruction period but are not required during time on the water. (all ages)
Registration ends 2 hours before program starts.

Register by August 29

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Take a peek behind the scenes. Join us as we care for our turtles, amphibians and fish. See what these animals eat and get your questions answered by our naturalist. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 29

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond

Bank to table, after this program you'll never look at rough fish the same again!

Learn about harvesting, cleaning and preparing some of our states most abundant "trash fish".

We'll spend a little time talking about methods and local hot spots for harvesting various species of rough fish. Then we'll demonstrate some of the best and easiest methods for cleaning gar, buffalo, drum and silver carp. We'll end the program with a cooking demonstration where we will prepare the fish we clean using some favorite methods and delicious recipes to produce samples for everyone to try.

Register by September 3

Date: Thursday, September 3, 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 pole, parts of a fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. 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 Discover Nature-Fishing https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161

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 a variety of baits to various types of hooks. 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 Discover Nature-Fishing https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161

Register by September 5

Date: Saturday, September 5, 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. 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 September 7

Date: Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 8:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Atlanta CA

This is a dove clinic and hunt put on in partnership with Missouri Disabled Sportsmen. The clinic will cover habitat and biology, as well as wingshooting, and rules and regulations. after the morning clinic, participants will be assisted in the field to try to harvest some birds. Registration is restricted to youth 11-17 and those individuals that are mobility impaired that need assistance in the field. Applicants will be reviewed and notified of eligibility. Firearms and ammunition will be provided to those who need them. Lunch will be provide be Missouri Disabled Sportsmen

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Gist Ranch Conservation Area

This class is an introduction to shotgun shooting sports. After a short lecture session, participants will practice live shooting. We will provide shotguns, ammo, clay bird targets, eye and ear protection. No open-toed shoes allowed. Participants under 17 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

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