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Notice: Events Cancelled

Most MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state have been cancelled until April 15 to help protect the public amid ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

The cancellations are effective immediately and include scheduled hunter education classes, nature center programs and events, shooting range programs and events, and landowner workshops.

Please contact the specific MDC location for more information.

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Register by May 25

Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program will teach the fundamentals of archery and atlatl, including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. We begin in the Education Center classroom and then we will move to the static archery range for some live fire. All equipment will be provided.

Register by May 25

Date: Tuesday, May 26, 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 7-15 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.

Register by May 22

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Clinton Office

Participants will fish at the Clinton office pond. We will demonstrate how to clean and cook fish. Participants must be properly licensed.

Register by May 27

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Lake Jacomo Marina

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 7-15 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 complete all four of the Discover Nature - Fishing lesson together with family members will each receive a 25.00 Bass Pro Shop gift card from the Missouri Department of Conservation..

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Amphitheater

Register by May 29

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Families interested in learning how to shoot .22 handguns are invited to participate in an instructor led, live fire session learning safety and the proper techniques of shooting .22 rim fire handguns. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided.

Date: Monday, June 1, 2020 - 8:30am to Friday, June 5, 2020 - 4:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (Missouri residents ages 9-12) Before and after care available beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. Camp and extended care are both free of charge. Becoming an urban xplorer is as simple as taking a step outdoors. In our summer camp you will xplor the wonders of nature by learning outdoor skill, visiting an urban cultural site and utilizing nature within art. Field trips will be a part of your xploring. You will get to canoe, fish, hike and xplor a stream. Make plans now to become an urban xplorer this summer. Partial funding for this program comes from the Missouri Parks Association's "Urban Populations Outreach Program."
Applications will be available April 1 at the Discovery Center or on our website, https://www.mdc.mo.gov/discoverycenter. Applications will be accepted through April 24. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by May 1.

Register by June 1

Date: Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shaw Nature Reserve - Adlyne Freund Center

Discover Nature: Women’s Day (SNR)
For women ages 14 and up. Ages 14- 17 must be accompanied by an adult. This program offers the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities led by knowledgeable instructors. Learn, improve, or practice outdoor skills in kayaking, tree identification, and learn natural dyes through flower pounding. In partnership with the Missouri Department of Conservation. Price includes snacks and lunch with wild edible sweets and savory items to enjoy too. Price per person. Registration required. See Note below.

Note: The Missouri Dept. of Conservation and Shaw Nature Reserve, of the Missouri Botanical Garden, work together to provide the courses, and the instructors to teach those courses, for this event. The registration information you provide will be shared by both agencies in order to provide the most positive experience for the participants. Please go to the Shaw Nature Reserve website to sign up for class and to pay the registration fee. The registration web link is: https://mbgregistration.mobot.org/emc00/EventSearch.htm?mid=4

Or you can call for assistance at: 314-577-9506

Max 5 kayakers
Thursday, June 4th
$35 members; $42 nonmembers
8:30am-4:30pm
Adlyne Freund Center
Shaw Nature Reserve Staff and Missouri Department of Conservation Staff
Min 15 Max 20

Register by July 7

Date: Monday, June 8, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Are you interested in the shooting sports but have no experience with firearms or bows? Here’s your opportunity! This program will offer you a chance to experience shooting rifles, shotguns, pistols and archery. All equipment will be provided.

Register by June 11

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Krug Park Lagoon

Come learn basic fishing skills then practice your newly learned skills. All equipment and bait is provided. Fishing permits are required for individuals between 16 and 64. No registration required.

Register by June 13

Date: Saturday, June 13, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to learn about cooking all sorts of wild game from rabbit and squirrel to deer and turkey. Not only will we be looking at how to prepare good meals, we will also be sampling them. Feel free to bring your favorite wild game recipe or make your favorite dish to share.

Date: Saturday, June 20, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discover the basics of responsible handgun ownership and the joys of shooting. We will cover safety, handgun nomenclature, sight picture, sight alignment, breath control, trigger squeeze, and much more. All firearms and ammunition will be provided, and you may bring your personal handgun to use during the live fire portion. There should be no live ammunition, concealed firearms, or uncased firearms inside the classroom.

Date: Sunday, June 21, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

In honor of all fathers on their special day, everyone may enjoy one free hour of shooting or a round of trap or skeet shooting on us.

Date: Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Amphitheater

Register by June 27

Date: Saturday, June 27, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This course is an introduction to our Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) being taught in our Missouri School system. See what is available to your students while in school and the future it may provide for them.

Register by July 9

Date: Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Krug Park Lagoon

Come learn basic fish filleting skills then practice your newly learned skills. All equipment and bait is provided. Fishing permits are required for individuals between 16 and 64. No registration required.

Register by July 11

Date: Saturday, July 11, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This basic program includes an introduction to wingshooting fundamentals, distance estimation, non-toxic shotshell ammunition selection for hunting, and shotgun patterning with a goal to help migratory and upland bird hunters improve their hunting skills with non-toxic shot.

Register by July 10

Date: Saturday, July 11, 2020 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Southwest Missouri offers lots of opportunities to fish and enjoy the outdoors. This river fishing clinic will focus on fishing for bass species in our local waterways! We will talk about locations to fish, strategies, equipment, rules and regulations, and how to catch different species of bass. We will meet at Shoal Creek Conservation Center and after the classroom portion go down to shoal creek and fish. All students 16 and older must have a valid fishing license. All equipment will be provided buy you may bring your own but registration is required!

Register by July 14

Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: Callaway Electric Cooperative

This free pond workshop will provide landowners with information about building, managing and using a pond.

Register by July 14

Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: MDC Central Regional Office

This Pond Workshop is free and beneficial to any landowner who is building or managing a pond.

Register by July 18

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Clay target shooting is a fun and exciting way to further your shotgun shooting knowledge. We will be spending time talking about the game of trap, skeet and 5-stand sporting clays. Then we will head out to the fields to assist each individual shotgun shooter in learning gun mount, moving the shotgun, hold points, break points, forward allowance, and many more of the mechanics as it pertains to clay target shooting. This program is not for the beginning shotgun shooter as it is an intermediate level program so unless you are beyond the basics in shotgunning this program is not for you. You will need to bring your unloaded shotgun to this program to use and both .12 and .20-gauge ammunition will be provided for the program.

Register by July 22

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Platte Ridge Park

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.

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Amphitheater

Register by July 25

Date: Saturday, July 25, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

If you’re an avid bowhunter, the spring and summer months can be excruciating. Flinging arrows at foam not cutting it for you? Come learn about trying your skill at bow fishing and discover a great new adventure.

Register by July 29

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

Location: Platte Ridge Park

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 7-15 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.

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