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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 April 21

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 7:30am to 9:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join MDC naturalists and area birders as we discover the avian life that call Runge home. These short birding walks are for all experience-levels. We will gather near the front doors of the nature center. Binoculars and field guides will be provided for those that need them. Masks are required to attend this program. Registration preferred. Ages 8 and up.

Register by April 20

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Put on your hiking shoes and travel to Lake of the Ozarks State Park in Miller County to join a guided hike on the Woodland Trail: Trail: 3.25 miles-moderate/difficult. Meet at the Runge Nature Center and follow our hike leaders to the location or meet at the trailhead. Hike leaders will contact participants before the hike to give directions if needed. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and pack a lunch/snack. Masks are required. Registration Required. Ages 18 and up.

Register by April 21

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Everyone loves a good story, and we have plenty of them here at the nature center! You and your little one can watch and listen as our Naturalist reads a couple nature stories. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age, but is open to all ages.

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 April 20

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (0-36 months)
Sniff, feel and listen! Open your senses up wider to nature as you explore new textures, sights, sounds and smells of spring. Learn how some animals use their senses differently than people do.

Register by April 21

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Everyone loves a good story, and we have plenty of them here at the nature center! You and your little one can watch and listen as our Naturalist reads a couple nature stories. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age, but is open to all ages.

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 April 20

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Spring ephemerals consist of several species of wildflowers that only come up for a short period during the spring. Come join me on a hike at Myron and Sonya Glassberg Family Conservation Area in Jefferson County as we enjoy a beautiful spring hike looking not only for these spring ephemerals but also birds and other wildlife. Trail is a fairly easy 3 mile loop on natural terrain, so please wear appropriate shoes for mud and/or water. We may not walk the entire 3 miles. Spaces will be limited, and social distancing will be practiced, please bring a mask. Please register each individual separately.

Myron and Sonya Glassberg Family Conservation Area is in Jefferson County off of HWY FF. It is just west of Young Conservation Area by roughly a mile. Parking lot is on the right hand side of HWY FF. We will meet in the parking lot. I will send directions the night before to make sure everyone has instructions.

Register by April 21

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: Virtual

Ages 15 and up
Gardening season is here! Find reliable, native plants for the tricky spots in your garden! Examples of areas we will be discussing are spots with dry soil, areas with little sunlight and wet soil, and sloped gardens. We will also go over plants that are generally successful, and would be great for gardens with poor soil or for new gardeners.
**PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS VIRTUAL PROGRAM**
You will receive a link to the WebEx event at 12:00pm the day of the program. Please check your spam folder if you do not receive the link.

Register by April 22

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Get involved with beautifying the Nature Center area! We are removing invasive plants during this work project that involves cutting bush honeysuckle – a plant that outcompetes native plants. We will provide loppers and safety glasses. Bring work gloves and clothes that you can get dirty. Dress for the weather and wear proper footwear for being off-trail. Please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 18-adult.

Register by April 22

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Celebrate Earth Day by making a terrarium. Terrariums allow you to bring a little piece of nature indoors for you to enjoy. We will learn the important roles that plants play and put together our own terrariums to take home.

Face masks are encouraged and social distancing practices are required.

Register by April 1

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
Do you want lush green gardens without the high-water bills? Well, we have your solution! Using rain barrels can be an easy, inexpensive way to have beautiful native gardens all growing season. During this program you will learn why and how to use a rain barrel. Plus, we will demonstrate how you can make a rain barrel of your very own!

Register by April 21

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Registration required (ages 8+) Celebrate Earth Day by diving into the world of aquatic ecosystems. Learn how to identify macroinvertebrates and what they tell us about water quality. Discover the watershed you live in and how our actions can have an impact and get up close with aquatic wildlife. Discover Missouri's aquatic ecosystems and discover a world of wonder.

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Virtual

Every third Thursday at 12pm, we’ll tour the native landscape at MDC’s Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, this monthly series features a live look at native plants of interest throughout the year, This program is a partnership with Deep Roots.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED THROUGH THE DEEP ROOTS WEBSITE: https://deeproots.org/native-plants-at-noon/

Register by April 22

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Get involved with beautifying the Nature Center area! We are removing invasive plants during this work project that involves cutting bush honeysuckle – a plant that outcompetes native plants. We will provide loppers and safety glasses. Bring work gloves and clothes that you can get dirty. Dress for the weather and wear proper footwear for being off-trail. Please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 18-adult.

Register by April 22

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Virtual

Duck Creek Conservation area is a great place to go duck hunting, birdwatching, wildlife viewing, fishing, and more. This 6,318 acre area provides a diversity of food and shelter for both resident and migratory wetland wildlife through manipulation of water levels and other wetland management practices. Join us to learn more about this unique area.

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 April 22

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: Virtual

Join Missouri River Bird Observatory Director and Co-founder Dana Ripper and MDC State Ornithologist Sarah Kendrick for an Intro to Birding and Spring Bird ID Webinar. Learn tips and tricks for getting started birdwatching and walk through spring and summer bird ID for some common (and more elusive) migratory and breeding birds seen in the Show-Me State! Registration Required. All Ages. Participants will receive a link via e-mail to join the program the day before and the day of the presentation.

Register by April 22

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Fresh from the release of his new book on foraging, Bo Brown joins us for a close-up look at edible native plants. Bring your curiosity and appetite as Bo leads you on an interpretive foraging hike around the Runge Nature Center. With his extensive knowledge and unparalleled passion for sharing it, this is sure to be an informative and tasty adventure! Masks are required for all participants attending this program and dress for the weather. Registration Required. Ages 12 and up.

Register by March 18

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Duck Creek Conservation Area

This class is a 12 month program that will meet once a month all year long. You will learn simple, but beautiful embroidery techniques while also exploring the flora and fauna of Missouri’s swamps by stitching quilt blocks based on that theme. The third block and topic for this month is the Water Lily and it will be VIRTUAL.

By signing up, you are committing to attend all twelve of the monthly sessions so that you will be able to complete all 15 blocks for an entire quilt.
Classes will be held on a Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm and will be virtual until facilities are re-opened. When we are able to have in-person classes you will be notified. In the meantime, your kits may be picked up the week of class, or after, by appointment. (Call 573-222-3337 or email the instructor at sally.hancock@mdc.mo.gov) The pick up location is in Puxico, MO in the southeast portion of the state.

You will need to have your own embroidery hoop, needle, and tracing pen (While we are virtual). When the building reopens, we will have light boards available for tracing.

Tentative dates: Jan 21, Feb 18, Mar 18, April 22, May 20, June 17, July 15, Aug 19, Sept 23, Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 16

Register by April 22

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 6:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Learn embroidery techniques while also exploring Missouri’s swamps by stitching quilt blocks based on that theme. The fourth block and topic for this month is the mud snake. Please commit to attend all twelve of the monthly sessions so you will be able to complete the blocks for an entire "swamp based" quilt. Classes will be held on the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm. Kits may be picked up at the Nature Center. You will need to have your own embroidery hoop, needle, and tracing pen. When the building reopens the light boards will be available for tracing.

Register by April 22

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

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.

Participants do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program.

Children must be accompanied by a registered adult at all times.

All participants must register separately. Email instructor for assistance with registration.

Register by April 22

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

Dive beneath the surface of our Missouri rivers and explore freshwater mussels with Missouri Department of Conservation’s Malacologist, Stephen McMurray. Discover their importance, ecology, fascinating life history, threats, and conservation measures to protect these sensitive species. Presenter will send a link via e-mail the day before and the day of the program. Registration Required. All Ages.

Register by April 21

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Virtual

Join MDC Forester Angela George for an interactive presentation covering a wide variety of forestry topics including timber harvest, practices you can do to improve the health and wildlife habitat of your woods, and the history of forest management in Missouri. We’ll even touch on how to properly plant a tree. Participants will receive a link to the program via e-mail the day before and the day of the presentation.
“We tend to think of our woods as unchanging, but nature is always changing. Together we’ll discuss how they’ve changed, as well as how you can direct the changes in your woods so they continue to provide you with maximum benefits.” – Forester Angela George

Register by April 23

Date: Friday, April 23, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Let's go on a hike to gather our own collection of natural items we will find along the trail. Meet at the staging area. Dress for the weather.
(This program has been created for 0 - 3 year old children and their adults.)

Register by April 23

Date: Friday, April 23, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Let's go on a hike to gather our own collection of natural items we will find along the trail. Meet at the staging area, and dress for the weather.
(This program has been created for 0 - 3 year old children and their adults.)

Register by April 23

Date: Friday, April 23, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Fresh from the release of his new book on foraging, Beau Brown joins us for a close-up look at edible native plants. Bring your curiosity and appetite as Beau leads you on an interpretive foraging hike around the Runge Nature Center. With his extensive knowledge and unparalleled passion for sharing it, this is sure to be an informative and tasty adventure! Masks are required for all participants attending this program and dress for the weather. Registration Required. Ages 12 and up.

Register by April 12

Date: Friday, April 23, 2021 - 3:00pm to Sunday, April 25, 2021 - 3:00pm

Location: Rest Inn Him Lodge and Retreat Center

For Youth suffering from Chronic, Terminal or Life-Threatening Illness.
This event is a partnership between The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), The Outdoor Dream Foundation (ODF), Missouri Disabled Sportsmen (MDS), and Rest Inn Him Lodge. Applicants will be sent formal application paperwork following their registration on MDC’s site. Outdoor Dream will review applications and provided any necessary hunting gear for successful applicants. Rest Inn Him will provide lodging and activities for participants during the weekend. Missouri Disabled Sportsmen will provide funding for meals. Dead End Game Calls will provide callers. MDC will supply track chairs, equipment & supplies, as well as necessary staff. Participants will attend a turkey hunting clinic, be taken on a mentored hunt in some of Missouri’s best turkey country and have some time for fishing and other activities around the lodge. For questions regarding this event contact: Rob with MDC at (660)785-2420 or Ed with Outdoor Dream at (660)988-7640.
Current COVID-19 Conditions Could Affect This Event. Health and safety will be the foremost effort for this event. Steps will be taken to accommodate social distancing and sanitization by all parties involved

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