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Register by May 9

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 5:30pm

Location: Roby Lake

Register by May 8

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

November 6, 1818 dawned cool, clear and pure; it was going to be a perfect fall day in the Missouri territory. A gentle breeze blew from the south-west and the dried oak leaves crunched as they walked up the hill. Upon reaching the summit Henry and Levi took one last look at the valley that lay below. The small hamlet of Mine á Breton (present day Potosi) with its smoking chimneys and lead smelters drifted smoke to the north. As they turned from the view they looked west; behind them laid Schoolcraft’s unfortunate business failure, but in front of them lay a vast untamed Ozark wilderness rich with the promise of a fresh start and abundant wildlife like elk, bear, deer, turkey, bison, mountain lions, and wolves. Join MDC Regional Supervisor Brian Flowers as we explore the natural history of the pre-settlement Ozarks and how modern-day explorers can learn from Schoolcraft’s journey.

Date: Friday, May 10, 2019 - 3:00pm to Friday, May 24, 2019 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive snakes are fed every other week (May 10 & 24).

Register by May 10

Date: Friday, May 10, 2019 - 6:00pm to Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

May 10 • Friday • 6-10 PM and
May 11 • Saturday 8 AM-2 PM
Registration begins April 15 (ages 18+)
Make a beautiful cork decoy to use for waterfowl hunting or as unique art. Learn duck identification, duck ecology and decoy history as you sculpt and paint your own decoy. Cost for materials is $15. To complete registration, mail or bring a check to the Nature Center made out to MCHF (Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation).
Please wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty or getting paint on. This is not a good activity for those with asthma or other respiratory difficulties.

Register by May 11

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 8+ years accompanied by a registered adult).
1st Seasonal Hike
Shooting Star Trail
Dan Bernskoetter

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Vlasis 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 May 10

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Birds are some of the most colorful and vocal animals in the world. With over 400 species recorded in Missouri, learning to identify them can present a challenge. Let our experienced staff guide you as we learn the fundamentals of bird ID then head to the woods to see what we can see.

Register by May 11

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Discover the joys of shooting one of the all-time favorite rifles–the .22 rifle. We will discuss rifle nomenclature, dominant eye, sight picture, sight alignment, breath control, trigger squeeze, shooting positions, plus much more. You may use our rifles or plan to use your own. Please make sure your rifle is completely unloaded before you arrive at the range.

Register by May 9

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

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Register by May 8

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Long Branch Lake Macon Area Ramp

MDC invites participants to come enjoy nature by learning the basics of bowfishing. This is a legal method to pursue nongame fish, including bluegill, green sunfish, carp, carpsuckers, suckers, buffalo, drum, gar, and all other species not defined as game fish or listed as endangered in the Wildlife Code of Missouri. Bowfishing offers an exciting way to pursue these fish that typically draw little interest with traditional pole-and-line or setline methods. Participants will have an opportunity to practice with bowfishing bows, and will then be taken out on the lake to attempt harvesting some fish. This event is for participants 11 years of age and older. Participants should bring a water bottle, hat, sunscreen, and any snacks they may want. Equipment and life jackets will be provided to those who need them. Registration is required. For questions contact Rob Garver (660)785-2420 or rob.garver@mdc.mo.gov.

Register by May 10

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Registration required. Please join us to learn the basics of fly fishing. We have several fly fishing rigs available, but students are encouraged to bring their own gear, if possible. Dress for the weather. A brimmed hat and polarized sunglasses are recommended. We will not be wading, so waders are not needed. For more information call (417) 334-4865 ext 0.

Register by May 11

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Roby Lake

Register by May 10

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

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!

Register by May 9

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Suson Park - Rearing Pond

Location: Suson Rearing Pond

Participants will learn intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will be taught how to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure a variety of baits to various types of hooks. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.

The Discover Nature Fishing Program is designed for children ages 7-15 years old, although parents/guardians are encouraged to learn and fish with their children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for Saturday morning classes closes the Thursday before at 4:00pm, and Tuesday classes the day before at 4:00pm.
*Prerequisite: Lesson 1

Register by May 10

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each family member attending (families)
This is a great time of year to take your family fishing. We will teach some fishing basics, provide equipment and worms and then let you practice your new fishing skills. Kids who attend will be entered in a drawing at the end of the summer for a new fishing pole and tackle box. Program is presnted at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Join 2200-mile Appalachian Trail hiker, Lisa Richter, to discover some great backpacking trails in Missouri! Learn how to carry everything you need for a multi-day trip on your back. Program will include hands-on activities outside, weather permitting.

Register by May 11

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Online registration begins April 20 (ages 3-6)
Have you ever noticed that every type of plant has a unique type of flower? Pretty wild, isn’t it? We’ll talk about some different types of wildflowers and the animals that might visit them. We’ll go on a short hike to see what wildflowers we can identify.

Register by May 10

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Start Mother's Day weekend hiking through the woods looking for and enjoying wildflowers provided by Mother Nature. Hike the full 3.5 mile loop or turn back at overlook; trail difficulty is moderate, proper shoes required, bring water and other essentials to enjoy the hike. Please meet at the Glassberg parking lot.

Register by May 11

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Online registration begins April 20 (ages 3-6)
Have you ever noticed that every type of plant has a unique type of flower? Pretty wild, isn’t it? We’ll talk about some different types of wildflowers and the animals that might visit them. We’ll go on a short hike to see what wildflowers we can identify.

Register by May 10

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for all family members attending (ages 8+ parent participation required)
Lakes and streams are beautiful and are a unique part of the outdoor recreation opportunities in Missouri. Gain confidence exploring out on the water as you learn basic canoe and kayak strokes, problem-solving tips, and how to plan your own river trip. Program presented at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by May 11

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:45pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Celebrate your mother (or mother figure) while you sip and nibble on teas and treats made from native plants. We’ll stroll the grounds to point out native edibles and make a spring-related craft. All ages. Adult supervision required for ages 0-17.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Many wild animal mothers take special care of their young by feeding, cleaning, and protecting their babies, but many do not. Discover which of these “other mothers” are most like our own!

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Stop by the nature center from 1-3 and check out our discovery table. Learn about some of the migratory birds that pass through Missouri. We’ll have a table of information you can take home and some migratory bird activities! Youth and adult groups welcome.

Register by May 11

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 14+).
Save your turkey wings and turn them into wingbone turkey calls in this hands-on workshop. Turkey wings must be complete with shoulder and elbow joints. There will be a limited number of wing bones for those who can not provide their own.

Register by May 9

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Spring Senior Picnic
May 14 •Tuesday • 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
(Senior adults)
Reservations begin April 15.
Spring is finally here! Listen to the birds and feel the warm spring breezes as you enjoy lunch in one of our covered pavilions. Bring a sack lunch. Water and dessert will be provided.

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