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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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Date: Sunday, April 25, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Parents, grandparents, and adult mentors bring your youngster(s) to learn a new skill and spend time practicing. You don’t have to be a hunter to become a skilled archer. No experience is necessary and archery equipment will be provided We will teach and practice the basics and help you perfect your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately.

INFORMATION: COVID-19 continues to impact daily operations at all MDC facilities including in-person programs and education classes. Protocols are now in place to provide safety for students and staff including:
• Only pre-registered students and staff are allowed in the classroom
• All staff are required to wear a facemask and practice social distancing
• All students are encouraged to wear a facemask and must practice social distancing
• All students will be asked to use hand sanitizer when arriving and prior to handling firearms
Everyone will be asked self-certification questions related to COVID-19. If you answer yes to any of the following self-certification questions, you should NOT attend.
• Do you, or a person you live with, have:
o A temperature of 100.4°F or higher, OR
o Two or more of the following: chills, new loss of taste or smell, or unexplained body aches, headache, or sore throat, OR
o One or more of the following: dry, non-productive cough (new onset or worsening of chronic cough), shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing?
• If you have traveled outside of Missouri, did you have contact with anyone known to have COVID-19 or visit an area with high incident of COVID-19?
• Have you come into contact with anyone who has been sick?
• In the last two weeks, did you care for or have close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19?
Please self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before attending the program and stay home if you are exhibiting symptoms.
All in-person classes are subject to cancelation or postponement due to COVID-19. If you decide that you are not going to attend the program, please remove yourself from the registration roster online so others may have the opportunity since space is limited. If you have any questions, please contact the lead instructor listed for this session. Thank you.

Register by April 25

Date: Monday, April 26, 2021 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Location: Virtual

This program will be held virtually.

join us for Creature Feature Episode Three! This month we will be learning about a very interesting critter that is a living tank. It walks very slow, but it is well protected by this large bone that protects it’s body. Can you guess what this critter is? This month, we will watch a short video clip, read a short storybook, and learn a new word associated with that animal. We may even have a special live guest join us!

Please be sure to use a device that can transmit audio as we will play a video with sound during this program.

This program is designed for kids ranging from age 3-7, but all ages are welcome. This program will be held through WebEx. You will receive an email with a WebEx link approximately 24 hours prior to the program, as well as a reminder email before 3 pm on the day of the program. If the emails do not appear in your inbox, search your junk/spam folder. If you are having trouble finding these emails or have any questions, please contact holly.balassi@mdc.mo.gov.

Register by April 27

Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Spring is a great time to get out and explore frogs, toads, and salamanders. Discover what makes an amphibian an amphibian, where to find them, and why they are so amazing. Registration Required. All Ages. Participants will receive a link to the program via e-mail the day before AND the day of the presentation.

Register by April 27

Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Virtual

Who hops at night and is covered in bumps? Why a toad, of course! Tune in to this virtual program to learn more about the common American Toad and why you want them to live in your backyard!

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program. Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by April 27

Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Virtual

Everyone knows about the reclusive morel, but what if we told you summer provides a blaze orange mushroom in such abundance that it is nearly impossible to overlook? Several species of chanterelle mushrooms call Missouri home, and they are rarely collected by the morel hungry Missourian. Join us virtually to learn about the habits, uses, and identifying characteristics of this mushroom so prized by chefs worldwide. April is the perfect time to prepare to forage the chanterelle bounty to come!

Register by April 27

Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Magical moments in nature are waiting for you! Go on an adventure with a Naturalist to make amazing discoveries as you explore on a trail close to the nature center.
Notes: Dress for the weather. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and/or there is more than light rain/sleet/snow program will be cancelled.

Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This clinic gives families an opportunity to learn about the skills necessary to hunt Squirrel. Topics include safety, rules and regulations, hunting methods, hunting techniques, as well as how to care and process for harvested game.

INFORMATION: COVID-19 continues to impact daily operations at all MDC facilities including in-person programs and education classes. Protocols are now in place to provide safety for students and staff including:
• Only pre-registered students and staff are allowed in the classroom
• All staff are required to wear a facemask and practice social distancing
• All students are encouraged to wear a facemask and must practice social distancing
• All students will be asked to use hand sanitizer when arriving and prior to handling firearms
Everyone will be asked self-certification questions related to COVID-19. If you answer yes to any of the following self-certification questions, you should NOT attend.
• Do you, or a person you live with, have:
o A temperature of 100.4°F or higher, OR
o Two or more of the following: chills, new loss of taste or smell, or unexplained body aches, headache, or sore throat, OR
o One or more of the following: dry, non-productive cough (new onset or worsening of chronic cough), shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing?
• If you have traveled outside of Missouri, did you have contact with anyone known to have COVID-19 or visit an area with high incident of COVID-19?
• Have you come into contact with anyone who has been sick?
• In the last two weeks, did you care for or have close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19?
Please self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before attending the program and stay home if you are exhibiting symptoms.
All in-person classes are subject to cancelation or postponement due to COVID-19. If you decide that you are not going to attend the program, please remove yourself from the registration roster online so others may have the opportunity since space is limited. If you have any questions, please contact the lead instructor listed for this session. Thank you.

Register by April 27

Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 7:30am to 10:00am

Location: Forest Park-Kennedy Forest

Join us as we take a walk-through John F. Kennedy Memorial Forest at Forest Park in St. Louis to look for warblers and other spring migrant birds. Spaces will be limited and social distancing will be practiced. Bring binoculars and your favorite guidebook. Bring a mask for when we are not able to social distance. We will have a few extra binoculars and guidebooks if needed.

The trails are paved or on natural surfaces, we will hike for approximately 2 hours.

Register by April 28

Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

What lies below the surface of our tall grasses, trees, and wildflowers? Join us for an exciting look at a plant's world, as we explore some radical roots! Be prepared to get dirty as we may do some planting of our own!

Register by April 28

Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Virtual

A tiny but mighty creature is jumping at our feet and we rarely even notice them. Uncover the secret lives of springtails and discover how they contribute to ensuring that we have healthy habitats.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program. Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by April 27

Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

This program will be held virtually.

Did you know you have a hidden world of wonder in your own backyard? You do not need to go to your local park or conservation area to discover cool critters, you can find them right outside your door! Join a Powder Valley naturalist to be equipped with the materials needed for your own backyard adventure. Discover the wide variety of critters you may spot on your adventure, why you may actually want these critters in your yard, and what you can do to attract more of them.

This program is welcome to all ages. This program will be held through WebEx. You will receive an email with a WebEx link approximately 24 hours prior to the program, as well as a reminder email before 3 pm on the day of the program. If the emails do not appear in your inbox, search your junk/spam folder. If you are having trouble finding these emails or have any questions, please contact holly.balassi@mdc.mo.gov.

Register by April 29

Date: Thursday, April 29, 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 Required. Ages 8 and up.

Register by April 29

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

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! Meet at Binder Lake boat ramp. Dress to get wet. Registration Required. Ages 10 and up.

Register by April 29

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

Interested in nature but don’t know where to start? It can be as easy as downloading an app on your phone. As a popular nature app, iNaturalist helps people identify plants and animals and connects them with over a million scientists and naturalists who can help them learn more about the outdoors. By recording and sharing their data, subscribers to iNaturalist also broaden the data bases for biologists and researchers working in a variety of natural resource fields. Join us to learn how iNaturalist can turn your walks or hikes into nature adventures. Recommended for ages 12 and above. Registration is required with a valid email address to receive the program link.

Register by April 29

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

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

Each participant must register for this program individually. For assistance with registration please contact the program instructor.

Register by April 29

Date: Friday, April 30, 2021 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Do you enjoy sharing your photos of nature with others? Are you looking for a way to enhance your nature sightings or become better with native species ID? Looking for a way for your family to contribute to citizen science? Then iNaturalist is for you! Join staff for an in-depth look at the free smartphone app iNatualist, what it does for the science community, and how you can use it to enhance your experiences in nature. This event is part of an ongoing series in April. Participants must have the app pre-downloaded on their phone or be capable of visiting the iNaturalist website to properly engage in this program.

In this portion of the series experience a naturalist led hike and use your newly learned iNaturalist knowledge in the field! Participants ideally have attended previous virtual sessions and MUST have iNaturalist app downloaded or camera for web uploading to participate in this segment

Register by April 30

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

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Fly fishing can look intimidating to a new person. There are different rods, reels and tackle. This program will help you learn the basics to get started. We will practice casting outside so you can get the feel for this technique. Masks and social distancing are recommended.

Register by April 29

Date: Friday, April 30, 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Join us as MDC Herpetologist Jeff Briggler teaches about native amphibians and takes us on an exploratory hike. Learn how to identify different species and calls before venturing out to the ponds of Forest 44 in search of chorusing frogs. Meet at Jay Henges Shooting Range Education Center, located at Highway 44 and Beaumont/Antire Road. Please dress for the weather and wear clothes and shoes that can get wet and muddy. Limited to 30 individuals, please sign up each person participating in your family. Masks will be required, and social distancing will be practiced. Because of limited in-person capacity, we will also be making this a virtual event (separate registration).

***Be sure to bring a flashlight or head lamp and DEET base insect repellent for this event.***

Register by April 29

Date: Friday, April 30, 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Virtual

Join us virtually as MDC Herpetologist Jeff Briggler teaches about native amphibians and takes us on an exploratory hike. Learn how to identify different species and calls before venturing out to the ponds of Forest 44 in search of chorusing frogs. Because the in-person event is limited to 30 individuals, we are making this a virtual event as well! We will be taking smartphones and iPads out to discover what is out in the ponds. Please register each person attending. This is a virtual event through Webex. You will receive an invitation with the link via email approximately 24 hours prior to the event. Please check your junk mail/spam folders if you do not receive the link. Contact us with any questions or concerns.

Register by April 29

Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

This program includes archery safety, operation, shooting fundamentals, maintenance, and safe storage. You may bring your own equipment to this program; however, equipment will be provided.

Register by May 1

Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Fly fishing can look intimidating to a new person. There are different rods, reels and tackle. This program will help you learn the basics to get started. We will practice casting outside so you can get the feel for this technique. Masks and social distancing are recommended.

Register by April 30

Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Eww! What’s that smell? Dinner! Come in and learn about one of Missouri’s most overlooked wild animals, the turkey vulture. Using a keen sense of smell, these birds are well adapted to a job that many take for granted.

Register by April 30

Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:45pm

Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Witness a “marsh concert” presented by the toads and frogs of Missouri. Join us for an evening out on the levees at the Marias Temps Clair Conservation Area. We will learn how to identify toads and frogs by their calls. Bring a small flashlight, water, snacks, and dress for the weather. This event wil be held at Marais Temp Claire Conservation Area. We will follow St. Charles County recommendations regarding masks and social distancing.

Register by May 4

Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Magical moments in nature are waiting for you! Go on an adventure with a Naturalist to make amazing discoveries as you explore on a trail close to the nature center.
Notes: Dress for the weather. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and/or there is more than light rain program will be cancelled.

Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Lesson 3: Lessons 1 & 2 must be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing Lessons 3-4. Participants will learn basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout as well as hands-on fishing. Participants will also learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, you will learn various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs.
Lesson 4: Participants will learn how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions as well as hands-on fishing. In addition, participants will learn to identify and understand fishing regulations.
All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and closed-toe shoes suitable for outdoor and water conditions. Face masks are required for the entire program. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen. This class is for ages 6 and up.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Class at Lake 15

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