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Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

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Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Slide on in and have a turtle-tastic time at the Nature Center as we learn all about these fun little reptiles. Missouri has 17 kinds of turtles and they’re all fantastic! Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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Walk-in (ages 3-8; all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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Summer breezes lift butterflies, moths, and skippers up into the sunlight. The ponds are a buzz with dragonflies. Join us to learn about some of the insects that dance on our skies. Free, family fun for everyone. Activities will include an insect zoo, information on attracting butterflies to your yard, and arts and crafts. Kids, if you have wings or antennae, wear them! No registration required. Families and groups are welcome.

Register by August 3

Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Participants will be guided through how to draw a colorful Cardinal shiner from start to finish. Think “Joy of Painting” with colored pencils and fish instead of landscapes.
Participants will be provided paper and can borrow colored pencils if needed. Program is free.

Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, August 31, 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 amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday.

Register by August 4

Date: Monday, August 5, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Trap Modification Class August 5 • Monday • 6-8p.m. Reservations begin July 22 This is a 2-night class. We will discuss and modify a size 3 trap, weld a trap jaw lamination, night latch a trap dog, attach a new base plate with "D" ring, construct a new chain and shock spring and different types of staking options. We will also address other traps and types of modifications that can be completed on them. This class will be held in the shop, so dress appropriately. https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG August 5 • Monday • 6-8p.m. Reservations begin July 23 This is a 2-night class. We will discuss and modify a size 3 trap, weld a trap jaw lamination, night latch a trap dog, attach a new base plate with "D" ring, construct a new chain and shock spring and different types of staking options. We will also address other traps and types of modifications that can be completed on them. This class will be held in the shop, so dress appropriately. https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Register by August 5

Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Beat the heat and experience a fish-eye view of an Ozark creek. No prior snorkeling experience is necessary. Transportation and drinks will be provided. Bring a sack lunch and a water bottle. Snorkel and mask will be provided, or you may bring your own. Ages 12-17. Register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by August 5

Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program is designed for those who have experience with shotguns and want to learn the sport of trap shooting. The clinic will cover safety, appropriate guns, ammunition, rules of the game, etiquette on the field, and field layout, then head to the field to test your new skill.

Register by August 5

Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Shotgun Aug 6 • Tuesday • 6-8 p.m. (Ages 11 and up) Reservations begin July 23 In this introduction to shotguns, you will discuss shotgun actions, gauges, chokes, proper stance and ammunition selection. Participants will have the opportunity to pattern a shotgun and break some clay targets. The shooting portion is not recommended for students weighing less than 90 lbs. Participants ages 11 to 16 must be accompanied by an adult. https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Register by July 31

Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Ladies come out and learn the basics of firearms. We will be offering training on handguns, shotguns and rifles. The students will learn about firearm parts and operation, ammunition, gun safety, and shooting fundamentals. Firearms will be provided. Session 1 August 7th or 8th: Participants must choose/attend one of these sessions to be eligible for Session 2 and 3. In this session, we will cover firearm parts and operation, ammunition, gun safety, and shooting fundamentals. Info will be sent to participants on how to sign up for the range sessions below. Session 2 August 14th or 15th: Handgun/Rifle training. Participants can choose to sign up for one of these classes at their convenience if they have attended session one. This class is not a requirement for session 3. Session 3 August 21st or 22nd: Shotgun training. Participants can choose to sign up for one of these classes at their convenience if they have attended session one.

Register by August 8

Date: Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin July 25 It’s always a perfect time to enjoy nature. Join us for a stroller walk outdoors. Discover how nature appeals to our senses no matter what our age.

Register by August 8

Date: Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin July 25 It’s always a perfect time to enjoy nature. Join us for a stroller walk outdoors. Discover how nature appeals to our senses no matter what our age.

Register by August 3

Date: Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

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Next up for the Pine Needlers is the eleventh block of your “prairie” themed quilt, featuring the badger. Preferring to live in dry, open fields this animal is a great “housekeeper” and keeps its burrow exceptionally clean. Join us and learn more about this little-known prairie native. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Date: Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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Ever wonder what it takes to keep all the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Thanks to some amazing animal care volunteers, they are fed a delicious smorgasbord of crickets, worms, minnows, and more! Drop by to visit with the volunteers and staff as they feed the hungry critters. Youth and adult groups welcome. Program is free.

Register by August 3

Date: Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

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Next up for the Pine Needlers is the eleventh block of your “prairie” themed quilt, featuring the badger. Preferring to live in dry, open fields this animal is a great “housekeeper” and keeps its burrow exceptionally clean. Join us and learn more about this little-known prairie native. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. To make a reservation, call 888-283-0364 or register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by August 8

Date: Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Krug Park Lagoon

Come fish and learn some of the best ways to cook your wild caught fish. Fishing Permits are required for individuals between 16 and 64.

Register by July 31

Date: Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Ladies come out and learn the basics of firearms. We will be offering training on handguns, shotguns and rifles. The students will learn about firearm parts and operation, ammunition, gun safety, and shooting fundamentals. Firearms will be provided. Session 1 August 7th or 8th: Participants must choose/attend one of these sessions to be eligible for Session 2 and 3. In this session, we will cover firearm parts and operation, ammunition, gun safety, and shooting fundamentals. Info will be sent to participants on how to sign up for the range sessions below. Session 2 August 14th or 15th: Handgun/Rifle training. Participants can choose to sign up for one of these classes at their convenience if they have attended session one. This class is not a requirement for session 3. Session 3 August 21st or 22nd: Shotgun training. Participants can choose to sign up for one of these classes at their convenience if they have attended session one.

Register by August 5

Date: Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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Registration required (adults) Get outdoors and discover new outdoor skills at Parma Woods Shooting Range. This program will take you back to your childhood as you make your own sling shot and test your shooting skills. Participants will also get to spend time on the shooting range learning how to target shoot .22 caliber rifles. Participants will need to provide their own transportation.

Register by August 9

Date: Friday, August 9, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

** EARLY REGISTRATION BEGINS JULY 15! ** Join us for a caving adventure! We will take an interpretive 1-hour tour of Stark Caverns as we learn more about how caves are formed and who is living there! Bring lunch and a light jacket. Cave is ADA accessible.

Register by August 9

Date: Friday, August 9, 2019 - 6:00pm to Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 2:30pm

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Friday, August 9 6-7:30 PM and
Saturday, August 10 7:30 AM-2:30 PM
Registration begins July 1 (ages 16+) Registration is by calling the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center at 573-290-5218. Event is free.
Enjoy a float from Trail of Tears State Park to Red Star Access on North America’s largest river—the mighty Mississippi! Eat lunch on a sandbar and explore the river with expert guides. This is for experienced paddlers only and participants must attend the Friday night session about navigation, river flows, hazards, and other important information to participate in the float. Navigating the river requires skill and strength-please consider your personal fitness before signing up. No first timers on this trip! Registration will be by phone, please call 573-290-5218. Participants need to attend the Friday pre-float meeting at the nature center.
Participants will meet at Red Star Access at 7:30 AM on Saturday morning for transportation to Trail of Tears State Park. Individuals that are bringing their own boats can drop off their boats at Trail of Tears from 6:45-7:10 am, they can then drive to Red Star Access to leave their vehicle and catch the shuttle.
Personal Flotation Devices (PFDS/Life Jackets) are required.
Please bring your lunch, a water bottle, sunscreen, hat, water shoes (no flip-flops), shorts, etc.
Float consists of 13 river miles and is dependent on weather and river stages. The river flows at 5 mph on average.
A support boat will be present at all times and will be used to carry water coolers. Personal gear should be light enough to be carried in their boat.

Experienced = i.e. participants who have more than one year of experience paddling rivers like the Current, Missouri, or Black, OR participants who have participated in a large river float before on rivers like the Mississippi or the Missouri.

Register by August 9

Date: Friday, August 9, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

(All Ages)
Meet Jennifer Pharr Davis, athlete, author, speaker, and National Geographic
Adventurer of the Year.

Jennifer has logged more than 14,000 miles of long distance trails on six different continents. In 2011, she set the overall fastest known time on the Appalachian Trail by hiking 47 miles a day for 46 straight days. Jennifer has written articles for The New York Times, Outside magazine, Backpacker and Trail Runner and has been featured in the Washington Post, NPR’s Talk of the Nation and the CBS Early Show. She will be sharing slides and stories, answering questions, and signing copies of her new book "The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the Record Breaking Power of Strength and Resilience" which Kirkus Reviews calls “a captivating narrative guidebook that will inspire readers to test their own limits, on the trail and off ”.

Date: Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Blackjack Lake - NOCO Rec Plex

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program as the oldest and one of the largest in the USA. The Discover Nature Fishing program is put on by our urban fishing program partners. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. TO REGISTER CALL THE ST. LOUIS COUNTY PARKS DEPARTMENT AT 314-615-8822.

Register by August 10

Date: Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 8+ years accompanied by a registered adult). Scrivner Rock/Moreau/Sestak Slab

Register by August 9

Date: Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 8:15am to 5:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Cool off this summer by wading through Hunter Creek at Vera Cruz Conservation Area with Volunteer Naturalist Carmen Steketee. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch, water, hiking poles, wear clothes that you can get wet, and sturdy shoes (water shoes are recommended for the creek). Ninety percent of the time will be in water. Hike is two miles and rated moderate in difficulty. Ages 18-adult. Register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

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