Events

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Register by May 16

Date: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Come and learn lots of neat facts about snakes found in Missouri. We will also take a short hike to see if we can observe any snakes in their natural habitat.

Date: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Birds are busy and noisy this time of year! Fly in to find out why, make a craft, and then go for a short walk to watch our feathered friends.

Register by May 16

Date: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Moonrise/Sunset Hike
May 17 • Friday • 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
(All ages)
Reservations begin April 22.
Catch the reflection of the rising Pink Moon as it emerges over the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. Watch the setting sun from the highest spot at Columbia Bottom. Meet at the Confluence Viewing Platform (Lot “N”) about 4 ¾ miles from the front entrance.

Register by May 17

Date: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Tom Milligan as Jay N. “Ding” Darling visits and reflects upon his remarkable life journey. From the introduction of the duck stamp to the creation of the National Wildlife Federation, Darling’s influence was felt, not only through his cartoons, but through his actions as well. Considered by many to be one of the most influential members of the modern conservation movement, the impact of his work is still felt today. All ages.

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 5:30am to Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 12:00am

Location: Emmenegger Nature Park

**No Registration Required!**

Citizen science is a way for the public to assist in population and distribution monitoring for all species of plants and wildlife. Come join us as species experts from all over the state survey for the plant and wildlife species at Emmenegger Nature Park/Possum Woods Conservation Area. Surveys will include bird mist netting and banding, bat mist netting, moth surveys, spider surveys, plant surveys and more!

Contact Shelly Colatskie at Shelly.colatskie@mdc.mo.gov or 314-301-1506 ex 4222 for more information and be on the lookout for flyers with specific times and events on Saturday, May 18th!

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 6:30am to 8:30pm

Location: Roaring River State Park

The Missouri Department of Conservation and The Department of Natural Resources proudly present Kids Fishing Day and Nature Festival, May 18th, at Roaring River State Park. Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish, connect with nature and have fun participating in the many activities offered to parents and children. At 5:00 pm, a large drawing will be held and many prizes will be given away!

Kids’ Fishing Day will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.

At Kids’ Fishing Day, an area of the park will be designated as a fishing area for youths age 15 and under. Children in that age range can pick up free trout tags at the hatchery office any time on May 17 or all day on the day of the event. Volunteers will be available to assist the young anglers. Children are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment. Parents are welcome to assist kids, too, but only one pole may be used between the helper and the child. Adults are not allowed to fish by themselves. Free hotdogs, chips and soda will be available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Education is also part of Kids’ Fishing Day. Throughout the day, seminars will be held on fish cleaning, fish cooking, Dutch oven cooking, Mexican cuisine, outdoor survival, target shooting, taxidermy, watersheds, knot tying, fly tying and fly casting, how to fish Roaring River, stream biology and other subjects. A hatchery tour will show how trout are raised. A program on Missouri snakes will be given using live specimens. If kids attend three classes, they will be entered into a drawing for prizes. The drawing will be held at 5 p.m. Children must be present to win. Classes are also open to the whole family, but only children may enter the drawings.

Volunteers are needed to help out with this event. Individuals wishing to volunteer do not need to be experienced anglers. If you would like to help out with Kids’ Fishing Day or you want to get more information, call MDC’s Roaring River Hatchery at 417-847-2430 or e-mail paul.spurgeon@mdc.mo.gov

Register by May 13

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 7:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Catclaws Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Registration required (adults) Fishing is a terrific pastime that can provide for some delicious meals. Learn all you need to know about fishing, cleaning fish and cooking fish in this program. We'll meet at a local public lake to wet our lines, fish until late morning, learn how to clean our catch and then have a bank-side fish lunch for all to share. All equipment will be provided, but participants are encouraged to have a valid Missouri fishing permit to attend.

Register by May 18

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+).
Ever wonder what all those trees are in the woods of central Missouri? Well this class will use both classroom and field time to teach you how to recognize 50 common Missouri tree species. We will cover the basics of tree identification and the natural and cultural history of tree species commonly encountered in central Missouri. We will spend about an hour in class and two hours outside walking the grounds of Runge Nature Center and the Conservation Department headquarters grounds identifying trees outside. We will use a variety of methods of tree identification ranging from leaves and stems to bark. Participants will receive a Trees of Missouri field guide. Expect to hike for around 2 hours covering a few miles of ground on trails. Dress for the weather and hiking and remember to bring a water bottle, sun hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and walking shoes.

Register by May 17

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Register by May 15

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 8:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Register by May 18

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 15+).
Meet at Runge and carpool to Clifty Creek. It is guaranteed to be a great birding adventure for everyone! This is a beautiful trail with a rock arch over the creek and lots of woodland and glade wildflowers. Bring your cameras because yellow lady slipper orchids are a possibility here. Bring a lunch, water, snacks, sun screen, insect repellent, and binoculars (or borrow a pair of ours). Wear sturdy shoes and it may be helpful to bring a walking stick.

Register by May 17

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Here’s a chance to see migrating warblers. They don’t stay long, so learn to identify these passing birds with staff from the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center. Meet at the nature center’s gazebo for a walk along the creek. Bring field guides and binoculars if you have them.

Register by May 17

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 8:15am to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Trek the trails of Little Sac Woods Conservation Area with Volunteer Naturalist Sandy Vaughn. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is four miles and rated moderate in difficulty. Ages 18-adult.

Register by May 18

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 1 (ages 12+)
Hop in the van and join us for a driving tour of fishing spots near Cape Girardeau to learn about new places to fish this season. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, etc.

Register by May 18

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: MDC Ozark Regional Office

This series of four instructional lessons will assist children and families to gain skills and confidence to enjoy fishing. All classes are free and opened to youth ages 7-15, but the focus isn’t solely on kids. To be eligible to participate, youth must be accompanied by an adult or better yet bring entire family. All kids who complete all four classes will receive a 25$ gift certificate from Bass Pro Shops. Bait, tackle and pole will be provided for the class, all we need is YOU!

Lesson 3: Five common Missouri fish – their anatomy, habitats and life cycles

Lesson 4: Fishing with lures, fishing regulations

Register by May 17

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Life is thriving on the Trail Among the Trees! We will identify many native plants and trees along the way. We may also see other types of wildlife we can identify such as insects, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Effort = Mild-Moderate

Register by May 16

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake #15

In this class, participants will learn basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will also learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, you will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. 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 16

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Suson Park - Rearing Pond

Location: Suson Rearing Pond

In this class, participants will learn basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will also learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, you will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. 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 17

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Come and discover many amazing things about the snakes and lizards that live in Missouri. We will also take a short hike to see if we can observe any snakes or lizards in their natural habitats.

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:30am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) The Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF) will be on site to offer a native plant sale. Grow Native! vendors will be on hand with a wide selection of native flowers, grasses, sedges, shrubs and trees for a variety of growing conditions. Vendors will contribute a percentage of plant sale proceeds to benefit MPF's prairie conservation in Missouri. Visit https://www.moprairie.org, for participating vendors and information about preordering.

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Nature provides incredible inspiration and one-of-a-kind art supplies. Join us as we explore the native habitats at the Discovery Center and gather stems, leaves, berries, nuts, grasses, feathers and other spring treasures. Step back inside to learn how to make uniquely textured paintbrushes and explore your creative side as you create your own unique nature art!

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Lake Remembrance - Gregory O. Grounds Park

Walk-in (all ages)
There are numerous opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy nature in Blue Springs! The Missouri Department of Conservation partners with Blue Springs Parks and Recreation and Jackson County Parks and Recreation to offer this celebration of the outdoors in our community. The event will be held at Lake Remembrance. Activities include: kayaking, fishing, wild edible plants, birding, outdoor yoga, archery, learning abut the unlovables in nature (snakes, spiders, insects) and so much more! There will be something for all ages. Call 816-228-3766 for more information.

Register by May 18

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

ages 7-11
Is it a plant? An animal? Or something else entirely? Come join naturalist and “fun guy” Alex to learn about the mysterious, slimy, and sometimes stinky world of forest mushrooms. Activities will include a mushroom safari hike, lessons about how mushrooms live and grow, and a mushroom craft.

Register by May 18

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required.
Learn to make your own worm bin, using little red wigglers. Feed your garbage to the worms, then put the resulting compost in your garden. Finally, use the worms for fish bait. It’s a win-win!

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

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.

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