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Register by March 20

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Shotgun
March 21 • Thursday • 6-8 p.m.
(Ages 11 and up, ages 11-16 must be accompanied by an adult)
Reservations begin March 7
This introduction course to shotguns will start in the Education Center where we will discuss safety, actions, chokes, stance, and how choose and shoot shotguns. Next, we will go to the range for live fire, including some clay target shooting. Not recommended for students under 90 lbs

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (ages 18+).
The third block in our series, Flying Jewels, is the mourning cloak butterfly. Watch this large butterfly in early spring when it emerges from dormancy. Join other quilters to share quilting ideas and tips.

Register by March 21

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Pinecones are not just holiday décor. Create your own springtime wreath using pinecones cut into flowers, painted, and attached to small grapevine wreaths. All supplies will be provided including wreaths.

Register by March 21

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Fisheries Management Biologist Jason Crites will discuss site selection, pond construction, watershed management, leaking ponds, fish stocking, population management, aquatic vegetation control, and other pond issues.

Register by March 6

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 8:30am to 5:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

This workshop includes training for watershed mapping, site selection, stream discharge, and biological monitoring of stream macroinvertebrates. A midday field trip to a nearby stream provides a hands-on demonstration of monitoring methods. Attendees will qualify to receive equipment necessary to conduct the biological monitoring after submitting required data.

For questions or registration, email streamteam@mdc.mo.gov or call 573-522-4115 ext. 3593

Register by March 21

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Bring your own pistol, if you have one. NO AMMUNITION WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE CLASSROOM.

Register by March 23

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Our first hike of spring will be to Tywappity Lake. The trail loops the lake crossing a few creeks. We may be able to see some signs of wildflowers. Hike is ~2.5 miles and rated moderate. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome.
Notes:
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

Register by March 23

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Our first hike of spring will be to Tywappity Lake. The trail loops the lake crossing a few creeks. We may be able to see some signs of wildflowers. Hike is ~2.5 miles and rated moderate. Children ages 14-17, accompanied by a registered adult, are welcome.
Notes:
If riding with us, please select that event.
If driving on own, please select that event. Parking may be limited.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Bring water, a snack, and any comfort items
Will be cancelled if poor weather.

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
The sale is in partnership with the Grow Native! program of the Missouri Prairie Foundation. There will be vendors, lobby activities, demonstrations, and displays.

Register by March 22

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Reservations begin March 9
Come to Powder Valley and experience the age-old tradition of Dutch oven cooking. Together we will create a few different recipes and then sample them. Please bring a camp chair and meet at the nature center building.

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

No registration required.
Want another way to enjoy nature’s beauty in your home or yard throughout the year? Ann Grotjan’s pottery is it! Choose from beautifully decorated mugs, leaf trays, bowls and bird feeders to name a few. Made with food safe glazes, microwave safe and dishwasher safe as well. She will be demonstrating how she decorates her functional pottery with native plants and other elements from nature during the Grow Native! Plant Sale. Ann will also have items for purchase on that day.

Register by March 21

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(Families and dogs)
Bring your furry friends to Rockwoods for a naturalist-led hike along the Rock Quarry trail. This trail is moderate in difficulty and is 2.2 miles in length. All dogs must be leashed, please bring waste bags. In case of inclement weather, the hike will be canceled. (please contact Emily Crawford upon registration at 636 458 2236 ex 4842)

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Planting for Butterflies
March 23 · Saturday · 2-3 PM
No registration required (families with all ages)
Can you imagine a world without butterflies? Although the Monarch gets all the press, many butterfly populations are in decline. Watching these flying jewels flitter and float helps to calm the mind and warm the heart. Please join us to learn about Missouri butterflies and how you can help them. Families will take home a native wildflower plant and seed packet as long as supplies last.

Register by March 24

Date: Monday, March 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Trap Shooting
March 25 • Monday • 6-8 p.m.
(Experienced shotgun shooters, ages 11 & up)
Reservations begin March 11.
This program is designed for those who have had some experience with shotguns. We will cover safety, appropriate guns and ammunition, rules of the game, etiquette on the field, and field layout. Firearms and ammunition will be provided, or you may bring your own. An adult must accompany participants under 18.

Register by March 20

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (Ages 3-6 years).
From browns to 'bows, trout have made a splash in Missouri! Swim in to learn more about why these beautiful fish are special, how to tell trout apart, and even how to catch trout!

Register by March 25

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
Let’s kick off this season’s wild edible programs with the basics of plant identification. Learn just what plant taxonomy is and why you should practice it. Weather and plants permitting, this program will include a hike.

Register by March 26

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Seperate registration for each day required (10+ years).
Archery has evolved through time and a common theme has emerged; bigger punches in smaller packages. Connect with your ancient ancestors and future hunting selves as we travel through time learning and practicing archery through the ages.
Tuesday: Atlatl and Longbow archery
Thursday: Compound bow and Cross bow archery
Outdoor Range is not ADA accessible. Dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and snack (if desired).

Register by March 22

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program will introduce the fundamentals for safely and successfully shooting a compound bow, with hands on practice. All equipment will be provided. Class will meet at the Don R. Johnson Static Archery Range located at the August A Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. The class will be held outdoors so please dress for the weather. Ages 9 and up, participants 9-15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by March 25

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Register by March 27

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 7-12).
Aliens are invading Runge! Although they are green, this alien is not from another planet, but from the other side of our plant. Garlic mustard is a nasty, invasive plant that may take over the forest floor, preventing many native plants from flourishing. We need your help as we attempt to eradicate this invader from the nature center grounds. Please wear long pants and shoes that can get dirty. Gloves will be provided.

Register by March 27

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 13-18).
Aliens are invading Runge! Although they are green, this alien is not from another planet, but from the other side of our plant. Garlic mustard is a nasty, invasive plant that may take over the forest floor, preventing many native plants from flourishing. We need your help as we attempt to eradicate this invader from the nature center grounds. Please wear long pants and shoes that can get dirty. Gloves will be provided.

Register by March 25

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 5:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: Bass Pro Shop

Register by March 28

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Seperate registration for each day required (10+ years).
Archery has evolved through time and a common theme has emerged; bigger punches in smaller packages. Connect with your ancient ancestors and future hunting selves as we travel through time learning and practicing archery through the ages.
Tuesday: Atlatl and Longbow archery
Thursday: Compound bow and Cross bow archery
Outdoor Range is not ADA accessible. Dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and snack (if desired).

Register by March 28

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages).
The sounds of spring are a welcoming symphony following a cold, silent winter. Join us and reveal the animals creating the songs during a short inside program followed by an evening walk on one of our trails to listen and identify.

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Take a musical journey into the lives of Ozark settlers that describes a way of life surrounded by virgin forests, abundant wildlife, and crystal-clear rivers. Michael Fraser, author of “Fiddles and Forests,” is joined by Tenley Hansen as they recreate authentic mountain music while weaving a narrative about living in the Ozarks before the arrival of electricity during the timber boom of the late 1800s.

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