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Register by August 16

Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: LaBenite Park

Registration required (adults) Step aboard the MDC river boat for an opportunity of exploration on the Missouri River. Your journey will be via motor boat and will give you an opportunity to experience the river in many ways, you will view wildlife, learn how the river has changed over time and discover other features of the Missouri River. Participants will need to provide their own transportation. More information will be shared with those who register.

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Dragonflies are dazzling creatures. Learn about this fun and fascinating insect. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Dragonflies are dazzling creatures. Learn about this fun and fascinating insect. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by August 21

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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The crossbow is not a new technology, but it is a very effective hunting tool that can now be utilized by nearly anyone who would like to give crossbow hunting a try. This class is designed to complement the growing trend of crossbow use. Our instructors will provide some basic safety instruction, crossbow facts, and give everyone a chance to try a crossbow.

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Amphitheater

Register by August 22

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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Lesson 4: August 22nd
Lesson 1 on August 13th must be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4.
In this final lesson you 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 how to identify and understand fishing regulations. 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.
This class is for children ages 6 years old and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by August 23

Date: Friday, August 23, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

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There's nothing like the freedom on the water a kayak gives. If you've ever wanted to learn more about paddling a kayak come join us. This program will cover all the basics and get you water-ready!

Register by August 14

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 6:00am to 9:00am

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Missouri River Celebration!
August 24, 2019

Many of us drive over the Missouri River daily without giving it a second thought. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to join in on an exploration of Missouri’s most magnificent natural and cultural resource in a canoe, kayak or on a powered pontoon? Join us for one of these floats to celebrate this incredible masterpiece in our own backyard! (Adults only)

Join the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) on the 4th annual Missouri River Masterpiece
MDC will provide canoes, kayaks, paddles, PFD’s, shuttle service and boat lights for the evening float. Reservations required online at: https://mdc.mo.gov/ and hover over the events tab. Search for events in Kansas City.
You must choose both 1 orientation time and 1 float.
August 15 Canoe Orientation at Burr Oak Woods Education Pond: Burr Oak Woods 1401 NW Park Road Blue Springs, MO 64015 (choose one) Wednesday 4:00 – 5:30, 5:30 – 7:00 or 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Attend an orientation at the Burr Oak Woods Education Pond to learn about Missouri River navigation and to brush up on our canoe strokes before we head out on the river. We will prepare you for your choice of the upcoming floats. Must attend to participate in any of the floats.
August 24
The Day Dawns Bright 6:00 am – 9:00 am
It is magic on the river as the sun peeks over the horizon. We will set out in canoes on an 8-mile float trip on the Missouri River from Platte Landing to Kaw Point. Please dress for the weather and bring water and a good flashlight. Bring a simple breakfast to enjoy out on the river.

Day Float on the Wide Missouri 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
We will set out in canoes on a 15-mile float trip on the Missouri River from Kaw Point to LaBenite Park. Please dress for the weather and bring a hat, water and sunscreen. Bring a simple lunch to enjoy out on the river.

A Missouri River Sunset 3:30 – 8:00 pm
This float embarks on a 14-mile float from LaBenite Park to Ft Osage. Please join us as we explore issues impacting our waterways along the Missouri River with our friends at the Missouri Department of Conservation for our Environmental Humanities Program Series. As the sun lowers in the sky, the Missouri River will take your breath away at sunset! Please dress for the weather and bring a hat, water, sunscreen, bug spray, and good flashlight. Bring a simple dinner to enjoy out on the river.

Register by August 22

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 8:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

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Join us to learn the most effective methods for dove hunting. We will discuss the biology of the bird and then teach you how to wing shoot using the Effective Wing Shooting for the Hunter techniques. We will discuss using decoys and how to use concealment to your benefit.

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

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Slide right in to learn about our slithering friends! Snakes don’t have legs, and they don’t even need them! That’s right, they move along on their bellies. Discover more about these fascinating reptiles that live in our area. Program is free.

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

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Do you wish you could get away and enjoy a little time as a family? Join the Twin Pines staff as we host our annual Family Fishing Day. Enjoy grilled hot dogs and lemonade. Compete to see who can catch the most or the biggest fish. Let the kids try their hand at making a fish print tee shirt or other craft. Try your luck at our free prize drawing. Or you can just relax in the shade of one of Missouri’s pines. For this event only, no Missouri fishing license is required. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

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Walk-in (all ages) Kissing a frog won't turn them into a prince and touching a toad won't give you warts! Frogs and toads are our most common amphibians and are fascinating creatures. Let's learn about all the different species in Missouri, then go out to the pond to see if we can find some.

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

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Slide right in to learn about our slithering friends! Snakes don’t have legs, and they don’t even need them! That’s right, they move along on their bellies. Discover more about these fascinating reptiles that live in our area. Program is free.

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

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No registration required (all ages)
It’s summer and beneficial bees are buzzing but so are those pesky blood thirsty mosquitos! Everyone knows them, but what do we really know about them? Why do they have a taste for blood and what is their role in Missouri’s food web?

Register by August 14

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

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Missouri River Celebration!
August 24, 2019

Many of us drive over the Missouri River daily without giving it a second thought. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to join in on an exploration of Missouri’s most magnificent natural and cultural resource in a canoe, kayak or on a powered pontoon? Join us for one of these floats to celebrate this incredible masterpiece in our own backyard! (Adults only)

Join the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) on the 4th annual Missouri River Masterpiece
MDC will provide canoes, kayaks, paddles, PFD’s, shuttle service and boat lights for the evening float. Reservations required online at: https://mdc.mo.gov/ and hover over the events tab. Search for events in Kansas City.
You must choose both 1 orientation time and 1 float.
August 15 Canoe Orientation at Burr Oak Woods Education Pond: Burr Oak Woods 1401 NW Park Road Blue Springs, MO 64015 (choose one) Wednesday 4:00 – 5:30, 5:30 – 7:00 or 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Attend an orientation at the Burr Oak Woods Education Pond to learn about Missouri River navigation and to brush up on our canoe strokes before we head out on the river. We will prepare you for your choice of the upcoming floats. Must attend to participate in any of the floats.
August 24
The Day Dawns Bright 6:00 am – 9:00 am
It is magic on the river as the sun peeks over the horizon. We will set out in canoes on an 8-mile float trip on the Missouri River from Platte Landing to Kaw Point. Please dress for the weather and bring water and a good flashlight. Bring a simple breakfast to enjoy out on the river.

Day Float on the Wide Missouri 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
We will set out in canoes on a 15-mile float trip on the Missouri River from Kaw Point to LaBenite Park. Please dress for the weather and bring a hat, water and sunscreen. Bring a simple lunch to enjoy out on the river.

A Missouri River Sunset 3:30 – 8:00 pm
This float embarks on a 14-mile float from LaBenite Park to Ft Osage. Please join us as we explore issues impacting our waterways along the Missouri River with our friends at the Missouri Department of Conservation for our Environmental Humanities Program Series. As the sun lowers in the sky, the Missouri River will take your breath away at sunset! Please dress for the weather and bring a hat, water, sunscreen, bug spray, and good flashlight. Bring a simple dinner to enjoy out on the river.

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Try your hand at woodcarving with members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists as they teach carving techniques and show how to transform wood into works of art. Ages 12-adult. Register online at mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents or call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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Discover the many different plants you can harvest through the year to make jams and jellies. You will get a chance to make and take home some jams and jellies. Adult supervision is required for ages 12-17. Program is free.

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Visit with members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists as they share information with the “wood-be” carver, demonstrate carving techniques, and show works in progress. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by August 24

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join Volunteer Naturalist Dana Tideman to learn about monarch butterfly conservation, citizen science opportunities, monarch life cycle, and how to rear and tag them. Ages 10-adult. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by August 14

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 3:30pm to 8:00pm

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Missouri River Celebration!
August 24, 2019

Many of us drive over the Missouri River daily without giving it a second thought. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to join in on an exploration of Missouri’s most magnificent natural and cultural resource in a canoe, kayak or on a powered pontoon? Join us for one of these floats to celebrate this incredible masterpiece in our own backyard! (Adults only)

Join the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) on the 4th annual Missouri River Masterpiece
MDC will provide canoes, kayaks, paddles, PFD’s, shuttle service and boat lights for the evening float. Reservations required online at: https://mdc.mo.gov/ and hover over the events tab. Search for events in Kansas City.
You must choose both 1 orientation time and 1 float.
August 15 Canoe Orientation at Burr Oak Woods Education Pond: Burr Oak Woods 1401 NW Park Road Blue Springs, MO 64015 (choose one) Wednesday 4:00 – 5:30, 5:30 – 7:00 or 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Attend an orientation at the Burr Oak Woods Education Pond to learn about Missouri River navigation and to brush up on our canoe strokes before we head out on the river. We will prepare you for your choice of the upcoming floats. Must attend to participate in any of the floats.
August 24
The Day Dawns Bright 6:00 am – 9:00 am
It is magic on the river as the sun peeks over the horizon. We will set out in canoes on an 8-mile float trip on the Missouri River from Platte Landing to Kaw Point. Please dress for the weather and bring water and a good flashlight. Bring a simple breakfast to enjoy out on the river.

Day Float on the Wide Missouri 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
We will set out in canoes on a 15-mile float trip on the Missouri River from Kaw Point to LaBenite Park. Please dress for the weather and bring a hat, water and sunscreen. Bring a simple lunch to enjoy out on the river.

A Missouri River Sunset 3:30 – 8:00 pm
This float embarks on a 14-mile float from LaBenite Park to Ft Osage. Please join us as we explore issues impacting our waterways along the Missouri River with our friends at the Missouri Department of Conservation for our Environmental Humanities Program Series. As the sun lowers in the sky, the Missouri River will take your breath away at sunset! Please dress for the weather and bring a hat, water, sunscreen, bug spray, and good flashlight. Bring a simple dinner to enjoy out on the river.

Register by August 25

Date: Monday, August 26, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

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This program will teach the fundamentals of archery and atlatl, including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. We begin in the classroom and then we will move to the static archery range for some live fire. All equipment will be provided.

Register by August 23

Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

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The Missouri Department of Conservation has a new regulation that now requires hunters at certain conservation areas to use non-toxic shotshells while hunting for doves and various other game species. This class was originally designed to help hunters become more efficient and ethical harvesters of waterfowl while using nontoxic ammunition. Instructors will teach participants how to choose the correct choke, load, and shot size for different game, how to estimate shooting distances, and how to effectively lead their target. For more information on the nontoxic shot regulation you can visit https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/regulations/nontoxic-shot-r...

Register by August 26

Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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Dove Season Warm-up
August • 27 Tuesday • 6pm-8pm
(Ages 11 and up)
Reservations begin August 13
Bring your shotgun, 4 boxes of #7 steel shot, and warm-up for dove season. We’ll create typical hunting scenarios to practice your wingshooting for the September 1st opener. https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZGG

Register by August 28

Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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The alligator gar is called the “king” of fish. He is a wonder to behold. Not only does he have impressive teeth but scales that are like chain mail. Historically, the scales have been used for arrow heads, tools, and jewelry. We will learn some amazing facts about this “monster” and use their scales in a couple of projects. Program is free.

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