Events

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Register by June 25

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Ropes have the potential to be the worst bane or the best friend of the outdoorsman. By learning a few simple knots, you can quickly learn to secure your gear, pitch your tent, tie your tarp or manage whatever else the outdoors throws at you. Join our instructors for some how-to, and a little practice to help you master a few of the most useful knots.

Register by June 27

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages).
Let’s go fishing! If you ever wanted to learn the basics of worm-and-bobber fishing, this program is for you! We will use cane poles and other basic equipment for catch-and-release fishing at one of the ponds at Runge. Bring sun protection and a water bottle. All equipment will be provided. Ages 16+ require a Missouri fishing permit.

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Summer evenings will be filled with magic and fun when your little ones discover fireflies with Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Ryan. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Learn all about the lives of these very busy mammals and the many special ways they are made to live in the water. Walter Wood Conservation Area

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Summer evenings will be filled with magic and fun when your little ones discover fireflies with Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Ryan. Please no organized groups. Ages 3-6. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by June 27

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages).
Let’s go fishing! If you ever wanted to learn the basics of worm-and-bobber fishing, this program is for you! We will use cane poles and other basic equipment for catch-and-release fishing at one of the ponds at Runge. Bring sun protection and a water bottle. All equipment will be provided. Ages 16+ require a Missouri fishing permit.

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Amphitheater

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Fireflies have intrigued and fascinated children and adults on countless summer evenings. Join Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Ryan to learn everything you ever wanted to know about nature’s “flashlights.” Bring your flashlight and join the fun. All ages. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by June 28

Date: Friday, June 28, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-6).
Yip! Bark! Hooowl! Coyotes make many sounds to communicate with each other. Trot in to learn more about an important predator and do some coyote calling of our own!

Register by June 28

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Families interested in learning how to shoot .22 rifles are invited to participate in an instructor led, live fire session learning safety and the proper techniques of shooting .22 rim fire rifles. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided.

Register by June 29

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 25 (ages 0–2)
Discover what it takes to catch a big one! We’ll learn about what we need for a successful fishing trip and learn about some of the common fish you might catch in a pond. We will pretend to go fishing in our pretend pond.

Register by June 27

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Suson Park - Rearing Pond

Location: Suson Rearing Pond

This first class includes instruction as well as hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish. This lesson must be taken before registering for any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4. 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.

Register by June 27

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

This first class includes instruction as well as hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish. This lesson must be taken before registering for any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4. 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.

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (families with all ages)
How does a bug make light? Battery acid? Alien soda? Perhaps its glow-in-the dark slime! “Lightning Bugs” are synonymous with a good time on those warm summer nights. Come on in to find out why & what fires up the beetles you see at night.

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Calling all Scouts!
Come and join us for a day of hands on activities that will go towards badge requirements. Activities will include archery (9 and up), fishing and fish identification, mammal and bird studies and much more. This event is free and open to all Scouts, including Scouts, Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girls. The event will be held at August A. Busch Conservation Area on June 29th, 2019 from 10am to 2pm. For any further information or questions, contact Shelly Colatskie at Shelly.Colatskie@mdc.mo.gov or 314-301-1506 ext. 4222.

Register by June 29

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Registration begins May 25 (ages 0–2)
Discover what it takes to catch a big one! We’ll learn about what we need for a successful fishing trip and learn about some of the common fish you might catch in a pond. We will pretend to go fishing in our pretend pond.

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)
Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Blinking and dancing in the evening sky, the magic and beauty of fireflies is breathtaking. Use this evening to learn more about these favorite insects, how you could register your own backyard for Firefly Watch (a fun citizen science program) and make a cool firefly craft. We will then hike into the darkening forest to watch the fireflies appear.

Register by June 30

Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

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 July 1

Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

Location: Lake #15

This first class includes instruction as well as hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish. This lesson must be taken before registering for any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4. 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.

Register by June 30

Date: Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: August A Busch Conservation Area

This fishing program will include all the basics of cane pole fishing including proper fish handling. Please meet at Lake 15 at the August A Busch Conservation Area. Ages 6 and up, participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants 16 and over who plan to fish will need a valid fishing license which can be purchased here https://mdc-web.s3licensing.com/.

Register by July 4

Date: Saturday, July 6, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Participants will learn intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will be taught how to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure a variety of baits to various types of hooks. 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 July 4

Date: Saturday, July 6, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Suson Park - Rearing Pond

Location: Suson Rearing Pond

Participants will learn intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will be taught how to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure a variety of baits to various types of hooks. 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 July 3

Date: Monday, July 8, 2019 - 8:00am to Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 8:30pm

Location: Southeast Regional Office

This event will be conducted over 2 evenings. The first evening will start at the Southeast Regional Office at 2302 County Park Drive. Participants will learn the basics of safety, operation of handguns, shooting stances, types of ammunition, etc. The second evening students will meet at the Apple Creek Conservation Area for an evening of shooting revolver and semi-automatic handguns. Firearms and ammunition provided at no charge. Students are not permitted to bring their own handguns to the range. A minimum of 6 students must be signed up by 7/3 to have this course.

Register by July 3

Date: Monday, July 8, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Shaw Nature Reserve

During this kayaking program you will learn about paddling equipment, paddling safety, and how to paddle a kayak on a lake.. All equipment will be provided. Participants must be 16 and able to swim to participate in this event. Specific directions and other details will be emailed to you a few days before the event. The event may be cancelled due to bad weather and you will be notified by email and telephone should that happen. Please email or call if you need to cancel or should you have any questions.

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