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Register by April 1

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Stretch your creative limits and make something special for yourself or a friend using antlers as the base for jewelry. Sara Bradshaw will be the guest presenter for this unique class and will teach you the techniques needed to produce a one-of-a-kind treasure. Materials will be provided. Class size limit of 15. This program is designed for ages 16 and up. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. To make a reservation, register on-line or call 888-283-0364. For further information, you can call 573-325-1381.

Register by April 2

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

(all ages, 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult) Spring turkey hunting offers some of the most challenging, exciting, and rewarding hunts in Missouri! Join us to sharpen your skills, learn new techniques, or gain confidence so you can harvest a big spring gobbler. We will discuss turkey biology, habitat, hunting strategies, firearms, ammunition, and much more!

Register by April 5

Date: Friday, April 5, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Join the Two Bobs (Korpella and Ranney) of the Springfield Plateau Chapter of Missouri Master Naturalists for an evening of music, song, photography, and thought on the beauty, health, and future of Missouri's streams and rivers.

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Celebrate the wonders of nature. Join Cindy Bridges and hike the trails at Greer Spring and roam through a variety of Ozark settings while you do some birding and learn about the habits and habitats of the birds you find. You never know what awaits at the next bend in the trail. Hikers will meet at Greer river access at 9:00 a.m. or at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center at 8:00 a.m. to shuttle to Greer. All ages are welcome. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by April 6

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Do you want to learn how to fish? This class is a pre-requisite of a four-part program that will teach you the basics of fishing. Come by the Nature Center and you will get to learn about fishing equipment, casting, and proper fish handling techniques.

To learn more visit:
https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-...

Register by April 4

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Big Spring Fire Protection District

The morning portion of the workshop will be indoors. If weather conditions are favorable we will conduct a prescribed burn immediately following the classroom portion.

Participants are encouraged to bring/wear leather boots, leather gloves, and cotton clothing that covers arms and legs.

Register by April 4

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Brittany Martinez, Missouri Mycological Society
Puffball, stinkhorn, chanterelle, hen of the woods, morel: so many mushrooms and so little time! Brittany will introduce you to some of the fascinating fungi of Missouri.

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Cluck, Purr, GOBBLE! The wild turkey is our largest native bird and the sounds of tom turkeys gobbling is a sure sign of spring. Join us as we learn about the history of turkey populations in Missouri and the work that has been done to restore their populations. Bring your turkey calls and learn how to use them with some expert callers. Learn about hunting methods and safety precautions that will help you in the turkey woods. Children can make some turkey art using real turkey feathers.

Register by April 6

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Have you taken DNF: 1 before? This is the second of a four-part program that will teach you the basics of fishing.* You will learn how to properly tie a knot, bait a hook, and what you need to stock a basic tackle box.
*DNF: 1 is a required prerequisite for this class.

To learn more visit:
https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-...

Date: Saturday, April 6, 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.

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

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.

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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.

Register by April 4

Date: Monday, April 8, 2019 - 6:00pm to Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 9:00pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Register by April 6

Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

What is your maximum effective range to harvest a turkey? What shot size should you be using for turkey hunting? These questions and more will be answered in this informative program on shotgun patterning for turkey hunting. We will help you find the most effective choke/shot shell combination for your shotgun. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided however you are encouraged to bring your own shotgun, chokes, and ammunition. Ages 10 and up, participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Register by April 9

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

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.

Date: Friday, April 12, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Peeep, peep, peep, peep. Is it a bird? No! It’s a tiny frog called the spring peeper! Discover the many types of frogs at our big frog event! Take a froggy stroll to the pond, make a froggy craft, see live frogs up close, or play a froggy game. Frog Chorus presentations will take place at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 pm. There’s a hopping good time for everyone! Youth and adult groups welcome.

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 8:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Warsaw Comm. Building Habor Room

Registration required. CALL 660-530-5500 TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BEGINS MARCH 5. Participants 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Only open to first time participants.
Participants will learn about conservation efforts with paddlefish, techniques for snagging and go out snagging on Lake of the Ozarks for 2-hours. For more information email Trish.Yasger@mdc.mo.gov

Register by April 12

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

This beginners clinic will help you get started fishing for one of Missouri’s favorite game fish! Topics will include species identification of catfish, strategies, rules and regulations, equipment, and cleaning and cooking your catch. Fishing equipment will be provided but you may also bring your own. All students 16 years of age and older needs to have a valid Missouri fishing license.

Register by April 11

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Citizen Science and iNaturalist
Apr 13 • Saturday • 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
(Ages 10 and up)
Reservations begin March 13th

Interested in learning how you can become a Citizen Scientist? iNaturalist is a web-based, citizen science platform that enables people to document and report the richness of living things around us. This program will focus on how to use iNaturalist to help monitor the biodiversity in the Greater St. Louis Area. Digital camera, smart phone, tablet or laptop computer are highly recommended, as we will be using this technology to collect, and submit nature observations on iNaturalist, during this program.

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Warsaw Comm. Building Habor Room

Registration required. CALL 660-530-5500 TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION BEGINS MARCH 5. Participants 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Only open to first time participants.
Participants will learn about conservation efforts with paddlefish, techniques for snagging and go out snagging on Lake of the Ozarks for 2-hours. For more information email Trish.Yasger@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Food, friends and fun are staples of the Missouri Ozarks and the fun starts at 10 am, so join us for this family-oriented event. Twin Pines will be hosting demonstrations and workshops illustrating the traditions of the Ozarks and other forest heritage activities until 2 pm. Fish or learn archery. Listen to live music, featuring Mike Frazier and the Short Leaf Band starting at noon. Don’t forget to join us for the fish fry from 11 am to 1 pm or while supplies last. No reservations are necessary. For further information, call 573-325-1381.

Register by April 7

Date: Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Shaw Nature Reserve

Turkey Calling for the Beginner:
Have you always wanted to learn how to call turkeys, but just didn’t have anyone to teach you how---or didn’t know where to begin? Well this may be just the program for you, designed for the
beginner with little to no turkey calling experience. Learn how to use a variety of turkey calls
including: box calls, push button calls, slate calls and even mouth calls. Learn the different sounds ‘
turkeys make during the breeding season and how to duplicate those sounds with your favorite calls.
This course will be some lecture and a lot of time trying different kinds of calls. Feel free to bring your own call, or try the ones we have.

NOTE: If students want to try a mouth call they need to bring their own call --- and those students 15 years of age or younger need to have parental attendance and supervision to use these calls.
This course is for beginning turkey callers ages 6 years old and up.

Age of Participants: 6 years old and up (6 – 15 years need to have a parent with them)
Things to Bring: Dress for the weather and bring your favorite turkey calls

Register by April 13

Date: Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

For many anglers fly-fishing can seem intimidating, but with an understanding of the basics you will see that it’s truly not that bad. Join our experienced staff to learn more about what it takes to get started fly fishing today. Instructors will provide an overview of the equipment and casting techniques and allow some time to practice your skills.

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

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