Virtual Events

NOTICE: In-Person Events Limited Due to COVID

In-person MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state are limited due to COVID-19 considerations. MDC is offering new online programs that allow people to attend virtually. Please check our class listings to see what classes are limited, in-person classes or virtual classes.

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Register by September 18

Date: Friday, September 18, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Registration begins September 1 (ages 12+)
Autumn trees turn beautiful colors and have hidden treasures. Our Missouri forests are full of wild fruit and nuts. We can feast on them if we can beat the wildlife to them. Learn how to identify and use some of our wild edibles.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration ends 2 hours before program starts.

Register by September 21

Date: Monday, September 21, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Registration begins August 15 (ages 12+)
There is a whole world of wild mushrooms outside of the venerable morel. Come join mushroom enthusiast and Nature Center Naturalist Alex for an introductory look at some of falls finest table fare. Learn the basics of foraging for mushrooms, several easy to identify fall treats, and maybe even a recipe or two!

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration ends 9/21/20 at 8am

Register by September 22

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Join us for a new regular virtual program series where you can ask the naturalist questions about nature topics. Learn about some of the wild edibles to harvest in our state with Naturalist Jordi Raos followed by a Q&A session. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Call 417-888-4237 for more information. Select the blue "Register" button in the top right corner to register.

Register by September 22

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Registration begins September 1 (ages 12+)

Successive, or year-round gardening, is a great way to provide food and habitat to our Missouri wildlife. Learn about plants that bloom late in the season and how your gardening techniques can help wildlife and the environment.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by September 22

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

During the fall, a monarch, which is half the weight of a paperclip, may travel 50 to 100 miles a day and migrate a total of 3,000 miles over two months. Learn all about this incredible journey and those made by a variety of other fantastic insect migrators.
*Registration is required
*you will receive an email with the webex link the day of this program

Register by September 21

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

DUE TO THE CURRENT STATE OF AFFAIRS IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO OFFER A LIVE FIRE PORTION OF THIS CLASS. The Modern Sporting Rifle Class is a live online class that will cover the basics of adjusting of iron sights and zeroing of scopes; safely loading, unloading, and the cycle of operation; nomenclature, parts, and controls; routine care and cleaning; and special considerations when hunting with a Modern Sporting Rifle.

Register by September 19

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

THIS IS A VIRTUAL PROGRAM. IT WILL TAKE PLACE ON CISCO WEBEX VIRTUAL MEETINGS. This program can be attended from your home using your computer or mobile device.
Tune in to learn about what to consider before your first fishing outing. We'll be discussing gear, regulations, permits and more. A virtual meeting invitation will be sent to the email address you provide during registration.

Register by September 23

Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Registration begins September 1 (ages 12+)
A few basic tools and empty soda cans are all you need to build a fully functional and very lightweight packable camp stove. Powered on common household ingredients, these stoves work wonders for boiling water in remote areas. A list of required supplies will be emailed to you prior to the program if you wish to build along with us, or you may just observe and build at your own pace later.
Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration deadline: 9/23/20 at 8 am

Register by September 24

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Registration begins September 1 (ages 3–6)
Imagine if you shrunk yourself on the forest floor! Who would you meet and what would they be like? Find out what happens when we “shrink” a naturalist and see what they discover in the hidden, miniature world that lives beneath our feet.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 9/24/20 at 8 am.

Register by September 24

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Registration begins September 1 (ages 0–2)
Imagine if you shrunk yourself on the forest floor! Who would you meet and what would they be like? Find out what happens when we “shrink” a naturalist and see what they discover in the hidden, miniature world that lives beneath our feet.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration ends 9/24/20 at 8 am.

Register by September 23

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:00am

Trees provide food and shelter for many kinds of wildlife, but that's not all they do. Watch with your tots and find out why trees are so terrific. You must register to attend and provide a valid email to receive a link to join the program. Recommended for ages 3 to 6 years old.

Register by September 24

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Many people have heard the soft coo of doves along the edges of fields and forests in Missouri during early mornings or in the evening. These quiet, eerie calls lend the name “mourning” to these birds. However, they are not the only dove in our state. In this virtual program you will learn about three common species of dove that can be found in Missouri. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Recommended for all ages. Call 417-888-4237 for more information. Select the blue "Register" button in the top right corner to register.

Register by September 22

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm

Spiders are everywhere, in your yard, on your house, and occasionally in your house. If you like spiders, or even if they freak you out a bit, this virtual program will help you to recognize and appreciate very common types of spiders that can be encountered close to home. This Webex Event will include a chat feature that can be used to ask questions to the presenter.
One day ahead of the program, the virtual program link will be sent to the email associated with the MDC account used to register for this program. (Tip: If you do not receive this link, check your junk email folder.) Log-in for the program will be available ten minutes prior to the program start time.

Register by September 23

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us for a virtual presentation to the Introduction to Traditional Bow-Making where we discuss the history of bow-making, historical significance, and the types of wood used in creating long bows.

If you are interested in creating your own long bow, join us for the in-person session at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center located in Winona, MO the following Friday 9/25 and Saturday 9/26. Seats are limited to 10 - register soon by going to the MDC Events Page.

Please note: if you are a participant in the hands-on portion and building a long-bow, you MUST participate in this presentation. Contact the instructor if you are unable to access the presentation virtually.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!

Register by September 24

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us for a virtual online program to discuss how to select the right optic, options for mounting it and hot to mount it. Then we’ll discuss how to bore sight and zero your new scope.

Register by September 25

Date: Friday, September 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Registration begins September 1 (ages 12+)
Winter is not even here yet, but some of us are already planning next year’s garden. Would you like to see more bees and butterflies in your yard? We will look at plants to include and some other techniques that may increase insect interest.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends 2 hours before the program begins.

Register by September 30

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Registration begins September 1 (12+)
Fall is a fantastic time for foraging. We’ll discuss some yummy forest finds as well as the importance of ethical, informed collecting. Then, we will make something sweet to eat! While you won’t be able to taste our treats, we’ll show you how to make your own, step by step.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Registration ends two hours before program begins.

Register by September 29

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 6:00pm to 6:45pm

Join us to learn how to cook outdoors whether stationary camping or on the move. This virtual event will cover basic fire making methods, cooking utensils for the outdoors, food options, and cooking demonstrations.

All registrants should check their email the morning of the event for a link to the virtual event. If you have any questions, please contact the host.

We look forward to having you join us! Take care and enjoy nature.

Register by October 1

Date: Friday, October 2, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Trees & Vines of Fall Color: virtual

A little tree id in the Ozarks. We will cover the details of two colorful vines and eight trees typical along an Ozark Trail in Southwest Missouri.
A great introduction to students of all ages whether homeschooled, scout leaders for ideas or beginning naturalists. Questions will be discussed in a chat box fashion. Join Conservation Educator Jeff Cantrell for a naturalist look at just a few things that make the Ozarks great!

Register by October 6

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Fall is coming! With it's cooler temperatures plants and animals will be starting to change and prepare for the next of our Missouri seasons. Join us for a few 30-minute virtual programs hosted by our Runge Naturalists, each exploring a different aspect of our natural world.
*Registration is requested (All ages)

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Bears are Elementary
We will look at bears and their way of life in the Ozarks. This virtual class is geared for homeschool, third and fourth grade classes utilizing the DNS Nature Unleashed student books. Examples in Southwest Missouri will be featured, students have your Nature Unleashed books handy. Educators go to the website’s teacher portal to order free school materials.

Register by October 7

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm

Are you interested in discovering Missouri's natural foods? Berries, nuts, greens and many other tasty treats can be found in nature. Join us for a virtual lesson and hike on some of the wild edibles that arrive during the fall. Learn how to begin your foraging journey and what to look for in our natural habitats!
*Registration required (all ages)

Register by September 28

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Create a unique wearable work of art while using slices of deer antler to make a set of dangle earrings, and a pendant necklace. Join us as we examine deer antlers as you craft your jewelry. This will be an interactive virtual class during which participants will make their own jewelry. Antler slices and jewelry findings will be shipped to participants prior to the workshop. In addition, you will need a pair of either round-nosed or flat nose jewelry pliers and a pair of wire cutters. You can use a pair of needle noes plies if you do not have jewelry pliers.

A WebEx link to the program will be emailed from Kathi.Moore@mdc.mo.gov the morning of October 8th.

Register by October 8

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

(All Ages)
Sometimes animals must be sly as a fox in order to survive. Join us as we explore animals that can weasel out of danger and seem to always have something up their paws. Discover how nature inspires people to create crafty innovative solutions to make life easier.

Please provide an email in your profile so a program link can be sent.
Please check your spam folder for the email with the WebEx link if you do not receive one after 5:00pm the day before the program.

*Please note that this is a virtual program*

Register by October 15

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm

Fall is coming! With it's cooler temperatures plants and animals will be starting to change and prepare for the next of our Missouri seasons. Join us for a few 30-minute virtual programs hosted by our Runge Naturalists, each exploring a different aspect of our natural world.
*Registration is requested (All ages)

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