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Registration period:
Date: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, July 27, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only
This program will cover how to get started in bowfising. We will cover equipment, safety, regulations, and what species can be taken with a bow. On Saturday the 31st of July we will have a live event in which participants can come out and put their newfound knowledge to the test. The live program is separate and you must sign up for it separately in order to participate. All of the necessary equipment will be provided for the live program.
Registration period: July 8 - July 27
Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, July 28, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Online only

Blackberries are a delicious summer treat. Join us as we share a few of our favorite recipes.

Reservations are required. For more information, call 573-325-1381.
Registration period:
Date: Thursday, July 29, 2021 12:30 pm - Thursday, July 29, 2021 1:30 pm
Location: Online only

Humans aren’t the only animals that hunt. To eat, wild predators must catch their dinner. And though they don’t have rifles or fishing rods, animal assassins are armed to the teeth. Join us to learn about some of the amazing adaptations animals have for capturing prey.

This is a FREE program. This is a VIRTUAL program! Registration is required by 5PM, July 28th. You must register with a valid email, as the program link will be sent by 11am on the day of the program to that email.

Registration period: June 11 - July 30
Date: Friday, July 30, 2021 11:30 am - Friday, July 30, 2021 12:30 pm
Location: Online only
Registration required (adults) It's summer and it's hot, and there's no better way to escape the heat than a summer float trip to a clear, cold Missouri Ozark stream. In this virtual program we can't teach you how to paddle a boat, but we will share our experience on the best rivers to float, what gear and food to pack and how to plan an outdoor adventure for you or your family. This is the perfect introduction for any participant thinking about dipping their toes into a new outdoor activity like canoeing or kayaking.
Registration period: June 11 - July 30
Date: Friday, July 30, 2021 1:30 pm - Friday, July 30, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only
Registration required (adults) It's summer and it's hot, and there's no better way to escape the heat than a summer float trip to a clear, cold Missouri Ozark stream. In this virtual program we can't teach you how to paddle a boat, but we will share our experience on the best rivers to float, what gear and food to pack and how to plan an outdoor adventure for you or your family. This is the perfect introduction for any participant thinking about dipping their toes into a new outdoor activity like canoeing or kayaking.
Registration period: June 18 - July 30
Date: Friday, July 30, 2021 2:00 pm - Friday, July 30, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Online only
Southern Missouri is home to some of the most stunning creeks, streams, and rivers in the Midwest. These waterways are hotspots for some great fishing opportunities as well. Join our Discover Nature-Fishing Instructor for this virtual program as we discuss some of the areas near you that can and cannot be fished, some unique floating opportunities, the species of fish that can be found there, and even some tackle that can help you be more successful on the water. This program is open to anyone, though it will be more appropriate for ages 12 and up.
Registration period: July 9 - July 30
Date: Friday, July 30, 2021 6:00 pm - Friday, July 30, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Online only

This event is VIRTUAL

We will explore the planning, execution, and clean up of a camping trip to the Missouri outdoors. We will have a few demonstrations of camping skills for everyone to watch. Join us at our virtual campsite for some outdoor fun.

Participants must register themselves and any other attendees to receive the link to the program.

Call or e-mail Adam Brandsgaard with any questions

adam.brandsgaard@mdc.mo.gov

(660) 646-6122.
Registration period:
Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, August 3, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only
Do you want to learn how get started shooting a shotgun but do not know how? This virtual program will introduce to you to shotgun shooting. We will discuss shotgun actions, gauges, chokes, proper stance and ammunition selection.
Registration period: July 8 - August 4
Date: Wednesday, August 4, 2021 2:30 pm - Wednesday, August 4, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Online only
Join us as we highlight a few of the Invasive/Exotic species we encounter. We will discuss how to identify them and when and what is the best way to control or eradicate them.
Registration period: July 15 - August 4
Date: Wednesday, August 4, 2021 3:00 pm - Wednesday, August 4, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Online only
Why do snakes stick out their tongues? How tough is a turtle’s shell? Slither into a virtual naturalist led program that will include activities, slides, and live animals! We will dispel fear and make connections as we learn Missouri reptiles aren’t scary, they are unique, and have important jobs! Registration required. All Ages. Participants will receive an e-mail with a link to the program both 24 hours and 1 hour prior to the start of the virtual presentation.
Registration period: July 20 - August 4
Date: Thursday, August 5, 2021 1:00 pm - Thursday, August 5, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Online only

Nothing catches people’s attention like snakes! Why are snakes important? How do you tell if they are venomous? Find out the answers to these questions and more! Join us for a free virtual program where you will learn about and meet some of the slithering serpents that call Missouri home.

You will receive a link for the program about 24 hours before the program
Registration period:
Date: Monday, August 9, 2021 6:00 pm - Monday, August 9, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only
Prepare yourself with a session on bow hunting gear, proper clothing, stands, calls, and techniques to improve your chances of success. We will discuss best bow hunting practices, safety and how bow hunting differs from hunting deer with a rifle
Registration period: July 23 - July 16
Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, August 10, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Online only
Got Milk (weed)? We have heard milkweeds are vital to the monarch butterfly lifecycle, but do you know how they are intertwined? We will look at the species of milkweeds found here in Missouri and across a wide variety of habitats, their amazing roots, and examine how the seeds float in the sky. Top to bottom, milkweeds provide food and shelter to an astonishing number of species other than the monarch butterfly. This program is geared toward adults but children are welcome to enjoy.
Registration period: June 22 - August 10
Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, August 10, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only
Bees and wasps are fascinating insects with a bad reputation for inflicting painful stings. Arm yourself with information about the stinging insects of Missouri during this virtual program with Naturalist Morgan Wyatt followed by a live Q&A session. This program is free and will be held virtually, please make sure that you have a valid email address associated with your MDC Events account as your invite will be sent by email. All ages.
Registration period: July 23 - August 12
Date: Thursday, August 12, 2021 2:00 pm - Thursday, August 12, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Ever wonder what it takes to keep the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Watch from your home as naturalists introduce and feed several Missouri amphibians and reptiles.

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

Registration period: July 1 - August 11
Date: Thursday, August 12, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, August 12, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only

Backpacking is an excellent way to exercise and enjoy nature!

Join us August 12th for Backpacking Preparation 101 to learn what and how to pack for a hiking adventure as well as what features to look for in a backpack, fun places to explore in Missouri and important planning procedures.

Registration period: July 9 - August 12
Date: Thursday, August 12, 2021 6:30 pm - Thursday, August 12, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only

Has your summer break flown by and you’re still craving some quality family time in the outdoors? If you are as tired of being indoors as we are, let’s get outside and enjoy Missouri’s vast outdoors! We want to help you learn about our bountiful natural resources in your own backyard. This virtual program will challenge you to host a backyard campout at your favorite camping spot, whether that’s in your backyard or at one of our conservation areas.

Through a virtual program, we will share a few outdoor activities to help you and your family learn about nature and have some fun while doing it. All participants will receive an email with a suggested list of games and outdoor activities for you and your children, pulled from our Discover Nature curriculum. There will be a photo contest with prizes for the winning campers, though the focus of this event is getting young learners outside and exploring nature! There will be two categories in the photo contest: nature and people. “Nature” includes anything you may find outdoors, living or non-living. Examples are flowers, trees, insects, rivers, lakes, animals, etc. “People” is all about fun moments captured from your campout. One winning photo from each category will be chosen and prizes will be sent to the winning photographers. In order to participate in the photo contest, photos must be submitted by September 10th, 2021. A link to the virtual program will be emailed to all participants before the time of the event, so make sure to put an accurate email address when you register.

*All photos entered into the contest may be used by MDC and could be posted on MDC’s public website or social media pages.

Registration period: July 16 - August 17
Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, August 17, 2021 6:30 pm
Location: Online only
Join us for this 2-part program as we explore the elements that make a glade and what creatures are lurking under rocks and between the wildflowers. Part 1 will be a virtual program and part 2 will be an in-person hike. Registration is required. Please register with a valid email address to receive the program link. All ages are welcome but recommended for ages 8 and up.
Registration period: July 23 - August 17
Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, August 17, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only

Scott House, Ozark Operations Manager for the Cave Research Foundation, will share the wonder under our feet. Perry County is rich with caves and this presentation will show the amazing world of caves and karst. Life underground takes special skills and adaptations so the many creatures found there are unique. Caves and their inhabitants are of special conservation concern and you may be able to help. This program is geared toward all ages.

Registration period:
Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, August 19, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Online only

Join a network of thousands of citizen scientists collecting biological, chemical, and physical assessment data on Missouri's wadable streams!

Level 1 Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring (VWQM) builds upon knowledge and skills acquired at Introduction to VWQM. This two-part educational presentation will introduce the topics of water chemistry and visual survey. Participants may continue on to become certified to submit data by completing a stream-side certification training later this fall.

To learn more on the VWQM program, visit www.mostreamteam.org/water-quality-monitoring.html
Registration period: July 1 - August 17
Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2021 6:30 pm - Tuesday, August 17, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Online only
Registration required (adults who work with groups) You can attend this program either virtually or in-person, please only register for one option. This program will focus on interpretive approaches you can use for deep nature connections that will help nurture long-term ecological awareness. You will learn: mindful practices and nature connection activities for use with individuals and groups, proactive ways to alleviate fears of nature, techniques to use nature to support environmental activists with ecoanxiety and climate grief. This program is led by Sami Aaron of The Resilient Activist.
Registration period: July 23 - August 18
Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2021 2:00 pm - Wednesday, August 18, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Online only

In the oxbows and bayous of southern Missouri lurks a monster! But have no fear, alligator gar are one of the coolest fish around. These gentle giants are among the largest freshwater fish in the world, and are largely unchanged dating back over 100 million years. Join us for a virtual program highlighting the awesome adaptations that make this fish the king of the swamp. We will also discuss the hard work dedicated to conserving this ancient fish for another 100 million years. Please check that your email address is correct upon registration to be sure you receive the virtual link on the day of the event.

Registration period:
Date: Thursday, August 19, 2021 12:00 pm - Thursday, August 19, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Online only

Every third Thursday at 12pm, we’ll tour the native landscape at MDC’s Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, this monthly series features a live look at native plants of interest throughout the year, This program is a partnership with Deep Roots.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED THROUGH THE DEEP ROOTS WEBSITE: https://deeproots.org/native-plants-at-noon/
Registration period: July 15 - August 19
Date: Thursday, August 19, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, August 19, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only
Take a (virtual) trip with us down a Missouri stream to discover plants and animals that depend on clean water to survive and flourish. Each month a different applique block based on this year’s theme, River Trail Discoveries, will be revealed. August’s applique block and presentation features the Orangethroated Darter. Participants need to attend this virtual program to receive the applique block/pattern which will be e-mailed after the presentation. Ages 16 and up. Registration Required. Participants will receive an e-mail with a link to the program both 24 hours and 1 hour prior to the start of the virtual presentation.
Registration period: July 7 - August 19
Date: Monday, August 23, 2021 6:00 pm - Monday, August 23, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only

This virtual clinic will include information on the following topics to better prepare hunters for dove season:

-Dove biology

-What to do before the hunt:

*Hunting regulations

*Permits

*Finding a place to hunt

*Gear and firearms

-What to do during the hunt:

*Safety

*Hunting strategy

-What to do after the hunt:

*After a successful hunt

*How to clean a dove

*Cooking and eating

You must register with a valid email, as the virtual link will be sent by 11am on the day of the program to that email. This clinic is open to anyone interested in learning about dove hunting. It is required for those drawn for the Youth Dove Hunt being held at the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area. To register for the youth dove hunt, go to https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZHv.