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 April 10

Date: Sunday, April 11, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Are you nature smart? Test your brain, ears, and eyes as we explore Missouri's great outdoors with mind-bending and totally awesome trivia questions. Categories are to include Interesting Insects, What is it?, and Scoop or Poop just to name a few. Join us for an evening with family or friends as we have fun learning about nature in Missouri in game form!

This program will be held through WebEx. You will receive an email with a WebEx link 24 hours prior to the program, as well as a reminder email before 3 pm on the day of the program. If the emails do not appear in your inbox, search your junk/spam folder.

Register by April 12

Date: Monday, April 12, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

The spring woods are coming to life with the color and beauty of spring wildflowers. Tune in virtually to learn the basics of wildflower identification in our Missouri natural communities. Program links will be sent out 24 hours and 30 minutes before the program. Registration Required. All Ages.

Register by April 13

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

It’s time to get outdoors and start planting but how do seeds work? We will learn about what a seed is, why there are so many different kinds, and see just how amazing they really are. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Ages 3-6.

Register by April 13

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Hopping down the bunny trail comes Missouri’s own rabbit! But what do they eat? Where do they live? Why in the world do they have such big ears? Join us to answer these questions and discover more about cottontail rabbits. Registration is required with a valid email address to receive the program link. Recommended for ages 3 to 7.

Register by April 9

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

This virtual program will provide an opportunity to learn and ask questions about Urban Fishing in the St. Louis area. During the 45-minute program we will discuss the following topics: What lakes are part of the urban fishing program, where, when, and how many fish were stocked, where to borrow fishing equipment, and who needs a fishing permit. You must register to attend and provide a valid email to receive a link to join the virtual program.

Register by April 13

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

It is finally spring and the neotropical migrants are back! Join us virtually as we discuss both the common and rare warblers that call Missouri home (even if only for migration). We will discuss their identification by sight and sound and discuss where to go to see these beautiful birds. This will be followed by a limited in-person warbler hike on April 28th; separate registration required. Please register each individual separately. This is a virtual event through Webex. You will receive an email with the link approximately 24 hours prior to the event. Please check your junk mail/spam folders and let us know if you do not receive the link.

Register by April 14

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Spring is here and the frogs are calling! Learn all about the common frogs and toads of Missouri as we explore their life cycle, identify their calls, and discover how they help us. Plus, you will learn tips and tricks on how you can help them.

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 April 14

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Swallowtails are wonderful butterflies. How do you identify them? What plants are important to them? Join us for our regular virtual program series where you can ask the naturalist questions about nature topics. Learn about these interesting creatures with Naturalist Alan Reed followed by a live 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-adult.

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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/

Register by April 15

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

There’s fungus among us!! Morels are Missourians' favorite mushroom for good reason. They are delicious to eat, easy to identify and can be hunted during five fabulous weeks in spring. Best of all, you can find them in every county. Join us to learn about Missouri’s edible spring mushrooms, and those you should avoid!

This is a VIRTUAL program! Registration is required. You must register with a valid email by 5pm, April 14th. A link to the program will be sent to the email with which you register.

Register by April 15

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

When many think of summer, we may think of sunny days and butterflies. But summer is not the only time to discover these beautiful winged insects. Explore what butterflies can be found in Missouri in early spring, including those that exclusively fly during this time of year. Registration Required. All Ages. Participants will receive a link via e-mail to the program the day before AND the day of the presentation.

Register by April 15

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Take a (virtual) trip with us and float 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. April's applique block and presentation will feature the Willow tree. Participants need to attend this virtual program to receive the applique block/pattern for that month 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.

Register by April 15

Date: Friday, April 16, 2021 - 3:30pm to 4:00pm

Do you enjoy sharing your photos of nature with others? Are you looking for a way to enhance your nature sightings or become better with native species ID? Looking for a way for your family to contribute to citizen science? Then iNaturalist is for you! Join staff for an in-depth look at the free smartphone app iNatualist, what it does for the science community, and how you can use it to enhance your experiences in nature. This event is part of an ongoing series in April. Participants must have the app pre-downloaded on their phone or be capable of visiting the iNaturalist website to properly engage in this program.

In this portion of the series, we will go over iNaturalist, talk about its use, scientific value, and projects in Missouri and Globally.

Register by April 17

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Spring is beautiful and so is one of this season's smallest wildflowers, the aptly named Spring Beauty! Relax and learn to draw a decorative pattern of this popular wildflower from the comfort of your home. Participants will receive a link to the program the day before and the day of the presentation. Registration Required. All Ages.

Register by April 20

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Now you see them. Now you don’t. Early spring has many lovely plants that have a very short life cycle. They bloom and then fade away back to their roots or just a few leaves. We will be digging into some spring ephemerals native to Missouri.

Register by April 20

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm

Spring has sprung finally sprung! Discover what natural phenomena may be awaiting you outdoors this spring during these 30-minute Naturalist led programs. Registration Required. All Ages. Participants will receive a link to the program via e-mail the day before AND the day of the presentation.

Register by April 19

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Have you ever envisioned yourself working outside, with the public, as a game warden, around trees, conserving habitats, with fish, or with other wildlife? If you have, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) may be the place for you. Join us at our virtual career fair where several MDC staff will share what education you should pursue, what their job entails, and be available for questions.

The event will take place on the WebEx platform, you will receive a link and more information for the program about 24 hours before the program.

Register by April 21

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Everyone loves a good story, and we have plenty of them here at the nature center! You and your little one can watch and listen as our Naturalist reads a couple nature stories. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age, but is open to all ages.

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

Register by April 21

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Everyone loves a good story, and we have plenty of them here at the nature center! You and your little one can watch and listen as our Naturalist reads a couple nature stories. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age, but is open to all ages.

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

Register by April 21

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Ages 15 and up
Gardening season is here! Find reliable, native plants for the tricky spots in your garden! Examples of areas we will be discussing are spots with dry soil, areas with little sunlight and wet soil, and sloped gardens. We will also go over plants that are generally successful, and would be great for gardens with poor soil or for new gardeners.
**PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS VIRTUAL PROGRAM**
You will receive a link to the WebEx event at 12:00pm the day of the program. Please check your spam folder if you do not receive the link.

Register by April 21

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Registration required (ages 8+) Celebrate Earth Day by diving into the world of aquatic ecosystems. Learn how to identify macroinvertebrates and what they tell us about water quality. Discover the watershed you live in and how our actions can have an impact and get up close with aquatic wildlife. Discover Missouri's aquatic ecosystems and discover a world of wonder.

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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/

Register by April 22

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Duck Creek Conservation area is a great place to go duck hunting, birdwatching, wildlife viewing, fishing, and more. This 6,318 acre area provides a diversity of food and shelter for both resident and migratory wetland wildlife through manipulation of water levels and other wetland management practices. Join us to learn more about this unique area.

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

Register by April 22

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Join Missouri River Bird Observatory Director and Co-founder Dana Ripper and MDC State Ornithologist Sarah Kendrick for an Intro to Birding and Spring Bird ID Webinar. Learn tips and tricks for getting started birdwatching and walk through spring and summer bird ID for some common (and more elusive) migratory and breeding birds seen in the Show-Me State! Registration Required. All Ages. Participants will receive a link via e-mail to join the program the day before and the day of the presentation.

Register by April 22

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Dive beneath the surface of our Missouri rivers and explore freshwater mussels with Missouri Department of Conservation’s Malacologist, Stephen McMurray. Discover their importance, ecology, fascinating life history, threats, and conservation measures to protect these sensitive species. Presenter will send a link via e-mail the day before and the day of the program. Registration Required. All Ages.

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