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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 December 19

Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020 - 8:30am to 9:30am

Online Virtual Program: Are your children interested in shooting, but you need help getting started? Air rifle is one of the safest ways to start the youth off in shooting safely. We will cover the basic safety of a firearm, fundamentals of shooting and other youth programs available. This will be a fun and safe way for children and their parents to learn and enjoy shooting together.

Register by December 18

Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Tri-Lakes Fishing Primer- How to Start Fishing Missouri's White River Lakes!
This virtual program will offer tips on how to fish Missouri’s White River Lakes – Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo and Bull Shoals Lake – and will also provide some history of these well-known reservoirs. You’ll learn what species of sportfish live in them, along with some basic fishing techniques. Regulations for each lake will also be covered. This workshop will be great for a beginner and a good reminder for the seasoned Ozarks’ angler. This program will be given through WebEx, so please register with a valid email address. For more information, call (417) 334-4865 ext. 0

Register by December 19

Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

So, you’ve had a successful hunt? Now what? Often, we go to the same old recipes for our harvest, why not learn something new? This virtual program will provide you several recipes to try for the holidays using your wild game. All recipes will be provided so you can impress your friends and family around the celebration table this year.

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 December 21

Date: Monday, December 21, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Winter is a great time to watch birds at your backyard bird feeders. This virtual program will help you identify birds visiting your feeders and offer tips on how to attract them.

Register by December 21

Date: Monday, December 21, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Tasting harvested wild game is one of the most rewarding experiences from your hunt. Join this virtual program to learn how to prepare two dishes, venison wellington and duck poppers, with Runge Naturalist Karli Dawson. Registration Required. All Ages. Participants will be sent a link from the presenter the day of the program.

Register by December 22

Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Let’s close out the year with a big hurrah for Your Big Year! Join us virtually as we celebrate the birds seen throughout 2020. At the start of the year we initiated a year-long challenge to see and learn about more birds. Many people joined us and began birdwatching. Join us for a short program followed by a live Q&A. If you participated in Your Big Year and have attended at least three bird related programs OR have tracked at least 25 bird species this year, email Jordanya.Raos@mdc.mo.gov to have your name entered in the end-of-the-year drawing. This program counts as one of the three programs and you have until December 31st to submit your entry. 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.

Register by December 23

Date: Wednesday, December 23, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:00pm

Nature enjoys the season of gift giving as well! Join Naturalists every Wednesday until Christmas for a weekly DIY nature-based decoration for your yard or home. The series will include pinecone decorations (12/2), wildlife garland (12/9) driftwood centerpieces (12/16), and cookie- cutter birdseed feeders (12/23).

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*

This is a recurring virtual event that has individual event listings. Please register for each week you would like to attend

Register by December 23

Date: Wednesday, December 23, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Cooking with a Dutch oven can be intimidating and a lot of work, but it doesn't have to be. Discover some easy dessert recipes to try and learn some tips on how to make your next outdoor Dutch oven cooking experience a breeze. (ages 12+)

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 December 28

Date: Monday, December 28, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Join a naturalist, virtually for a nature story or two around our Runge fireplace. Grab your favorite blanket and snuggle up to watch and listen to some winter stories geared for the little ones, but enjoyed by all ages. The presenter will send the link by e-mail the morning of the program. *Registration Required. All Ages.

Register by December 29

Date: Tuesday, December 29, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Join us for our regular virtual program series where you can ask the naturalist questions about nature topics. Learn about barred owls, their coloration, vocalizations, and behavior 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 all ages.

Register by December 31

Date: Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 6:00pm to Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 8:00pm

Objectives: Students will learn a variety of techniques for the art of fly tying. Students will make flies that catch fish as well as look good.

Format: A typical class will consist of 2 hours of classroom work per night. Students may bring note taking materials if desired. Room will be open one half hour prior to class if anyone needs extra practice or has questions. This class will have the "In Classroom" session socially distanced, and there will be another session to run concurrently as an Online Virtual class for people who want to stay home, or are too far away to attend in person.

Required: You must pre-register by going to our website and register under the events tab, before December 30th, 2020. If you have a set of fly tying tools please indicate that with your registration (tools are not required for the live class, but they are required for the virtual class). All classes are structured to add knowledge by session. If you miss a class you will need to catch up before the next class. Things we learn later in the class will utilize acquired knowledge from previous classes.

To be successful: Each virtual participant must acquire their own tools. The materials will be sent to you once a week, a week ahead of time, to the mailing address you provide in registration. The tools you will need: Common Vice, thread bobbin, black tying thread 140, and 210 Denier (2/0 and 6/0), bobbin threader, "Dr. Slick Rotary whip finisher, or Cabela’s brand (the kind that freely spins in the handle), hair packer, hair stacker, dubbing brush, fly tying scissors, tying wax, hackle pliers, and bodkin. Optional additions: head cement, multiple bobbins, other colors of thread (red, white, and tan) a wine cork for displaying tied flies, small block of wood with 1/8, -1/4 inch holes drilled in it for tool storage, cheap magnet for organizing hooks, extra scissors, small wire cutters, and small tackle box for storage.

Register by January 19

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Our region of the state is soaring with eagles during the wintertime, and we love to study them. This virtual class is geared for homeschool, third and fourth grade classes utilizing the DNS Nature Unleashed student books and science notebooks. Please join us. And Discover Nature Sch materials may be ordered on our teacher portal.

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