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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 March 12

Date: Friday, March 12, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

If you want bees or butterflies in your garden, we have some recommendations for you. Native plants are much more beneficial for our wildlife. This program will discuss the basics of starting a pollinator garden.

Native Plant Seminar programs are open for anyone to watch but are prepared with adult gardeners and landowners in mind.

Pre-ordered plants may be picked up at the nature center on Saturday, March 13 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. COVID precautions preclude any browsing or shopping on site. There will be no other vendors. Pre-ordered plants will be placed in your vehicle in the line at the front of the nature center.

Register by March 12

Date: Friday, March 12, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Shade is often considered an obstacle for productive gardens. In this session, we’ll explore some of the many species that thrive in shade, including medicinal forest botanicals, ornamental, and edible options. These plants (and mushrooms!) offer beauty, harvestable products for sale or home use, and conservation value.

Native Plant Seminar programs are open for anyone to watch but are prepared with adult gardeners and landowners in mind.

Pre-ordered plants may be picked up at the nature center on Saturday, March 13 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. COVID precautions preclude any browsing or shopping on site. There will be no other vendors. Pre-ordered plants will be placed in your vehicle in the line at the front of the nature center.

Register by March 12

Date: Friday, March 12, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Missouri Prairie Foundation Director of Prairie Management, Jerod Huebner, will share information on how to manage invasive species on grasslands. Jerod will describe the invasive species that often encroach on grasslands, different methods of removal, and timing to avoid further spreading.

Native Plant Seminar programs are open for anyone to watch but are prepared with adult gardeners and landowners in mind.

Pre-ordered plants may be picked up at the nature center on Saturday, March 13 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. COVID precautions preclude any browsing or shopping on site. There will be no other vendors. Pre-ordered plants will be placed in your vehicle in the line at the front of the nature center.

Register by March 12

Date: Friday, March 12, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Join Missouri Department of Conservation's State Botanist and Missouri Mycological Society's Mid-Missouri president, Malissa Briggler, as she presents about mushrooms that pop up in the Spring, including the beloved morel. 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 March 12

Date: Friday, March 12, 2021 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Enjoy gardening and growing your own food? Why not add some native edible plants to your garden? Naturalist Jordi Raos will suggest some of her favorites before answering questions. Our Native Plant Sale will be on April 3 (pre-order only, contact Jordanya.Raos@mdc.mo.gov for a flyer). 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 March 12

Date: Saturday, March 13, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Registration required (ages 10+) Bluebirds are year-round residents in Missouri. They usually begin nesting the first half of March which is perfect timing for this project! Would you like to help increase the local bluebird population while having many hours of enjoyment watching our beautiful state bird? Register for this virtual session and you will build a bluebird house of your own.
NOTE: THIS PROGRAM IS ONLY FOR LOCAL KANSAS CITY AREA RESIDENTS WHO ARE AVAILABLE TO PICK-UP BLUEBIRD BUILDING KITS AT THE DISCOVERY CENTER DURING THE WEEK PRIOR TO THE PROGRAM.

Register by March 13

Date: Saturday, March 13, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join author Aubrey Betz as she reads her new children’s book, Alex and the Butterflies in a virtual program. Musician Hannah McDonald will join Aubrey to perform her original song ‘I Can Do Big Things’ specifically written to go along with the book.

Register by March 12

Date: Saturday, March 13, 2021 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Registration required (ages 10+) Bluebirds are year-round residents in Missouri. They usually begin nesting the first half of March which is perfect timing for this project! Would you like to help increase the local bluebird population while having many hours of enjoyment watching our beautiful state bird? Register for this virtual session and you will build a bluebird house of your own.
NOTE: THIS PROGRAM IS ONLY FOR LOCAL KANSAS CITY AREA RESIDENTS WHO ARE AVAILABLE TO PICK-UP BLUEBIRD BUILDING KITS AT THE DISCOVERY CENTER DURING THE WEEK PRIOR TO THE PROGRAM.

Register by March 13

Date: Saturday, March 13, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Cast iron Dutch Ovens are a versatile tool for campfire cooking. This program will walk you through how to cook in a Dutch Oven on hot coals, including what supplies you’ll need to get started and various methods for using a Dutch Oven. Get ready to impress your friends and family at your next campout!

Anyone is welcome to attend this program but it is geared toward ages 16 and up.

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 March 16

Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

The dreaded winter season is finally coming to an end. That means it’s time to get out and do some fishing! And what better way to start the fishing season than by catchin’ crappie? Join Discover Nature-Fishing instructor Colt Wahl to learn everything you need to know about how to catch a favorite early season fish and the gear you may need to get you started.

Anyone is welcome to join us for this virtual program, though it will be more appropriate for ages 16 and up.

Register by March 15

Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Registration required (ages 16+) The peregrine falcon is the fastest wildlife species know in the world with flight speeds exceeding 200 mph. The species was highly impacted by the widespread use of pesticides like DDT found in their food chain from the 1940's to the 1960's and the peregrine falcon remains threatened or endangered in many Midwestern states today. Recovery programs like Missouri's are helping bring back the peregrine falcon to historic numbers that exceed natural history data. Gain insight into the "road to recovery" for Missouri's endangered peregrine falcon in this virtual program.

Register by March 15

Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Are you interested in growing native plants, but have no idea where to begin? Well, the struggle is over! Join Powder Valley naturalists for The Beginner’s Guide to Native Plants program. We will introduce several plants that are easier to maintain than some other native plant species. We will discuss planting conditions, blooming time periods, and how they benefit you and wildlife. Following this virtual program, participants will have the opportunity to order native plants. Further details will be sent out via email closer to the program date. All ages are welcome.

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. If you are having trouble finding these emails or have any questions, please contact holly.balassi@mdc.mo.gov.

Register by March 17

Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Liverworts and Mosses and Algae, oh my! There is a tiny plant world hiding right under our noses. These plants play critical roles in the environment but are often overlooked. Discover this hidden world as we take a close-up look at these unique green things and learn about their unusual lives.

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 March 18

Date: Thursday, March 18, 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 March 18

Date: Thursday, March 18, 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.

Date: Thursday, March 18, 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 March 17

Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Spring is a wonderful time of year to get out and do some birding. Shorebirds (birds that can be found along mudflats or shorelines feasting on a variety of aquatic invertebrates) begin their long migration from Central and South America to the United States during early to late March (sometimes earlier). Shorebirds are known to be one of the most difficult and cryptic bird groups to identify, yet this challenge is often rewarded with seeing beautiful birds. Join us for this virtual program as we discuss when and where to observe shorebirds, equipment for observations, and tricks on identifying the most common species (such as the greater and lesser yellow legs) along with some rarities. This program will be given by Shelly Colatskie of Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center and Austin Lambert of Runge Conservation Nature Center.

While this program is geared for adults, all ages are welcome.

This is a virtual program. You will receive an email with Webex log in information the evening prior to the program, and again the afternoon of the program. If you do not receive an email, check your spam/junk folders, or contact us.

Register by March 18

Date: Thursday, March 18, 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. March's applique block and presentation will feature the commonly seen Red-eared Slider turtle. 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 March 19

Date: Friday, March 19, 2021 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Archery, amphibians, doves, and sunflowers are just a few of the things that come to mind when I think about Maintz Wildlife Preserve. This unique conservation area, located just outside of Oak Ridge, MO has a lot to offer year-round. Take a virtual look at this month’s featured conservation area to learn how you can Discover Nature near you.

All ages are welcome, though this program will be more appropriate for ages 12 and up.

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 March 19

Date: Friday, March 19, 2021 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Many people enjoy watching hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. Why not attract them to your yard with native plants? Naturalist Jordi Raos will go over the basics of adding wildlife friendly plants to your yard before answering questions. Our Native Plant Sale will be on April 3 (pre-order only, contact Jordanya.Raos@mdc.mo.gov for a flyer). 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 8-adult.

Register by March 20

Date: Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Tweet, tweet! It’s hard work to find the perfect spot and build a nest. But these birds are up for the challenge! Tune in with your little one to learn who’s building their nests this month.

This program is designed for children 3-6 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 March 20

Date: Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

The weather is starting to get really nice, so there’s no better time to get back outside! What’s better than spending your time outdoors around a lake fishing with your family? Join Discover Nature-Fishing instructor Colt Wahl to learn all the very basics of fishing to get any beginner angler on the water and catching fish. You will learn about some of the gear that will help you, how to use it, and even learn how to identify some of our favorite fish species.

Anyone is welcome to join us for this virtual program, though it will be more appropriate for children and families.

Register by March 19

Date: Sunday, March 21, 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. 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.

Date: Monday, March 22, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

You decided you want to shoot archery or hunt this year, what next? We will help you with what you need to know when purchasing a bow. After the purchase, we will show you how to care for your new bow.

Register by March 23

Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Meet a master of disguise, the rough greensnake. These small, slender snakes sneak through the tree tops in search of small insects. Get an up-close look as we discover what makes these snakes unique.

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.

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