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Registration period: January 20 - March 17
Date: Friday, March 17, 2023 12:00 pm - Friday, March 17, 2023 1:00 pm
Location: Online only

The shamrock is a symbol of the greenest holiday of the year, but what exactly is a shamrock? A four-leaf clover? Not so fast. Learn all about the shamrock and where you might expect to find some of your own right here in Missouri. So, follow us to the end of the rainbow and learn something new about Missouri’s native plants. This virtual program is open to all ages; however, it is best suited for those 12 years of age and older.

Please ensure 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.

This virtual program is in connection with the Native Plant Seminar but may be registered for as a stand-alone program. Look for virtual native plant programs March 14-17, then visit us at the nature center on March 18 for guest speakers, a tree ID hike, a craft corner, and native plant vendors. Missouri Wildflowers Nursery and Forrest Keeling will be on site from 9 am – 1 pm with a variety of native plants, trees, and shrubs available for purchase.
Registration period: December 22 - March 21
Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2023 12:00 pm - Tuesday, March 21, 2023 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
Cast iron cooking is a fun and tasty way to add to any outdoor adventure. This series of virtual programs is designed to boost your knowledge so you can cook a wide variety of great recipes around camp while making it fun and easy! Part three of this virtual series will be filled with tools, tips, and cooking ideas to boost your confidence using Dutch ovens and cast iron at home as well as around the campfire.
Registration period: January 23 - March 21
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2023 2:30 pm - Wednesday, March 22, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Online only
This session will focus on other methods of cooking fish. We will discuss smoking, canning, pickling, and salting to name a few.
Registration period: February 1 - March 24
Date: Friday, March 24, 2023 3:30 pm - Friday, March 24, 2023 4:30 pm
Location: Online only
Naturalist Jordi Raos will share some of her favorite native plants and talk about how to pick the right plant for the right spot. All ages. Please include a valid email address when you register so we can send you a virtual program link. This program will not be recorded.
Registration period: December 22 - March 28
Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2023 12:00 pm - Tuesday, March 28, 2023 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
Cast iron cooking is a fun and tasty way to add to any outdoor adventure. This series of virtual programs is designed to boost your knowledge so you can cook a wide variety of great recipes around camp while making it fun and easy! Part four we will cover other methods like lunch bag, foil packs, cave man/hot coal cooking, pie irons, and more to make campfire cooking fun and easy!
Registration period: January 27 - March 28
Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2023 2:00 pm - Tuesday, March 28, 2023 2:30 pm
Location: Online only
This month we will highlight a jewel of Missouri’s swamps, the wood duck. The males of this species don stunning feathers all in the hopes of attracting a mate. We will dabble into the lives of these beautiful ducks as we learn where they live and how they grow up.
Registration period: January 23 - March 28
Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2023 2:30 pm - Wednesday, March 29, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Online only

Snagging season is open and the suckers are getting ready to shoal. Now is the time to learn about the different gear you will need to snag/

grab these nongame fish. We will discuss rods, reels, lines, hooks, and other gear to help make a successful outing, whether you catch fish or not.
Registration period: December 22 - April 11
Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2023 12:00 pm - Tuesday, April 11, 2023 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
Cast iron cooking is a fun and tasty way to add to any outdoor adventure. This series of virtual programs is designed to boost your knowledge so you can cook a wide variety of great recipes around camp while making it fun and easy! In part five we will cover methods of outdoor cooking with little campers so they can be involved and excited about spending time outdoors!
Registration period: December 22 - April 18
Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2023 12:00 pm - Tuesday, April 18, 2023 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
Cast iron cooking is a fun and tasty way to add to any outdoor adventure. This series of virtual programs is designed to boost your knowledge so you can cook a wide variety of great recipes around camp while making it fun and easy! In this sixth and final virtual program of the series, we will talk about finding and developing recipes and how to make any recipe work in camp, around a campfire, or maybe just at home!
Registration period: February 2 - April 20
Date: Thursday, April 20, 2023 6:00 pm - Thursday, April 20, 2023 7:30 pm
Location: Online only

Join us in learning about mushrooms and how they live and grow. Get some tips on how to find and identify the edible ones and what ones to stay away from. In our area morel mushrooms are very popular, see if you can find any.

Registration period: February 2 - April 21
Date: Saturday, April 22, 2023 9:00 am - Saturday, April 22, 2023 11:30 am
Location: Online only

It’s unbelievable what nature provides! Join us with special guest, Bo Brown, in finding out what is in the outdoors that is edible and what you need to stay away from. Bo will show us some of the everyday plants that we see in our garden or on walks that are healthy for the body.

Registration period: January 18 - May 2
Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2023 6:30 pm - Tuesday, May 2, 2023 8:00 pm
Location: Online only

Muskie Fishing Program – Virtual Program

Did you know the Missouri Department of Conservation stocks Muskie in Fellow’s Lake just north of Springfield? Do you want to learn basic Muskie fishing methods? This hands-on workshop is for YOU! MDC Conservation Educator Lyle Whittaker is partnering with the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks, Springfield Utilities, and the Pomme D Terre Muskie Inc. to offer this unique opportunity for anglers who want to give muskie fishing a try! The workshop has multiple parts. A virtual program on May 2nd will be followed by an in-person fishing session. Anglers registered and attending the in-person fishing event on May 5th are highly encouraged to attend the virtual program! 12 anglers will be allowed to register for the in-person fishing event to be held May 5th (7:00am-11:30am). We will be casting and trolling for muskie but remember Fellow’s Lake holds a healthy population of walleyes as well (that’s why it is called fishing!) Anglers attending should have at least some experiences in casting and operating a spinning reel. All equipment and supplies will be provided by MDC. However, anglers are welcome to bring their own poles, tackle, and PFD (Personal Floatation Device.) All participants must possess a current Missouri fishing permit (if not exempt.)

Topics covered in the virtual program

- Muskie biology

- Regulations

- Equipment and tackle

- Methods of fishing for muskie

May 5th in-person on the lake fishing event

- 4 hours of muskie fishing

- Casting and trolling

Registration is required for both the virtual program and the in-person event. Registration is separate on the MDC events page. Events | Missouri Department of Conservation (mo.gov) For more information or questions contact Lyle Whittaker (417)895-6880 Ext. 1644 or email Lyle.whittaker@mdc.mo.gov