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Date: Thursday, July 29, 2021 5:30 pm - Thursday, July 29, 2021 7:30 pm

Lesson 3:

Lesson 1&2 must be taken before any of other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 3-4.

In this class, participants will learn basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout as well as hands-on fishing. Participants will also learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, you will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs.

Lesson 4:

In this final lesson you will learn how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions as well as hands-on fishing. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.

This class is for children ages 6 years old and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Everyone that is attending must register!

Registration period: June 22 - July 28
Date: Thursday, July 29, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, July 29, 2021 8:30 pm
Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 2: How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure bait on hooks. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided.

Ages 7 and above. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Participants do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program.

All participants must register separately. Please email the instructor for assistance with registration.

Registration period: June 11 - July 26
Date: Friday, July 30, 2021 9:00 am - Friday, July 30, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Warrenton Pool Park

Backpacking is an excellent way to exercise and enjoy nature!

Join us July 30th 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 and fun places to explore in Missouri.

Registration period: July 1 - July 30
Date: Friday, July 30, 2021 9:00 am - Friday, July 30, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Learn the basics of kayaking and try out new skills at the Missouri Department of Conservation Headquarter pond (2901 W. Truman). All equipment is provided. Bring a water bottle and wear clothing and shoes that can get wet (no flip flops). Registration required. Ages 7-12 years. No younger/older siblings please and only one adult per registrant(s).
Registration period: June 22 - July 23
Date: Friday, July 30, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, July 30, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Is there a better way to spend a summer day than spending time outdoors? Join us as we sample different ways you can enjoy conservation right in your own backyard. We will spend time learning about the different plants and animals of Missouri, practicing mini archery and other fun activities in the comfort of the nature center and the surrounding woods.

This minicamp will take place at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center. Please bring a water bottle, a lunch, and any other supplies that you might need for the duration of the camp.

Please register each camper that is planning to attend.

*Parents/guardians will receive a waiver for each camper. Parents/guardians will drop-off campers via waiver and emergency contact form.

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 26
Date: Friday, July 30, 2021 12:00 pm - Friday, July 30, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Warrenton Pool Park

The compass is an excellent tool to help you reach your destination, identify your location, and map your route. Learn how to do all three by joining us at Warrenton Pool Park Pavilion for this free orienteering program. Included will be a treasure hunt for free giveaways. This event will take place outdoors, so be sure to come prepared with proper footwear, clothing attire for gravel trails, water, and potentially hot weather.

All planning to attend the event should register separately. Children younger than sixteen years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

I look forward to seeing you there!

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: June 15 - July 30
Date: Friday, July 30, 2021 6:30 pm - Friday, July 30, 2021 8:30 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Join a naturalist for a 3.5 mile hike on the Hiking and Biking trail at dusk to catch a glimpse of some of Missouri’s summertime magic...the bioluminescence of fireflies!

This guided hike will meet at the Busch Hiking and Biking trailhead. Please bring water and good walking shoes.

MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate.
Registration period: July 1 - July 30
Date: Friday, July 30, 2021 8:00 pm - Friday, July 30, 2021 11:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Bullfrogs and Green frogs are tasty amphibians! Learn the basics of how to gig frogs, which species you can harvest, and how to clean frogs for cooking. After an introduction to gigging, we will head to the ponds to try your hand at this outdoor skill. Wear shoes and clothes that can get wet and muddy. Bring a flashlight/headlamp and water bottle. Registration required. Ages 8 and up.
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, July 31, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This event will be a live Bowfishing event. The attendees of this event will be taken on a mentored Bowfishing day. Participants must attend the virtual Bowfishing event on July 27th to attend the live event. All necessary equipment will be provided. The site of the program is to be determined.
Registration period: July 1 - July 30
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, July 31, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Grab your hiking stick and travel to Fiery Fork Conservation Area in Camden County to join a guided hike. 1.5 miles-moderate. This is also a great wading and fishing spot and poles/bait will be provided or bring your own. Wear or bring shoes/clothes that can get wet if you would like to take advantage of the water. Meet at the Runge Nature Center or the trailhead. For hikers leaving from Runge, some transportation is provided but carpooling may be necessary. Hike leaders will contact participants before the hike to give directions if needed. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and pack a lunch/snack. Registration Required. Ages 18 and up.
Registration period: June 15 - July 16
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, July 31, 2021 10:30 am
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Join us for a 2 and ½ mile hike to view the herons and egrets feeding in the MTC marsh. The young have just left the nests so we may see both young and adults feeding together. See some of the showiest members of all wading birds.

This event will be held at Marais Temp Clair Conservation area. Dress for the weather, and bring water, snacks, and binoculars.

MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate.

Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 8:30 am - Saturday, July 31, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Advance your knowledge of shooting and hunting with your crossbow, safely and effectively. We will cover nomenclature of the crossbow, hand placement, stance, loading, drawing of string, optics and how to properly store your crossbow. The difference between bolts and arrows, practice points and hunting points.

Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, July 31, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Registration required by going to https://mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/178471

(ages 10+, youngsters 10-15 must be accompanied by a participating adult)

Crossbows have been used since the time of ancient Greece. Their design makes for a fast, efficient hunting device and they are also fun and exciting to shoot. Come learn how to properly handle these bows and see what it takes to be on target.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: by going to https://mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/178471 (COPY AND PASTE LINK IN YOUR BROWSER TO REGISTER)

Registration period: July 1 - July 26
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, July 31, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 10+, youngsters 10-15 must be accompanied by a participating adult)

Crossbows have been used since the time of ancient Greece. Their design makes for a fast, efficient hunting device and they are also fun and exciting to shoot. Come learn how to properly handle these bows and see what it takes to be on target.
Registration period: June 18 - July 31
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, July 31, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Learn how to make your own soap from scratch. You will be using native plants to add fragrance and healing properties. You will leave with your own sudsy creation.
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, July 31, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Lessons 1&2

Lesson 1: This lesson must be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4.

Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spin-cast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish.

Lesson 2: Participants will learn intermediate fishing techniques and skills as well as hands-on fishing. Participants will be taught how to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure a variety of baits to various kinds of hooks.

All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing suitable for outdoor and water activities. We will be following current masking and distancing guidelines. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen. This class is for ages 6 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All persons in your group MUST be individually registered.

Registration period: June 29 - July 30
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, July 31, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Lessons 1 & 2 MUST be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing Lessons.

Lesson 3: Participants will learn about aquatic habitats, food webs, and the basic biology of common Missouri fish species.

Lesson 4: Participants will learn about various fishing lures techniques, as well as identify and understand Missouri fishing regulations.

All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen. This class is for ages 6 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All persons in your group MUST be individually registered.

Registration period: July 20 - July 29
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, July 31, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Nature Journaling for Beginners: In-Person

July 31, 2021 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Join us for the in-person portion of our nature journaling series! We will meet at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, in the main lobby of the visitor center. From there, the group will have the option to either participate in hiking while nature journaling, nature journaling while seated outside, and nature journaling from inside.

Please bring water, sunscreen, a notebook or sketchbook, pen, pencil, and wear appropriate clothing for outdoor exploration.
Registration period: June 18 - July 31
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, July 31, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Cool off with some water fun as we learn about some of the cool critters that live in the water. Discover the special ways these animals survive in the water. Come dressed to splash and play! Masks are encouraged if social distancing cannot be maintained.
Registration period: June 11 - July 31
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, July 31, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
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 float stream. The Ozark Float Squad will be here to share their years of experience on where to go, what to pack and how to plan a river adventure for you and the whole family. This is the perfect introduction for any participant thinking about dipping their toes into a new outdoor activity like canoeing or kayaking.
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 11:00 am - Saturday, July 31, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)

Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals, and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.