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Registration period: June 11 - July 31
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 11:30 am - Saturday, July 31, 2021 1:00 pm
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.
Registration period: June 24 - July 24
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, July 31, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Enjoy the accomplishment of making things for your home and decorating with all things rustic?

Join us to make a stool using common Ozark caning and weaving techniques. With the materials provided you will not only have a unique piece but a practical one. This program is designed for ages 16 and up.
Registration period: July 1 - July 26
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, July 31, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range

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 30 - July 31
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, July 31, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Pretty, powerful, predatory, and precious: words that describe dragon and damselflies. Join us as we explore the fascinating world of these amazing animals during this hands-on experience. Registration required. Ages 10 and up.

Registration period: July 1 - July 26
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, July 31, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Presented at Lake City Shooting Range & Outdoor Education Center

Registration required by going to https://mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/178747 (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/178747 (COPY AND PASTE LINK IN YOUR BROWSER TO REGISTER)
Registration period: June 11 - July 31
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 1:30 pm - Saturday, July 31, 2021 3:00 pm
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.
Registration period: July 28 - August 26
Date: Sunday, August 1, 2021 10:00 am - Sunday, August 29, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
Registration is required! Shotgun shooting is fun and exciting. If you want to learn about the shotgun fundamentals from the very beginning or improve your skill at skeet, trap or 5-stand, this One-on-One Shotgun Instruction course is for you! Our instructors will help you get started and work with you on the basics to prepare you for moving on to each discipline. To register or for more information, please call 816-249-3194. You must provide your own shotgun and two (2) full boxes of shells. The shells must be # 7.5, 8, or 9 shot. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Registration period: July 27 - August 27
Date: Sunday, August 1, 2021 10:30 am - Tuesday, August 31, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
Have you just bought a new pistol and want to become more familiar with it? Do you need some help getting started as a new shooter or haven’t shot for a while and want to get back into it? Is there a technique that you want to learn or improve upon? This one-on-one instruction is for you! It is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Participants must provide their own pistol and 100 rounds of ammunition. For more information or to make an appointment, call 816-249-3194.
Date: Monday, August 2, 2021 9:00 am - Monday, August 2, 2021 10:30 am
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program will teach the fundamentals of archery and atlatl including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. This event will take place on the static archery range. All equipment will be provided.
Date: Monday, August 2, 2021 12:00 pm - Monday, August 2, 2021 1:30 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program will teach the fundamentals of archery and atlatl including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. This event will take place on the static archery range. All equipment will be provided.
Date: Monday, August 2, 2021 5:30 pm - Monday, August 2, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Blind Pony Hatchery CA

Lesson 1:

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

This first class includes instruction as well as hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. 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 types of hooks. 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!

Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2021 5:00 pm - Tuesday, August 3, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Lesson 3&4

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. We will be following local mask and social 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.

Class at Lake 15.

Registration period: July 20 - August 2
Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, August 3, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Food Plots for Wildlife - Presented by Mr. Chris Grellner from Valley Park Elevator s the presenter

Chris will discuss how to determine a site. What time of year to prep and when to seed.

He will explain the benefits of each crop option, Rye vs clover, oats over beans.

He will also talk about the Importance of soil sample results and equipment needed.

Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, August 3, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only
Do you want to learn how get started shooting a shotgun but do not know how? This virtual program will introduce to you to shotgun shooting. We will discuss shotgun actions, gauges, chokes, proper stance and ammunition selection.
Registration period: June 15 - August 3
Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2021 7:00 pm - Tuesday, August 3, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 16+) It is really hot out! This urban hike will be at a moderate pace through the beautiful, tree lined streets of Midtown. We will be on the lookout for birds and other hidden gems as we explore Midtown just north of the Discovery Center. We will also discuss hiking safety and other urban hikes in KC. The instructor will e-mail the exact meeting location to participants the week prior to the hike. This hike utilizes sidewalks and paved trails and includes one long set of stairs. This is an all-outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive and e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.
Registration period: July 8 - August 4
Date: Wednesday, August 4, 2021 2:30 pm - Wednesday, August 4, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Online only
Join us as we highlight a few of the Invasive/Exotic species we encounter. We will discuss how to identify them and when and what is the best way to control or eradicate them.
Registration period: July 15 - August 4
Date: Wednesday, August 4, 2021 3:00 pm - Wednesday, August 4, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Online only
Why do snakes stick out their tongues? How tough is a turtle’s shell? Slither into a virtual naturalist led program that will include activities, slides, and live animals! We will dispel fear and make connections as we learn Missouri reptiles aren’t scary, they are unique, and have important jobs! Registration required. All Ages. 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.
Registration period: July 4 - August 4
Date: Wednesday, August 4, 2021 4:30 pm - Wednesday, August 4, 2021 6:30 pm
Location: George O. White Nursery

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing rod, parts of a fishing rod, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. 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.

Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 and up. We encourage the entire family to participate. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. Participants do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program. For additional information or questions contact LuAnn Conway at (573) 325-1381 ext. 6031.
Date: Wednesday, August 4, 2021 5:30 pm - Wednesday, August 4, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Blind Pony Hatchery CA

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: July 20 - August 4
Date: Thursday, August 5, 2021 1:00 pm - Thursday, August 5, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Online only

Nothing catches people’s attention like snakes! Why are snakes important? How do you tell if they are venomous? Find out the answers to these questions and more! Join us for a free virtual program where you will learn about and meet some of the slithering serpents that call Missouri home.

You will receive a link for the program about 24 hours before the program
Registration period: July 20 - August 4
Date: Thursday, August 5, 2021 1:00 pm - Thursday, August 5, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Nothing catches people’s attention like snakes! Why are snakes important? How do you tell if they are venomous? Find out the answers to these questions and more! Join us for a free in-person program where you will learn about and meet some of the slithering serpents that call Missouri home.

This is an IN-PERSON program. Please meet at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Registration period: July 4 - August 5
Date: Thursday, August 5, 2021 3:30 pm - Thursday, August 5, 2021 6:30 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing rod, parts of a fishing rod, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. 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.

Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 and up. We encourage the entire family to participate. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. Participants do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program. For additional information or questions contact LuAnn Conway at (573) 325-1381 ext. 6031.
Date: Thursday, August 5, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, August 5, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Clay target shooting is a fun and exciting way to further your shotgun shooting knowledge. We will spend time talking about the 5-stand sporting clays. We will be talking about the different birds that are thrown and how to shoot them. We will go over how the shooter will need to mount the gun, hold points, break points, forward allowance, and many more of the mechanics as it pertains to 5 stand sporting clay shooting. This program is not for the beginning shotgun shooter as it is an intermediate level program so unless you are beyond the basics in shotgunning this program is not for you. We will provide 20-gauge shotguns and ammunition for those who do not have one. If you plan to use your own, bring a minimum of 50 rounds of new ammunition in the gauge of your shotgun. There should be no live ammunition, or uncased firearms inside the classroom. Please leave all firearms in the vehicle until the class is dismissed to go to shoot. This includes concealed carry handguns and magazines.

Registration period: June 22 - August 4
Date: Thursday, August 5, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, August 5, 2021 8:30 pm
Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish-Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, participants will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs.

Lesson 4: Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 5-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 & 4.

Equipment, bait and fishing coaches will be provided.

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

Each participant must register for this program individually on the Missouri Department of Conservation Discover Fishing website. For assistance with registration please email the program instructor.

Registration period: July 15 - August 4
Date: Friday, August 6, 2021 8:00 am - Friday, August 6, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Are you unfamiliar with some of the water birds native to Saint Louis? Come join us as we hike along the waterway in Forest Park, looking for some of the water birds native to the city. No experience required, dress for the weather, and bring water, snacks, and binoculars. Please meet at the fish hatchery.

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