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Registration period: July 15 - August 6
Date: Friday, August 6, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, August 6, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
They can be furry, scaly, long, or short, and can be used for balance, warmth, or to warn of danger. An animals’ tail is an important part of its body and many animals depend on them for survival. Join us this month as we tell you some tales of animal tails. Registration required. Ages 3-6 years.
Registration period: June 15 - August 6
Date: Friday, August 6, 2021 1:00 pm - Friday, August 6, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 14+) Summertime in the native plant garden, there's no better place! The pollinators are out, and the flowers are vibrant. Join our native landscape specialists for a walk around the grounds and bring your questions about your own native plant gardens.
Registration period: July 4 - August 5
Date: Friday, August 6, 2021 3:30 pm - Friday, August 6, 2021 6:30 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

DETAILS

Five Common Missouri Fish - Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle. Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations. You must take Discover Nature - Fishing Lesson 1 and 2 before you can take this class.

Additional Information:

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.

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 must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lessons 3 & 4. 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.
Registration period: June 24 - August 5
Date: Friday, August 6, 2021 6:00 pm - Friday, August 6, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range
This program includes archery safety, operation, shooting fundamentals, maintenance, and safe storage. You may bring your own equipment to this program; however, equipment will be provided.
Registration period: July 23 - August 6
Date: Friday, August 6, 2021 6:30 pm - Friday, August 6, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

There is a whole world of delicious wild mushrooms outside of the venerable morel. Come join mushroom enthusiast and Naturalist Alex for an introductory look at some of falls finest table fare. Learn the basics of foraging for mushrooms, several easy to identify fall treats, and maybe even a recipe or two! This program is open to all ages, however, it has been designed for ages 12 and up.

Registration period: July 22 - August 6
Date: Friday, August 6, 2021 7:00 pm - Friday, August 6, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Come and meet the Missouri Department of Conservation newest team member. This team member has highly specialized skills and abilities that no one else possesses. He also has four paws, fur, and a nose that is 40 times greater than ours! You might say MDC has gone to the dogs. K9-Tex and his handler Cpl. Alan Lamb will be at the nature center to explain and show what it is they do to help protect wildlife. Tex is also going to show off his amazing nose and ability to detect scent.
Registration period: June 16 - August 6
Date: Friday, August 6, 2021 8:00 pm - Friday, August 6, 2021 11:00 pm
Location: Blind Pony Hatchery CA

We will give a demonstration on frog gigging and a lesson on the frogging regulations.

We will be able to try some fried frog legs before heading out to the ponds.

After the students are finished frogging, they will bring them back to the building where we will clean/ package/ label the frogs to be taken home.

Bring a flashlight, bug spray, and shoes/ boots that can get muddy depending on the weather conditions.

For more information, contact Saline County Conservation Agent Chase Wright 660-641-3345
Registration period: July 23 - August 6
Date: Friday, August 6, 2021 8:00 pm - Friday, August 6, 2021 9:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Experience nature’s night shift in a short hike on Paw Paw Valley Trail. We will use our senses as we search for nocturnal animals and discover the amazing ways they survive the night. This program is designed for families with children but all are welcome. Please wear sturdy shoes, the trail is rated moderate to difficult with steep hills.
Registration period: July 15 - August 6
Date: Friday, August 6, 2021 9:00 pm - Friday, August 6, 2021 11:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Beautiful butterflies, dazzling dragonflies, and buzzing bees… These are not the insects we will be exploring during this program. Join us as we discover the wonderful and mysterious insect life that comes out after dark. Registration required. All ages.
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, August 7, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Forest Park Hatchery

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.

Registration period: July 14 - August 6
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, August 7, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Cane poles are primitive but they are also fun and easy for anyone to use. Especially for young children who aren't sure how to handle rod and reel combos yet. Almost anyone can master a cane pole in just a few minutes.

Come out to Prairie Hollow Educational Lake, learn how to build a cane pole and then try your luck with this trusty but ancient equipment that's been catching big fish for thousands of years. All ages are welcome and adults are encouraged to grab a pole and fish along with the kids.

We'll help every child build their own cane pole during this program. They'll learn how to tie clinch knots, use bobbers and split shot weights and how to properly rig a cane pole.

After the program children can take their pole home for more fishing adventures on their own.

Poles, tackle, bait, coaches and a basic cane pole fishing lesson will be provided.

Fishing permits are NOT required for anyone fishing during this program.

All children must be accompanied by an adult and adults may fish along with the children.

Each participant must be registered for this program.

Registration period: June 22 - August 6
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, August 7, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Hike at Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area with Volunteer Naturalist Mike Mihalik. Meet at the Nature Center and follow us to the location in your personal vehicle. Bring a sack lunch and water, hiking poles if you have them, and wear comfortable water shoes as we will hike in the creek 90% of the time. Hike is two miles and rated moderate in difficulty. Ages 18-adult.
Registration period: June 15 - August 4
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, August 7, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Lost Valley Hatchery
Participants will complete a Discover Nature Fishing Lesson , fish and learn to shoot air rifles For more information or help with registration call Kara at 660-438-4465 or Mark @ 660-530-5500
Registration period: July 17 - August 4
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021 9:30 am - Saturday, August 7, 2021 10:15 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each participating (all ages)

Native pollinators are amazing and a vital part of nature! Join a naturalist to search for these cool critters around the nature center, play a game to learn the three key parts of great bee habitat and take a native plant home (1 per household).

Check in for program at bleachers in front of the nature center.
Registration period: May 21 - August 3
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, August 7, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Are you a Scout wanting to get closer to earning a badge? Join us at August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area on Saturday, August 7, 2021 for the scout event of the year! Scouts will be able to visit multiple stations and complete activities that will satisfy a multitude of badges. The following stations will be on site:

• Wilderness Survival

• Water Conservation*

• Orienteering*

• Mammal Study

• Bird Study

• Archery*

• Canoeing*

• Geocaching

• Forestry

• Fishing*

• Environmental Science

• Forest Bathing

• Hiking

• Reptile and Amphibian Study

* Indicates stations that require reservation through email, due to limited spaces

If you wish to attend this event, you must register each participant here. if you wish to add an activity that has limited spaces available to your registration (see * in list above):

• Email Powder.Val@mdc.mo.gov with your:

o Age/s

o A list of the stations with limited spaces you would like to attend that require reservations

• You will then receive a confirmation email with your reservations.

This event is designed for Scouts of America and Girl Scouts.

Scouts are responsible for securing Merit Badge Counselors for the event.

Scouts must bring their Merit Badge Cards.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase through the bait shop concession stand.

Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, August 7, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program is for the attendees from the Virtual Introduction to Shotgun to come to the range and shoot a shotgun with an instructor. We will provide a shotgun and ammunition to those who need it, but you may bring your own. You MUST attended the Virtual Introduction to Shotgun on August 3rd to be able to attend the live fire. Once you have registered you may come at any time between 10am and 2pm to shoot and receive instruction.
Registration period: July 23 - August 7
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, August 7, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Tywappity Community Lake

Fishing is a great way for kids and families to have fun outdoors, learn about conservation, and make happy memories. Our Discover Nature-Fishing program is a hands-on, four-part fishing instruction series that helps families gain the skills and confidence they need to go fishing on their own.

This program will cover the Discover Nature-Fishing Lessons 1 and 2, which are best completed before Lessons 3 and 4 (hosted later). Participants will learn about fishing equipment, casting, rigging a fishing rod, baiting a hook, and proper fish handling. The Discover Nature-Fishing program is available for ages 7 and up. This program will take place at the pavilion at Tywappity Lake in Scott County at 10:00 AM. Participants will not be required to have a valid fishing license for this program.

Registration period: May 24 - August 6
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, August 7, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Walker Farm

This is a free workshop that will help target shooters as well as migratory and upland bird hunters improve their hunting skills. Topics include: how to select the best ammunition and choke combination for hunting, how to improve your shooting skills, how to improve your range & distance estimation skills, and how to properly pattern your shotgun.

Participants should bring their hunting shotgun & choke tubes if applicable, non-toxic shotgun ammunition they wish to pattern, eye/ear protection, and a stool or chair. Clay targets, 12 & 20-gauge practice ammunition will be provided.
Registration period: June 15 - August 7
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, August 7, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 3-8) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity. If you are having trouble registering, please call 816-759-7300.
Registration period: June 15 - August 7
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, August 7, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) Take the "choose your own adventure" approach to identifying trees while you learn to use a dichotomous key. Leaves are plentiful in the summer sun - we'll focus on the terminology and characteristics of leaves that will lead us to the identity of a tree. Put your new skills to the test and trek the Discovery Center's grounds with plenty of Missouri native trees!
Registration period: July 23 - August 7
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, August 7, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Beautiful yellow sunflowers are sensational in summer! Bring your little one to learn about our native sunflowers, how they grow, and how they’re used by wildlife.

Little Acorns programs are designed to help children ages 3-6 learn about the natural world through hands on experiences, crafts, and focused free-play activities.
Registration period: July 17 - August 4
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021 10:15 am - Saturday, August 7, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each participating (all ages)

Native pollinators are amazing and a vital part of nature! Join a naturalist to search for these cool critters around the nature center, play a game to learn the three key parts of great bee habitat and take a native plant home (1 per household).

Check in for program at bleachers in front of the nature center.
Registration period: July 17 - August 4
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021 11:00 am - Saturday, August 7, 2021 11:45 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each participating (all ages)

Native pollinators are amazing and a vital part of nature! Join a naturalist to search for these cool critters around the nature center, play a game to learn the three key parts of great bee habitat and take a native plant home (1 per household).

Check in for program at bleachers in front of the nature center.
Registration period: June 15 - August 7
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021 11:30 am - Saturday, August 7, 2021 12:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 3-8) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity. If you are having trouble registering, please call 816-759-7300.
Registration period: June 15 - August 7
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021 12:30 pm - Saturday, August 7, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) Take the "choose your own adventure" approach to identifying trees while you learn to use a dichotomous key. Leaves are plentiful in the summer sun - we'll focus on the terminology and characteristics of leaves that will lead us to the identity of a tree. Put your new skills to the test and trek the Discovery Center's grounds with plenty of Missouri native trees!