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Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, August 21, 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.

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Registration period: June 15 - August 21
Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, August 21, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 3-8) Join volunteer naturalist 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 21
Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, August 21, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (all ages) We wish we were fishing but it's too darn hot! So, the next best thing is to let us teach you how to make a cool t-shirt practicing the ancient Japanese art of gyotaku: a method of making beautiful prints of actual fish using rice paper and colored inks. We will be applying this same method to a much simpler version using plastic molded fish, fabric ink and recycled t-shirts. Everything will be supplied.
Registration period: August 1 - August 20
Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, August 21, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults and families)

Do you or someone you know have an interest in going to school for an animal related career? Well, come on in and learn a couple qualities and hobbies that could help you prepare for a future in wildlife conservation.
Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021 10:30 am - Saturday, August 21, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Stop by the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center any time between 10:30am- 2:30pm to learn more about Missouri’s mammals by looking at their skulls and furs. How many can you identify?
Registration period: June 15 - August 21
Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021 11:30 am - Saturday, August 21, 2021 12:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 3-8) Join volunteer naturalist 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 21
Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021 11:30 am - Saturday, August 21, 2021 12:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (all ages) We wish we were fishing but it's too darn hot! So, the next best thing is to let us teach you how to make a cool t-shirt practicing the ancient Japanese art of gyotaku: a method of making beautiful prints of actual fish using rice paper and colored inks. We will be applying this same method to a much simpler version using plastic molded fish, fabric ink and recycled t-shirts. Everything will be supplied.
Registration period: June 15 - August 21
Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021 1:30 pm - Saturday, August 21, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (all ages) We wish we were fishing but it's too darn hot! So, the next best thing is to let us teach you how to make a cool t-shirt practicing the ancient Japanese art of gyotaku: a method of making beautiful prints of actual fish using rice paper and colored inks. We will be applying this same method to a much simpler version using plastic molded fish, fabric ink and recycled t-shirts. Everything will be supplied.
Registration period: July 23 - August 21
Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021 2:00 pm - Saturday, August 21, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Come and meet the Missouri Department of Conservation's newest team member in the southeast region. 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 better than ours! You might say MDC has gone to the dogs. K9-Tex and his handler Corporal Alan Lamb will be at the nature center to explain and show what it is they do to help protect wildlife. Tex will also show off his amazing nose and ability to detect scent.

Registration period: June 22 - August 21
Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021 6:00 pm - Saturday, August 21, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Here is your chance to see a ruby-throated hummingbird up close! Join master hummingbird bander Sarah Driver to learn more about this winged jewel while attempting to capture some for banding. All ages.
Registration period: July 15 - August 17
Date: Sunday, August 22, 2021 9:00 am - Sunday, August 22, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve

Join us August 22nd at Shaw Nature Reserve to learn basic outdoor cooking. This event will cover simple fire making methods, cooking utensils, food options and a cooking demonstration. Toward the end of the program, participants will have an opportunity to put into practice what they’ve learned.

All planning to attend the event should register separately. Children younger than fifteen years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Participants will be required to wear a mask for the indoor portion of the program. If you have any questions, please contact the host.

We look forward to having you join us!
Registration period: July 7 - August 19
Date: Monday, August 23, 2021 6:00 pm - Monday, August 23, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only

This virtual clinic will include information on the following topics to better prepare hunters for dove season:

-Dove biology

-What to do before the hunt:

*Hunting regulations

*Permits

*Finding a place to hunt

*Gear and firearms

-What to do during the hunt:

*Safety

*Hunting strategy

-What to do after the hunt:

*After a successful hunt

*How to clean a dove

*Cooking and eating

You must register with a valid email, as the virtual link will be sent by 11am on the day of the program to that email. This clinic is open to anyone interested in learning about dove hunting. It is required for those drawn for the Youth Dove Hunt being held at the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area. To register for the youth dove hunt, go to https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZHv.

Registration period: July 4 - August 24
Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2021 4:30 pm - Tuesday, August 24, 2021 6:30 pm
Location: MDC Ozark Regional Office

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: Tuesday, August 24, 2021 5:00 pm - Tuesday, August 24, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

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.

Class at Lake 15.

Registration period: August 10 - August 23
Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2021 5:30 pm - Tuesday, August 24, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Dove Season Warm-up

Bring your shotgun, 4 boxes of #7 steel shot, and warm-up for dove season. We’ll create typical hunting scenarios to practice your wingshooting for the September 1st opener

Registration period: July 23 - August 25
Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, August 25, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only
In the summer months, the prairie seems to come to life! Celebrate the blooming flowers and buzzing insects as we discover this unique habitat and its fascinating residents. Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: July 23 - August 25
Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2021 12:00 pm - Wednesday, August 25, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Online only

There is a whole world of delicious wild mushrooms outside of the beloved morel. Come join mushroom enthusiast and Nature Center 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 virtual program is back by popular demand. Please check that your email address is correct upon registration to be sure you receive the virtual link on the day of the event. This program is open to all ages but is most appropriate for adults.

Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2021 1:00 pm - Wednesday, August 25, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Lost Valley Hatchery
Come learn about pie irons for quick and fun camp cooking! We will show you how to prepare and cook some tasty vittles over a grill or campfire. Leave with recipes and knowledge to make tasty treats on your next camping trip or in your backyard. We will also discuss fire starting and fire building to keep warm on your fall outdoor outings.
Registration period: July 23 - August 25
Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2021 2:00 pm - Wednesday, August 25, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
In the summer months, the prairie seems to come to life! Come and celebrate the blooming flowers and buzzing insects as we discover this unique habitat and its fascinating residents. Come dressed for outdoor exploration.
Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2021 3:00 pm - Wednesday, August 25, 2021 4:30 pm
Location: Lost Valley Hatchery
Come learn about pie irons for quick and fun camp cooking! We will show you how to prepare and cook some tasty vittles over a grill or campfire. Leave with recipes and knowledge to make tasty treats on your next camping trip or in your backyard. We will also discuss fire starting and fire building to keep warm on your fall outdoor outings.
Registration period: July 23 - August 26
Date: Thursday, August 26, 2021 10:00 am - Thursday, August 26, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only

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. Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.
Registration period: July 23 - August 26
Date: Thursday, August 26, 2021 10:00 am - Thursday, August 26, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only

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. Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.
Registration period: July 2 - August 25
Date: Thursday, August 26, 2021 12:30 pm - Thursday, August 26, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Lost Valley Hatchery
Summer is a great time to press flowers to use for nature crafts! Participants will learn the basics of pressing flowers and best techniques for crafting with them before spending hands on time making their own notecard, bookmark, and ornament. All supplies will be provided.
Registration period: July 15 - August 26
Date: Thursday, August 26, 2021 4:00 pm - Thursday, August 26, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Online only
During the fall, a monarch, which is half the weight of a paperclip, may travel 50 to 100 miles a day and migrate a total of 3,000 miles over two months. Learn all about this incredible journey and those made by a variety of other fantastic insect migrators. Registration required. Geared for ages 12 and up.
Registration period: July 4 - August 26
Date: Thursday, August 26, 2021 4:30 pm - Thursday, August 26, 2021 6:30 pm
Location: MDC Ozark Regional Office

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.