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Registration period: September 15 - October 21
Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, October 21, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Take a (virtual) trip with us down a Missouri stream to discover plants and animals that depend on clean water to survive and flourish. Each month a different applique block based on this year’s theme, River Trail Discoveries, will be revealed. October's applique block and presentation features the Mink. Participants need to attend this virtual program to receive the applique block/pattern which will be e-mailed after the presentation. Ages 16 and up. Registration Required. 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: October 1 - October 21
Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, October 21, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Take a trip with us down a Missouri stream to discover plants and animals that depend on clean water to survive and flourish. Each month a different applique block based on this year’s theme, River Trail Discoveries, will be revealed. October's applique block and presentation features the mink. Ages 16 and up. Registration Required.

Registration period: September 2 - October 21
Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021 6:30 pm - Thursday, October 21, 2021 7:20 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Registration is required to attend this special event. All activities are outdoors. Choose from 7 nightly guided hike times. Please register each member of your party as a limited number of tickets will be issued for each hike.

Get ready for some nighttime fun during our annual guided Halloween hikes. In the style of Wild Kratts, learn about the “Wild Rats—An Adaptation Adventure” as you work with some folks who resemble cast members to help solve the Mystery of the Missing Martin. Prepare for some entertaining sights without the frights. Fun for all ages. Dress for the weather (costumes welcome) and plan on 50 minutes for the hike.
Registration period: September 2 - October 21
Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021 6:50 pm - Thursday, October 21, 2021 7:40 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Registration is required to attend this special event. All activities are outdoors. Choose from 7 nightly guided hike times. Please register each member of your party as a limited number of tickets will be issued for each hike.

Get ready for some nighttime fun during our annual guided Halloween hikes. In the style of Wild Kratts, learn about the “Wild Rats—An Adaptation Adventure” as you work with some folks who resemble cast members to help solve the Mystery of the Missing Martin. Prepare for some entertaining sights without the frights. Fun for all ages. Dress for the weather (costumes welcome) and plan on 50 minutes for the hike.
Registration period: September 2 - October 21
Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021 7:10 pm - Thursday, October 21, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Registration is required to attend this special event. All activities are outdoors. Choose from 7 nightly guided hike times. Please register each member of your party as a limited number of tickets will be issued for each hike.

Get ready for some nighttime fun during our annual guided Halloween hikes. In the style of Wild Kratts, learn about the “Wild Rats—An Adaptation Adventure” as you work with some folks who resemble cast members to help solve the Mystery of the Missing Martin. Prepare for some entertaining sights without the frights. Fun for all ages. Dress for the weather (costumes welcome) and plan on 50 minutes for the hike.
Registration period: September 2 - October 21
Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021 7:50 pm - Thursday, October 21, 2021 8:40 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Registration is required to attend this special event. All activities are outdoors. Choose from 7 nightly guided hike times. Please register each member of your party as a limited number of tickets will be issued for each hike.

Get ready for some nighttime fun during our annual guided Halloween hikes. In the style of Wild Kratts, learn about the “Wild Rats—An Adaptation Adventure” as you work with some folks who resemble cast members to help solve the Mystery of the Missing Martin. Prepare for some entertaining sights without the frights. Fun for all ages. Dress for the weather (costumes welcome) and plan on 50 minutes for the hike.
Registration period: September 2 - October 21
Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021 8:10 pm - Thursday, October 21, 2021 9:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Registration is required to attend this special event. All activities are outdoors. Choose from 7 nightly guided hike times. Please register each member of your party as a limited number of tickets will be issued for each hike.

Get ready for some nighttime fun during our annual guided Halloween hikes. In the style of Wild Kratts, learn about the “Wild Rats—An Adaptation Adventure” as you work with some folks who resemble cast members to help solve the Mystery of the Missing Martin. Prepare for some entertaining sights without the frights. Fun for all ages. Dress for the weather (costumes welcome) and plan on 50 minutes for the hike.
Registration period: September 2 - October 21
Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021 8:30 pm - Thursday, October 21, 2021 9:20 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Registration is required to attend this special event. All activities are outdoors. Choose from 7 nightly guided hike times. Please register each member of your party as a limited number of tickets will be issued for each hike.

Get ready for some nighttime fun during our annual guided Halloween hikes. In the style of Wild Kratts, learn about the “Wild Rats—An Adaptation Adventure” as you work with some folks who resemble cast members to help solve the Mystery of the Missing Martin. Prepare for some entertaining sights without the frights. Fun for all ages. Dress for the weather (costumes welcome) and plan on 50 minutes for the hike.
Registration period: September 2 - October 21
Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021 8:50 pm - Thursday, October 21, 2021 9:40 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Registration is required to attend this special event. All activities are outdoors. Choose from 7 nightly guided hike times. Please register each member of your party as a limited number of tickets will be issued for each hike.

Get ready for some nighttime fun during our annual guided Halloween hikes. In the style of Wild Kratts, learn about the “Wild Rats—An Adaptation Adventure” as you work with some folks who resemble cast members to help solve the Mystery of the Missing Martin. Prepare for some entertaining sights without the frights. Fun for all ages. Dress for the weather (costumes welcome) and plan on 50 minutes for the hike.
Registration period: October 1 - October 21
Date: Friday, October 22, 2021 9:00 am - Friday, October 22, 2021 10:00 am
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Join us with your 0-3 year old on an exploration hike, looking for various seeds to help us create seed bracelets. We will also look at some seeds found in our foods. Meet at the staging area. Dress for the weather, rain or shine.
Registration period: October 1 - October 21
Date: Friday, October 22, 2021 9:00 am - Friday, October 22, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
The trees are changing color and the breeze is cool. Join us for a kayaking program at Ashland Lake located by Ashland, MO; a short drive from both Columbia and Jefferson City. Bring a water bottle, snacks, and fishing equipment (optional). If fishing, you will need a valid permit. Dress for the weather. All kayaking equipment is provided, including PFD's. Meet at the Ashland Lake parking lot or meet at Runge and follow the presenters. Registration required. Ages 13 and up.
Registration period: October 1 - October 21
Date: Friday, October 22, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, October 22, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Join us with your 0-3 year old on an exploration hike, looking for various seeds to help us create seed bracelets. We will also look at some seeds found in our foods. Meet at the staging area. Dress for the weather, rain or shine.
Registration period: September 17 - October 22
Date: Friday, October 22, 2021 2:00 pm - Friday, October 22, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Online only

Managing a pond or lake can be a full time job. Whether you manage it for fish, amphibians, visual appeal, or to provide a healthy body of water for wildlife in the area, there are endless methods to improve it, and starting with a good plant community may be your first big step. Join native plants enthusiast Jamie Koehler to learn about several native aquatic plants to help you manage your pond or lake to reach your desired goals.

This program is virtual and will be more appropriate for ages 16 and up, though anyone is welcome.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address to receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: September 10 - October 21
Date: Friday, October 22, 2021 4:00 pm - Friday, October 22, 2021 5:30 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Come to Jay Henges Shooting Range to learn about an ancient tool: the atlatl. In this program we will learn about the different types of atlatls and darts, and how to safely shoot them. This program will be outside: please wear appropriate clothing and bring water and sunscreen.

Registration is required and current COVID-19 guidance will be followed. Ages 9 and up.
Date: Friday, October 22, 2021 6:30 pm - Saturday, October 23, 2021 9:30 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Join our partnership event between Wildcat Glades Friends Group and the Missouri Department of Conservation for a guided night hike. Follow our guides down the yellow brick road to meet some interesting characters and learn about some amazing things you can find in Missouri. Guided hikes will leave every 15 minutes and will conclude with snacks and crafts inside the Emerald City. Register by emailing lauren@wildcatglades.org.

or check out the Wildcat Glades Friends Group Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/375795504039955/
Registration period: September 2 - October 22
Date: Friday, October 22, 2021 6:30 pm - Friday, October 22, 2021 7:20 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Registration is required to attend this special event. All activities are outdoors. Choose from 7 nightly guided hike times. Please register each member of your party as a limited number of tickets will be issued for each hike.

Get ready for some nighttime fun during our annual guided Halloween hikes. In the style of Wild Kratts, learn about the “Wild Rats—An Adaptation Adventure” as you work with some folks who resemble cast members to help solve the Mystery of the Missing Martin. Prepare for some entertaining sights without the frights. Fun for all ages. Dress for the weather (costumes welcome) and plan on 50 minutes for the hike.
Registration period: September 2 - October 22
Date: Friday, October 22, 2021 6:50 pm - Friday, October 22, 2021 7:40 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Registration is required to attend this special event. All activities are outdoors. Choose from 7 nightly guided hike times. Please register each member of your party as a limited number of tickets will be issued for each hike.

Get ready for some nighttime fun during our annual guided Halloween hikes. In the style of Wild Kratts, learn about the “Wild Rats—An Adaptation Adventure” as you work with some folks who resemble cast members to help solve the Mystery of the Missing Martin. Prepare for some entertaining sights without the frights. Fun for all ages. Dress for the weather (costumes welcome) and plan on 50 minutes for the hike.
Registration period: September 2 - October 22
Date: Friday, October 22, 2021 7:10 pm - Friday, October 22, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Registration is required to attend this special event. All activities are outdoors. Choose from 7 nightly guided hike times. Please register each member of your party as a limited number of tickets will be issued for each hike.

Get ready for some nighttime fun during our annual guided Halloween hikes. In the style of Wild Kratts, learn about the “Wild Rats—An Adaptation Adventure” as you work with some folks who resemble cast members to help solve the Mystery of the Missing Martin. Prepare for some entertaining sights without the frights. Fun for all ages. Dress for the weather (costumes welcome) and plan on 50 minutes for the hike.
Registration period: September 2 - October 22
Date: Friday, October 22, 2021 7:50 pm - Friday, October 22, 2021 8:40 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Registration is required to attend this special event. All activities are outdoors. Choose from 7 nightly guided hike times. Please register each member of your party as a limited number of tickets will be issued for each hike.

Get ready for some nighttime fun during our annual guided Halloween hikes. In the style of Wild Kratts, learn about the “Wild Rats—An Adaptation Adventure” as you work with some folks who resemble cast members to help solve the Mystery of the Missing Martin. Prepare for some entertaining sights without the frights. Fun for all ages. Dress for the weather (costumes welcome) and plan on 50 minutes for the hike.
Registration period: September 2 - October 22
Date: Friday, October 22, 2021 8:10 pm - Friday, October 22, 2021 9:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Registration is required to attend this special event. All activities are outdoors. Choose from 7 nightly guided hike times. Please register each member of your party as a limited number of tickets will be issued for each hike.

Get ready for some nighttime fun during our annual guided Halloween hikes. In the style of Wild Kratts, learn about the “Wild Rats—An Adaptation Adventure” as you work with some folks who resemble cast members to help solve the Mystery of the Missing Martin. Prepare for some entertaining sights without the frights. Fun for all ages. Dress for the weather (costumes welcome) and plan on 50 minutes for the hike.
Registration period: September 2 - October 22
Date: Friday, October 22, 2021 8:30 pm - Friday, October 22, 2021 9:20 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Registration is required to attend this special event. All activities are outdoors. Choose from 7 nightly guided hike times. Please register each member of your party as a limited number of tickets will be issued for each hike.

Get ready for some nighttime fun during our annual guided Halloween hikes. In the style of Wild Kratts, learn about the “Wild Rats—An Adaptation Adventure” as you work with some folks who resemble cast members to help solve the Mystery of the Missing Martin. Prepare for some entertaining sights without the frights. Fun for all ages. Dress for the weather (costumes welcome) and plan on 50 minutes for the hike.
Registration period: September 2 - October 22
Date: Friday, October 22, 2021 8:50 pm - Friday, October 22, 2021 9:40 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Registration is required to attend this special event. All activities are outdoors. Choose from 7 nightly guided hike times. Please register each member of your party as a limited number of tickets will be issued for each hike.

Get ready for some nighttime fun during our annual guided Halloween hikes. In the style of Wild Kratts, learn about the “Wild Rats—An Adaptation Adventure” as you work with some folks who resemble cast members to help solve the Mystery of the Missing Martin. Prepare for some entertaining sights without the frights. Fun for all ages. Dress for the weather (costumes welcome) and plan on 50 minutes for the hike.
Registration period: September 13 - October 12
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021 5:00 am - Saturday, October 23, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program and hunt is for youth, new to duck hunting, that is interested in learning the skills needed to successfully hunt ducks. We will begin with a mandatory class on Wednesday, October 13 from 6-7 p.m. to discuss safety, firearms, clothing, hunting techniques, and details of the hunt. All participants for the hunt must attend the mandatory clinic and be Hunter Education Certified to participate in the hunt on October 23.
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021 5:00 am - Sunday, October 24, 2021 6:00 pm
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve

First Time Deer Hunters, Firearm

October 23 & 24

Hunt # 98

1 deer of either sex

Hunter must attend pre-hunt orientation, those who do not attend, are disqualified.

Only first-time deer hunters, 18 years of age or older, who have never harvested a deer are eligible.

Hunters who require an assistant must provide one.

Mandatory Pre-Hunt Orientation – Tuesday, September 21, 6pm – 8pm, Jay Henges Shooting Range, Education Center

Contact Kurt Otterstein at kurt.otterstein@mdc.mo.gov for questions

Registration period: September 15 - October 21
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, October 23, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
What is a Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR)? Where does it get its name? Is it legal to hunt with one? This course will answer all those questions plus many more. The MSR is one of the most purchased firearms on the market today… and one of the most versatile. The instructors will cover the parts of the MSR, calibers available, the basics of operation, maintenance and care.