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Registration period: August 26 - September 27
Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2021 11:30 am - Thursday, September 30, 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: August 26 - September 27
Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2021 11:30 am - Thursday, September 30, 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: Thursday, September 2, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, October 30, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Nature's Needlers, a volunteer led program at the Runge Conservation Nature Center, is celebrating 24 years of nature-inspired quilts. Visit the Runge Conservation Nature Center in September and October to experience our bi-annual quilt show. Nature's Needlers is a monthly program offered by volunteers who teach and guide participants in needlework inspired by Missouri's outdoors. All Ages. No registration required.
Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 1:00 pm - Tuesday, September 21, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

The Mystery of Animal Migration – By Land, sea and air, many animals migrate “home”. Twice a year they make their way, sometimes over very long distances. Join us to learn about Missouri animals that migrate, why and how they migrate.

Registration is required by 5PM the day before the program. Please contact Alyssa.garver@mdc.mo.gov with any questions or for assistance in registering. This is a FREE program. All ages are welcome, but children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration period: September 1 - September 17
Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 1:00 pm - Tuesday, September 21, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)

It is harvest time! September is a bountiful month not only for pawpaw’s but for persimmons and other fall fruits in Missouri. Take a hike with us and learn how to prepare delicious treats from native fall fruits.
Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 5:00 pm - Tuesday, September 21, 2021 6:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This two part program includes handgun fundamentals, shooting, operation, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start with virtual classroom instruction on Monday, September 20th from 6-7:30 p.m., then head to the range for a live-fire session on Tuesday, September 21st from 5-6 p.m. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment are provided. The virtual classroom portion on September 20th is required in order to attend the live fire portion on September 21st.
Registration period: September 1 - September 20
Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 5:00 pm - Tuesday, September 21, 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

Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 5:30 pm - Tuesday, September 21, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Rinquelin Trail Lake 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!

Registration period: July 3 - September 20
Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, September 21, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

The Ozark Chinquapin was a major player in our Ozarks forests; often it was the dominant tree species on many ridge tops and rocky slopes. The decline of the species had major effects on local wildlife food webs and traditional cultural uses. The hard-working Ozark Chinquapin Foundation, area foresters and local naturalists have been dedicated for almost 15 years in saving this species, and there are several success stories ahead.

This classroom program will look at this unique tree’s place in our local ecology and highlight the foundation’s research and outreach. There are many ways local citizens can help conservation efforts. We invite interested nature enthusiasts to come learn about this worthy effort.

Registration period: August 27 - September 21
Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, September 21, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Pinecone crafts are not just for kids. First we will learn about pinecones and the purpose they serve in our habitats. Then we are going to cut and paint some pinecones and you can choose from a couple of different craft projects to finish up. This program is geared toward adult crafters but if you want to bring a youngster with you they are welcome. Just make sure you register them under their own name.
Registration period: September 10 - September 19
Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, September 21, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve

Many people love spending time in the outdoors in hopes of viewing wildlife, but have you ever had the desire to make bird or animal calls with your own voice to see if you could call them in? Well, here’s your chance!! Come join us at Shaw Nature Reserve to learn about barred owls, what sounds they make, how to duplicate those sounds with your own voice ------ and then try to call a barred owl into viewing distance!!! No guarantees, but it’s fun and exciting to try calling an owl and at least get it to respond. Even if we aren’t successful on this night, you will leave with the knowledge and skills to try it on your own another time.

The entire program will be in an outdoor setting, starting under a pavilion while it’s still daylight and then calling into the evening hours as night-time approaches. COVID protocols will be in place according to social distancing standards, mask wearing when social distancing can’t be accomplished will be required (bring your mask) and hand sanitizer will be available.

Things to bring:

Mask -- In case social distancing can’t be accomplished or if desired for comfort level.

Proper clothing and footwear – Dress for the weather and we will be out in the field and woods.

Bug spray if desired (bug spray will not be provided so bring your own)

Bottled Water – Bring your own

Small Flashlight to walk after dark

So come join us Tuesday September 21, 2021 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Shaw Nature Reserve. More specific directions will be emailed to the participants prior to the program date. Please provide a good phone contact in case of cancellation. Should the program be cancelled due to rain, the make up “rain date” will be Wednesday September 22nd at the same time.

Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, September 21, 2021 9:00 pm
Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range
Ropes have the potential to be the worst bane or the best friend of the outdoorsman. By learning a few simple knots, you can quickly learn to secure your gear, pitch your tent, tie your tarp, or manage whatever else the outdoors throws at you. Join our instructors for some how-to, and a little practice to help you master a few of the most useful knots.
Registration period: August 17 - September 21
Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, September 21, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (women ages 16+) Bowhunting is a great way to spend time in nature while challenging yourself to ethically harvest food for your table. This class is designed for those who have never hunted as well as those who have hunted before but are new to hunting with a bow. The instructor is a woman who took up hunting as an adult. She will share tips for buying gear, where to hunt in KC, being safe during your hunt and how to care for the meat. Come prepared with plenty of questions.
Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 6:30 pm - Tuesday, September 21, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This two part program includes handgun fundamentals, shooting, operation, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start with virtual classroom instruction on Monday, September 20th from 6-7:30 p.m., then head to the range for a live-fire session on Tuesday, September 21st from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment are provided. The virtual classroom portion on September 20th is required in order to attend the live fire portion on September 21st.
Registration period: August 13 - September 22
Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, September 22, 2021 10:45 am
Location: Online only
Missouri is home to many beautiful plants which can provide fall color. Naturalist Jordi Raos will share some easy to grow native plants that can add some spice to your yard! Enjoy a short virtual presentation followed by a Q&A session. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link the day prior to the program. All ages. This program will not be recorded.
Registration period: August 23 - September 21
Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 4:00 pm - Wednesday, September 22, 2021 6:00 pm
Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Come to Forest Park to learn the basics of fishing: how to bait a line, tie a hook, cast, and unhook a fish. This is a family event designed for children 15 and under. If you are 16 or older, you must have a fishing license to cast. Without a fishing license, you may help your child bait the line and unhook the fish only.

Fishing poles, bait, and gear will be provided. We will be outside in full sun; please bring sunscreen, a water bottle, and wear appropriate clothing for outdoor adventuring in the heat.

Please note: This program will be conducted by Powder Valley staff AT FOREST PARK HATCHERY.

Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 5:30 pm - Wednesday, September 22, 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!
Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, September 22, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Online only

Don't want to spend a lot of money but want to show off your deer harvest for years to come? Learn how to European mount your deer head. We will be covering how to make it shine as well as other tips, tricks, and techniques.

Registration period: September 20 - September 22
Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, September 22, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve

Many people love spending time in the outdoors in hopes of viewing wildlife, but have you ever had the desire to make bird or animal calls with your own voice to see if you could call them in? Well, here’s your chance!! Come join us at Shaw Nature Reserve to learn about barred owls, what sounds they make, how to duplicate those sounds with your own voice ------ and then try to call a barred owl into viewing distance!!! No guarantees, but it’s fun and exciting to try calling an owl and at least get it to respond. Even if we aren’t successful on this night, you will leave with the knowledge and skills to try it on your own another time.

The entire program will be in an outdoor setting, starting under a pavilion while it’s still daylight and then calling into the evening hours as night-time approaches. COVID protocols will be in place according to social distancing standards, mask wearing when social distancing can’t be accomplished will be required (bring your mask) and hand sanitizer will be available.

Things to bring:

Mask -- In case social distancing can’t be accomplished or if desired for comfort level.

Proper clothing and footwear – Dress for the weather and we will be out in the field and woods.

Bug spray if desired (bug spray will not be provided so bring your own)

Bottled Water – Bring your own

Small Flashlight to walk after dark

Outdoor chair for the first part of the program.

So come join us Wednesday September 22, 2021 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Shaw Nature Reserve. More specific directions will be emailed to the participants after 12:00 noon on the day of the program.. Please provide a good phone contact in case of cancellation. Should the program be cancelled due to bad weather, there will not be a make date. .

Registration period: August 22 - September 22
Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 6:30 pm - Wednesday, September 22, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only
Learn about the ins-and-outs of fishing for largemouth bass in Missouri, geared towards the intermediate angler. We will discuss where bass are found in their given waterbody throughout the year, their diet and habits, and what tactics to use to be successful in different scenarios.
Registration period: August 17 - September 21
Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 6:30 pm - Wednesday, September 22, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only
Fall may be starting, but that doesn’t mean the fun stops when summer ends! Join us for this virtual program where we will discuss the different activities that come alive as the days cool down.
Registration period: August 28 - September 22
Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021 10:00 am - Thursday, September 23, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Online only
Join us for a virtual tour through Peck Ranch, which was the site for the reintroduction of elk back into Missouri. We will discuss what to expect on your own visit to the ranch and what to look for (clues) while you're there.
Registration period: September 8 - September 23
Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021 11:00 am - Thursday, September 23, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Online only

Catfishing can be a fun and relaxing activity year round, and who doesn’t like to eat catfish? Join Discover Nature-Fishing instructor Colt Wahl to learn about the mighty-sized fish in the Mighty Mississippi, as well as how and where to find them, different methods to try, gear that you may need, and different baits for different circumstances. This program will be more appropriate for ages 12 and up, but anyone is welcome to join in!

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021 12:00 pm - Thursday, September 23, 2021 6:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This will be a scramble style 5 stand game. This tournament will consist of two person teams. It will consist of 5 stations. Each team will fire 3 sets at each station. Each station will consist of 3 clay targets in which a team of two shooters will fire 4 total shots 2 per team mate. This is an event strictly for fun, there are no prizes. The program is free to enter each person will need to sign up individually. We are not providing firearms or ammunition. This provides a good warmup opportunity for hunting seasons coming up. We have openings for 16 teams. Scores will be kept for bragging rights.
Registration period: August 20 - September 23
Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021 2:00 pm - Thursday, September 23, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

The “Mighty Mississippi” is a focal point for our state, but where are the best places in Southeast Missouri to enjoy the river views? Join us as we take a virtual look at three great options: Tower Rock Conservation Area, Trail of Tears State Park (managed by DNR), and the Cape River Walk (managed by City of Cape). We’ll also discuss a few of the plants and animals you may see while visiting these areas. This program is open to all ages; however it is most suitable for ages 15 and up.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.