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Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022 2:00 pm - Saturday, October 1, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)

Come one, Come all! Join us as we celebrate Burr Oak Woods Nature Centers 40th anniversary with a conservation carnival. For the last four decades we have helped the people of this community learn about and explore nature. Come out and enjoy some fun carnival style games, enjoy fair food at the food trucks, or test your skills at such events as archery, air rifles and atlatl. You will also be able to check out some animal oddities and be on the lookout for costumed critters walking around!

Registration period: September 22 - September 29
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022 2:30 pm - Saturday, October 1, 2022 3:30 pm
Location: Southeast Regional Office
Would you like to learn the basics of deer hunting. This class will provide you with the basics to scout, select a location, equipment and general tips to be successful in the field.
Registration period: September 6 - September 30
Date: Sunday, October 2, 2022 8:30 am - Sunday, October 2, 2022 11:30 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Discover the world of Cowboy Action Shooting. During the class we will discover the adventure of cowboy action shooting and how to join in on the fun. The classroom portion will consist of safety rules, regulations, style, methods of shooting, appropriate clothing, firearm choices and much more. Then we will head to the range and work on our shooting skills and techniques. You may bring your own single action revolvers for this class. If you plan to use your own, bring a minimum of 20 rounds of new ammunition for your firearm. Make sure all firearms are unloaded before arriving at the range. There should be no live ammunition, or uncased firearms inside the classroom. Please leave all firearms in the vehicle until the class is dismissed including all concealed carry handguns and magazines. 12 to 17 years of age must be accompied by a guardian.

Registration period: September 1 - October 1
Date: Sunday, October 2, 2022 10:00 am - Sunday, October 2, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

With their thin soils, exposed rocks, and unique biodiversity, glades are some of the most interesting natural communities in Missouri. Join an MDC naturalist as we explore one of the largest dolomite glade complexes in Jefferson County. Be prepared to discover different species of plants, animals, and insects and learn about the interesting geologic history of the area.

We will explore the glades for a short distance and end the program with a hike of the main trail through the area to see the different natural communities and how they link together to create a mosaic of interconnected natural resources. Registrants are welcome to join for just the exploration or stay for the hike as well.

• Hike is 2.6 miles and of moderate difficulty. The terrain is rough and rocky, and you can expect elevation changes of up to 423 feet. The trail also may be overgrown in some areas and could be muddy or slick. *

• Wear sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and insect repellent. *

• Bring a sack lunch and water. *

• All participants must be registered individually. *

• Parking is limited, so please consider carpooling if possible. *

• In the event of inclement weather, the event will be canceled. *

• Program will be held at Valley View Glades Natural Area. The address is 131 Evergreen Dr, Hillsboro, MO 63050. Participants will be sent specific directions during the week of the event. *

• There are no restroom facilities at this conservation area, so please plan ahead. *

Registration period: September 19 - October 2
Date: Monday, October 3, 2022 6:00 pm - Monday, October 3, 2022 9:00 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

The Beginning Handgun program includes handgun fundamentals, operation, safety, maintenance and safe storage. We start in the Education Center with classroom instruction then move to the range for a live-fire session. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment are provided however, you may bring your own handgun and ammunition to the live-fire session. Firearms and ammunition are not allowed in the Education Center. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 2:00 pm - Monday, October 31, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Tuesday and Friday. The snakes are fed the second and fourth Wednesdays. (12th and 26th)
Registration period: September 8 - October 4
Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 5:30 pm - Tuesday, October 4, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
Learn the steps necessary to process deer meat yourself. We will discuss the field dressing process and demonstrate how to skin and butcher a deer in simple easy steps with minimum equipment. You'll learn tips on how to make sure your venison is the best quality possible.
Registration period: August 1 - October 4
Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 6:00 pm - Tuesday, October 4, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
MDC Science programs highlight the incredible work done by scientists with the Missouri Department of Conservation and partner organizations. Do not miss your chance to learn about the Reptiles and Amphibians of Missouri from the one who wrote the book on it, literally! State herpetologist Jeff Briggler will give an informative presentation about these amazing creatures, followed by a question-and-answer session. Bring your copy of The Reptiles and Amphibians of Missouri to have it signed after the program. Ages 7-adult.
Registration period: September 19 - October 3
Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 6:00 pm - Tuesday, October 4, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Learn the steps necessary to process deer meat yourself. We will demonstrate how to skin and butcher a deer in simple easy steps with minimum equipment. You will learn tips on how to make sure your venison is the best quality possible.

Registration period: August 16 - October 4
Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 6:00 pm - Tuesday, October 4, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (all ages) Whether you are a painter or like to admire artwork at the Discovery Center come join us for the culmination of the Brush Creek Art Walk! Starting at 6:00 p.m. awards will be handed out to the hardworking artists followed by a meet and greet. Artwork will be on display through the end of October. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: September 15 - October 5
Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2022 7:30 am - Wednesday, October 5, 2022 9:30 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Join MDC naturalists and area birders as we discover the avian life that call Runge home. These short birding walks are for all experience levels. Meet by the front doors of the nature center. Binoculars and field guides will be provided for those that need them. Registration preferred. Ages 8+
Registration period: September 1 - October 4
Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2022 10:00 am - Wednesday, October 5, 2022 11:30 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
Don’t miss the fun! Hike out with your little one to the Bethany Falls Trail, voted #1 in Kansas City! The “Falls” refer to the unique limestone boulders that we will explore. We’ll stop to play and take pictures.
Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2022 10:30 am - Wednesday, October 5, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Runge Nature Center is going offsite to Community Park in Jefferson City! Stop by and discover wild Missouri animals that can be found in your backyard through hands on displays and activities. No registration required. All ages.
Registration period: August 19 - October 5
Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2022 12:00 pm - Wednesday, October 5, 2022 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
Missouri is crisscrossed with world class streams. Join us for a beginner’s guide to planning day floats and overnight trips on these waterways. This program will include information on selecting the right gear, floating laws, safety, and rivers near you. So, log on and learn a thing or two, the rivers are calling! If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a blue aquatics bead. 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: September 20 - October 4
Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2022 1:00 pm - Wednesday, October 5, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Rolla Shooting Club
This class is an introduction to shotgun shooting sports. After a short lecture session, participants will practice live 5-stand shooting. We will provide shotguns, ammo, clay bird targets, eye and ear protection. No open-toed shoes allowed. Participants must be at least years old. Individuals age 11 to 17 must attend with a parent or guardian who is also registered for the workshop. Participants are welcome to bring their own unloaded, cased shotgun but will be required to provide their own new factory ammunition (no reloads).
Registration period: September 19 - October 6
Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022 10:00 am - Thursday, October 6, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Lost Valley Hatchery
The environment around us is full of materials that can be used to make things. Knowing how to turn natural materials into tools can be useful in a variety of wilderness situations. In this class we will learn how to create cordage, or rope. We will learn what qualities makes a plant a good choice for cordage and will transform dried plant material into rope. Time and weather permitting, we will gather and prepare plant material for you to take home and dry to make rope. Dress to go outside in tall grass and get dirty.
Registration period: September 15 - October 6
Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022 10:00 am - Thursday, October 6, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Swoop in to discover more about Missouri’s only flying mammal – bats! We will learn all about the bat lifestyle including where they live, what they eat, and how they find their prey, even in the darkness of night. Registration required. Ages 3-6 years
Registration period: September 19 - October 6
Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022 1:00 pm - Thursday, October 6, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Lost Valley Hatchery
The environment around us is full of materials that can be used to make things. Knowing how to turn natural materials into tools can be useful in a variety of wilderness situations. In this class we will learn how to create cordage, or rope. We will learn what qualities makes a plant a good choice for cordage and will transform dried plant material into rope. Time and weather permitting, we will gather and prepare plant material for you to take home and dry to make rope. Dress to go outside in tall grass and get dirty.
Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022 2:00 pm - Thursday, October 6, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Discover the importance of Missouri reptiles and amphibians and see what it takes to keep our education animals happy and healthy. Bring your family and watch as we introduce and feed several different reptiles and amphibians. If you are participating in Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color” this program earns a red wildlife bead.
Registration period: September 6 - October 4
Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022 3:30 pm - Thursday, October 6, 2022 6:30 pm
Location: Sloan Conservation Area - Pond
Upon registration, participants will be given a link to the virtual/online portion of the prescribed burn course. The online course is a mandatory prerequisite. Please bring your certificate of completion to the demonstration urn. We will be conducting a prescribed burn so please dress accordingly with leather boots, leather gloves, cotton pants, cotton long sleeve shirt, and safety glasses. Participants will learn about burn equipment, burn line installation, safe weather perimeters, ignition operations and other techniques to safety conduct a prescribed burn.
Registration period: September 1 - October 6
Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022 6:00 pm - Saturday, October 8, 2022 5:00 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Explore the history of archery in North America from raw material harvest to bow design and performance. Then, using only hand tools and patience, craft your own hickory longbow work of art. We will start on Thursday evening, continue on Friday morning, and finish up on Saturday.

This program requires stamina and upper arm strength. Having woodworking skills is strongly recommended, but not required. We will provide interested individuals with a registration form and detailed supply list. Lists of references and resources for making future bows on your own will be provided.
Registration period: August 22 - October 6
Date: Friday, October 7, 2022 8:30 am - Friday, October 7, 2022 12:30 pm
Location: Lincoln University- Busby Farm
Participants will learn about best management practices for managing their forests for forest products and/or wildlife habitat using a technique called timber stand improvement (TSI). TSI involves removing diseased, malformed and overstocked trees from a forest to ensure optimum growing conditions for your remaining timber. How to determine stocking rate, do I need a plan, how many trees to thin and techniques for thinning your forest safely will be discussed.
Registration period: September 15 - October 7
Date: Friday, October 7, 2022 10:00 am - Friday, October 7, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Let's bring nature, science, and art together as we learn more about the changing colors of Missouri’s beautiful fall foliage while using a unique press technique to create art. Registration required. All supplies provided. Ages 18+
Registration period: August 1 - October 7
Date: Friday, October 7, 2022 10:00 am - Friday, October 7, 2022 10:45 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Bats are unique and charming creatures but also misunderstood. Join us to learn more about these exciting and essential animals. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: August 1 - October 7
Date: Friday, October 7, 2022 11:15 am - Friday, October 7, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Bats are unique and charming creatures but also misunderstood. Join us to learn more about these exciting and essential animals. Ages 3-6.