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Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, June 19, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Forest Park Hatchery

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. Face masks are required for the entire program. 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: March 22 - June 18
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, June 19, 2021 11:00 am
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 under 17 years old must be accompanied by an adult. 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: April 8 - June 18
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, June 19, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Hike the 7.7 mile Natural Tunnel Trail at Bennett Spring State Park. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is rated moderate to difficult. Meet at the Natural Tunnel Trail head parking lot. Please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 18-adult.
Registration period: May 21 - June 18
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, June 19, 2021 12:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Wildflowers splash amazing colors across our landscape. We will be collecting and using native plants to make our own paper prints. The colors are more subdued tan in nature but still create stunning prints. This will be a hands on class, you will collect leaves and flowers to make your own print you can take home and frame for display.
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, June 19, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Runge Nature Center volunteers are somewhere along the trails ready to explore a seasonal nature topic with you! Trail station locations and topics are different every Saturday as nature always has something new to offer. Visit the Runge building to get a trail map and hints about where the volunteers may be found. This is not a formal program; stop by anytime between the designated exploration station hours. Masks are encouraged if social distancing cannot be maintained. No registration required. All ages.
Registration period: April 24 - June 18
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, June 19, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 8+) Am I fibbing when I tell you that Missouri is home to more than 20 different species of frogs and toads? Find out in this "ribbit"-ing program! We'll explore the biology of frogs and toads and what makes amphibians such an important part of our ecosystems. Participants will make their very own treefrog tube to welcome these critters to their own backyards! This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.
Registration period: April 23 - June 19
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, June 19, 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 nature related places as they read stories, play a game or two and participate in a nature related activity. All this fun while enjoying the great outdoors! This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.

REGISTRATION NOTE: ONE ADULT SHOULD REGISTER TO REPRESENT THE FAMILY AND THEN E-MAIL STEVE.JACOBSEN@MDC.MO.GOV TO COMMUNICATE HOW MANY WILL BE ATTENDING.
Registration period: May 14 - June 18
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 11:00 am - Saturday, June 19, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Pollinators provide many services to wildlife, plants, and humans, and are therefore an important natural resource that should receive our support. In this program, participants will learn the process of pollination and how it shapes our world. All attendees will also create a bee bath to take home for their yard.

MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate.

Registration period: April 23 - June 19
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 11:30 am - Saturday, June 19, 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 nature related places as they read stories, play a game or two and participate in a nature related activity. All this fun while enjoying the great outdoors! This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.

REGISTRATION NOTE: ONE ADULT SHOULD REGISTER TO REPRESENT THE FAMILY AND THEN E-MAIL STEVE.JACOBSEN@MDC.MO.GOV TO COMMUNICATE HOW MANY WILL BE ATTENDING.
Registration period: March 22 - June 18
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 12:00 pm - Saturday, June 19, 2021 1:30 pm
Location: Rolla Shooting Club
This Women's Only Beginner Handgun program will include safety, operation, and techniques of shooting semi-auto and revolver handguns. Participants must be at least 16 years old. Girls age 16 to 17 may attend with a parent or guardian who is also registered for the workshop. All equipment will be provided, including guns, ammo, targets, eye and ear protection. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear (no open toed shoes). You are welcome to bring your personal handgun as long as it is unloaded and cased. If you choose to bring your personal handgun, you will need to provide your own ammunition if it is a caliber other than .22 long rifle. After a short lecture session, participants will practice shooting at paper targets.
Registration period: April 24 - June 18
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, June 19, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 8+) Am I fibbing when I tell you that Missouri is home to more than 20 different species of frogs and toads? Find out in this "ribbit"-ing program! We'll explore the biology of frogs and toads and what makes amphibians such an important part of our ecosystems. Participants will make their very own treefrog tube to welcome these critters to their own backyards! This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.
Registration period: April 23 - June 19
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 1:30 pm - Saturday, June 19, 2021 2:30 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 nature related places as they read stories, play a game or two and participate in a nature related activity. All this fun while enjoying the great outdoors! This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.

REGISTRATION NOTE: ONE ADULT SHOULD REGISTER TO REPRESENT THE FAMILY AND THEN E-MAIL STEVE.JACOBSEN@MDC.MO.GOV TO COMMUNICATE HOW MANY WILL BE ATTENDING.
Registration period: June 1 - June 18
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 1:30 pm - Saturday, June 19, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families)

Archery and bow hunting continue to grow in popularity! Discover the fun of this family activity as parents and kids learn together. We will teach and practice the basics and help you perfect your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately.
Registration period: March 22 - June 18
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 2:00 pm - Saturday, June 19, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Rolla Shooting Club
This Women's Only Beginner Handgun program will include safety, operation, and techniques of shooting semi-auto and revolver handguns. Participants must be at least 16 years old. Girls age 16 to 17 may attend with a parent or guardian who is also registered for the workshop. All equipment will be provided, including guns, ammo, targets, eye and ear protection. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear (no open toed shoes). You are welcome to bring your personal handgun as long as it is unloaded and cased. If you choose to bring your personal handgun, you will need to provide your own ammunition if it is a caliber other than .22 long rifle. After a short lecture session, participants will practice shooting at paper targets.
Registration period: March 22 - June 18
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 4:00 pm - Saturday, June 19, 2021 5:30 pm
Location: Rolla Shooting Club
This Beginner Handgun program is open to men and women and will include safety, operation, and techniques of shooting semi-auto and revolver handguns. Participants must be at least 16 years old. Individuals age 16 to 17 may attend with a parent or guardian who is also registered for the workshop. All equipment will be provided, including guns, ammo, targets, eye and ear protection. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear (no open toed shoes). You are welcome to bring your personal handgun as long as it is unloaded and cased. If you choose to bring your personal handgun, you will need to provide your own ammunition if it is a caliber other than .22 long rifle. After a short lecture session, participants will practice shooting at paper targets.
Registration period: June 4 - June 17
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 5:30 pm - Saturday, June 19, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only

Get creative, try your hand at an easy trout painting! Join us for a virtual art class as we paint a mini canvas highlighting the beautiful colors of rainbow and brown trout. Gather your own supplies and follow step-by-step painting instructions, PLUS learn some fun fish facts and how to identify both trout species found in Missouri streams! Simple techniques used, no painting experience necessary. Let’s have fun!

This 90 minute program is suitable for adults and youth (ages 6+). A suggested list of supplies will be emailed to registered participants.

Registration is required by June 17. Registered participants need to provide an email address to receive the supply list.

*Hint: This wonderful little painting would make a great Father’s Day gift!

Registration period: May 14 - June 18
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 8:00 pm - Saturday, June 19, 2021 9:30 pm
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Listen for owls and watch out for bats as we hike along the moonlit Trail Among the Trees. We'll meet in the Visitor Center parking lot. Please bring a flashlight.
Date: Sunday, June 20, 2021 3:00 pm - Sunday, June 20, 2021 4:30 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range
Parents, grandparents, and adult mentors bring your youngster(s) to learn a new skill and spend time practicing. You don’t have to be a hunter to become a skilled archer. No experience is necessary and archery equipment will be provided We will teach and practice the basics and help you perfect your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately.
Date: Monday, June 21, 2021 9:00 am - Monday, June 21, 2021 10:30 am
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program will teach the fundamentals of archery and atlatl including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. This event will take place on the static archery range. All equipment will be provided.
Date: Monday, June 21, 2021 12:00 pm - Monday, June 21, 2021 1:30 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program will teach the fundamentals of archery and atlatl including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. This event will take place on the static archery range. All equipment will be provided.
Registration period: June 7 - June 21
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 9:00 am - Tuesday, June 22, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
We will learn about the diversity of life found in ponds. The second half of the class we will be going out to the Rockwoods Woodland Pond to see if we can catch some of the aquatic critters that live there. All necessary nets, buckets and other equipment will be provided. We will be following all St. Louis County guidelines regarding masks and social distancing.
Registration period: May 4 - June 19
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 9:00 am - Wednesday, June 23, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Grandparents, grandkids, and great times is the goal of this day camp filled with adventure to span the generations! Build life long memories with your loved ones during this two day adventure camp. Activities will include canoeing, fishing and several other opportunities to show your grandkids just how cool grandparents are! Participants are asked to bring a mask, water bottle, and sturdy shoes. This program will require the ability to walk distances of half a mile over well maintained dirt trails. Please register both adult and youth participants. Full details will be provided after registration. Camp activities run from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. A love of nature is always best shared, come let us help you share yours!
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 9:00 am - Tuesday, June 22, 2021 11:00 am
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

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. Face masks are required for the entire program. 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: June 1 - June 22
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 5:30 pm - Tuesday, June 22, 2021 7:00 pm

Kayaking: June 22nd, at the Binder Lake Boat Ramp in Jefferson City

Join us for an evening on the water for a basic kayaking program. Participants will learn information and safety about kayaking during a ground school portion of the class, then take to the water for paddling instruction and practice. Participants aged 13 and older are welcome to register; those aged younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Kayaks, paddles, and life-jackets will be provided. Close-toed shoes are required.

For questions please contact Rhys McCracken at Rhys.McCracken@mdc.mo.gov
Registration period: May 22 - June 21
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, June 22, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only
This event will cover the safe operation, basic nomenclature, care, cleaning, marksmanship fundamentals, and hunting with a modern sporting rifle.