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Registration period: September 1
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, September 25, 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 river stories. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age but is open to all ages.
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 10:30 am - Saturday, September 25, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join MDC as we host an NRA - New Shooter Seminar.

Come learn about gun safety, understanding the different types of firearms both rifle and pistol, what to expect while at the shooting range and more.
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 11:00 am - Saturday, September 25, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)

Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals, and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.
Registration period: August 19 - September 23
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 11:00 am - Saturday, September 25, 2021 12:30 pm
Location: Platte Ridge Park
Join a Conservation Educator for a morning experiencing local butterflies and potentially contribute to the Citizen Science of tagging monarchs. Participants will learn about local butterflies, their lifecycles, role as pollinators, and monarchs’ unique journey to Mexico. Participants will use butterfly safe nets to capture butterflies they encounter. Monarchs will receive small tags with ID numbers. Tags helps scientists track monarch movements and population numbers. Dress for the weather. Insect repellent and long pants is recommended. Registration is required to participate.
Registration period: August 17 - September 25
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 12:30 pm - Saturday, September 25, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 10+) Just in time for fall migration, get ready to welcome back our waterfowl as they return from breeding grounds in the north to overwinter in Missouri. What's the difference between a dabbler and a diver, a duck and a grebe or a goose and a swan? In this introduction to waterfowl identification, you'll learn what to look and listen for when exploring the diversity in ducks and other water birds by sight and sound. You'll have your ducks in a row and be ready to go on a waterfowl viewing adventure of your own!
Registration period: August 13 - September 23
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, September 25, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Calling all nature detectives! Someone left the door open at Rockwoods Reservation and the mammals went wild, leaving their muddy prints all over! Before we cleaned up, all tracks were carefully photographed and printed. We need your help to identify which mammals visited and left a track! “Key out” a mystery mammal track in our special question-and-answer maze. MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate. Please register everyone attending.
Registration period: September 1 - September 25
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, September 25, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (Scouts or other outdoor nature-related youth organizations ages 8-18; one adult is required for every 5 scouts/youth)

Archery and air rifles are fun and useful skills to learn! We will teach the basics for each and help you practice shooting more consistently and accurately.
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 1:30 pm - Saturday, September 25, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join MDC as we host an NRA - New Shooter Seminar.

Come learn about gun safety, understanding the different types of firearms both rifle and pistol, what to expect while at the shooting range and more.
Registration period: August 13 - September 23
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 2:30 pm - Saturday, September 25, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Calling all nature detectives! Someone left the door open at Rockwoods Reservation and the mammals went wild, leaving their muddy prints all over! Before we cleaned up, all tracks were carefully photographed and printed. We need your help to identify which mammals visited and left a track! “Key out” a mystery mammal track in our special question-and-answer maze. MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate. Please register everyone attending.
Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021 4:00 pm - Sunday, September 26, 2021 6:00 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Modern Sporting Rifles are one of the most popular rifles owned and used by hunters and shooters today. They are lightweight, modular for ease of modification, and available in many popular calibers for both recreational shooting and hunting applications. Join us to learn more about the Modern Sporting Rifle, how to safely use, clean and maintain it, how to select the proper caliber for your application, and much more. If you plan to use your own, bring a minimum of 50 rounds of new ammunition in the caliber of your rifle. There should be no live ammunition, or uncased firearms inside the classroom. Please leave all firearms in the vehicle until the class is dismissed to go down range to shoot. This includes concealed carry handguns and magazines. Make sure your rifle is completely unloaded before you arrive at the range.

Registration period: August 24 - September 26
Date: Monday, September 27, 2021 9:00 am - Monday, September 27, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Field trip sign up

Registration period: September 10 - September 27
Date: Monday, September 27, 2021 10:00 am - Monday, September 27, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Many of us refer to fall maintenance in the garden as “putting the garden to bed”. The native plant gardener however thinks of this as a very busy season. There are seeds to collect, fall planting to be done, and preparing the garden for winter wildlife. Sheltering wildlife in the winter takes a little bit of thought in the fall but not a lot of work. Learn how fall leaves and bare stems provide much needed shelter for insects during the winter. This program is developed for adults but children ages 12 and over may enjoy it.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: September 1 - September 24
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-5 with an adult)

Mud, rocks and water might be what we see on the surface but, creeks and streams are excellent sources of life and wonder! Just a trickle will have more critters than you ever thought possible. Come find out just what Missouri creeks really have in store!
Registration period: September 1 - September 24
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 1:00 pm - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-5 with an adult)

Mud, rocks and water might be what we see on the surface but, creeks and streams are excellent sources of life and wonder! Just a trickle will have more critters than you ever thought possible. Come find out just what Missouri creeks really have in store!
Registration period: September 1 - September 28
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 2:00 pm - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Where do monarchs migrate? How do they get there? Help us answer these questions as we study and tag monarchs on their southward migration. We will also investigate many other impressive insect migrators that are passing through Missouri. Registration required. All Ages.
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 5:00 pm - Tuesday, September 28, 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 28th 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 28th.
Registration period: September 1 - September 27
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 5:00 pm - Tuesday, September 28, 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
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 5:30 pm - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Veterans Park Lake

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: August 13 - September 28
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Hang out with other teens and learn how to make some nature prints! Naturalist Jordi Raos will lead the group in gyotaku (Japanese fish printing) and share a few other techniques. Bring a plain t-shirt, bandana, or cloth tote to print on. We will also print on paper if you do not want to bring something. Ages 12-17.
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 6:30 pm - Tuesday, September 28, 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 28th 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 28th.
Registration period: September 1 - September 29
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 7:30 am - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 9:30 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Discover the avian life that calls Runge home. These short birding walks are for all experience-levels. We will gather near the front doors of the nature center. Binoculars and field guides will be provided for those that need them. Registration preferred. Ages 8 and up.
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 1:00 pm - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Union Ridge Conservation Area

Join us to look for aquatic invertebrates, fossils, fish, frogs and many other creatures that can be found in the creeks of Union Ridge Conservation Area! Please wear appropriate clothing (we will be walking down to the creek and in the water).

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: August 20 - September 29
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 2:00 pm - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Meet one of Missouri’s most beautiful snakes, the eastern milksnake. Find out how they got their name and how they help us as we uncover the mysteries of this secretive snake.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: August 25 - September 29
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 4:00 pm - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
This class is a 12 month program that will meet once a month. You will learn simple but beautiful embroidery techniques while also exploring the flora and fauna of Missouri's swamps. Each block is based on the Swamps of Missouri.
Registration period: September 1 - September 29
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Learn embroidery techniques while also exploring Missouri’s swamps by stitching quilt blocks based on that theme.