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Registration period: June 8 - June 21
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, June 22, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Shotgun

(Ages 11 and up)

This is an introduction course to shotguns. Class will start in the Education Center where you will learn shotgun shooting fundamentals, safety, actions, chokes, stance, and how to choose a shotgun that is right for you. Then we will go to the range for live fire, including some patterning and clay target shooting. Children ages 11-16 must be accompanied by an adult. Not recommended for students weighing less than 90 pounds. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided.

Registration period: June 1 - June 22
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 6:30 pm - Tuesday, June 22, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Archery has come a long way, from wooden longbows to the modern crossbow. Learn the basics of how to safely load and shoot a crossbow and make your best shot with this easy and fun archery method. Dress for the weather in closed toe shoes. The Runge outdoor range is not ADA accessible. Masks encouraged when social distancing cannot be maintained. Registration Required. Ages 12 and up.
Registration period: April 8 - June 22
Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 9:00 am - Wednesday, June 23, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Register your family and meet us at the east parking lot at Busiek Conservation Area to hike and explore with our Naturalists. We will explore the forest and creek so come prepared for hiking and to get wet. Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent, a towel, a hat, and an extra pair of shoes you can wear in the water (no flip-flops or crocs please). Remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 8-adult. Ages 8-17 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Please register each family member attending.
Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 12:30 pm - Wednesday, June 23, 2021 1:30 pm
Location: Online only

Raccoons are active-at-night, or nocturnal, mammals that live throughout much of the world. Join us to learn about Raccoons and where you can find them in Missouri!

This is a FREE program. This is a VIRTUAL program! Registration is required by 5PM, June 22nd. You must register with a valid email, as the program link will be sent by 11am on the day of the program to that email.
Registration period: June 8 - June 22
Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 2:00 pm - Wednesday, June 23, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office
MDC invites anyone age 12 and older to register for this free clinic that will cover how to tie basic flies using specialized equipment, and how to present the various flies to improve the chances of catching fish with them. MDC will provide all necessary equipment, but participants should bring reading glasses if they use them.
Registration period: June 2 - June 22
Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, June 23, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only

Butterflies are essential pollinators and beautiful creatures. Join us virtually as we learn about the benefits of Missouri’s native butterflies, where to find them, and how to properly view them.

Presentation slides and information will be provided to all participants.
Registration period: June 1 - June 23
Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 9:00 am - Thursday, June 24, 2021 11:00 am
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA
We will learn about the diversity of life found in ponds. The second half of the class we will be going out to a small Busch 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. Charles County guidelines regarding masks and social distancing.
Registration period: June 1 - June 22
Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 12:00 pm - Thursday, June 24, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
You have heard of bird baths, but have you ever heard of a bee bath? Join us as we learn about bees, why they are important, and what you can do to help them out. Participants will be able to make their own bee bath to take home with them. We will be working with acrylic paint so please bring?a smock, large button down shirt, or clothes?that can be ruined.??
Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, June 24, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Spencer Lake

Cane poles are literally made from canes cut from bamboo – and are arguably the oldest of all fishing rods. Join us to learn about cane poles, how to make them and how to use them. Participants will make their own cane pole and get to take it home! Poles and all supplies will be provided. This program will be held outside, at Spencer Lake.

You MUST REGISTER at mdc.mo.gov/events by 5pm, June 23rd. If you need help registering, please email the email address listed below. This is a FREE program! All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, June 24, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Krug Park Castle
Come out and learn what makes amphibians so unique!
Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, June 24, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range
Learn how to manage your land for North American animals. By finding out the resources for timberland management, fish management and old field management to better improve your property.
Registration period: June 5 - June 24
Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, June 24, 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. The first block and topic for this month is the Bald Cypress. Please commit to attend all twelve of the monthly sessions so you will be able to complete the blocks for an entire "swamp based" quilt.

Date: Friday, June 25, 2021 7:30 am - Friday, June 25, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

All Ages

Take a closer look at a bird’s wings, feet, and beak. Learn how these body parts and other adaptations are essential for a bird to survive in the wild!

Join us for LIVE bird banding starting at 7:30 a.m.

A bird movie will be shown at noon in the auditorium.

Families, Scout, and camp groups are welcome. All activities will be both indoors and outdoors. For groups of more than 20, please call for to let us know large groups are going to attend (to make sure we have enough supplies).

**Please wear your mask when social distancing is not feasible.
Registration period: April 8 - June 25
Date: Friday, June 25, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, June 25, 2021 10:45 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Do turtles come from eggs? Can a turtle come out of its shell? How long can turtles hold their breath? Find out the answers to these questions and more at Turtlemania! We will discover what makes turtles so terrific and look for some turtles in the wild. Meet at the trailhead to walk the Boardwalk Trail. Adults, please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: May 18 - June 25
Date: Friday, June 25, 2021 6:00 pm - Friday, June 25, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only
Those tiny, cool specks of light that spark our imagination every summer are back! Join us for a virtual program to learn all about these special beetles that are nature’s “flashlights.” Recommended for all ages but best for 5 and up. Registration is required; please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so you can receive a program link.
Registration period: May 15 - June 24
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 9:30 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
This program includes rifle safety, operation, shooting fundamentals, maintenance, and safe storage. Equipment and ammunition will be provided; you may bring your own firearm and ammunition to the live-fire session.
Registration period: May 26 - June 26
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 9:30 am
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This is a follow on program for the Virtual Modern Sporting Rifle class. You must attend the Virtual Introduction to Modern Sporting Rifle class on the 22nd of June before attending this program. The range will be open for attendees to shoot and become familiar with their Modern Sporting Rifle. Staff will be available to provide assistance in the safe handling and sighting in of your rifle. Attendees must provide their own rifle and ammunition. The ammunition must have a projectile that is free of steel in the jacket or core. This can be checked by putting the projectile portion of your ammunition to a magnet. If the projectile sticks to the magnet it may not be used.
Registration period: May 1 - June 10
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 10:00 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
This program is designed for those who have little to no experience with shotguns. We’ll cover safety, appropriate guns and ammunition, rules of the game, etiquette on the field, and field layout. Firearms and ammunition will be provided, or you can bring your own.
Registration period: June 1 - June 25
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Put on your hiking shoes and travel to Three Creeks Conservation Area between Jefferson City and Columbia in Boone County to join a guided hike along one of the trails. Trail: 4-5 miles-moderate. Meet at the Runge Nature Center and follow the hike leaders to the location or meet at the trailhead. Hike leaders will contact participants before the hike to give directions. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and pack a lunch/snack. Masks encouraged when social distancing cannot be maintained. Registration Required. Ages 18 and up.
Registration period: June 2 - June 25
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 10:00 am
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Butterflies are essential pollinators and beautiful creatures. Join us in-person at Claire Gempp Davidson Memorial Conservation Area to search for and view butterflies in the wild. Participants will also learn how to catch and release butterflies, as well as use basic photography skills to capture the experience.

Nets will be provided. Please bring a digital camera or smart phone, if you have one, for the photography section. We will be outside in full-sun; please bring sunscreen, a water bottle, and wear appropriate clothing.
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Forest Park Hatchery

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.
Registration period: May 25 - June 25
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Tywappity Community Lake
Come enjoy a morning in the sun on beautiful Tywappity Lake. What better way to take the the sights and sounds than with a fishing rod in your hand? This program is designed for new anglers or new kayakers or both! Participants are welcome to bring their own fishing equipment or borrow ours. Kayaking instruction will be given to all, and then you may choose to go alone or spend time with an instructor to learn the basics of fishing from a kayak. Bait, lures, kayaks, paddles and lifejackets will be provided as well as knowledgeable conservation staff to help you try for the big one. Participants 16 and older are required to possess a valid Missouri fishing permit. Participants are asked to meet at the boat launch off HWY RA near Chaffee, MO with a waterbottle, snacks or lunch, and weather appropriate clothing and sunscreen.
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
Ever wanted to learn how to make your own basket using just tree bark? This program will teach the basics of removing the cambium layer of bark from a tree, folding it, and sewing the edges together with narrow cambium strips to create their own basket to take home with them just in time for berry picking season.
Registration period: March 5 - June 26
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

First thing in the morning we'll spend a little time catching some fish, then we'll demonstrate several easy methods of cleaning common Missouri fish, and participants will have an opportunity to try their hand at cleaning some of the fish that they caught.

We'll finish up the morning by using the fish that we clean to demonstrating some delicious recipes for everyone to sample.

Missouri Department of Conservation will provide rods, tackle, bait, knives, cleaning boards and fishing coaches.

Participants do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program.

All children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Each participant must register individually. Please email the instructor for assistance with registration.
Registration period: May 15 - June 26
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Learn to make your own worm bin using red wigglers. Feed your garbage to the worms, put the resulting compost in your garden, and finally, use the worms for fish bait. Masks encouraged when social distancing cannot be maintained. Registration required. Ages 6 and up.