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Registration period: April 27 - June 26
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 14+) The Midwest is home to many choice edible mushrooms, along with a few toxic ones. Join Alix Daniel for a presentation on how to get started with mushroom hunting, when and where to find mushrooms and how to properly ID mushrooms. There will be many specimens to observe, and maybe even some to taste!
Registration period: June 1 - June 25
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)

Did you know Missouri is home to 13 unique species of lizards? You may even have one in your own backyard! Come learn some of the secrets of these often-hidden reptiles.
Registration period: April 8 - June 26
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 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 15 - June 25
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Learn the basics of safe archery and practice your skills in an open field with stationary targets. All equipment will be provided. Please register each person participating so that we have an accurate count for social distancing and equipment needs.
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 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.
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 11:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
Join us for a story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet butterflies, birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! Our imaginations are the only limits.
Registration period: May 21 - June 26
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 12:00 pm - Saturday, June 26, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join us as we explore Whitewater Creek and discover the cool creatures that call it home. We will provide nets and containers for aquatic animal observation. To ride with us, you will need to meet at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center at 12 pm. Come dressed to be in the creek with clothes and shoes that can get wet (no flip-flops or crocs).

Please practice social distancing. The use of a mask is recommended during the van ride.
Registration period: May 21 - June 26
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, June 26, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Old Plantation Access

Join us as we explore Whitewater Creek and discover the cool creatures that call it home. We will provide nets and containers for aquatic animal observation. Meet at the north parking lot at Old Plantation Access. Come dressed to be in the creek with clothes and shoes that can get wet (no flip-flops or crocs).

Please practice social distancing. The use of a mask is encouraged.
Registration period: May 14 - June 24
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, June 26, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Tower Grove Park-Stupp Center

(Families)

Find out about the interesting lives of black bears in Missouri, play the “Bear Necessities” survival game, and learn to be “Bear Aware” to help keep both bears and people safe.

Please meet the naturalist at the Stupp Center.
Registration period: April 27 - June 26
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, June 26, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 14+) The Midwest is home to many choice edible mushrooms, along with a few toxic ones. Join Alix Daniel for a presentation on how to get started with mushroom hunting, when and where to find mushrooms and how to properly ID mushrooms. There will be many specimens to observe, and maybe even some to taste!
Registration period: May 12 - June 24
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 4:00 pm - Saturday, June 26, 2021 6:00 pm
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

(Ages 8 & up)

How do you handle a compass when it is 360°? Together, we will decode the mysteries of how a compass works and put it to use with a few fun outdoor activities.

For the safety of participants and our staff, participants will be asked to maintain social distance from staff and other participants, and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.
Registration period: May 12 - June 24
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 7:00 pm - Saturday, June 26, 2021 8:30 pm
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

(All ages)

What is a slough? A slough is an old part of a river or wetland that has been cut off. At times it is full to the brim with water; at other times it is just muddy or totally dry. It is the home territory of frogs, toads, turtles and even beavers. At times the slough at Columbia Bottom joins both the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. We will look for turtles and listen for amphibian calls at the slough as we make our way to the confluence. On our return we will watch the sunset from the Cropland Overlook.

Meet at lot “L” about 4 ½ miles from the front entrance.

Please bring a flashlight and a walking stick if you have one. We will be wearing masks and following social distancing guidelines as appropriate.

Sunset: 8:29 pm

Registration period: May 21 - June 26
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 7:30 pm - Saturday, June 26, 2021 9:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

During warm summer nights, nature provides us with one of the most spectacular fireworks displays. The culprit of this lightshow is the tiny firefly. Bring the whole family out for fun firefly activites as we learn all about these amazing insects.

Please register each family member that will be attending. Remember to practice social distancing. The use of a mask is encouraged.
Registration period: May 15 - June 24
Date: Sunday, June 27, 2021 3:00 pm - Sunday, June 27, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: World Bird Sanctuary Outdoor Amphitheater
The world is full of many amazing things, but at World Bird Sanctuary we are celebrating a World of Wings! Join us this summer to see hawks, eagles, owls, vultures and more! Flying, flapping, hopping, skipping, singing, our birds do it all. Come see all the cool things that birds do and learn all of the ways birds impact the world, from your daily life to entire ecosystems. You'll see why birds are simply the best animals on the whole planet! This program will be held at the World Bird Sanctuary Outdoor Amphitheater and is a free program due to a education cooperative agreement with the Missouri Department of Conservation. While this program is sponsored by MDC, World Bird Sanctuary appreciates your support through a suggested donation of $8/car when visiting. Registration is required for everyone attending. Due to COVID 19 face coverings are encouraged for everyone ages 5 and up.
Date: Monday, June 28, 2021 5:00 pm - Tuesday, June 29, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Ronald and Maude Hartell Conservation Area
Registration period: June 3 - June 28
Date: Monday, June 28, 2021 5:30 pm - Monday, June 28, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: MDC Headquarters

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 will be attending must be registered.
Registration period: May 12 - June 28
Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, June 29, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Do you want to learn how to survive the wilds of Missouri? Join us at Emmenegger Nature Park as we spend our summer day learning the ins and outs of survival in the wild. Survivalist trainees will learn how to properly identify Missouri native plants and animal tracks as well as build a shelter out of debris found in the woods. Survivalists will also learn archery and atlatl as well as take part in a short orienteering course.

Registration is required. Participants should bring lunch and wear clothes to get a little dirty and wet.

Registration period: May 21 - June 29
Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 2:00 pm - Tuesday, June 29, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Meet one of the best actors of the snake world, the eastern hog-nosed snake. Sometimes called the puff adder, this snake is full of tricks when it comes to deterring predators. Get an up close look at this fascinating snake and learn what makes them unique.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 5:00 pm - Tuesday, June 29, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Ronald and Maude Hartell Conservation Area
Registration period: June 15 - June 28
Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, June 29, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Archery

June 29, Tuesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

(Ages 9 and up)

Reservations begin June 15

Join our instructors as we learn the fundamentals of shooting archery. This is a fun program for the entire family, ages 9 and up

As these are in-person programs MDC asks all guests to observe social distancing guidelines and maintain at least 6 feet from others for the safety of participants and staff. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when indoors, or any time visitors are unable to maintain at least 6 feet from others. Local ordinances requiring face masks will be observed where applicable.

Registration period: May 14 - June 29
Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021 8:00 am - Wednesday, June 30, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Wabash Crossing Access

Call Adam at Chillicothe office with questions. 660-646-6122.

Participants must be 14 years old minimum.

Participants must have prior experience. This is not a beginner float trip. There is no where to leave the river until we reach the takeout location.

Participants may use their own kayak or canoe but one can be provided along with paddles and lifejacket if needed. Call instructor to tell him what you are doing.

Bring a lunch, snacks, and plenty to drink. We will stop on a sandbar to eat. No food or drink provided.

Social distancing will be observed. A face covering is optional.
Registration period: May 21 - June 30
Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, June 30, 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 nature stories. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age, but is open to all ages.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program. Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Registration period: May 21 - June 30
Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, June 30, 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 nature stories. This program is designed for children 0-6 years of age, but is open to all ages.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program. Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.
Registration period: June 3 - June 30
Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021 5:30 pm - Wednesday, June 30, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: MDC Headquarters

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.

Everyone that will be attending must be registered.
Registration period: June 1 - June 30
Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021 7:00 pm - Wednesday, June 30, 2021 9:00 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range
Are you looking for a “jumping" good time, while learning and enjoying the outdoors? Frog gigging! This program will include all you need to know to get started gigging frogs. Including topics such as; basic frog facts, legal species to harvest and their identification, seasons, limits, regulations, and methods to harvest. Participants will practice what they’ve learned on a short frog gigging trip at Bois D" Arc Conservation Area ponds. Participants will learn all the basic of cooking frog legs as well as strategies to be successful on your next frogging adventure! Participants must be at least 8 years of age; all minors will need to be accompanied by an adult with a driver’s license. Participants, not exempt, must possess a Missouri fishing or hunting permit. Participants will need to appropriate clothing and foot wear (rubber boots) for frog gigging. All equipment will be provided.