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Registration period: August 17 - October 20
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2022 12:00 pm - Thursday, October 20, 2022 1:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required by visiting https://deeproots.org/native-plants-at-noon/ (adults) Hit the (virtual) road with Missouri Department of Conservation staff as we explore some of Missouri's unsung habitats. This month we explore the cypress swamps of Missouri's bootheel. Cape Girardeau Nature Center staff will explore the plants that make up our cypress swamps. This program is a partnership with Deep Roots.
Registration period: September 7 - October 20
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2022 12:00 pm - Thursday, October 20, 2022 1:30 pm
Location: Online only
There is no better way to land your dream fish than choosing the right bait. Join us for an introductory look at matching bait to the fish species and selecting the appropriate hooks, sinkers, and boobers. 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: October 1 - October 20
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2022 4:00 pm - Thursday, October 20, 2022 6:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
A stick, a line, a worm, a creek. This is all you need to drop a line into the world of microfishing. Join us as we hail the tiniest catch and learn more about the biodiversity of Missouri’s smallest swimming residents. Dress for the weather in closed-toe shoes. All equipment is provided. Meet at the Runge outdoor pavilion. A Missouri fishing permit is required for all participants ages 16-64. Registration required. Ages 5+
Registration period: October 1 - October 20
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2022 5:30 pm - Thursday, October 20, 2022 6:30 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Learn the basics of how to safely shoot a slingshot. Then put your newly learned skills to the test under the supervision of Runge staff. Dress for the weather in closed-toe shoes. All equipment is provided. Registration required. Ages 7+
Registration period: September 27 - October 20
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2022 6:00 pm - Thursday, October 20, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
Myths and superstitions abound concerning Halloween and its traditional seasonal icon, the owl. See Barred, Great Horned and Screech owls from the Dickerson Park Zoo and lay those myths and superstitions to rest. The 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM programs are for schools and the 6:00 PM program is for the public. This program is for all age groups and reservations are required. Register on-line at www.mdc.mo.gov/twinpines. For further information, call 573-325-1381.
Registration period: September 20 - October 20
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2022 6:00 pm - Thursday, October 20, 2022 7:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

This class is a 12 month program that will meet once a month all year long. You will learn simple, but beautiful embroidery techniques as we explore some of the most stunning and unique Winged Things found in the beautiful landscapes of Missouri.

By signing up, you are committing to attend all twelve of the monthly sessions so that you will be able to complete all 15 blocks for an entire quilt.

Classes will be held on the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center.

You will need to have your own embroidery hoop and needle. We will have light boards and Frixion pens available for tracing the patterns.

For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn a purple arts bead.

Registration period: August 10 - October 20
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2022 6:30 pm - Thursday, October 20, 2022 8:30 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This program is an introduction to wingshooting fundamentals, distance estimation, non-toxic shotshell ammunition and shotgun patterning. The goal is to help migratory and upland bird hunters improve their hunting skills with non-toxic shot. Bring your own shotgun with a minimum of 50 rounds of new steel ammunition in the gauge of your shotgun. 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.

Registration period: October 1 - October 21
Date: Friday, October 21, 2022 7:30 am - Friday, October 21, 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: July 25 - October 14
Date: Friday, October 21, 2022 10:00 am - Friday, October 21, 2022 3:30 pm
Location: Babler State Park

This event is the stream-side certification to become an Intro and Level 1 water quality monitor with Missouri Stream Team.

**You must complete the Intro to VWQM, Part 1 (virtual) AND Level 1 VWQM, Part 1 (virtual) prior to attending this event**

The virtual presentations are available as live events and are recorded for watching on-demand.

For more information on the VWQM program, please visit www.mostreamteam.org/water-quality-monitoring.html

For any questions, please email StreamTeam@mdc.mo.gov

Date: Friday, October 21, 2022 6:00 pm - Friday, October 21, 2022 9:00 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Jinkies, Joplin! We have some mysteries to solve at Wildcat Glades and could use you & your family’s help! Join us for an evening of fun and learning as we walk you through the glade to help us solve mysteries. During this partnership event between Missouri Department of Conservation’s Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center and Wildcat Glades Friends Group, the Wildcat Gang will be telling stories about the unique animals and their quirks that you might see in Wildcat Park. There will be refreshments and a surprise photo opportunity to make the night truly memorable, including an appearance by MDC’s K-9 Astro and handler Cpl. Susan Swem. K-9 Astro and handler Susan will be demonstrating K-9 Astro’s skills at 6:00 and 8:00 pm on Friday and Saturday at 5:30 and 7:00 pm. We hope you will join us! Register by going to bit.ly/GhostlyGlades or by emailing maddie@wildcatglades.org.
Registration period: September 30 - October 21
Date: Friday, October 21, 2022 7:00 pm - Friday, October 21, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Please join us for a special presentation brought to you in partnership with Missouri Nature and Environmental Photographers (MONEP)

Close-up photography is one of the best ways to get an intimate view of your subjects. However, it can be one of the most challenging types of photography. While macro photography can be highly technical, it also can be as simple as a snap shot. Join us as Noppadol Paothong shares some of the techniques he uses to capture many of his images in the Missouri Conservationist magazines. While Nop has been doing macro and close-up photography extensively for the past 20 years, the past three years have been especially exciting due to recent advances in both camera technology and software. During his presentation he will show his work process, providing a behind the scenes look at how he captured his images. He will share some of his thoughts on how and why he decided to use particular lenses and settings.

Noppadol Paothong is a nature and conservation photographer and is an associate fellow with the elite group of photographers from the world, the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). He is also a staff wildlife photographer with the Missouri Department of Conservation and contributes his images and stories to many of its publications, including Missouri Conservationist, and Xplor. His images also appear regularly in many national publications, such as Audubon, Nature Conservancy, National Wildlife, Ranger Rick and more. For over 20 years, Noppadol has also been documenting rare and endangered species, primarily grassland grouse and their fragile habitat, and has published two large-format national award-winning books, Save the Last Dance (2012) and Sage Grouse, Icon of the West (2017).

Registration period: August 1 - October 21
Date: Friday, October 21, 2022 7:00 pm - Friday, October 21, 2022 7:45 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Find out what is happening after dark at the Nature Center. See live nocturnal animals presented by the Dickerson Park Zoo. Docents will offer indoor programs at 7 and 8 pm. Bring your family and enjoy indoor/outdoor activities from 6:30-9:30 pm. The trails will be open and patrolled, so bring a flashlight and a walking partner because you are on your own. All ages.
Registration period: August 1 - October 21
Date: Friday, October 21, 2022 8:00 pm - Friday, October 21, 2022 8:45 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Find out what is happening after dark at the Nature Center. See live nocturnal animals presented by the Dickerson Park Zoo. Docents will offer indoor programs at 7 and 8 pm. Bring your family and enjoy indoor/outdoor activities from 6:30-9:30 pm. The trails will be open and patrolled, so bring a flashlight and a walking partner because you are on your own. All ages.
Registration period: September 11 - October 11
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022 5:00 am - Saturday, October 22, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program and hunt is for youth, who has never hunted, that is interested in learning the skills needed to successfully hunt ducks. We will begin with a mandatory clinic on Tuesday, October 11 from 5-7 p.m. to discuss safety, firearms, clothing, hunting techniques, and details of the hunt. All participants for the hunt must attend the mandatory online clinic and be Hunter Education Certified to participate in the hunt on October 22.
Registration period: September 9 - October 22
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, October 22, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Trenton Trap and Skeet Range

Participants will watch a brief presentation on shooting steel shot and effective wingshooting. Next we will go outside and work on crossing shotgun shots as well as patterning your gun. Bring your gun that you most hunt with and MDC will provide ammunition and clay birds. Bring your own shells to pattern or use the various brands that will be provided.

Dress for the weather, bring a bag chair for yourself, and your lunch. Drinks will be provided.
Registration period: September 9 - October 21
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, October 22, 2022 10:30 am
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Learn the basics of beginner's archery and practice your skills in an open field with stationary targets. All equipment will be provided. Please register each person participating.
Registration period: September 6 - October 21
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, October 22, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Weldon Spring Conservation Area

Join us for an 8.3 mile hike through the forests at the Weldon Spring Conservation Area. The Missouri River overlooks offer panoramic views of the floodplains and varying fall colors from the bottomland forests to the Oak, Hickory, and Maple forest on the high terrain of the river bluffs.

Participants will meet at the Weldon Spring Conservation Area Lewis and Clark Trail Head.

Please dress for the weather, and bring water, lunch, binoculars for bird viewing, and a camera.
Registration period: August 1 - October 20
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, October 22, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (adults) Fall is the perfect time to explore the city by foot. Our day-long thru hike will cover roughly seven miles from the Discovery Center through the Brookside and Waldo neighborhoods. This moderately paced hike will utilize sidewalks to explore nature in these older neighborhoods. During the hike we will discuss native and invasive plants, wildlife ID, hiking safety and other great urban hikes in KC. The instructor will e-mail the exact hike details to the participants the week prior to the hike. Lunch will be on your own at one of the area restaurants along our hike. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: September 15 - October 20
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, October 22, 2022 10:00 am
Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Crawl, Walk, Hike! Every month join a Rockwoods Naturalist for an outdoor adventure with your little ones. We will go a slow pace on the Wildlife Habitat Trail (300 yards) and explore Missouri’s flora and fauna as we go. The entire class is presented outside, so please dress for the weather, wear sunscreen, and bring bug spray.

his month we will explore how animals prepare for winter.

Siblings are welcome, but please note this class is designed for ages 0-3.

Meet the naturalist at the picnic area near Cottonwood Picnic Area, then will walk to the Wildlife Habitat Trail. Please dress for the weather.
Registration period: July 25 - October 14
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, October 22, 2022 3:30 pm
Location: Babler State Park

This event is the stream-side certification to become an Intro and Level 1 water quality monitor with Missouri Stream Team.

**You must complete the Intro to VWQM, Part 1 (virtual) AND Level 1 VWQM, Part 1 (virtual) prior to attending this event**

The virtual presentations are available as live events and are recorded for watching on-demand.

For more information on the VWQM program, please visit www.mostreamteam.org/water-quality-monitoring.html

For any questions, please email StreamTeam@mdc.mo.gov
Registration period: August 19 - October 22
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, October 22, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Calling all Scouts, Girl Scouts, and nature lovers! Come to Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center for our Fall Scoutacular Bonanza! Learn vital outdoor skills, connect with nature, and flex your creative muscles at this fun event to earn credit towards your nature-related badges. Not a scout? Not a problem! Everyone is welcome to attend this event!

Activities include guided nature hikes, an interview with a forester, wilderness survival skills, and much more!

Scout Troops must provide their own Merit Badge Counselors for this event. MDC is providing activities that apply towards badges, but we are not authorized to sign off on badges.

Some activities will be outside, so dress according to the weather. Participants may want to bring a refillable water bottle and wear sturdy shoes.

Registration is required for this event. Please register everyone who will be attending.

Registration period: August 17 - October 22
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, October 22, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (all ages) There is something spooky and mysterious about the discovery of an animal's bones. How did they get here? What happened? What kind of animal is it? Join us for this skeleton-centered program investigating what we can learn from an animal's bones. We will focus on the characteristics of animal skulls and discover how variation in features - including the teeth - can reveal the true identity of an animal. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: October 3 - October 22
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, October 22, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
Join us as we explore the versatile uses of Maypops and Paw paws while trying our hand incorporating these items into delicious recipes.
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, October 22, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Join us in the lobby of Runge to learn all about the bats of Missouri! Staff and volunteers will have ongoing activities and crafts available for all ages. No registration required. All ages invited.
Registration period: September 9 - October 21
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022 11:00 am - Saturday, October 22, 2022 12:30 pm
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Learn the basics of beginner's archery and practice your skills in an open field with stationary targets. All equipment will be provided. Please register each person participating.