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Registration period: September 13 - October 1
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, October 2, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)

Mystery creatures abound in the close-up world of macrophotography. Join Naturalist, Lisa Richter, to film some tiny yet spectacular nature discoveries. Maybe we’ll find a maple spanworm caterpillar pretending to be a twig or a tortoise beetle larva carrying poop camouflage on its tail. These creatures may be small, yet their high populations make them mighty big parts of the web of life. Bring a camera phone or other camera to capture some awesome shots!
Registration period: August 27 - October 2
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, October 2, 2021 10:45 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Did you know Missouri has weasels? Come learn about how wild and amazing the animals in the weasel family are! Ages 3-6.
Registration period: August 17 - October 2
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, October 2, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) Fall is the finest time to forage for fruits of the forest. Come experience our harvest table of wild mushrooms, hickory nuts, walnuts and forest fruits like pawpaws, persimmons and wild grapes. There will be taste tests and a few wild recipes to sample.
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, October 2, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Prepare for the great fall…of LEAVES! Discover the upcoming changes our trees are going to face. Staff and volunteers will have several ongoing activities available to help you explore more about why leaves fall, how they change colors, and which trees they are falling from. No registration required. All ages.
Registration period: September 10 - October 2
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, October 2, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Have you ever been stung by a bee while in the garden or on a hike? OUCH! Did you know that a plantain leaf can ease the pain? Many native plants were used for their medicinal value by Native Americans and early settlers. We will talk about the role of native plants in a healthy habitat and then go to the lab to create a couple of our favorite remedies. You will go home with samples of our creations.
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, October 2, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Join us in celebrating the 4th birthday of our two-headed snake, Tiger and Lily! There will be crafts and party favors for the kids, opportunities to take photos, and the chance to learn about and touch live snakes.

Most of the festivities will be outdoors. There will be limitations on the amount of visitors at one time in the auditorium exhibit space. Masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged.

For more information, call (417) 334-4865 ext 0 or email Shepherd@mdc.mo.gov.
Registration period: August 17 - October 2
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021 11:30 am - Saturday, October 2, 2021 12:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) Fall is the finest time to forage for fruits of the forest. Come experience our harvest table of wild mushrooms, hickory nuts, walnuts and forest fruits like pawpaws, persimmons and wild grapes. There will be taste tests and a few wild recipes to sample.
Registration period: September 9 - October 1
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021 12:00 pm - Saturday, October 2, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Forest Park Hatchery
This program is for ages 6 and up.This cane pole fishing lesson will include all of the basics including proper fish handling. Participants must be free from symptoms of illness, must not have had contact with any person who has symptoms of illness within two weeks, and are strongly encouraged to wear a covering over mouth and nose. This program meets at the Educational Fishing Lakes and Hatchery in Forest Park. We will provide instruction, poles and bait. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants 16 and over who plan to fish will need a valid fishing license which can be purchased here https://mdc-web.s3licensing.com/ .
Registration period: September 10 - October 2
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, October 2, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Bring your favorite tea cup if you wish and sip tea made fresh from our gardens. Teas, tisanes, tinctures or tonics, regardless of what you call them, it’s tea time. We will look briefly at the differences and then brew two different tisanes from native plants.
Registration period: August 17 - October 2
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, October 2, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) Fall is the finest time to forage for fruits of the forest. Come experience our harvest table of wild mushrooms, hickory nuts, walnuts and forest fruits like pawpaws, persimmons and wild grapes. There will be taste tests and a few wild recipes to sample.
Registration period: September 13 - October 1
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, October 2, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)

Mystery creatures abound in the close-up world of macrophotography. Join Naturalist, Lisa Richter, to film some tiny yet spectacular nature discoveries. Maybe we’ll find a maple spanworm caterpillar pretending to be a twig or a tortoise beetle larva carrying poop camouflage on its tail. These creatures may be small, yet their high populations make them mighty big parts of the web of life. Bring a camera phone or other camera to capture some awesome shots!
Registration period: June 18 - October 1
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021 3:30 pm - Saturday, October 2, 2021 6:30 pm
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Over 100 species of fish call the Mississippi River home, including the blue catfish, which can grow up to 150 pounds. Come join Powder Valley Naturalists as we fish the mighty Mississippi at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area. While catfish are our target, fish such as bluegill, freshwater drum, and shovelnose sturgeon may be caught. Limit to 20 people. We have 12 large catfish poles, one per family, or you may bring your own gear. A valid Missouri Fishing License is required for participants 16 and older. If legal sized fish are caught, we will also do a filleting demo and you can take your fish fillets home. We must be out of the area before sunset when the front gate locks.

Meet at parking lot O (also known as the canoe launch).

Register each participant individually.

Specific directions and information will be emailed to participants prior to the event.
Registration period: September 15 - October 1
Date: Sunday, October 3, 2021 8:00 am - Sunday, October 3, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

Are you unfamiliar with some of the water birds native to Saint Louis? Come join us as we hike along the Mississippi River, looking for some of the water birds native to the region. No experience required, dress for the weather, and bring water, snacks, and binoculars.

MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate.
Date: Sunday, October 3, 2021 4:00 pm - Sunday, October 3, 2021 6:30 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Learn the basics of hunting the whitetail deer. We will cover scouting, setup, shooting and much more.

Date: Sunday, October 3, 2021 4:00 pm - Sunday, October 3, 2021 6:30 pm
Location: Online only

Learn the basics of hunting the whitetail deer. We will cover scouting, setup, shooting and much more.

Date: Monday, October 4, 2021 9:00 am - Monday, October 4, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
field trip
Registration period: September 20 - October 3
Date: Monday, October 4, 2021 6:00 pm - Monday, October 4, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Deer – Field to Freezer

October 4, Monday, 6 - 8 p.m.

(Ages 11 and up)

Learn the steps necessary to process deer meat yourself. We will demonstrate how to skin and butcher a deer in simple easy steps with minimum equipment. You will learn tips on how to make sure your venison is the best quality possible.

Registration period: September 10 - October 5
Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, October 5, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Online only

Just when we think the garden is done blooming, BAM! Those beautiful asters start to bloom. Adding color to the autumn landscape is not their only purpose, they provide late nectar and pollen for insects. We are going to dig deep into information about native asters and how to include them in your healthy habitat. This program is intended for adults but can be enjoyed by those twelve years old and older.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: September 14 - October 4
Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021 5:00 pm - Tuesday, October 5, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Lesson 3&4

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. We will be following local mask and social 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, October 5, 2021 5:00 pm - Tuesday, October 5, 2021 8:30 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
Learn the steps necessary to process deer meat yourself. We will discuss the field dressing process and demonstrate how to skin and butcher a deer in simple easy steps with minimum equipment. You'll learn tips on how to make sure your venison is the best quality possible.
Registration period: September 13 - October 4
Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021 5:30 pm - Sunday, October 10, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)

ORIENTATION:

Required orientation will be presented at Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond. MDC will provide canoes, kayaks and personal floatation devices (PFD’s). Attend the required orientation to learn about Missouri River navigation and to brush up on your canoe strokes before we head out on the river for the Missouri River Autumn Glory float on Sunday, October 10 from 1-4 PM. Participants must attend this orientation to participate in the float.

FLOAT:

This float embarks on a 9.6-mile float from the Franklin Island Access to Taylor’s Landing Access. Rocheport marks one of the most beautiful sections of the Missouri River Masterpiece. Sweet autumn breezes, early fall color and the quaking cottonwood leaves create the backdrop for a float you’ll never forget. Please dress for the weather, bring water, a headlamp or flashlight and a sack lunch to enjoy out on the river.

*MDC will provide all equipment including PFD’s for each person. Participants are welcome to bring their own Coast Guard approved PFD if they prefer. PFD’s will be required on MDC boats at all times. This program is dependent on safe weather and river conditions. Participants will be contacted if conditions are not acceptable on the weekend of the event. All participants MUST register separately.
Registration period: September 10 - October 6
Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, October 6, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Come take a stroll in the gardens at the nature center, it is a beautiful time of year to enjoy the morning and the flowers. We will discuss the role of native plants in healthy habitats and their many benefits and how you can incorporate native plants in your spaces. This program is intended for adults but can be enjoyed by those twelve years old and older.
Registration period: September 13 - October 4
Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, October 6, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (babes under 36 months with an adult)

Don’t miss the fun! Hike out with your little one to the Bethany Falls Trail, voted #1 in Kansas City! “Falls” refer to the unique limestone boulders that we will explore. We’ll stop to play and take pictures.
Registration period: September 15 - October 6
Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, October 6, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
They show up in nursery rhymes, songs, and children’s stories. Thousands can be found in forests and fields. Hundreds may be in your backyard and some can share your house with you! Let’s look closer at these tiny animals- spiders- that live among us. Registration required. Ages 3-6 years.
Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 1:00 pm - Wednesday, October 6, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Lost Valley Hatchery
Cordage is an ancient technique for making ropes, which can be used to fasten materials together (lashing). Learn how cordage can be made from native plants and how to tie a variety of useful knots for outdoor adventures.