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Find Hunter Education and Bowhunter Education classes near you.

Date: Friday, March 24, 2023 10:00 am - Friday, March 24, 2023 4:00 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Join us for activities that are fun and fishy! Stop by any time and learn about different types of fish in Missouri, how to cast a fishing line, fish for backyard bass in our side yard (weather permitting) and make a fun fish to take home. Demonstrations on fly tying will be ongoing. Activities for all ages.
Registration period: February 1 - March 24
Date: Friday, March 24, 2023 3:30 pm - Friday, March 24, 2023 4:30 pm
Location: Online only
Naturalist Jordi Raos will share some of her favorite native plants and talk about how to pick the right plant for the right spot. All ages. Please include a valid email address when you register so we can send you a virtual program link. This program will not be recorded.
Registration period: January 3 - March 25
Date: Saturday, March 25, 2023 8:30 am - Saturday, March 25, 2023 11:30 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discover the basics of turkey hunting in the spring. We will cover safety, scouting, calling, proper setup, shotgun ballistics, and much more.

Registration period: January 16 - March 20
Date: Saturday, March 25, 2023 9:00 am - Saturday, March 25, 2023 1:00 pm
Location: Clinton MDC Office

Youth Turkey Clinic open to ages 8-15 years.

Stations will consist of shotgun patterning, turkey calling/hunting techniques, safety trail, and archery. Bring your own shotgun. Ammunition will be provided. For more information or help with registration, contact the Clinton Office.
Registration period: January 27 - March 25
Date: Saturday, March 25, 2023 9:30 am - Saturday, March 25, 2023 10:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Cubs, kittens, and ducklings, too. Spring is the season to discover who’s new! There are many wild animal babies born in the spring. Learn about these young, their parents, and why it’s important to let them stay wild. Babes in the Woods programs are designed to empower parents to introduce babies and toddlers ages 0-2 years to the sights, sounds, and textures of nature.
Registration period: February 1 - March 24
Date: Saturday, March 25, 2023 9:30 am - Saturday, March 25, 2023 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+)

Enrich your life by nature immersion to reduce stress, boost immunity, lower blood pressure, improve sleep and many more possible health benefits. Join a Naturalist to stretch your senses to experience and savor some awesome and/or relaxing sights, smells, sounds and textures of nature!
Registration period: February 15 - March 26
Date: Saturday, March 25, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, March 25, 2023 2:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Runge Nature Center is once again partnering with the Grow Native! program of the Missouri Prairie Foundation to offer the 2023 Native Plant Sale. Using native plants in landscaping is a simple way to beautify your property while benefiting pollinators, butterflies, songbirds, and other wildlife. Not only are native plants easy to care for, but there is a native tree, shrub, vine or other plant that is perfect for every situation.

The Grow Native! program will offer free native landscaping literature as well as garden signs and books for sale.

Shoppers can stroll through the sale and purchase plants from each vendor. Some vendors accept cash, check, or credit cards; some only cash or checks. Volunteers will be available to load plants into vehicles for any buyers needing assistance.

Updates will be posted here as vendors are confirmed and pre-order information becomes available.

No registration required. All ages invited.

Registration period: February 6 - March 24
Date: Saturday, March 25, 2023 1:00 pm - Saturday, March 25, 2023 2:00 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Falconry is the ancient art and hunting sport of using trained birds of prey to hunt wild game. It was introduced to the United States in 1622 by England, and though it has evolved over the years, one thing remains the same: the bond between the falconer and their bird. Join Meagan Duffee-Yates, Master falconer, as she discusses the rich history of falconry. Discover what makes birds of prey such fascinating animals and see live birds of prey. She'll discuss the steps involved in becoming a falconer and the importance of raptor conservation. Best for age 5 and up.
Registration period: February 1 - March 24
Date: Saturday, March 25, 2023 2:30 pm - Saturday, March 25, 2023 4:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 18+)

Enrich your life by nature immersion to reduce stress, boost immunity, lower blood pressure, improve sleep and many more possible health benefits. Topics to look forward to this year include: Sturgeon Moon Kayak & S’mores, Forest Spa Day and Sound Therapy. BYOWB stands for Bring Your Own Water Bottle and we will take bags to pick up any litter we find as the weather allows for 1-2 miles on improved trails. Collect special water bottle stickers to help share this idea with friends.

Registration period: February 7 - March 25
Date: Sunday, March 26, 2023 1:00 pm - Sunday, March 26, 2023 2:30 pm
Location: Fort Belle Fontaine County Park

Experience the natural wonders of Fort Belle Fontaine County Park while hiking through a variety of habitats while searching for early sights and sounds of spring. Walk the trail past the upland prairie leading down to views of the Missouri River and the historic Grand Staircase. Along the way we will look for ephemerals such as Dutchman’s breeches and Spring beauty as well as new growth and buds on native trees and bushes. Parts of the trail are steep and can be muddy.

Dress for the weather and wear shoes or boots that can get muddy. Bring a water bottle and bring a walking stick if you have one. Meet at the parking lot just past the entrance to Fort Belle Fontaine County Park.
Registration period: March 13 - March 26
Date: Monday, March 27, 2023 5:30 pm - Monday, March 27, 2023 7:30 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

This is an introductory course on how to shoot 5-stand. You will learn safety, stance, etiquette, and technique. We will proceed to live fire on the 5-stand course. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided.

Registration period: December 22 - March 28
Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2023 12:00 pm - Tuesday, March 28, 2023 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
Cast iron cooking is a fun and tasty way to add to any outdoor adventure. This series of virtual programs is designed to boost your knowledge so you can cook a wide variety of great recipes around camp while making it fun and easy! Part four we will cover other methods like lunch bag, foil packs, cave man/hot coal cooking, pie irons, and more to make campfire cooking fun and easy!
Registration period: January 27 - March 28
Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2023 2:00 pm - Tuesday, March 28, 2023 2:30 pm
Location: Online only
This month we will highlight a jewel of Missouri’s swamps, the wood duck. The males of this species don stunning feathers all in the hopes of attracting a mate. We will dabble into the lives of these beautiful ducks as we learn where they live and how they grow up.
Registration period: January 9 - March 27
Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2023 5:30 pm - Tuesday, March 28, 2023 8:30 pm
Location: Owensville VFW Hall

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), and Gasconade County Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will be hosting a Pond Management Workshop on Tuesday March 28, 2023, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall at 604 West Jefferson Street, Owensville, MO. The Gasconade County SWCD will be providing a free chili/soup dinner before the workshop at 5:30pm for any workshop registrants that want to attend.

This workshop will cover a wide variety of topics including, pond site selection, pond construction, pond stocking, fisheries management, aquatic vegetation management, pond watershed management and wildlife issues. Professionals from MDC, NRCS and SWCD will give presentations and will be available to answer questions. There will also be some very useful literature and brochures on pond management available. This class is geared for adults, but children are welcome to attend.

Registration period: March 1 - March 29
Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2023 9:30 am - Wednesday, March 29, 2023 10:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Move just like the wild animals of Missouri! Test your strength, flexibility, and mind with animal yoga. Bring your own yoga mat if you want. The program will be held indoors. Registration required. Ages 4-12.
Registration period: February 1 - March 29
Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2023 10:00 am - Wednesday, March 29, 2023 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 0-36 months)

The cycle of life helps keep nature’s engine running smoothly. We’ll play games and explore outside as rabbits, frogs and birds are twitterpated all around us!
Registration period: January 23 - March 28
Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2023 2:30 pm - Wednesday, March 29, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Online only

Snagging season is open and the suckers are getting ready to shoal. Now is the time to learn about the different gear you will need to snag/

grab these nongame fish. We will discuss rods, reels, lines, hooks, and other gear to help make a successful outing, whether you catch fish or not.
Registration period: January 10 - March 28
Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2023 6:30 pm - Wednesday, March 29, 2023 9:00 pm
Location: Missouri Valley College - Charles L Bacon Room
This Pond Management Workshop will cover Pond Construction, Fish Stocking, Fisheries Management, Aquatic Plant Management and Wildlife Around your Pond. This workshop is free and open to the public. Snacks and drinks will be provided.
Registration period: March 1 - March 30
Date: Saturday, April 1, 2023 8:00 am - Saturday, April 1, 2023 10:00 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Patterning your shotgun is a very important part of hunting that is overlooked by many turkey hunters. We will discuss the principles of how to use different ammunition and chokes to achieve the most effective pattern for your shotgun. Bring your own shotgun and the turkey loads you will use during the hunt.

Registration period: February 7 - March 31
Date: Saturday, April 1, 2023 9:00 am - Saturday, April 1, 2023 11:30 am
Location: Fort Belle Fontaine County Park
Warm Spring days bring rapid changes to the landscape. Walk the trail past the upland prairie and head down to the Missouri River. Along the trail through the woods look for more ephemerals that have made their appearance since last week. We are not allowed to pick them, so bring your camera to get pictures to keep long after these beauties have bloomed. You may finish the hike by climbing up the historic grand staircase or continue the trail to the top. Parts of the trail are steep and can be muddy. Dress for the weather and wear boots or shoes that can get muddy. Bring a water bottle and walking stick if you have one. Meet at the parking lot just past the entrance to Fort Belle Fontaine County Park.
Registration period: February 8 - April 4
Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2023 6:30 pm - Tuesday, April 4, 2023 8:30 pm
Location: Waynesville Rural Fire District Training Center

Do you have questions about building a new pond or questions about an existing pond? If so, this FREE workshop is for you!

Professionals will give presentations and be available for questions about a variety of topics including site selection, pond construction, fish stocking, fish population management, aquatic vegetation and nuisance wildlife.

Drinks and snacks will be provided.
Registration period: March 1 - April 6
Date: Saturday, April 8, 2023 8:00 am - Saturday, April 8, 2023 10:00 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Ages 8+ - Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

Did you know Archery is one of the safest sports in which to participate? It is rated more accident-free than every ball sport except table tennis! This course is designed to introduce students to the basics of archery including safety rules, stance, equipment used, and, of course, how to shoot a bow and arrow.  The instructors will also discuss the nomenclature of the bows and arrows.  Join us for this fun and very informative class. 

Registration period: January 3 - April 8
Date: Saturday, April 8, 2023 8:30 am - Saturday, April 8, 2023 11:30 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discover the basics of responsible handgun ownership and the joys of shooting. We will cover safety, handgun nomenclature, sight picture, sight alignment, breath control, trigger squeeze, and much more. During the live fire portion, .22 handguns and ammunition will be provided. If you plan to use your own, bring a minimum of 50 rounds of new ammunition for your firearm. 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: January 18 - April 6
Date: Saturday, April 8, 2023 12:00 pm - Saturday, April 8, 2023 4:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Want to learn how to identify common Missouri tree species? This workshop is for you! Join MDC education staff in this workshop to learn identifying characteristics and using a dichotomous key to properly identify Missouri tree species. Topics included in the workshop:

• Leaf or bud arrangement

• Bark types

• Dendrology

• Using a dichotomous key to identify trees

• Growth habits and preferred growing sites of common trees

• Using a Biltmore stick to estimate board foot volume

Come have fun experiencing the beautiful trails at the Springfield Nature center has you learn more about Missouri’s wonderful tree species! Each participant will receive resources to help them identify and enjoy our Missouri trees! For more information contact Lyle Whittaker at (417)895-6880 Ext. 1644 or email Lyle.whittaker@mdc.mo.gov

Registration period: December 22 - April 11
Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2023 12:00 pm - Tuesday, April 11, 2023 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
Cast iron cooking is a fun and tasty way to add to any outdoor adventure. This series of virtual programs is designed to boost your knowledge so you can cook a wide variety of great recipes around camp while making it fun and easy! In part five we will cover methods of outdoor cooking with little campers so they can be involved and excited about spending time outdoors!