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Date: Thursday, September 2, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, October 30, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Nature's Needlers, a volunteer led program at the Runge Conservation Nature Center, is celebrating 24 years of nature-inspired quilts. Visit the Runge Conservation Nature Center in September and October to experience our bi-annual quilt show. Nature's Needlers is a monthly program offered by volunteers who teach and guide participants in needlework inspired by Missouri's outdoors. All Ages. No registration required.
Registration period: September 1 - September 20
Date: Monday, September 20, 2021 5:00 pm - Monday, September 20, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Learn how to safely handle and shoot a shotgun at moving targets. This program covers shotgun safety and the fundamentals of shotgun shooting. Meet at Rocky Fork Lake Shooting Range just North of Columbia. All equipment and safety gear will be provided. Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather. Registration Required. Ages 13-18.
Date: Monday, September 20, 2021 5:30 pm - Monday, September 20, 2021 7:30 pm

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 is attending must register!
Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 5:30 pm - Wednesday, September 22, 2021 7:30 pm

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.

This class is for children ages 6 years old and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Everyone that is attending must register!
Registration period: September 1 - September 25
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, September 25, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Join us in a guided hike at Prairie Home Conservation Area in Cooper County. 5 miles-moderate. Meet at the Runge Nature Center or the trailhead. Hike leaders will contact participants before the hike to give directions if needed. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and pack a lunch/snack. Registration Required. Ages 18 and up.
Registration period: August 20 - September 24
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, September 25, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Big Buffalo Creek Conservation Area

MDC will host free forest, stream, and wildlife habitat management workshop Sept. 25 at Big Buffalo Creek Conservation Area

Fishing for kids will also be among day’s activities

Sedalia, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host a free forest, stream, and wildlife habitat management workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Big Buffalo Creek Conservation Area southeast of Cole Camp. This workshop will explore topics related to woodland, forest, and open land management.

Expert advice on land management practices and cost-share programs are available that can boost property productivity and benefit fish and wildlife in the Big Buffalo Creek watershed. Besides MDC’s conservation area bearing the stream’s name, MDC also works with private landowners in the watershed to benefit people and the natural ecosystem. The watershed is an MDC priority geography due to the clear, cold-water stream flowing through timbered hills.

Topics covered will include conservation farming, management for deer and turkey, stream processes, aquatic organism passage, and fen habitat. Youth will be able to fish with help from MDC staff or volunteers at the area’s lake. A free lunch will be provided.

The program will begin at the area’s campground. Attendees should also dress appropriately for a woodland hike. Pre-registration is required, to register, call MDC’s Sedalia office, 660-530-5500. COVID-19 precautions will be followed.

For more information about the Big Buffalo Creek Conservation Area, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/Zj6.

Registration period: August 20 - September 24
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, September 25, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Big Buffalo Creek Conservation Area

MDC will host free forest, stream, and wildlife habitat management workshop Sept. 25 at Big Buffalo Creek Conservation Area

Fishing for kids will also be among day’s activities

Sedalia, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host a free forest, stream, and wildlife habitat management workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Big Buffalo Creek Conservation Area southeast of Cole Camp. This workshop will explore topics related to woodland, forest, and open land management.

Expert advice on land management practices and cost-share programs are available that can boost property productivity and benefit fish and wildlife in the Big Buffalo Creek watershed. Besides MDC’s conservation area bearing the stream’s name, MDC also works with private landowners in the watershed to benefit people and the natural ecosystem. The watershed is an MDC priority geography due to the clear, cold-water stream flowing through timbered hills.

Topics covered will include conservation farming, management for deer and turkey, stream processes, aquatic organism passage, and fen habitat. Youth will be able to fish with help from MDC staff or volunteers at the area’s lake. A free lunch will be provided.

The program will begin at the area’s campground. Attendees should also dress appropriately for a woodland hike. Pre-registration is required, to register, call MDC’s Sedalia office, 660-530-5500. COVID-19 precautions will be followed.

For more information about the Big Buffalo Creek Conservation Area, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/Zj6.

Registration period: September 1 - September 25
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 9:30 am - Saturday, September 25, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
The Northern Cardinal is one of Missouri's most recognizable and beautiful of our backyard birds. Learn about this feathered friend, then use the craft of quilling to create a piece of hanging art. This project will take more time than previous sessions so plan on bringing a lunch/snack and water bottle. All quilling supplies are provided. Registration required. Ages 18 and up.
Registration period: September 1 - September 25
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, September 25, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Hummingbirds are on the move! Explore their migratory pattern and learn what you can do to assist with their successful flight, such as native plant options and how long to leave your feeder up. We will also introduce you to the Audubon's "Hummingbirds at Home" app. Registration required. Ages 13 and up.
Registration period: September 1 - September 28
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 2:00 pm - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Where do monarchs migrate? How do they get there? Help us answer these questions as we study and tag monarchs on their southward migration. We will also investigate many other impressive insect migrators that are passing through Missouri. Registration required. All Ages.
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 5:30 pm - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Veterans Park Lake

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 is attending must register!

Registration period: September 1 - September 29
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 7:30 am - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 9:30 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Discover the avian life that calls Runge home. These short birding walks are for all experience-levels. We will gather near the front doors of the nature center. Binoculars and field guides will be provided for those that need them. Registration preferred. Ages 8 and up.
Registration period: August 14 - September 28
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 6:00 pm - Saturday, October 2, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: MDC Central Regional Office
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites new hunters to attend a free virtual squirrel hunting clinic and in-person mentored hunt in Boone County. The virtual program will be Wednesday September 29th from 6:00pm-7:00pm. An in-person mentored hunt will take place in Boone County on Saturday, October 2nd from 8:00am-2:00pm. More information about the virtual program will be provided to registered participants closer to the date of the program. Participants in the mentored hunt need to meet all hunter education requirements detailed at www.mdc.mo.gov/huntereducation. Participants are allowed to bring their own firearms or firearms and ammunition will be made available upon request at no cost.
Registration period: August 15 - September 30
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021 4:00 pm - Thursday, September 30, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Online only
Squirrel hunting is a great way to enjoy time in the woods in fall. You don’t need a lot of equipment to hunt squirrels, they are almost everywhere, and they are delicious! Join us in a discussion about hunting safety, regulations, guns, strategies, and recipes. Participants will receive a link to the program via e-mail the day before and the the day of the program. Registration Required. Ages 10 and up.
Registration period: September 1 - September 30
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021 5:00 pm - Thursday, September 30, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
You don’t have to be a hunter to be a skilled archer. Learn the basics of the sport of archery and try your hand at shooting a bow in this women’s only program. No experience necessary and all equipment is provided. Dress for the weather and wear close toed shoes. Registration required. Ages 16 and up.
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021 5:30 pm - Thursday, September 30, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Veterans Park Lake

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.

This class is for children ages 6 years old and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Everyone that is attending must register!

Registration period: September 16 - September 29
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, September 30, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Online only

400 Missouri residents were drawn to participate in this year's inaugural black bear hunt which opens on October 18th. Those hunters were invited to attend special educational programs to learn about black bear hunting in Missouri. Now, we’re opening that educational opportunity to the public! This program covers a variety of topics on how to prepare for black bear hunting in Missouri.

A link to the virtual event will be emailed on the date of the event to everyone who registers.

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 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.
Registration period: September 16 - October 7
Date: Thursday, October 7, 2021 5:00 pm - Thursday, October 7, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Tree stand accidents are one of the major causes of hunting related injuries. Find out steps that you can take to ensure your safety while hunting from, and setting up, a tree stand. Several examples of different tree stands will be utilized during the program. Early Registration begins September 16. Registration Required. Ages 12 and up.
Registration period: August 27 - October 6
Date: Friday, October 8, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, October 9, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: California Shooter's Club

Please register by contacting Cory Gregg rather than online: cory.gregg@mdc.mo.gov or 573-796-0286 ext. 4285

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer Chainsaw Safety Training for woodland owners near California, MO on Oct. 8-9. This training is geared towards the ‘do-it-yourself’ landowners interested in managing their woodlots via forest thinning, harvesting, and wildlife habitat improvement projects that require the use of a chainsaw.

MDC recognizes the safety hazards that are associated with chainsaw use, and work to ensure the well-being of landowner cooperators who are improving Missouri’s forest, fish, and wildlife resources.

Instructor Danny Patterson has over 15 years of safety training experience. His training program utilizes combined learning environments of the classroom, workshop, and the field, to educate participants in the safest and most efficient techniques for maintaining and operating a chainsaw.

The training will place special emphasis on protective equipment, proper saw maintenance, proper sharpening techniques, safe felling techniques for a variety of circumstances as well as bucking and limbing hazards.

The training is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 8, and Saturday, Oct. 9, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day at the California Shooters Club located on 32891 Shooters Club Road, just south of California. Lunch will be provided each day. The training is free, but participants must bring a properly operating chainsaw, and provide their own personal protective equipment including chainsaw chaps, leather gloves, leather boots, eye protection, and hearing protection. Attendance is limited to 12 participants, and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Register before Oct. 6 by contacting MDC Forester Cory Gregg at (573) 796-0286, ext. 4285, or cory.gregg@mdc.mo.gov.

Registration period: October 1 - October 20
Date: Friday, October 8, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, October 8, 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 0-6 years- Must have one child in the 0-2 age range and one in the 3-6 age range.
Registration period: September 14 - October 9
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021 12:00 pm - Sunday, October 10, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Whetstone Creek Conservation Area
Missouri Trappers Association trapping clinic for beginner trappers of all ages. Contact Tom Westhoff for more information at (573)289-0242
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, October 16, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Devil's Ice Box Rockbridge State Park

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

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

The virtual presentations are available as live events and will be recorded for watching on-demand after 9/3/2021.

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: October 1 - October 16
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, October 16, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Prepare for firearms deer hunting season by getting acquainted with the correct bullets and cartridges to ensure a safe hunting experience. This program will cover the basics of ammunition and help you understand the curious terms that go along with finding the correct bullets and cartridges for your firearm. Registration required. Ages 16+. Masks strongly encouraged.