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Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2022 2:00 pm - Tuesday, August 30, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)

Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Tuesday and Friday. The snakes are fed on the second and fourth Wednesday (August 10 & 24).

Registration period: July 29 - August 29
Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2022 10:30 am - Wednesday, August 31, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
Shotgun shooting is fun and exciting. Whether you want to learn about the shotgun fundamentals from the very beginning or improve your skills on the skeet, trap or 5-stand ranges, this One-on-One Shotgun Instruction course is for you! Our instructors will help you get started and work with you on the basics to prepare you for moving on to each discipline. THIS CLASS IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! Please call 816-249-3194 to make an appointment. You must provide your own shotgun and two (2) full boxes of shells. The shells must be # 7.5, 8, or 9 shot. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Registration period: July 29 - August 29
Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2022 10:30 am - Wednesday, August 31, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
The Lake City Shooting Range wants to help you sight in your rifle...for FREE! The instructors will help you ready to hunt, fine-tune your scope or improve on your shooting skills. If you are preparing for a hunt, bring the rifle and ammunition you plan to use during the hunt. THIS CLASS IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! Please call 816-249-3194 to make an appointment.
Registration period: July 28 - August 29
Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2022 10:30 am - Wednesday, August 31, 2022 3:00 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
Have you just bought a new pistol and want to become more familiar with it? Do you need some help getting started as a new shooter or haven’t shot for a while and want to get back into it? Is there a technique that you want to learn or improve upon? This One-on-One instruction is for you! THIS CLASS IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! Participants must provide their own pistol and 100 rounds of ammunition. For more information or to make an appointment, call 816-249-3194.
Registration period: June 1 - August 16
Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2022 6:30 pm - Tuesday, August 16, 2022 8:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (adults) Making a beautiful nature print in stride with the hot weather can be easy and fun! We will use nature and the sun to make cyanotypes (blueprints): a photographic printing process that uses the sun and water to make a cyan-blue print of naturally found objects like leaves and grasses that we will collect on a short hike around our big backyard. Take home your own personal work of art suitable for framing (guaranteed!) If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: July 5 - August 16
Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2022 6:00 pm - Wednesday, August 17, 2022 9:00 pm
Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Registration required (All ages)

New and potential hunters are often overwhelmed by all the equipment one seems to need to undertake hunting. Truth is, it’s simple to get started. Join our team of experienced hunters to learn about the different hunting strategies and the gear you will need for each one.

Registration period: June 15 - August 3
Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2022 8:30 pm - Wednesday, August 17, 2022 11:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
No registration required (all ages) The Missouri Department of Conservation and Kansas City Police Department are partnering to offer a free movie experience at the Discovery Center. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs as a naturalist provides a short introductory program to get you connected with nature. The family friendly movie will start at sunset with movie snacks available. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: June 15 - August 18
Date: Thursday, August 18, 2022 12:00 pm - Thursday, August 18, 2022 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
Registration required by visiting https://deeproots.org/native-plants-at-noon/ (adults) Hit the (virtual) road with MDC staff as we explore some of Missouri's unsung habitats. This month we will explore Sand Prairie Conservation Area in southeast Missouri. Cape Girardeau Nature Center staff will explore these rare prairies that were formed from river channels that once flowed through the area. This program is a partnership with Deep Roots.
Registration period: July 9 - August 18
Date: Thursday, August 18, 2022 6:00 pm - Thursday, August 18, 2022 8:30 pm
Location: Platte Falls Conservation Area

Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish-Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach anglers basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, participants will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs.

Lesson 4: Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach anglers how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7 -15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 & 4.

Equipment, bait and fishing coaches will be provided.

Participants DO NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program.

Each participant must register for this program individually on the Missouri Department of Conservation Discover Fishing website. For assistance with registration please email the program instructor.

Lesson 3 & 4 are part of the Discover Nature-Fishing Lesson series. Lesson 3 & 4 are appropriate for adults and families with children ages 7 and older.

Registration period: July 29 - August 19
Date: Friday, August 19, 2022 9:00 am - Friday, August 19, 2022 11:30 am
Location: Lost Valley Hatchery
Fishing is a great way to spend time outdoors with family. Join us at Lost Valley Hatchery's Education Pond for a morning of fishing fun. This is a family event for those ages 2 and up. Staff and volunteers will be on site to assist anglers. Equipment and bait will be provided, or you are welcome to bring your own equipment and any baits not carried in water. Fishing is catch and release only. Registration is required. Please be sure to register each member of your family separately.
Registration period: July 28 - August 19
Date: Saturday, August 20, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, August 20, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)

In this fast-paced world, we go to big box stores to buy everything from medicines to cleansers. Slow down, get back to your roots and imagine if we could create medicinal salves, soaps, and tonics from native plants in our own backyard.

Registration period: June 8 - August 17
Date: Saturday, August 20, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, August 20, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Lost Valley Hatchery
Participants will receive a Discover Nature Fishing Lesson, fish, and be introduced to Shooting a Shotgun. For more information or help with registration call Kara at 660-438-4465 or Mark @660- 530-5500
Registration period: July 23 - August 20
Date: Saturday, August 20, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, August 20, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Came poles are primitive but they are also fun, effective and easy for anyone to use. Especially young children who aren't sure of rod and reel combos yet. Almost anyone can master a cane pole in just a few minutes.

Come out to Prairie Hollow Educational Lake and try your luck with this trusty old equipment that's been catching big fish for thousands of years. All ages are welcome and adults are encouraged to grab a pole and fish along with kids.

We'll help every child build their own cane pole then they can take it home for more fishing adventures after the program.

Poles, tackle, bait, coaches and a basic cane pole fishing lesson will be provided.

Fishing permits are not required for anyone fishing during this program.

Registration is required for this program, each participant must register separately. Contact instructor for assistance with registration.

Program is appropriate for all ages.
Date: Saturday, August 20, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, August 20, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (ages 3-6) Discovering the amazing natural world is as easy as opening a book! This volunteer naturalist led story program is ideal for preschool - kindergarten children and will take them on journeys to learn about wildlife, habitats and more. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: June 15 - August 20
Date: Saturday, August 20, 2022 11:30 am - Saturday, August 20, 2022 12:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (ages 3-6) Discovering the amazing natural world is as easy as opening a book! This volunteer naturalist led story program is ideal for preschool - kindergarten children and will take them on journeys to learn about wildlife, habitats and more. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: July 11 - August 19
Date: Saturday, August 20, 2022 8:00 pm - Saturday, August 20, 2022 9:30 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)

Enrich your life by nature immersion to reduce stress, boost immunity, lower blood pressure, improve sleep and many more possible health benefits. Melt some marshmallows and get those endorphins flowing with some chocolate and nature jokes around the campfire! Then, enjoy a trail walk with a challenge to earn a reward and happy brain chemicals!

Registration period: June 1 - August 23
Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2022 6:00 pm - Tuesday, August 23, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (adults) Grab your walking shoes and get ready for a leisurely stroll through the tree lined streets of Calvary, Forest Hill and Rose Hill cemeteries. Covering roughly two miles, this slow-paced hike will utilize cemetery roads and some sidewalks as we discover the beautiful trees of the area. During the hike we will discuss native and non-native trees and the threats to them, wildlife that rely on trees, hiking safety and other great urban hikes. The instructor will e-mail the exact meeting location to the participants the week prior to the hike. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: July 15 - August 25
Date: Saturday, August 27, 2022 8:00 am - Saturday, August 27, 2022 9:30 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
What is 5-Stand? It’s a great way to improve on your shotgun shooting skills! This combination of trap, skeet, and sporting clays affords the challenge of all three games but with less walking. You will learn the rules of the game, etiquette, shotgun & choke selection and much more. Bring your own shotgun or use ours.
Registration period: July 11 - August 27
Date: Saturday, August 27, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, August 27, 2022 12:30 pm
Location: Berry Bend South Park

Bank to table, after this program you'll never look at rough fish the same again!

Learn about harvesting, cleaning and preparing some of our states most abundant "trash fish".

We'll spend a little time talking about methods and local hot spots for harvesting various species of rough fish. Then we'll demonstrate some of the best and easiest methods for cleaning gar, buffalo, drum and silver carp. We'll end the program with a cooking demonstration where we will prepare the fish we clean using some favorite methods and delicious recipes to produce samples for everyone to try.
Registration period: June 15 - August 27
Date: Saturday, August 27, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, August 27, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (all ages) We wish we were fishing but it's too darn hot! So, the next best thing is to let us teach you how to make a cool t-shirt practicing the ancient Japanese art of gyotaku: a method of making beautiful prints of actual fish using rice paper and colored inks. We will be applying the same method to a much simpler version using plastic molded fish, fabric ink and recycled t-shirts. Everything will be supplied. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Date: Saturday, August 27, 2022 11:00 am - Saturday, August 27, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2 & up)

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: June 15 - August 27
Date: Saturday, August 27, 2022 11:30 am - Saturday, August 27, 2022 12:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (all ages) We wish we were fishing but it's too darn hot! So, the next best thing is to let us teach you how to make a cool t-shirt practicing the ancient Japanese art of gyotaku: a method of making beautiful prints of actual fish using rice paper and colored inks. We will be applying the same method to a much simpler version using plastic molded fish, fabric ink and recycled t-shirts. Everything will be supplied. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: June 15 - August 27
Date: Saturday, August 27, 2022 1:30 pm - Saturday, August 27, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (all ages) We wish we were fishing but it's too darn hot! So, the next best thing is to let us teach you how to make a cool t-shirt practicing the ancient Japanese art of gyotaku: a method of making beautiful prints of actual fish using rice paper and colored inks. We will be applying the same method to a much simpler version using plastic molded fish, fabric ink and recycled t-shirts. Everything will be supplied. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: August 12 - September 2
Date: Friday, September 2, 2022 1:00 pm - Friday, September 2, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 14+) Dazzling golds and purples cover the landscape as pollinators migrate and summer begins to fade. Join our native landscape specialists for an insightful walk around the grounds of the Discovery Center where we will discuss what is in bloom and their connection to native pollinators. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor after registering and at least one week prior to the program.
Registration period: August 12 - September 3
Date: Saturday, September 3, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, September 3, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (ages 3-6) Discovering the natural world is as easy as opening a book! This volunteer naturalist led story program is ideal for preschool-kindergarten children and will take them on journeys to learn about wildlife, habitats and more. If accommodations are needed, please e-mail the instructor at least one week prior to the program.