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Registration period: August 26 - September 27
Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2021 11:30 am - Thursday, September 30, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
Registration is required! Shotgun shooting is fun and exciting. If you want to learn about the shotgun fundamentals from the very beginning or improve your skill at skeet, trap or 5-stand, 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. To register or for more information, please call 816-249-3194. 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: August 26 - September 27
Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2021 11:30 am - Thursday, September 30, 2021 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! It 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: August 9 - September 15
Date: Friday, September 17, 2021 3:30 pm - Saturday, September 18, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Shawnee Bend Shelter #1

This Clinic is designed for individuals who would like to catfish on Truman Lake, particularly with juglines and trotlines, but need assistance getting started. Each participant will be provided with the materials to make a jugline. Participants will learn about the management of catfish on Truman Lake, how to build juglines and trotlines, get hands-on experience setting and running juglines and trotlines, learn how to clean catfish and get a basic overview of techniques for rod and reel fishing Truman Lake. This clinic will be completed by noon on Saturday, participants are encouraged to use the rest of the weekend to catfish on their own. Materials to make additional juglines and trotlines can be purchased in Warsaw, we will assist participants who wish to build additional juglines or trotlines at the conclusion of the clinic.

Participants will be fishing from MDC boats. Everyone attending must possess a valid Missouri fishing license. Personal flotation devices will be provided and must be worn while on the boats.

Chris Brooke 660-885-6981

Mark Miller 660 530 5500
Registration period: August 15 - September 16
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, September 18, 2021 10:00 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
This is a novice class for people who have little or no experience in handling and shooting a handgun. We will discuss safety, types of handguns, different parts of the handgun, the variety of calibers, ammunition and marksmanship. Class includes range time.
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021 11:00 am - Saturday, September 18, 2021 4:30 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
FREE SHOOTING! The Lake City Range is happy to open our doors to the public with a FREE day of shooting in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day! Everyone is welcome! Come hone your skills on the trap or skeet fields, archery, or on the rifle or pistol ranges. All shooters must provide their own firearm and ammunition or archery equipment. We'll see you on the range!
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021 11:00 am - Saturday, September 18, 2021 1:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (all ages) Join the Missouri Prairie Foundation at the Discovery Center for a native plant sale. Signs will be set up to specify where to park. Volunteers will be available to load plants into your car if you need assistance. Grow Native! professional members will be set up to sell native plants: Gaylena's Garden, Ozark Soul Native Plants, Missouri Wildflower Nursery, Allendan Seed Company, Colonial Gardens, Prairie Hill Farm, LLC, City Roots Nursery and Down to Earth Services/Green Thumb Gardens. Vendors will have a wide selectin of native flowers, grasses, sedges, shrubs and trees for a variety of growing conditions. Visit https://moprairie.org for updates and information about preordering and participating vendors.
Registration period: September 1 - September 17
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, September 18, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for all attending (families)

Join us for an afternoon of fun as we learn about the monarch butterfly and its magical trek to Mexico. We will explore the monarch’s lifecycle and migration. And you will get a chance visit to become a citizen scientist by tagging monarchs and tracking their journey.
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021 2:00 pm - Saturday, September 18, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Learn how to tell the difference between honey bees, carpenter bees and bumble bees! You will learn some cool facts about those little pollinators and the plants they visit. We will spend time at a specific plant counting the pollinators to help further insect science. We will be using the Sunflower Project to submit our pollinator counts.
Registration period: September 1 - September 17
Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 1:00 pm - Tuesday, September 21, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)

It is harvest time! September is a bountiful month not only for pawpaw’s but for persimmons and other fall fruits in Missouri. Take a hike with us and learn how to prepare delicious treats from native fall fruits.
Registration period: August 17 - September 21
Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, September 21, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (women ages 16+) Bowhunting is a great way to spend time in nature while challenging yourself to ethically harvest food for your table. This class is designed for those who have never hunted as well as those who have hunted before but are new to hunting with a bow. The instructor is a woman who took up hunting as an adult. She will share tips for buying gear, where to hunt in KC, being safe during your hunt and how to care for the meat. Come prepared with plenty of questions.
Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, September 21, 2021 9:00 pm
Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range
Ropes have the potential to be the worst bane or the best friend of the outdoorsman. By learning a few simple knots, you can quickly learn to secure your gear, pitch your tent, tie your tarp, or manage whatever else the outdoors throws at you. Join our instructors for some how-to, and a little practice to help you master a few of the most useful knots.
Registration period: August 22 - September 22
Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 6:30 pm - Wednesday, September 22, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only
Learn about the ins-and-outs of fishing for largemouth bass in Missouri, geared towards the intermediate angler. We will discuss where bass are found in their given waterbody throughout the year, their diet and habits, and what tactics to use to be successful in different scenarios.
Registration period: August 24 - September 23
Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021 5:30 pm - Thursday, September 23, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 2: How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure bait on hooks. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided.

Ages 7 and above. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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

All participants must register separately. Please email the instructor for assistance with registration.

Registration period: August 19 - September 23
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, September 25, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Platte Ridge Park
Join a Conservation Educator for a morning experiencing local butterflies and potentially contribute to the Citizen Science of tagging monarchs. Participants will learn about local butterflies, their lifecycles, role as pollinators, and monarchs’ unique journey to Mexico. Participants will use butterfly safe nets to capture butterflies they encounter. Monarchs will receive small tags with ID numbers. Tags helps scientists track monarch movements and population numbers. Dress for the weather. Insect repellent and long pants is recommended. Registration is required to participate.
Registration period: August 17 - September 25
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, September 25, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 10+) Just in time for fall migration, get ready to welcome back our waterfowl as they return from breeding grounds in the north to overwinter in Missouri. What's the difference between a dabbler and a diver, a duck and a grebe or a goose and a swan? In this introduction to waterfowl identification, you'll learn what to look and listen for when exploring the diversity in ducks and other water birds by sight and sound. You'll have your ducks in a row and be ready to go on a waterfowl viewing adventure of your own!
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 11:00 am - Saturday, September 25, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)

Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals, and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.
Registration period: August 19 - September 23
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 11:00 am - Saturday, September 25, 2021 12:30 pm
Location: Platte Ridge Park
Join a Conservation Educator for a morning experiencing local butterflies and potentially contribute to the Citizen Science of tagging monarchs. Participants will learn about local butterflies, their lifecycles, role as pollinators, and monarchs’ unique journey to Mexico. Participants will use butterfly safe nets to capture butterflies they encounter. Monarchs will receive small tags with ID numbers. Tags helps scientists track monarch movements and population numbers. Dress for the weather. Insect repellent and long pants is recommended. Registration is required to participate.
Registration period: August 17 - September 25
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 12:30 pm - Saturday, September 25, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 10+) Just in time for fall migration, get ready to welcome back our waterfowl as they return from breeding grounds in the north to overwinter in Missouri. What's the difference between a dabbler and a diver, a duck and a grebe or a goose and a swan? In this introduction to waterfowl identification, you'll learn what to look and listen for when exploring the diversity in ducks and other water birds by sight and sound. You'll have your ducks in a row and be ready to go on a waterfowl viewing adventure of your own!
Registration period: September 1 - September 25
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, September 25, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (Scouts or other outdoor nature-related youth organizations ages 8-18; one adult is required for every 5 scouts/youth)

Archery and air rifles are fun and useful skills to learn! We will teach the basics for each and help you practice shooting more consistently and accurately.
Registration period: September 1 - September 24
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-5 with an adult)

Mud, rocks and water might be what we see on the surface but, creeks and streams are excellent sources of life and wonder! Just a trickle will have more critters than you ever thought possible. Come find out just what Missouri creeks really have in store!
Registration period: September 1 - September 24
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 1:00 pm - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-5 with an adult)

Mud, rocks and water might be what we see on the surface but, creeks and streams are excellent sources of life and wonder! Just a trickle will have more critters than you ever thought possible. Come find out just what Missouri creeks really have in store!
Registration period: August 29 - September 29
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range
The environment around us is full of materials that can be used to make things. Whether you're out camping and forgot a piece of your kit, or you are lost in the wilderness and facing a survival situation, it can be useful to know how to turn natural materials into tools. In this class we will learn how to create cordage, or rope. After a short discussion of material types, we will get hands on time to create our own measure of cordage with locally gathered items. Supplies will be provided. Bring drinking water.
Registration period: August 25 - September 30
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021 5:30 pm - Thursday, September 30, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish-Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families 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 young anglers and families 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.

Registration period: August 24 - September 30
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021 5:30 pm - Thursday, September 30, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish-Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families 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 young anglers and families 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.

Registration period: September 27 - October 27
Date: Friday, October 1, 2021 11:30 am - Sunday, October 31, 2021 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! It 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.