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Registration period: May 27 - June 27
Date: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 10:30 am - Wednesday, June 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.
Date: Friday, June 25, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, June 25, 2021 3:30 pm
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. Bring your friends and your favorite shotgun and experience the fun of this game. No registration required. WEATHER PERMITTING!
Registration period: May 15 - June 24
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 9:30 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
This program includes rifle safety, operation, shooting fundamentals, maintenance, and safe storage. Equipment and ammunition will be provided; you may bring your own firearm and ammunition to the live-fire session.
Registration period: May 1 - June 10
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 10:00 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
This program is designed for those who have little to no experience with shotguns. We’ll cover safety, appropriate guns and ammunition, rules of the game, etiquette on the field, and field layout. Firearms and ammunition will be provided, or you can bring your own.
Registration period: March 5 - June 26
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

First thing in the morning we'll spend a little time catching some fish, then we'll demonstrate several easy methods of cleaning common Missouri fish, and participants will have an opportunity to try their hand at cleaning some of the fish that they caught.

We'll finish up the morning by using the fish that we clean to demonstrating some delicious recipes for everyone to sample.

Missouri Department of Conservation will provide rods, tackle, bait, knives, cleaning boards and fishing coaches.

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

All children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Each participant must register individually. Please email the instructor for assistance with registration.
Registration period: April 27 - June 26
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 14+) The Midwest is home to many choice edible mushrooms, along with a few toxic ones. Join Alix Daniel for a presentation on how to get started with mushroom hunting, when and where to find mushrooms and how to properly ID mushrooms. There will be many specimens to observe, and maybe even some to taste!
Registration period: June 1 - June 25
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)

Did you know Missouri is home to 13 unique species of lizards? You may even have one in your own backyard! Come learn some of the secrets of these often-hidden reptiles.
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 11:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
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: April 27 - June 26
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, June 26, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 14+) The Midwest is home to many choice edible mushrooms, along with a few toxic ones. Join Alix Daniel for a presentation on how to get started with mushroom hunting, when and where to find mushrooms and how to properly ID mushrooms. There will be many specimens to observe, and maybe even some to taste!
Registration period: June 2 - June 30
Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021 8:00 pm - Wednesday, June 30, 2021 11:00 pm
Location: James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

Join us for a frog gigging clinic at the James A Reed Memorial Wildlife Area.

We'll begin the evening with an amphibian program to help participants understand the difference between the different frogs that they are likely to encounter as the search for the areas bull and green frogs.

We'll also spend a little time learning how to harvest frogs with lots of tips from local experts.

Then at about sunset we'll head out to the area lakes to try our luck harvesting some frogs. Each individual participant or family will be accompanied on the area by an MDC approved mentor.

When we are finished hunting we'll do a frog cleaning demonstration and help participants clean their frogs before they leave the clinic.

Each participant must register for this clinic separately. For assistance with registration or for additional information, please contact John Rittel 816-604-8117, john.rittel@mdc.mo.gov

Missouri Department of Conservation will provide mentors, frog gigs, flashlights and frog cleaning supplies. Feel free to bring a strong flashlight and/or a headlamp though if you have them. Wear clothes and shoes that you do not mind getting wet and muddy. Bug spray is recommended.

Clinic participants will meet at the shelter house located inside the James A Reed Memorial Wildlife Area directly across from the horse trailer parking lot.

Fishing permits are not required to participate in this clinic.

All children under the age a 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Registration period: June 9 - July 2
Date: Friday, July 2, 2021 1:00 pm - Friday, July 2, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 14+) Summertime in the native plant garden, there's no better place! The pollinators are out, and the flowers are vibrant. Join our native landscape specialists for a walk around the grounds and bring your questions about your own native plant gardens.
Registration period: June 15 - July 2
Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, July 3, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)

Slither in to discover the wonderful world of Missouri’s snakes. These legless, scaly reptiles are often misunderstood, but are beneficial to the environment and us. Join us as we untangle snake myths, learn who lives around us and meet some live snakes up close.
Registration period: May 25 - July 3
Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, July 3, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) Making a beautiful nature print in stride with the holiday weekend is easy and fun! We will use nature and the sun to make cyanotypes: 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 walk around out big backyard.
Registration period: June 9 - July 3
Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, July 3, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 3-8) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

REGISTRATION NOTE: ONE ADULT SHOULD REGISTER TO REPRESENT THE FAMILY AND THEN E-MAIL, STEVE.JACOBSEN@MDC.MO.GOV, TO COMMNICATE HOW MANY WILL BE ATTENDING.

Registration period: June 15 - July 3
Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021 11:30 am - Saturday, July 3, 2021 12:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 3-8) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

REGISTRATION NOTE: ONE ADULT SHOULD REGISTER TO REPRESENT THE FAMILY AND THEN E-MAIL, STEVE.JACOBSEN@MDC.MO.GOV, TO COMMNICATE HOW MANY WILL BE ATTENDING.

Registration period: May 25 - July 3
Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, July 3, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) Making a beautiful nature print in stride with the holiday weekend is easy and fun! We will use nature and the sun to make cyanotypes: 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 walk around out big backyard.
Registration period: May 25 - July 3
Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021 1:30 pm - Saturday, July 3, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 12+) Making a beautiful nature print in stride with the holiday weekend is easy and fun! We will use nature and the sun to make cyanotypes: 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 walk around out big backyard.
Registration period: May 26 - July 6
Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, July 6, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (adults) Let's get outside for a fun-filled sunny summer night of outdoor skills and adventure! Would you like to discover the fun in learning to use an atlatl, testing your archery skills, mastering the skill of fire starting and participating in other outdoor skills that will enhance your experiences in nature? Join us for our annual 'Ladies Night Out' at the Discovery Center! This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.
Registration period: June 21 - July 6
Date: Wednesday, July 7, 2021 10:30 am - Wednesday, July 7, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with all ages)

Trek into an amazing creek ecosystem to discover what depends on Burr Oak Creek for survival. Splish and splash in the mud and water in search of tadpoles, fish, insects and more.
Registration period: April 19 - July 7
Date: Thursday, July 8, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, July 8, 2021 8:30 pm
Location: Platte Ridge Park

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing rod, parts of a fishing rod, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. 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.

Each participant will need to register for this program individually on the Missouri Department of Conservation Discover Fishing website. Email instructor for assistance with registering for this program

Registration period: April 19 - July 7
Date: Thursday, July 8, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, July 8, 2021 8:30 pm
Location: Platte Ridge Park

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing rod, parts of a fishing rod, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. 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.

Each participant will need to register for this program individually on the Missouri Department of Conservation Discover Fishing website. Email instructor for assistance with registering for this program

Registration period: June 10 - July 9
Date: Friday, July 9, 2021 10:30 am - Friday, July 9, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 6+) The ruby-throated hummingbird is one of Missouri's most intriguing birds! Would you like to learn how to attract these summer visitors by providing food sources for them in your yard or garden? Join us as we learn about the native plants, sweet nectar and insects loved by this tiny creature, also know as nature's helicopter! You will have the opportunity to make your own hummingbird feeder.
Registration period: June 10 - July 9
Date: Friday, July 9, 2021 1:00 pm - Friday, July 9, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 6+) The ruby-throated hummingbird is one of Missouri's most intriguing birds! Would you like to learn how to attract these summer visitors by providing food sources for them in your yard or garden? Join us as we learn about the native plants, sweet nectar and insects loved by this tiny creature, also know as nature's helicopter! You will have the opportunity to make your own hummingbird feeder.
Registration period: June 1 - July 8
Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, July 10, 2021 9:30 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
This course continues where the Basic Handgun course ends. The topics of discussion include purchasing and owning a firearm, ammunition facts, and storage options. We also will work more on your marksmanship skills on the range. Bring your own firearm or we will provide.
Registration period: June 21 - July 8
Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021 9:30 am - Saturday, July 10, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families)

This is a great time of year to take your family fishing. We will teach some fishing basics, provide equipment and worms, then let you practice your new fishing skills. Kids who attend will be entered in a drawing at the end of the summer for a new fishing pole and tackle box.