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Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 12:30 pm - Wednesday, June 23, 2021 1:30 pm
Location: Online only

Raccoons are active-at-night, or nocturnal, mammals that live throughout much of the world. Join us to learn about Raccoons and where you can find them in Missouri!

This is a FREE program. This is a VIRTUAL program! Registration is required by 5PM, June 22nd. You must register with a valid email, as the program link will be sent by 11am on the day of the program to that email.
Registration period: June 8 - June 22
Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 2:00 pm - Wednesday, June 23, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office
MDC invites anyone age 12 and older to register for this free clinic that will cover how to tie basic flies using specialized equipment, and how to present the various flies to improve the chances of catching fish with them. MDC will provide all necessary equipment, but participants should bring reading glasses if they use them.
Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, June 24, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Spencer Lake

Cane poles are literally made from canes cut from bamboo – and are arguably the oldest of all fishing rods. Join us to learn about cane poles, how to make them and how to use them. Participants will make their own cane pole and get to take it home! Poles and all supplies will be provided. This program will be held outside, at Spencer Lake.

You MUST REGISTER at mdc.mo.gov/events by 5pm, June 23rd. If you need help registering, please email the email address listed below. This is a FREE program! All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2021 1:00 pm - Tuesday, July 6, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Join us to learn about the different snakes that call Missouri home, how to identify them and which are dangerous. Live snakes will be at the program.

You MUST REGISTER at mdc.mo.gov/events by 5pm, July 5th. If you need help registering, please email the email address listed below. This is a FREE program! All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration period: May 20 - July 5
Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2021 5:30 pm - Tuesday, July 6, 2021 8:30 pm
Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Session one of two part course. Participants will choose a range day the evening of the 7th, 8th, or 9th of July.

Participants must attend classroom portion to attend range portion. Course is for new and novice shooters. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Come out and spend two evenings learning the basics of firearms. We will be offering training on handguns, shotguns, and rifles with plenty of shooting practice built into the courses. The students will learn about firearm parts and operation, ammunition, gun safety, and shooting fundamentals. Firearms will be provided.
Date: Thursday, July 8, 2021 12:30 pm - Thursday, July 8, 2021 1:30 pm
Location: Online only

When people first came to Missouri they saw wetlands as useless, dark and creepy places. The Swamp Act changed that and encouraged people to move to swampy places. Join us to learn about the Swamp Act, Missouri’s wetlands and why we must protect this valuable resource.

This is a FREE program. This is a VIRTUAL program! Registration is required by 5PM, July 7th. You must register with a valid email, as the program link will be sent by 11am on the day of the program to that email.
Registration period: June 7 - July 8
Date: Friday, July 9, 2021 6:30 pm - Friday, July 9, 2021 10:30 pm
Location: Atlanta CA

MDC invites the public to take part in a frog gigging clinic at the Atlanta conservation area. This event is open to anyone 12 and up.

The clinic will start with a presentation on the basics of frog gigging safety, equipment, identification and regulations. Participants will go frogging with the help of MDC personnel and learn how to clean and cook their catch.
Registration period: June 15 - July 7
Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, July 10, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Lake Thunderhead Office

Come join us for a community fishing event at lake Thunderhead. Fishing equipment and bait will be provided for participants to learn basic fishing.

Food and Drink will also be provided by the members at lake thunderhead.
Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 1:00 pm - Tuesday, July 13, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Union Ridge Conservation Area

Join us to look for aquatic invertebrates, fossils, fish, frogs and many other creatures that can be found in the creeks of Union Ridge Conservation Area! Please wear appropriate clothing (we will be walking down to the creek and in the water).

You MUST REGISTER at mdc.mo.gov/events by 5pm, July 21th. If you need help registering, please email the email address listed below. This is a FREE program! All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration period: May 25 - July 9
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 5:30 pm - Thursday, July 15, 2021 8:30 pm
This basic course will start with a presentation on rules, regulations, and equipment. After covering fish ID we will head down to the spill way to try out the new skill. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Please dress for the weather, and plan to possibly get wet and muddy. Equipment will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own.
Registration period: June 7 - July 5
Date: Friday, July 16, 2021 4:30 pm - Saturday, July 17, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Mississippi River Alexandria
MDC staff and volunteers will instruct participants on the basics of setline fishing on Missouri’s rivers and lakes. Participants will attend a seminar on fisheries management, with information on the recent catfish survey led by an MDC Fisheries Management biologist. The program will be a hands-on tutorial of how to safely set trot-lines and bank poles, properly label equipment, and boat operation. These tactics can be used in streams and some lakes of Missouri. Following the river outing, A Conservation Agent will present fishing regulations and staff will give a how-to presentation on using gear and equipment. Sign up is limited to anglers that are new to setline fishing.
Registration period: May 24 - July 19
Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 4:00 pm - Tuesday, July 20, 2021 6:00 pm
Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Lesson 1: Learn the parts and function of a spincast fishing rod and reel. How to cast safely and and successfully. How to fasten basic tackle to a fishing line. Learn techniques to catch fish and handle it properly.

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.

Participants will be able to take what they learned and go fishing.

Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided.

Each participant must register for this program individually.
Registration period: May 24 - July 19
Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 4:00 pm - Tuesday, July 20, 2021 6:00 pm
Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Lesson 1: Learn the parts and function of a spincast fishing rod and reel. How to cast safely and and successfully. How to fasten basic tackle to a fishing line. Learn techniques to catch fish and handle it properly.

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.

Participants will be able to take what they learned and go fishing.

Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided.

Each participant must register for this program individually.
Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, July 20, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Join us to make beautiful nature jewelry from deer antlers, spent shotgun shells, turkey and duck feathers and more! We will provide all materials.

This workshop is for women 18 years old and older. Girls aged 14–17 also are welcome when accompanied by an adult woman. Registration is required, please register online at mdc.mo.gov/events. Deadline to register is July19th, at 5pm. Space and supplies are limited!

Hurry! Space and materials are limited.

Registration period: May 24 - July 21
Date: Thursday, July 22, 2021 4:00 pm - Thursday, July 22, 2021 6:00 pm
Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Lesson 1: Learn the parts and function of a spincast fishing rod and reel. How to cast safely and and successfully. How to fasten basic tackle to a fishing line. Learn techniques to catch fish and handle it properly.

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.

Participants will be able to take what they learned and go fishing.

Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided.

Each participant must register for this program individually.
Registration period: May 24 - July 21
Date: Thursday, July 22, 2021 4:00 pm - Thursday, July 22, 2021 6:00 pm
Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

Lesson 1: Learn the parts and function of a spincast fishing rod and reel. How to cast safely and and successfully. How to fasten basic tackle to a fishing line. Learn techniques to catch fish and handle it properly.

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.

Participants will be able to take what they learned and go fishing.

Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided.

Each participant must register for this program individually.
Registration period: May 24 - July 26
Date: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 4:00 pm - Tuesday, July 27, 2021 6:00 pm
Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

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

Participants will be able to take what they learned and go fishing.

Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided.

Each participant must register for this program individually.
Date: Thursday, July 29, 2021 12:30 pm - Thursday, July 29, 2021 1:30 pm
Location: Online only

Humans aren’t the only animals that hunt. To eat, wild predators must catch their dinner. And though they don’t have rifles or fishing rods, animal assassins are armed to the teeth. Join us to learn about some of the amazing adaptations animals have for capturing prey.

This is a FREE program. This is a VIRTUAL program! Registration is required by 5PM, July 28th. You must register with a valid email, as the program link will be sent by 11am on the day of the program to that email.

Registration period: May 24 - July 28
Date: Thursday, July 29, 2021 4:00 pm - Thursday, July 29, 2021 6:00 pm
Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

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

Participants will be able to take what they learned and go fishing.

Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided.

Each participant must register for this program individually.
Registration period: May 24 - August 6
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, August 7, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Walker Farm

This is a free workshop that will help target shooters as well as migratory and upland bird hunters improve their hunting skills. Topics include: how to select the best ammunition and choke combination for hunting, how to improve your shooting skills, how to improve your range & distance estimation skills, and how to properly pattern your shotgun.

Participants should bring their hunting shotgun & choke tubes if applicable, non-toxic shotgun ammunition they wish to pattern, eye/ear protection, and a stool or chair. Clay targets, 12 & 20-gauge practice ammunition will be provided.