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Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 5:30 pm - Tuesday, September 21, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Rinquelin Trail Lake CA

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: August 28 - September 22
Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021 10:00 am - Thursday, September 23, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Online only
Join us for a virtual tour through Peck Ranch, which was the site for the reintroduction of elk back into Missouri. We will discuss what to expect on your own visit to the ranch and what to look for (clues) while you're there.
Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021 5:30 pm - Thursday, September 23, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Rinquelin Trail Lake CA

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: August 25 - September 29
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 4:00 pm - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
This class is a 12 month program that will meet once a month. You will learn simple but beautiful embroidery techniques while also exploring the flora and fauna of Missouri's swamps. Each block is based on the Swamps of Missouri.
Registration period: September 1 - September 29
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Learn embroidery techniques while also exploring Missouri’s swamps by stitching quilt blocks based on that theme.

Registration period: July 8 - August 11
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021 8:00 am - Sunday, October 3, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Carr's Canoe Rental

Join MDC Staff for our Introduction to Backpacking Program where we will hike the Current River Challenge from the Round Spring located in Ozark National Scenic Riverways to Echo Bluff State Park (4.5 miles) with an overnight at Echo Bluff. The next day we will hike to Current River State Park (4.5 miles) and kayak back down to our starting point at the Upper Round Spring take-out along the very beautiful spring-fed Current River (4 miles).

Expect the Ozark Hills terrain of steeper climbs (roughly 1,190 foot elevation gain) to beautiful overlooks as well as hikes along ridge tops and down into valleys. We will be camping at the group campsite in Echo Bluff where you will have access to restrooms and shower facilities.

Since this is an Introductory Backpacking Program, all gear and equipment can be provided for participants. We will conduct a virtual check-in one month prior to the trip in the evening to introduce the group and discuss trip preparation and logistics. A supply list will be emailed to you if you need any backpacking equipment or gear. All family or friend groupings will be responsible for carrying their own gear, including water filter, stove, tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad. You are responsible for packing your own food - this will be discussed in our virtual check-in - and you will be shown how to hang a bear-bag. In adhering to COVID guidelines, please do not share any materials between family or friend groupings to limit exposure. We will be outside for the entirety of this program.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email the instructor.

Thank you and our hope and goal is for each of you to be more inspired to explore the trails around you - whether that is through practicing your backpacking skills during this trip or taking longer day hikes. We want you to know that you can have access in many ways to our beautiful natural resources!

For details on how to register or to be put on the waiting list, contact Kayla Rosen (kayla.rosen@mdc.mo.gov).

Registration period: September 8 - October 7
Date: Thursday, October 7, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, October 7, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Online only
Join us for a virtual presentation to the Introduction to Traditional Bow-Making where we discuss the history of bow-making, historical significance, and the types of wood used in creating long bows.
Registration period: September 8 - October 7
Date: Friday, October 8, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, October 9, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
If you enjoy working with your hands, you will enjoy this workshop. Participants will study the history of the longbow, bow design and performance. Then you will carve your own longbow from a wooden stave using basic hand tools. Some woodworking skill is helpful. The class starts with a virtual introductory session Thursday from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, and continues Friday and Saturday with sessions that run from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Attendance at ALL sessions is REQUIRED. You will need to register separately for the Virtual Introduction to Bow-making Presentation which is set to take place Thursday evening - 10/7/21. Please find this event through the MDC Events page. This program is designed for ages 18 and up. Reservations are required. Class size limit is 10.
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, October 9, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Green Acres 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: August 30 - October 16
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, October 16, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Little Prairie CA
Welcome to the first Little Prairie Nature Trail Run / Hike! The 3.6 mile unpaved nature trail that surrounds Towell Lake travels through different management regions of this 342 acre conservation area. Signage is provided along the nature trail that describes management practices designed to enhance diversity and health of the Missouri native plants and animals living here. Participants can register in advance or on-site between 8-9 am, with run / hike starting at 9am. The first 100 finishers will receive a MDC water bottle. Come explore the nature trail at Little Prairie Conservation Area in Phelps county on October 16, 2021!
Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2022 6:00 pm - Wednesday, February 23, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Learn embroidery techniques while also exploring Missouri’s swamps by stitching quilt blocks based on that theme.

Registration period: February 24 - March 23
Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2022 6:00 pm - Wednesday, March 23, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Learn embroidery techniques while also exploring Missouri’s swamps by stitching quilt blocks based on that theme.

Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2022 6:00 pm - Wednesday, April 27, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Learn embroidery techniques while also exploring Missouri’s swamps by stitching quilt blocks based on that theme.

Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 6:00 pm - Wednesday, May 25, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Learn embroidery techniques while also exploring Missouri’s swamps by stitching quilt blocks based on that theme.