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Date: Friday, June 4, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, September 3, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center
From Memorial Day until Labor Day you can take a guided tour of Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery in Branson. Guided tours are Tuesday - Friday at 10 am, 11am, 1 pm and 2 pm. Tours are free and last approximately 30 minutes. On Saturdays, short hatchery talks will be conducted throughout the day. The Hatchery is closed on Sundays and Mondays. For more information, call (417)334-4865 ext 0.
Date: Sunday, July 25, 2021 6:00 pm - Sunday, July 25, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Headed out west for a big trip or got lucky and got a chance at a Missouri Elk? We will be going over some basic elk  hunting techniques for calling, scouting and locating elk. We will also share some tips, tricks and techniques that will help you with your hunt.   

Registration period: June 29 - July 26
Date: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, July 27, 2021 8:30 pm
Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Lesson 1: 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 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 kinds of hooks.

All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen. This class is for ages 6 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All persons in your group MUST be individually registered.

Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 8:30 am - Saturday, July 31, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Advance your knowledge of shooting and hunting with your crossbow, safely and effectively. We will cover nomenclature of the crossbow, hand placement, stance, loading, drawing of string, optics and how to properly store your crossbow. The difference between bolts and arrows, practice points and hunting points.

Registration period: June 29 - July 30
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, July 31, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area

Lessons 1 & 2 MUST be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing Lessons.

Lesson 3: Participants will learn about aquatic habitats, food webs, and the basic biology of common Missouri fish species.

Lesson 4: Participants will learn about various fishing lures techniques, as well as identify and understand Missouri fishing regulations.

All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen. This class is for ages 6 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All persons in your group MUST be individually registered.

Registration period: July 8 - August 4
Date: Wednesday, August 4, 2021 2:30 pm - Wednesday, August 4, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Online only
Join us as we highlight a few of the Invasive/Exotic species we encounter. We will discuss how to identify them and when and what is the best way to control or eradicate them.
Date: Thursday, August 5, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, August 5, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Clay target shooting is a fun and exciting way to further your shotgun shooting knowledge. We will spend time talking about the 5-stand sporting clays. We will be talking about the different birds that are thrown and how to shoot them. We will go over how the shooter will need to mount the gun, hold points, break points, forward allowance, and many more of the mechanics as it pertains to 5 stand sporting clay shooting. This program is not for the beginning shotgun shooter as it is an intermediate level program so unless you are beyond the basics in shotgunning this program is not for you. We will provide 20-gauge shotguns and ammunition for those who do not have one. If you plan to use your own, bring a minimum of 50 rounds of new ammunition in the gauge of your shotgun. There should be no live ammunition, or uncased firearms inside the classroom. Please leave all firearms in the vehicle until the class is dismissed to go to shoot. This includes concealed carry handguns and magazines.

Registration period: June 22 - August 6
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, August 7, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Hike at Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area with Volunteer Naturalist Mike Mihalik. Meet at the Nature Center and follow us to the location in your personal vehicle. Bring a sack lunch and water, hiking poles if you have them, and wear comfortable water shoes as we will hike in the creek 90% of the time. Hike is two miles and rated moderate in difficulty. Ages 18-adult.
Registration period: June 22 - August 10
Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, August 10, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only
Bees and wasps are fascinating insects with a bad reputation for inflicting painful stings. Arm yourself with information about the stinging insects of Missouri during this virtual program with Naturalist Morgan Wyatt followed by a live Q&A session. This program is free and will be held virtually, please make sure that you have a valid email address associated with your MDC Events account as your invite will be sent by email. All ages.
Registration period: June 22 - August 12
Date: Thursday, August 12, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, August 12, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Hang out with other teens and naturalist Jordi Raos and hunt for insects around the Nature Center. We'll provide the nets, bug boxes, and expertise for the evening. We'll work together to identify what we catch before setting them up for our big insect event which takes place the following night. Have questions? Email Jordanya.Raos@mdc.mo.gov or call 417-888-4237. Ages 12-17.
Date: Thursday, August 12, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, August 12, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range
Discover the basics of archery shooting. We will cover things like bow nomenclature and shooting technique and then go shooting on the static archery range. You may bring your own bow to the program or use ours.
Registration period: July 9 - August 12
Date: Thursday, August 12, 2021 6:30 pm - Thursday, August 12, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only

Has your summer break flown by and you’re still craving some quality family time in the outdoors? If you are as tired of being indoors as we are, let’s get outside and enjoy Missouri’s vast outdoors! We want to help you learn about our bountiful natural resources in your own backyard. This virtual program will challenge you to host a backyard campout at your favorite camping spot, whether that’s in your backyard or at one of our conservation areas.

Through a virtual program, we will share a few outdoor activities to help you and your family learn about nature and have some fun while doing it. All participants will receive an email with a suggested list of games and outdoor activities for you and your children, pulled from our Discover Nature curriculum. There will be a photo contest with prizes for the winning campers, though the focus of this event is getting young learners outside and exploring nature! There will be two categories in the photo contest: nature and people. “Nature” includes anything you may find outdoors, living or non-living. Examples are flowers, trees, insects, rivers, lakes, animals, etc. “People” is all about fun moments captured from your campout. One winning photo from each category will be chosen and prizes will be sent to the winning photographers. In order to participate in the photo contest, photos must be submitted by September 10th, 2021. A link to the virtual program will be emailed to all participants before the time of the event, so make sure to put an accurate email address when you register.

*All photos entered into the contest may be used by MDC and could be posted on MDC’s public website or social media pages.

Date: Friday, August 13, 2021 6:30 pm - Friday, August 13, 2021 9:30 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Our annual celebration of insects and the important role they play in nature returns! Insects--they fascinate us, they bug us, they surround us, and they bite us; but what would a summer evening be like without them! Join insect specialists and enthusiasts for an evening devoted to discovering insects. Grab your entire family and participate in some creepy-crawly fun for all ages. No registration required.
Date: Saturday, August 14, 2021 8:30 am - Saturday, August 14, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to learn the most effective methods for dove hunting. We will discuss the biology of the bird and then teach you how to shoot using the Effective Wing Shooting for the Hunter techniques. We will discuss using decoys and how to use concealment to your benefit. Please leave all firearms in the vehicle until the class is dismissed to shoot. This includes concealed carry handguns and magazines. Make sure your firearm is completely unloaded before you arrive at the range.

Registration period: July 16 - August 17
Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, August 17, 2021 6:30 pm
Location: Online only
Join us for this 2-part program as we explore the elements that make a glade and what creatures are lurking under rocks and between the wildflowers. Part 1 will be a virtual program and part 2 will be an in-person hike. Registration is required. Please register with a valid email address to receive the program link. All ages are welcome but recommended for ages 8 and up.
Registration period: July 16 - August 19
Date: Thursday, August 19, 2021 6:30 pm - Thursday, August 19, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Join us for this 2-part program as we stroll around the glade which surrounds the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center and experience what makes a Chert glade a unique ecosystem. Part 1 will be a virtual program and part 2 will be an in-person hike. Registration is required. All ages are welcome but recommended for ages 8 and up.
Registration period: July 16 - August 20
Date: Friday, August 20, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, August 20, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Trees provide food and shelter for many kinds of wildlife, but that's not all they do. Join us at the gazebo (west of the center) with your tots and find out why trees are so tree-rrific.
Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021 8:30 am - Saturday, August 21, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Discover the joys of shooting one of the all-time favorite rifles–the .22 rifle. We will discuss rifle nomenclature, dominant eye, sight picture, sight alignment, breath control, trigger squeeze, shooting positions, plus much more. We will provide rifles and ammunition for those who do not have one. If you plan to use your own, bring a minimum of 50 rounds of new ammunition in the caliber of your rifle. There should be no live ammunition, or uncased firearms inside the classroom. Please leave all firearms in the vehicle until the class is dismissed to go down range to shoot. This includes concealed carry handguns and magazines. Make sure your rifle is completely unloaded before you arrive at the range.

Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021 10:30 am - Saturday, August 21, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Stop by the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center any time between 10:30am- 2:30pm to learn more about Missouri’s mammals by looking at their skulls and furs. How many can you identify?
Registration period: June 22 - August 21
Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021 6:00 pm - Saturday, August 21, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Here is your chance to see a ruby-throated hummingbird up close! Join master hummingbird bander Sarah Driver to learn more about this winged jewel while attempting to capture some for banding. All ages.
Date: Thursday, August 26, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, August 26, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discover the basics of responsible handgun ownership and the joys of shooting. We will cover safety, handgun nomenclature, sight picture, sight alignment, breath control, trigger squeeze, and much more. During the live fire portion, .22 handguns and ammunition will be provided. If you want to bring your personal handgun to use, bring a minimum of 50 rounds of new ammunition in the caliber of your handgun. There should be no live ammunition, or uncased firearms inside the classroom. Please leave all firearms in the vehicle until the class is dismissed to go down range to shoot. This includes concealed carry handguns and magazines. Make sure your handgun is completely unloaded before you arrive at the range.

Registration period: June 22 - August 27
Date: Friday, August 27, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, August 27, 2021 10:45 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
The Belted Kingfisher seems to have an air of self-importance (like a king!) as it patrols up and down rivers. With a rattling call it dives into the water to snag a fish (fisher!). Let's learn about Kingfishers with stories, games, and crafts. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: June 22 - August 27
Date: Friday, August 27, 2021 11:15 am - Friday, August 27, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
The Belted Kingfisher seems to have an air of self-importance (like a king!) as it patrols up and down rivers. With a rattling call it dives into the water to snag a fish (fisher!). Let's learn about Kingfishers with stories, games, and crafts. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: July 16 - August 27
Date: Friday, August 27, 2021 6:00 pm - Friday, August 27, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Looking for a fun family activity to celebrate going back to school? Join us for a game of bingo that has a fun and educational twist. Win prizes and see some live animals, too.

Date: Sunday, August 29, 2021 3:00 pm - Sunday, August 29, 2021 4:30 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

You have selected the bow of your choice, now what do you need to be a more effective archer and hunter. Discover all the accessory items that can be added to make your bow hunting or recreational shooting the most enjoyable.