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Registration period: August 13 - September 17
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021 8:15 am - Saturday, September 18, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Enjoy a hike at Hercules Glades Wilderness. Explore the Coy Bald Loop with volunteer Brian Conry. Meet at the Nature Center and follow us to the location in your personal vehicle (near Kissee Mills). Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is seven miles and rated moderate to difficult. Ages 18-adult.
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021 8:30 am - Saturday, September 18, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discuss how to select the right optic, options for mounting it and how to mount it. Then we’ll discuss how to bore sight and zero your new scope. If you plan to bring your firearm, 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, September 18, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, September 18, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Enjoy a fun-filled day as we celebrate the migration of monarch butterflies. Stop by any time to get up close with monarch caterpillars and butterflies and participate in citizen science as we catch and tag butterflies. Activities include crafts, games, and more. Recommended for all ages.
Registration period: August 13 - September 18
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, September 18, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Learn about basic emergency items everyone should have for outdoor activities from avid outdoorsman Don Brink. Whether you enjoy day outings or extended hiking, backpacking, or hunting trips, learn how to make your outings safe. All ages.
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, September 18, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Drop by any time at this free event to purchase native plants for your landscaping needs. Vendors will offer hardy plants native to Missouri and will provide information about the benefits of planting native species.
Registration period: June 15 - September 18
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, September 18, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Bois D' Arc Aquatic Education Pond

Join us for a day of fish, family and fun. This event is an opportunity to spend time with family and time outdoors. The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Greater Missouri Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is excited to offer this Discover Nature Fishing event to individuals experiencing memory loss, their caregivers and loved ones. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. This event is accessible and all equipment is provided.

Registration is required. You can register through the Missouri Department of Conservation events page. For questions, please use the contact information below.

The event will be held at the Bois D' Arc pond.

Address:

4045 N State Hwy UU

Bois D' Arc, MO 65612

Lyle Whittaker

Conservation Educator

Missouri Department of Conservation

Lyle.whittaker@mdc.mo.gov

417.895.6881 Ext. 1644

Samantha Whittaker

Program Coordinator

Alzheimer’s Association

slwhittaker@alz.org

417.461.4025

Date: Sunday, September 19, 2021 3:00 pm - Sunday, September 19, 2021 4:30 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

We will discuss the correct shot placement on North American game animals along with the correct safety protocol used when shooting on a 3D archery range. We will shoot a variety of game animal targets, from the ground and from an elevated tower. This class will enable you to master those tough shots when shooting at large game animals.

Registration period: July 3 - September 20
Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, September 21, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

The Ozark Chinquapin was a major player in our Ozarks forests; often it was the dominant tree species on many ridge tops and rocky slopes. The decline of the species had major effects on local wildlife food webs and traditional cultural uses. The hard-working Ozark Chinquapin Foundation, area foresters and local naturalists have been dedicated for almost 15 years in saving this species, and there are several success stories ahead.

This classroom program will look at this unique tree’s place in our local ecology and highlight the foundation’s research and outreach. There are many ways local citizens can help conservation efforts. We invite interested nature enthusiasts to come learn about this worthy effort.

Registration period: August 13 - September 22
Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, September 22, 2021 10:45 am
Location: Online only
Missouri is home to many beautiful plants which can provide fall color. Naturalist Jordi Raos will share some easy to grow native plants that can add some spice to your yard! Enjoy a short virtual presentation followed by a Q&A session. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link the day prior to the program. All ages. This program will not be recorded.
Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, September 22, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Online only

Don't want to spend a lot of money but want to show off your deer harvest for years to come? Learn how to European mount your deer head. We will be covering how to make it shine as well as other tips, tricks, and techniques.

Registration period: August 19 - September 23
Date: Friday, September 24, 2021 10:30 am - Friday, September 24, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Slither in to find out more about this fascinating reptile, see some up close, and make a snake craft to take home. Registration is required. Recommended for ages 3 to 7.
Registration period: August 19 - September 24
Date: Friday, September 24, 2021 6:00 pm - Friday, September 24, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only
As cooler weather makes the great outdoors more enjoyable, you may find yourself looking into exploring a new trail or conservation area. Before you go, join us to learn tips and tricks about the hiking basics that will make your next nature walk or hiking trip a success. Please register with a valid email to receive a link to join the program. All ages, best for 5 and above.
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 7:30 am - Saturday, September 25, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery
Women's Free Fishing Day at Bennett Spring State Park. Girls of all ages fish for free! For more information contact Ben Havens at Ben.Havens@mdc.mo.gov or call the hatchery at 417-532-4418
Registration period: August 13 - September 25
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, September 25, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Join Volunteer Naturalist Dana Tideman to learn about monarch butterfly conservation, citizen science opportunities, monarch life cycle, and how to rear and tag them. Ages 10-adult.
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 10:30 am - Saturday, September 25, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join MDC as we host an NRA - New Shooter Seminar.

Come learn about gun safety, understanding the different types of firearms both rifle and pistol, what to expect while at the shooting range and more.
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021 1:30 pm - Saturday, September 25, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join MDC as we host an NRA - New Shooter Seminar.

Come learn about gun safety, understanding the different types of firearms both rifle and pistol, what to expect while at the shooting range and more.
Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021 4:00 pm - Sunday, September 26, 2021 6:00 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Modern Sporting Rifles are one of the most popular rifles owned and used by hunters and shooters today. They are lightweight, modular for ease of modification, and available in many popular calibers for both recreational shooting and hunting applications. Join us to learn more about the Modern Sporting Rifle, how to safely use, clean and maintain it, how to select the proper caliber for your application, and much more. 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.

Registration period: August 13 - September 28
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Hang out with other teens and learn how to make some nature prints! Naturalist Jordi Raos will lead the group in gyotaku (Japanese fish printing) and share a few other techniques. Bring a plain t-shirt, bandana, or cloth tote to print on. We will also print on paper if you do not want to bring something. Ages 12-17.
Registration period: August 13 - September 30
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021 7:00 pm - Thursday, September 30, 2021 9:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Join avid outdoorsman Don Brink for an introduction to backpacking. Learn about the types of equipment, things beginners should know, and places to go in the Ozarks. After attending this program you’ll be ready to head out on your own. Ages 10-adult.
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021 8:00 am - Sunday, October 3, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Robert E. Talbot Conservation Area
Beginners trapping clinic to gain knowledge of dry land and water trapping. Students will be instructed in setting traps of all types in both dry land and water sets. Students will gain a working knowledge of all aspects of trapping and fur handling in a hands on environment.
Registration period: August 27 - October 2
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, October 2, 2021 10:45 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Did you know Missouri has weasels? Come learn about how wild and amazing the animals in the weasel family are! Ages 3-6.
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, October 2, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Join us in celebrating the 4th birthday of our two-headed snake, Tiger and Lily! There will be crafts and party favors for the kids, opportunities to take photos, and the chance to learn about and touch live snakes.

Most of the festivities will be outdoors. There will be limitations on the amount of visitors at one time in the auditorium exhibit space. Masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged.

For more information, call (417) 334-4865 ext 0 or email Shepherd@mdc.mo.gov.
Date: Sunday, October 3, 2021 4:00 pm - Sunday, October 3, 2021 6:30 pm
Location: Online only

Learn the basics of hunting the whitetail deer. We will cover scouting, setup, shooting and much more.

Date: Sunday, October 3, 2021 4:00 pm - Sunday, October 3, 2021 6:30 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Learn the basics of hunting the whitetail deer. We will cover scouting, setup, shooting and much more.

Registration period: September 2 - October 6
Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 2:30 pm - Wednesday, October 6, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Online only
Join us as we highlight a few drives that could have wonderful fall foliage. We will discuss where they are located, the length of the drive, and other information about the area.