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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, June 20, 2021 3:00 pm - Sunday, June 20, 2021 4:30 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range
Parents, grandparents, and adult mentors bring your youngster(s) to learn a new skill and spend time practicing. You don’t have to be a hunter to become a skilled archer. No experience is necessary and archery equipment will be provided We will teach and practice the basics and help you perfect your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately.
Registration period: April 8 - June 22
Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 9:00 am - Wednesday, June 23, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Register your family and meet us at the east parking lot at Busiek Conservation Area to hike and explore with our Naturalists. We will explore the forest and creek so come prepared for hiking and to get wet. Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent, a towel, a hat, and an extra pair of shoes you can wear in the water (no flip-flops or crocs please). Remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 8-adult. Ages 8-17 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Please register each family member attending.
Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, June 24, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range
Learn how to manage your land for North American animals. By finding out the resources for timberland management, fish management and old field management to better improve your property.
Registration period: April 8 - June 25
Date: Friday, June 25, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, June 25, 2021 10:45 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Do turtles come from eggs? Can a turtle come out of its shell? How long can turtles hold their breath? Find out the answers to these questions and more at Turtlemania! We will discover what makes turtles so terrific and look for some turtles in the wild. Meet at the trailhead to walk the Boardwalk Trail. Adults, please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: May 18 - June 25
Date: Friday, June 25, 2021 6:00 pm - Friday, June 25, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only
Those tiny, cool specks of light that spark our imagination every summer are back! Join us for a virtual program to learn all about these special beetles that are nature’s “flashlights.” Recommended for all ages but best for 5 and up. Registration is required; please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so you can receive a program link.
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 8:30 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Skeet shooting is a fun and exciting way to further your shotgun shooting knowledge. We will spend time talking about the game of skeet, how to mount the gun, hold points, break points, forward allowance, and many more of the mechanics as it pertains to skeet 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: April 8 - June 26
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 10:45 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Do turtles come from eggs? Can a turtle come out of its shell? How long can turtles hold their breath? Find out the answers to these questions and more at Turtlemania! We will discover what makes turtles so terrific and look for some turtles in the wild. Meet at the trailhead to walk the Boardwalk Trail. Adults, please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: June 1 - June 30
Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021 7:00 pm - Wednesday, June 30, 2021 9:00 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range
Are you looking for a “jumping" good time, while learning and enjoying the outdoors? Frog gigging! This program will include all you need to know to get started gigging frogs. Including topics such as; basic frog facts, legal species to harvest and their identification, seasons, limits, regulations, and methods to harvest. Participants will practice what they’ve learned on a short frog gigging trip at Bois D" Arc Conservation Area ponds. Participants will learn all the basic of cooking frog legs as well as strategies to be successful on your next frogging adventure! Participants must be at least 8 years of age; all minors will need to be accompanied by an adult with a driver’s license. Participants, not exempt, must possess a Missouri fishing or hunting permit. Participants will need to appropriate clothing and foot wear (rubber boots) for frog gigging. All equipment will be provided.
Registration period: June 8 - July 5
Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, July 6, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
We will have a classroom presentation and open discussion on what would the tallgrass prairies of the frontier have looked like when George Washington Carver was growing up? Naturalist and Conservation Educator Jeff Cantrell will share the plants and animals of southwest Missouri that inhabit the native grasslands of the Missouri frontier. He will share almost 30 years of experience of working or volunteering on The Nature Conservancy, MDC and the MO Prairie Foundation grasslands in the southwest corner of our state.
Registration period: June 3 - July 7
Date: Wednesday, July 7, 2021 2:30 pm - Wednesday, July 7, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Online only
Join us as we highlight a few of the best float streams. We will discuss the best time of year, take in and out locations, and any hazards or features you will encounter.
Registration period: June 8 - July 7
Date: Wednesday, July 7, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, July 7, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only
What would the tallgrass prairies of the frontier have looked like when George Washington Carver was growing up? This virtual program will give you a look at the plants and animals of southwest Missouri that make up the native grasslands of the Missouri frontier. You will also learn about the locations of remaining prairies that are managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Prairie Foundation.
Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021 8:30 am - Saturday, July 10, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Trap shooting is a fun and exciting way to further your shotgun shooting knowledge. We will spend time talking about the game of trap how to mount the gun, hold points, break points, forward allowance, and many more of the mechanics as it pertains to trap 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 18 - July 10
Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, July 10, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Primitive skills specialist Don Brink will demonstrate how to weave plant fibers into cordage. All ages.
Registration period: June 18 - July 10
Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021 6:00 pm - Saturday, July 10, 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: Sunday, July 11, 2021 3:00 pm - Sunday, July 11, 2021 4:30 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Parents, grandparents, and adult mentors bring your youngster(s) to learn a new skill and spend time practicing. You don’t have to be a hunter to become a skilled archer. No experience is necessary and archery equipment will be provided We will teach and practice the basics and help you perfect your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately.

Registration period: June 19 - July 13
Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 2:00 pm - Tuesday, July 13, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only
Whether you see them on land or in the water, summertime is the time for turtles. Join us for a virtual program to explore the wonderful world of our terrific Missouri turtles! Registration is required with a valid email address to receive the program link. Recommended for ages 3 to 7.
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 3:00 pm - Thursday, July 15, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Online only
Join us as we partner with the Joplin Public Library for their teen summer reading program. Snakes are one of Missouri’s most misunderstood creatures. Some people have such a dread of snakes that they actually avoid going outdoors to fish, hunt, hike, or picnic. Getting to know the species, natural history, and distribution of Missouri's snakes can help you overcome your fear of them and appreciate their role in nature. Join us to learn about snakes of Missouri and about their important role. Register in person at the Joplin Public Library, via email (teen@joplinpubliclibrary.org), or by phone 417-623-7953, ext. 1027. This is virtual event for teens recommended ages 12-18.
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, July 15, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discover the joys of shotgun shooting. We will discuss shotgun nomenclature, stance, dominant eye, mounting, moving the shotgun, and much more. 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 18 - July 16
Date: Friday, July 16, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, July 16, 2021 10:45 am
Location: Online only
Summer is a great time to learn more about the slithery snakes of Missouri. Join Naturalist Jordi Raos virtually as she showcases some of Missouri's common species. 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 19 - July 16
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021 8:15 am - Saturday, July 17, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Explore the White River Valley Trail System at Table Rock State Park with Volunteer Naturalist Sandy Vaughn. Meet at the Nature Center and follow us to the location in your personal vehicle. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is five miles and rated moderate in difficulty. Ages 18-adult.
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021 8:30 am - Saturday, July 17, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This program includes an introduction to wingshooting fundamentals, distance estimation, non-toxic shotshell ammunition selection for hunting, and shotgun patterning with a goal to help migratory and upland bird hunters improve their hunting skills with non-toxic shot. Bring your own shotgun with a minimum of 50 rounds of new steel 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.

Date: Monday, July 19, 2021 1:00 pm - Monday, July 19, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Join us as we partner with the Newton County/ Neosho Library for their Adult summer reading program. Summer is a great time to start the hobby of bird watching. Join us to learn about common birds seen around Southwest Missouri and how to keep them around your feeders. Recommended for ages 18 and up. Registration is Required. Please register at www.newtoncolib.org under adult services events.
Registration period: June 8 - July 19
Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, July 20, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Birds play significant roles that are necessary for healthy ecosystem function. This indoor naturalist program will offer insight to local conservation support for global issues, and our regional bird populations and management efforts.

Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center and Wildcat Park comprise of several habitat niches for birdlife from glade to parklike savannas. Conservation educator Jeff Cantrell will share in a classroom setting, his findings and experiences of the education center’s natural community. He will address some resident bird species specifically and the native habitat vital to them. Citizen science resources and MDC habitat materials will be shared for landowners and educators.

Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, July 20, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us and learn how to find public land around where you live. Each conservation area has different restrictions on what you can hunt and what method you can use. We will also talk about the advantages of hunting public versus private land.