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Registration period: July 1 - September 2
Date: Friday, July 1, 2022 10:00 am - Friday, September 2, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Join us this summer for a free guided tour of Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery. Tours are conducted Tuesday-Friday at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm & 2 pm from May 31st through September 2.

No reservations required. Meet at the Conservation Center. Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery is open 9 am-5 pm Tuesday-Saturday.

For more information email Shepherd@mdc.mo.gov or call (417)334-4865 ext 0.
Registration period: June 27 - August 10
Date: Thursday, August 11, 2022 7:00 pm - Thursday, August 11, 2022 9:00 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This program is an introduction to wingshooting fundamentals, distance estimation, non-toxic shotshell ammunition and shotgun patterning. The goal is 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. Make sure all firearms are unloaded before arriving at the range. There should be no live ammunition, or uncased firearms inside the classroom. Please leave all firearms in the vehicle until the class is dismissed including all concealed carry handguns and magazines.

Date: Friday, August 12, 2022 6:30 pm - Friday, August 12, 2022 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.
Registration period: August 4 - August 12
Date: Saturday, August 13, 2022 7:30 am - Saturday, August 13, 2022 8:30 am
Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area
Kids will have the opportunity to catch and release fish from our education pond. Awards and prizes will be given away at the Shoal Creek Water Festival following the derby. All equipment, tackle, and bait will be provided. Fishing slots are limited, so please register each kid separately. All 15 years old and younger, must be accompanied by an adult mentor.
Date: Saturday, August 13, 2022 8:30 am - Saturday, August 13, 2022 11:30 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This program is the shooting part of the Effective Wingshooting for the hunter. You must have attended the first part of the class to attend this class. Bring your own shotgun with a minimum of 50 rounds of new steel ammunition in the gauge of your shotgun. Make sure all firearms are unloaded before arriving at the range. There should be no live ammunition, or uncased firearms inside the classroom. Please leave all firearms in the vehicle until the class is dismissed including all concealed carry handguns and magazines.

Registration period: June 30 - August 13
Date: Saturday, August 13, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, August 13, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Cool off and beat the heat at the Shoal Creek Water Festival. Join us for this partnership event with the Wildcat Glades Friends Group at the creek in Wildcat Park for a day of water fun. Take a dip in Shoal Creek in your cardboard boat, cheer your duck on to victory during the duck race, and enjoy a nature program with the kids. Discover nature and learn about conservation, water quality, and ecology at one of the water activity booths as you stroll along the creek. Visit wildcatglades.org or the Wildcat Glades Friends Group Facebook page for a complete lineup of the day’s events.

Held at Wildcat Park (Joplin)

No registration is required. (All ages)
Registration period: July 1 - August 12
Date: Saturday, August 13, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, August 13, 2022 10:00 am
Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area
Kids will have the opportunity to catch and release fish from our education pond. Awards and prizes will be given away at the Shoal Creek Water Festival following the derby. All equipment, tackle, and bait will be provided. Fishing slots are limited, so please register each kid separately. All 15 years old and younger, must be accompanied by an adult mentor.
Registration period: July 12 - August 14
Date: Thursday, August 18, 2022 4:00 pm - Thursday, August 18, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Drop by anytime during our summer nights events as we highlight Shoal Creek after hours. In July, there will be opportunities to learn about nocturnal animals, play board games, and explore the trails with a trailside discover table at a surprise location. Free event for all ages. No registration is required.
Registration period: July 18 - August 17
Date: Friday, August 19, 2022 3:30 pm - Saturday, August 20, 2022 1:00 pm
Location: Old Highway 86 Campground

Alternative Catfishing – Lake to Table Clinic

Using alternative methods to harvest catfish from Missouri waters has a rich tradition in our state and is an exciting way to enjoy Missouri’s vast waters. If you have never used alternative catfishing methods or just want to enhance your skills, then this clinic is for you! MDC Education, Fisheries, and Protection staff are partnering to conduct an alternative catfishing clinic at Table Rock Lake’s Old Highway 86 campground on August 19th and 20th. The clinic will be conducted over a 2-day period and all equipment and supplies will be provided for participants. Registered participants are highly encouraged to attend both days. (if you’re not able to attend both sessions please email or contact the instructor to inform him which session you will attend )

The clinic will include:

Friday August 19th 3:30 pm – 5:30pm

• A short program at the Old 86 Highway campground pavilion

Topics covered

- Alternative catfishing equipment and methods (limb lines, jug lines, and trot lines)

- Successful tactics and strategies

- Catfish biology and season patterns

- Water safety

- Bait types

- Regulations

• Each participant will build a jug line for catfishing

5:30pm-Dusk

• Participants will take to the water in groups of 4

- Bait and set jugs

- Demonstration of setting / baiting trot and limb lines

Saturday August 20th 8:00am-10:00am

• Participants will run and collect lines

10:00am-noon

• Catfish cleaning / demonstration

• Fry fish for lunch (chips and water will be provided)

Participants can bring their own PFDs however they will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring personal snacks, water, and a sacked dinner for Friday August 19th. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own fish cleaning supplies, but all equipment will be provided. All participants, if not exempt, must posses a valid Missouri fishing license. Harvested fish will be divided among participants! The courtesy dock and the boats being used are NOT handicap accessible. All registered participants must be 11 years of age. For questions or to learn more about the clinic contact Lyle Whittaker Lyle.whittaker@mdc.mo.gov or call 417-895-6881 Ext.1644

Registration period: October 1 - May 7
Date: Saturday, August 20, 2022 6:30 am - Saturday, August 20, 2022 8:30 pm
Location: Bennett Spring State Park

Young anglers will have opportunities to experience the fun of catching fish at Bennett Spring State Park’s Kids’ Fishing Day 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on August 20th. Kids ages 15 and under can pick up free trout tags at the park store on August 19th from 5-9 p.m. and all day on August 20th. A section of Zone 2 and Zone 3 at the park will be reserved for youth anglers. Volunteers will be on hand to help. Kids are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment. Parents are welcome to help kids, but adults are also asked to let children fish by themselves as much as possible. Only one pole may be used between the helper and the child. Adults are not allowed to fish in the designated kids’ fishing zone.

Volunteers are needed to help with this event. Individuals wishing to volunteer do not need to be experienced anglers. To help with Kids’ Fishing Day or for more information please call the Bennett Spring Hatchery at 417-532-4418
Registration period: July 7 - August 19
Date: Sunday, August 21, 2022 3:00 pm - Sunday, August 21, 2022 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, helping you perfect your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately.

Registration period: August 8 - August 23
Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2022 6:00 pm - Tuesday, August 23, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Migratory birds are under stress as never before, both on their North American breeding grounds and on their tropical and south temperate winter ranges. Jeff Cantrell will cover some life histories of selected species, hurdles they face and some conservation management plans. Training is for 2022 MO Master Naturalist course.
Registration period: July 13 - August 26
Date: Saturday, August 27, 2022 8:30 am - Saturday, August 27, 2022 11:30 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 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. If you plan to use your own, bring a minimum of 50 rounds of new ammunition for your firearm. Make sure all firearms are unloaded before arriving at the range. There should be no live ammunition, or uncased firearms inside the classroom. Please leave all firearms in the vehicle until the class is dismissed including all concealed carry handguns and magazines.

Registration period: May 24 - August 27
Date: Saturday, August 27, 2022 10:00 am - Saturday, August 27, 2022 2:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Missouri is home to an incredible variety of plants, both native and non-native, which can create amazing dye. Naturalist Jordi Raos will show you how to make a few types of natural dye using plants you can find in Missouri. We will take a lunch break from 12 noon – 1 pm as we let some of our dyes set. We will be working with native plants and wool yarn. Email Jordanya.Raos@mdc.mo.gov for more details. Ages 12-adult.
Registration period: May 24 - August 27
Date: Saturday, August 27, 2022 5:30 pm - Saturday, August 27, 2022 6:30 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 she attempts to capture some for banding. Ages 7-adult.
Registration period: July 17 - August 29
Date: Thursday, September 1, 2022 6:00 pm - Thursday, September 1, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
This workshop is designed to teach landowners the importance of pollinators. It will go over how to design and create pollinator plots on a small scale and large scale basis. There will be a tour of the various pollinator and native plantings around Shoal Creek.
Registration period: August 1 - September 2
Date: Friday, September 2, 2022 10:00 am - Friday, September 2, 2022 10:45 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Here comes daddy longlegs, dancing across the forest floor. Learn about these special creatures and make a daddy longlegs craft to take home. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: August 1 - September 2
Date: Friday, September 2, 2022 11:15 am - Friday, September 2, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Here comes daddy longlegs, dancing across the forest floor. Learn about these special creatures and make a daddy longlegs craft to take home. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: August 1 - September 8
Date: Thursday, September 8, 2022 10:00 am - Thursday, September 8, 2022 10:45 am
Location: Online only
Fall is a great time of year to add native plants to your yard. Naturalist Jordi Raos will discuss the benefits of planting in the fall and give some native plant suggestions. Please provide a valid email as a link will be sent to you for this virtual program. This program will not be recorded. All ages.
Registration period: August 1 - September 8
Date: Thursday, September 8, 2022 10:00 am - Thursday, September 8, 2022 10:45 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Glide into the Nature Center to learn more about flying squirrels! Where do they live? What do they eat? Do they really fly? Let’s find out together! Ages 3-6
Registration period: August 1 - September 8
Date: Thursday, September 8, 2022 11:15 am - Thursday, September 8, 2022 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
¡Ven con nosotros para aprender más sobre ardillas voladoras! ¿Dónde viven? ¿Qué comen? ¿Realmente vuelan? ¡Averigüémoslo juntos! Tendremos manualidades, juegos y más. Si deseas asistir a este programa, por favor registra cada miembro de tu familia o grupo. Todos nuentros eventos son gratis. This program will be presented in Spanish, and everyone is welcome attend. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: August 2 - September 8
Date: Friday, September 9, 2022 10:30 am - Friday, September 9, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
o Where do black bears go in winter? How many live in Missouri? Are black bears the only type of bear living in our state? Join us to answer these questions and learn about the tales of black bears. Best for ages 3 to 7.
Registration period: August 9 - September 2
Date: Saturday, September 10, 2022 9:00 am - Saturday, September 10, 2022 12:30 pm
Location: Shawnee Trail Conservation Area
Upon registration, participants will be given a link to the virtual/online portion of the prescribed burn course. The online course is a mandatory prerequisite and can be completed in approximately 2 – 4 hours. Please bring your certificate of completion to the demonstration burn. Prescribed burning can be a valuable tool for managing native plant diversity and controlling undesirable vegetation when it is properly applied. This workshop will provide basic information about how to plan and execute a prescribed burn for grassland management. We will be conducting a prescribed burn so please dress accordingly with leather boots, leather gloves, cotton pants, cotton long sleeve shirt, and safety glasses. Participants will learn about burn equipment, burn line installation, safe weather parameters, ignition operations, and other techniques to safely conduct a prescribed burn. To RSVP and for more information and directions, please contact the Missouri Department of Conservation at the Lamar FSA Office at (417) 682-3571.
Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2022 11:00 am - Wednesday, September 14, 2022 11:30 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Join Ms. Ladybug as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your child. Ages 2-6. No registration required.
Registration period: August 2 - September 14
Date: Thursday, September 15, 2022 10:00 am - Thursday, September 15, 2022 11:00 am
Location: Online only
Learn more about the lifecycle and migration of these beautiful butterflies before they quietly flutter away to their winter hibernaculum in Mexico. Registration is required with a valid email address which is the only way to get the program link. This is an online WebEx event.