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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.
Registration period: April 8 - June 15
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only
Dreaming of taking the kids fishing this summer? Join our virtual series Best of the Ozarks as we highlight some great places to go fishing in our area with your family. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. All ages.
Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, June 16, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Join us as we partner with the Neosho/ Newton County Library (at the library) for their story time. Learn about what kinds of body coverings different animals have and how each type of covering helps animals survive. We will compare furs, feathers, and scales in this interactive program. Neosho/ Newton County Library Address: 201 W Spring St, Neosho, MO 64850
Registration period: April 8 - June 17
Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021 10:00 am - Thursday, June 17, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only
Hummingbirds have zipped their way into many hearts but there is still a lot to know about these tiny wonders! Join our virtual series and learn about the ruby-throated hummingbird with Naturalist Jordi Raos. 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. Age 6-adult recommended.
Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021 2:00 pm - Thursday, June 17, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only
Join us as we partner with the Joplin Public Library for their summer reading program. Learn about what kinds of body coverings different animals have and how each type of covering helps animals survive. We will compare furs, feathers, and scales in this interactive program. No registration is required. View this Facebook Live program by visiting the Joplin Public Library Facebook page on Thursday, June 17th at 2:00pm. Recommended for all ages and no registration is required.
Registration period: April 8 - June 18
Date: Friday, June 18, 2021 8:30 pm - Friday, June 18, 2021 9:30 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Meet us at nearby Living Memorial Park for an evening of firefly fun! Stop by anytime, catch some lightning bugs, and visit the education stations around the park. Please remember to wear a mask and social distance. All ages.
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 8:30 am - Saturday, June 19, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range
This program is a familiarization of how to shoot the game of 5-Stand Sporting Clays. This course is not for the beginning shotgun shooter but is for the person who is new to 5-Stand and wants to learn about shooting the game. Space is limited to 15 students.
Registration period: April 8 - June 18
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, June 19, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Hike the 7.7 mile Natural Tunnel Trail at Bennett Spring State Park. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is rated moderate to difficult. Meet at the Natural Tunnel Trail head parking lot. Please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 18-adult.
Registration period: June 4 - June 17
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 5:30 pm - Saturday, June 19, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only

Get creative, try your hand at an easy trout painting! Join us for a virtual art class as we paint a mini canvas highlighting the beautiful colors of rainbow and brown trout. Gather your own supplies and follow step-by-step painting instructions, PLUS learn some fun fish facts and how to identify both trout species found in Missouri streams! Simple techniques used, no painting experience necessary. Let’s have fun!

This 90 minute program is suitable for adults and youth (ages 6+). A suggested list of supplies will be emailed to registered participants.

Registration is required by June 17. Registered participants need to provide an email address to receive the supply list.

*Hint: This wonderful little painting would make a great Father’s Day gift!

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.
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.
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.

Registration period: June 8 - July 20
Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, July 21, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only

Birds play significant roles that are necessary for healthy ecosystem function. Recent news stories have covered the severe decline of many bird species; and birdwatchers and conservationists are concerned about the downward population trends and are seeking solutions. This naturalist program will offer insight to local conservation support for global issues, and learn about our regional bird populations and management efforts. Educators and naturalists please be sure to invite other adults who enjoy native birds.

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 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.

Registration period: June 8 - September 15
Date: Thursday, September 16, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, September 16, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only
Scouting and a little "woodsman" knowledge are important for a great outdoor experience and harvest. This program will be beneficial to novice hunters interested in deer habits and scouting, deer stand placement and we will have a virtual look at acorns and browse plots.
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