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Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021 8:30 am - Saturday, November 6, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

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: October 15 - November 6
Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, November 6, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Enjoy fall in the Ozarks and test your nature knowledge by taking part in our self-guided Trail Trivia! Stop by the outdoor pavilion to pick up a question sheet, pencil, and clipboard before hitting the trail and answering the questions found along the trail. Return to the table for a small prize. All ages.
Registration period: October 15 - November 5
Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021 9:30 am - Saturday, November 6, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
While known for trout fishing, Roaring River State Park also has an array of hiking trails. Volunteer naturalist Sandy Vaughn will help you become familiar with their trail system. Meet at the CCC Lodge at Roaring River State Park, near Cassville. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is five to six miles and rated moderate to difficult. Ages 18-adult.
Date: Sunday, November 7, 2021 3:00 pm - Sunday, November 7, 2021 4:30 pm
Location: Online only

Join us to learn the basics of caring and cleaning firearms. This program will include tips and techniques for all aspects of maintenance of your firearm.

Registration period: October 15 - November 9
Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, November 9, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only
Winter is a great time for birdwatching. In this virtual program, Naturalist Morgan Wyatt will discuss several common winter bird species, how to attract them, and how to participate in a special data-collecting study called Project Feeder Watch. The program will end with a live Q&A session with the naturalist. This program will not be recorded. All ages.
Registration period: October 15 - November 13
Date: Saturday, November 13, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, November 13, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Enjoy fall in the Ozarks and test your nature knowledge by taking part in our self-guided Trail Trivia! Stop by the outdoor pavilion to pick up a question sheet, pencil, and clipboard before hitting the trail and answering the questions found along the trail. Return to the table for a small prize. All ages.
Registration period: October 15 - November 17
Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, November 17, 2021 10:45 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
With their red feathers, noisy calls, and loud table manners, woodpeckers are some of the coolest birds in Missouri. We will learn about the different kinds of woodpeckers you might see in the winter forest and create a woodpecker craft to take home. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: October 15 - November 17
Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021 11:15 am - Wednesday, November 17, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
With their red feathers, noisy calls, and loud table manners, woodpeckers are some of the coolest birds in Missouri. We will learn about the different kinds of woodpeckers you might see in the winter forest and create a woodpecker craft to take home. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: October 15 - November 18
Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, November 18, 2021 7:45 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Dress for the weather and join us as we discover what's happening at the Nature Center at night! We'll walk the trail and look, smell, and listen for nocturnal wildlife as we explore together. This program will be moved indoors depending on the weather. Masks requested when physical distancing is not possible. Ages 7-12.
Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021 8:30 am - Saturday, November 20, 2021 10:00 am
Location: Online only

Ever wonder what people mean when they say their deer scored 170? Have you wanted to know if harvest was a trophy setting animal? Join us for this class to learn how they score your harvest and what it takes to become a recorded setting animal. This class does not qualify you to become a scorer yourself. An official scorer must score your animal to be eligible for any record setting.

Registration period: October 15 - November 20
Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, November 20, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Enjoy fall in the Ozarks and test your nature knowledge by taking part in our self-guided Trail Trivia! Stop by the outdoor pavilion to pick up a question sheet, pencil, and clipboard before hitting the trail and answering the questions found along the trail. Return to the table for a small prize. All ages.
Registration period: October 15 - November 19
Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, November 20, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
If you walk slowly and look closely, the forest tells a story. Join us as we explore the Springfield Conservation Nature Center forest to look for animal signs. Footprints, disturbed leaf litter, and bits of uneaten food are just a few of the ways we can tell what kinds of animals have been active. What kind of clues will you find? Find out during this hands-on animal tracking adventure. Dress for the weather. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Ages 12-17.
Date: Sunday, November 21, 2021 2:00 pm - Sunday, November 21, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to learn the basics of safely loading and shooting a modern in-line muzzle loading rifle. We will discuss all aspects of loading, shooting, and cleaning. 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: October 15 - November 23
Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, November 23, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only
Connect with nature online during Naturalist Notes, our regular virtual program where a naturalist shares information about a nature topic. During this program naturalist Jordi Raos will delve into the wild world of turkeys, how they survive, communicate, and more. The program will end with a live Q&A session with the naturalist. This program will not be recorded. All ages.
Registration period: October 15 - November 27
Date: Saturday, November 27, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, November 27, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Enjoy fall in the Ozarks and test your nature knowledge by taking part in our self-guided Trail Trivia! Stop by the outdoor pavilion to pick up a question sheet, pencil, and clipboard before hitting the trail and answering the questions found along the trail. Return to the table for a small prize. All ages.
Date: Saturday, April 23, 2022 7:00 am - Saturday, April 23, 2022 7:30 pm
Location: Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery
Date: Saturday, May 7, 2022 8:00 am - Saturday, May 7, 2022 8:30 pm
Location: Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery
Annual Kid's Free Fishing Day at Bennett Spring State Park. For More information contact Ben Havens at Ben.Havens@mdc.mo.gov
Date: Saturday, September 24, 2022 7:00 am - Saturday, September 24, 2022 8:00 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