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Registration period: May 26 - June 26
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 9:30 am
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This is a follow on program for the Virtual Modern Sporting Rifle class. You must attend the Virtual Introduction to Modern Sporting Rifle class on the 22nd of June before attending this program. The range will be open for attendees to shoot and become familiar with their Modern Sporting Rifle. Staff will be available to provide assistance in the safe handling and sighting in of your rifle. Attendees must provide their own rifle and ammunition. The ammunition must have a projectile that is free of steel in the jacket or core. This can be checked by putting the projectile portion of your ammunition to a magnet. If the projectile sticks to the magnet it may not be used.
Registration period: June 2 - June 25
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 10:00 am
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Butterflies are essential pollinators and beautiful creatures. Join us in-person at Claire Gempp Davidson Memorial Conservation Area to search for and view butterflies in the wild. Participants will also learn how to catch and release butterflies, as well as use basic photography skills to capture the experience.

Nets will be provided. Please bring a digital camera or smart phone, if you have one, for the photography section. We will be outside in full-sun; please bring sunscreen, a water bottle, and wear appropriate clothing.
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Lesson 1: This lesson must be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 2-4.

Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spin-cast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish.

Lesson 2: Participants will learn intermediate fishing techniques and skills as well as hands-on fishing. Participants will be taught how to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure a variety of baits to various kinds of hooks.

All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing suitable for outdoor and water activities. Face masks are required for the entire program. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen. This class is for ages 6 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All persons in your group MUST be individually registered.
Registration period: May 15 - June 25
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, June 26, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Learn the basics of safe archery and practice your skills in an open field with stationary targets. All equipment will be provided. Please register each person participating so that we have an accurate count for social distancing and equipment needs.
Registration period: May 14 - June 24
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, June 26, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Tower Grove Park-Stupp Center

(Families)

Find out about the interesting lives of black bears in Missouri, play the “Bear Necessities” survival game, and learn to be “Bear Aware” to help keep both bears and people safe.

Please meet the naturalist at the Stupp Center.
Registration period: May 12 - June 24
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 4:00 pm - Saturday, June 26, 2021 6:00 pm
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

(Ages 8 & up)

How do you handle a compass when it is 360°? Together, we will decode the mysteries of how a compass works and put it to use with a few fun outdoor activities.

For the safety of participants and our staff, participants will be asked to maintain social distance from staff and other participants, and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.
Registration period: May 12 - June 24
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021 7:00 pm - Saturday, June 26, 2021 8:30 pm
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

(All ages)

What is a slough? A slough is an old part of a river or wetland that has been cut off. At times it is full to the brim with water; at other times it is just muddy or totally dry. It is the home territory of frogs, toads, turtles and even beavers. At times the slough at Columbia Bottom joins both the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. We will look for turtles and listen for amphibian calls at the slough as we make our way to the confluence. On our return we will watch the sunset from the Cropland Overlook.

Meet at lot “L” about 4 ½ miles from the front entrance.

Please bring a flashlight and a walking stick if you have one. We will be wearing masks and following social distancing guidelines as appropriate.

Sunset: 8:29 pm

Registration period: May 15 - June 24
Date: Sunday, June 27, 2021 3:00 pm - Sunday, June 27, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: World Bird Sanctuary Outdoor Amphitheater
The world is full of many amazing things, but at World Bird Sanctuary we are celebrating a World of Wings! Join us this summer to see hawks, eagles, owls, vultures and more! Flying, flapping, hopping, skipping, singing, our birds do it all. Come see all the cool things that birds do and learn all of the ways birds impact the world, from your daily life to entire ecosystems. You'll see why birds are simply the best animals on the whole planet! This program will be held at the World Bird Sanctuary Outdoor Amphitheater and is a free program due to a education cooperative agreement with the Missouri Department of Conservation. While this program is sponsored by MDC, World Bird Sanctuary appreciates your support through a suggested donation of $8/car when visiting. Registration is required for everyone attending. Due to COVID 19 face coverings are encouraged for everyone ages 5 and up.
Registration period: May 12 - June 28
Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, June 29, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Do you want to learn how to survive the wilds of Missouri? Join us at Emmenegger Nature Park as we spend our summer day learning the ins and outs of survival in the wild. Survivalist trainees will learn how to properly identify Missouri native plants and animal tracks as well as build a shelter out of debris found in the woods. Survivalists will also learn archery and atlatl as well as take part in a short orienteering course.

Registration is required. Participants should bring lunch and wear clothes to get a little dirty and wet.

Registration period: June 15 - June 28
Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, June 29, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Archery

June 29, Tuesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

(Ages 9 and up)

Reservations begin June 15

Join our instructors as we learn the fundamentals of shooting archery. This is a fun program for the entire family, ages 9 and up

As these are in-person programs MDC asks all guests to observe social distancing guidelines and maintain at least 6 feet from others for the safety of participants and staff. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when indoors, or any time visitors are unable to maintain at least 6 feet from others. Local ordinances requiring face masks will be observed where applicable.

Registration period: May 12 - July 1
Date: Friday, July 2, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, July 2, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Do you love learning about our creepy, crawly, buzzy and sometimes fuzzy Missouri insects? Join us at Powder Valley as we dedicate our whole day to talking about everything insect. Participants will learn about pollination and insect life cycles and metamorphosis through interactive activities and games as well as an insect craft. We will also venture out on a larvae hunt, get our hands dirty with an insect dig and sweep, and get our feet wet with a macroinvertebrate study.

This program is open to all ages and registration is not required. Participants should bring lunch, and wear clothes to get a little dirty and wet.
Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2021 9:00 am - Tuesday, July 6, 2021 10:30 am
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program will teach the fundamentals of archery and atlatl including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. This event will take place on the static archery range. All equipment will be provided.
Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2021 12:00 pm - Tuesday, July 6, 2021 1:30 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program will teach the fundamentals of archery and atlatl including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. This event will take place on the static archery range. All equipment will be provided.
Registration period: June 22 - July 5
Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, July 6, 2021 9:00 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Women’s Beginning Handgun

(Ages 16 and up)

The Women's Beginning Handgun program includes handgun fundamentals, operation, safety, maintenance and safe storage. We start in the Education Center with classroom instruction then move to the range for a live-fire session. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment are provided however, you may bring your own handgun and ammunition to the live-fire session. Firearms and ammunition are not allowed in the Education Center.

Registration period: June 7 - July 5
Date: Wednesday, July 7, 2021 9:00 am - Wednesday, July 7, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Bellefontaine Conservation Area
During this kayaking program you will learn about paddling equipment, paddling safety, and how to paddle a kayak on a lake. All equipment will be provided. Please meet at the Pavilion located on the Bellefontaine Conservation Area. Participants must be 13 and able to swim to participate in this event. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration period: June 7 - July 5
Date: Wednesday, July 7, 2021 12:00 pm - Wednesday, July 7, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Bellefontaine Conservation Area
During this kayaking program you will learn about paddling equipment, paddling safety, and how to paddle a kayak on a lake. All equipment will be provided. Please meet at the Pavilion located on the Bellefontaine Conservation Area. Participants must be 13 and able to swim to participate in this event. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration period: June 1 - July 2
Date: Friday, July 9, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, July 9, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Bellefontaine Conservation Area

Have you ever wanted to learn outdoor skills like fishing and archery? Join us as we discover the different aspects of both of these skills at our minicamp! We will learn about the different fish that call Missouri home, how to bait a hook, and practice casting before fishing in our educational lakes. You will also have the opportunity to learn how to use a compound bow and practice your aim during some scheduled shooting

This minicamp will take place at Bellefontaine Conservation Area near highway 270 and 367. You will head south on 367 and make the first left towards the veteran’s home. You should see a brown conservation sign directing you to the conservation area at the first left. Please bring a water bottle, sunscreen, a lunch, and other supplies needed for the duration of camp.

Please register each camper that is planning to attend.

*Parents/guardians will receive a waiver for each camper. Parents/guardians will drop-off campers via waiver and emergency contact form.

Registration period: June 10 - July 7
Date: Sunday, July 11, 2021 9:00 am - Sunday, July 11, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve

The compass is an excellent tool to help you reach your destination, identify your location, and map your route. Learn how to do all three by joining us at Shaw Nature Reserve for this free orienteering program. Included will be a treasure hunt for free giveaways. This event will take place outdoors, so be sure to come prepared with proper footwear, clothing attire for gravel trails, water, and potentially hot weather.

All planning to attend the event should register separately. Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you there!

Registration period: April 26 - June 1
Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 7:00 am - Tuesday, July 13, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Discover Nature Girls’ Camp is a FREE, 1-day camp held by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for girls ages 11-15. The camp will be held on July 13th. One goal of this camp is to encourage participants to leave with the confidence to explore Missouri’s diverse outdoors on their own. Discover Nature Girls’ Camp will provide them with a supportive learning environment where they can actively participate in “hands-on” outdoor skills led by Conservation Agents and MDC staff. Some of these skills include: archery, shooting sports, fishing, atlatl, and canoeing. At the completion of camp, the girls will become Hunter Education certified so that they may continue using their newly learned skills. Registration is open to the first 60 girls. You will need to create a user name and password for your child to register.

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This is a multistep process step 1) register online 2) watch for an email and a packet in the mail (PLEASE MAKE SURE TO HAVE A CURRENT EMAIL AND ADDRESS LISTED WHEN REGISTEREING) 3) fill out the packet ASAP and return 4) student must complete the knowledge portion explained in packet and return.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out by email Becky.Robertson@mdc.mo.gov or phone (636) 441-4554.
Registration period: June 7 - July 13
Date: Wednesday, July 14, 2021 1:30 pm - Wednesday, July 14, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Missouri is home to over 200 different fish species. Identifying the differences in these fish can be tough for beginner anglers, and enthusiasts alike. Join us as we learn about the most popular game, and non-game fish in Missouri. We will cover many fish species that include, but not limited to, bass, crappie, and invasive carp. This program will be a hybrid event held at Powder Valley Nature Center, as well as virtually. Registration for separate for the two audiences.

This event will be held at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center in the classroom.

Register each person individually.
Registration period: June 7 - July 13
Date: Wednesday, July 14, 2021 1:30 pm - Wednesday, July 14, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Missouri is home to over 200 different fish species. Identifying the differences in these fish can be tough for beginner anglers, and enthusiasts alike. Join us as we learn about the most popular game, and non-game fish in Missouri. We will cover many fish species that include, but not limited to, bass, crappie, and invasive carp. This program will be a hybrid event held at Powder Valley Nature Center, as well as virtually.

Registration for separate for the two audiences.

This portion is VIRTUAL, a Webex link will be sent approximately 24 hours in advance. This will not be recorded.

Register each person individually.
Registration period: June 15 - July 12
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 9:00 am - Thursday, July 15, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Bellefontaine Conservation Area
This fishing program will include all the basics of cane pole fishing including proper fish handling. Please meet at the pavilion located at the Bellefontaine Conservation Area. Ages 6 and up, participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants 16 and over who plan to fish will need a valid fishing license which can be purchased here https://mdc-web.s3licensing.com/.
Registration period: June 15 - July 12
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 12:00 pm - Thursday, July 15, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Bellefontaine Conservation Area

This program will introduce the fundamentals for safely and successfully shooting a compound bow, with hands on practice. All equipment will be provided. Class will meet at the pavilion on the Bellefontaine Conservation Area. The class will be held outdoors so please dress for the weather. Ages 9 and up, participants 9-15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration period: May 21 - July 14
Date: Friday, July 16, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, July 16, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Want your little ones to learn some outdoor skills?

Join us at Powder Valley as we spend the day outside learning how to shoot a bow, observe animals in the outdoors, and make some take home crafts with materials we can find outside!

Registration is required. Participants should bring lunch and wear appropriate clothes for summer weather; sunscreen and a water bottle are recommended. A camp packet with more details, an emergency contact form, and a waiver will be sent out to all registrants a week before we meet.
Registration period: July 3 - July 16
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, July 17, 2021 9:30 am
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Youth .22 Rifle

(Ages 9 and up)

Interested young people may experience shooting .22 rifles by an instructor. Each participant will be learning safety and the proper techniques of shooting .22 rim fire rifles. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED