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Date: Thursday, September 2, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, October 30, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Nature's Needlers, a volunteer led program at the Runge Conservation Nature Center, is celebrating 24 years of nature-inspired quilts. Visit the Runge Conservation Nature Center in September and October to experience our bi-annual quilt show. Nature's Needlers is a monthly program offered by volunteers who teach and guide participants in needlework inspired by Missouri's outdoors. All Ages. No registration required.
Date: Friday, October 1, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, October 30, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Meet the most iconic of American conservationists from the last two centuries in this self-guided exhibit featuring life-size cutouts of conservation-minded pioneers such as Rachel Carson and John Muir. This exhibit is provided by the not-for-profit organization, "Legends of Conservation". All ages are welcome; no registration required.
Registration period: September 27 - October 27
Date: Friday, October 1, 2021 11:30 am - Sunday, October 31, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
Registration is required! Shotgun shooting is fun and exciting. If you want to learn about the shotgun fundamentals from the very beginning or improve your skill at skeet, trap or 5-stand, this One-on-One Shotgun Instruction course is for you! Our instructors will help you get started and work with you on the basics to prepare you for moving on to each discipline. To register or for more information, please call 816-249-3194. You must provide your own shotgun and two (2) full boxes of shells. The shells must be # 7.5, 8, or 9 shot. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Registration period: September 27 - October 27
Date: Friday, October 1, 2021 11:30 am - Sunday, October 31, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
Have you just bought a new pistol and want to become more familiar with it? Do you need some help getting started as a new shooter or haven’t shot for a while and want to get back into it? Is there a technique that you want to learn or improve upon? This one-on-one instruction is for you! It is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Participants must provide their own pistol and 100 rounds of ammunition. For more information or to make an appointment, call 816-249-3194.
Date: Friday, October 15, 2021 5:00 pm - Friday, October 15, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Walk-in (all ages) HOWLoween is back and we want you to join the fun! The Discovery Center along with several neighborhood partners will provide nighttime fun for all ages. Take a hike on the Wild Side Walk to get up close with some of Missouri's nocturnal wildlife. Kids will have a howling good time exploring nature stations like Track or Treat, The Bone Yard, The Bat Cave and much more. It will be a howling fun, free and unforgettable event for the entire family.
Registration period: September 17 - October 15
Date: Friday, October 15, 2021 6:00 pm - Friday, October 15, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Fried catfish? Again?! Join us for a hands on look at a whole new way to prepare your catch, if that’s okay “bayou.” This classic Louisiana dish is a fantastic way to use fish and game of all sorts, and will really add a little jazz to your table. This program is open to ages 12 with an adult needed to help the younger participants take part. Because we will be unable to fully practice social distancing, a face covering is strongly encouraged.
Registration period: August 30 - October 16
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, October 16, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Little Prairie CA
Welcome to the first Little Prairie Nature Trail Run / Hike! The 3.6 mile unpaved nature trail that surrounds Towell Lake travels through different management regions of this 342 acre conservation area. Signage is provided along the nature trail that describes management practices designed to enhance diversity and health of the Missouri native plants and animals living here. Participants can register in advance or on-site between 8-9 am, with run / hike starting at 9am. The first 100 finishers will receive a MDC water bottle. Come explore the nature trail at Little Prairie Conservation Area in Phelps county on October 16, 2021!
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, October 16, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Devil's Ice Box Rockbridge State Park

This event is the stream-side certification to become a Level 1 water quality monitor with Missouri Stream Team.

**You must complete the Level 1 VWQM, Part 1 (virtual) prior to attending this event**

The virtual presentations are available as live events and will be recorded for watching on-demand after 9/3/2021.

For more information on the VWQM program, please visit www.mostreamteam.org/water-quality-monitoring.html

For any questions, please email StreamTeam@mdc.mo.gov
Registration period: September 14 - October 15
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, October 16, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Lessons 1&2

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. We will be following current masking and distancing guidelines. 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.

Directions to the Hatchery: Use the Forest Park entrance at West Pine Parkway off Kingshighway Blvd, and turn left on Grand Drive.

Registration period: September 17 - October 16
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, October 16, 2021 9:45 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Seeds are amazing! Some fly, some stick, while others roll; all are headed for a nice spot to grow. Learn all about how seeds move through interactive experiments and play. We will hit the trail on a seed hunt so make sure to wear sturdy shoes.

Little Acorns programs are designed to help children ages 3-6 learn about the natural world through hands on experiences, crafts, and focused freeplay activities.

Registration period: September 21 - October 11
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, October 16, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Lost Valley Hatchery

This clinic is intended to help participants get started trapping furbearers. We will demonstrate techniques and strategies for making land and water sets. Skinning and fur handling will also be discussed.

For more information call the Sedalia office. 660-530-5500

Clinic is a partnership with the Missouri State Trappers Assn.

Lunch is NOT provided. Please make provisions.
Registration period: September 6 - October 16
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 9:30 am - Saturday, October 16, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Ringneck Farms

It is preferred that women are Hunter Ed. certified. If you are not please call Adam with MDC to discuss it. Also contact Adam with any questions. 660-247-1601.

Participants must register on-line to attend.

We will have a safety discussion, followed by clay bird shooting, and then walking the fields to shoot pen raised quail. Lunch is provided.
Registration period: September 17 - October 16
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, October 16, 2021 10:45 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Seeds are amazing! Some fly, some stick, while others roll; all are headed for a nice spot to grow. Learn all about how seeds move through interactive experiments and play. We will hit the trail on a seed hunt so make sure to wear sturdy shoes.

Little Acorns programs are designed to help children ages 3-6 learn about the natural world through hands on experiences, crafts, and focused freeplay activities.

Registration period: September 30 - October 15
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, October 16, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
Fall is a great time to forage for fruits and nuts of the forest. Come experience a unique breakfast sampler using hazelnuts, maypops, blackberries, and elderberries. Space is limited so sign up early.
Registration period: August 27 - October 15
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, October 16, 2021 12:30 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Join other teens as we learn how to use a compound bow. Whether you're completely new to archery or have tried it before we'll work on improving our skills. Ages 12-17.
Registration period: September 13 - October 15
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, October 16, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults and families)

Eww! What’s that smell? Dinner! Come in and learn about one of Missouri’s most overlooked wild animals, the turkey vulture. Using a keen sense of smell, these birds are well adapted to a job that many take for granted.
Registration period: October 1 - October 16
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, October 16, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Prepare for firearms deer hunting season by getting acquainted with the correct bullets and cartridges to ensure a safe hunting experience. This program will cover the basics of ammunition and help you understand the curious terms that go along with finding the correct bullets and cartridges for your firearm. Registration required. Ages 16+.
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 2:00 pm - Saturday, October 16, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office
Beautiful Nature is all around us. Many famous painters found inspiration for their art in nature. Join us in painting a nature scene, from sweeping landscapes, such as the forest starting to show fall colors, to other nature details such as a fuzzy caterpillar scuttling along a leaf! You MUST REGISTER at mdc.mo.gov/events by 5pm, October 15th.
Registration period: September 17 - October 16
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021 3:00 pm - Saturday, October 16, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Be right on target! Try your hand at archery and experience a fun way to enjoy the outdoors. All archery equipment will be provided and disinfected between participants. Adult supervision is required for ages 9-17. This program will take place entirely outdoors so please dress for the weather. In the event of rain, this program will be cancelled.

Date: Sunday, October 17, 2021 10:00 am - Sunday, October 17, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Danville Conservation Area
Date: Sunday, October 17, 2021 2:00 pm - Sunday, October 17, 2021 6:00 pm
Location: Tower Grove Park- Roman Pavilion

Have you ever taken a stroll through Tower Grove Park and an unexpected animal passes by – on the ground, in a tree, or up in the sky? Did you know that for a park in the city, Tower Grove Park hosts a wide variety of urban wildlife, just within the 289-acres of land?

Join our Fall Community Day collaboration event, Fall Frolic, with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and learn about urban wildlife. Begin at the Information/Passport Station and visit the interactive activity stations to learn fun information about animals found in the city.

There will be food/beverage vendors onsite. Trailnet will be setting up a Bike Rodeo behind the Roman Pavilion – be sure to bring your kiddo’s bike along! ArtScope will be providing nature-inspired art activities. End the night with firepits, s’mores, and live music.

LOCATION- Roman Pavilion – Begin at the Information/Passport Station booth located in front of the fountain to pick up your passport and a map of the event.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

2-5 pm Interactive wildlife activities, Bike Rodeo, and Art activities

2-4 pm Animal Character meet and greet

3-5pm S’mores and firepit

4-6 pm Food and beverage vendors

Live music starts at 3:15pm. Please note, the East End of the Park will be closed to vehicle traffic.

Date: Sunday, October 17, 2021 2:00 pm - Sunday, October 17, 2021 4:00 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: October 1 - October 18
Date: Monday, October 18, 2021 4:00 pm - Monday, October 18, 2021 6:00 pm
Location: Rocky Fork Lakes Conservation Area
Shotguns are fun! Learn how to safely handle and shoot a shotgun at moving targets. Our program will cover shotgun safety and the fundamentals of shotgun shooting. Meet at Rocky Fork Lakes Shooting Range, just north of Columbia. All equipment and safety gear will be provided. Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather. Registration Required. Ages 13 and up.
Registration period: October 4 - October 17
Date: Monday, October 18, 2021 6:00 pm - Monday, October 18, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Shotgun

(Ages 11 and up)

This is an introduction course to shotguns. Class will start in the Education Center where you will learn shotgun shooting fundamentals, safety, actions, chokes, stance, and how to choose a shotgun that is right for you. Then we will go to the range for live fire, including some patterning and clay target shooting. Children ages 11-16 must be accompanied by an adult. Not recommended for students weighing less than 90 pounds. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided.

Registration period: October 5 - October 18
Date: Monday, October 18, 2021 6:00 pm - Monday, October 18, 2021 8:30 pm
Women’s Basic Handgun Workshop. Women will learn handgun parts and operation, ammunition, handgun safety, and shooting fundamentals. Workshop will include shooting at a climate controlled indoor shooting range. Participants will receive classroom training and one-on-one shooting instruction. This workshop and classroom instruction is offered free of charge. There will be a range fee of $10 per participant paid directly to Ammo Alley. Handguns and ammunition will be provided by MDC. Participants are welcome to bring their own unloaded, cased handguns but will be required to provide their own new factory ammunition (no reloads). This workshop is open to women ages 14 and over. Girls age 14 to 17 may attend with a parent or guardian who is also registered for the workshop.