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Date: Monday, March 22, 2021 8:00 am - Tuesday, August 31, 2021 8:00 am
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA
Are you part of a school, camp, scout, or other community group in the St. Louis Region that would like a presentation about Missouri fish, forest, and wildlife? We have Naturalist staff and volunteers that can come to you with programs, or programs are available at our sites. Programs are offered June through August. To request a summer program brochure and application, please e-mail Pat Behle at Pat.Behle@mdc.mo.gov.
Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, July 3, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
In partnership with Spotlight on the Arts and JARICK Productions, the Runge Nature Center is exhibiting over 50 guest artists with various art mediums during the months of May and June. View the exhibit and vote for your favorite piece of art! All Ages. No registration required.
Registration period: May 27 - June 27
Date: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 10:30 am - Wednesday, June 30, 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, 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.
Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2021 8:00 am - Wednesday, June 30, 2021 8:00 am
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

The Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center Artist Hallway Monthly Exhibits are back!

For June 2021: Marian Brickner, a whimsical wildlife photographer who captures the many moods of animals, has traveled worldwide, has produced 60 books on various animals and people, and has currently focused her photography skills around the St. Louis area, including Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center. You can visit her website at www.marianbricknerphotrapher.com, and her books can be found on Amazon.
Registration period: June 7 - June 21
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 9:00 am - Tuesday, June 22, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
We will learn about the diversity of life found in ponds. The second half of the class we will be going out to the Rockwoods Woodland Pond to see if we can catch some of the aquatic critters that live there. All necessary nets, buckets and other equipment will be provided. We will be following all St. Louis County guidelines regarding masks and social distancing.
Registration period: May 4 - June 19
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 9:00 am - Wednesday, June 23, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Grandparents, grandkids, and great times is the goal of this day camp filled with adventure to span the generations! Build life long memories with your loved ones during this two day adventure camp. Activities will include canoeing, fishing and several other opportunities to show your grandkids just how cool grandparents are! Participants are asked to bring a mask, water bottle, and sturdy shoes. This program will require the ability to walk distances of half a mile over well maintained dirt trails. Please register both adult and youth participants. Full details will be provided after registration. Camp activities run from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. A love of nature is always best shared, come let us help you share yours!
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 9:00 am - Tuesday, June 22, 2021 11:00 am
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

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.

Class at Lake 15.
Registration period: June 1 - June 22
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 5:30 pm - Tuesday, June 22, 2021 7:00 pm

Kayaking: June 22nd, at the Binder Lake Boat Ramp in Jefferson City

Join us for an evening on the water for a basic kayaking program. Participants will learn information and safety about kayaking during a ground school portion of the class, then take to the water for paddling instruction and practice. Participants aged 13 and older are welcome to register; those aged younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Kayaks, paddles, and life-jackets will be provided. Close-toed shoes are required.

For questions please contact Rhys McCracken at Rhys.McCracken@mdc.mo.gov
Registration period: May 22 - June 21
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, June 22, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only
This event will cover the safe operation, basic nomenclature, care, cleaning, marksmanship fundamentals, and hunting with a modern sporting rifle.
Registration period: June 8 - June 21
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, June 22, 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: June 1 - June 22
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 6:30 pm - Tuesday, June 22, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Archery has come a long way, from wooden longbows to the modern crossbow. Learn the basics of how to safely load and shoot a crossbow and make your best shot with this easy and fun archery method. Dress for the weather in closed toe shoes. The Runge outdoor range is not ADA accessible. Masks encouraged when social distancing cannot be maintained. Registration Required. Ages 12 and up.
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: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 12:30 pm - Wednesday, June 23, 2021 1:30 pm
Location: Online only

Raccoons are active-at-night, or nocturnal, mammals that live throughout much of the world. Join us to learn about Raccoons and where you can find them in Missouri!

This is a FREE program. This is a VIRTUAL program! Registration is required by 5PM, June 22nd. You must register with a valid email, as the program link will be sent by 11am on the day of the program to that email.
Registration period: June 8 - June 22
Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 2:00 pm - Wednesday, June 23, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office
MDC invites anyone age 12 and older to register for this free clinic that will cover how to tie basic flies using specialized equipment, and how to present the various flies to improve the chances of catching fish with them. MDC will provide all necessary equipment, but participants should bring reading glasses if they use them.
Registration period: June 2 - June 22
Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, June 23, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only

Butterflies are essential pollinators and beautiful creatures. Join us virtually as we learn about the benefits of Missouri’s native butterflies, where to find them, and how to properly view them.

Presentation slides and information will be provided to all participants.
Registration period: June 1 - June 23
Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 9:00 am - Thursday, June 24, 2021 11:00 am
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA
We will learn about the diversity of life found in ponds. The second half of the class we will be going out to a small Busch Pond to see if we can catch some of the aquatic critters that live there. All necessary nets, buckets and other equipment will be provided. We will be following all St. Charles County guidelines regarding masks and social distancing.
Registration period: June 1 - June 22
Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 12:00 pm - Thursday, June 24, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
You have heard of bird baths, but have you ever heard of a bee bath? Join us as we learn about bees, why they are important, and what you can do to help them out. Participants will be able to make their own bee bath to take home with them. We will be working with acrylic paint so please bring?a smock, large button down shirt, or clothes?that can be ruined.??
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.
Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, June 24, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Krug Park Castle
Come out and learn what makes amphibians so unique!
Registration period: June 5 - June 24
Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, June 24, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Learn embroidery techniques while also exploring Missouri’s swamps by stitching quilt blocks based on that theme. The first block and topic for this month is the Bald Cypress. Please commit to attend all twelve of the monthly sessions so you will be able to complete the blocks for an entire "swamp based" quilt.

Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, June 24, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Spencer Lake

Cane poles are literally made from canes cut from bamboo – and are arguably the oldest of all fishing rods. Join us to learn about cane poles, how to make them and how to use them. Participants will make their own cane pole and get to take it home! Poles and all supplies will be provided. This program will be held outside, at Spencer Lake.

You MUST REGISTER at mdc.mo.gov/events by 5pm, June 23rd. If you need help registering, please email the email address listed below. This is a FREE program! All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
Date: Friday, June 25, 2021 7:30 am - Friday, June 25, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

All Ages

Take a closer look at a bird’s wings, feet, and beak. Learn how these body parts and other adaptations are essential for a bird to survive in the wild!

Join us for LIVE bird banding starting at 7:30 a.m.

A bird movie will be shown at noon in the auditorium.

Families, Scout, and camp groups are welcome. All activities will be both indoors and outdoors. For groups of more than 20, please call for to let us know large groups are going to attend (to make sure we have enough supplies).

**Please wear your mask when social distancing is not feasible.
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.
Date: Friday, June 25, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, June 25, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
What is 5-Stand? It’s a great way to improve on your shotgun shooting skills! This combination of trap, skeet, and sporting clays affords the challenge of all three games but with less walking. Bring your friends and your favorite shotgun and experience the fun of this game. No registration required. WEATHER PERMITTING!