Events

NOTICE: In-Person Events Limited Due to COVID

In-person MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state are limited due to COVID-19 considerations. MDC is offering new online programs that allow people to attend virtually. Please check our class listings to see what classes are limited, in-person classes or virtual classes.

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Registration period: May 1 - May 21
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, May 22, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Put on your hiking shoes and travel to Clifty Creek Conservation Area near Dixon in Maries County to join a guided hike. Trail: 3-4 miles-moderate. Meet at the Runge Nature Center and follow the hike leaders to the location or meet at the trailhead. Hike leaders will contact participants before the hike to give directions. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and pack a lunch/snack. Masks are required. Registration Required. Ages 18 and up.
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021 8:30 am - Saturday, May 22, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Discover the joys of shooting one of the all-time favorite rifles–the .22 rifle. We will discuss rifle nomenclature, dominant eye, sight picture, sight alignment, breath control, trigger squeeze, shooting positions, plus much more. We will provide rifles 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 caliber of your rifle. 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 down range to shoot. This includes concealed carry handguns and magazines. Make sure your rifle is completely unloaded before you arrive at the range.

INFORMATION: COVID-19 continues to impact daily operations at all MDC facilities including in-person programs and education classes. Protocols are now in place to provide safety for students and staff including:

• Only pre-registered students and staff are allowed in the classroom

• All staff are required to wear a facemask and practice social distancing

• All students are encouraged to wear a facemask and must practice social distancing

• All students will be asked to use hand sanitizer when arriving and prior to handling firearms

Everyone will be asked self-certification questions related to COVID-19. If you answer yes to any of the following self-certification questions, you should NOT attend.

• Do you, or a person you live with, have:

A temperature of 100.4°F or higher, OR

Two or more of the following: chills, new loss of taste or smell, or unexplained body aches, headache, or sore throat, OR

One or more of the following: dry, non-productive cough (new onset or worsening of chronic cough), shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing?

• If you have traveled outside of Missouri, did you have contact with anyone known to have COVID-19 or visit an area with high incident of COVID-19?

• Have you come into contact with anyone who has been sick?

• In the last two weeks, did you care for or have close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19?

Please self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before attending the program and stay home if you are exhibiting symptoms.

All in-person classes are subject to cancelation or postponement due to COVID-19. If you decide that you are not going to attend the program, please remove yourself from the registration roster online so others may have the opportunity since space is limited. If you have any questions, please contact the lead instructor listed for this session. Thank you.
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, May 22, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Lake Girardeau Conservation Area
Spring is truly in full swing! Take a break from strawberry picking to enjoy spring from the water on scenic Lake Girardeau. This program is an opportunity to get your friends or family out on the water. Participants will receive basic instruction and then borrow one of our kayaks for a morning on the lake. We will not be paddling as a group and your party may go at their own pace. MDC staff will be on the water to assist in emergencies. Our kayaks seat one person each and will hold up to 300lbs. If you wish to bring your own fishing supplies and have a valid permit you are welcome to fish during your time on the water, our kayaks have fishing rod holders. Please register each family member separately to be certain we have a kayak reserved for you. Meet at the west boat launch off county road 383. Failure to arrive by 9:30 will forfeit your reservation. Kayaks, paddles, lifejackets and safety equipment will be provided. Please no pets or alcohol. Masks are strongly encouraged during times when you are near staff or participants.
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, May 22, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Lessons 1 & 2 MUST be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing Lessons.

Lesson 3: Participants will learn about aquatic habitats, food webs, and the basic biology of common Missouri fish species.

Lesson 4: Participants will learn about various fishing lures techniques, as well as identify and understand Missouri fishing regulations.

All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and closed-toe shoes suitable for outdoor and water conditions. 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: April 23 - May 22
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, May 22, 2021 9:30 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Are you as hungry as a bear? Black bears like to eat some of the things we do and some things we don’t like to eat. Find out more about the black bear and what else is on the menu as we head outside in search of food for a “bear picnic.”

Please practice social distancing. The use of masks is encouraged.

Registration period: May 1 - May 20
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021 9:30 am - Saturday, May 22, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each person attending (families)

This is a great time of year to take your family fishing. We will teach some fishing basics, provide equipment and worms and then let you practice your new fishing skills. Program will take place at the Education Pond.
Registration period: April 15 - May 21
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021 9:30 am - Saturday, May 22, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(Ages 10 and up)

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: April 27 - May 21
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, May 22, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
Join us for a nuts about berries wild edibles class. We will explore some yummy forest finds as well as the importance of ethical, informed collecting. Then, we will make something sweet to eat! Class size is limited due to COVID restrictions, so register early.
Registration period: May 12 - May 21
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, May 22, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Have you ever wanted to learn to cook outdoors? Join us at Powder Valley Nature Center to learn about cooking with a Dutch oven. The first part of this program will take place in our nature center as we go through the fundamentals and equipment needed for the art of the Dutch oven. After our brief lecture, we will head outdoors for an interactive Dutch oven-cooking session. We will make chili, cinnamon rolls, and a dump cake. We will finish the program off with a feast of the food we made!

We will meet in classrooms C & D to start the program. Participants should wear a mask, practice social distancing and be sure to wear appropriate clothes for the weather as we will go outside for the cooking portion which will take place rain or shine. If participants have food allergies, please email the instructor before the program.
Registration period: April 19 - May 22
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, May 22, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 10+) Have you discovered a nest, tracks or other signs in your backyard? If so, then you may have a wild neighbor! What should you do when you unexpectedly encounter a critter getting cozy near your home? Discover what kinds of creatures may be moving into your yard, why animals look to human dwellings to meet their survival needs and how to both coexist with and enjoy our neighborhood wildlife!
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, May 22, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Runge Nature Center Staff Volunteers are somewhere along the trails ready to explore a seasonal nature topic with you! Trail station locations and topics are different every Saturday as nature always has something new to offer. Visit the Runge building to get a trail map and hints about where the volunteers may be found. This is not a formal program; stop by anytime between the designated exploration station hours. Masks required. No registration required. All ages.
Registration period: May 1 - May 20
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021 11:30 am - Saturday, May 22, 2021 12:30 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each person attending (families)

This is a great time of year to take your family fishing. We will teach some fishing basics, provide equipment and worms and then let you practice your new fishing skills. Program will take place at the Education Pond.
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021 12:30 pm - Saturday, May 22, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Lake Girardeau Conservation Area
Spring is truly in full swing! Take a break from strawberry picking to enjoy the forest from the water on scenic Lake Girardeau. This program is an opportunity to get your friends or family out on the water. Participants will receive basic instruction and then borrow one of our kayaks for an afternoon on the lake. We will not be paddling as a group and your party may go at their own pace. MDC staff will be on the water to assist in emergencies. Our kayaks seat one person each and will hold up to 300lbs. If you wish to bring your own fishing supplies and have a valid permit you are welcome to fish during your time on the water, our kayaks have fishing rod holders. Please register each family member separately to be certain we have a kayak reserved for you. Meet at the west boat launch off county road 383. Failure to arrive by 1 will forfeit your reservation. Kayaks, paddles, lifejackets and safety equipment will be provided. Please no pets or alcohol. Masks are strongly encouraged during times when you are near staff or participants.
Registration period: April 15 - May 21
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021 12:30 pm - Saturday, May 22, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Rockwoods Reservation

(Ages 10 and up)

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: April 19 - May 22
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, May 22, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 10+) Have you discovered a nest, tracks or other signs in your backyard? If so, then you may have a wild neighbor! What should you do when you unexpectedly encounter a critter getting cozy near your home? Discover what kinds of creatures may be moving into your yard, why animals look to human dwellings to meet their survival needs and how to both coexist with and enjoy our neighborhood wildlife!
Registration period: May 1 - May 22
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, May 22, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
You are invited to our annual stream team clean up at Runge on our section of Wears Creek. Wade in the water, pick up trash, and explore the life that calls our creek home. Wear old clothes and shoes that can get wet and muddy. Gloves and trash bags are provided. Masks required. Registration required. Ages 7 and up.
Registration period: April 23 - May 21
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, May 22, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

When it comes to art, it’s easy to admire nature’s handiwork. In spring and summer our eyes are drawn to the bright colors of native flowers. Join us to learn the importance of planting natives and take home a piece of your own string art! You’ll use a few nails, a piece of wood, and some bright-colored string to make your own wildflower. All materials will be provided.

Please practice social distancing. The use of face masks is encouraged.
Registration period: April 23 - May 22
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021 3:00 pm - Saturday, May 22, 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 12-17. This program will take place entirely outdoors so please dress for the weather. In the event of rain, this program will be cancelled.

Please practice social distancing. The use of masks is encouraged.

Registration period: April 23 - May 23
Date: Monday, May 24, 2021 9:30 am - Monday, May 24, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Missouri has a wide variety of terrestrial natural communities including a desert like habitat called a glade. These communities contain very shallow soil, with exposed bedrock, and are often hot and dry. Many unique plants and animals, such as the Fremont’s leather flower, Missouri primrose, Texas brown tarantula, eastern collared lizards, and small-footed bats call these places home.

Join us as we take a hike around Valley View Glades Natural Area in Jefferson County off of Hwy B. The trail is approximately 2.6 miles and not only covers extensive glade complexes, but also goes through an oak/hickory forest; perfect for migrating songbirds. The trail is on natural surfaces, and has a moderate difficulty, so please wear appropriate footwear, and bring a walking stick if desired. Please register each individual attending as spaces will be limited to 30 individuals. Social distancing will be practiced and please bring a mask. Ages 10 and up.

Registration period: April 25 - May 23
Date: Monday, May 24, 2021 3:30 pm - Monday, May 24, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Archery

May 24, Monday, 3:30pm –5:00pm.

(Ages 9 and up)

Reservations begin April 25

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: April 25 - May 23
Date: Monday, May 24, 2021 5:30 pm - Monday, May 24, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Beginning Archery

May 24, Monday, 5:30pm –7:00pm.

(Ages 9 and up)

Reservations begin April 25

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 1 - May 25
Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 7:30 am - Tuesday, May 25, 2021 9:30 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Discover the avian life that calls Runge home. These short birding walks are for all experience levels. We will gather near the front doors of the nature center. Binoculars and field guides will be provided for those that need them. Masks required. Registration preferred. Ages 8 and up.
Registration period: April 29 - May 24
Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 8:30 am - Tuesday, May 25, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, call 816-891-9941 for details

If you are a new rifle owner and you’re not sure how to safely use your new firearm, give us a call to set up a 1 hr. appointment with one of our trained and certified shooting instructors. We’ll help get you started out right. You must provide your own firearms and at least 40 rounds of ammunition.

Registration period: May 1 - May 25
Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 2:00 pm - Tuesday, May 25, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)

Magical moments in nature are waiting for you! Go on an adventure with a Naturalist to make amazing discoveries as you explore on a trail close to the nature center.

Notes: Dress for the weather. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and/or there is more than light rain program will be cancelled.
Registration period: April 14 - May 24
Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, May 25, 2021 8:30 pm
Location: Ammo Alley
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.