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: April 25 - May 24
Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, May 25, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only
This virtual program will introduce to you to shotgun shooting. We will discuss shotgun actions, gauges, chokes, proper stance and ammunition selection.
Registration period: April 8 - May 26
Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, May 26, 2021 10:45 am
Location: Online only
Missouri is a great place to trout fish but where do you go? Join our virtual series as we discover some of the best places to fish for trout in the Ozarks. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Recommended for all ages.
Registration period: May 13 - May 26
Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021 1:00 pm - Thursday, May 27, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Get ready to celebrate the unofficial start of summer with the insects that light up the summer nights. Join us as we learn about the “brightest” insects and even take one home to help you celebrate all summer long.

This is an in-person program. You will receive an email prior to the program with the exact meeting location at Powder Valley.
Registration period: March 8 - May 25
Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021 3:30 pm - Thursday, May 27, 2021 5:30 pm
Location: James Youth Center

Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish-Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, participants will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs.

Lesson 4: Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 & 4. Participants do not need a fishing permit to fish during this program.

Participants will be able to take what they learned and go fishing.

Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided.

Participants will be asked to maintain safe social distance from staff and other participants who are not their family members during this program.

Each participant must register for this program individually.
Registration period: May 13 - May 26
Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, May 27, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Join staff at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery for a creative walk through the trails to try your hand at nature journaling. This walk will be guided by a naturalist, who will give thorough instructions and tips on how to make the journaling experience a successful one!

Please bring comfortable walking shoes, water, and your favorite nature journal. Everyone that registers will receive an email with some tips on finding the perfect journal before the event starts. Basic supplies will be provided, but attendees are welcome to bring their favorite set of colored pencils, markers, etc.

Space is limited to 15 total participants, so registration is required. Please email the event host or email Shepherd@mdc.mo.gov to let us know if you want to bring family or children that have not registered.

Masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged.

Please call 417-334-4865 ext 0 or email alison.bleich@mdc.mo.gov for more information.
Registration period: March 5 - May 27
Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, May 27, 2021 8:30 pm
Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish-Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, participants will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs.

Lesson 4: Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 & 4.

Participants do not need a fishing permit to fish during this program.

Participants will be asked to maintain safe social distance from staff and other participants who are not their family members during this program.

Each participant must register for this program individually. For assistance with registration please contact the program instructor.

Registration period: May 1 - May 28
Date: Friday, May 28, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, May 28, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Celebrate spring by searching for the colors of the rainbow. We will walk a trail and see how many colors in nature we can find. Be ready to look up, down, and all around in this all outdoors program. Dress for the weather. Meet at the Runge outdoor pavilion. Masks required. Registration Required. Ages 3-6 years.
Registration period: April 15 - May 28
Date: Friday, May 28, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, May 28, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

We will be meeting outside in the Staging area to discuss Tales from the Ant World by Edward O. Wilson

Wilson recalls his fascinating lifetime with ants, from his first boyhood encounters in the woods of Alabama to perilous journeys into the Brazilian rainforest. “Ants are the most warlike of all animals, with colony pitted against colony. Their clashes dwarf Waterloo and Gettysburg.” Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Wilson takes us on a wonderful journey recalling his nine-decade-long scientific obsession with many of the Earth’s more than 15,000 ant species.

Registration period: May 1 - May 26
Date: Friday, May 28, 2021 3:00 pm - Friday, May 28, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: World Bird Sanctuary Outdoor Amphitheater
What is a Raptor? How is a Raptor different from other birds? How do they hunt and where do they live? Learn all this and more! See live birds of prey and learn about their incredible adaptations! 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 strongly encouraged for everyone ages 5 and up.
Registration period: April 15 - May 28
Date: Friday, May 28, 2021 6:00 pm - Friday, May 28, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only
Snakes are one of Missouri’s most misunderstood creatures. Some people have such a dread of snakes that they actually avoid going outdoors to fish, hunt, hike, or picnic. Getting to know the species, natural history, and distribution of Missouri's snakes can help you overcome your fear of them and appreciate their role in nature. Join us for our fourth Friday Conservation Families program to learn about snakes of Missouri and about their important role. Registration is required with a valid email address to receive the program link. Recommended for all ages.
Registration period: April 29 - May 28
Date: Saturday, May 29, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, May 29, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program will allow the attendees from the Virtual introduction Shotgun to come to the range and shoot a shotgun with an instructor. We will provide a shotgun and ammunition to those who need it. You MUST have attended the Virtual Introduction to Shotgun on May 25th to be able to attend. Once you have registered you ma come at any time between 10am and 2pm to shoot and receive instruction. this will be first come first serve to get on the field to shoot.
Date: Saturday, May 29, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, May 29, 2021 4:30 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
All military personnel shoot for free ALL DAY! Thank you for your service!
Registration period: May 1 - May 28
Date: Saturday, May 29, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, May 29, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families)

Have you ever thought to yourself on a warm summer day, it’s so hot I just want to take a nap? Well you are not alone, some of Missouri’s very own do just that! Come on in and learn about estivation and the critters who use it as a survival tool.
Date: Saturday, May 29, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, May 29, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Now is the time for planning and planting native plants as part of your landscaping project. Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center will host this plant pick-up. Three vendors: Missouri Wildflower Nursery, Ozark Soul, and Smiling Sun Gardens will deliver pre-ordered plants during this event.
Registration period: April 19 - May 29
Date: Saturday, May 29, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, May 29, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 8+) Nature provides incredible inspiration and one-of-a-kind art supplies. Join us as we explore the native habitats at the Discovery Center and gather stems, leaves, berries, nuts, grasses, feathers and other treasures from spring. Use your creative side as you create your own unique nature art!
Date: Saturday, May 29, 2021 11:00 am - Saturday, May 29, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)

Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.
Registration period: April 19 - May 29
Date: Saturday, May 29, 2021 12:30 pm - Saturday, May 29, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 8+) Nature provides incredible inspiration and one-of-a-kind art supplies. Join us as we explore the native habitats at the Discovery Center and gather stems, leaves, berries, nuts, grasses, feathers and other treasures from spring. Use your creative side as you create your own unique nature art!
Date: Saturday, May 29, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, May 29, 2021 3:00 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: April 23 - May 29
Date: Saturday, May 29, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, May 29, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Cape LaCroix Creek

Join us as we explore Cape LaCroix Creek and discover the cool creatures that call it home. We will provide nets and containers for aquatic animal observation. Meet at the parking lot on Kingsway Dr, between the Lexington round-a-bout and Bantera Bank. Come dressed to be in the water with shoes that can get wet (no flip-flops or crocs).

Please practice social distancing. The use of face masks is encouraged.
Date: Saturday, May 29, 2021 2:00 pm - Saturday, May 29, 2021 4:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Explore the native plant gardens and the trails at the Cape Girardeau Nature Center in search of spring wildflowers. Stop by and pick up your scavenger hunt sheet for a chance to earn a small prize.

Please practice social distancing.

Date: Saturday, May 29, 2021 2:00 pm - Saturday, May 29, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Come join us to learn the fundamental skills and safety of archery shooting. We will cover bow nomenclature, hand set, bow set, pre-draw. stance,

safety, stances, and techniques to get you on target. Join us as you discover the fun of archery, as you start this lifelong activity. Please dress

for the weather, no open toed shoes, bring a lawn

chair, and water. Ages 14-18 must be accompanied by an adult
Registration period: April 14 - May 27
Date: Saturday, May 29, 2021 7:00 pm - Saturday, May 29, 2021 8:30 pm
Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

All ages

They say, “April showers bring May flowers.” Join us as we welcome the return of spring and discover the many shades of green and other colors in the landscape. Sunflowers, planted in April, have pushed their way out of the ground and are now standing in tidy rows as they begin their growth into tall stalks with golden blossoms in July. The songs of Meadowlarks and the buzzing of bees will accompany us as we walk the edges of the prairies and fields. We will end the walk by watching the setting sun from the highest spot on Columbia Bottom.

Meet at the Cropland Overlook, lot “K,” about 41/2 miles from the front entrance.

We will be wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

Sunset 8:17 pm
Date: Sunday, May 30, 2021 10:00 am - Sunday, May 30, 2021 4:30 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
All military personnel shoot for free ALL DAY! Thank you for your service!
Registration period: May 1 - May 25
Date: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 8:30 am - Tuesday, June 1, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 8-11)

Become a Part of the Outdoor Skills Adventure!

If you love to have fun outdoors, and would like to learn new skills, then this program is for you! Teamwork, safety, and leadership are stressed. Join us in June as we learn the basics of these outdoor skills. A contact email address is required for follow-up information.
Registration period: May 1 - May 25
Date: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 12:30 pm - Tuesday, June 1, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 8-11)

Become a Part of the Outdoor Skills Adventure! If you love to have fun outdoors, and would like to learn new skills, then this program is for you! Teamwork, safety, and leadership are stressed. Join us in June as we learn the basics of these outdoor skills. A contact email address is required for follow-up information.