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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: May 1 - June 1
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 8:30 am - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 12-18)

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.
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 9:00 am - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 11:00 am
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

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 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: May 17 - June 14
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 9:30 am - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Come and join us as we discuss the caves and cave life of Missouri and why we need to protect this unique ecosystem. We will meet at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center on Tuesday, June 15th at 930am to briefly go over caves and safety. We will then caravan to Cliff Cave at Cliff Cave County Park in South County for a in cave field trip from 12 (noon) to 2pm. For the field trip portion we will survey different cave biology as well as learn how graffiti is removed from the cave. Please dress in layers and dress appropriately for the weather. Bring an extra change of clothes, water, and snacks/lunch. Helmets and one flashlight will be provided. Please wear rubber boots as well as bring 2 additional sources of light (such as headlamps or flashlights).

***Field trip portion will be canceled in heavy rain.

***If large clusters of bats are encountered, the field trip portion will be cut short.

***Must attend the classroom session in order to attend the field trip portion.

***Register each person individually

*** masks will be required to wear inside the cave (surgical masks or N95 masks- will be provided)

Registration period: May 17 - June 14
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 9:30 am - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Come and join us virtually as we discuss the caves and cave life of Missouri and why we need to protect this unique ecosystem.

We will briefly go over caves and safety. There will be a brief break as the in-person crew caravans over to Cliff Cave at Cliff Cave County Park. We will then hop back on virtually and go through folks getting gear on, and entering the cave. This will be a hybrid event, with a limited 10 person in-person program. We are making this experience virtual too.

Photos of the cave trip (cave life, etc.) will be sent tp all virtual participants.

Register each individual separately.

Registration period: June 1 - June 15
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Join us for unstructured free play at the creek at Runge. Build a dam, study fish and crawdads, hop across rocks, and splash in the water. Free play in nature allows children to test their physical limits, engages their senses, and is an important part of healthy psychological and physical development. No more than one adult with each registered participant. Additional siblings or unregistered visitors will not be able to attend. Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet. Masks are encouraged if social distancing cannot be maintained. Registration Required. Ages 0-12 years.
Registration period: April 8 - June 15
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only
Dreaming of taking the kids fishing this summer? Join our virtual series Best of the Ozarks as we highlight some great places to go fishing in our area with your family. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. All ages.
Registration period: May 1 - June 1
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 12:30 pm - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 12-18)

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.
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 12:30 pm - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 1:30 pm
Location: Online only

Animals such as leeches, ticks, and mosquitoes survive by sucking blood. Other animals, such as spiders and robber flies, don’t stop with blood — they suck the very life from their prey. Luckily, nature is full of predators that keep these vampire-like animals in check. Join us to learn about Missouri’s Vampire hunters, their predators and prey.

This is a FREE program. This is a VIRTUAL program! Registration is required by 5PM, June 14th. 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: May 21 - June 15
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 1:00 pm - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Online only
The hot days of summer are almost upon us and slowly the bright colors of spring will melt away into a haze of yellow. This part of the summer includes sunflowers and a host of other pollinator favorites. We will learn about some of our native blooms and how they are part of a healthy habitat.
Registration period: April 24 - June 15
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 5:00 pm - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 9:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (adults: ages 14-17 with an adult mentor) When we think about floating in Missouri many of us head to the cold clear waters of the Ozarks. Did you know we have some local rivers you can get on just minutes away? These rivers run muddy, but the landscape can still let you escape without the driving effort. Join conservation educators to learn about a local tributary to the Missouri rive, the Platte River, in Platte Falls Conservation Area. Participants may use their own kayak or canoe, but canoes can be provided along with paddles and lifejackets and you must notify the instructors of your needs, if needed. Bring snacks and plenty to drink as no food or drink will be provided. Social distancing will be observed, and face coverings are optional. Participants will be e-mailed the location and other details. Prior paddling experience is preferred. This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 5:30 pm - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 7:30 pm

Lesson 1:

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

This first class includes instruction as well as hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. 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 types of hooks. All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing and close-toed shoes suitable for outdoor and water activities. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen.

This class is for children ages 6 years old and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Everyone who is attending must be registered.
Registration period: May 3 - June 15
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 16+) We all know the iconic WWI Museum, but have you ever explored the grounds and surrounding neighborhoods on foot? This urban hike will be around three miles at a moderate pace on sidewalks and will include multiple staircases. We will explore the neighborhoods west and north of the museum and discover why nature adds value to our built spaces. We will also discuss hiking safety and other urban hikes in KC. The instructor will e-mail the exact meeting location to the participants the week prior to the hike. You will receive and e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel..
Registration period: May 17 - June 11
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only

Many people have an old longbow or recurve bow somewhere in their household or in a family member’s house. Maybe it was passed down from a grandparent or parent and now it’s buried in a closet or stored away somewhere. Maybe you’ve seen it and have an interest in learning how to shoot it, but just don’t really know where to begin. “Traditional Treasures” is a virtual program for those folks that might have a new interest in shooting a longbow or recurve bow, like the ones used before the compound bow was invented. Or maybe you have a renewed interest in an activity you participated in when you were first introduced to archery years ago. This program is just a basic introduction into the wonderful world of traditional archery! What is a “traditional bow”? What are the most common kinds of traditional bows and what are the differences between them? What to look for to know that your bow is in good shooting condition. The basic parts of traditional bows, advantages and disadvantages of shooting traditional equipment, and what accessories are needed to shoot traditional equipment. Recommended age range for this program is 12 years old to adult.

Traditional Treasures is a free virtual program, but advanced online registration is required here.

Please provide a good email address when you register. Participants will receive an email with a WebEx link approximately 24 hours prior to the program, as well as a reminder email the day of the program. If the emails do not appear in their inbox, participants should check junk/spam folders.

For questions you can contact Conrad Mallady at: 314-577-9555 ext. 76044 or at: Conrad.Mallady@mdc.mo.gov

Registration period: June 1 - June 15
Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 8:00 am - Wednesday, June 16, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Put on your hiking shoes and travel to Rock Bridge State Park in Boone County to join a guided hike on the Deer Run Trail. 4.4 miles-moderate. Meet at the Runge Nature Center and follow our hike leaders to the location or meet at the trailhead. Hike leaders will contact participants before the hike to give directions if needed. 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.
Registration period: May 1 - June 1
Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 8:30 am - Wednesday, June 16, 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 4 - June 12
Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 9:00 am - Friday, June 18, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Let the adventure begin! Summer is too short to spend it indoors. Join nature center staff for a hands- on day camp filled with a sample of awesome outdoor adventure. Hiking, swimming, kayaking and plenty of other activities will make this an experience to remember! All experience levels and abilities welcome. The program will begin at the nature center each morning, but much of our time will be spent at one of several conservation areas. Participants are asked to bring a mask, water bottle, sturdy shoes, and a sack lunch. Snacks, transportation to activities, and all required equipment will be provided. Camp is from 9:00 am – 4 :00 pm daily. Full details will be provided after registration. Isn’t it time you got outside and discovered nature?
Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, June 16, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Join us as we partner with the Neosho/ Newton County Library (at the library) for their story time. Learn about what kinds of body coverings different animals have and how each type of covering helps animals survive. We will compare furs, feathers, and scales in this interactive program. Neosho/ Newton County Library Address: 201 W Spring St, Neosho, MO 64850
Registration period: May 1 - June 1
Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 12:30 pm - Wednesday, June 16, 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.
Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, June 16, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range
Camping is a fun way to unplug and spend time together as a family. From car camping at your local campground to a remote backcountry experience, there is something for everyone. Join our seasoned staff to learn about what equipment and skills you need to start camping today.
Registration period: April 8 - June 17
Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021 10:00 am - Thursday, June 17, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only
Hummingbirds have zipped their way into many hearts but there is still a lot to know about these tiny wonders! Join our virtual series and learn about the ruby-throated hummingbird with Naturalist Jordi Raos. Enjoy a short virtual presentation followed by a Q&A session. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link the day prior to the program. Age 6-adult recommended.