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Registration period: August 26 - September 27
Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2021 11:30 am - Thursday, September 30, 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: August 26 - September 27
Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2021 11:30 am - Thursday, September 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: 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: Sunday, September 26, 2021 4:00 pm - Sunday, September 26, 2021 6:00 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Modern Sporting Rifles are one of the most popular rifles owned and used by hunters and shooters today. They are lightweight, modular for ease of modification, and available in many popular calibers for both recreational shooting and hunting applications. Join us to learn more about the Modern Sporting Rifle, how to safely use, clean and maintain it, how to select the proper caliber for your application, and much more. 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.

Registration period: August 24 - September 26
Date: Monday, September 27, 2021 9:00 am - Monday, September 27, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Field trip sign up

Registration period: September 10 - September 27
Date: Monday, September 27, 2021 10:00 am - Monday, September 27, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Many of us refer to fall maintenance in the garden as “putting the garden to bed”. The native plant gardener however thinks of this as a very busy season. There are seeds to collect, fall planting to be done, and preparing the garden for winter wildlife. Sheltering wildlife in the winter takes a little bit of thought in the fall but not a lot of work. Learn how fall leaves and bare stems provide much needed shelter for insects during the winter. This program is developed for adults but children ages 12 and over may enjoy it.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: September 1 - September 27
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-5 with an adult)

Mud, rocks and water might be what we see on the surface but, creeks and streams are excellent sources of life and wonder! Just a trickle will have more critters than you ever thought possible. Come find out just what Missouri creeks really have in store!
Registration period: September 1 - September 27
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 1:00 pm - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 3-5 with an adult)

Mud, rocks and water might be what we see on the surface but, creeks and streams are excellent sources of life and wonder! Just a trickle will have more critters than you ever thought possible. Come find out just what Missouri creeks really have in store!
Registration period: September 1 - September 28
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 2:00 pm - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Where do monarchs migrate? How do they get there? Help us answer these questions as we study and tag monarchs on their southward migration. We will also investigate many other impressive insect migrators that are passing through Missouri. Registration required. All Ages.
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 5:00 pm - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 6:00 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This two part program includes handgun fundamentals, shooting, operation, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start with virtual classroom instruction on Monday, September 20th from 6-7:30 p.m., then head to the range for a live-fire session on Tuesday, September 28th from 5-6 p.m. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment are provided. The virtual classroom portion on September 20th is required in order to attend the live fire portion on September 28th.
Registration period: September 1 - September 27
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 5:00 pm - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

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.

Class at Lake 15
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 5:30 pm - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Veterans Park Lake

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 that is attending must register!

Registration period: August 13 - September 28
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Hang out with other teens and learn how to make some nature prints! Naturalist Jordi Raos will lead the group in gyotaku (Japanese fish printing) and share a few other techniques. Bring a plain t-shirt, bandana, or cloth tote to print on. We will also print on paper if you do not want to bring something. Ages 12-17.
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 6:30 pm - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This two part program includes handgun fundamentals, shooting, operation, safety, maintenance, and safe storage. We start with virtual classroom instruction on Monday, September 20th from 6-7:30 p.m., then head to the range for a live-fire session on Tuesday, September 28th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment are provided. The virtual classroom portion on September 20th is required in order to attend the live fire portion on September 28th.
Registration period: September 1 - September 29
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 7:30 am - Wednesday, September 29, 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. Registration preferred. Ages 8 and up.
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 1:00 pm - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Union Ridge Conservation Area

Join us to look for aquatic invertebrates, fossils, fish, frogs and many other creatures that can be found in the creeks of Union Ridge Conservation Area! Please wear appropriate clothing (we will be walking down to the creek and in the water).

Registration is required by 5PM the day before the program. Please contact Alyssa.garver@mdc.mo.gov with any questions or for assistance in registering. This is a FREE program. All ages are welcome, but children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration period: August 20 - September 29
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 2:00 pm - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Meet one of Missouri’s most beautiful snakes, the eastern milksnake. Find out how they got their name and how they help us as we uncover the mysteries of this secretive snake.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: August 25 - September 29
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 4:00 pm - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
This class is a 12 month program that will meet once a month. You will learn simple but beautiful embroidery techniques while also exploring the flora and fauna of Missouri's swamps. Each block is based on the Swamps of Missouri.
Registration period: August 14 - September 28
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 6:00 pm - Saturday, October 2, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: MDC Central Regional Office
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites new hunters to attend a free virtual squirrel hunting clinic and in-person mentored hunt in Boone County. The virtual program will be Wednesday September 29th from 6:00pm-7:00pm. An in-person mentored hunt will take place in Boone County on Saturday, October 2nd from 8:00am-2:00pm. More information about the virtual program will be provided to registered participants closer to the date of the program. Participants in the mentored hunt need to meet all hunter education requirements detailed at www.mdc.mo.gov/huntereducation. Participants are allowed to bring their own firearms or firearms and ammunition will be made available upon request at no cost.
Registration period: August 29 - September 29
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range
The environment around us is full of materials that can be used to make things. Whether you're out camping and forgot a piece of your kit, or you are lost in the wilderness and facing a survival situation, it can be useful to know how to turn natural materials into tools. In this class we will learn how to create cordage, or rope. After a short discussion of material types, we will get hands on time to create our own measure of cordage with locally gathered items. Supplies will be provided. Bring drinking water.
Registration period: September 10 - September 29
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, September 29, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only

Cassie Holcomb, owner of Cassie Bock Landscaping and Flower Garden LLC, will give us a tour of this special native plant pocket garden in Jackson. She will share the history of the garden and let us look at the huge variety of native plants. She will also tell us the benefits of using native plants in the garden for both humans and wildlife. This tour is geared toward adults but children over 12 years old may enjoy it.

Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.
Registration period: September 1 - September 29
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 6:00 pm - Wednesday, September 29, 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.

Registration period: August 15 - September 30
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021 4:00 pm - Thursday, September 30, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Online only
Squirrel hunting is a great way to enjoy time in the woods in fall. You don’t need a lot of equipment to hunt squirrels, they are almost everywhere, and they are delicious! Join us in a discussion about hunting safety, regulations, guns, strategies, and recipes. Participants will receive a link to the program via e-mail the day before and the the day of the program. Registration Required. Ages 10 and up.
Registration period: September 1 - September 30
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021 5:00 pm - Thursday, September 30, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
You don’t have to be a hunter to be a skilled archer. Learn the basics of the sport of archery and try your hand at shooting a bow in this women’s only program. No experience necessary and all equipment is provided. Dress for the weather and wear close toed shoes. Registration required. Ages 16 and up.
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021 5:30 pm - Thursday, September 30, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Veterans Park Lake

Lesson 3:

Lesson 1&2 must be taken before any of other Discover Nature Fishing lessons 3-4.

In this class, participants will learn basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout as well as hands-on fishing. Participants will also learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, you will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs.

Lesson 4:

In this final lesson you will learn how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions as well as hands-on fishing. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. 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 that is attending must register!