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Registration period: March 1 - May 19
Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2024 6:00 pm - Tuesday, May 21, 2024 8:00 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Discover Nature Fishing Lesson 1

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 spincast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish.

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 and Families of all ages! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

All participants who complete all 4 Discover Nature Fishing Lessons will go home with a free fishing reward to encourage fishing with the family.

To register your child, you may need to make a family account, or add them to an existing family account. You can also make you child their own, separate account.

Registration period: April 10 - May 21
Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2024 6:30 pm - Tuesday, May 21, 2024 7:45 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Fly in to learn how and why birds migrate to and from Missouri every spring. Conservation Kids is designed for kids ages 7–12 and their adult caregivers. Other aged siblings are welcome to attend as families will do activities together.
Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2024 6:30 pm - Tuesday, May 21, 2024 7:30 pm
Location: Online only
Registration required by visiting https://www.mymcpl.org/events/93085/hummingbirds-101-zoom (all ages) The ruby-throated hummingbird is one of Missouri's most intriguing birds! Would you like to learn about these unique birds and how to attract them to your yard or garden? Join us as we learn about the native plants, sweet nectar and insects loved by this tiny creature, also known as nature's helicopter! This program is hosted by Mid Continent Library.
Registration period: May 1 - May 22
Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2024 8:00 am - Wednesday, May 22, 2024 10:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Join MDC naturalists and area birders as we 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+
Registration period: May 1 - May 22
Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2024 10:00 am - Wednesday, May 22, 2024 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
“ . . . and fish is fish and that’s that!” So writes Leo Lionni in his classic book, Fish Is Fish. We will explore their watery world this month through crafts, activities, and a story. Registration required. Ages 0-2
Registration period: January 19 - May 22
Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2024 10:00 am - Wednesday, May 22, 2024 11:30 am
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Explore trees from the inside out; how does a tree grow and how does it make food? We’ll examine the anatomy of trees and how they produce food. Then we will go outside to meet the trees and monitor them for their health.
Registration period: April 16 - May 21
Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2024 10:00 am - Wednesday, May 22, 2024 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
Butterflies are amazing and vital parts of nature. Flutter like a butterfly with us and learn about how the Monarch butterfly makes its magical trek to Mexico every fall.
Registration period: January 19 - May 22
Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2024 2:00 pm - Wednesday, May 22, 2024 3:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Explore trees from the inside out; how does a tree grow and how does it make food? We’ll examine the anatomy of trees and how they produce food. Then we will go outside to meet the trees and monitor them for their health.
Registration period: April 16 - July 22
Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2024 6:00 pm - Wednesday, May 22, 2024 8:00 pm
Location: Forest Park Hatchery
Have you ever wanted to learn how to properly chase catfish in your local body of water? We have the class for you! This is a single class that is made to teach you everything you will need to know. The class will begin as any other, only catch is, you will already be fishing! Fishing rods will be set up in wait as we teach and talk about catfish. We will display the different types of catfish, the different types of rods, reels, and gear used to catch catfish, and also teach you what kind of baits to use and where!
Registration period: April 12 - May 22
Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2024 6:00 pm - Wednesday, May 22, 2024 7:00 pm
Location: Online only

Join Naturalist Morgan Wyatt to discover which hummingbirds visit Missouri, their habits, which plants attract them, and the best ways to maintain hummingbird feeders. Naturalist Notes is a regular program where a naturalist showcases one of their favorite nature topics. Please include a valid email address when you register so we can send you a virtual program link. This program will not be recorded. All ages welcome but this program is designed for ages 10 and up.