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Registration period: December 19 - July 10
Date: Thursday, July 11, 2024 5:00 pm - Thursday, July 11, 2024 8:00 pm
Location: Pony Express Conservation Area

“Upon registration, participants will be required

to complete the virtual/online portion of the prescribed burn course prior to attending the in person workshop. The online course can be found at https://www.hunter-ed.com/prescribedburn/ A link to the online course as well as instructions will also be sent to participants by email. Please allow up to 5 days for email to process. The online course is a mandatory prerequisite. Please bring your certificate of completion, provided at the end of the online course and mileage sheet to the workshop. A demonstration burn will be conducted if weather allows. Please bring appropriate clothing- long sleeve shirt and pants made of natural fibers, gloves, and closed toe boots.”
Registration period: June 15 - July 18
Date: Saturday, July 20, 2024 8:00 am - Saturday, July 20, 2024 10:00 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
What is 5-Stand? It’s a great way to improve on your shotgun shooting skills! This combination of trap, skeet, and sporting clays affords the challenge of all three games but with less walking. You will learn the rules of the game, etiquette, shotgun & choke selection and much more. Bring your own shotgun or use ours.
Registration period: September 28 - April 26
Date: Saturday, July 20, 2024 11:00 am - Saturday, July 20, 2024 12:30 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Snakes are one of the most highly misunderstood and feared animals in nature. Learn how to distinguish venomous from non-venomous species for our Missouri Species, and dispel some of the popular myths you may have heard. Having the ability to know the difference between venomous and non-venomous can help dissipate your fear of these amazing creatures. Learn about Missouri Snakes and gain an appreciation for these misunderstood reptiles and make a fun craft afterwards!
Registration period: June 15 - July 25
Date: Saturday, July 27, 2024 8:00 am - Saturday, July 27, 2024 10:00 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
Now that you have harvested the buck of your dreams, do you know how to prepare it properly to take it to the taxidermist. There are several different ways to preserve the hide so that the taxidermist can make your deer come to life on your wall. Learn the proper steps to go from the field to the taxidermist. Anyone under age 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult.
Date: Friday, August 2, 2024 6:30 pm - Friday, August 2, 2024 7:30 pm
Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Join photographer Paul Moffett in exploring the birds of the confluence. After retirement Paul started work on documenting, via photography, the birds of the confluence area. He's documented over 300 specimens in that 20 mile stretch between the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers confluence and the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers confluence. He volunteers for Audubon at Riverlands primarily working with the Swan Society and Missouri Department of Conservation.

This program is part of our Nature Center @ Night series, the building will remain open until 7:30pm.
Registration period: July 15 - August 15
Date: Saturday, August 17, 2024 8:00 am - Saturday, August 17, 2024 10:00 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
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Registration period: July 15 - August 22
Date: Saturday, August 24, 2024 8:00 am - Saturday, August 24, 2024 9:30 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Did you know Archery is one of the safest sports in which to participate? It is rated more accident-free than every ball sport except table tennis! This course is designed to introduce students to the basics of archery including safety rules, stance, equipment used, and, of course, how to shoot a bow and arrow. The instructors will also discuss the nomenclature of the bows and arrows. Join us for this fun and very informative class

Registration period: July 15 - August 29
Date: Saturday, August 31, 2024 8:00 am - Saturday, August 31, 2024 10:00 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Deer hunting is challenging and rewarding at the same time. It’s not just about getting dressed up in camouflage and climbing in a deer stand or ground blind. It starts long before opening day. This class will start at the beginning. In this class, we will discuss rifle/ammo selection, dressing for the hunt, methods of hunting, scouting, animal identification, sighting in your rifle, and more. This is not a shooting class.

Registration period: August 1 - September 5
Date: Saturday, September 7, 2024 8:30 am - Saturday, September 7, 2024 10:30 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range

What is a Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR)? Where does it get its name? Is it legal to hunt with one? This course will answer all those questions plus many more. The MSR is one of the most purchased firearms on the market today… and one of the most versatile. The instructors will cover the parts of the MSR, calibers available, the basics of operation, maintenance, and care

Registration period: August 15 - September 12
Date: Saturday, September 14, 2024 8:00 am - Saturday, September 14, 2024 10:30 am
Location: Lake City Shooting Range

This is a novice class for people who have little or no experience in handling and shooting a handgun. We will discuss safety, types of handguns, different parts of the handgun, the variety of calibers, ammunition, and marksmanship. Class includes range time.