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Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 12:00 pm - Thursday, July 15, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Online only

Every third Thursday at 12pm, we’ll tour the native landscape at MDC’s Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, this monthly series features a live look at native plants of interest throughout the year, This program is a partnership with Deep Roots.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED THROUGH THE DEEP ROOTS WEBSITE: https://deeproots.org/native-plants-at-noon/
Registration period: June 15 - July 12
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 12:00 pm - Thursday, July 15, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Bellefontaine Conservation Area

This program will introduce the fundamentals for safely and successfully shooting a compound bow, with hands on practice. All equipment will be provided. Class will meet at the pavilion on the Bellefontaine Conservation Area. The class will be held outdoors so please dress for the weather. Ages 9 and up, participants 9-15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 3:00 pm - Thursday, July 15, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Online only
Join us as we partner with the Joplin Public Library for their teen summer reading program. 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 to learn about snakes of Missouri and about their important role. Register in person at the Joplin Public Library, via email (teen@joplinpubliclibrary.org), or by phone 417-623-7953, ext. 1027. This is virtual event for teens recommended ages 12-18.
Registration period: March 30 - July 15
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 4:00 pm - Thursday, July 15, 2021 4:30 pm
Location: Duck Creek Conservation Area

This class is a 12 month program that will meet once a month all year long. You will learn simple, but beautiful embroidery techniques while also exploring the flora and fauna of Missouri’s swamps by stitching quilt blocks based on that theme.

By signing up, you are committing to attend all twelve of the monthly sessions so that you will be able to complete all 15 blocks for an entire quilt.

Classes will be held on a Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm and will be virtual until facilities are re-opened. When we are able to have in-person classes you will be notified. In the meantime, your kits may be picked up the week of class, or after, by appointment. (Call 573-222-3337 or email the instructor at sally.hancock@mdc.mo.gov) The pick up location is in Puxico, MO in the southeast portion of the state.

You will need to have your own embroidery hoop, needle, and tracing pen (While we are virtual). When the building reopens, we will have light boards available for tracing.

Tentative dates: Jan 21, Feb 18, Mar 18, April 22, May 20, June 17, July 15, Aug 19, Sept 23, Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 16
Registration period: May 25 - July 9
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 5:30 pm - Thursday, July 15, 2021 8:30 pm
This basic course will start with a presentation on rules, regulations, and equipment. After covering fish ID we will head down to the spill way to try out the new skill. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Please dress for the weather, and plan to possibly get wet and muddy. Equipment will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own.
Registration period: June 15 - July 15
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, July 15, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
In Person Program: Take a trip with us and float down a Missouri stream to discover plants and animals that depend on clean water to survive and flourish. Each month a different applique block based on this year’s theme, River Trail Discoveries, will be revealed. July’s applique block and presentation will feature the Prothonotary Warbler, a migrating bird. Ages 16 and up. Registration Required.
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, July 15, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discover the joys of shotgun shooting. We will discuss shotgun nomenclature, stance, dominant eye, mounting, moving the shotgun, and much more. We will provide 20-gauge shotguns and ammunition for those who do not have one. If you plan to use your own, bring a minimum of 50 rounds of new ammunition in the gauge of your shotgun. 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 to shoot. This includes concealed carry handguns and magazines.

Registration period: April 19 - July 14
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, July 15, 2021 8:30 pm
Location: Platte Ridge Park

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 5-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 & 4.

Equipment, bait and fishing coaches will be provided.

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 membersembers during this program.

Each participant must register for this program individually on the Missouri Department of Conservation Discover Fishing website. For assistance with registration please email the program instructor.

Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, July 15, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Duck Creek Conservation Area

This class is a 12 month program that will meet once a month all year long. You will learn simple, but beautiful embroidery techniques while also exploring the flora and fauna of Missouri’s swamps by stitching quilt blocks based on that theme.

By signing up, you are committing to attend all twelve of the monthly sessions so that you will be able to complete all 15 blocks for an entire quilt.

Classes will be held on a Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm and will be virtual until facilities are re-opened. When we are able to have in-person classes you will be notified. In the meantime, your kits may be picked up the week of class, or after, by appointment. (Call 573-222-3337 or email the instructor at sally.hancock@mdc.mo.gov) The pick up location is in Puxico, MO in the southeast portion of the state.

You will need to have your own embroidery hoop, needle, and tracing pen (While we are virtual). When the building reopens, we will have light boards available for tracing.

Tentative dates: Jan 21, Feb 18, Mar 18, April 22, May 20, June 17, July 15, Aug 19, Sept 23, Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 16
Registration period: June 15 - July 15
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, July 15, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only
Take a (virtual) trip with us and float down a Missouri stream to discover plants and animals that depend on clean water to survive and flourish. Each month a different applique block based on this year’s theme, River Trail Discoveries, will be revealed. July’s applique block and presentation will feature the Prothonotary Warbler, a migrating bird. Participants need to attend this virtual program to receive the applique block/pattern for that month which will be e-mailed after the presentation. Ages 16 and up. Registration Required. Participants will receive an e-mail with a link to the program both 24 hours and 1 hour prior to the start of the virtual presentation.
Registration period: June 2 - July 15
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 6:30 pm - Thursday, July 15, 2021 8:00 pm
Want to take the next step in your paddling adventure? Join us to learn the essentials of river paddling on the Big Piney. Register for this event to attend an evening flat-water skills session at Phillips lake as a pre-requisite to the river trip. Participants MUST attend the flat-water skills session to attend the river trip. Participants will be sent a code to register for the river trip private event. The River trip will take place on Saturday July 17 from 8-5pm.
Registration period: June 18 - July 16
Date: Friday, July 16, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, July 16, 2021 10:45 am
Location: Online only
Summer is a great time to learn more about the slithery snakes of Missouri. Join Naturalist Jordi Raos virtually as she showcases some of Missouri's common species. This program is free and will be held virtually, please make sure that you have a valid email address associated with your MDC Events account as your invite will be sent by email. All ages.
Registration period: May 21 - July 14
Date: Friday, July 16, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, July 16, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Want your little ones to learn some outdoor skills?

Join us at Powder Valley as we spend the day outside learning how to shoot a bow, observe animals in the outdoors, and make some take home crafts with materials we can find outside!

Registration is required. Participants should bring lunch and wear appropriate clothes for summer weather; sunscreen and a water bottle are recommended. A camp packet with more details, an emergency contact form, and a waiver will be sent out to all registrants a week before we meet.
Registration period: June 18 - July 16
Date: Friday, July 16, 2021 2:00 pm - Friday, July 16, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only

Holly Ridge Conservation Area is located in Stoddard County, just northeast of Dexter, MO. This area totals 991 acres, including two natural areas and an archery range. The natural areas were established to protect 26 rare or endangered plant species as well as a special habitat called a perched bog. In this program we’ll discuss the natural history and recreational opportunities on the area. This program is open to all ages; however it is most suitable for ages 15 and up.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program. Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.
Registration period: June 7 - July 5
Date: Friday, July 16, 2021 4:30 pm - Saturday, July 17, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Mississippi River Alexandria
MDC staff and volunteers will instruct participants on the basics of setline fishing on Missouri’s rivers and lakes. Participants will attend a seminar on fisheries management, with information on the recent catfish survey led by an MDC Fisheries Management biologist. The program will be a hands-on tutorial of how to safely set trot-lines and bank poles, properly label equipment, and boat operation. These tactics can be used in streams and some lakes of Missouri. Following the river outing, A Conservation Agent will present fishing regulations and staff will give a how-to presentation on using gear and equipment. Sign up is limited to anglers that are new to setline fishing.
Registration period: June 15 - July 16
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021 7:30 am - Saturday, July 17, 2021 10:30 am
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Join us for a 2 and ½ mile hike to view the herons and egrets feeding in the MTC marsh. The young have just left the nests so we may see both young and adults feeding together. See some of the showiest members of all wading birds.

This event will be held at Marais Temp Clair Conservation area. Dress for the weather, and bring water, snacks, and binoculars.

MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate.

Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, July 17, 2021 9:30 am
Location: August A Busch Shooting Range
This program is designed as a basic course to provide family's an opportunity to become familiar with shooting. It is required to register each member of your family. We will provide .22 caliber handguns and rifles and ammunition for them to shoot. There will be a short class covering safety, parts of a firearm, and fundamentals of marksmanship. Due to time constraints we will not have any time to provide individuals an opportunity to shoot their own firearms.
Registration period: July 3 - July 16
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, July 17, 2021 9:30 am
Location: Jay Henges Shooting Range

Youth .22 Rifle

(Ages 9 and up)

Interested young people may experience shooting .22 rifles by an instructor. Each participant will be learning safety and the proper techniques of shooting .22 rim fire rifles. Firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Registration period: June 19 - July 16
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021 8:15 am - Saturday, July 17, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Explore the White River Valley Trail System at Table Rock State Park with Volunteer Naturalist Sandy Vaughn. Meet at the Nature Center and follow us to the location in your personal vehicle. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is five miles and rated moderate in difficulty. Ages 18-adult.
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021 8:30 am - Saturday, July 17, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This program includes an introduction to wingshooting fundamentals, distance estimation, non-toxic shotshell ammunition selection for hunting, and shotgun patterning with a goal to help migratory and upland bird hunters improve their hunting skills with non-toxic shot. Bring your own shotgun with a minimum of 50 rounds of new steel ammunition in the gauge of your shotgun. 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 to shoot. This includes concealed carry handguns and magazines.

Registration period: June 15 - July 14
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, July 17, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Lost Valley Hatchery
Participants will complete a Discover Nature Fishing Lesson , fish and learn to shoot a bow and arrow. For more information or help with registration call Kara at 660-438-4465
Registration period: June 15 - July 14
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, July 17, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Lost Valley Hatchery
Participants will complete a Discover Nature Fishing Lesson , fish and learn to shoot a bow and arrow. For more information or help with registration call Kara at 660-438-4465
Registration period: June 10 - July 17
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, July 17, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 6+) Bring your imagination and engage in nature play while we embark on an expedition through the Discovery Center's diverse landscape. What plants and animals will we discover? Join our team of explorers on this outstanding adventure!
Registration period: July 1 - July 16
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, July 17, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families)

They are creepy, they are crawly, and they can be downright ugly! Join us as we take a closer look into the world of bugs and insects and why they are an important part of the natural world. Plus, we will head out to the prairie to try our hands at catching bugs and insects.
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, July 17, 2021 4:30 pm
Location: Lake City Shooting Range
Bring the family to the range for a FREE day of shooting!