Learn how to manage your land for North American animals. By finding out the resources for timberland management, fish management and old field management to better improve your property.
INFORMATION: COVID-19 continues to impact daily operations at all MDC facilities including in-person programs and education classes. Protocols are now in place to provide safety for students and staff including:
• Only pre-registered students and staff are allowed in the classroom
• All staff are required to wear a facemask and practice social distancing
• All students are encouraged to wear a facemask and must practice social distancing
• All students will be asked to use hand sanitizer when arriving and prior to handling firearms
Everyone will be asked self-certification questions related to COVID-19. If you answer yes to any of the following self-certification questions, you should NOT attend.
• Do you, or a person you live with, have:
A temperature of 100.4°F or higher, OR
Two or more of the following: chills, new loss of taste or smell, or unexplained body aches, headache, or sore throat, OR
One or more of the following: dry, non-productive cough (new onset or worsening of chronic cough), shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing?
• If you have traveled outside of Missouri, did you have contact with anyone known to have COVID-19 or visit an area with high incident of COVID-19?
• Have you come into contact with anyone who has been sick?
• In the last two weeks, did you care for or have close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19?
Please self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before attending the program and stay home if you are exhibiting symptoms.All in-person classes are subject to cancelation or postponement due to COVID-19. If you decide that you are not going to attend the program, please remove yourself from the registration roster online so others may have the opportunity since space is limited. If you have any questions, please contact the lead instructor listed for this session. Thank you.
Take a closer look at a bird’s wings, feet, and beak. Learn how these body parts and other adaptations are essential for a bird to survive in the wild!
Join us for LIVE bird banding starting at 7:30 a.m.
A bird movie will be shown at noon in the auditorium.
Families, Scout, and camp groups are welcome. All activities will be both indoors and outdoors. For groups of more than 20, please call for to let us know large groups are going to attend (to make sure we have enough supplies).
**Please wear your mask when social distancing is not feasible.
First thing in the morning we'll spend a little time catching some fish, then we'll demonstrate several easy methods of cleaning common Missouri fish, and participants will have an opportunity to try their hand at cleaning some of the fish that they caught.
We'll finish up the morning by using the fish that we clean to demonstrating some delicious recipes for everyone to sample.
Missouri Department of Conservation will provide rods, tackle, bait, knives, cleaning boards and fishing coaches.
Participants do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program.
All children must be accompanied by a registered adult.
Each participant must register individually. Please email the instructor for assistance with registration.
Registration required (all ages)Did you know Missouri is home to 13 unique species of lizards? You may even have one in your own backyard! Come learn some of the secrets of these often-hidden reptiles.
Find out about the interesting lives of black bears in Missouri, play the “Bear Necessities” survival game, and learn to be “Bear Aware” to help keep both bears and people safe.
Please meet the naturalist at the Stupp Center.
(Ages 8 & up)
How do you handle a compass when it is 360°? Together, we will decode the mysteries of how a compass works and put it to use with a few fun outdoor activities.
For the safety of participants and our staff, participants will be asked to maintain social distance from staff and other participants, and follow St. Louis County mask mandates.
What is a slough? A slough is an old part of a river or wetland that has been cut off. At times it is full to the brim with water; at other times it is just muddy or totally dry. It is the home territory of frogs, toads, turtles and even beavers. At times the slough at Columbia Bottom joins both the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. We will look for turtles and listen for amphibian calls at the slough as we make our way to the confluence. On our return we will watch the sunset from the Cropland Overlook.
Meet at lot “L” about 4 ½ miles from the front entrance.
Please bring a flashlight and a walking stick if you have one. We will be wearing masks and following social distancing guidelines as appropriate.
Sunset: 8:29 pm
Do you want to learn how to survive the wilds of Missouri? Join us at Emmenegger Nature Park as we spend our summer day learning the ins and outs of survival in the wild. Survivalist trainees will learn how to properly identify Missouri native plants and animal tracks as well as build a shelter out of debris found in the woods. Survivalists will also learn archery and atlatl as well as take part in a short orienteering course.
Registration is required. Participants should bring lunch and wear clothes to get a little dirty and wet.
June 29, Tuesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm.
(Ages 9 and up)
Reservations begin June 15
Join our instructors as we learn the fundamentals of shooting archery. This is a fun program for the entire family, ages 9 and up
As these are in-person programs MDC asks all guests to observe social distancing guidelines and maintain at least 6 feet from others for the safety of participants and staff. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when indoors, or any time visitors are unable to maintain at least 6 feet from others. Local ordinances requiring face masks will be observed where applicable.
Do you love learning about our creepy, crawly, buzzy and sometimes fuzzy Missouri insects? Join us at Powder Valley as we dedicate our whole day to talking about everything insect. Participants will learn about pollination and insect life cycles and metamorphosis through interactive activities and games as well as an insect craft. We will also venture out on a larvae hunt, get our hands dirty with an insect dig and sweep, and get our feet wet with a macroinvertebrate study.
This program is open to all ages and registration is not required. Participants should bring lunch, and wear clothes to get a little dirty and wet.
Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing rod, parts of a fishing rod, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. Lesson 2: How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure bait on hooks.
Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided.
Ages 7 and above. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Participants DO NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program.
Each participant will need to register for this program individually on the Missouri Department of Conservation Discover Fishing website. Email instructor for assistance with registering for this program
Discover Nature Girls’ Camp is a FREE, 1-day camp held by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for girls ages 11-15. The camp will be held on July 13th. One goal of this camp is to encourage participants to leave with the confidence to explore Missouri’s diverse outdoors on their own. Discover Nature Girls’ Camp will provide them with a supportive learning environment where they can actively participate in “hands-on” outdoor skills led by Conservation Agents and MDC staff. Some of these skills include: archery, shooting sports, fishing, atlatl, and canoeing. At the completion of camp, the girls will become Hunter Education certified so that they may continue using their newly learned skills. Registration is open to the first 60 girls. You will need to create a user name and password for your child to register.
This is a multistep process step 1) register online 2) watch for an email and a packet in the mail (PLEASE MAKE SURE TO HAVE A CURRENT EMAIL AND ADDRESS LISTED WHEN REGISTEREING) 3) fill out the packet ASAP and return 4) student must complete the knowledge portion explained in packet and return.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out by email Becky.Robertson@mdc.mo.gov or phone (636) 441-4554.