Events

NOTICE: In-Person Events Limited Due to COVID

In-person MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state are limited due to COVID-19 considerations. MDC is offering new online programs that allow people to attend virtually. Please check our class listings to see what classes are limited, in-person classes or virtual classes.

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Registration period: February 1 - July 13
Date: Wednesday, July 14, 2021 5:30 pm - Wednesday, July 14, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Lake Jacomo Marina

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.

This program will go on rain or shine since we will be under the cover of the Jacomo Marina dock.

Participants will be asked to maintain safe social distance with staff and other participants who are not their family members distance during this program.
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: 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.

Registration period: March 24 - July 19
Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 3:30 pm - Tuesday, July 20, 2021 6:00 pm
Location: Rinquelin Trail Lake CA

Introduction to Flatwater Kayaking: July 20th at the Joe Hanauer Lake Boat Ramp located within Rinquelin Trail Lake Conservation Area in Maries County.

Join us for an evening on the water for a basic kayaking program. Participants will learn information and safety about kayaking during a ground school portion of the class, then take to the water for paddling instruction and practice. Participants aged 13 and older are welcome to register; those aged younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Fishing poles and bait will be provided if you wish to experience fishing from a kayak the later portion of the program; participants 16 and older must possess a valid fishing permit if you choose to fish.

Kayaks, paddles, and life-jackets will be provided. Close-toed shoes are required. Social distancing will be observed.

For questions please contact Dwight Warnke at Dwight.Warnke@mdc.mo.gov
Registration period: June 1 - July 20
Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, July 20, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (adults) Making beautiful images from nature is one of the oldest artforms. After exploring the Discovery Center's native gardens and landscape, we will create nature prints called monotypes using leaves and grasses with block ink, zinc plates and the etching press. Satisfy your home decorating needs with a work of art worthy of framing.
Registration period: March 24 - July 20
Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 9:00 am - Wednesday, July 21, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Woodson K Woods Memorial CA Hwy 8 River Access

Introduction to Flatwater & Stream Kayaking: July 21st on the Meramec River between MDC Hwy 8 River Access (26.2 river mileage marker) to Scotts Ford Access (35.1 river mileage marker).

Participants will learn information and safety about kayaking during a ground school portion of the class, then take to a flatwater pool for paddling instruction and practice prior to kayaking the river. Participants aged 13 and older are welcome to register; those aged younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants should bring a hat, sun screen, insect repellant, extra water, and lunch. Food and water is not available for purchase nor will be provided. A dry bag is recommended for personal gear. Fishing poles and bait will be provided if you wish to experience fishing from a kayak the later portion of the program; participants 16 and older must possess a valid fishing permit if you choose to fish.

Kayaks, paddles, and life-jackets will be provided. Close-toed shoes are required. Social distancing will be observed.

For questions please contact Dwight Warnke at Dwight.Warnke@mdc.mo.gov
Registration period: February 1 - July 26
Date: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 5:30 pm - Tuesday, July 27, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Lake Jacomo Marina

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 artificial 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 7-15 must be accompanied by a registered adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 & 4.

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 Nature-Fishing website. For assistance with registration please contact the program instructor.

This program will go on rain or shine since we'll be under the cover of the Jacomo Marina dock.

Registration period: June 1 - August 10
Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2021 6:00 pm - Tuesday, August 10, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (adults) Did you know that two thirds of all water in the Kansas City metropolitan area drains into the Blue River? Spend an evening learning about the Blue River watershed and how our actions can have either a positive or negative impact. Participants will evaluate the water quality of the river by collecting macro-invertebrates, enjoy a stream corridor hike and discover the wildlife that calls the Blue River home. Additional program details will be provided to those who register. This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.
Registration period: May 13 - August 12
Date: Friday, August 13, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, August 13, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Claire Gempp Davidson Memorial Wildlife Area

Explore the pond and prairie life at Claire Gempp Davidson Memorial Wildlife Area. You will become a citizen scientist as we net for pond life, trap small mammals, collect and identify insects, and look for wildlife signs. If you have a smart phone, download the Seek by iNaturalist app. We will discuss this free, kid/teen friendly app!

Wear clothes that can get wet and muddy, bring sunscreen, bug spray, a sack lunch, and water.

Parents/guardians will sign a waiver prior to camp. Parents/guardians may leave their child with us via the waiver/emergency contact form. Please register each child separately. Masks will be worn when social distancing is not feasible.

We will meet at the parking lot at Claire Gempp Davidson Memorial Wildlife Area (address listed above).
Registration period: June 1 - August 17
Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2021 8:00 pm - Tuesday, August 17, 2021 9:30 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (adults) Butterflies and bees get a lot of credit as pollinators, but there are many other creatures that have evolved to pollinate plants. Join our native landscape specialists for this evening program as we look at the fascinating world of nocturnal pollinators. We'll then head outdoors to our "Mothing Station' where we'll observe nocturnal insects and discuss the various species of native plants that utilize nocturnal pollination.
Date: Thursday, August 19, 2021 12:00 pm - Thursday, August 19, 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/
Date: Saturday, September 11, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, September 11, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Little Prairie CA
Welcome to the first Little Prairie Nature Trail Run / Hike! The 3.6 mile trail is unpaved but has wooden bridges crossing small streams. Participants will register on-site between 8-9 am, with run starting at 9am. The first 100 finishers will receive a MDC water bottle. Come explore nature!
Date: Thursday, September 16, 2021 12:00 pm - Thursday, September 16, 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/
Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021 12:00 pm - Thursday, October 21, 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/
Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021 12:00 pm - Thursday, November 18, 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/
Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021 12:00 pm - Thursday, December 16, 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/