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Registration period: July 1 - July 28
Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, July 28, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Beetles come in different colors, shapes, and sizes with interesting ways of behaving. Some are red with black polka dots, some have rhinoceros’ horns on top of their head, and others roll poop. Join us and buddy up with a beetle. Registration Required. Ages 0-2 years.
Registration period: June 2 - July 28
Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2021 6:30 pm - Wednesday, July 28, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Rocky Fork Lakes Conservation Area
Date: Thursday, July 29, 2021 12:30 pm - Thursday, July 29, 2021 1:30 pm
Location: Online only

Humans aren’t the only animals that hunt. To eat, wild predators must catch their dinner. And though they don’t have rifles or fishing rods, animal assassins are armed to the teeth. Join us to learn about some of the amazing adaptations animals have for capturing prey.

This is a FREE program. This is a VIRTUAL program! Registration is required by 5PM, July 28th. You must register with a valid email, as the program link will be sent by 11am on the day of the program to that email.

Registration period: May 24 - July 28
Date: Thursday, July 29, 2021 4:00 pm - Thursday, July 29, 2021 6:00 pm
Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

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 7-15 must be accompanied by an 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 able to take what they learned and go fishing.

Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided.

Each participant must register for this program individually.
Registration period: June 11 - July 26
Date: Friday, July 30, 2021 9:00 am - Friday, July 30, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Warrenton Pool Park

Backpacking is an excellent way to exercise and enjoy nature!

Join us July 30th for Backpacking Preparation 101 to learn what and how to pack for a hiking adventure as well as what features to look for in a backpack and fun places to explore in Missouri.

Registration period: July 1 - July 30
Date: Friday, July 30, 2021 9:00 am - Friday, July 30, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Learn the basics of kayaking and try out new skills at the Missouri Department of Conservation Headquarter pond (2901 W. Truman). All equipment is provided. Bring a water bottle and wear clothing and shoes that can get wet (no flip flops). Registration required. Ages 7-12 years. No younger/older siblings please and only one adult per registrant(s).
Registration period: July 1 - July 23
Date: Friday, July 30, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, July 30, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Is there a better way to spend a summer day than spending time outdoors? Join us as we sample different ways you can enjoy conservation right in your own backyard. We will spend time learning about the different plants and animals of Missouri, practicing mini archery and other fun activities in the comfort of the nature center and the surrounding woods.

This minicamp will take place at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center. Please bring a water bottle, a lunch, and any other supplies that you might need for the duration of the camp.

Please register each camper that is planning to attend.

*Parents/guardians will receive a waiver for each camper. Parents/guardians will drop-off campers via waiver and emergency contact form.

Registration period: June 11 - July 30
Date: Friday, July 30, 2021 11:30 am - Friday, July 30, 2021 12:30 pm
Location: Online only
Registration required (adults) It's summer and it's hot, and there's no better way to escape the heat than a summer float trip to a clear, cold Missouri Ozark stream. In this virtual program we can't teach you how to paddle a boat, but we will share our experience on the best rivers to float, what gear and food to pack and how to plan an outdoor adventure for you or your family. This is the perfect introduction for any participant thinking about dipping their toes into a new outdoor activity like canoeing or kayaking.
Registration period: June 11 - July 26
Date: Friday, July 30, 2021 12:00 pm - Friday, July 30, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Warrenton Pool Park

The compass is an excellent tool to help you reach your destination, identify your location, and map your route. Learn how to do all three by joining us at Warrenton Pool Park Pavilion for this free orienteering program. Included will be a treasure hunt for free giveaways. This event will take place outdoors, so be sure to come prepared with proper footwear, clothing attire for gravel trails, water, and potentially hot weather.

All planning to attend the event should register separately. Children younger than sixteen years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Registration period: June 11 - July 30
Date: Friday, July 30, 2021 1:30 pm - Friday, July 30, 2021 2:30 pm
Location: Online only
Registration required (adults) It's summer and it's hot, and there's no better way to escape the heat than a summer float trip to a clear, cold Missouri Ozark stream. In this virtual program we can't teach you how to paddle a boat, but we will share our experience on the best rivers to float, what gear and food to pack and how to plan an outdoor adventure for you or your family. This is the perfect introduction for any participant thinking about dipping their toes into a new outdoor activity like canoeing or kayaking.
Registration period: June 15 - July 30
Date: Friday, July 30, 2021 6:30 pm - Friday, July 30, 2021 8:30 pm
Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Join a naturalist for a 3.5 mile hike on the Hiking and Biking trail at dusk to catch a glimpse of some of Missouri’s summertime magic...the bioluminescence of fireflies!

This guided hike will meet at the Busch Hiking and Biking trailhead. Please bring water and good walking shoes.

MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate.
Registration period: July 1 - July 30
Date: Friday, July 30, 2021 8:00 pm - Friday, July 30, 2021 11:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Bullfrogs and Green frogs are tasty amphibians! Learn the basics of how to gig frogs, which species you can harvest, and how to clean frogs for cooking. After an introduction to gigging, we will head to the ponds to try your hand at this outdoor skill. Wear shoes and clothes that can get wet and muddy. Bring a flashlight/headlamp and water bottle. Registration required. Ages 8 and up.
Registration period: July 1 - July 30
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 8:00 am - Saturday, July 31, 2021 5:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center
Grab your hiking stick and travel to Fiery Fork Conservation Area in Camden County to join a guided hike. 1.5 miles-moderate. This is also a great wading and fishing spot and poles/bait will be provided or bring your own. Wear or bring shoes/clothes that can get wet if you would like to take advantage of the water. Meet at the Runge Nature Center or the trailhead. For hikers leaving from Runge, some transportation is provided but carpooling may be necessary. Hike leaders will contact participants before the hike to give directions if needed. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and pack a lunch/snack. Registration Required. Ages 18 and up.
Registration period: July 1 - July 26
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, July 31, 2021 11:00 am
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 10+, youngsters 10-15 must be accompanied by a participating adult)

Crossbows have been used since the time of ancient Greece. Their design makes for a fast, efficient hunting device and they are also fun and exciting to shoot. Come learn how to properly handle these bows and see what it takes to be on target.
Registration period: June 11 - July 31
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, July 31, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (adults) It's summer and it's hot, and there's no better way to escape the heat than a summer float trip to a clear, cold Missouri Ozark float stream. The Ozark Float Squad will be here to share their years of experience on where to go, what to pack and how to plan a river adventure for you and the whole family. This is the perfect introduction for any participant thinking about dipping their toes into a new outdoor activity like canoeing or kayaking.
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 11:00 am - Saturday, July 31, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)

Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals, and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.
Registration period: June 11 - July 31
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 11:30 am - Saturday, July 31, 2021 1:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (adults) It's summer and it's hot, and there's no better way to escape the heat than a summer float trip to a clear, cold Missouri Ozark float stream. The Ozark Float Squad will be here to share their years of experience on where to go, what to pack and how to plan a river adventure for you and the whole family. This is the perfect introduction for any participant thinking about dipping their toes into a new outdoor activity like canoeing or kayaking.
Registration period: July 1 - July 31
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, July 31, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Pretty, powerful, predatory, and precious: words that describe dragon and damselflies. Join us as we explore the fascinating world of these amazing animals during this hands-on experience. Registration required. Ages 10 and up.

Registration period: July 1 - July 26
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 1:00 pm - Saturday, July 31, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 10+, youngsters 10-15 must be accompanied by a participating adult)

Crossbows have been used since the time of ancient Greece. Their design makes for a fast, efficient hunting device and they are also fun and exciting to shoot. Come learn how to properly handle these bows and see what it takes to be on target.
Registration period: June 11 - July 31
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021 1:30 pm - Saturday, July 31, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (adults) It's summer and it's hot, and there's no better way to escape the heat than a summer float trip to a clear, cold Missouri Ozark float stream. The Ozark Float Squad will be here to share their years of experience on where to go, what to pack and how to plan a river adventure for you and the whole family. This is the perfect introduction for any participant thinking about dipping their toes into a new outdoor activity like canoeing or kayaking.
Registration period: June 15 - August 3
Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2021 7:00 pm - Tuesday, August 3, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 16+) It is really hot out! This urban hike will be at a moderate pace through the beautiful, tree lined streets of Midtown. We will be on the lookout for birds and other hidden gems as we explore Midtown just north of the Discovery Center. We will also discuss hiking safety and other urban hikes in KC. The instructor will e-mail the exact meeting location to participants the week prior to the hike. This hike utilizes sidewalks and paved trails and includes one long set of stairs. This is an all-outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive and e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.
Registration period: June 15 - August 6
Date: Friday, August 6, 2021 1:00 pm - Friday, August 6, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Registration required (ages 14+) Summertime in the native plant garden, there's no better place! The pollinators are out, and the flowers are vibrant. Join our native landscape specialists for a walk around the grounds and bring your questions about your own native plant gardens.
Registration period: June 16 - August 6
Date: Friday, August 6, 2021 8:00 pm - Friday, August 6, 2021 11:00 pm
Location: Blind Pony Hatchery CA
For more information, contact Saline County Conservation Agent Chase Wright 660-641-3345
Registration period: June 15 - August 4
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, August 7, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Lost Valley Hatchery
Participants will complete a Discover Nature Fishing Lesson , fish and learn to shoot air rifles For more information or help with registration call Kara at 660-438-4465 or Mark @ 660-530-5500
Registration period: May 21 - August 5
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, August 7, 2021 2:00 pm
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Are you a Scout wanting to get closer to earning a badge? Join us at August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area on Saturday, August 7, 2021 for the scout event of the year! Scouts will be able to visit multiple stations and complete activities that will satisfy a multitude of badges. The following stations will be on site:

• Wilderness Survival

• Water Conservation*

• Orienteering*

• Mammal Study

• Bird Study

• Archery*

• Kayaking*

• Canoeing*

• Geocaching

• Forestry

• Fishing*

• Environmental Science

• Forest Bathing

• Hiking

• Reptile and Amphibian Study

* Indicates stations that require reservation through email, due to limited spaces

If you wish to attend this event, you must register here. if you wish to add an activity that has limited spaces available to your registration (see * in list above):

• Email Powder.Val@mdc.mo.gov with your:

o Pack/troop number

o Age/s

o Whether you will be attending with your pack/troop

o A list of the stations with limited spaces you would like to attend that require reservations

• You will then receive an email with a special code to sign up with

This event is designed for Scouts of America and Girl Scouts.

Scouts are responsible for securing Merit Badge Counselors for the event.

Scouts must bring their Merit Badge Cards.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase through the bait shop concession stand.