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Find Hunter Education and Bowhunter Education classes near you.

Registration period: January 3 - February 9
Date: Thursday, February 9, 2023 6:00 pm - Thursday, February 9, 2023 7:30 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This class will help you learn the basics of predator hunting for crows. We will discuss gun safety, zones of fire, identification of birds, hunt set up, calls, and much more. When done with this class you will be able to hunt safely and enjoyably for crows. Participants who attend will be invited back to hunt on the Bois D' Arc conservation area at a later date for crows.

Registration period: January 20 - February 9
Date: Friday, February 10, 2023 6:00 pm - Friday, February 10, 2023 8:00 pm
Location: Watershed Center

Get a taste of tradition and learn some camp cooking the old fashioned way.

This event is for all who want to know more about cooking with Dutch Ovens; those cast iron black pots that make food taste so delicious!

Learn the basics of Dutch Oven cooking and sample your way to a newfound interest in traditional camp cooking.

Whether you are a "seasoned" expert or are thinking about getting started, this event is for you.
Registration period: January 4 - February 10
Date: Friday, February 10, 2023 6:30 pm - Friday, February 10, 2023 8:00 pm
Location: Walter Woods Conservation Area
Nesting season comes early for owls and they’re already hooting in anticipation. Join us to learn about the five senses of owls and take a short walk or prowl to listen for Missouri owls.
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, February 11, 2023 2:30 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Why not combine two passions and join us to play nature-themed board games. Whether a beginner or avid player of tabletop games, we will have a variety to play for all skill levels and ages. Stop by the center anytime to learn about nature through board games.
Registration period: January 6 - February 10
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2023 1:00 pm - Saturday, February 11, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Can you start a fire without a match or lighter? Can you transform a rock into an arrowhead? Learn the skills of fire-making and flint knapping with Ancestral Skills specialist, Don Brink. Ages 12-17.
Registration period: January 1 - February 14
Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2023 2:30 pm - Wednesday, February 15, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Online only
Any time can be a great time to fish, soon the weather will turn warm and the Spring fishing season will be in full force. Now is the time to brush up on those fish-cleaning skills. This session will focus on cleaning skinned fish with an emphasis on catfish. We will look at some of the common equipment needed and common methods of cleaning these fish.
Registration period: January 4 - February 16
Date: Friday, February 17, 2023 10:30 am - Friday, February 17, 2023 11:00 am
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Who-o-o-o hoots when it gets dark? Who-o-o-o goes out for food at night? Is it a wise old owl? Bring your children during daylight hours to learn about owls. Recommended for ages 3 to 7.
Registration period: January 11 - February 17
Date: Friday, February 17, 2023 6:00 pm - Friday, February 17, 2023 7:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Nesting season comes early for owls and they're already hooting in anticipation. The trails will be open and patrolled from 6-9 pm, so bring a flashlight and a walking partner because you're on your own. Dickerson Park Zoo docents will offer indoor programs at 6 and 7 pm. All ages.
Registration period: January 11 - February 17
Date: Friday, February 17, 2023 7:00 pm - Friday, February 17, 2023 8:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Nesting season comes early for owls and they're already hooting in anticipation. The trails will be open and patrolled from 6-9 pm, so bring a flashlight and a walking partner because you're on your own. Dickerson Park Zoo docents will offer indoor programs at 6 and 7 pm. All ages.
Registration period: January 3 - February 18
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2023 8:30 am - Saturday, February 18, 2023 10:30 am
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 for your firearm. Make sure all firearms are unloaded before arriving at the range. There should be no live ammunition, or uncased firearms inside the classroom. Please leave all firearms in the vehicle until the class is dismissed including all concealed carry handguns and magazines.

Registration period: January 4 - February 17
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2023 1:00 pm - Saturday, February 18, 2023 2:30 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Now is the time to welcome our state bird to begin nesting. Bring your family to learn more about being landlords for this beautiful bird and to put together your own bluebird nesting box (one box per family). Each family must make their own reservation. Bring an electric screwdriver or drill with a Phillips head drill bit if you have one. Note: bluebirds typically nest in urban or rural areas that are not heavily wooded.
Registration period: January 11 - February 18
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2023 1:30 pm - Saturday, February 18, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Help celebrate our 35th anniversary with a hike at the Nature Center! Each month a naturalist will lead a hike to share the beauty of the Nature Center trails with you. Dress for the weather and be prepared to hike 1.5 to 2 miles. The trail is considered easy to moderately difficult with some uneven terrain. Ages 8-adult. Children ages 8-17 must have a registered adult accompanying them.
Registration period: January 1 - February 21
Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2023 2:30 pm - Wednesday, February 22, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Online only
Snagging season is just around the corner. Now is the time to learn about the different gear you will need to snag/grab some of our nongame fish. We will discuss rods, reels, lines, hooks, and other gear to help make a successful outing, whether you catch fish or not.
Registration period: January 6 - February 23
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2023 6:30 pm - Thursday, February 23, 2023 7:45 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Are you up for a challenge?! Come to our program tonight and kick-off a year of conservation challenges. You'll take home a booklet of challenges and we'll do some fun activities! This program is designed for children ages 7-12 and their adults/caregivers.
Registration period: January 12 - February 23
Date: Friday, February 24, 2023 6:30 pm - Friday, February 24, 2023 8:00 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Have you ever wanted to go trout fishing but didn’t know what to use or where to go? We will discuss locations to fish, essential equipment, basic fishing methods, and lure selection. With this information, you’ll be ready to wet a hook on opening day, March 1!
Registration period: January 3 - February 25
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2023 8:30 am - Saturday, February 25, 2023 11:30 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Discover the joys of shooting one of the all-time favorite rifles–the .22 rifle. We will discuss rifle nomenclature, dominant eye, sight picture, sight alignment, breath control, trigger squeeze, shooting positions, plus much more. We will provide rifles 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 for your firearm. Make sure all firearms are unloaded before arriving at the range. There should be no live ammunition, or uncased firearms inside the classroom. Please leave all firearms in the vehicle until the class is dismissed including all concealed carry handguns and magazines.

Registration period: January 6 - February 24
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, February 25, 2023 2:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Hike with us on one of our favorite trails. The Homesteaders trail at Henning Conservation Area is 4 miles, rated moderate to difficult. Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring a water bottle. Bring binoculars if you like. This program is for women only. Ages 14-adult. Girls ages 14-17 accompanied by an adult female are welcome. Transportation provided OR meet us there.
Registration period: January 6 - February 28
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2023 10:00 am - Tuesday, February 28, 2023 11:00 am
Location: Online only
We're already one month into the new year and I'm sure you gardeners are feeling the need to get out there and work in the dirt! Join Naturalist Jordi Raos as she talks about some of her favorite native plants in Missouri. Join from the comfort of your own home for this virtual program. Please provide a valid email as a link will be sent to you for this virtual program. All ages.
Registration period: January 23 - February 28
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2023 2:30 pm - Wednesday, March 1, 2023 3:00 pm
Location: Online only
Virtual Introduction to Fish Cooking. This session will focus on the common equipment needed for cooking any fish and discuss different cooking methods.
Registration period: February 1 - March 3
Date: Friday, March 3, 2023 3:30 pm - Friday, March 3, 2023 4:30 pm
Location: Online only
Spring is nearly here and we’re all itching to get out and work in our gardens. Join Naturalist Jordi Raos as she discusses how to create a butterfly garden with native plants. All ages. Please include a valid email address when you register so we can send you a virtual program link. This program will not be recorded.
Registration period: February 1 - March 3
Date: Friday, March 3, 2023 7:00 pm - Friday, March 3, 2023 8:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Family friendly! An interactive and informative CONCERT focused on our feathered friends. Featuring musicians Kelly and Donna Mullhollan from Still on the Hill. All ages.
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023 1:00 pm - Saturday, March 4, 2023 4:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Here is your chance to see some of our avian friends up close! Join us for a winter bird banding demonstration with the Missouri River Bird Observatory. Birds will be captured around the feeding stations and then banded in a location for easy viewing. Stop by anytime. All ages. No registration required.
Registration period: February 1 - March 7
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2023 10:00 am - Tuesday, March 7, 2023 10:45 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Long tail, furry body, and a habit of playing dead, what is it? An opossum! Join us to learn more about this amazing animal. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: February 1 - March 7
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2023 11:15 am - Tuesday, March 7, 2023 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Long tail, furry body, and a habit of playing dead, what is it? An opossum! Join us to learn more about this amazing animal. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: December 22 - March 7
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2023 12:00 pm - Tuesday, March 7, 2023 1:00 pm
Location: Online only
Cast iron cooking is a fun and tasty way to add to any outdoor adventure. This series of virtual programs is designed to boost your knowledge so you can cook a wide variety of great recipes around camp while making it fun and easy! In part one of this Six-part series, we will discuss the basics of cast iron cooking and how to select the right tools to meet every need around the campfire.