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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Date: Sunday, May 16, 2021 5:00 pm - Sunday, May 16, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Online only
If you’re an avid bowhunter, the spring and summer months can be excruciating. Flinging arrows at foam not cutting it for you? Come learn about trying your skill at bow fishing and discover a great new adventure.
Date: Sunday, May 16, 2021 5:00 pm - Sunday, May 16, 2021 7:30 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

If you’re an avid bowhunter, the spring and summer months can be excruciating. Flinging arrows at foam not cutting it for you? Come learn about trying your skill at bow fishing and discover a great new adventure.

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.

Registration period: April 15 - May 20
Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, May 20, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only
Help your family be prepared for safe outings this summer by learning how “an ounce of prevention” before an outdoor excursion can prevent needing “a pound of cure” afterwards. Learn how to identify and avoid various poisonous plants and venomous animals and the best way to deal with ticks, mosquitoes, and more. Registration is required with a valid email address to receive the program link. Recommended for all ages.
Registration period: April 8 - May 21
Date: Friday, May 21, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, May 21, 2021 10:45 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Have you ever been camping? It is exciting to spend the night outside! Discover how fun camping can be! We will show you some camping equipment, have some pretend camping moments, and you will get a special camping journal to take on your next trip. Meet at the outdoor classroom. Please bring a blanket to sit on and wear insect repellant. Adults, please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 3-6.
Registration period: April 8 - May 21
Date: Friday, May 21, 2021 11:15 am - Friday, May 21, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Have you ever been camping? It is exciting to spend the night outside! Discover how fun camping can be! We will show you some camping equipment, have some pretend camping moments, and you will get a special camping journal to take on your next trip. Meet at the outdoor classroom. Please bring a blanket to sit on and wear insect repellant. Adults, please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 3-6.
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021 8:30 am - Saturday, May 22, 2021 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 in the caliber of your rifle. 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 down range to shoot. This includes concealed carry handguns and magazines. Make sure your rifle is completely unloaded before you arrive at the range.

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.
Registration period: April 8 - May 26
Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021 10:00 am - Wednesday, May 26, 2021 10:45 am
Location: Online only
Missouri is a great place to trout fish but where do you go? Join our virtual series as we discover some of the best places to fish for trout in the Ozarks. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Recommended for all ages.
Registration period: May 13 - May 26
Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, May 27, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

Join staff at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery for a creative walk through the trails to try your hand at nature journaling. This walk will be guided by a naturalist, who will give thorough instructions and tips on how to make the journaling experience a successful one!

Please bring comfortable walking shoes, water, and your favorite nature journal. Everyone that registers will receive an email with some tips on finding the perfect journal before the event starts. Basic supplies will be provided, but attendees are welcome to bring their favorite set of colored pencils, markers, etc.

Space is limited to 15 total participants, so registration is required. Please email the event host or email Shepherd@mdc.mo.gov to let us know if you want to bring family or children that have not registered.

Masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged.

Please call 417-334-4865 ext 0 or email alison.bleich@mdc.mo.gov for more information.
Registration period: April 15 - May 28
Date: Friday, May 28, 2021 6:00 pm - Friday, May 28, 2021 7:00 pm
Location: Online only
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 for our fourth Friday Conservation Families program to learn about snakes of Missouri and about their important role. Registration is required with a valid email address to receive the program link. Recommended for all ages.
Date: Saturday, May 29, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, May 29, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center
Now is the time for planning and planting native plants as part of your landscaping project. Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center will host this plant pick-up. Three vendors: Missouri Wildflower Nursery, Ozark Soul, and Smiling Sun Gardens will deliver pre-ordered plants during this event.
Date: Saturday, May 29, 2021 2:00 pm - Saturday, May 29, 2021 4:00 pm
Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Come join us to learn the fundamental skills and safety of archery shooting. We will cover bow nomenclature, hand set, bow set, pre-draw. stance,

safety, stances, and techniques to get you on target. Join us as you discover the fun of archery, as you start this lifelong activity. Please dress

for the weather, no open toed shoes, bring a lawn

chair, and water. Ages 14-18 must be accompanied by an adult
Registration period: May 6 - June 2
Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 2:30 pm - Wednesday, June 2, 2021 3:30 pm
Location: Online only
Join us as we highlight a few of the best fishing locations. We will discuss the locations and what fish you might expect to catch throughout the year.
Registration period: April 8 - June 5
Date: Saturday, June 5, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, June 5, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Primitive skills specialist Don Brink will demonstrate how to start a fire without matches and butane. Learn multiple methods of fire starting and try your hand at this age-old skill. Please remember to wear a mask and social distance. All ages.
Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2021 5:30 pm - Tuesday, June 8, 2021 6:30 pm
Location: Kellogg Lake
This program is designed to help the first-time canoe and kayaker understand the basics of one of the most popular watersports in Missouri today. We will talk about the types of basic equipment needed to float Missouri’s rivers, lakes, and streams safely. space is limited so registration is required and please leave a valid email for any follow up information for this program. Dress for the weather and to get wet!
Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2021 7:00 pm - Tuesday, June 8, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Kellogg Lake
This program is designed to help the first-time canoe and kayaker understand the basics of one of the most popular watersports in Missouri today. We will talk about the types of basic equipment needed to float Missouri’s rivers, lakes, and streams safely. space is limited so registration is required and please leave a valid email for any follow up information for this program. Dress for the weather and to get wet!
Date: Saturday, June 12, 2021 8:30 am - Saturday, June 12, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Now that you know the basics of handgun shooting, come join us to hone your skills. After a short refresher in the classroom we will head to the range where we will practice handgun safety, nomenclature, sight picture, sight alignment, breath control, trigger squeeze, and much more. This program is not for the beginning shooter as it is an intermediate level program so unless you are beyond the basics this program is not for you. During the live fire portion, .22 handguns and ammunition will be provided. If you want to bring your personal handgun to use, bring a minimum of 50 rounds of new ammunition in the caliber of your handgun. 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 down range to shoot. This includes concealed carry handguns and magazines. Make sure your handgun is completely unloaded before you arrive at the range.

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.
Registration period: April 8 - June 11
Date: Saturday, June 12, 2021 10:00 am - Saturday, June 12, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Learn wildlife photography tips and tricks while we hike the Nature Center trails. Meet at the Nature Center, dress for the weather, and bring a smartphone or camera. Drinks will be provided. Please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 12-17.
Registration period: April 8 - June 15
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 10:00 am - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only
Dreaming of taking the kids fishing this summer? Join our virtual series Best of the Ozarks as we highlight some great places to go fishing in our area with your family. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. All ages.
Registration period: April 8 - June 17
Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021 10:00 am - Thursday, June 17, 2021 10:30 am
Location: Online only
Hummingbirds have zipped their way into many hearts but there is still a lot to know about these tiny wonders! Join our virtual series and learn about the ruby-throated hummingbird with Naturalist Jordi Raos. Enjoy a short virtual presentation followed by a Q&A session. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link the day prior to the program. Age 6-adult recommended.
Registration period: April 8 - June 18
Date: Friday, June 18, 2021 8:30 pm - Friday, June 18, 2021 9:30 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Meet us at nearby Living Memorial Park for an evening of firefly fun! Stop by anytime, catch some lightning bugs, and visit the education stations around the park. Please remember to wear a mask and social distance. All ages.
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 8:30 am - Saturday, June 19, 2021 11:30 am
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This program is a familiarization of how to shoot the game of 5-Stand Sporting Clays. This course is not for the beginning shotgun shooter but is for the person who is new to 5-Stand and wants to learn about shooting the game. Space is limited to 15 students. 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:

o A temperature of 100.4°F or higher, OR

o Two or more of the following: chills, new loss of taste or smell, or unexplained body aches, headache, or sore throat, OR

o 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
Registration period: April 8 - June 18
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 9:00 am - Saturday, June 19, 2021 3:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Hike the 7.7 mile Natural Tunnel Trail at Bennett Spring State Park. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is rated moderate to difficult. Meet at the Natural Tunnel Trail head parking lot. Please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 18-adult.
Registration period: April 8 - June 22
Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 9:00 am - Wednesday, June 23, 2021 12:00 pm
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Register your family and meet us at the east parking lot at Busiek Conservation Area to hike and explore with our Naturalists. We will explore the forest and creek so come prepared for hiking and to get wet. Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent, a towel, a hat, and an extra pair of shoes you can wear in the water (no flip-flops or crocs please). Remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 8-adult. Ages 8-17 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Please register each family member attending.
Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 6:00 pm - Thursday, June 24, 2021 8:00 pm
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

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.
Registration period: April 8 - June 25
Date: Friday, June 25, 2021 10:00 am - Friday, June 25, 2021 10:45 am
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Do turtles come from eggs? Can a turtle come out of its shell? How long can turtles hold their breath? Find out the answers to these questions and more at Turtlemania! We will discover what makes turtles so terrific and look for some turtles in the wild. Meet at the trailhead to walk the Boardwalk Trail. Adults, please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 3-6.