June events in MDC’s Northeast Region to focus on bees, jig-making, and spiders

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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Northeast Regional Office in Kirksville has announced a variety of programs offered in June.

A full list of scheduled programs can be found online at mdc.mo.gov/events. All programs require advance registration and space is limited. Unless otherwise noted, all events are offered at the MDC Northeast Regional Office, located at 3500 S. Baltimore Street in Kirksville.

June programs include:

  • Honey Bee, Honey Bee, Where Are You?

Tuesday, June 7 from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Join us to learn about the fascinating insect that is the honey bee, why it’s important, why it’s endanger of extinction, and how we can help save it! You’ve heard of bird baths, but have you heard of a bee bath? Participants will be able to make their own bee bath to take home with them after the presentation. The class will be working with acrylic paint, so attendees are encouraged to bring a smock or old clothes that can get paint on them.

Register at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/4iu

  • VIRTUAL – Woodland Chase

Wednesday, June 15 from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The predator/prey relationship is, on some level, one of the simplest cycles in nature to comprehend. It’s also an extremely important cycle in any ecosystem. Join us to learn about this important relationship.

Register at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/4iL

  • Make Your Own Hair Jig Fishing Lure!

Thursday, June 23 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Fishing is a great way for everyone to have fun outdoors, learn about conservation, and make lasting memories in nature. Making your own jig is a creative way to customize a fishing lure to a specific type of fish or a particular stretch of stream. It’s also an added sense of accomplishment knowing you caught a fish with a lure you made. This workshop will focus on tying hair jigs. Participants will learn how to tie hair jigs that can be used in warm waters of northeast Missouri. Participants should bring reading glasses if they require them. MDC will provide all other equipment and supplies.

Register at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/4ib

  • VIRTUAL – Web Weavers

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle engages children in a captivating story as they learn spiders spin webs. After reading, we will discuss the common spiders of Missouri, their habitat, and other interesting spider facts.

Register at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/4iE

Visitors can manage program registration online at mdc.mo.gov/northeastevents. The first step in registering for a program is creating an account, then signing up for future programs is simple. Once registrants create an account and register for events, they will receive details about those specific programs.

Families now have the option to link their children’s accounts to their own accounts, which will streamline the program registration process. Once a group account is set up, parents will be able to register their children to an event without having to logoff and login for each individual. This functionality will allow parents to register their entire family or select family members to an event at the same time. First, users will log into their account and click “My Group Profile,” then add family members to their account. Setting up a group account can make program registration quicker and easier for all MDC programs.

For more information on MDC’s Northeast Regional Office, visit https://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places/northeast-regional-office.