MDC’s Northeast Region announces April programs

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KIRKSVILLE, Mo – Spring is a wonderful time for wildlife watching and to start prepping your native garden, and the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Northeast Regional Office in Kirksville has many upcoming programs to help you discover nature this season.

You can find a full list of programs planned for April online at All programs require advanced registration and space is limited. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are offered at the MDC Northeast Regional Office, located at 3500 S. Baltimore Street in Kirksville.

April programs include:

  • Discover Nature: Milkweed and Monarchs (Virtual)

Tuesday, April 5, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The Monarch Butterfly is one of North America’s most iconic insects. Join the Northeast MDC Naturalist to learn about this insect, its life cycle, the danger it’s in, and how we can help save it.

Registration is required

  • Discover Nature: Native Landscapes

Tuesday, April 12, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Native plants create beauty and interest with a progression of flowers and fruits that furnish food and cover for butterflies, birds, and other wildlife. Bed prep, plant choice, and layout design are all important to the success of native plant gardens. Learn more about native plants and landscapes.

Registration is required at

  • Conservation Families: Nature Scene Painting

Tuesday, April 19, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Beautiful nature is all around us. Many famous painters found inspiration for their art in nature. Join us in painting a nature scene, from sweeping landscapes to other nature details such as a fuzzy caterpillar scuttling along a leaf! This workshop is for participants 16-years and older. Participants ages 12-15 are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Registration is required at

  • Discover Nature: The River in Time (Virtual)

Thursday, April 21, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The river system has served as a highway for Native Americans, European explorers, and early Settlers. Today, it’s used as a major inland transportation route for barges carrying grain. Join us for this virtual program to learn how and why a river changes over time.

Registration is required at

  • Birds: Beginner’s Birding

Wednesday, April 27, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Birding is a fun activity that all ages can enjoy! Learn about the basics of birding and the birds you might find in northeast Missouri this spring. Then join us for a hike to find some of our feathered friends. Please dress comfortably for a hike, and bring binoculars and a camera.

Registration is required at

Visitors can conveniently manage program registration online at 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 log-off 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 today will make program registration quicker and easier for all MDC programs.

Visitors are encouraged to practice physical distancing and wear masks covering the mouth and nose when distancing is not feasible.

For more information about MDC’s Northeast Regional office, visit Northeast Regional Office | Missouri Department of Conservation (