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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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Register by August 9

Date: Monday, August 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Rock Fork Lakes Conservation Area

Join us for an evening on the water for a basic kayaking program. Participants will learn information and safety about kayaking during a ground school portion of the class, then take to the water for paddling instruction and practice. Participants aged 13 and older are welcome to register; those aged younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Kayaks, paddles, and life-jackets will be provided. Close-toed shoes are required.

For questions please contact Rhys McCracken at Rhys.McCracken@mdc.mo.gov.

Register by August 10

Date: Monday, August 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

The forest is a wonderful place to relax and unwind from our busy days. It is no secret that we feel better after being in nature, but have you ever wondered why and how the forest can benefit us throughout our lives? Tune into this virtual program to learn more about how the forest helps us and how we, in return, can help our forests!

This is a virtual program, and you will receive a WebEx invitation around noon on the day of the program. The invite will be from WebEx. Register each individual separately.

Register by August 11

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

The nature center’s garden is so colorful this time of year. It is also very busy, busy, busy. Native plants are great for pollinators. See what is blooming in the garden and who all is buzzing around. You will learn a lot about how to attract all sorts of pollinators to your garden. (ages 12+)

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Register by August 11

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join us for a new regular virtual program series where you can ask the naturalist questions about nature topics. Learn fun and important facts about black rat snakes with Naturalist Jordi Raos followed by a live 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. Recommended for all ages. Call 417-888-4237 for more information. Select the blue "Register" button in the top right corner to register.

Register by August 10

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program will teach the fundamentals of archery and atlatl, including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. All equipment will be provided. Dress for the weather we will be outside for the program.

Register by August 11

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Old Plantation Access

Join us as we explore Whitewater Creek and discover the cool creatures that call it home. We will provide nets and containers for aquatic animal observation. Meet at the north parking lot at Old Plantation Access. Come dressed to be in the creek with shoes that can get wet (no flip-flops or crocs). To ensure the safety of all, this program requires face coverings for anyone over the age of 9 during instruction period but are not required during time in the creek. To help us have an accurate count, please register each family member that plans to attend. (ages 6+)

Register by August 11

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 16+)
Join a naturalist to learn about a primitive hunting method that helped bring home dinner. Today atlatl is remerging, and in Missouri is an approved hunting method during alternative seasons. Participants will practice newly learned skills on targets and a 3D deer. Participants should be dressed to be outside. Water bottle and closed toe shoes are required. Participants, please meet the naturalist at the front door to the Discovery Center. Masks are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 11

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Tagging monarchs is a large-scale citizen science effort that began in 1992 across North America to understand the dynamics of the fall migration. You will have the opportunity to join the 2020 tagging effort at the Discovery Center. Participants will learn about the value of tagging and use nets to capture, tag and release monarchs. Participants, please meet the naturalist at the pavilion on the south side of the Discovery Center.

Register by August 11

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 16+)
Join a naturalist to learn about a primitive hunting method that helped bring home dinner. Today atlatl is remerging, and in Missouri is an approved hunting method during alternative seasons. Participants will practice newly learned skills on targets and a 3D deer. Participants should be dressed to be outside. Water bottle and closed toe shoes are required. Participants, please meet the naturalist at the front door to the Discovery Center. Masks are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 11

Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Native shrubs are the good “bones” to a bird friendly yard. Plants that are adapted to our climate, moisture, soil conditions are ideal for our resident and migratory birds. If you are interested in bringing “feathered action” to your yard and benefiting our environment, you are welcome to join in on this presentation. Conservation educator Jeff Cantrell will cover a variety of species of woody cover sources and food for the backyard birds. In addition, a discussion of native flowers will be presented for those wanting to garden for hummingbirds. There will be a native plant pick up in September at the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center, the timing of this program is perfect to plan a garden design and purchase plants from the vendors that will be available for the native plant pick up.

Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 2:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Register by August 12

Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Have you ever wanted to go camping, but are not sure how to get started? Join us for a virtual program to learn the basics like where to camp, what tent you should use, cooking techniques, and more.

Please provide an email with your registration so a link can be sent to you.

You will receive a link for the program the day before.

Register by August 13

Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ever wonder what it takes to keep all the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Thanks to some amazing animal care volunteers, they are fed a delicious smorgasbord of crickets, worms, minnows, and more! Meet a few of our captive critters and observe them eating during this live, virtual program. (all ages)
Registration ends 2 hours prior to program beginning.
Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Register by August 12

Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach anglers basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing rod, parts of a fishing rod, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. Lesson.

Participants who attend all four Discover Nature-Fishing lessons together with family members will each receive a 25.00 Bass Pro Shop gift card from Missouri Department of Conservation.

Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Program is limited to ages 5 and above. All children ages 5 -15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Fishing permits are NOT required to fish during this program.

Participants will be asked to maintain safe social distance from staff and other participants who are not their family members during this program.

Register by August 11

Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Bray (Marguerite) Conservation Area

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) & Meramec Hills Chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalists will host a free Back to School Fishing event at Bray Conservation Area (CA), Thursday, Aug. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. School-aged children and their families are welcome to enjoy an evening of catch-and-release fishing. Event hosts are requiring each family to maintain a minimum of six foot spacing between family units during the event and wearing of face masks are suggested. Fishing poles and bait will be provided for all school age children to use during the event.

Bray CA is in Rolla. From Rolla I-44 exit 184, take Kingshighway east, then Bridge School Road (CR 7000) south 3 miles. The area is on the left.

Register by August 13

Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Krug Park Lagoon

MUST REGISTER. Only a 10 person capacity. Sign up each individual person that will attend. Masks recommended. All fishing equipment provided.

Register by August 13

Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Missouri's warmest season is often one of the most active. Nature can come alive at any moment, revealing to us many fascinating interactions. Join us each week in August for a 30-minute naturalist-led program, each exploring a new and exciting summer surprise!
**Registration required (all ages)

Date: Friday, August 14, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:30pm

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

What is 5-Stand? It’s a great way to improve on your shotgun shooting skills! This combination of trap, skeet, and sporting clays affords the challenge of all three games but with less walking. Bring your friends and your favorite shotgun and experience the fun of this game. No registration required. WEATHER PERMITTING!

Register by August 13

Date: Friday, August 14, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Join us on a virtual field exploration as we learn about, and identify, some of our most common native bees in St. Louis city and county. We will have naturalists catching and releasing live bees as they forage on flowers for pollen and nectar. Naturalists will help viewers learn how to identify these most common native bees, and will give tips and information on how to attract native bees to your own garden.
Registration is required.

Please provide an email in your profile so a program link can be sent.

*Please note this is a virtual program.*

Register by August 14

Date: Friday, August 14, 2020 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

A cool, clear Missouri stream or creek is a great place to spend a warm summer day. Each stream is full of life; some can be seen swimming by while others stay hidden. Join us for a virtual webcast as we dive below the water’s surface and discover what aquatic creatures are hidden in our creeks and what role they play. You must register to attend and provide a valid email to receive a link to join the program. Class will be available ten minutes prior to start time for log-in. Recommended for ages 5 and above.

Register by August 14

Date: Friday, August 14, 2020 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Did you know there are over 400 species of bees living in Missouri? Most of these bees don’t store honey or live in a hive. We’ll talk about what kinds of homes native bees prefer, discuss some bee benefits, and provide pointers on how to build your own hotel for bees! Place your bee hotel in your garden, and it’ll be buzzing with visitors in no time!
(all ages) Registration ends 2 hours before program starts.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address, so that you can receive a link to the virtual program.

Register by August 14

Date: Friday, August 14, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

You are invited to our annual stream team clean-up at Runge on our section of Wears Creek. Let's wade in the water, pick up trash and scoop for "live" aquatic insects, fish or amphibians. Then take a break for a quick snack. Don't forget to wear old clothes and shoes to get wet and muddy. Only one adult per family allowed. In an effort to follow social distancing and group gathering guidelines, non-participant guests or siblings are not allowed. **Registration required

Register by August 13

Date: Friday, August 14, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Have you ever wondered if Missouri has strange, possibly mythological creatures roaming the state? Here at Missouri Department of Conservation, we receive many calls about strange animals being spotted; animals such as a wolf, a black panther, and even a swamp ape! Are these strange creatures real, or is it just a trick of the eyes? yet interesting Join the naturalists at Powder Valley Nature Center for a virtual program on Cryptids and Strange Missouri Critters. In this program, we will learn about Native Missouri Animal's that have been mistaken for Non-native and Cryptid creatures, as well as strange Missouri animals that should be Cryptids.

This program will be held on Friday, August 14, 2020 from 6-7 p.m. and is designed for all ages. Please register each person attending. This is a free WebEx Event, and you will receive the invitation by email from WebEx by noon the day of the program. Please visit https://mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/173901

Register by August 14

Date: Friday, August 14, 2020 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Experience the nature center at night in a short hike on Paw Paw Valley trail. We will use our senses as we discover the amazing ways nocturnal animals survive in the night.

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and for anyone over the age of 9 to wear a face covering. To help us have an accurate count, please register each family member that plans to attend.

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 7:00am to 8:00pm

Location: Roaring River Hatchery

A section of the stream will be reserved just for kids 15 and under. Free tags will be available at the park store all day Friday August 14 and Saturday August 15th. To get more information, call MDC’s Roaring River Hatchery at 417-847-2430 or e-mail paul.spurgeon@mdc.mo.gov

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