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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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Date: Monday, March 22, 2021 - 8:00am to Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - 8:00am

Location: St. Louis Regional Office/Busch Memorial CA

Are you part of a school, camp, scout, or other community group in the St. Louis Region that would like a presentation about Missouri fish, forest, and wildlife? We have Naturalist staff and volunteers that can come to you with programs, or programs are available at our sites. Programs are offered June through August. To request a summer program brochure and application, please e-mail Pat Behle at Pat.Behle@mdc.mo.gov.

Register by May 17

Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 8:00am to Sunday, May 30, 2021 - 3:00pm

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Have you just bought a new pistol and want to become more familiar with it? Do you need some help getting started as a new shooter or haven’t shot for a while and want to get back into it? Is there a technique that you want to learn or improve upon? This one-on-one instruction is for you! It is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Participants must provide their own pistol and 100 rounds of ammunition. For more information or to make an appointment, call 816-249-3194.

Register by May 11

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Join us for our regular virtual program series where you can ask the naturalist questions about nature topics. Learn about some amazing amphibians, the frogs of Missouri, with Naturalist Morgan Wyatt followed by a live Q&A session. 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.

Register by May 11

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Magical moments in nature are waiting for you! Go on an adventure with a Naturalist to make amazing discoveries as you explore on a trail close to the nature center.
Notes: Dress for the weather. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and/or there is more than light rain program will be cancelled.

Register by May 11

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Virtual

Meet one of Missouri’s more “talkative” beetles, the bess beetle. These wood-munching insects work together as a family to break down rotten logs and improve the soil. As social insects, they utilize sounds to communicate with one another. Join us to learn more about these beautiful beetles.

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 May 11

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Virtual

It won't be long before these winged jewels will arrive for summer nesting. Join us to learn about Missouri's smallest and most energetic bird. Registration is required with a valid email address to receive the program link. Recommended for ages 3 to 7.

Register by May 10

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Virtual

Have you ever wanted to capture the beauty of the great outdoors, but don’t know how to start? Join us as we discuss basic camera types, tips and tricks, and some great places to start your nature photography.

This program will be held through WebEx. You will receive an email with a WebEx link approximately 24 hours prior to the program, as well as a reminder email on the day of the program. If the emails do not appear in your inbox, search your junk/spam folder. If you are having trouble finding these emails or have any questions, please contact nichole.wheaton@mdc.mo.gov.

Register by May 12

Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 7:30am to 9:30am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Discover the avian life that calls Runge home. These short birding walks are for all experience levels. We will gather near the front doors of the nature center. Binoculars and field guides will be provided for those that need them. Masks required. Registration preferred. Ages 8 and up.

Register by May 11

Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:15am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Bring your baby to explore the Nature Center trails with Naturalist Jordi Raos. We will let baby touch and see new things. Bring a trail-ready stroller or baby carrier as we'll be walking the hilly Nature Center trails. Please also bring a small blanket for you and baby to sit on when we stop to look at things. Adults, please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 0-2.

Register by May 11

Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (0-36 months with an adult)
Explore a creek with your little one! We will meet at the Bethany Falls parking lot pavilion and take a short hike to Burr Oak Creek to splash and experience this watery world.
Meet at the Bethany Falls Pavilion, bring bottled water, a towel and a change of clothes if would like to change after the program.

Register by May 12

Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Do you want to learn more about invasive, non—native plants through hands on experiences? Powder Valley staff are offering a plant removal day on the Powder Valley grounds where you will not only learn to identify plants such as garlic mustard, beefsteak, and bush honeysuckle, but you will also participate in removing these plants from Tanglevine and Hickory Ridge Trails.

This program will have a limit of 50 people with use of mask and social distancing practices. All ages are welcome and every person that will be in attendance needs to be registered for the program.

Be sure to wear long pants, work/hiking boots, gloves, water, and bring insect repellent if needed, as we will be in the woods for a good portion of the program.

In the case of inclement weather, the date will be postponed.

We will meet at the staging area (pavilion) off of Tanglevine Trail.

Register by May 12

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Up for a bit of birding? The Springfield Conservation Nature Center is a great place to see and hear a variety of bird species. Please bring binoculars if you have them. No birding experience required. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 18-adult.

Register by May 13

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Ever wonder what it takes to keep the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Watch from your home or classroom as naturalists introduce and feed several Missouri amphibians and reptiles. This event requires registration for each person planning to attend.

Please practice social distancing. The use of a mask is encouraged.

Register by May 13

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 2:30pm

Location: Virtual

Ever wonder what it takes to keep the nature center reptiles, amphibians, and fish happy? Watch from your home or classroom as naturalists introduce and feed several Missouri amphibians and reptiles.

Please make sure that your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program. Registration ends 2 hours before program begins.

Register by May 11

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Location: James Youth Center

Lesson 1: Learn the parts and function of a spincast fishing rod and reel. How to cast safely and and successfully. How to fasten basic tackle to a fishing line. Learn techniques to catch fish and handle it properly.

Lesson 2: How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure bait on hooks.

Participants will be able to take what they learned and go fishing.

Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided.

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

Each participant must register for this program individually.

Register by May 13

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 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 young anglers and families 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. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided.

Ages 7 and above. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Participants do NOT need a fishing permit to fish during this program.

All participants must register separately. Please email the instructor for assistance with registration.

Register by May 13

Date: Friday, May 14, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Hike the Homesteaders Trail at the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area near Branson. Meet at the parking lot on the north end of the area (from the intersection of Highway 248 and Shepherd of the Hills Expressway in Branson, take Highway 248 north 3.70 miles, then Sycamore Log Church Road south 3.40 miles to a gravel parking lot). Bring water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is four miles and rated moderate to difficult. Please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Ages 18-adult.

Date: Friday, May 14, 2021 - 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 May 14

Date: Friday, May 14, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (adults) Are you interested in becoming part of the growing world of Citizen Science but aren't sure how to get started? Join us for our first Citizen Science Friday! Let's start by learning how to use the iNaturalist and Seep Apps. We will blend technology and our natural habitats to learn how to record encounters with native plants, connect to specialists in the science world and help gather data we can share as we walk the trail at Rocky Point Glade in Swope Park. It is recommended to bring iPhones, iPads or Android phones and to have the iNaturalist and Seek Apps downloaded to your device before the program. The instructor will e-mail the exact meeting location to participants prior to the hike. This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.

Register by May 14

Date: Friday, May 14, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

There's nothing quite like the freedom on the water that a kayak offers. If you have ever wanted to learn more about paddling, jump in and join us to cover all the basics and get you water ready! Love to paddle, but already attended this basic course? Keep an eye out for more program options at mdc.mo.gov/centralevents. We will meet at the Binder Lake boat ramp located in Jefferson City. Masks required. Registration required. Ages 10 and up.

Register by May 13

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 8:00am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

This is a novice class for people who have little or no experience in handling and shooting a handgun. We will discuss safety, types of handguns, different parts of the handgun, the variety of calibers, ammunition and marksmanship. Class includes range time.

Register by May 14

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program is designed as a basic course to provide family's an opportunity to become familiar with shooting. It is required to register each member of your family. We will provide .22 caliber handguns and rifles and ammunition for them to shoot. There will be a short class covering safety, parts of a firearm, and fundamentals of marksmanship. Due to time constraints we will not have any time to provide individuals an opportunity to shoot their own firearms.

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discover the basics of responsible handgun ownership and the joys of shooting. We will cover safety, handgun nomenclature, sight picture, sight alignment, breath control, trigger squeeze, and much more. 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.

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Forest Park Hatchery

Lesson 1: This lesson must be taken before any of the other Discover Nature Fishing lessons.
Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spin-cast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish.
Lesson 2: Participants will learn intermediate fishing techniques, such as how to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure a variety of baits to various kinds of hooks.
All fishing gear will be provided by the instructors. Please wear clothing suitable for outdoor and water activities. Face masks are required at all time during the program. It is recommended that participants bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen. This program is for anyone 6 years old and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All persons in your party MUST be individually registered.

Register by May 14

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Let’s spend a beautiful late spring morning hiking the 2.2-mile Rock Quarry Trail. There will be many native wildflowers and ferns to identify along the way. You will learn some of the amazing history of Rockwoods as we pass scars of man’s presence in the past. For the safety of participants and our staff, MDC asks all guests to observe social distancing guidelines and maintain at least 6 feet from others. St. Louis County ordinances requiring face masks will be observed where applicable. Effort = Moderate. Must be able to hike 2.2 miles with a 150 foot elevation gain.

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