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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 July 9

Date: Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

One of the best things about summer in Missouri is watching the colorful flutter-dancing of butterflies in our yards, neighborhoods, and parks. But besides just bringing us pleasure, they also play an important role in our natural world. If you’d like to learn more about the importance of these brilliant beauties, join us for a virtual butterfly webinar. You’ll learn about how to identify some of our most common butterflies, their fascinating life cycles, and the best native plants for attracting them to your landscape. You must register to attend and provide a valid email to receive a link to join the program. Best for ages 16 and up.

Register by July 9

Date: Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center

Reading the river is an old term used by canoers, kayakers, and other boaters to explain how to travel down a waterway safely. This virtual program will start you on the path to developing important skills needed to look at the waterways of Missouri and make good decisions about how, when, and if to float. Your full name is required at registration along with a viable email address as we will be sending you the link to log into the class the day of. Class will be available ten minutes prior to start time for log-in. Feel free to email me if you have any questions!

Register by July 10

Date: Friday, July 10, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

There are several species of turtles in Missouri. Some spend most of their time in water, others on land! You probably know they use their hard shell for protection, but what else do you know about these rigid reptiles? Tune into our virtual webcast to learn more about some of Missouri’s turtles. (all ages)

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 July 10

Date: Friday, July 10, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Have you ever wondered how a snake can eat with no hands? Or how frogs and toads catch their dinner? Join our Runge Naturalists virtually every Friday in July at 1pm to get up close and personal with some of Missouri's coolest critters. Different creatures will be featured every week as we watch and learn how Runge's animal ambassadors eat their food. Get your friends and family ready... Summer snack time is about to get WILD!

Register by July 10

Date: Friday, July 10, 2020 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (adults) Missing the chance to end your workweek with something special? Join us for an hour of fun as you learn the basics of archery. There will be plenty of time for shooting and some fun games for those who want to challenge their friends.
Our building remains closed. Please bring your own water to this all outdoor event. While no indoor restrooms are available there is a portable toilet if needed. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by July 10

Date: Friday, July 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (adults) Missing the chance to end your workweek with something special? Join us for an hour of fun as you learn the basics of archery. There will be plenty of time for shooting and some fun games for those who want to challenge their friends.
Our building remains closed. Please bring your own water to this all outdoor event. While no indoor restrooms are available there is a portable toilet if needed. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by July 10

Date: Saturday, July 11, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

This is a virtual learning program in our Learning to Hunt Series. This basic program includes an introduction to wingshooting fundamentals, distance estimation, non-toxic shotshell ammunition selection for hunting, and shotgun patterning with a goal to help migratory and upland bird hunters improve their hunting skills with non-toxic shot.

Register by July 10

Date: Monday, July 13, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Please Join us for an online Handgun Basic Care and Cleaning program. One of the most important aspects of having a handgun is making sure your firearm is maintained and in good working condition. We will discuss the supplies and equipment needed to properly maintain your handgun. We will also demonstrate some of the basic procedures of handgun maintenance. Please provide an email address and a link to the training will be sent prior to the program time.

Register by July 14

Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

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 target. Participants should be dressed to be outside. Water bottle and closed toe shoes are required.

Register by July 14

Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

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 July for a 30-minute Naturalist led program, each exploring a new and exciting summer surprise!

Register by July 9

Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Missouri is home to thousands of ponds that support abundant life and provide great recreation opportunities. Join us for a virtual exploration of our pond at Burr Oak Woods. We will find out who lives in the pond and what roles they play. We will also discuss fun things to do on a pond and ways to tell if your pond is healthy. Register with an active email address and a link to the live virtual program will be sent to you by July 10.

Register by July 13

Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

Please Join us for an online Shotgun Basic Care and Cleaning program. One of the most important aspects of having a shotgun is making sure your shotgun is maintained and in good working condition. We will discuss the supplies and equipment needed to properly maintain your shotgun. We will also demonstrate some of the basic procedures of shotgun maintenance. Please provide an email address and a link to the training will be sent prior to the program time.

Register by July 14

Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families)
Do you want to contribute to science but not sure how? iNaturalist is a great way to start! We will blend technology and the outdoors as we learn how to record encounters with wildlife, connect with experts in identification and help resource managers understand when and where wildlife occurs. Please download the free iNaturalist app to your smart device before arriving. Dress to be outdoors and meet in front of the nature center.

Register by July 15

Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Songbirds and waterfowl often grab our attention, whether it be at a backyard feeder or on your pond. However, some of the largest and most magnificent birds we see around our towns and cities are our birds of prey. Owls, eagles, hawks, falcons, and kites all call our neighborhoods home. Learning to recognize them and study their habits can be a wonderful aspect of enjoying nature. Join us for a virtual program celebrating our amazing predatory birds. (For all ages)

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 July 15

Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families)
There are more tree species in Missouri than you can shake a stick at but we’re going to try! Come learn some common tree species, what characteristics to identify them by and how to tell what kind of stick you’ll be shaking. We’ll also learn terminology and anatomy that will be useful in utilizing tree ID guide books. Stroller and wheelchair accessible for this outside program! Meet in front of nature center.

Register by July 16

Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

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 target. Participants should be dressed to be outside. Water bottle and closed toe shoes are required.

Register by July 16

Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Without plants, our world would be completely different and one mostly devoid of life. We rely on plants for food, fuel, building products, medicines and even the air we breathe. Discover what processes help plants thrive, so we can survive. Conduct at-home experiments to demonstrate the inner workings on the flora factory.

Register by July 16

Date: Friday, July 17, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children 6+)
It’s time for a wet and wild adventure in Burr Oak Creek! We will leave from the Bethany Falls parking lot to explore the forest by following the stream along its course. We will find out who lives in the creek by sampling for fish and aquatic macroinvertebrates. Bring water bottles and towels. Do not wear a swimsuit. Wear closed-toed shoes (no aqua socks).

Register by July 17

Date: Friday, July 17, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

The ruby-throated hummingbird is one of Missouri’s most intriguing birds! Would you like to learn how to attract these spring visitors by providing food sources for them in your yard or garden? Join us as we learn about the native plants, sweet nectar and insects loved by this tiny creature, also known as nature’s helicopter! Families are welcome, but all participants must be registered in advance of the program. Space is limited.

Register by July 17

Date: Friday, July 17, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Have you ever wondered how a snake can eat with no hands? Or how frogs and toads catch their dinner? Join our Runge Naturalists virtually every Friday in July at 1pm to get up close and personal with some of Missouri's coolest critters. Different creatures will be featured every week as we watch and learn how Runge's animal ambassadors eat their food. Get your friends and family ready... Summer Snack time is about to get WILD!

Register by July 10

Date: Friday, July 17, 2020 - 4:30pm to Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 12:00pm

Location: Mississippi River Alexandria

MDC staff and volunteers will instruct participants on the basics of setline fishing on Missouri’s rivers and lakes. Participants will attend a seminar on fisheries management, with information on the recent catfish survey led by an MDC Fisheries Management biologist. The program will then become a hands-on tutorial of how to safely set trot-lines and bank poles, properly label equipment, and boat operation. These tactics can be used in streams and some lakes of Missouri. Saturday morning participants will be given the opportunity to go back out on the river to check lines. Once off the river a fish cleaning demonstration will be held. Following the river outing, a Conservation Agent will present fishing regulations, and staff will give a how-to presentation on using gear and equipment. Sign up is limited to anglers that are new to setline fishing (You will be contacted about your experience to ensure new anglers are given priority). Fishing equipment will be provided. All participants should bring face masks. Please have each person in your party sign up separate. For Questions contact Rob at (660)785-2420 or rob.garver@mdc.mo.gov

Register by July 17

Date: Friday, July 17, 2020 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (adults) Missing the chance to end your workweek with something special? Join us for an hour of fun as you learn the basics of archery. There will be plenty of time for shooting and some fun games for those who want to challenge their friends.
Our building remains closed. Please bring your own water to this all outdoor event. While no indoor restrooms are available there is a portable toilet if needed. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by July 17

Date: Friday, July 17, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (adults) Missing the chance to end your workweek with something special? Join us for an hour of fun as you learn the basics of archery. There will be plenty of time for shooting and some fun games for those who want to challenge their friends.
Our building remains closed. Please bring your own water to this all outdoor event. While no indoor restrooms are available there is a portable toilet if needed. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by July 17

Date: Friday, July 17, 2020 - 9:00pm to 10:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Relax in the cool of a summer evening with us. We'll learn about how animals use adaptations to survive and thrive in the darkness. Then we'll embark on a naturalist led hike to explore our night senses and learn more about the nocturnal mysteries on the Runge trails.

Register by July 17

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

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.

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.

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