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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 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 13

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 3:00pm

Location: Current River State Park

Join MDC Staff for a kayaking adventure in the Ozarks! We will meet at 9:00am at Current River State Park and begin our class with flat-water instruction at on the lower lake. You will be introduced to parts of a kayak, basic paddling instruction and following rules of the river. After our two-hour initial instruction and practice, we will eat lunch and then hop onto the Current River for a 4 mile float to the Round Spring Upper Landing.

Please bring a sack lunch with you as well as close-toed shoes and clothing you would not mind to get wet. You may wish to bring your own personal floatation device (PFD). Current River State Park will provide kayaks, paddles and a PFD. You may also bring a fishing pole with you and bait to fish along the Current River.

We anticipate to be off the river at 3:00pm. If you are not from the area, we recommend staying at one of the campgrounds.

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.

Register by May 13

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Virtual

Registration required (adults)
This will be the second Missouri Butterfly Monitoring Network training for the Kansas City area! Learn more about 25 beautiful, common species of butterflies, how surveys are conducted and complete one of the three requirements in order to do surveys. Link to virtual program will be sent by email prior to program.

Register by May 15

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 8+) 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 next Citizen Science Saturday! Let's start by reviewing how to use the iNaturalist app, learn how to record encounters with native plants through the Seek! app, connect to specialists in the science world and help gather data we can share. It is recommended to bring iPhones, iPads or Android phones.

Register by May 15

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 3-8) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other nature related places as they read stories, play a game or two and participate in a nature related activity. All this fun while enjoying the great outdoors! 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.
REGISTRATION NOTE: ONE ADULT SHOULD REGISTER TO REPRESENT THE FAMILY AND THEN E-MAIL STEVE.JACOBSEN@MDC.MO.GOV TO COMMUNICATE HOW MANY WILL BE ATTENDING.

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Stop in and meet Kansas City artist, Dee Roof, while you experience her large-scale patterned installation piece currently on display in the lobby of the Discovery Center. Learn about the native plants and bees that inspired her work in this informal setting.

Register by May 14

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:00am

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.

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 11:00am to 1:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (adults) Native plants beautify landscapes and help support songbirds and other cherished wildlife. Buy native wildflowers, grasses, shrubs, trees, vines, sedges and native seed from Grow Native! professional members Gaylena's Garden, Ozark Soul, Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, Allendan Seed Company, Colonial Gardens, City Roots, LLC and Green Thumb Gardens. Vendors will have plants available for your perusal and purchase. You may, however, wish to contact the vendors before the sale to pre-order and pre-pay for your plants and have them ready for you to pick up at the sale. This is a partner program with the Missouri Prairie Foundation. Note that each vendor is a separate business and may have different arrangements and requirements for ordering. Volunteers will be available to load plants into your car if you need assistance.

GALLENA'S GARDEN: View the plant list here and email your order to gaylenasgarden@gmail.com by Thursday, May 13. After ordering, they will send an invoice for the purchase.

OZARK SOUL: Order via email or phone by noon on Friday, May 14: natives@ozarksoul.com; 816-809-4062, Please visit https://www.ozarksoul.com/availability.php for a current availability list. In your email or voicemail, please include your phone number and note the date and location. After your order has been placed, Ozark Soul will email you to give you the payment details.

MISSOURI WILDFLOWERS NURSERY: Order by calling 573-496-3492, by email at mowldflrs@socket.net, or online here by Wednesday, May 12: https://mowildflowers.net/

ALLENDAN SEED COMPANY: Please email allendan@allendanseed.com to request current prices and available mixes.
https://www.allendanseed.com/

COLONIAL GARDENS: More information coming soon. Visit https://colonialgardenskc.com/

CITY ROOTS, LLC: Order online by Thursday, May 13: https://www.cityrootsnursery.com/plants-for-sale

GREEN THUMB GARDENS: Order and pay online by Thursday, May 13: https://store.dtekc.com/

Register by May 15

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 3-8) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other nature related places as they read stories, play a game or two and participate in a nature related activity. All this fun while enjoying the great outdoors! 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.
REGISTRATION NOTE: ONE ADULT SHOULD REGISTER TO REPRESENT THE FAMILY AND THEN E-MAIL STEVE.JACOBSEN@MDC.MO.GOV TO COMMUNICATE HOW MANY WILL BE ATTENDING.

Register by May 15

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 8+) 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 next Citizen Science Saturday! Let's start by reviewing how to use the iNaturalist app, learn how to record encounters with native plants through the Seek! app , connect to specialists in the science world and help gather data we can share. It is recommended to bring iPhones, iPads or Android phones.

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