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Notice: Events Cancelled

Most MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state have been cancelled until April 15 to help protect the public amid ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

The cancellations are effective immediately and include scheduled hunter education classes, nature center programs and events, shooting range programs and events, and landowner workshops.

Please contact the specific MDC location for more information.

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Register by April 15

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All Ages

Learn all about trees in this four-part series of programs! In this second portion, we will learn about the extraordinary ways a tree lives. We will begin with a short biology lesson, and end with an activity where we will become trees ourselves!

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

What insects make their homes in caves and how do they contribute to nature's ecosystem? One insect, the herald moth finds caves a safe place to hibernate during the winter. This is our 4th quilt block subject. Quilt blocks this year are based on traditional quilt patterns and are less difficult to construct than in previous years.

Register by April 16

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Ants are amazing insects and they are found everywhere there is land - and food! We will watch ants move and work and discover how they talk and what they like to eat. Join us for some ANTics this month.
*Registration is required (ages 3-6)

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

What insects make their homes in caves and how do they contribute to nature's ecosystem? One insect the Herald Moth finds caves a safe place to hibernate during the winter. This is our 4th quilt block subject. Quilt blocks this year are based on traditional quilt patterns and are less difficult to construct than in previous years.
**No registration required
(Ages: 18+)

Date: Friday, April 17, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Celebrate Earth Day and learn how to protect the planet and help the special animals that live in Missouri. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Friday, April 17, 2020 - 11:15am to 12:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Celebrate Earth Day and learn how to protect the planet and help the special animals that live in Missouri. Please, no organized groups. Ages 3-6. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by April 17

Date: Friday, April 17, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

We all know that beavers eat trees, but we can use them to help flavor and preserve our food. Learn fun and easy ways to use our native plants to enhance your meals and compare how different woods provide varying flavors. This tasty program is part of our ongoing “Year of the Tree” celebration. Bring weather appropriate clothing, as portions of the class will be outdoors.

Register by April 18

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Join us to discover the joys of shotgun shooting. We will discuss shotgun nomenclature, stance, dominant eye, mounting, moving the shotgun, and much more. You may use our shotguns or plan to use your own. Please make sure your shotgun is completely unloaded before arriving.

Register by April 18

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

Location: MDC Ozark Regional Office

Private event Pack 86

Register by April 16

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

Location: Caldwell Memorial Wildlife Area

Join us for a free Introduction to Orienteering course! In the first part of this program, participants will use a provided compass to practice dialing in and taking a bearing, sighting an object, and pacing their distance. Next, participants will use their skills to complete one of several orienteering courses at Caldwell Memorial by finding hidden treasures! The majority of the class will take place outdoors. Participants should be prepared for the weather by wearing appropriate footwear and clothing as well as a bright orange vest for visibility. The courses will require hiking up and down a steeper slope through forested areas that may be thick with brush - be prepared to orienteer like a pioneer!

Participants will be notified via email prior to the day of the event of any cancellations due to inclement weather or low enrollment.

Register by April 18

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Southeast Missouri is crisscrossed by highways, but one route sees more travelers than any other, the Mississippi Flyway. This superhighway is a migration route and brings countless migratory birds right through our region. This program will offer participants a chance to see some of these migrants, including colorful warblers and water birds, up close and silently from the surface of the water. Transportation, kayaks, instruction, and safety equipment will be provided. Meet at the nature center, and bring weather appropriate clothing, a water bottle, and sack lunch.

Register by April 18

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Feeling froggy? Hop on in to the nature center to check out some toads and frogs. We’ll learn about their unique life cycle and what it takes to be a frog.

Register by April 17

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Come learn how to identify some of the most beautiful, flowering trees in Missouri. We will look at blooms, bark, leaves, and twigs to help us identify these aesthetically pleasing trees. There will be a short presentation on tree identification to start, and then we will go try to identify trees on the property. Please be prepared to hike up to 2 miles.

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Stop by to celebrate Earth Day as we focus on the amazing birds found in Southwest Missouri and how we can help them. Walk the trail to answer trivia questions or to just enjoy a nice spring day. Stop by the classroom to take part in an Earth Day craft. Youth and adult groups welcome. All ages. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Register by April 20

Date: Monday, April 20, 2020 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: MDC Ozark Regional Office

Private event for Pack86

Register by April 21

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Feeling froggy? Hop on in to the nature center to check out some toads and frogs. We’ll learn about their unique life cycle and what it takes to be a frog.

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: August A Busch Shooting Range

This program will teach the fundamentals of archery and atlatl, including equipment, safety, stance, and shooting techniques. We begin in the Education Center and then we will move to the static archery range. All equipment will be provided.

Register by April 22

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Learning about nature from a young age is good for kids and for the environment. Every month, join Rockwoods naturalists for an outdoor adventure with your little one. The entire class is presented outside, so please dress for the weather, wear sunscreen, and bring bug spray. Siblings are welcome, but please note this class is designed for ages 3–6.

Register by April 22

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Trail of Tears State Park

Join a nature center volunteer for a walk at Trail of Tears State Park to see wildflowers blooming at this unique area. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water, a snack, sunscreen, (camera and binoculars optional). Held rain or shine. If canceled due to severe weather, participants will be notified 1 hour prior to leaving. Call 573-290-5218 to meeting spot and time.

Register by April 22

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Trail of Tears State Park

Join a nature center volunteer for a walk at Trail of Tears State Park to see wildflowers blooming at this unique area. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water, a snack, sunscreen, (camera and binoculars optional). Held rain or shine. If canceled due to severe weather, participants will be notified 1 hour prior to leaving.

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

2020 marks the 59th celebration of Earth Day. Displays and activities will focus on threats to our world and what it means to us here in Missouri. Learn about actions you can take as a family and citizen.

Register by April 22

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

All ages

Learn how to identify and prepare wild, edible foods found in Missouri during spring! We will begin with a short presentation on identifying some of these edible plants and fungi. Afterwards, we will go out into the area to use our new identification skills. You will also get the chance to taste some prepared wild edibles. Please wear appropriate shoes, and bring any essentials to hike 1-2 miles.

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Parent Educators from Parents as Teachers will offer a Nature at It’s Best story time. Enjoy stories, activities, and finger plays designed for children from birth to age five. Each session is forty-five minutes in length. Ages 0-5. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:15pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Parent Educators from Parents as Teachers will offer a Nature at It’s Best story time. Enjoy stories, activities, and finger plays designed for children from birth to age five. Each session is forty-five minutes in length. Ages 0-5. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:15pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Parent Educators from Parents as Teachers will offer a Nature at It’s Best story time. Enjoy stories, activities, and finger plays designed for children from birth to age five. Each session is forty-five minutes in length. Ages 0-5. No registration required. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.

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