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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 14

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Cane poles are primitive but they are also fun and easy for anyone to use. Especially young children who aren't sure of rod and reel combos yet. Almost anyone can master a cane pole in just a few minutes.

Come out to Prairie Hollow Educational Lake, learn how to build a cane pole and then try your luck with this trusty old equipment that's been catching big fish for thousands of years. All ages are welcome and adults are encouraged to grab a pole and fish along with kids.

We'll help every child build their own cane pole during this program, then they can take their pole home for more fishing adventures after the program.

Poles, tackle, bait, coaches and a basic cane pole fishing lesson will be provided.

Fishing permits are not required for anyone fishing during this program.

All children must be accompanied by an adult and adults may fish along with the children.

Register by August 15

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Lake Girardeau Conservation Area

Come borrow a canoe! This is an opportunity for you and your family to join us for a peaceful paddle on the lake. This is an unguided experience, but canoe safety instruction will be provided as well as MDC staff to monitor safety on the water. Please meet at the main put-in off of County Rd 383. Sessions will last 2 hours. Boats are required to have 1 participant over the age of 16, and a maximum of 3 persons per boat. If your family wishes to borrow 2 boats, please register 2 participants to insure your spot. Masks are required during instruction period but are not required during time on the water. (all ages)
Registration ends 2 hours before program starts.

Register by August 15

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Hummingbirds are tiny travelers. Their fall migration to the south is an amazing journey. Learn how they do it and other interesting hummer information.

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 15

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 9+) Catching a fish on a jig or fly that you created is a very satisfying experience. Discover the process to make jigs and flies that will catch lots of fish. This hands-on class is for beginner to intermediate levels. All materials will be provided, and participants will take home the lures they create. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 15

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 9+) Catching a fish on a jig or fly that you created is a very satisfying experience. Discover the process to make jigs and flies that will catch lots of fish. This hands-on class is for beginner to intermediate levels. All materials will be provided, and participants will take home the lures they create. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 15

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 9+) Catching a fish on a jig or fly that you created is a very satisfying experience. Discover the process to make jigs and flies that will catch lots of fish. This hands-on class is for beginner to intermediate levels. All materials will be provided, and participants will take home the lures they create. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 15

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Lake Girardeau Conservation Area

Come borrow a canoe! This is an opportunity for you and your family to join us for a peaceful paddle on the lake. This is an unguided experience, but canoe safety instruction will be provided as well as MDC staff to monitor safety on the water. Please meet at the main put-in off of County Rd 383. Sessions will last 2 hours. Boats are required to have 1 participant over the age of 16, and a maximum of 3 persons per boat. If your family wishes to borrow 2 boats, please register 2 participants to insure your spot. Masks are required during instruction period but are not required during time on the water. (all ages)
Registration ends 2 hours before program starts.

Register by August 17

Date: Monday, August 17, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Ficke Property 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 pole, parts of a fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 – 15 and families with children. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. For reservation, please visit Discover Nature-Fishing https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161

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 a variety of baits to various types of hooks. Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 – 15 and families with children. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. For reservation, please visit Discover Nature-Fishing https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161

Register by August 18

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 9:00am to 9:30am

Location: Cape Girardeau Nature Center

Did you know there are treasures hiding all around you? Geocaching is a fun pastime in which you follow GPS coordinates to a specific location or box filled with trinkets. In this program, we will discuss different types of caches, safety, and give you a set of coordinates to explore (Cape County). (all ages)
Registration ends 2 hours before program starts.

Note: Participants will need a mobile GPS unit or to download a GPS app to their smart device to participate in geocaching activity. Participants are welcome to tune in from other parts of the state even though they will be unable to follow the coordinates given.

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 18

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

“Shell-ebrate” turtles virtually and learn more about these funky reptiles and what makes them special. Ages 3-6. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link one day prior to the program. Call 417-888-4237 for more information. Select the blue "Register" button in the top right corner to register.

Register by August 18

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 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 August for a 30-minute naturalist-led program, each exploring a new and exciting summer surprise!

Register by August 18

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Runge Virtual Program: Hummingbirds are one of the most uniquely adapted group of birds in the world, with many specialized adaptations. Join us as we uncover some of the secrets of their miniature world, and discover ways to help conserve and attract hummingbirds within your yard.
**Registration required

Register by August 18

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 16+) Navigate through nature; learn to read a map and how to use a compass. We'll look at topographic maps and talk about how to know where you are. We'll be using compasses in a scavenger hunt for participants to learn a new skill in navigating. Participants, please meet the instructor at the front door to the Discovery Center. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Register by August 19

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Join us as we explore Shooting Star Trail at RBSP. Due to Covid-19 concerns we will not be carpooling in Runge vans. Participants can either meet at Runge at 8 a.m. and follow the hike leaders or meet at RBSP Shooting Star trail head at 8:35 a.m. Bring lunch, water, and insect repellent and dress for the weather. Trail: Moderate 4 miles

Register by August 18

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Native pollinators are amazing and vital parts of nature! Join a naturalist to search for these cool critters around the nature center, play a game to learn the 3 key parts of great bee habitat and take a native plant home (1 per household).

Register by August 18

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Native pollinators are amazing and vital parts of nature! Join a naturalist to search for these cool critters around the nature center, play a game to learn the 3 key parts of great bee habitat and take a native plant home (1 per household).

Register by August 19

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center

During the month of August, migratory waterfowl begin to return to Missouri. These birds use our waterways as a stopover point to rest and refuel before continuing their southward trek. This virtual program will help you identify waterfowl in late summer and autumn. 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. Call 417-888-4237 for more information. Select the blue "Register" button in the top right corner to register.

Register by August 19

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape LaCroix Creek

Help us monitor the health of Cape LaCroix Creek by conducting a Stream Team survey. Get an up-close look at some of the cool creatures that call stream ecosystems home. We will be wading so please wear clothing and closed-toed shoes that can get wet. We will meet in the parking lot next to the recreation trail just south of the Lexington/Route W round-about. (ages 10-15) Registration ends 2 hours before program starts.

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and wear 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.

Register by August 17

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Little Prairie CA

Kayaking: August 19th at the Towell Lake Boat Ramp located within Little Prairie CA near Rolla
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. Social distancing will be observed.

For questions please contact Dwight Warnke at Dwight.Warnke@mdc.mo.gov

Register by August 19

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Ficke Property Pond

Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish-Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, participants will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 – 15 and families with children. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. For reservation, please visit https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161. For more information.

Lesson 4: Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. Participants are limited to anglers ages 7 – 15 and families with children. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Adults who do not wish to fish must accompany their child(ren) at all times. For reservation, please visit https://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/fishing/get-started-fishing/discover-nature-... or call 417-256-7161.

Register by August 18

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: MDC Headquarters

Come on out to MDC Headquarters and join us for some fly fishing! In this clinic we will teach the basics of fly fishing. There will be an intro to fly fish portion where we will go over some of the history behind it, then go into what all you need to get started with fly fishing and how to use all these things. We will also be going over the difference between using flies and using lures. To finish it all out you will learn how to cast and then get to do some fishing! This is a great way to try something new with the family! If you like fishing but have been looking for more of a challenge I offer you to come on out and see just what fly fishing is all about. Again, this is a beginner’s course, so no experience is need, this is definitely a great way to get together and have lots of fun! Make sure to wear the appropriate clothing, and bring a water or something to drink if you would like. Also if you are 16 or older you must have a fishing license. This will be catch and release only.

Register by August 19

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 8-11)
Fishing is a great way to spend time in nature, and Missouri has lots of great places to go fishing and lots of cool fish to catch. Join us at our Education pond for a morning of fishing fun. We will go over the basics of rod-and-reel fishing then head down to the water to see how many we can catch. Fish on! Program is at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by August 20

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Cape LaCroix Creek

Help us monitor the health of Cape LaCroix Creek by conducting a Stream Team survey. Get an up-close look at some of the cool creatures that call stream ecosystems home. We will be wading so please wear clothing and closed-toed shoes that can get wet. We will meet in the parking lot next to the recreation trail just south of the Lexington/Route W round-about. (ages 6-10) Registration ends 2 hours before program starts.

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and wear 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.

Register by August 20

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Cape LaCroix Creek

Help us monitor the health of Cape LaCroix Creek by conducting a Stream Team survey. Get an up-close look at some of the cool creatures that call stream ecosystems home. We will be wading so please wear clothing and closed-toed shoes that can get wet. We will meet in the parking lot next to the recreation trail just south of the Lexington/Route W round-about. (ages 6-10) Registration ends 2 hours before program starts.

To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and wear 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.

Register by August 19

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Rockwoods Reservation

Field guides can be wonderful tools for discovering and learning about nature, especially in this time of social distancing. They can also be difficult to use, and there are so many options to chose from. In this program, we will learn about the pros and cons of certain types of field guides, as well as how to use them efficiently. We will also look at the best field guides available for the St. Louis region in many different animal kingdoms and categories. Registration required.

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

*Please note that this is a virtual program*

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